The Week In Music: Where's Lady Gaga's Beef?
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has added a side of raw Argentinian beef to its menu of exhibits. The infamous meat dress worn by Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards has been put on display as part of the Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit. Much care was given to the dress to ensure its arrival in a suitable state — the dress was kept in a meat locker, placed in a vat of chemicals and dried out by taxidermists before being ushered off to the hall. A spokesperson for the hall said the dress looked a bit like "beef jerky," so it was freshened with a coat of paint. "That meat dress represents part of — a very small, small part — of the movement towards equality, and for it to be honored in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the sh**," said Gaga. The beef, along with the other artifacts on display in the exhibit, will marinate at the hall until February 2012.
Have you ever wondered what it would take to tick off Justin Bieber? One apparent way is to show up late to a recording session. That's what Chris Brown did and it was reportedly enough to make Bieber say, "Man, I'm leaving, bro." According to a report, Brown was to meet with the teen heartthrob to record their duet "Next 2 You," but "stood him up on accident" because he was "all the way on the other side of town handling some business — girl business." While there may have been one less lonely girl on the other side of town and one more lonely Bieber, it seems the boy wonder wasn't too devastated. The Bieb visited the set of "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday to deliver the top 10 list of little-known facts about himself. While taking some good-natured ribbing in stride, Bieber put his stand-up routine on display in sharing secret information about his new women's fragrance, Someday, his affinity for four-slice toasters and siphoning gas, and shocking information about his luscious locks.
Journey's Jonathan Cain has delaCain Vineyards. Whitesnake's David Coverdale has bottled Whitesnake Zinfandel. Tool's Maynard James Keenan co-operates Caduceus Cellars. Queensrÿche's Geoff Tate developed his Insania wine brand in partnership with Three Rivers Winery. Now, alternative rockers Train are joining the brotherhood of vintners by offering their own bottle of fruity goodness. Beginning next week, fans will be able to purchase Drops Of Jupiter, a petite sirah, from the band's official online wine club. "We're not really trying to get into the wine business or anything," said guitarist Jimmy Stafford. "We're trying to create just this little vibe, where people come to our shows, bring a picnic basket and a bottle of wine." Named after the group's GRAMMY-winning Best Rock Song, one-third of the profits will go to San Francisco-based charity Family House, which provides temporary housing to families of sick children. But the band doesn't guarantee that drinking a bottle will help you sail across the sun or make it to the Milky Way.
Forbes published its latest listicle and fortunately, we love lists at TWIM. This time the venerable money magazine looked at the 25 highest-paid musicians in the world. Most of the names are obvious (Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, U2), so we looked for the surprises. Well, there weren't any. Not true surprises anyway, unless you count an Eagles reunion now running into its second decade (No. 8, $60 million in earnings), road warriors Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (No. 16, $38 million), and rock band Muse ($35 million). The list and its dollar figures look pretty glamorous, but what's even less surprising is that Forbes didn't attempt a 25 lowest-paid musicians list, which would likely be a 500,000-way tie with $0 in earnings.
Ever wonder what it was like to be a president before becoming...president? Well, here's your chance to find out. The life of former President Bill Clinton (before he was the leader of the country) has been made into a folk opera. Titled Billy Blythe, the opera centers around a day in the life of Clinton's formative years growing up in Hot Springs, Ark. "Growing up in Arkansas, I heard a lot of stories about Clinton," said the show's co-creator Bonnie Montgomery. "But the real inspiration came when I was reading his autobiography." If you haven't had the chance to read Clinton's My Life, the book is sure to give you an insider's view into the former life of the GRAMMY-winning former president, from Clinton's mother, the late Virginia Clinton Kelley who was known for her love of gambling and makeup, to Clinton's abusive stepfather, Roger Clinton Sr. The opera was premiered last weekend by the Metropolis Opera Project at the Medicine Show Theatre in New York.
Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" remains No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera is tops on iTunes singles chart.
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