The Week In Music: Luther Campbell Is Dead Serious

Ex-2 Live Crew member announces his candidacy for Miami-Dade County mayor
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    Luther Campbell
May 20, 2011 -- 4:00 am PDT

The old cliché that music and politics don't mix doesn't necessarily ring true. Especially when you take into account successful forays into U.S. political offices by recording artists such as Sonny Bono, Orleans frontman John Hall and Martha Reeves of Martha And The Vandellas, among others. Ex-2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell is the latest to throw a musical hat into the political ring having announced his intention to run for mayor of Miami-Dade County. Of course, music fans will remember 2 Live Crew rising to hip-hop prominence in the late '80s on the strength of their notorious album As Nasty As They Want To Be, which contained suggestive cuts such as "Me So Horny, " "The F*** Shop" and "Dirty Nursery Rhymes." But X-rated song themes and past forays into the pornography industry aside, this is a new policy-minded Campbell. "I'm a changed man!" he exclaimed last Friday night at a Miami restaurant. Campbell plans to utilize his experience as a record label executive to help boost the county's economy with a fresh platform that includes imposing a tax on strippers. "I think we can stimulate the economy with a tax on strippers," said Campbell. "They make all this money and don't pay taxes." Campbell is one of 11 candidates (and we're betting the sole candidate with an idea for a stripper tax) running in the May 24 special election to replace recently ousted mayor Carlos Alvarez. And he's definitely not kidding, as his campaign flyers attest: "I'm dead serious. Are you?"

In more political news, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the model-turned-singer wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is expecting. "It's wonderful news to see this baby coming," said Bernadette Chirac, wife of ex-French President Jacques Chirac. "It's a chance for France, absolutely." Romantically linked in the past to rock royalty such as Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, Bruni-Sarkozy released her latest album, Comme Si De Rien N'était (which translates to As If Nothing Had Happened), in 2008, the same year she married the president. With less than a year to go before France's presidential election, some are theorizing that a baby could be a feather in the incumbent Sarkozy's cap given his reported waning popularity with voters. In other words, the baby could be a big something when it happens.

Following his pointed commentary on the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last month, Morrissey has cast more stones at the royal family. This time taking aim at Queen Elizabeth II, Morrissey barked, "The very existence of the Queen and her now enormous family — all supported by the British taxpayer whether the British taxpayer likes it or not — is entirely against any notion of democracy, and is against freedom of speech. For a broad historical view of what the Queen is and how she 'rules,' examine Gaddafi or Mubarak, and see if you can spot any difference." While we believe this is the first time Morrissey has compared the Queen to Middle Eastern dictators, the Morrissey/Elizabeth row dates to the '80s when the former accused the latter of silently supporting Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she allowed Maze Prison hunger strikers to die. Morrissey's latest venom is chilling in any decade, but what can one expect from an artist with album titles such as Viva Hate, Maladjusted and Ringleader Of The Tormentors and songs such as "Margaret On The Guillotine"?

With the release of the highly anticipated Chinese Democracy in 2008, Guns N' Roses fans were finally satiated with a new studio album from their favorite rock band after an unprecedented 17-year wait. Could a boon of new GNR music be on the horizon? "Axl [Rose] has a lot of great songs up his sleeve," said guitarist DJ Ashba during a recent radio interview. "He probably has three albums worth of stuff recorded." While Ashba was quick to praise Rose's talents, he intimated that most of the songs in the enigmatic frontman's library will likely remain unreleased. "He's just got this gift that's very, very rare." From a fan perspective, it unfortunately seems to be a gift that doesn't keep on giving.

In more rock and roll book news, the Who's Pete Townshend is set to release his memoir in 2012. In the works since the '90s, the book will "at long last tell his dramatic story," according to publisher Harper Collins. Apparently there are still some finishing touches yet to be made, and it is unknown whether the book will touch on the author's run-in with British police in 2003 for accessing child pornography on the Internet, charges that were ultimately dropped. "I want to write a book that is enjoyable to read, but above all, I want it to be honest," said Townshend. However, the legendary guitarist cautioned, "I am not my favorite subject."

With frontman Steven Tyler participating as a judge on the current season of "American Idol," Aerosmith has been flying under the radar of late. In a recent interview, however, Tyler said the band would be revving up the engines for a performance on the show. "Oh, yeah, we're playing the last show of the season," said Tyler. "It was always my intention, always, to get Aerosmith on the show." In a series of recent postings on Facebook, guitarist Joe Perry contradicted Tyler's remarks. "[We're] not playing 'Idol' 'cause we were never asked by producers," wrote Perry. "Aerosmith's looking forward to playing 'American Idol' next season when our new CD is out and we can prepare [for] a kick-a** show if they ask us." Who's telling the kick-a** truth? Tune into the season finale of "American Idol" on May 25 to find out.

What have some of our favorite stars been up to this past week? The TWIM Twittertable reads: keshasuxx: Steve Carell is kinda sexy; SnoopDogg: flicc of me n tha UK ladies; ladygaga: I'm going sleepies now. Brooklyn Moon shining above. Have rehearsal 2moro for Saturday Night Live. May even have a dreamy co-star. Guesses?; justinbieber: just met some incredible kids who have been thru alot because of the devastation here in Japan. blessed to meet them and proud to know them; MileyCyrus: Next thing ya know Jesus is gonna start tweeting! wowwwwww. Twitter really is taking over the world!

Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" is once again No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles charts.

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