The Week In Music: Tenacious D Rise Again
Comedy rock duo Tenacious D has announced their return with a short promotional mockumentary that's equal parts Spinal Tap and Austin Powers, and features guest appearances from Tim Robbins, Val Kilmer, Josh Groban, and Dave Grohl (who played on their 1994 debut). In it, T.D. members Jack Black and Kyle Gass break up, come to blows (accidentally killing off Kilmer) and eventually join forces again for the May 15 release of Rize Of The Fenix, which is to say, they pretty much pick up where they left off. Still, it may be a long trek back from their 2006 film Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny, which fizzled at the box office. The D's mode of attack? Apparently throwing a little humility in with their greater-than-thou attitude. As Black sings in the new title track: "When The Pick Of Destiny was released it was a bomb/And all the critics said that the deed was done." But fear not fans, the D hasn't lost their inflated sense of self: "And the critics all agreed it was a stinky pile of cheese … just like the phoenix we'll rise again." So they are risen. Amen.
With Record Store Day — and its release schedule of special vinyl discs — coming in April, here's a vinyl refresher course for Generation Download. First there were 78s, then 45s, followed by 33⅓s (at least in terms of popularity, if not formal chronology of their introduction into the marketplace). The numbers correspond with the rate at which they spin in a minute. A CD spins at somewhere between 200–500 rpm. Those are all jaw-dropping fast compared to Jack White's new 3 rpm disc, apparently the first of its kind. According to the label's website, the disc is "easy to play but impossible to hear." Indeed, without slowing the record down with your hand, it sounds like the Chipmunks … sped up. The record was a gift to attendees of Third Man Records' March party in Nashville to commemorate its third anniversary, and contains every single in the label's Blue Series on one really slow disc. No evidence yet suggests playing the record at 33⅓ reveals John Lennon saying "turn me on dead man."
If you had asked Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine his thoughts on the increasing trend of celebrity fragrances last year, he may have replied with something along the lines of, "Is there anyone out there [not creating their own fragrances]? Cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe." Actually, he was quoted as saying, "I also would like to put an official ban on celebrity fragrances. Punishable by death from this point forward." Yikes. But now it seems Levine has made his own hit list as the pop/rock singer has announced he will launch his own line of fragrances. And the hypocrisy of the matter hasn't gone unnoticed as fellow "The Voice" judge Christina Aguilera tweeted, "Haha @AdamLevine. What a difference a year makes. Welcome to the celebrity fragrance family!" The fragrance is expected to hit stores in May. What should buyers expect? Maybe it smells like Jagger.
Lionel Richie has gotten a makeover — a country music makeover. And while at first glance a country-tinged Richie may seem odd, he actually has plenty of Southern cred. After all, Richie is from Tuskegee, Ala., and he penned "Lady," the 1980 hit for country crooner Kenny Rogers. But the GRAMMY-winning ex-Commodore has taken his Southern comfort to another level with his new country-influenced greatest hits album, aptly titled Tuskegee. Richie has enlisted the services of several big-name country stars for new duets of several of his favorites, including "Endless Love" (Shania Twain), "Easy" (Willie Nelson), "Say You, Say Me" (Jason Aldean), "Stuck On You" (Darius Rucker), "My Love" (Kenny Chesney), and "You Are" (Blake Shelton), among others. (And let's not forget "Dancing On The Ceiling" featuring Rascal Flatts.) Chesney was so adamant about being involved in the project, he drunk dialed Richie. "It was a pretty spirited voicemail, I can tell you that, because I actually sang ... half of the song of 'My Love' onto his voicemail," said Chesney. "The next day, he called me on the phone and he said, 'I'm sorry I drunk dialed you, but I had to tell you how much I love you,'" said Richie. "I said, 'I know how much you love me, Kenny.'" Do you love the new Lionel? Check out his new video with Twain for "Endless Love."
Earlier this month [http://www.grammy.com/news/the-week-in-music-let-the-music-madness-begin], we ran down the matchups in Billboard's Hot 100 March Madness. The field has been whittled down from 32 to the final two. It's Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" facing off against Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" for March Madness music supremacy. Who will emerge the winner in this battle of pop queens? You can find out today.
Fun.'s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monáe is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" is tops on the iTunes singles chart.
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