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The Week In Music: Is J.Lo Off The "Idol" Block?
While Jennifer Lopez may be raising a toast to some areas of her career (i.e., fragrances), it seems she's ready to put the cap on others, such as her role as a judge on "American Idol." According to an E! Online report, Lopez will leave the music competition show after this season's finale. Why? "She's just too busy," said one source. Indeed, J.Lo is gearing up for a U.S. and Latin American tour with Enrique Iglesias this summer, which she hopes to take worldwide in the fall, all while juggling motherhood. "It's just like any working mom's dilemma," Lopez told E! "It's tough. It's a balancing act. You put them first and then you have all these other things that you have to do, that you have to give your time to as well, and you have to make sure that they're OK with the process." Those other things J.Lo is balancing? The cool $52 million in earnings she reportedly grossed over the last 12 months, which earned her the No. 1 spot on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list for the first time. Apparently love does cost a thing.
Now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee for president, he has been treated to what is becoming a celebrity rite of passage: getting Auto-Tuned by the Gregory Brothers, who gained their widest fame with their Charlie Sheen "Winning" video. The Romney video was posted as an "op-doc" on The New York Times' opinion page on Monday, and features Romney rapping through a list of things he likes (including lakes, American cars, businesses, grits, music, and, of course, firing people). According to the Gregorys in the op-doc companion text, "Many have questioned how Mr. Romney's likability, or lack thereof, will affect his electability. Perhaps his critics have not seen him deliver a speech. He likes everything; his ability to like is off the charts." They then posit their hope that "his calculated rhetoric of liking things will not lure Mr. Obama into an escalating charms race."
Speaking of elections, file this under: things that are hard to imagine. Giorgos Germenis, aka Kaiadas, bassist for Greek black metal outfit Naer Mataron, has been elected to a seat in Greece's parliament, according to a report. Germenis is a representative of the Golden Dawn party, considered one of the most extreme far-right affiliations in Europe. While the country is in the midst of economic troubles, Germenis is already doing his due diligence and offering solutions, advocating to reignite the country's factories and workshops, while saying illegal immigrants "must leave." Could it be that Romney has something in common with a black metal bassist?
Tom Cruise is no stranger to music. Who can forget the famous underwear scene in Risky Business during which he lip-syncs Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock And Roll"? Or Maverick crooning the Everly Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" in Top Gun. Or singing Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" in Jerry Maguire. Cruise will take his vocal career to a new level in Rock Of Ages, a new film celebrating the decadence, debauchery and loud rock music in Los Angeles circa 1987. Cruise plays Stacee Jaxx, a rough-and-tumble rock god, and lends his actual voice to a pair of covers on the film's soundtrack, Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City." In preparing for the role, Cruise actually trained with Axl Rose's vocal coach. "It's like learning a new sport or a skill for a character," said Cruise in an interview with Playboy. Cruise also revealed a tense moment in which he sang "Pour Some Sugar On Me" in front of Def Leppard. "All the crew was watching them watching me. … [After the song was done] the lead singer, Joe Elliott, points at me and goes, 'F*** you! F*** you!' Then I saw big smiles on their faces, and I realized I'd gotten their stamp." What does Cruise sound like singing Def Leppard? Listen to a sample here.
Who do we have to thank for producer Mark Ronson's GRAMMY-winning contributions to Amy Winehouse's Back To Black album, in addition to his work with artists such as Adele and most recently Rufus Wainwright? Apparently, Sir Paul McCartney. Long before Macca was knighted by the queen for his musical service to her majesty, he was pulling a young (we're talking too young to remember) Ronson from the rough waters of Long Island Sound. It seems Ronson had heard this story from his mother Ann, who was married to Foreigner co-founder Mick Jones, but until Ronson was working on a song with McCartney recently, he thought it was a tall tale. But when McCartney recalled running into Ronson's parents regularly at the beach, he also hinted he may have rescued the young producer-to-be. So that means that somewhere around the time McCartney released "Coming Up," he was helping Ronson come up, for air.
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Carly Rae Jespen's "Call Me Maybe" is tops on the iTunes singles chart.
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