What’s good COED Nation! It’s time for another edition of Al Jones Songs of the Week. Besides Super Bowl 46’s ridiculous TV numbers, we had to have our fair share of controversy. Madonna, put on a show for us all to see as this year’s halftime performer. I wasn’t in love with her performance, but it was much better than the Black Eyed Peas fiasco a couple of years ago. That was just horrendous. She picked a good selection of classics to do, getting timely guest appearances by LMFAO and Cee-Lo Green, who I thought was a bright spot. But then came the question marks. Madonna also brought along Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. for her new single, ”Gimme All Your Luvin.” The song is nothing to be desired, but things got a little antsy when M.I.A. decided to give the camera the middle finger. Obviously folks at NBC were not that happy. Something tells me that M.I.A. won’t be making a guest appearance on “The Voice” this season. But overall, the halftime show kept you awake, so I guess that’s something good, right? Let’s get into REWIND.
RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON
[EDITOR’S NOTE – From Wikipedia: On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, of causes not immediately known. According to TMZ, Houston was running late to get ready for the pre-Grammy Awards party being held four floors down in the hotel by her mentor, Clive Davis. After her stylists and bodyguards became concerned that Houston was in the bathroom for over an hour, they knocked on the door but Houston did not answer back. A female hairdresser went to check on Houston and found her lying in the bathtub. A bodyguard came in and quickly pulled Houston out of the bathtub. It was reported that Houston’s face was underwater and her legs were up like she had slid down the back of the bathtub. Her body was reported to be very cold as her bodyguard unsuccessfully attempted to perform CPR before alerting hotel security. Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m. and found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 4:00 p.m. PST.]
-“The Voice” premiered on Sunday night in the plush post Super Bowl time slot and did very well. It kept its mojo flexing into its normal Monday night time slot and won the night there, too. Not bad for Mark Burnett’s reality hit. The show has made household names out of its four judges, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton. I really want one of those cool red chairs, too!
-The King of NY has been known to do big things on the regular, but Mr. Carter really topped himself this week. Jay-Z performed two sold out shows at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City to raise money for the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and the United Way of New York City. Backed by a 40 piece orchestra and the Illadelphonics, led by Roots drummer Questlove, Hova ripped through his ever extensive and impressive catalog, like a tornado, leaving everyone in the audience in awe. Jay has definitely turned into a great live performer. He knows how to captivate his audience, and his full talent was on display in this prestigious location in the name of charity. God bless him.
LANA DEL REY
-I guess she can say she had the last laugh right. Lana Del Ray landed at the number #2 spot on this past week’s Bilboard Top 100. She took a boat load of criticism after her SNL appearance, but seemed to fuel that negative energy into album sales. Not a bad week for her.
-Simon Cowell, the king of mean on reality TV dropped three of his “X-Factor” mainstays off the show this week. Packing their bags is judges Paul Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, and host Steve Jones. I never really understood the whole Simon-Paula thing. She hasn’t been musically relevant in a long time. Nicole was the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. We shouldn’t have to comment anymore about that. She was lucky to be on the show in the first place. And Steve Jones may go down as the worst host in television history. I mean he was plain dreadful to watch. “X-Factor” was renewed for a second season, so Cowell has got some work to do for sure in replacing these stars. LA Reid, however, survived the execution and will be returning for his second season.
-Fresh off her Super Bowl halftime performance and on the heels of releasing her brand new studio album, “MDNA,” Madonna announced she is heading back on tour and she is making a stop at Yankee Stadium on September 6th. I tried to get tickets to this today and they sold out within minutes. I guess the material girl still has “it.”
CHRIS BROWN AND RIHANNA
-Former lovers will both be performing at this weekend’s Grammy Awards telecast. How many times will the camera scan shots of both of them? Over/Under is 6. Both artists have had great years. I wonder if they could ever set aside all of their past problems and combine for a killer duet. Probably not. Wishful thinking.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND
-The boss has tapped the late Clarence Clemons nephew, Jake Clemmons to play horn on the “Wrecking Ball” tour this year. Springsteen wants to keep the sweet sounds of the Clemmons family in house. Classy move Bruce!
-Converse is bringing together James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, the Gorillaz, and Andre 3000 of Outkast for a song called “Do Ya Thing.” The song is going to be available as a free download on Feb 23rd off the Converse website. I personally love all of these artists so I can’t wait to check this tune out.
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