The Week In Music: Help Wanted For Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow
Are you fresh out of a top higher-learning institution and looking for a job? Can you play Coldplay songs on piano and guitar proficiently? Are you a polyglot? Do you have a mean backhand and know how to roll a jib? Are you looking for a position requiring travel? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be the perfect fit for London-based power couple Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, who are in the market for an A-list Renaissance-style tutor for their son Moses and daughter Apple. But before you send your résumé, you may want to review the qualifications. The ideal tutor candidate is fluent in Latin, French, Spanish, and of course, Ancient Greek; musically inclined with the ability to play at least two instruments; interested in sports such as sailing and tennis; and Oxbridge-educated. The job's benefits are appealing, including a flat in West London and free travel with the family abroad (think concert tours and movie sets). The starting salary? Nearly $100,000, and the tutor will only have to work with the tykes for two hours per day. The couple posted an advertisement on Tutors-International.com and is interviewing candidates now. But applicants beware, there may be more to the job than meets the eye. An unidentified source told the UK's The Sun, "They want someone to go with them wherever they need them."
In related celebrity news, Sean "Diddy" Combs is looking to get his label crew in line. The GRAMMY-winning rapper has hired an etiquette coach specifically to teach his Bad Boy Records staff some proper manners. Etiquette expert Dawn Bryan will teach the staff everything from appropriate business practices and the right way to present a business card to eating caviar and how to properly hold chopsticks. Thankfully, Ancient Greek and jib rolling will not be prerequisites for new Bad Boy hires moving forward, but etiquette training will be. A label name change to Good Boy Records may be pending.
Maybe that plot device in the Beatles' 1965 film Help! — in which Ringo Starr finds he's the target of comically nefarious characters out to kill him — may not have been so funny after all given this week's news that a baby Ringo (or Richard as he was known as a child) may have barely escaped Nazi bombing in Liverpool, England, in 1940. British historian Neil Holmes' new book, Liverpool Blitzed: Seventy Years On, says the street on which a three-month-old Richard Starkey lived was hit by stray bombs from the German Luftwaffe during their air raids. "The baby who was to find fame as Ringo Starr was very lucky not to have lost his life that night," says Holmes. Could this early (okay, really early) brush with war be part of the reason that Ringo has gone on to flash an arguably record number of peace signs in photos?
Fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd have been singing the sweet tune of "Sweet Home Alabama" since 1974 when their sophomore album, Second Helping, was released, but now fans and foodies alike will be humming a different tune, and it might sound (or taste) something like sweet home…BBQ sauce? According to a report, the iconic Southern rock band will serve as the theme of a new restaurant set to open at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The mission of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer "will quite simply be to rock the house," according to a statement, and the restaurant will resemble the rickety Hell House structure in Jacksonville where the band's sound originated. Of course, all of the bases necessary for a rock band-themed restaurant will be covered, including memorabilia, cover bands and maybe even special appearances from some of the band members themselves. Details on a menu have yet to be released, but we're hoping for free bird happy hour specials and plenty of Saturday night specials on tap.
Zach Galifianakis is one of the stars of the raunchily funny $350 million-plus grossing film The Hangover: Part II. And according to a recent report, Warner Bros. has just signed off on a deal to produce another sequel. So what does Galifianakis have to complain about? Apparently, Ke$ha. "I saw that Ke$ha woman the other day," Galifianakis told Rolling Stone, recalling a story about receiving an email from the dollar-sign artist inviting him out for a drink. "She was sitting by herself and I walked up to her and said, 'Listen, I got your email. Your music is really bad! I don't know who listens to it, but I imagine it's 6 year-olds, and it's a bad message." Of course, the seed of the tiff may have been planted a few months earliesr when Ke$ha told Sirius radio that Galifianakis was fat.
For years we've heard we only use 10 percent of our brains. Now it turns out we only listen to 19 percent of our music. According to mobile music company Music WithMe (and based on some possibly faulty assumptions), 81 percent of the tracks in personal iTunes collections never get played. That means of the average iTunes library of 5,409 songs, more than 4,200 are never played. Digital Music News points out that the data may be skewed by the resetting of play counts when users move their libraries between devices. Or maybe this helps explain how one Justin Bieber track can get more than 550 million views on YouTube.
Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" remains atop both the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles chart.
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