The Week In Music: Kings Poohed Off Stage
Kings Of Leon may have legions of fans and three GRAMMY Awards, but they could have used somebody to help them out at their St. Louis concert on July 23. After just three songs, bassist Jared Followill was on the receiving end of a present, dropped off in his mouth courtesy of a pigeon flying overhead. The Kings exited the stage immediately, after which the venue spokesman told the crowd the show would not continue due to fears for the band's safety. Regarding the doo-doo incident, drummer/brother Nathan Followill tweeted: "So sorry St. Louis. We had to bail….Too unsanitary to continue." Thankfully concertgoers were given a full refund. What have we learned from this? Birds now rank behind pyro on the concert danger list.
A group of Benedictine nuns from Southern France has signed with Universal Music Group and will release an album of Gregorian chants in November. The holy songstresses join new labelmates Lady Gaga, Elton John and the Rolling Stones, but this isn't your usual record deal story. "We never sought this, it came looking for us," said Reverend Mother Abbess at the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation. "At first we were worried it would affect our cloistered life, so we asked St. Joseph in prayer. Our prayers were answered." Might their prayers have included a request for a chart-topping, platinum album? And will St. Joseph get deal points? This also gives us another opportunity to remind you of the original list-making nun, Sister Janet Mead.
Given that some still believe Michael Jackson is not the biological father of any children, it may be surprising to find he could have more offspring than even he might have guessed. Or maybe this is the beginning of the ritual known as "I'm the love child of a rich deceased celeb." Mocienne Petit Jackson claims to be the child of MJ and Diana Ross' sister Barbara Ross, according to TMZ. She says MJ was 17 years old at the time she was conceived, and to protect his reputation MJ's mother Katherine had Mocienne abducted and sent to Belgium. All seven of her abductors were later conveniently murdered. We'll wait for all the facts, but meanwhile, we think Mocienne just wants to be startin' somethin'.
Listed at 7 feet 6 inches tall and 310 pounds according to ESPN.com, Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is an especially big man even among the notoriously big men of the NBA. So he makes for a fitting marketing partner with audio manufacturer Monster, which is looking to broaden its presence in fast-growing China. (The fact that Yao is a Chinese national and a hero in his country probably played into the teaming as well.) The result is a line of Yao Monster products from audio cables to headphones and even glasses, all billed as lifestyle products that allow Chinese consumers to express themselves. Maybe Google can soothe some Chinese censorship watchdogs with a new Yao Search.
If this was a way to prod the Spanish team on to victory in the World Cup, it might have had more impact if it was the women's team. Then again, Spain won, so.... Sexy singer Enrique Iglesias said he would water-ski naked if his home country Spain triumphed, and now says he will live up to the wager...if they clear Biscayne Bay of its sharks. "The only thing I'm worried about is if you fall at night, there's sharks in the water," he told People. Well, there's that, and public exposure. "Can you really get arrested for skiing naked?" Iglesias wondered. Technically yes, and announcing it ahead of time probably increases those odds.
While primarily known for her politics, what many people may not know about Condoleezza Rice is that she is a classically trained pianist. The former Secretary of State showed off her chops in performing at a charity concert in Philadelphia this past Tuesday with the legendary Aretha Franklin. Rice, who gave up her lofty dreams of being a professional musician for her political aspirations, performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra and joined the Queen of Soul on "I Say A Little Prayer," which Franklin reportedly introduced by saying: "You didn't think she could play it, right?"
Following the long line of recording artists who have made sojourns to the silver screen, Rihanna is set to star in Battleship, a sci-fi action thriller based on the popular board game coming to theaters in 2012. There is no word on what role Rihanna will play, but she is set to co-star with Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgård, who play brothers and naval officers assigned to a multinational task force charged with repelling alien invaders. Asked about potential film roles this past February, Rihanna said, "I love action. I would love to play a badass one day." We'll see where this goes, but the board game reboot may be the next big film craze. Imagine riding slides with Ke$ha in "Chutes And Ladders," rounding up candy with Katy Perry in "Candyland," or tangling up with the Bieb in "Twister."
Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, once again holds the No. 1 position on both the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles chart.
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