The Week In Music: Summer Lovin' For Katy Perry And John Mayer?
In summer romance news, it seems GRAMMY winner John Mayer may have his sights set on a one-of-a-kind California Gurl. Mayer was seen out with none other than Katy Perry at the popular celebrity hang Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The couple was photographed in Mayer's SUV as they were leaving the hotel's restaurant. One source told US Weekly that the outing was "romantic," while also noting that they were holding hands and sneaking kisses in between their meal. Mayer has taken a break from high-profile relationships recently, having previously dated Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Taylor Swift, and Jennifer Aniston. And though Perry recently divorced actor/comedian Russell Brand, perhaps she's ready to give love another chance with the man who penned "Your Body Is A Wonderland." "I'm a woman who likes to be courted — strongly," said Perry in a recent interview in Elle magazine. It would seem Mayer has his full-court press in full swing.
Were you unable to purchase your Coachella tickets before both weekends sold out this year? Couldn't stand the heat to make the trek to Manchester, Tenn., for Bonnaroo? Well, don't fear, Stephen Colbert is here to satisfy your music festival needs. The GRAMMY-winning comedian has announced that he will host a concert on Aug. 10 aboard New York's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (housed on the USS Intrepid, a World War II aircraft carrier. Titled StePhest Colbchella '012: Rocktaugustfest, the music extravaganza is Colbert's follow-up to last year's similarly titled Rock You Like a Thirst-Icane festival and will feature performances by Santigold, Grizzly Bear, Grandmaster Flash, and Fun., among others. More than 1,500 lucky fans will have their chance at free tickets, which Colbert has been releasing via Twitter. Follow closely fans, you don't want to missile out on this opportunifest.
It pays handsomely to spin, just ask a group of top popular dance/electronica DJs. Forbes has compiled a list of the 10 top money-earner DJs over the past year, with Dutch DJ Tiësto ranking No. 1 with a lofty $22 million in earnings (equating to $250,000 per nightly gig). GRAMMY winner Skrillex placed second ($15 million) and Swedish House Mafia ($14 million) took third place. Other notable DJs making the list include Steve Aoki (No. 5), who earned his $12 million for more than 200 performances. Aoki has become one of the hottest DJs in Las Vegas. He recently shared his insight on the burgeoning dance/electronica scene in Sin City in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com and is featured in the cover story of "The Vegas Issue" of GRAMMY magazine.
Do you remember when "Snoop D.O. Double G" was rolling down the street, sipping on gin and juice? Well, he's probably still doing that, but with a little less bark and a lot more roar. In conjunction with his forthcoming new reggae album and documentary, Reincarnated, Snoop Dogg has officially changed his name to Snoop Lion. The rapper reportedly had a "born again" experience during a visit to Jamaica in February and felt connected to the spirit of Bob Marley and is now, as he put it, "Bob Marley reincarnated." "I feel like I've always been Rastafarian," said Snoop. Snoop received his new lionesque name at a temple in Jamaica, and was also given the Ethiopian name Berhane, which means "light of the world." "Reggae was calling … it's a breath of fresh air," he said. "Rap isn't challenging; it's not appealing. … It feels like I'm 19 or 20 years old again." It sounds like Snoop Lion is still living young, wild and free, fo shizzle.
Speaking of reinventions of sorts, TWIM favorite Justin Bieber has apparently left Calabasas, Calif., for a galaxy far, far away. The teen idol is the subject of a new parody of his hit "Boyfriend," renamed "Droidfriend." In this Justin-meets-Star Wars parody, Bieber has been renamed C3-Bieb-O and, with still lots of swagger, wants to be the only droid the lady droids want. The parody comes from the makers of "The Star Wars That I Used To Know" and substitutes lyrics such as "I can be a gentleman, anything you want" with "I could be the protocol droid you really want." Yep, there will be one less lonely droid in the universe. Is a formal comment from George Lucas pending?
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and Phillip Phillips' "Home" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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