The Week In Music: She Wolf Hunted?
Spotted: Shakira and her truth-telling hips frolicking in Barcelona's Pla de Palau fountain and riding around dangerously cool on a motorcycle without proper head protection. The GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning artist was reportedly on location shooting the video for her upcoming duet "Loca," featuring Dizzee Rascal. But Spanish officials were not happy when they caught a glimpse of the YouTube footage, complaining that the bikini-clad Shakira "did not even ask permission to film." Authorities say they plan to inspect the footage to "detect infringements that have been committed during the recording." Now that's loca.
There's no place like Twitter for Lady Gaga, especially now that she has surpassed Britney Spears as the most-followed celeb on the site with a whopping 5.8 million followers. The new Twitter queen commemorated the honor by recording a homemade video during her Monster Ball tour stop in Tacoma, Wash., which finds her acting out a The Wizard Of Oz-like scene. In related news, in between tweets the queen managed to work in a big Kiss this past Friday in Holmdel, N.J.
Rolling Stone magazine has chosen the top 100 Beatles songs of all-time. Given that the Beatles reportedly recorded and released 213 songs, looks like any given song had about a 50 percent chance of making the list. Still, RS had to order them, which no doubt took eight days of the working week. We'll break the suspense and give you the top 10:
1. "A Day In The Life"
2. "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
3. "Strawberry Fields Forever"
5. "In My Life"
7. "Hey Jude"
8. "Let It Be"
9. "Come Together"
10. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
"Lennon, McCartney and Harrison had stunningly high standards as writers," wrote Elvis Costello in an introduction to the Rolling Stone list. We think Ringo had high standards too, since he recorded almost exclusively Beatles songs in the '60s.
In related top 100 news, VH1 will resume its list-making ways on Sept. 6 when the network counts down the 100 greatest artists of all-time. The list was compiled by "hundreds of musicians and music experts," some of whom will appear on the show, including Sheryl Crow, Ray Davies, Rob Halford, Whitney Houston, and Regina Spektor. USA Today has provided a sneak peek at the top 20, as well as an alphabetical list of the top five: the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. Who will emerge as No. 1?
Still in the top 20 this week, "Billionaire" by Bruno Mars and Travie McCoy has been one of the summer's biggest hits, probably because it says so much about our economically recessed times. But does it also say something about our media times? Nearly 40 years ago, Dr. Hook sang longingly about being on the cover of Rolling Stone. In "Billionaire," Mars (who visited The Recording Academy on Aug. 10) sings longingly about being on the cover of Forbes, billionaire Steve Forbes' conservative biz mag. The times they are a-changing indeed.
Looks like renaissance man Neil Young refuses to be an old man looking at his life. He's embracing all the Internet has to offer. Young, who was recently honored as the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year, has announced that following the Sept. 28 release of his new album Le Noise on CD, vinyl and iTunes, the project will be made available on Blu-ray and as an interactive iPhone and iPad app this November. Comedian Jimmy Fallon has already beat Young to the Sing Like Neil app.
What started out as a swell evening at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif., turned to tragedy as the Swell Season's Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, along with the hundreds of fans in attendance, witnessed a man jump to his death from a roof covering the outdoor stage in what was an apparent suicide. The man, identified as 32 year-old Michael Pickles, landed just feet away from Hansard. The duo, who recently announced plans for a hiatus following the incident, have offered to pay for grief counseling for fans who witnessed the Aug. 19 tragedy, providing four sessions at the Kara Grief Support center in Palo Alto, Calif. While the duo has plans to finish out the rest of their tour it will surely be a long time before that event is forgotten. "We continue to have them at the forefront of our minds and hearts," said the Swell Season.
U2's Bono was treated to a royal lunch with Russian President and self-proclaimed Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin fan, Dmitry Medvedev, at his Black Sea-adjacent residence to commend him for creating music that "unites generations." "You are doing important things, because taking care of people is not only a job for politicians," said Medvedev. The singer, who recently recovered from back surgery in May, joined U2 for its first-ever concert in Russia on Aug. 25. Was that Medvedev we spotted waving a cigarette lighter during "With Or Without You?"
Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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