The Week In Music: Here Come The Beatles' Sons
This coming October will mark the 50th anniversary of the UK release of "Love Me Do," a catchy little ditty by a quartet that would go on to make music history. Could history be due to repeat itself? It just might, if things like DNA and genes are barometers. In what would be the reboot of all reboots, the sons of the Fab Four are contemplating forming a new generation version of the Beatles. This new generation Beatles would celebrate the songs of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, featuring a lineup consisting of sons Sean Lennon, James McCartney, Dhani Harrison, and Jason Starkey, all of whom are musicians. Asked about the likelihood of a "Beatles 2.0," James McCartney told the BBC, "Yeah, hopefully, naturally. I don't know, you'd have to wait and see." McCartney has some experience recording with his dad, contributing guitar to albums such as Flaming Pie and Driving Rain, while Lennon has four solo albums under his belt. Harrison and Starkey also play guitar and drums, respectively. "Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it. I'd be happy to do it," added McCartney. Happy, indeed. Will the Beatles' offspring go in search of nostalgic glory? Or will they let it be? One thing's for sure, if the Beatles 2.0 decide to move forward, Giles Martin, son of fifth Beatle George Martin, is a shoo-in for the producer chair.
With all of the hype surrounding the rerelease of the 1997 summer blockbuster movie Titanic, who could forget that tear-jerking theme song that made the 194 minutes of the film all the more worthwhile? We're talking, of course, about Celine Dion's GRAMMY-winning Record Of The Year "My Heart Will Go On." While we certainly haven't forgotten it (and can likely sing it in our sleep), there's one person who might like to forget it — Rose DeWitt Bukater aka Kate Winslet. How does the song make her feel? "Like throwing up," Winslet told MTV. "No, I shouldn't say that," she digressed. "No, actually I do feel like throwing up. I wish I could say, 'Oh listen, everybody! It's the Celine Dion song!' But I don't. I just have to sit there, you know, kind of straight-faced with a massive internal eye roll." Why does Winslet hold such disdain for the song? Maybe she fears it'll lead her into another emergency situation with an iceberg.
Cruising on the success of her 2011 No. 1 album Born This Way, Lady Gaga's got a brand-new ride. On April 4 the Fame Monster was seen driving around Beverly Hills, Calif., in a hot new silver Audi R8 GT. While Gaga's new set of wheels has likely been turning heads around town, it's also garnering attraction online. On Twitter, "We love Gaga's new car" has become a trending topic, and social network comments ranged from "I would've had a car accident if I noticed Lady Gaga was driving in the car next to me," to "Is it made of meat too? Cool!" If you want to ride like Gaga, it's going to cost you at least $190,000, but no one ever said living on the edge of glory was cheap.
Calling all social ladies (and men), Beyoncé has taken the social media plunge. On Thursday the GRAMMY winner launched her official Twitter page, and the singer has already amassed an impressive 3.7 million followers. Additionally, this week marked the launch of Beyoncé's new website (warning, the singer's swirling head on the homepage may make you dizzy), and Tumblr page. The Tumblr page is expected to serve as a more personal account of the singer's life. "I am," blogged Beyoncé on the site. "This is my life, today, over the years — through my eyes. My family, my travels, my love. This is where I share with you, this will continue to grow as I do." And welcoming her followers on Twitter, Beyoncé tweeted, "Hey World, It's B! I'm so excited to invite you to my new beyonce.com — we've been working hard, and it's finally ready for you XO." Looks like Beyoncé has grown crazy in love with the Internet.
Speaking of the social sphere, let's see what some of our favorite artists have been up to this week with a check-in at the TWIM Twittertable: @keshasuxx: is it really national Beyonce day? down!! #ifyoulikeitthenyoushouldaputaringonit; @DuffMcKagan: Buenos Noches Costa Rica. Best vacation EVER!! Period.; @justinbieber: smile; @katyperry: Sometimes Jet lag makes me feel like a cross eyed crack head #muststayawake; @BrunoMars: Love Y’all! Dragon out!!! WWWOOOOOOOOOSSSSHHHH!!! Those were flames.
Fun.'s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monáe is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles charts.
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