The Week In Music: Hanson MMMBops Kings Of Leon
Sibling conflict within bands is nothing new to rock and roll, given noted spats between Oasis' Gallagher brothers and the Black Crowes' Robinson brothers, to name a few. But Hanson and Kings Of Leon seem poised to take brotherly feuding to another warlike level with the former band dropping the first bomb. "I have a hard time with musicians who act like pricks because it just makes me mad," guitarist/vocalist Isaac Hanson told radio station WENN. "I'm gonna call somebody out on it — the Kings Of Leon are running some risks. They're irritating people and you can't do that too much." Hanson is referring to recent issues that resulted in the Kings Of Leon having to cancel the rest of their summer concert tour due to, as bassist Jared Followill described, "internal sicknesses and problems." Pigeon poop, cancelled tours and now an "MMMBop" from Hanson. We're not sure what's next in the cards for the Kings, but the eldest Hanson offered some food for thought. "I just sit there and I go, 'You know what, dude, no matter whether you're in a band just surviving or you're in a bus playing stadiums, one way or another you're still among the rare breed of people that are actually getting paid to do it.'"
Is "Gossip Girl"'s little Jenny Humphrey quitting the biz? According to a report, Taylor Momsen, aka Little J, is throwing in the towel on acting. "I quit 'Gossip Girl' and now tour and am in a band," said Momsen, who fronts pop/rock group the Pretty Reckless, in an interview with Elle magazine. For fans of the teen drama series, the end of the Momsen era seemed almost inevitable, evidenced by the actress' good girl gone bad role. In the span of her time on the show as Little J, Momsen crashed a society gala, ran away from home and even engaged in the business of selling illegal substances. "To be honest, I don't f***ing care," Momsen told London's The Times in 2010 on the influence of her role as Little J. "I didn't get into this to be a role model. So, I'm sorry if I've influenced your kids in a way that you don't like, but I can't be responsible for their actions. I don't care." While Momsen will no longer be influencing impressionable young girls onscreen, it looks like she could have a pretty reckless future ahead onstage.
When you're 11 years old and you've just won a "mayor for a day" contest in a Texas town, what's your first order of business? A pint-sized prayer meeting to end the local drought? Start a Youth for Rick Perry PAC to support your governor's presidential bid? For Caroline Gonzalez, mayor for a day winner in Forney, Texas, a town about 15 miles east of Dallas, her first move was a bit less political: renaming a street. The newly minted Justin Bieber Way was posted for just one day, but the fact that Gonzalez got it to happen at all may reveal the early signs of a canny political negotiator, and a true Bieber-head. It seems Gonzalez already understands when to take her chips off the table, having refrained from also pushing for Baby Blvd. and Eenie Meenie Ave.
Last week we reported on Forbes magazine's list of top hip-hop doggs in terms of earnings. This week, Rolling Stone rolled out its Kings of Hip-Hop. If you've been watching the throne this week, you'll be curious to know who really rules the rap roost. Rolling Stone looked at rappers who have released an album between 2009–2011, and their criteria included album sales, rankings on the R&B/hip-hop and rap charts, YouTube views, social media popularity, concert grosses, industry awards, and critics' ratings. And the crown, if not the throne, goes to…Eminem. Rounding out the Top 5, in order, were Lil Wayne, Drake, Kanye West, and Jay-Z. Nicki Minaj represents the lone female rapper at No. 7. Check out the full list.
In more Jay-Z and Kanye news, their debut collaborative album, Watch The Throne, arrived at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with more than 400,000 units sold, marking the second-largest sales week of the year (behind Lady Gaga's 1.1 million start with Born This Way). But, Jay-Z and Kanye West made even more noise this week in the form of popping bottles of champagne and smashing cars. At his album release party in Miami, Jay-Z rang up a bubbly bill in true rap star fashion — popping bottles that amounted to $250,000. The rapper dropped an extra $50,000 tip, and reportedly went on to spend thousands of dollars more on Italian food, tequila and a party full of memories. And if you think that's expensive, Jay-Z and partner Kanye West spent a pretty destructive penny on the making of the Spike Jonze-directed "Otis," the first video from Watch The Throne. While the song samples Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness," the video samples a whole lot more. According to a report the duo purchased a brand-new German Maybach sports car, valued at approximately $373,000, to slice, dice, saw, and torch. The vehicle loses its roof and doors and gets turned into an open-air ride, fitting for the joyride the two give a few ladies around a parking lot. However, there is some good news — the vehicle will be auctioned off with proceeds going toward East African drought relief. No word on whether leftover champagne was donated to help solve Texas' drought.
What are some of our favorite stars doing to pass the summer? Time for a check of the TWIM Twittertable: keshasuxx: So last night was stupid fun. Warm tequila. Metal bar. And a big man stripper. We laughed. We cried. Some dude puked on the side of my bus; katyperry: What a way to wake up! SO proud to announce that the little-engine-that-could of a song 'LAST FRIDAY NIGHT' is officially #1 & made HISTORY!; justinbieber: in the studio writing with @TrickyStewart - last time this happened a song called BABY happened. LEGGO; genesimmons: They wanted something. So, I pulled down my pants & showed them the A** of the Gods.
Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and Lil Wayne's "She Will" featuring Drake is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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