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The Week In Music: Where's Lady Gaga's Beef?
The Fame Monster's meat dress marinates at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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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Maroon 5 Auction To Benefit GRAMMY Foundation
Auction offers pairs of tickets to GRAMMY-winning band's Southern California dates on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6
The GRAMMY Foundation will auction 80 pairs of tickets to Maroon 5's upcoming performances with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane on Oct. 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif., and Oct. 6 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The auction for both concerts is open now and ends Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. PST.
Proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation, which cultivates the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the impact of music on American culture through music education programs, scholarships and grants.
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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes
GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program
On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.
Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.
"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."
The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.
"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."
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Meet Justin Bieber With GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions
Bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience to meet Justin Bieber
GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched a new auction offering bidders the opportunity to bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience with Justin Bieber. Open now through Oct. 25, the auction package features two tickets and meet-and-greet passes to an upcoming Bieber concert.
To place your bid on this exclusive experience, visit www.charitybuzz.com. All proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation.
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Solange To Play Benefit Show For Hurricane Harvey Relief
GRAMMY winner adds her name to the list of artists who are helping to raise millions in relief efforts for victims
GRAMMY winner Solange has announced she will be performing a benefit show to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The performance, called Orion's Rise, will be held at Boston's Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 8.
"I'm committed to partnering with organizations on the ground in Houston and making contributions to uplift the city that raised me with so much love," said Solange, a Houston native.
This announcement comes on the heels of other artists pledging their support, including Solange's sister, Beyoncé. But they are certainly not the only ones.
Comedian Kevin Hart pledged $50,000 to relief efforts, and the fund he organized has earned nearly $2 million in additional financial support, with contributions from artists such as the Chainsmokers. All funds will go to the American Red Cross.
The Kardashians and Jenners, Nicki Minaj, and DJ Khaled have also announced they will make donations. Jennifer Lopez and her partner Alex Rodriguez joined in the fundraising efforts, pledging $25,000 each to the Red Cross.
In addition, GRAMMY winner Jack Antonoff is matching donations up to $10,000 for the Montrose Center in Houston, an LGBT community center. Chris Brown will donate $100,000 directly to "the people," and T.I. will donate $25,000 to relief efforts.