Sometimes people forget that celebrities have feelings like the rest of us. So much so, that people will even go out of their way to tweet mean things towards them.
Luckily enough, many celebrities are able to take insults with a grain of salt. In fact, they’ll even play along like the good sports they are!
My personal fave here is Ray Romano. Don’t ever insult a comedian, because he/she will DEFINITELY have something smart to say back.
Grouplove fatefully met at an artists’ commune in Crete about four years ago and ever since then, Christian Zucconi, Hannah Hooper, Andrew Wessen, Ryan Rabin, and Sean Gadd stayed close friends, recording music together. ANDPOP’s Azra Kassam spoke with drummer Ryan Rabin over the phone from Toronto about the band’s relationship with each other, the inspiration for their first album and life on the road. Here are a five things you may not know about Grouplove…
The band was originally going to have a different name
Rabin said the band was originally going to call themselves ‘Group’ because back in Crete, their friends all referred to their tight group of five as ‘The Group.’ After realizing ‘Group’ wasn’t a very marketable name, the band decided on Grouplove. “Grouplove just kind of encompasses us,” Rabin said. “We really do love each other and are true friends first before the music.”
The title of their first album, Never Trust a Happy Song, is actually a quote by bassist Sean Gadd
The band was hanging out one day when Gadd made a joke about never trusting a happy song. “As we actually started making the album, that phrase just kept resurfacing and kept coming up and started to gain more and more meaning as we continued to record the album,” Rabin said. “It’s about that sort of subjectivity in music and how a happy song can be extremely nostalgic and sad for one person and extremely joyous for another and it can also change meaning over time.”
Grouplove are huge fans of No Doubt
Rabin was so excited talking about opening for No Doubt later this month, he could hardly form sentences. “Oh my god…I’m a southern California guy so we’ve been fans of theirs for so long,” he said excitedly. “I can’t even – I’ve been to so many of their shows when I was younger… They’re one of the biggest bands in the world and it’s amazing to think we’re going to be able to play alongside them! It’s really something special for all of us.”
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Last night No Doubt pulled their video “Looking Hot” after online commenters complained the video was offensive. The music video included Native American imagery, such as a teepee, smoke signals, feathers and headresses.
YouTube commenters and online bloggers were quick to bash the video for insensitively appropriating Native American culture, and soon after, No Doubt took the video down and issued an apology.
In a post titled ”In Regards to Our ‘Looking Hot’ Music Video” on their official website, No Doubt wrote:
As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history. Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realize now that we have offended people. This is of great concern to us and we are removing the video immediately. The music that inspired us when we started the band, and the community of friends, family, and fans that surrounds us was built upon respect, unity and inclusiveness. We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are.
The track was the follow up single to “Settle Down” from their sixth studio album Push and Shove. Did you see it? What did you think of it?
While No Doubt didn’t intend for their music video to be offensive, many artists before them have released music videos deemed too insensitive by major networks. And sometimes that’s the whole point…
Seven controversial music videos
Madonna — “Like A Prayer”
When the music video for “Like A Prayer” was first released people were shocked at its Catholic iconography. The video tells the story of a black man wrongly accused of murdering a child. Madonna witnesses the whole thing and later kisses a Saint on the mouth. This is heavy stuff, especially for 1989. The Pope wanted to ban her from performing in Italy.
Nicki Minaj — “Stupid Hoe”
Nicki Minaj‘s “Stupid Hoe” was so controversial that BET banned it from airing. Although they didn’t specify why, it was probably because the raunchy lyrics. The count? Minaj says stupid hoe an astounding 52 times and f*ck 10 times.
Lady Gaga — “Alejandro”
Because of the religious imagery, MTV chose to air Lady Gaga‘s “Alejandro” only on its sister stations after midnight. Gaga’s video combined Catholic imagery with sexual themes like S&M and androgyny. Gaga, who wears a latex version of a nun’s robe, even ingests rosary beads in one scene. Needless to say, she was criticized by everyone from Katy Perry to the Catholic League.
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To celebrate the release of No Doubt’s new album Push and Shove, ANDPOP is teaming up with Universal to give away two prize packs to lucky winners. The prize includes a deluxe edition of Push and Shove and an exclusive No Doubt Totebag.
Here what you have to do:
It’s easy! Just make sure to like our Facebook page and share our “No Doubt contest” post.
Also, make sure to check out No Doubt’s new single “Push and Shove” from their sixth studio album!
“Where Were You” — Drake & Dawn Richard
Drake’s new collab with Dawn Richard (of Diddy-Dirty-Money fame) is the perfect example of how a female vocalist can add that extra oomph to a song. The previously unreleased “Where Were You” is a classic tear-jerking Drake track about two ex-lovers still pining for each other. “Where Were You” was originally recorded as “Whatever Became of You” by Colin Munroe for Thank Me Later and was scrapped from the album. Now re-released with a haunting synth base, Drake and Dawn’s vocals complement each other beautifully and you can really hear the emotion in their voices. Thank goodness this gem of a song wasn’t lost forever!
“Closer” — Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara have been experimenting with a more electro-fied sound in the past few years, with their recent “Body Work” collaboration with Morgan Page really bringing out their radio-friendly side. The Canadian twins’ new single “Closer” is a deeper dive for them into the dance music sound. With tons of synth, Tegan and Sara have pretty much turned their backs on the alternative/acoustic rock sound they were once known for. I don’t know about you but I’m loving their new sound. Kudos to the ladies for staying current and evolving. Tegan and Sara will be releasing a new album early next year.
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No Doubt had a great surprise last night during a show in Las Vegas.
Playing to a massive crowd at the iHeartRadio Festival, No Doubt’s frontwoman Gwen Stefani invited fellow singer P!nk! on the stage to sing with the band.
Closing their set with the band’s classic hit ”I’m Just a Girl”, P!nk! came out mid-song and playfully did some push-ups as Stefani greeted her with a peck on the cheek. And as the two singers jumped around the stage belting along to the song’s verses, the crowd just knew that they had witnessed something amazing in person.
With No Doubt’s comeback album about to come out on September 25, this just makes me even more excited.
While No Doubt’s new album Push and Shove isn’t set to release until September 25, the band has released a music video teaser for “Settle Down”, the first single off the new record.
Featuring lots of bright lights, wild stage costumes and a scene of the band members giving each other hugs, the music video directed by Sophie Muller is set to debut on July 16.
So, who else is excited for this?
Pepper first met the band at a concert in 2000 and continued to support the band, even when they reunited in 2009. Oh No They Didn’t writes Amy passed away on January 3rd due to complications from Lymphoma.
The four-piece band from California made a collage, including a group photo with Amy, and posted it on their website.
The band has always been close with Amy, even during her toughest times. On new year’s day they sent her this heartwarming message:
But she sadly passed away two days later. The band will surely miss her and never forget what a loyal fan Amy was.
Gwen Stefani, lead singer of No Doubt, revealed on ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ Friday that a new No Doubt album is expected to be released sometime this year.
The singer phoned in on Friday to chat about styling the girls on ‘American Idol,’ which she did awesomely if I may say so myself, as well as revealed what’s in store with the upcoming No Doubt record. She revealed the album will be “definitely out this year.”
Although Stefani didn’t mention an exact date, the L.A.M.B. rocker revealed, “we’ve been going for awhile trying to make this record and it’s been super challenging but really fun, we’re trying to enjoy the moment of writing and…it’s just a really fun process and I think it’s going to be out this year,” adding, “it’s generally a really happy album…the main thing we were trying to do is write really catchy good songs.”
Gwen further revealed, “we got about 10 songs done and we want to do a few more just in case, but it’s a really good record, I really love this record.”
I’m so excited by this news! They have always been a favourite of mine. I was so sad when I missed their reunion tour a year ago or so, so this will be a good kickstart to their comeback. I’m glad their taking their time to write this album too, instead of rushing out a bunch of crap like many other bands do. Although I loved Stefani’s solo stuff and her different experimentation, there is nothing that can replace the No Doubt music – it’s just so unique and fresh. Can’t wait!
In yet another case of The Music vs. Acitivision, No Doubt are filing a lawsuit against the makers of Band Hero.
The suit contends the game “transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act,” and the use of the band members’ avatars far exceeded anything agreed upon in the contract, according to the Los Angeles Times. One aspect of the game allows players to manipulate their characters into singing songs by other artists, for example having lead singer Gwen Stefani sing “Honky Tonk Woman” by the Rolling Stones.
“While No Doubt are avid fans of the Rolling Stones and even have performed in concerts with the Rolling Stones, the Character Manipulation Feature results in an unauthorized performance by the Gwen Stefani avatar in a male voice boasting about having sex with prostitutes,” the complaint reads.
The complaint also claims Activision withheld information on the Character Manipulation Feature, and allegedly told the band after they had requested to the have the function disabled that it would be too expensive to do so.
Former “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry is returning to the show that gave him his big break.
The singer announced Friday that his band Daughtry will perform their new single, “No Surprise,” for the reality competition series’ Rock Week on May 6.
The song is taken from Daughtry’s upcoming sophomore album, which is scheduled for release on July 14. The as-yet-untitled album is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut, which sold more than 4.4 million copies according to Nielsen SoundScan and was the top-selling album of 2007.
Fans who purchase top-price tickets for No Doubt’s upcoming North American tour with Paramore will receive a digital copy of the band’s entire catalogue free, according to MTVNews.com.
The deal only applies to tickets of $42.50 or more, before extra fees. This excludes lower price levels and lawn seats. No Doubt fans who sign up online this Saturday (when tickets will be on sale) will receive every digital No Doubt song, starting with their 1992 debut to the 2003 release “The Singles.”
“Since the band is heading back to the road, we wanted to find a cool way to get people listening to our music and stoke them with a great deal at the same time,” said Tom Dumont, No doubt’s guitarist, in a statement. “With this download, it’s easy for fans to get psyched up to hear our music live once again, and that rocks.”
Their upcoming tour will mark the first time the band hits the road in five years.
No Doubt, returning from an extended hiatus, will appear on an upcoming episode of the popular TV series “Gossip Girl.”
Gwen Stefani and co. will perform the 1981 Adam and the Ants’ hit “Stand and Deliver” for the show’s finale on May 11, the band announced on its website Thursday.
Their appearance will mark the first time a major artist has performed on the show.
“Gossip Girl” airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW and ‘A’ in Canada.
No Doubt recently announced plans for its first tour in more than five years, a 45-city summer run that begins May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey and includes six Canadian stops.
The band has also spent some of the past year working on the followup to 2001′s “Rock Steady,” though no release date for the new album has been announced.
No Doubt have announced dates for their 45-city summer tour, including six Canadians stops.
As previously reported, the Grammy-winning band hinted on its website in November that they would return to the road in 2009 while finishing their first studio album in seven years.
The tour will kick off with a May 3 performance at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., and will run through Aug. 1 in Irvine, Calif.
Paramore will serve as the supporting act, while the Sounds, Janelle Monae and Bedouin Soundclash will join them on select dates.
A fan club pre-sale began today (Wednesday) and runs through March 1; details are available at nodoubttourclub.musictoday.com.
Tickets go on sale to the public March 7 at LiveNation.com.
Here are No Doubt’s upcoming Canadian dates:
June 16: Toronto, Ontario (Air Canada Centre)
June 17: Montreal, Quebec (Centre Bell)
July 13: Winnipeg, Manitoba (MTS Centre)
July 15: Calgary, Alberta (Pengrowth Saddledome)
July 16: Edmonton, Alberta (Rexall Place)
July 18: Vancouver, British Columbia (General Motors Place)
Gwen Stefani and her No Doubt band-mates are planning a summer tour with Paramore.
“The whole reason for going on this tour was to have fun, try on all our favorite songs again and to get inspired to make new music,” Stefani said on the band’s website. “It feels good to be all together again.”
The excitement is mutual, “What a dream tour! We couldn’t be more excited to kick off 2009 by touring with a band like No Doubt,” said a statement by Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams, released on No Doubt’s website.
Joining the band as a third act are Janelle Monae, The Sounds and Bedouin Soundclash, who will share the slot according to the band’s website.
The tour will start in May, although exact dates have not been announced. No Doubt will also join Fall Out Boy in May for New Jersey’s Bamboozle Festival.
No Doubt is confirming the end of its hiatus with the announcement it will join Fall Out Boy as co-headliners at next year’s Bamboozle festival.
The Gwen Stefani-fronted band will play the second day of the event on May 3 in East Rutherford, N.J., while Fall Out Boy are slated to play the previous day.
Bamboozle, which is marking its five-year anniversary, will feature more than 200 bands on 10 stages over two days.
Multi-day and VIP passes are on sale now, while single-day tickets go on sale Friday.
No Doubt revealed on its website last week that the four members are planning to go back on tour while they continue to work on their new album, the followup to 2001′s “Rock Steady.”
In a instant messenger transcript, guitarist Tom Dumont comments: “I have cabin fever. Maybe we should play some shows or something?”
Stefani adds: “I think that if we go out on tour it will inspire us to write. I need to see the fans out there.”
Today, Activision added “No Doubt” to the ever growing list of artists such as The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam which can be found on Guitar Hero III.
The track pack includes such classics as “Don’t Speak,” “Excuse Me Mr.,” and “Sunday Morning” from their diamond selling album Tragic Kingdom.
The track pack is available to download now on Xbox LIVE and the PLAYSTATION Store.
NO DOUBT are ending their extended hiatus to record their first album in six years.
Singer Gwen Stefani is currently touring her second album The Sweet Escape and will join her three bandmates in the studio afterwards.
Drummer Adrian Young tells RollingStone.com he will be joining guitarist Tom Dumont and bassist Tony Kanal to work on new material from next month.
“The three of us are going to lay down some songs with music only (without Gwen). When she gets done with the tour we’ll all be there to do it.
“We’ve probably got four albums worth of ideas demoed.”
He adds, “We’ve been together since 1987 and we never took a break until three summers ago. Now the break’s been pretty long, so I think we’re not burning anymore. It’s kind of nice to be hungry again.”
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GWEN STEFANI will reunite with her NO DOUBT bandmates next year to record a new album, according to guitarist TOM DUMONT.
The DON’T SPEAK chart-toppers have been on an extended hiatus since frontwoman Stefani successful reinvented herself as a solo pop star.
But Dumont tells MTV, “(Guitarist) TONY (KANAL) and (drummer) ADRIAN (YOUNG) and I have been writing music for the next No Doubt album, to be ready when we resume to record with Gwen (next year).”
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