The Week In Music: The VPs Wonder Y
If you're wondering why a company name change has caused a well-known vocal group to react, perhaps the answer is "Y not?" The YMCA is changing its name, and of course the Village People have weighed in. After more than a century and a half, the YMCA is updating its name to the Y, which reflects the nickname used by club members, but removes three-quarters of the title of a longtime disco staple. "We are deeply dismayed by today's announcement from the YMCA that they feel a name change and a rebranding are in order after 166 years. Some things remain iconic and while we admire the organization for the work they do, we still can't help but wonder Y," said the V People in a written statement. Could be they're also worried the U.S. Navy will update its name.
Here's a left-of-center way for musicians to get some ink: by getting inked. Inked magazine has released its music issue and it features the tattoos of Avril Lavigne, Ozzy Osbourne, Florida punkers Against Me!, and Atlanta-based turntablist DJ Montay, among others. Apparently Miley Cyrus' new ear tattoo didn't rank. But for those considering, beware. Ozzy, who knows a thing or two about the pharmacological effects of numerous substances, has some sage advice in his Q&A in the issue. When asked if people get tats for the endorphin rush, he replied, "That's bulls***. It's called pain. I don't really like pain. Pain and me don't get on. I can take it because I'm macho, but when it gets to a part of my body where it really hurts, I'm like, f***in' hell!"
In fashion news, Courtney Love has started a haute couture blog all about…her. The appropriately named What Courtney Wore Today finds Ms. Love (and some of her surrogates) giving detailed, and surprisingly expletive-free, descriptions of her daily wardrobe. Turns out "CLC," as she's referred to often in the blog, wears Givenchy sandals to bed, Tom Ford sunglasses in her hotel rooms, and favors "unacceptable dangling ciggies," though the cigarette is about the only item for which she doesn't drop a brand name.
Bono is back, and with new and improved parts. U2 had to cancel a run of concert dates this summer due to the singer sustaining a condition known as sudden partial paralysis. Bono says he is fully recovered and the band announced that dates have been rescheduled for summer 2011. "I can sit. I can stand. I can move around a bit. Feeling strong, feeling confident," Bono said. "And I'm ready — rebuilt by German engineering, better design I'm told — and I'm going to be fighting-fit next summer in the U.S."
The King is also back…but for one night only. Fans nationwide can relive the legend of Elvis Presley with Elvis On Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration, a special in-theater event on July 29 at select theaters featuring more than 25 songs chronicling his multi-city 1972 series of concerts and showcasing rocker Elvis, gospel Elvis, ballad Elvis, and even kung fu Elvis. The presentation will also feature rare and never-before-seen footage and an exclusive retrospective from Priscilla Presley. Tickets are on sale now, but caveat emptor: "talent subject to change."
MTV's favorite animated music video-critiquing duo, Beavis and Butt-Head, may also be making a comeback to the primetime airwaves. According to a Reviewniverse report, show creator Mike Judge is currently outlining 30 new episodes of the iconic animated comedy. If seen to fruition, the show will keep its signature washed-out look and air in its original format, except the duo will now take on a new generation of music videos. This means that the Bieb could be at risk for scrutiny from the Beav...hehe...hehe.
Susan Boyle is trying to find the next Susan Boyle. The singer enjoyed much success in 2009 in placing second on "Britain's Got Talent" and releasing her quadruple-platinum, chart-topping debut album, I Dreamed A Dream. Now she is ready to let you dream a dream with the launch of Susan's Search, a contest that will allow one lucky fan to record a duet with her on her next album. Do you have the goods to impress Susan? View a sample entry and upload your video to her YouTube channel.
The B-52s sang about the "Summer Of Love," but could they have recorded a tune about all the love that's in the air this summer? Country songstress Carrie Underwood tied the knot with her hockey player beau Mike Fisher over the weekend, and sources say her dog took part in the festivities, dressed to the nines in a pink Swarovski Crystal-encrusted tuxedo. Then there's guitarist Carlos Santana, who proposed to his girlfriend, Cindy Blackman, onstage during a concert last Friday in Chicago. "Being in love is a gift from the universe, and the spirit and vibrations that come with it are infinitely powerful," said Santana. Let's hope she doesn't turn out to be a "Black Magic Woman." Queen of the daisy dukes Jessica Simpson also made love news as she was spotted celebrating the Fourth of July with former New Orleans Saints tight end, Eric Johnson in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. "She was wearing shorts and big shades," says bartender Ben Brewer. "She did look absolutely stunning." Well, that's good news.
Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, stays atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth consecutive week, while Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, retains the top spot on the iTunes singles chart.
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