The Week In Music: Ozzy Osbourne Reigns Over Record Store Day
The Prince of Darkness is taking on a new reign. Ozzy Osbourne has been named the official Record Store Day Ambassador 2011. His main purpose will be to "claim the mantle of greatness that conveys the majesty of the amazing array of releases made on the world's only holiday to music." In celebration of this honor, Ozzy fans will have the chance to purchase a limited seven-inch vinyl single of the rocker's "Flying High Again," including a live version of "I Don't Know," and full-length vinyl releases of the 30th anniversary editions of Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman. If that isn't incentive enough to go out and support your local record store, Ozzy says, "I now have the power to command you to attend Record Store Day, April 16th. Be there!" According to RSD co-founder Michael Kurtz, the founders were "gobsmacked" when Ozzy agreed to take on the role. Past Record Store Day Ambassadors have included Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes and Joshua Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures.
Remember when we reported on the costly haircut of GRAMMY nominee Justin Bieber? Well, it seems as though the teen pop sensation is putting those cut locks to some good use. According to reports, Bieber is auctioning off his freshly cut hair on eBay to benefit the Gentle Barn, a nonprofit that offers a safe haven for abused farm animals and children. The teen star appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week and gifted the host with a lock of his hair, encased in an autographed box. The box of hair is now available for bid on eBay, with the current bid at a cool $6,900 at post time. If you're one who likes to test before you buy, Bieber's stylist Venessa Price says of the star's hair type, "…it's like silk. He has very soft hair [and] I hope it stays that way forever."
They went head-to-head in competition for the Album Of The Year trophy at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, but neither came out on top. Now, GRAMMY winners Eminem and Lady Gaga are going head-to-head in the social sphere. According to social network analysis website Famecount.com, Eminem has surpassed Lady Gaga as the "most liked" artist on Facebook with a total of 28.8 million thumbs up, averaging more than half a million likes a week. Continuing his rise toward the throne of the Web world, this week Eminem reached the 1 billion views mark on YouTube, trailing just behind Lady Gaga (1.19 billion) and Justin Bieber (1.34 billion). Looks like Eminem is making a recovery in more places than one this year.
Proving that they're still believers, the Monkees have announced they will reunite after 45 years for a tour. Original members Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork, minus Michael Nesmith, will kick off their tour in Liverpool, England, on May 12. While the band's longevity hasn't come without their share of hardships and disputes, Tork said, "We like each other just fine now. Whatever ups and downs we have had pale into insignificance. Each one of the tours we do is more fun than the one before." It sounds like concertgoers are in for some good clean fun.
Coming off their score for Tron: Legacy, French DJs and GRAMMY winners Daft Punk are apparently teaming with Coca-Cola for a band-branded version of Coke that will be made available exclusively in clubs, packaged in collector's sets, and through Paris boutique Colette. A teaser spot made available on YouTube features what appears to be a Daft Punk track with mostly indecipherable computerized voices. No word on whether this is regular Coke, a new high-energy club version, or if, given the inability to make out the lyrics in the spot, it's actually Pepsi.
Paul McCartney, who just earned his 14th GRAMMY when he won the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance on Feb. 13 for a live version of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter," has finished a new ballet according to The New York Times. "Ocean's Kingdom" is said to be a romantic story about an ocean kingdom representing purity, and an earthly kingdom representing, according to Macca, the "baddies." It may become better known by its alternate title: "My Love Vs. Godzilla." The ballet will premiere at the New York City Ballet on Sept. 22.
MTV announced it will premiere the O Music Awards — the network's new digital music awards — on April 28 to "honor the migration of music to the digital space, and celebrate the art, artistry and technology of digital music." The network said it hopes the show will do for digital music what its Video Music Awards did for the music video. As for the "O" in the telecast title? We're not sure, and the network said it's leaving the "O" undefined and open to interpretation from viewers. Here are a few of our wild guesses: Online Music Awards; Ode To Kanye West's Tweets Music Awards; Oh I Facebooked That? Music Awards; and OMG President Barack Obama Is On Twitter Music Awards.
Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" is No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles chart.
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