In The Mixtape: Fallon’s Pearl Jam Linsanity, DMX’s Return, Diddy’s Dunk Assist [VIDEOS]
What’s up COED Nation? How you feeling this week? I am waking up this morning on a musical high. Last night started my three-month concert blitz. I will literally be seeing at least one live show per week through May 8th. That is absolutely nuts and I should probably get my head examined, but there is so much good live music coming through the New York City area that I had to be pro-active. Last night I caught the amazing Sharon Van Etten live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, and was completely blown away. First of all she’s hot, very personable (had the crowd cracking up between songs) and has a voice unlike any other in music right now. She is also in this week’s PLAY section, so you know her music is on point. I’m excited for the musical journey to continue next week with the Cults. Let’s REWIND shall we?
JAY-Z, BEYONCE, BLUE IVY SKIT ON SNL
I mean, talk about an amazing sketch, this one was one of my faves. Last week Maya Rudolph hosted SNL with musical guest Sleigh Bells. The show was one of the season’s best. I mean I expect nothing but greatness from Rudolph who is one of my favorite comedic actresses but also spent several seasons honing her chops as a member of the Rockefellar Center ensemble. She clearly feels at home on the SNL stage.
This particular skit had Rudolph playing Beyoncé, with the underrated Jay Pharaoh, playing Jay-Z. The couple invites some of their musical friends over to meet Blue Ivy. Then we get to be introduced to spot on parodies of Prince, Taylor Swift, LL Cool J, and a remarkable performance by Justin Timberlake portraying Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. The skit was spot on, and I know Vernon took to Twitter to laugh at himself and marvel in Timberlake’s performance. JT is the real deal, and SNL has been very good this season.
LIMP BIZKIT SIGNS WITH CASH MONEY
This piece of news caught me by surprise, but please don’t underestimate the power of Lil Wayne. It has been reported that Weazy has signed rap-rockers Limp Bizkit to a record deal with his Cash Money imprint. Limp Bizkit, lead by Fred Durst, was a very popular band in the late 90s / early 2000s when rap-rock groups were more prominent in the musical lexicon. Weazy, fresh off the successes of Drake and Nicki Minaj, is looking to expand his empire. Will this move be a hit and rise Limp Bizkit from the ashes, or will this be a failed rock venture for Weazy? I guess we will have to wait and see.
CHRIS BROWN AND RIHANNA
These two former lovers and pop icons can’t seem to stay out of the news. First, Brown caught major heat after the Grammys two weeks ago where he performed and walked away with two Grammys. Many argued that a convicted woman beater should not be celebrated at a major awards show. Brown responded, and got into a war of words with country star Miranda Lambert, who strongly was against Brown being honored at the Grammy Awards.
Then word breaks out that Rihanna and Chris Brown have collaborated on not one, but two remixes of each other. They both hit the net this week. One is a remix of Brown’s “Turn Up the Music” and on her single “Birthday Cake” produced by the Dream. I have heard both singles, and I have to say I really like the “Birthday Cake” collaboration but this move is sparking up a lot of conversation around the music world. First of all these are two of the biggest names in popular music, so the record could be amazing. The problem is though, their hasn’t been enough time between the horrific events that took place between the two of them two years ago. Rihanna came out the big winner in the public after the beating and rightfully so. Who doesn’t remember seeing that TMZ photo?
However domestic violence advocacy groups are in an uproar over a possible reconciliation after all of the positive PR Rihanna received after the beating took place. I am not one to judge so I won’t. But I was a little shocked by the sudden collabos. However, the music is good, and that is what it ultimately comes down to. However, I’m not sure if the public will agree.
BRUCE AND JIMMY FALLON
The Boss will be taking over Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week. They will be playing this Monday, Feb 27th and on Friday March 2nd. Springsteen is promoting his new album “Wrecking Ball” which is due out March 6th. Set your DVRs. (Ed. – and if you didn’t catch Fallon’s spot on spoof of Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” about Linsanity, check it below)
The top 24 battle for America’s voice this week, starting with the boys this Tuesday, Feb 28th, and the girls on Wednesday, Feb 29th. I have to say, that after watching Hollywood Week and Vegas, Randy, Stephen, and J-Lo picked a pretty talented top 24 candidates. Don’t expect country to bring it home this year. There is a lot of talent in this bunch. It should be a good season for sure.
Remember “Get At Me Dawg” and “Party Up?” DMX came onto the rap scene like a reckless abandon in the late 90s, and then fell into legal troubles, and vanished from the scene for the last couple years. But this week he was back on the scene, live and direct at S.O.B.’s in New York City rocking the mic like he once used to do. He ripped through some of his classics and had some unkind words to say about Drake and Rick Ross. Welcome back to the game X! Drake and Ricky Rozzay have been doing their thing for a minute. He’s got some catching up to do. Hip Hop could use another high profile beef, this may be the makings of something good.
DIDDY’S OWN NETWORK?
Sean “Diddy” Combs has partnered with Comcast cable to create Revolt, a new cable music network. Watch out MTV, Diddy’s coming for you. The channel is set to tackle all aspects of social media and be something unseen to the current musical landscape. One thing u can’t knock Combs on is his hustle. The guy is always working. Revolt could be a great thing for the music world if it’s run the right way. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other forums for social media are dominant right now I’m mainstream culture. Integrating that and the world of music could be a straight game changer for the industry. And Combs is savvy enough a business person to get this project started right. The channel is set to launch sometime in 2013. Stay tuned for more details. (Ed. – Check out Diddy’s toss to Chase Budinger during the All-Star Dunk Contest last night below)
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