The Week In Music: Mo' Money, Mo' Music
While pennies are still being pinched in some parts of the country, Public Enemy fans are finding that while money can't buy them love…it can buy them a new album from Chuck D and the rest of the hip-hop gang. When the group set up a page on SellABand.com to solicit funds to create a new album, fans came out in droves, helping the group reach their goal of $75,000. "We've had explosive starts, media attention, corporate troubles, media criticism, recalculations, and finally resurgence," said the group in a statement. "When it's all said and done, the bottom line is that we never lost faith in ourselves, our fans and the future of fan-funding as a model." Maybe this model will inspire other public-funding sites such as FundMyTripToEurope, PayOffMyDebt or MakeMeAMillionaire.
Neverland Ranch will be coming to a venue near you in 2011 in the form of Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour. Scheduled to kick off in Montreal next October, the thriller show will be set in a stylized version of Jackson's famed Southern California home. "It is really about a central character or characters who get transported into this world of Neverland where they learn everything there is to know about Michael," said writer and director Jamie King, who acted as a body double on Jackson's Dangerous tour in the early '90s. Depending on fan response, the tour could extend into 2012 and travel outside North America.
He's already too fast for love, but now Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil is going to try his hand (and feet) at figure skating in ABC's "Skating With The Stars." "I was a figure skater when I was 12," Neil told People.com. "When they called, the people in my office were laughing but I told them, 'I actually used to skate. I haven't skated for a long, long time. I like to do things that sound like fun and this sounds like fun.'" Neil is no stranger to fun, given his tenure in the Crüe and his recently released autobiography and solo album, Tattoos & Tequila. But will he have the skates that kill? We'll have to wait until the show debuts on Nov. 22 to find out.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, it's time to hunker down and get that gift list together. If you have a metal music fan on your list, you're in luck. Noisecreep has compiled a list of top holiday gift ideas designed to please the roughest and toughest headbanger. Gift ideas include an Andrew W.K. Throbblehead, a Kiss LED TV, a Big Muff bass pedal, mini brass knuckle earrings, a Friday The 13th Jason ski mask, and a Ronnie James Dio statue, among others. If going the ski mask route, we recommend the Taylor Swift pick necklace and Justin Bieber hoodie to round out a totally wicked metal ensemble.
In more holiday gift news, never say these artists didn't stop to smell the roses. MTV's just-in-time-for-holiday-shopping celebrity scent guide lists five new entrants into the musician fragrance wars, including Justin Bieber's My World (dog tags and wristbands infused with a unisex scent), Katy Perry's Purr (sex kitten in a bottle for teenage dreamers), Christina Aguilera's Royal Desire (Xtina's fifth entry into the perfume sweepstakes), Shakira's S By Shakira (with notes of jasmine, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, and our favorite delicate scent, resin), and Rihanna's Reb'l Fleur (in a bottle shaped like an inverted stiletto heel). Splash these on and, in the words of the Bieb, it'll be like baby baby baby ooh.
It may be all about the Benjamins for the rappers, but it's old-school rocker John Lennon who's getting his own money. After a public online vote, Lennon beat out author Jane Austin and Sir Walter Raleigh, among others, as the subject of a British 5 pound commemorative coin. Lennon will join such figures as Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin and William Shakespeare as subjects of special-issue UK coins. But if you want one, hurry. At a run of only 5,000 coins, the Lennon commemorative is likely to become as rare as the Beatles "butcher" cover.
Here at TWIM, we usually avoid politics, but we also recognize it isn't often a musician calls a politician an "a**hat." Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) had apparently been invoking the name of singer Johnny Cash in a pre-election stump joke: "Remember when Ronald Reagan was president?" he said according to The New York Times. "We had Bob Hope. We had Johnny Cash. Think about where we are today. We have got President Obama. But we have no hope and we have no cash." To which Cash's daughter, singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, tweeted: "John Boehner: Stop using my dad's name as a punchline, you a**hat." Of course, it still shows great decorum next to what California Governor-elect Jerry Brown's camp called Meg Whitman.
Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Rihanna's "What's My Name?" featuring Drake, is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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