COED Nation, what is good? How the hell are ya? I hope everyone is having a good week thus far. I hope you survived the latest dreadful edition of the Republican debates and Obama’s “please give me endless glasses of wine so I can get through this” State of the Union address. Another tough week for politics, I guess. That’s why I try not to be political. Way too Canada Dry if you ask me. Let’s get right down into the world of music and pop culture shall we?
Track 1: FIONA APPLE
L.A. Reid, CEO of Epic Records made headlines this week when he tweeted that Fiona Apple (one of my favorite artists) would be releasing a new album this year. Thank the good heavens. Not too many singers out there as talented as Fiona.
Track 2: HEIDI KLUM AND SEAL
Say it isn’t so! Is marrying in Hollywood a real curse? First Ashton and Demi, and now Heidi and Seal? What is Seal thinking? You really can’t stay at home and just chill with your uber hot wife, supermodel Heidi Klum, who tattooed your name on her arm? Really dawg? Supposedly Seal may like the nightlife a little too much. Hopefully they can reach reconciliation. I really liked this couple.
Track 3: ETTA JAMES
The music world lost a legend on Friday, January 20th. Etta James, well-known for her powerhouse ballad, “At last,” passed away after a lengthy battle with leukemia, dementia, and hepatitis C. James will always be known for her amazing voice and storied past in the world of R&B music where she gave us such hits as “All I Could Do Was Cry,” and “My Dearest Darling.” She will truly be missed by many.
PLAY (SONGS OF THE WEEK)
TRACK 1: The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, returns with “Wrecking Ball” his latest studio album on March 6th. Dates for his spring 2012 tour just were announced with notable spots taking place in New Jersey (Duh) in Newark at the Prudential Center, and at the IZOD Center. He will also be making a stop in Austin, Texas as the keynote speaker for this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival.
TRACK 2: Ne-Yo, the R&B crooner of such hits as “Miss Independent,” “Closer,” “So Sick,” and “Because of You,” is being named Senior Vice President of A&R at Motown Records. Ne-Yo will produce and song write for new artists that he will take under his wing. Sounds like a win-win for everyone involved with Motown. Ne-Yo knows how to make hits. That’s the triple truth!
TRACK 3: Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert have been tapped to perform at the first American Secret Policeman Ball in New York on March 4th at Radio City. This concert has been a big event in the UK, and now it’s coming stateside.
Make sure you vote for your favorite SONG OF THE WEEK, and be sure to follow me on Twitter at (@aljonesy) Take care of yourself COED Nation. See you next week!