Arch MUSIC NEWS for 1/15/13
Arch MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
Justin Timberlake is dressing up his musical comeback. “Suit & Tie” is his first new song in seven years. It was released just after midnight Monday and features hip-hop superstar Jay-Z.
Sharon Osbourne continued her verbal attack on pop star Lady Gaga on her CBS talk show “The Talk” on Monday. Not only did she defend her daughter Kelly, but she also attacked the singer for promoting violence herself. The feud started when Gaga posted an open letter to Kelly, criticizing her for being on the E! show “Fashion Police.” Kelly herself has been relatively quiet on the matter. She responded by saying that she wasn’t giving much thought to the comments and was still a fan of the singer. Her mother, however, slammed Gaga for not speaking out against some of her fans’ violent words against her family. On Monday’s “The Talk,” Sharon went even further by criticizing the singer for wearing a costume bra onstage last week with two large plastic guns on them. She said that her actions were “not right” and that “she should be stopped.” Her co-hosts Aisha Tyler and Sara Gilbert also chimed in, supporting Osbourne’s statements against Gaga. Osbourne emphasized that she attempted to resolve the issue privately first.
Adele is still choosing to keep the name of her newborn son private. The singer made her first appearance since giving birth last October at Sunday night’s Golden Globes. She picked up the award for Best Original Song for her James Bond theme “Skyfall,” but refused to reveal details about her baby boy. She told “BBC” and a number of other news outlets that she was “not ready” to reveal the name of her son, saying that it is “too personal and intimate.” During her acceptance speech, Adele said that the night was only supposed to be her first night out as a new mom and that she wasn’t expecting the win at all.
If she wasn’t busy enough already, Beyonce may be the new face of an upcoming campaign for Swedish fashion retailer H&M. According to “Vogue,” the singer was photographed in in the Bahamas last week wearing a tropical-printed bikini during what was rumored to be a photo shoot. To add to that, one of Beyonce’s dancers Kimberly Gipson, sent out a tweet appearing to confirm the news. Gipson had tweeted “First day of trial in the Bahamas! H&M all set…go” – and the post was quickly deleted. H&M did not comment on the rumor, but it has been known to keep information about many of its other famous faces underwraps in the past. Others to have been a part of the fashion giant’s campaigns include Gisele Bundchen, Jerry Hall, David Beckham and most recently Lana Del Rey. If the reports turn out to be true, H&M will join both Pepsi and L’Oreal as brands to land Beyonce as a celebrity endorsement.
A British court has sentenced 100 hours of community service to two men who hacked into Sony Music’s servers with the intent to steal unreleased recordings by Michael Jackson. James Marks and James McCormick pled guilty to computer misuse charges and downloading almost eight thousand files. They were arrested for the crime in 2011. Both men are in their late 20s, and admitted to using their home computers to exploit a weakness they have found in the servers. They claimed they were looking for evidence to prove the rumors that some of Jackson’s posthumous releases were actually sung by an impersonator. Apparently both Marks and McCormick were big fans of the late King of Pop.
It looks like Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is no longer engaged. A source tells “The New York Post’s” Page Six that the rocker and his longtime girlfriend Erin Brady have split up, saying “it’s over for good this time.” Trouble was reportedly brewing between the two last fall. Last November Tyler was rumored to have broken things off “quietly” after having difficulty maintaining the relationship and his sobriety while touring with Aerosmith. At that time an Aerosmith rep denied that that the relationship was in jeopardy, and attributed any perceived problems to the “trials and tribulations” that every couple goes through. However, Page Six says Erin was “noticeably absent” from Tyler’s recent family vacation in Hawaii — which is where he proposed just over a year ago.
Stevie Nicks says Fleetwood Mac‘s upcoming tour will be “very different” from the last time the band hit the road. The singer tells the UK’s “Guardian” that after making peace with Lindsey Buckingham, they’re now in a place where they can “walk up on stage and be dramatic with each other” and it “doesn’t carry on after you walk down the stairs and go back to your hotels and rooms.” Nicks admits that the last time Fleetwood Mac toured, she and Lindsey weren’t able to do that, and their interactions were “like waiting-for-a-bus undramatic.” But she insists “this is not going to be that tour.” Stevie adds that the audience will likely appreciate it. She explains that “people love to see people in love,” and since they’re now “getting along” and “happy with each other, that part comes out.” Fleetwood Mac will launch their spring North American tour in Columbus, Ohio on April 4th.
A new line of headphones has tapped AC/DC, Elvis Presley, and James Dean for design inspiration. MacObserver.com says the German company On.Earz is behind “The Legends” set, which was introduced in the U.S. at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Presley and Dean estates as well as the Australian band have given the product their stamp of approval. The AC/DC cans have a black leather look, with studs bridging the top of the headband and the band’s logo on the underside. The Elvis set has the look of brown leather over the earpieces and the top of the headband, while his signature is on the underside. The James Dean headphones have blue denim styling on the earpieces and top of the headband, with his signature on a red faux leather strip on the underside. The headphones also come with a cable with in-line microphone and other functions for smartphone use. On.Earz’s “Legends” headphones are expected to arrive in U.S. stores within the next few months, retailing for 99-dollars.