In andPOP’s new Monday column, Azra Kassam will compile a weekly dose of pop culture to help get you through a rough week. It’s your weekly prescription.
Gotye’s new video for “Easy Way Out”
Director Darcy Prendergast said his goal with Gotye’s music video for his second single was to have the “viewer’s cerebral cortex sliding down the computer screen.” His combination of real-life and stop-motion animation definitely achieves this.
The Shins perform “Simple Song” on Saturday Night Live
Last Saturday, The Shins performed their new single “Simple Song” on SNL. During the past five years the band completely reshuffled, with James Mercer as the only original returning band member. Still, the group performed tightly with a fresh, euphoric sound. Their new album Port of Morrow will be released Mar. 20 and if the rest of the album is anything like “Simple Song,” it’s sure to be a good one.
Beach House drops “Myth”
If the previous songs are too upbeat for you, try Beach House’s “Myth” on for size. Their sophomore album Bloom will be released May 15 and judging from the first single “Myth,” the band stays true to their wistful sound. With soft drums, an acoustic guitar and a rolling piano line, “Myth” will take you on a swirling adventure.
Beach Fossils release video for Shallow
Boys will be boys…while making sweet music and showing off their fun lives as musicians. Brooklyn band Beach Fossils’ homemade music video for “Shallow” will make you want to attempt parkour with them, write obscenities on mirrors, and indulge in their foolish antics on tour. Oh, and the song rocks too. [ChartAttack]
The Walkmen cover U2
Remember U2? Indie rockers The Walkmen certainly do, and they created a charming medley of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “With or Without You,” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” Apparently, the band was fooling around after a long day, and they spontaneously came up with this medley as their producer secretly recorded it. The result is an obviously rough track, but shows off their creativity and inadvertently makes U2 relevant again. Listen to it at their website. [ChartAttack]
As the holiest day of chocolate and flowers approaches, we thought we’d help those in need with a playlist of some of the greatest break-up or heartbreak songs of all time.
Almost every song on the radio seems to be about love, right? It’s the time of the year when the lonely feel loneliest and it seems like everyone else is playing tonsil-hockey, smiling and you have nothing except a Ryan Gosling marathon and a tub of Ben and Jerrys waiting at home. Well, we can’t do anything about that – but we can provide a melancholy soundtrack of some of the saddest songs of all time. We’ll venture into the 80s with some Joy Division, Springsteen, U2 and Pat Benetar while visiting ballads from modern artists like Cee-Lo, Beyonce and of course – Adele.
Enjoy wisely. Stare out your window at the falling rain if you have to.
The Dublin band’s frontman might not have a crucial role in the founding role of Facebook, though Zuckerberg may “like” U2, but his private equity firm Elevation Partners owns 1.5 per cent of the shares.
That means he invested about $90 million in 2009 – but, when the social networking site goes public later this year, Bono’s share will be worth about $1 billion. If you think about it, that’s some $300 million more than the current richest rock star, Sir Paul McCartney
For those of you that might think that amount of cheddar is redonkulous – remember how much of Bono’s finances goes to his many charity projects, mostly focused on humanitarian aid in Africa.
U2 is set to perform on the ‘American Idol’ season 10 finale this Wednesday, reports Billboard.
While backstage at the Billboard Music Awards, the band’s longtime manager, Paul McGuinness, revealed that the group would be rehearsing for the ‘Idol’ finale on Monday before performing on the show two days later.
In between the rehearsal and performance, U2 will perform at Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on Tuesday. Talk about a busy schedule!
The four members of U2 also took the stage yesterday at the Billboard Music Awards to accept the Top Touring Artist Award for its record-breaking 360° tour. U2 guitarist the Edge admitted that it was an honor receiving the award.
“It’s always a thrill to win an award, but something about this really connected when I realized that more people had come to this tour any previous tour. Seven million people — I still can’t quite get my head around that figure. It’s so astonishing, and just feels really good.”
U2′s ‘Idol’ performance will be part of the episode that reveals whether Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina is the season 10 champ. It’s going to be an exciting episode, so be sure to tune in to see which country star will win the title.
Songs For Japan has been released on Friday, March 25 - a compilation album to benefit the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Japan. The album is available for purchase worldwide on iTunes for $9.99, and 100 per cent of the proceeds go to benefiting the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Lady Gaga, Eminem, Pink, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry are among the many artists that appear on the album. In total, 38 artists lent songs to the album, including every and all types of music from country to rock to pop and jazz.
All acts appearing on Songs for Japan – and their labels and music publishers – have waived their royalties and proceeds from the worldwide sales to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The Japanese Red Cross Society will use funds from the album to support its ongoing relief efforts and recovery assistance to Japan’s most affected areas by the earthquake and tsunamis.
Here’s the track list for Songs for Japan, according to Apple:
1. John Lennon, “Imagine”
2. U2, “Walk On”
3. Bob Dylan, “Shelter From the Storm”
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Around the World”
5. Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”
6. Beyoncé, “Irreplaceable”
7. Bruno Mars, “Talking to the Moon”
8. Katy Perry, “Firework”
9. Rihanna, “Only Girl (In the World)”
10. Justin Timberlake, “Like I Love You”
11. Madonna, “Miles Away”
12. David Guetta, “When Love Takes Over”
13. Eminem (featuring Rihanna), “Love the Way You Lie”
14. Bruce Springsteen, “Human Touch”
15. Josh Groban, “Awake”
16. Keith Urban, “Better Life”
17. Black Eyed Peas, “One Tribe”
18. Pink, “Sober”
19. Cee Lo Green, “It’s OK”
20. Lady Antebellum, “I Run to You”
21. Bon Jovi, “What Do You Got?”
22. Foo Fighters, “My Hero”
23. R.E.M., “Man on the Moon”
24. Nicki Minaj, “Save Me”
25. Sade, “By Your Side”
26. Michael Bublé, “Hold On”
27. Justin Bieber, “Pray”
28. Adele, “Make You Feel My Love”
29. Enya, “If I Could Be Where You Are”
30. Elton John, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”
31. John Mayer, “Waiting on the World to Change”
32. Queen, “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)”
33. Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”
34. Sting, “Fragile”
35. Leona Lewis, “Better in Time”
36. Ne-Yo, “One in a Million”
37. Shakira, “Whenever, Wherever”
38. Norah Jones, “Sunrise”
The great thing about today’s technology is that it can be combined with charity efforts on a global scale. I think this is a great cause and great concept – iTunes is one of the hottest markets right now, so why not use it for good? I know many young people who don’t exactly have the money to donate, but I’m pretty sure we all have money on our iTunes account, so this little bit can help in a major way.
Less than a year after Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ became the most successful concert-film in U.S. history, Justin Bieber’s ‘Never Say Never’ concert fan-tastic film has snatched the title.
On Monday, the Hollwood Reporter published figures that show ‘Never Say Never’ has raked in $72.2 million (U.S. dollar) at the box office since its January release, where as Jackson’s 2009 concert film ‘This Is It’ has $72.1 million. Although Bieber has taken in those impressive numbers, he has to work some magic before he tops the MJ global intake.
With a global total of $261.2 million, ‘This Is It’ has crippled Bieber’s doc that has a modest $83 million globally so far. However, Paramount executives predict the film cashing in at least $10 million more internationally.
The U.S. numbers for Bieber were clearly impacted by the film’s re-release with an additional 40 minutes of bonus footage from director Jon M. Chu.
Bieber will likely continue to duel Jackson’s milestones throughout the next few years, in fact he checked another off a few weeks ago when he posed with his new wax figure at London’s Madame Tussauds. He is also among the artists to be featured on a Universal Music digital-only album to raise funds for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims. Funding will go toward the Japanese Red Cross. Alongside Bieber for the project are U2, Rihanna, Bon Jovi and Nicki Minaj. What an eclectic group.
PerezHilton reports that the singer was released this morning from a Munich hospital. His doctor, Dr. Jeorg Tonn explained, “The surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. The prognosis is excellent, but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation.”
For the time being, all upcoming U2 dates have been postponed while Bono recovers.
E! Online is reporting that the 50-year-old musician was originally supposed to meet up with his fellow band members in Salt Lake City for rehearsals on Tuesday, but because of the injury that likely won’t be possible.
“He was admitted to a specialist neuro surgery unit in a Munich hospital,” a statement posted on U2.com says, “…Bono will spend the next few days there, before returning home to recuperate.”
Although not directly said in the statement, it is unlikely that the 360-Degree tour will go on as planned.
“It’s unfortunate that we’re inconveniencing fans,” said Paul McGuinnes, U2’s band manager, “and we will make plans to reinstate these dates as soon as possible.”
More info on Bono’s condition and what will become of the tour will be released in a statement on U2’s website when it is available.
The Irish rockers were also the top touring act of the year, selling 1.3 million tickets for the 20 shows on their 360 Degree world tour. The tour – still ongoing – is the most expensive one in history.
As far as ticket sales are concerned, U2 is the winner for 2009. Pollstar is reporting that the Dublin band had box office sales of $123 million throughout 2009. Next in line was Bruce Springsteen with about $90 million. This was then followed by:
- Elton John/Billy Joel
- Britney Spears
- Kenny Chesney
- Jonas Brothers
- Dave Matthews Band
- Fleetwood Mac
Imagine twelve American average Joes handpicked for their notorious cooking skills, and then broken up into teams of Red and Blue- which are then each coached by a prominent chef to whip them up into cuisine shape.
For six grueling weeks each squad will then endure challenges and elimination until the last cook standing on each team will have to prepare a three-course prestigious-restaurant meal for a panel of food critics- in hopes of ultimately walking away with $25,000.
Welcome to The Food Network’s newest 2010 project -set to premiere January 3- Worst Cooks in America. And meet the head coach for Team Blue, Chef Beau MacMillan.
U2 will release Artificial Horizon, a limited edition remix album containing some previously unreleased songs, according to CHARTattack.com.
The album will be released in 2010, and will be available to those in the band’s official fan club. The band’s website says that the album will be “mailed to qualifying subscribers” beginning in late January. No official tracklist has been announced, but the 13-song CD includes David Holmes’ remix of “Beautiful Day,” a Grand Jury mix of “If God Will Send His Angels,” Jacknife Lee’s remix of “Fast Cars,” Trent Reznor’s mix of “Vertigo,” and Fish Out Of Water’s remix of “Get On Your Boots.”
This isn’t the first time the rock band has released albums exclusively to their fan club. In 2006 they released ZOO2Live, and in 2008 they released Medium, Rare and Remastered.
U2 will be headlining the 40th Glastonbury music festival in England next summer, reports CBC. The Irish band will take a break from its North American tour to appear at the festival for the first time on June 25.
“At last the biggest band in the world is going to do the best festival in the world,” said Michael Eavis, head of the festival. “Nothing could be better for our 40-year party, and there are even more surprises in the pipeline.”
U2’s second last show on their 360 degree tour will be streamed live this Sunday on the band’s website, CBC news reports. The concert will be viewable to fans in 16 different countries, including Canada and the U.S.
Taking place in the Pasadena Rose Bowl, California, the show is expected to draw around 96, 000 fans.
YouTube will enable the server support to handle the online screening of possibly millions of viewers. It will be available on both YouTube and U2’s official website after the show.
While Irish rock band U2 is still in the middle of their North American 360 stadium tour, they are already planning to come back next summer, according to CHARTattack.
The band’s website has yet to release any dates, but a USA Today article says the band will begin their second leg of a North American tour in Mexico City, Mexico on May 30, 2010. The tour is then expected to continue through June and July, hitting cities not visited this year.
U2 already hit Toronto and Vancouver on their current tour. Each show is estimated to rake in about $750,000 U.S., so it is not difficult to see why the band wants to continue their jaunt. More Canadian dates could be added on the second leg, with such possibilities as Edmonton, Calgary, and Winnipeg.
The tour, which is in support of the band’s latest album, No Line On The Horizon, is confirmed to hit Europe beginning in August and run until early October. The opening date for that leg of the tour is at Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany on Aug. 10.
This Week On Entourage:
On the day before he leaves to Italy, Vince tries to get the boys to come with him, but only manages to get Drama. Turtle still trying to get over Jamie, and tries to forget about her with the college dorm girl. And Eric says he’s going to try and get Sloan back -but the guys think it’ll be pretty hard.
Meanwhile, Ari and his wife meet with the therapist to discuss why his wife should lend him $12 million to help buy Terrance’s agency. But after Ari admits why he truly wants to buy it and pours his heart out, she agrees to spot him the money.
Despite Lloyd’s suggestion, Drama decides not to read for any acting gigs, saying he’s taking a break from it for a while. While shopping with Vince, the two run into Matt Damon who tries to pressure Vince into donating a cheque for his children’s charity.
On the red carpet for the 61st Annual Emmy Awards, E! News kicked off a campaign to get Twilight‘s Robert Pattinson a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.
“We would love to get Robert Pattinson,” said Seth Meyers. “How dare you tell me he’s the hot guy from Twilight, like I don’t already know! We’re actually hoping if he’s not available, at least his hair will come by and host.”
“Oh yeah, he’d be great,” said Kristen Wiig.
Jack White has been a very busy, very lucky man lately.
Along with his film It Might Get Loud featuring U2′s The Edge and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, White has entered the studio with the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, according to Pitchfork.
This isn’t White’s first brush with the Stones – he performed “Loving Cup” alongside Jagger in Martin Scorcese’s concert documentary Shine A Light. Now Richards says the two have been recording together, but wouldn’t confirm rumours that White is lined up to produce the next Stones album.
Details for the album are still vague, and Richards says he is still just trying to rally his band to get writing although they are working together to compile bonus tracks for a re-release of Exile on Main Street next year.
The Edge, guitarist from mega group U2, is causing some environmental concerns in his new neighborhood.
According to Candace Brown, Malibu mayoral candidate and Councilman Jefferson Wagner’s partner, The Edge has been paying landscapers to dig a 15 foot trench that has reportedly trapped deer and foxes that inhabit the surrounding area, as reported by chartattack.com. The trench is also reported as being “the size of three football fields,” according to Candice Brown’s statement.
In the current music industry today, it is not uncommon to download an entire album from the comfort of your home, without spending a cent. Bono, from the rock band U2, takes offense to this and made it public when interviewed by the USA Today newspaper.
Bono admitted he was overpaid when he told the newspaper that illegal downloading “offended” him, according to chartattack.com.
“People think people like me are overpaid and over-nourished, and they’re not wrong,” he told the newspaper. “What they’re missing is, how does a songwriter get paid? There’s no space for a Cole Porter in the modern age.”