The Week In Music: Miley's Ear Tat
After learning that Miley Cyrus had inked her ear with a tattoo of the word "love," PopEater asked Steve the tattoo artist at Fun City Tattoo which celebrities have the most painful tattoos. Steve leans toward Katy Perry's inside bicep tat and the decoration on the top of Britney Spears' foot. Lil Wayne's inside-the-lip tattoo elicits a mild response from Steve, but to Travis Barker's full-body ink job, Steve says, "If you want something bad enough, you get through it."
Speaking of Katy, is there trouble brewing between her and everyone's favorite bad romancer? Following the premiere of Lady Gaga's controversial video for "Alejandro," Katy took what some fans perceived as a swipe at Gaga. "Using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke," Katy tweeted. She later clarified her remark, "Lately, I've just been seeing some things that are kind of like, I don't know, in my own personal feelings, a little bit like not something I would do, I guess." Outside of kissing a girl, what would Katy actually do, you ask? Well, as evidenced by her own new video for "California Gurls," roll around on cotton candy clouds, take bites out of live ginger breads, bury Snoop Dogg in the sand, and even dish out some whipped cream. Check it out, but keep the popsicles in the freezer.
In yet another sign of the synergy between music and social networking, MTV announced it is on the lookout for its first Twitter Jockey. The network will have 20 candidates compete against one another in a mini-Twitter Olympics of sorts designed to display their tweeting aptitude, with five finalists selected to compete on a live show in August. Fans will ultimately select the network's debut TJ, who will be charged with reporting on MTV events and appearing on-air periodically. No specifics were revealed but it's a good bet on-air time will be limited to 140 seconds or less.
Justin Bieber has been doo-wopped. Utah rockers and labelmates Neon Trees have a turned in a doo-wop-tinged version of the Bieb's Top 10 chestnut, "Baby." Asked about their cover choice, Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn said, "We might as well cover something people are enjoying right now…[and] we thought it would be kind of a nice shout-out. Hello Justin Bieber!" Could this possibly spawn a rash of Bieber cover fever? A disco version of "First Dance," or perhaps a grunge-rock take of "Up"?
File this under the category Worst Use of Horns. Earplug makers report huge sales at early FIFA World Cup rounds thanks in large part to the constant honk of vuvuzela horns at stadiums in South Africa. The BBC has registered 545 complaints about the annoying bleats during its TV coverage of the games. Ear Plugs Online reports its sales are up 121 percent and Sheppard Medical says sales have jumped 20 percent. For a slightly more musical approach to the squawking horn, check out the Vuvuzela Orchestra.
What's the secret to surviving years of (alleged) drug and alcohol abuse? According to Rolling Stone, scientists may be about to find out. Genome researchers at Cambridge, Mass.-based Knome will perform a full DNA analysis on iconic rocker Ozzy Osbourne for the purported purpose of discovering how the self-proclaimed madman has withstood years of heavy-metal partying. Knome's services don't require the famed garbled articulation of Ozzy to render them difficult to understand: "novel allele identification, multi-genome comparative analysis, predictive functional analysis, and causation targeting." We're hoping for the best for Ozzy's allele.
In comeback news, new wave synth punkers Devo released their first studio album in 20 years, Something For Everybody, this past Tuesday. And when they say they have something for everybody, they mean everybody. The band whipped it up good with a live cat listening party for a cadre of Devo kitty enthusiasts. The feline album reviews were apparently mixed, but an unidentified partygoer said a chorus of vuvuzela-like hisses erupted when the album was ejected.
Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, is once again the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as well as tops on the iTunes singles chart.
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