The Week In Music: Lady Gaga To Rock Queen?
Could Queen be going gaga for…Lady Gaga? According to a report, guitarist Brian May says the band is looking for somebody to love on tour again, but there's one thing missing — a frontman (or in this case, a frontwoman). "We talk about going out on the road all the time, but there's a bit of a singer problem to put it mildly," May told Spin magazine. "I worked with Lady Gaga and she's very creative and is someone we've talked about singing, fronting the band with." Lady Gaga's own fondness of the group is no secret; her stage name was inspired by Queen's 1984 tune "Radio Ga Ga," and Gaga recently performed with May under the guise of her alter ego Joe Calderone at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in August. Will Gaga come out the champion in Queen's search? In related Gaga news, the Fame Monster is headed for a new kind of fame. Television network Lifetime is reportedly developing a biopic based on the GRAMMY winner's life titled Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story. Additional details were not revealed as the biopic is in pre-production. If it does come to fruition, it sounds like we will finally learn exactly which "way" Lady G was born.
File under: A good idea, but too late. Upcoming MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Paul McCartney told England's Daily Express that, eventually, the Beatles would have reunited had John Lennon not been murdered in 1980 and George Harrison not died of cancer in 2001. "If John and George were still here it's highly likely we would've had a Beatles ¬reunion," McCartney told the newspaper. "I think we would've mellowed to the point where we would've said, 'Come on, let's do it.'" All four members of the Beatles appeared on recordings since the band's 1970 breakup (usually on different tracks or adding their parts separately), but never toured or released a Beatles album. The closest McCartney and Lennon came to playing together in public again was in the mid-'70s when "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels reportedly offered them $3,000 to come on the show. Maybe if the offer had been for real money, the reunion might have happened.
While vinyl continues to make a digital-age comeback, the same can't be said for cassette tapes. The once top-selling music format has seen its total annual sales fall to roughly 30,000 units. Now, to add to that indignity, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary is dropping "cassette tape," among other entries, from its pages to make room for 400 new and necessary words such as "retweet." The dictionary's Editor-At-Large Jesse Sheidlower told USA Today that cassette tape was considered "so past its prime that it was not worth keeping it in." Fortunately, at last check, cassette tape still warranted an entry in the online version of the dictionary. Perhaps it's not so sad for those of us who remember the sun-heated interiors of our cars melting the high frequencies from our favorite albums.
With Christmas just a little more than two months away, artists and music fans alike are surely readying their holiday playlists for parties and warm nights by the fireplace. Meanwhile, TWIM favorite Justin Bieber has been at work on his own musical holiday surprise. The teen pop idol is teaming with songstress Mariah Carey for a song on his forthcoming holiday album, Under The Mistletoe. Carey, who is set to collaborate with Bieber on a cover of her "All I Want For Christmas Is You," is the recent addition to an all-star cast of artists set to appear on the album, including the Band Perry, Boyz II Men, Busta Rhymes, and Usher. "I think a lot of you are already very surprised by this," Carey said in a video message. "And you're going to be even more surprised when you hear it." What can we expect from the star who taught us all to sing, "Baby, baby, baby, oh"? We'll have to wait until Oct. 18 when the first single, "Misteltoe," is released, and Nov. 1 when the album drops. But according to a tweet from Bieber earlier this week, it's "not your normal Christmas album."
The marriage between two people is one of life's true treasures, one that is typically shared with the happy couple's close friends and family at a beautiful ceremony. Unfortunately, the costs for that beautiful ceremony sometimes can be hefty, even by celebrity standards. Kiss bassist/merchandise mogul Gene Simmons may be on to a new trend in finding a way to offset those gargantuan flower bills, bar tabs and rock-sized wedding ring price tags. Simmons, who married longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed on Oct. 1 in Los Angeles, has opened an online store offering [read: hawking] a variety of collectible nuptial-related items. Fans wanting a commemorative piece of the "rock and roll wedding of the year" can browse everything from shot glasses, beer steins and toasting flutes to acrylic wedding invitations, apparel and an engraved crystal chiller and ice bucket. Of course, Kiss fans wanting to celebrate properly should remember to fill the wedding glassware with Kiss wine and beer, sold separately. A photo of the loving and financially minded couple, along with their dog Snippy, can be found here.
In related wedding news, though Tom Cruise has been known to love that old time rock and roll, it appears he also loves catchy new pop tunes. Cruise was recently challenged to a dance-off at a wedding, which led him to get down and dirty in the form of the classic worm dance to Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera. Rather than images of couch-jumping, this may conjure up memories of his eponymous entrance from 1983's Risky Business that captures him sliding across hardwood floors wearing nothing but socks, underwear and a pink dress shirt, using a candle holder as his microphone to sing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll." Cruise kept his pants on this time, but do you think he still has moves after 28 years? Better yet, does he move like Jagger?
Adele's "Someone Like You" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles charts.
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