Take CareDrake's Take Care, one of the most anticipated albums of 2011, leaked nine days before its November 15th, but rather than reacting to the bad news like Vancouver fans after the Canucks lost in the Stanley Cup finals, the rapper and his cool Canadian temperament handled the album's early arrival in stride. "I am not sure if the album leaked. But if it did thank god it doesn't happen a month early anymore," Drizzy tweeted. "Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like it... and take care until next time." He does have a point: The music industry has seen some instances of albums leaking as early as six months prior to its scheduled release date, so a nine-day head start isn't a complete disaster.Read More »from Drake Handled the ‘Take Care’ Leak Extremely Well
Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comThe MTV Video Music Awards have had their share of controversial moments in the past, from Madonna's "Like a Virgin" performance to the Material Girl/Britney kiss to Kanye's "Imma let you finish"-ing of Taylor Swift. But compared to what goes on at the MTV European Music Awards, all those incidents are about as contentious as a Disney movie. Case in point: At last night's MTV EMAs in Belfast, a male streaker ran out on stage while Hayden Panettiere was about to present the award for Best Song.
It was a scripted skit (according to Reuters, and anyone who's seen these kind of planned awards-show moments of spontaneity) with the actress doing her best to act surprised, the EMA audience and those watching at home were provided with an extended moment of uncensored, full-frontal male nudity.
Once the streaker reached the front of the stage where Pannetierre was standing, he made awkward conversation with the actress while covering his private parts. "So," he said through a very thick Irish brogue, "You're on that show 'Heroes' yeah?" They discussed hanging out at the post-party, but unfortunately the streaker didn't have his cell phone to take down Panettiere's number. Once he'd exited the stage, Hayden quipped: "Well, that was different." (The Amp emailed MTV for comment about the incident.)
If this ever happened in the States, the FCC would come to MTV's Times Square headquarters with a battering ram and a multimillion dollar fine -- especially given the number of young Bieber fans that were watching -- but this kind of behavior is perfectly acceptable across the Atlantic. You can watch the very-NSFW clip at Gawker if you dare, but here are some less explicit highlights from MTV's European awards:Read More »from MTV EMAs: Gaga! Bieber! Queen! Streaker!
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Mon, Nov 7, 2011 8:56 AM EST
As promised, Radiohead will finally embark on a tour in support of The King of Limbs starting in February 2012, over a year after releasing their latest album. However, residents of states that gave Electoral College votes to Barack Obama will have to wait longer to see Radiohead: The first leg of the band's 2012 U.S. tour has been revealed, and it only visits hardened red states and a few purple states. That means two stops in Florida, including the tour-opening concerts in Miami on February 27th, a visit to Georgia, three shows in Texas, two in Missouri, and Colorado. The first leg wraps up on March 15th in Glendale, Arizona, where every other band is refusing to perform because of the controversial immigrant law SB 1070. Check out the tour dates and pre-sale info at Dead Air Space.Read More »from Radiohead Touring Only Red States in 2012 (For Now)
Sabbath Bloody SabbathRemember the Black Sabbath reunion that was dismissed as "absolute nonsense" by guitarist Tony Iommi, the same man who initially revealed that the band was getting back together with Ozzy Osbourne? It turns out that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are in fact reuniting, and they're announcing the reformation next week. Black Sabbath's new website hints that some major news is coming on November 11th, or 11.11.11, On that date, Blabbermouth reports, all four members of the group — Osbourne, Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward -- will hold a press conference at Hollywood's Whisky A Go Go -- the site of their first Los Angeles concert on, surprise, November 11, 1970.Read More »from Black Sabbath Reuniting on 11.11.11 at 11:11 a.m.
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Nov 4, 2011 4:24 PM EDT
Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comLast night, the Grammys' official Twitter feed sent out this indecipherable message: "Who do u predict the reuniting band will be @ #GRAMMYnoms? Does this hint make u wanna 'Jump' & 'Dance the Night Away'?" Gee, what a heavily disguised clue! It's really hard to parse that brain-teaser of a tweet. They "ain't talking about Love," are they? "You really got me" confused with those hints. Talking Heads, maybe? There will be "dancing in the streets" if Talking Heads reunite!Read More »from What Band Is Reuniting at the Grammy Nomination Show? (Hint: It’s Van Halen)
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Nov 4, 2011 2:37 PM EDT
[eBay]Wait, there are guitars on Radiohead's Kid A? (Kidding!) Ed O'Brien is auctioning off the white Fender Telecaster that was used on Kid A and Amnesiac and during Radiohead concerts from 1998 up until the 2007 In Rainbows tour. Why is he departing with such a storied piece of music history, the six-string that gave birth to "Optimistic" and "I Might Be Wrong"? Because whatever the guitar draws at auction, all of that money will go to the Billie Butterfly Fund, which benefits children with brain cancer. All of the members of Radiohead also signed the Telecaster; isn't it adorable how both Thom Yorke and bassist Colin Greenwood turn their signatures into smiley faces?Read More »from Buy the Guitar That’s Responsible for the Best Album of the 2000s
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Nov 4, 2011 1:03 PM EDT
WaleWale is the biggest name in Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, a collective that also features rappers Meek Mill and Pill. However, on Wale's current Ambition tour, he's not recruiting his label mates to open the gigs and boost their own status. Instead, he's letting the crowd pick the music. Wired reports that the social music site Turntable.fm, which allows users to switch off playing handpicked tunes by using an avatar DJ, will be utilized to set the mood at venues prior to Wale taking the stage. And in our concert-going experience, a hip-hop show has never, ever started at the advertised time, so helping to DJ the concert should help kill precious minutes off the wait.Read More »from Wale Using Turntable.fm to Open Concerts, So Force His Fans to Listen to Creed
Born This Way: The CollectionLooking for an alternative to Nickelback this Thanksgiving? Lady Gaga will be the subject of her own 90-minute special this November 24th when A Very Gaga Thanksgiving airs on ABC. The Fame Monster will perform eight tracks during the special -- including a "The Lady Is a Tramp" duet with Tony Bennett and a rendition of "White Christmas -- as well as prepare a turkey feast with Oprah's former personal chef Art Smith. The singer will also return to Manhattan's Sacred Heart Catholic School, where Stefani Germanotta actually attended classes in her youth, for a Q&A with Katie Couric.Read More »from Have Yourself a Very Gaga Thanksgiving
Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty ImagesJustin Bieber appeared on NBC's Today show this morning to talk about his new Christmas album, but his visit was really just to confront the allegations that his brief romance with an older fan after a Los Angeles concert resulted in a baby boy. The incident has turned "Mariah Yeater" into a household name overnight, and while Bieber and his reps immediately denied the rumors, chatting with Today about the situation has more resonance than a tweet. Al Roker and Ann Curry loosened the Bieb up with some innocent questions about his Under the Mistletoe, the charities that album is raising money for, and his moneymaker ("My voice is evolving and changing for the better"). Thankfully, Matt Lauer swooped in to ask the question on everyone's mind this morning: Is it your baby?
"I'd just like to say, basically, that none of those allegations are true, and I know that I'm gonna be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim. I think it's crazy, because every night after the show, I'm goneRead More »from Justin Bieber Denies Paternity Rumors on ‘Today’
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Thu, Nov 3, 2011 6:22 PM EDT
Paul Warner/Getty ImagesCory Smoot, the fifth guitarist to don the Flattus Maximus costume in the carnival metal band GWAR, died mysteriously today while the band was on tour. Smoot joined GWAR as their lead guitarist in 2002 and became the longest-serving member to wear the Flattus mask in the group's 27-year history. According to Metal Sucks, the band found Smoot dead -- presumably on the tour bus -- as they prepared to cross the Canadian border. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their long time guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus," GWAR frontman Dave Crockie (or Oderus Urungus) said in a statement. "Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today."
Crockie andRead More »from GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot, or Flattus Maximus, Found Dead
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