The Week In Music: Charo Leaves The Bull Behind
The original "cuchi, cuchi" girl, Charo, who appeared last November on the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, seems to have gotten into a little bulls*** — literally — at her Beverly Hills, Calif., home. Recently, it seems neighbors in her high-class ZIP code were complaining about the smell of a bull Charo had adopted after starring with it in an anti-bullfighting PETA commercial. After Bev Hills officials told Charo livestock wasn't permitted in the 90210, she moved the bovine, named Manolo, out to a Malibu, Calif., horse ranch, where she retains visitation rights. We salute Charo, whose new single is "Sexy Sexy," for doing the right thing for Manolo, and for Beverly Hills.
Despite our urge to include a few choice Charlie Sheen quotes in TWIM this week, we'll refrain. But we will go down the Muammar Gaddafi road. While the Libyan strongman tries to hold on to power, a satiric Israeli-made YouTube video is catching on with fans in Arab countries, according to its maker. The video, "Zenga Zenga" (meaning neighborhood and taken from a Gaddafi speech), was made by Noy Alooshe, a Tel Aviv music journalist, and shows Gaddafi banging his fist on a podium and his speech modified to the tune of "Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)" by Pitbull and T-Pain. Now at a little more than 2.6 million views on YouTube, the video isn't quite a Lady Gaga-sized club smash, but if its maker is to be believed, it may be doing more to foster Israeli-Arab relations than years of peace talks.
In related news, a number of artists have been taking some flak since the Libyan uprising for having performed private events for the Gaddafi family over the last few years, though these engagements were legal since the United States normalized relations with Libya in 2006. Singer Nelly Furtado appears to be the first to give her fee to charity. In a Feb. 28 Twitter posting, Furtado said, "In 2007, I received 1 million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $." Furtado did not mention which charity the funds would go to. As of post time, it still appears to be her last Twitter post. Though there's nothing wrong with artists taking private engagements, and Furtado's move is a noble one, it does make us wonder if their reach would include such questionable employers if they could make a buck selling CDs.
When Esperanza Spalding won the Best New Artist GRAMMY last month, beating out Justin Bieber in addition to other nominees, the Bieberhood went a little ballistic, taking over Spalding's website and posting unflattering comments. Given that, all we can say is, watch out Selena Gomez! If your world revolves around Bieber, avert your eyes from this Huffington Post-run video of Bieber and Gomez sneaking a kiss at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Given their surreptitious glances after the smooch, it's clear Bieber and Gomez know the potential fallout for locking lips, and that cameras are always watching these days. All we can say is, "baby baby baby."
Speaking of Bieber, the fans have spoken…and his hair has been sold. When we reported last week that a freshly cut lock of hair from the teen pop sensation was available for bid on eBay, bids had only reached $6,900. At the end of the auction, one lucky fan took home the clippings for a steep $40,668. But Bieber won't be using that cash for future haircuts. The proceeds are being donated to the Gentle Barn, a Southern California-based nonprofit that offers a safe haven for abused farm animals and children. Looks like Gomez isn't the only one less lonely girl this week.
Rumors have persisted for years that Elvis Presley is still alive, apparently pumping gas in Arizona or working as a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Well, even if he's not exactly alive, he's still being named an honorary citizen of Budapest, Hungary. It seems as a fierce anti-communist who made passing reference to a short-lived anti-Soviet uprising in Hungary in 1956 on an episode of "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1957, Presley warrants the salute, which includes naming rights. On the city's website, visitors can pick one of 12 locations to be renamed after Elvis, including street crossings and a site at the foot of Margaret Bridge, which crosses the Danube River, although it all looks Hungarian to us. Voting closes March 15.
Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" is No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles chart.
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