October 3, 2010
Pop Le Noise (Reprise . 1/2) Daniel Lanois productions don't work so well when he bathes the music in so much atmosphere that it sounds as if it's wrapped in gauze. But when the U2 and Emmylou Harris knob-twiddler collaborates with a strong personality - say, Bob Dylan, who reached latter-day high-water marks on Oh Mercy and Time Out Of Mind - Lanois has often succeeded in enabling long-established artists to recast their vision in arresting ways. Such is the case with Le Noise - get the pun?
August 28, 2010 |
Less than a week before the start of his "Home and Home" tour series with Jay-Z, Eminem is staying tight-lipped about his plans for the stadium shows, which commence next Thursday and Friday at Detroit's Comerica Park before switching to New York's Yankee Stadium on Sept. 13-14. "I don't want to get into it too much," Eminem told Billboard.com. "I don't want to give anything away. But . . . I think it'll be good. " He does, however, allow that his song selection "will probably be all over the place" rather than concentrating on "Recovery," his double-platinum latest album that's still sitting atop the Billboard 200. Eminem - who will perform with a nine-piece band that includes hype man Denaun Porter of D12, DJ Alchemist and "Lose Yourself" co-writer Luis Resto on keyboards - added that he "won't even allude to" possible guest appearances at the show, even though rumors have everyone from Rihanna, his duet partner on the current Hot 100 No. 1 "Love the Way You Lie," to Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Drake making the scene in some way or another at the shows.
April 3, 2010 |
Lil Wayne checks in from the hoosegow He's just like Jean Valjean - a great man languishing in cruel confinement. Except he's got access to the Web. Lil Wayne, in jail for a year on weapons charges, told his fans Friday (via WeezyThanxYou.com) that he reads the Bible every day. In a note that could have been written by Descartes (or Deepak Chopra) Lil says "to those who hate" that "Hate is only a form [of] love that hasn't found a way to express itself logically. " He says he'll always love us, "no matter what they do to erase me. " Oh, Jean!
December 30, 2009 |
WAS IT SHODDY journalism or environmentally sensitive journalism? NBC News is taking heat from the Society of Professional Journalists for flying a New Jersey man and his son back from Brazil on the network's dime after it covered the man's nasty custody battle in that country. NBC countered that it had already chartered the jet to bring staffers home for the holidays. We might add, what's the harm in reducing the carbon footprint by filling a few more seats? Surely that's what the Peacock honchos were thinking.
October 23, 2009 |
LIL WAYNE (aka Dwayne Carter), who owned last year's best-selling album and is No. 1 on the pop charts - and seemed like such a nice boy when he appeared on "The View" - pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession yesterday, and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence. His trial had been set for Jan. 20. Wayne previously had pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing an illegal gun, which carried at least 3 1/2 years in jail upon conviction. He's free on bail while awaiting his February sentencing.
August 3, 2009 |
Lil Wayne's love for his people - 25,000 or so of whom packed the sold-out Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Friday for the America's Most Wanted music festival, also known as the Weezy & Jeezy Tour - knows no bounds. The prolific and unpredictable New Orleans rapper, who goes by the nickname Weezy F. Baby and was sharing the bill with Atlanta neo-gangsta Young Jeezy, began his headlining portion by explaining three crucial facts about himself to his enraptured, iPhone waving, diverse audience.
December 30, 2008 |
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III is one of the few albums of 2008 to be both a critical and commercial success. The New Orleans rapper who ended up on many critics' best-of lists for the year sold more than a million copies of III in its first week of release, and went on to sell another million-plus despite the slow economy. The so-called best rapper alive has finally arrived. On Sunday night at the multi-act Power 99 HollaDay Jam, the rabid enthusiasm of the throng gathered at the Susquehanna Bank Center proved it. Kids clung to every leap in Wayne's timbre, every manipulation of mood and meter.
December 5, 2008 |
Anytime the Grammys get anything right, it's cause for a minor celebration. And at least three good reasons to start a party were revealed when the Recording Academy released its 110-category nomination list Wednesday night, after a first-ever one-hour telecast on CBS called Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! The first commendable headline is that the most nominated artist, with eight, is Lil Wayne. Tha Carter III, the new album from the New Orleans rapper born Dwayne Carter Jr., is the biggest seller of the year, but the deranged and dreadlocked MC's abundant talents are of more of a, shall we say, rambunctious variety than the Grammys are in the habit of rewarding.
September 17, 2008 |
FHM MAGAZINE'S sexiest woman, Megan Fox, used to be in love with a female stripper. How's that for "Transformers"? The 22-year-old hottie/actress, who's engaged to actor Brian Austin Green and appears on the cover of the October GQ, said the relationship occurred when she was 18 and first living in L.A. alone. "Well, that year my boyfriend broke up with me, and I decided - Oh, man, sorry, Mommy! - that I was in love with this girl that worked at the Body Shop," Megan said.
July 6, 2008 |
Everybody's got a personal playlist of summer songs. It might have Frank Sinatra's "Summer Wind," or Sly and the Family Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime. " The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City," or maybe Regina Spektor's song of the same name. Seals and Croft's "Summer Breeze" might make you feel fine, though I'm betting the Isley Brothers' version would make you feel finer. The 21 picks assembled here - on a playlist that can be burned onto one CD - are contenders for the songs of summer '08, tunes that may worm their way into your consciousness, if they haven't made it there already.