The Week In Music: Lady Gaga Headed To The Big Screen
It seems Lady Gaga was not only born this way, but she was born to act. The Fame Monster has announced she'll be making her feature film debut in the forthcoming Robert Rodriguez-directed Machete Kills. Gaga made the announcement to her little monsters via Twitter, expressing how "EXCITED!!!" she is and that the filming was "insane." You can catch the Fame Monster portraying the role of "La Chameleon" in 2013. In other insane news, a Lady Gaga doll situation is getting pretty bratty. According to a report, Gaga is working with MGA Entertainment, maker of the popular Bratz doll, to create a Gaga-inspired doll (with removable head). But while MGA is hoping for the Gaga brat to hit stores this year (in time for those bratty Christmas lists, no doubt), the Universal Music Group-owned merchandiser Bravado is attempting to delay the release of the dolls until her new album is released next year. MGA has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the pop star, alleging that Gaga and her representatives are attempting to "sabotage" the deal. Further legal proceedings are scheduled for Aug. 29. With the doll-making process fully underway, Gaga management executive Bobby Campbell assures that the artist has already given half of her stamp of approval. "She loves them and we only need to make a few tweaks as we get into sculpting," wrote Campbell, according to email records attained by the Los Angeles Times. What will those tweaks be? "Think a prettier version of [Lady] Gaga."
With groups such as One Direction heating up the boy band scene, the craze that is currently experiencing a reboot of sorts is about to get 98 Degrees hotter. The group, which emerged in the late-'90s with songs such as "I Do (Cherish You)" and "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)," are looking to cherish more than just one night as they gear up to kick off their reunion with a performance on the "Today" show on Aug. 17, followed by a slot on the Summer MixTape Fest 2012 Aug. 17–18. But they're not stopping there. The group is also reportedly in the studio, possibly working on some new music, and is expected to throw a party where "everyone's invited." We have two questions: How hot will this party be and will this set a precedent for more boy-band reunions?
While every music fan and critic has their own opinion of the state of popular music today, what do actual reserachers have to say? According to a new scientific study orchestrated by a Spanish research team analyzing pop songs recorded between 1955–2010, the tunes have become "intrinsically louder" and less varied in terms of chords and melodies. According to a Reuters report quoting Joan Serra of the Spanish National Research Council, the study found that pop music's "timbre palette" has become less extensive, meaning songs are featuring fewer sounds, while its "intrinsic loudness," the noise value of a song, has increased. In the words of LMFAO, there seems to have been a lot of party rockin' going on over the last 50 years.
Can you imagine an Aerosmith without Steven Tyler? Bon Jovi without Jon Bon Jovi? Smashing Pumpkins without Billy Corgan? As unlikely as these scenarios may seem, the latter is not so far-fetched, according to Corgan himself. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman believes his band can continue without him. "Maybe there comes a point like Kiss where Kiss is going to continue on without Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley]," said Corgan. "Maybe there'll come a point in Smashing Pumpkins history where this band will continue on without me. I'll just write songs." In a separate interview, Corgan discussed his disappointment with having to play a greatest hits-type set list for U.S. concertgoers. "There's this sort of pervasive attitude in America which is just kind of 'shut up and play and be happy that anybody wants to see you play anything,'" said Corgan. "To me...it's been at the expense of progress, this kind of retro-mania, this revisionary thing of 'let's constantly celebrate the past.'" Corgan is certainly on a roll of late, but we're hoping he will reveal even more in his upcoming memoir.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and Flo Rida's "Whistle" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.