Jon Bon Jovi may have been shot down in a blaze of glory by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he's in good with the White House. On Dec. 14 President Barack Obama announced the establishment of the White House Council for Community Solutions. Bon Jovi was the sole music artist appointed to the council, which will advise the president on effective ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses, and government to work to solve specific community needs. "These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation," said Obama. "I commend them for their outstanding contributions to their communities, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well in their new roles on the White House Council for Community Solutions." In addition to his day job as a musician, Bon Jovi is chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the lives of those in need. Under his leadership, the foundation has provided affordable housing to hundreds of low-income individuals and families. Now that's giving Bon Jovi a good name.
The DJ had an all-too-excited fan falling in love with Usher Monday night during a show at New York's Madison Square Garden when, during a performance of the singer's intimate "Trading Places" he invited the said fan onstage only to get a rude awakening — a kick in the face. The not-so-graceful fan reportedly knocked Usher in the nose with the heel of her boot while attempting to "trade places" with him on an onstage couch. All ended well for the R&B/hip-hop star, who wasn't hurt and later made a joke about the scenario. Note to performers: Over-zealous fans paired with furniture as onstage props may not be the safest way to get a standing ovation.
Some may remember him best for his starring role as Daniel Desario on the TV show "Freaks And Geeks," and some may know him best as Harry Osborn in the Spider Man film series. But for those who have yet to meet him, let us introduce you to James Franco of the musical duo Kalup And Franco. Franco will reportedly team with Brooklyn, N.Y.-based video and performance artist Kalup Linzy to create this super duo. Their purpose? To create a musical space "where dreams, art, music, films, soap operas, real life, and performance art collide." To get an idea of what's to come, check out footage of the duo's rendition of "Proud Mary," backed by a team of very sensual dancers.
In related actor-gone-musical-artist news, actors Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have taken on a David Bowie and Bing Crosby Christmas duet classic in the spirit of the holiday season. Ferrell and Reilly's comedic interpretation of the memorable Bowie/Crosby 1977 Christmas special performance of "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy" can be viewed on the Ferrell-penned site, FunnyOrDie.com. It may not live up to the classic standards of the original, but it will surely give you a good laugh this holiday season. And hopefully not kill you.
With only a week of holiday shopping days left, here are a few more music-related gift ideas. A viable option for the multitasking, tech-savvy person on your list is the iKlip, which affixes the iPad to a mic stand to allow for app-browsing while making music. Bruno Mars fans can get somethin' on Bruno by sporting his look for less with two accessories: Ray-Ban replica sunglasses and a silver mesh fedora. For the introverted male teenager who may need some clothes and a little inspiration, try a Canyon River Blues flannel shirt and the Kurt Cobain action figure, rendered in grungy, "painstaking" detail.
In TWIMs past, we've presented you with our TWIM Twittertable, bringing you the latest and greatest straight from the Twitter pages of some of your favorite artists. This week Twitter revealed its top 10 most re-tweeted tweets for 2010, with music artists ranking high on the list. Nearly topping the list at No. 2 is Drake (@drakkardnoir: We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us) — wise words from one of this year's Best New Artist GRAMMY nominees. Following Drake is Lil Wayne (@liltunechi: Aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk!); and Best New Artist nominee Justin Bieber (@justnbieber: Te quiero mucho mi amor). Joe Jonas came in at No. 6 (@joejonas: I cry because I love Justin Bieber!!!); followed by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga: I'm beautiful in my way, 'cause God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track, baby. I was Born This Way.); Kanye West (@kanyewest: I'm sorry Taylor); and Rihanna (@rihanna: Justin Bieber just flashed me his abs in the middle of a restaurant! Wow! He actually had a lil 6 pack! Sexy, lol!). Looks like Bieber wins the award for most re-tweets, and most re-tweets about him.
Katy Perry's "Firework" holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second consecutive week and Bruno Mar's "Grenade" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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