Prince at the BET Awards on June 27
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The Week In Music: RIP Internet
It may be time to cancel your Internet service, unload the laptop and MP3 player, and even do away with the number system entirely. According to Prince, technological Armageddon is upon us. "The Internet's completely over," his purple majesty said. "The Internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers, and that can't be good for you." Kenny G responded to the artist formerly known as a symbol's declaration with a countering viewpoint, saying if the Internet is dead "then I must be dead, too, 'cause I use it all the time. Maybe I've got a sixth sense, and I only see dead people. I don't know." We think the jury's still out on this one.
In fact, maybe the Internet's really mostly alive. Trent Reznor revealed that he will be scoring director for David Fincher's Facebook-themed film The Social Network. Ironically, Reznor has more than 8,000 Facebook fans, though his band, or former band, Nine Inch Nails, has nearly 600,000 fans. With more than 98 percent of his fans recognizing him more under the NIN moniker, you could say Trent's Facebook presence is, well, a little Faceless, so maybe this score will score him more Facebook love.
Bieber Fever continues to reach astronomical proportions, but just how astronomical? "This s*** is huge," wrote former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan in his regular Seattle Weekly column. McKagan has taken note of Justin Bieber's meteoric rise through the lense of his 12-year-old daughter, Grace. Duff happens to be friends with Bieber's tour manager and will be taking his daughter to a concert in Everett, Wash., on July 13, and there may be a chance "the Bieber will go down on one knee that night and ask her to marry him." Could wedding bells be ringing for Justin and Grace? And will Axl Rose be invited to the wedding?
Two weeks ago, former Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon were fortunate enough to make our world-renowned column. This week, it's Ringo Starr, who turned 70 on Wednesday. As part of his celebration, the peace sign-flashing drummer (no, all those peace signs Justin Bieber throws down aren't new) asked everyone around the globe to say "peace and love" at noon on his birthday by any form of communication, a welcome thought for any day of the year. For those of you reticent to jump in, Ringo will go first.
The summer concert season casualty list continues to mount. This past week, the "American Idol" tour was cut short by two weeks, which follows a recent announcement regarding Lilith Fair cancelling 10 concerts. Other artists who have cut short their summer itineraries include Christina Aguilera, Country Throwdown, Eagles, the Go-Go's, Limp Bizkit, Rihanna, and U2. Even the JoBros had to drop 20 dates on their U.S. tour. "If we're missing your city, please know that we love you and we will be back soon," the band said in a statement on their website.
So you've had a bit of a problem settling back into the groove following the big Fourth of July weekend. Get back on track and further reinvigorate your patriotism with Billboard's list of the 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever. Remember, this is Billboard's list, so if you actually dug Rosanne Barr's 1990 version at a San Diego Padres game, feel free to comment below.
Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, notches its fifth week at No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, while Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, reclaims the top spot on the iTunes singles chart.
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