The Week In Music: Is Nicki Minaj Twitter's Latest Quitter?
Celebrities jumping on the social media bandwagon has seemed to be all the rage this month, with Betty White officially joining Twitter last week and Beyoncé joining the conversation the week prior. But Nicki Minaj, already known for her against-the-grain appeal, has announced she's "quitting" Twitter. The rap songstress bid her 11 million followers adieu after a fansite, Nicki Daily, reportedly started to leak her songs online. "Like seriously, its but so much a person can take. Good f***ing bye," Minaj tweeted just before suspending her account. Our guess is Minaj is just taking a Roman holiday from Twitter, and she'll be back soon (hopefully before her account faces permanent deletion in 30 days).
After Axl Rose respectfully declined his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Guns N' Roses last week, it seems he's now, to quote Rose's former nemesis, the late Kurt Cobain, "all apologies." Following Saturday's induction ceremony — which was attended by former GNR members Steven Adler, Duff McKagan, Slash, and Matt Sorum — Rose has issued another statement, addressing "Cleveland, Ohio, Guns N' Roses Fans and everyone who's shown support for my decision regarding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." In the statement, Rose explained how he doesn't "exactly know or understand what the Hall is" or "who chooses the voters and why anyone [on] this board decides who [is] … officialyl 'rock' enough to be in the Hall." "As I said," continued Rose, "I sincerely didn't want to disappoint anyone. It gets old being the outlaw even if 'it's only rock and roll.'" Someone must have taken Axl down to the forgiveness city. Maybe it was Lana Del Rey?
As unlikely as it may seem, late rap icon Tupac Shakur could be gracing the stage in an arena near you soon. Putting a new spin on the term comeback, a virtual hologram of the rapper "performed" alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at the Coachella festival on April 15. Though the virtual Tupac attracted arguably the biggest buzz of the desert festival, it seems this may be just the tip of the iceberg. "This is just the beginning," said Ed Ulbrich, COO of Digital Domain, the company that created Tupac's likeness. "Dre has a massive vision for this." According to The Wall Street Journal report, that vision could include a massive stadium tour alongside artists such as involving other hip-hop stars such as Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa, or an arena run with Dre and Snoop. But be wary of what you'll actually be seeing. "This is an illusion," said Ulbrich, stating the somewhat obvious. Meanwhile, you can follow the virtual Tupac on Twitter @HologramTupac. Of course, follow at your own risk. This Twitter handle could also be an illusion.
Death metal-lite star Rob Zombie, who scored hits with his band White Zombie and as a solo artist, now spends most of his time directing horror movies, including a 2007 remake of John Carpenter's classic Halloween. Currently, Zombie is working on a new film, The Lords Of Salem, but that hasn't stopped him from moonlighting. You might think he's making a new album (which he is — the album is due this summer). But he's also directing commercials for ant killer Amdro. In the spot, actor Clint Howard pastes together a death threat to the defenseless, though admittedly annoying, creatures. "It worked out great since the agency wanted a Clint Howard type for the spot," says Zombie. "So naturally I said, 'How about if I just call the real guy and see if he's interested?' He was, and the rest is ant-killing history." Think a Zombie-helmed ant commercial is funny? Then you'll be glad to know Zombie is apparently also teaming with YouTube outlet Nerdist Channel to launch a comedy series called "My Name Is Eugene." With so much going on, Zombie must be less human than human and more superman (or maybe he's truly a zombie).
There's just one thing we here at TWIM like better than a good hologram performance or an Axl Rose apology, and that's any news on pop sensation Justin Bieber. The 18-year-old heartthrob dropped by "The Voice" on April 17 to play a teaser of the video for his latest hit, "Boyfriend." It may be hard to tell at this point, but some are already speculating that the Bieb may have gone too far down a risqué path for his tween audience. The excerpt shows Bieber seductively whispering into a lucky girl's ear and being groped by a sea of female hands. Will fans who fell in love with innocent hits such as "Baby" and "One Less Lonely Girl" take the leap with a more mature, deeper-voiced Justin? We'll have to wait until the full video premieres, but for now you can view a 45-second clip. And you better belieb it, Justin Bieber's new album, Believe, drops June 19.
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Maroon 5's "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa is tops on the iTunes singles chart.
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