The Week In Music: Happy 50th, Jon Bon Jovi!
Jon Bon Jovi is halfway there. To 100, that is. It may be hard to believe, but the GRAMMY-winning rocker turns 50 today. With an evergreen catalog of hits that includes "Livin' On A Prayer," "Wanted Dead Or Alive, " "Bad Medicine," "Keep The Faith," and "Who Says You Can't Go Home," his band still packs stadiums from Los Angeles to Tokyo, earning the top-grossing tour twice in the past four years. Fads have come and gone — big hair and pop metal, unkempt hair and grunge, boy bands, nü metal, Britney, Gaga, the Bieb, and more — but Bon Jovi has endured. In addition to his music career (and a few acting roles over the years), Bon Jovi has become a fixture in the New Jersey community, notably with his charitable restaurant, the Soul Kitchen. He is also the lone musician serving on President Barack Obama's White House Council for Community Solutions. But don't look for him to give up his day job just yet. Jon Bon Jovi & Friends will headline the Tiger Woods Foundation's Tiger Jam in April, and new Bon Jovi music is in the works, as he revealed in a recent interview on CBS' "Person To Person." With his trusted loaded six-string still firing, it appears JBJ is ready to give the AARP a good name.
Never mind new music releases, here's the Sex Pistols' catalog. The seminal punkers have signed a deal with Universal Music Catalog UK to re-release Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols later this year to celebrate the album's 35th anniversary. Of course, "catalog" might be a stretch given that Never Mind… was the Pistols' only true studio album. Pistols frontman John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, said in a statement, "Music can be great, when done by the great. The Sex Pistols are the greatest." The album ranks No. 41 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, and Lydon told the magazine, "If the sessions had gone the way I wanted, it would have been unlistenable for most people." In this sense, the band failed: The album ultimately went platinum. U.S. fans looking to relive their nihilistic youth may have to go the import route. The deal is for worldwide rights outside of North America.
Lady Gaga is a lot of things. She's a GRAMMY winner, a Fame Monster, a Billboard chart-topper, and a native New Yorker. Now Gaga is adding another title to her running list of roles: movie star. According to actor/GRAMMY-winning artist Will Smith, Gaga is set to make a cameo in the upcoming Men In Black 3. "We have a couple of [celebrity] cameos, but I cannot reveal who they are," Smith told ElCorilloRD.com. But then he slipped, saying, "We must keep it a surprise that Lady Gaga appears." This will mark Gaga's first movie role, but it comes as no surprise, given her often theatrical performances in music videos, including the recent "Marry The Night." Will Gaga be cast as a fame alien, or will she join Smith and partner Tommy Lee Jones in protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe? You can find out when the film hits theaters May 25.
Roll over again, Beethoven. Rap/rock's favorite son Kid Rock will tackle classical music next in teaming for a one-off concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on May 12. The event is designed to raise $1 million for the symphony, which went on strike due to a labor dispute in 2011. As to what the fusion of Rock's tunes combined with a symphony orchestra will sound like, we're dying to hear. "I hear a big symphonic opening to 'Born Free,' where I'm singing behind this big orchestration that builds up to the payoff of the song," Rock told Billboard.com. "I hear 'Bawitdaba' being kind of insane. 'Cowboy' seems to be a little tricky, but maybe ... we don't call them violins; we call them fiddles for that song."
While Erykah Badu is no rookie at causing a media frenzy, evidenced by her clothing incident (or lack thereof) in New York in 2010, she has caused quite the stir among Malaysian government officials. Badu, who was scheduled to perform Feb. 28 in Kuala Lumpur, was denied the right after releasing a publicity photo in which her bare shoulders bore a temporary tattoo with the word "Allah" in Arabic. Rais Yatim, the country's information minister, said in a statement that temporary Allah tattoos are "an insult to Islam and very serious offense," and that the photos have "triggered public criticism that could jeopardize national security and cause a negative impact to the government's image." While Badu was banned from performing as Erykah Badu, maybe she can still appear as her alter ego DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown?
Have you ever wondered what it'd be like to walk in Kanye West's shoes for a day? Well ladies, if you live in Paris (and have a pretty penny to spend), now you can. West has collaborated with famed designer Giuseppe Zanotti to create fashion-forward high heels made of calf leather and embroidered pearls. The shoes will be available exclusively at Parisian boutique Colette, and will be available sometime in the spring … but not for cheap. Tjese kicks have been priced at a cool $5,800. To charge that much for shoes, we're thinking Jesus walked in them. What do you think?
Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Fun.'s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monáe is tops on the iTunes singles chart.
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