The Week In Music: Jon Bon Jovi's Labor Day Bash
Jon Bon Jovi and friends got a little too "Wild In The Streets" this past weekend during the singer's Labor Day end-of-summer blowout at his pad in the Hamptons, N.Y. Jack Nicholson was reported to be among the guest list. In a scene straight out of one of his rock concerts, the party culminated in a lavish fireworks display set to a backdrop of Bon Jovi classics, which drew a visit from local police due to neighborhood noise complaints. But the master frontman proved his negotiating skills in persuading the officers to allow him one more song and even invited them inside to watch. Fresh from the party, Bon Jovi unveiled the artwork for his band's new best-of compilation, simply titled Greatest Hits, due Nov. 9. How about a re-record of "Who Says You Can't Go Home" as "Who Says You Can't Party At Home"?
Get your popcorn ready. The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Los Angeles on Sept. 12. The show will be hosted by Chelsea Handler, who recently revealed what viewers can expect this year, and artists scheduled to perform include TWIM favorite Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Drake, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Usher, and Kanye West. Of course, we'll be making out our fashion report cards in next week's installment of Snapshot. On that note, take a look at Billboard's 50 most outrageous VMA outfits to get in that fashion state of mind.
One of The Recording Academy's favorite founding fathers, Quincy Jones, will be celebrated with a new tribute album due Nov. 9. Q: Soul Bossa Nostra will feature tracks closely associated with the man they call "Q" from artists such as Akon (the Brothers Johnson's "Strawberry Letter 23"), Ludacris and Naturally 7 ("Soul Bossa Nova") and, marking a gradual return to her career, Amy Winehouse with Mark Ronson (Lesley Gore's "It's My Party"). Said Jones of the Winehouse contribution: "I am thrilled that she and Mark wanted to be a part of this album and I absolutely love what they did to make the song their own."
Would you still love him if he was well past 64? John Lennon would have turned 70 on Oct. 9, and according to USA Today, a number of events are on tap to celebrate the big day. Among them, several CD projects, including eight Lennon solo album reissues as well as an 11-CD box set; a biopic, Nowhere Boy, examining Lennon's early life, set to open on Oct. 8; plans by widow Yoko Ono to stage We Are Plastic Ono Band tribute shows, featuring Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop and others, on Oct. 1–2 in Los Angeles; and don't forget the GRAMMY Museum's new exhibit, John Lennon, Songwriter, which will run from October through March 2011. It's sort of like Christmas in October, though certainly Lennon would never compare himself to Jesus.
In more Beatles news, Sir Paul McCartney was announced as one of the honorees for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors. Additionally, The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles was released on Sept. 7. The DVD set includes 20 songs as featured on the Fab Four's appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964 and 1965. The first night, Feb. 9, 1964, is considered to be a landmark in U.S. television history with an estimated 73 million Americans having tuned in.
Is Carrie Underwood contemplating a career change? Following a recent screening of the upcoming movie Soul Surfer, Underwood says she was pleasantly surprised by her feature film debut. "I really liked how everything turned out, including myself," said Underwood. "I was really expecting the worst from myself, and I really surprised myself." The GRAMMY winner plays a youth counselor in the film, which is based on the story of surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack. "It's definitely an uplifting movie," assured Underwood. The film is slated for release in 2011.
What's all the Twitter chatter about out there? Check out the TWIM Twittertable: keshasuxx: What the hell do I wear to the vmas?; kanyewest: How much is a s**t load exactly? I'm assuming it's more than a piss load; justinbieber: back from playing some hoop ...not the best outing for the squad. @scooterbraun & @kennyhamilton u guys are starting to get old on me. lol; genesimmons: I hate twitting; katyperry: We're all on the bus having a drag queen loca off to ur new song "Only Girl" @rihanna! I'm winning so far. That song is #1, bet a kitten.
Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, while Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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