The Week In Music: Stevie Nixes Twitter
She may prefer gold dust, dreams and silver springs, but Stevie Nicks doesn't want any part of computers or social networking. The legendary gypsy songstress handwrote a letter (when is the last time you wrote a letter?) to her fans and displayed it on her website, shooting down rumours of a fake Twitter account. "As many of you know, I do not own a computer; I do not Facebook, I do not MySpace, and I do not Tweet," wrote Nicks in her flowing cursive style. Writing letters on custom stationery and posting them on the Internet could be the next wave of social media, let alone save money on stamps and smartphone bills. Will it catch on? We have a feeling Sara, Rhiannon and the rest of the "Sisters Of The Moon" are already onboard.
Has Taylor Swift pulled a Tommy or written a Nashville-inspired version of The Wall? Fresh off her Album Of The Year win at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards, the 21-year-old fearless chanteuse will reveal all with her new "conceptual" album, Speak Now, on Oct. 25. According to Swift, Speak Now "pertains to the album concept, and as an entire theme of the record, more than I can ever tell you…. Track by track, each song is a different confession to a different person." As to where the fodder for the album came from, Swift said, "I'd get my best ideas at 3 a.m. in Arkansas…" Score one point for the Natural State, but it does leave us wondering what types of song ideas one could come up with at 11 p.m. in Montana.
Vampire Weekend is being sued by the woman depicted on the cover of their album Contra. Kristen Kennis claims she did not provide rights to the photo, which the band purchased from a photographer who allegedly said Kennis had signed off. VW's frontman Ezra Koenig told Rolling Stone, "We don't know her or anything. When we saw this image, we just found it very striking." Now it seems the image is potentially striking them in their wallets. We were able to find some other albums for which the cover subjects may consider suing.
Music and fashion have always been intertwined, but sometimes artists push the envelope maybe just a little too far. With that thought in mind, BeatCrave compiled its list of the Top 15 Worst Outfits Ever Worn By Rock Stars. Artists and their respective accoutrements making the grade are David Lee Roth's a**less chaps, Rick James' super-freaky leather, Axl Rose's hip-hop ensemble, John Lennon's "Jesus suit," Elton John's Donald Duck suit, and Devo's flower-pot hats. Coming in at No. 1 is a Swedish rock band that would even scare off GWAR and Kiss, Lordi.
Looks like he's bringing tequila back. Justin Timberlake has gone the director route for a commercial shoot for his 901 Silver Tequila. JT, who put girlfriend Jessica Biel's younger brother in the ad's lead role, was reportedly all business on the shoot and personally thanked all involved after it wrapped. No word yet on whether the ad's pitch is "Buy Buy Buy."
It's No Nukes for the '10s. Artists big and small are coming together to support the film Countdown To Zero, an anti-nuclear weapons movie by director Lucy Walker and Oscar-winning producer Lawrence Bender. Artists imploring fans to see the movie and support the START Treaty, recently signed by the United States and Russia to reduce nuclear arms, range from Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. to the Gossip's Beth Ditto, Neon Indian and Mexican Institute Of Sound. The film opens today.
What were some of our other favorite stars up to this week? The TWIM Twittertable says: justinbieber: night girls ;); genesimmons: @ladygaga is the only interesting new artist out there. What did we talk about? Can't tell you.; johncmayer: Talk to me about lycopene.; katyperry: Twerking.
Eminem double dips this week with "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, claiming the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles chart.
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