The Week In Music: Jay-Z's New Blueprint For The Brooklyn Nets
You could say GRAMMY winner Jay-Z knows a thing or two about marketing. He was a co-founder of one of hip-hop's biggest record labels, Roc-A-Fella Records, creator of the Rocawear clothing line and is half of one of pop culture's biggest superstar couples, Jayoncé. He's also a co-owner of the New Jersey Nets, now the Brooklyn Nets as the team becomes the first pro sports franchise to call the borough home since the Brooklyn Dodgers left in 1957. And Jay-Z the marketer has taken command, personally designing the team's new logo. We at TWIM like the new mark. It seems to strike the right balance between a stark hip-hop aesthetic and retro vibe. In fact, the retro vibe seems to come straight from the very early Dodgers logo. We guess Jay-Z was just following the blueprint. Let's hope the Nets (22–44 in 2011–2012) can do the new look justice next year.
It seems that pop's reigning party queen Ke$ha has been MIA for a while, well, aside from her law-breaking stunt on the streets of Los Angeles last week. But as far as music goes, fans haven't had a new dollar-sign dosage since the singer's 2010 debut album, Animal. In a recent interview with V Magazine, Ke$ha revealed artists she'd like to collaborate with on her forthcoming sophomore release. "The range of artists I want to work with is so vast it's biazarre," said Ke$ha. "I would love to have Keith Richards on the record. I would sure as hell like to do a collaboration with [Justin] Bieber and at the same time do a song with the Flaming Lips." Richards, Bieber and Wayne Coyne? Oh my. "The first record was all me living in L.A., trying to pay my rent, have a really good time, and look good on nothing," Ke$ha continued. "But ever since then I've seen how many people my music can reach, and I've realized that I have somewhat of a social responsibility to make sure everything I say is positive." While a release date for her forthcoming social responsibility-conscious album has yet to be revealed, we're already wondering what she'll be brushing her teeth with this time.
When it comes to beating it, GRAMMY winner Adele has, well, beat Michael Jackson's Thriller to take the fifth spot on the UK's all-time biggest-selling albums list with her album 21. The GRAMMY Album Of The Year-winning sophomore set has now sold more than 4 million copies in the UK, 500 more than Jackson's Thriller, which was also awarded Album Of The Year (in 1983). Rounding out the top four are Queen's Greatest Hits at No. 1, followed by the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abba's Gold, and Oasis' (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Even though 21 is continuing to fair well across the globe, with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide to date, Adele reportedly has a new song in the works. "There will be a new song, probably coming out at the end of the year," the singer told French radio station NRJ. "But then it depends how quickly I write some other new songs." It seems Adele just keeps on rolling in the tunes.
For Rage Against The Machine guitarist and Nightwatchman Tom Morello, whatever it takes is what it takes. At least that's what is written on his custom acoustic guitar. And for this year's annual May Day protests on May 1 in New York, what it took was a "guitarmy" of hundreds of musicians to march through the streets for what he called "Occupy Guitarmy." Morello's call to action was sent via Twitter on April 30, with the guitarist tweeting, "Join my new band! Don't have a guitar? Bring a drum. No drum? Bring a kazoo. No kazoo? Just come. Bryant Park/noon tomm. #MayDayThrowdown." Morello called, and people followed as he led hundreds along Fifth Avenue from Bryant Park down to Union Square, performing songs such as Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," and tracks from his World Wide Rebel Songs album. Other artists joining in the protests included Das Racist, Dan Deacon and Immortal Technique. The protest was just the latest in a series of movements led by Morello, including Occupy Wall Street events that were held late last year. Should we start calling him the Governmentwatchman?
Dee Snider just wants to rock … on Broadway. Though primarily as the frontman of '80s metal band Twisted Sister, his latest project showcases him on a different stage, so to speak. Dee Dee Does Broadway finds Snider interpreting a collection of famous Broadway standards, including "Cabaret," "Luck Be A Lady" and "Razzle Dazzle." "If you'd told me [this] 25 years ago, I probably would have punched you," Snider recently told Broadway.com. We know, we know, a heavy metal icon tackling Broadway sounds too good to be true. The album drops May 8 but you can now sample Snider's rockin' foray into Broadway by watching his video for the GRAMMY-winning classic "Mack The Knife."
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles charts.
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