The Week In Music: Nickelback Assaulted Via Twitter
When recalling the frostiest music feuds of all time, Guns N' Roses vs. Nirvana, Moby vs. Eminem, Biggie vs. Tupac, and Gallagher vs. Gallagher immediately come to mind. But the Black Keys' recent verbal assault of Nickelback may be a candidate to shoot to the top of the war list, with an assist from Twitter. It all started in early January when Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney took the opportunity to denigrate the Canadian rockers in a Rolling Stone interview: "Rock and roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world. So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be s***. …" This dart may have been the inspiration behind a series of Twitter insults aimed at the Canadian rockers, with one fan recently tweeting: "Was driving down the street, and a @Nickelback song came on. I had an aneurism and violently s*** myself at the same time. And my dog died." Proving they're not afraid of their detractors, Chad Kroeger and Co. tweeted back: "I bet it was the best day you've had in awhile. #yourwelcome." A second fan fired another round, tweeting that hearing a Nickelback song was worse than hearing Rebecca Black, followed by the hashtag #earsbleeding. Nickelback's reply? "Then it's working?!?!? Sweet!" We'll be monitoring this Twitter tussle to see if the repartee continues to fly. Meanwhile, we offer a peaceful thought in the form of Nickelback's "If Everyone Cared."
While Music's Biggest Night, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, is just two weeks away, on Feb. 5 all eyes will be on Super Bowl XLVI. But the game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants won't be the only action on the table. Rapper/producer Brian "Birdman" Williams is thinking the Tom Brady-led Patriots will emerge victorious, and he's looking to put his money where his mouth is. "I like New ENGLaNd.my nephew play RB# 42.I'm Bet 5million 2 any n-.like tha Giants YMCMB.BabyMoney anybody kan Getit," Birdman tweeted cryptically. Translating the message, it seems Birdman is planning to bet on the Patriots to the tune of $5 million. While that's big money to the rest of us nonbird folk, it's chump change to the rapper, who usually walks around sporting $1 million worth of jewelry and orthodontia bling. And it turns out the Birdman likes to gamble big. Last year, he cashed in $1 million on the Super Bowl, when he bet the Green Bay Packers would win, though he did lose $2 million on the NBA Finals when the Miami Heat were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks. Interestingly, Birdman recently claimed he is a New Orleans Saints fan. It's just more proof that when it comes to sports wagers, all loyalty is off.
What do Metallica's James Hetfield and Hulk Hogan have in common? They're both muscular (one maybe more than the other). They both have machinelike skills that can put fire ablaze in the hearts of metal and wrestling fans alike. And they both (at one point) had blond hair. Oh, and both of their last names begin with H. But Hetfield and Hogan may have more in common as the famed wrestling champion recently revealed to The Sun that he almost joined an early version of Metallica. "I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler," Hogan said. "I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days, but it didn't work out." Speaking on the topic of music, Hogan also mentioned indie rock quartet Kasabian, who have been known to check into hotel rooms under the Hulk's name. "I heard about these guys," Hogan said. "They [had] made a show about UK wrestling in the '80s called 'Walk Like A Panther.' I know Rollerball Rocco, he's in it. He's my guy. I'll be his tag partner and sort them out for trashing hotel rooms under my name." Let this be a lesson: Never check into a hotel under the name Hulk Hogan, and if you're given a chance to perform with Metallica, take it.
Clearly rapper/actor Ice-T hasn't been wasting any time watching the dozens (and dozens …) of Republican presidential debates. He believes President Barack Obama will extend his stay in the White House, and he's already got his candidate picked for 2016: Hillary Clinton. "She did the Secretary of State job, she was a 'G,' she held it down, she didn't cry," -T said at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where he's promoting his directorial debut, the documentary Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap. "Obama will support her and she'll be the first woman president." Just one problem: Clinton may not support herself. She announced Thursday to Department of State staffers that she was tired of "the high wire of American politics," and would not re-up with the Obama administration. Ice-T may already be looking for a new "G" to support for president, but at least he can take solace in the fact that Clinton didn't shed any tears during her address.
If you're looking for new music and a good cause to support (and have an extra five-and-a-half hours to spare), you might consider picking up the newly released Chimes Of Freedom — The Songs Of Bob Dylan (Honoring 50 Years Of Amnesty International). The four-disc set is one of the largest charity compilations in recent history as it features 76 Bob Dylan covers by artists ranging from Adele and TWIM favorites Miley Cyrus and Ke$ha, to Diana Krall, Sinéad O'Connor and Pete Seeger. Cyrus has clearly come a long way from her "Hannah Montana" days and performs a country-tinged cover of Dylan's early sorrowful recording "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go". And Ke$ha puts down her bottle of Jack to turn in a stripped-down, (literally) tearful version of "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." Craving more covers? You can preview the entire album here.
Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" is tops on the iTunes singles chart.
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