The Week In Music: Full Of "Glee"
Elton John is apparently full of…"Glee." During an appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" last week, the venerable GRAMMY-winning artist fired off a memo to bands that want no part of the popular TV show. "A lot of bands say they don't want their stuff on 'Glee,'" said John. "It's like, 'Lighten up, you a**holes.'" John's rear-ended comment was in reference to artists who have rejected the use of their music in the show, including fellow GRAMMY winners Kings Of Leon. "Well, Kings Of Leon, lighten up guys," continued John. "Listen, when someone wants to do your song, it's a compliment." It remains to be seen (and heard) if Caleb and the rest of the Followills will reconsider their position on "Glee." But for now, Elton has spoken.
She may not be tamable, but she sure is tweetable. Following an 18-month sabbatical, Miley Cyrus has returned to the Twitter fold. This past Sunday, Miley explained her Twitter resurrection, tweeting, "'Do not fear...the Sheenius is here!' I'm not gonna lie. I came back to twitter for 2 reasons. My fans and to follow @charliesheen#winning." On the road during his My Violent Torpedo Of Truth/Defeat Is Not An Option tour, Charlie Sheen replied, tweeting, "Dear Miley, Welcome back to Twitter! Always felt you were epic! Now you proved it! Thanks for the love," to which Miley responded, "I always felt the same about you! You have taught me everything I know about WINNING. Duh!" Miley and Charlie? We like where this is headed — could a studio collaboration be in the works? Duh!
After winning six statues at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2010, we haven't said the name Beyoncé in a while. But it seems the R&B songstress is ready to don her halo again, evidenced by her recent visit to New York to preview songs from her forthcoming new album. "It was just amazing," said Denis Handlin, head of Sony Music Australia. "She came in and played us six tracks from the album. The best description I can give is groundbreaking; she's gone to another level." The album is reportedly scheduled for release in June and includes collaborations with pop duo Sleigh Bells, DJ/producer Diplo and hip-hop collective Odd Future. While the jury will remain out until the album is released, we're betting it will be fierce.
He knows all about gold diggers, 808s and heartbreak, and late registration, but now hip-hop champion Kanye West is adding another area of expertise to his résumé: fashion designer. West is teaming with designers Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag to create a series of scarves inspired by the artwork from his 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Only 250 scarves will be made, with 50 each exhibiting five unique designs, and they will be available for purchase from Colette boutique in Paris and at www.mmparis.com. West may have street credibility, but does he have fashion cred? If his Twitter activity is any indication, we say yes.
She won her first GRAMMY at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in February, and now country sweetheart Miranda Lambert is shooting for another first: executive producing her own drama TV show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lambert is teaming with her mother, Beverly Lambert, manager Marion Kraft and Kapital Entertainment to develop an hour-long drama show for ABC Family. Based on Lambert's childhood in Texas, the show is expected to center around a family consisting of private investigator parents with crime-solving children, but no word if filming will take place in the actual house that built her.
With April 5 marking the 17th anniversary of the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto found himself in a nostalgic mood, posting a tribute video to the late rocker on his website. Sparing no detail, the clip depicts Leto dressed just like Cobain, complete with a loose-fitting sweater, stringy blond wig and a left-handed acoustic guitar, and performing covers of "Pennyroyal Tea" and "Rape Me," two tracks featured on Nirvana's 1993 album In Utero. "I heard today was the day Kurt passed away 17 years ago," wrote Leto on his website. "So grateful for his contribution and inspiration. Not sure I'd be doing this if it weren't for him. He gave us all permission to create no matter what our skill set and reminded me that dreams are possible." In related news, Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Wash., unveiled a sculpted concrete guitar memorial in his honor. The guitar is paired with a steel ribbon encrusted with lyrics from Nirvana's "On A Plain," featured on 1991's Nevermind, which reads, "One more special message to go and then I'm done and I can go home."
April is upon us, and spring is in full bloom. But what are some of our favorite artists up to? Let's check the TWIM Twittertable. justinbieber: Madrid and Barcelona!!! SPAIN IS CRAZY!!!!!! Some of the best shows ever. got vid and pictures coming. NUTS!! keshasuxx: TORONTO!!!!! I'm coming your way ...BLOW me ....away. ; ) ! thejonathancain: Getting ready for a show in Caracas tonite-- weather is beautiful and our stage is under the stars--journey will rock!! genesimmons: New restaurant chain venture coming. Can't be more specific at this time. RealWizKhalifa: i like these adidas hoodies.
Katy Perry's "E.T." featuring Kanye West is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the iTunes singles chart.
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