Spotted: 'Gossip Girl's' Blair Waldorf Signing Record Deal; Flaming Lips Are OK in OK


Headlines: Leighton Meester wants to be an electro-pop singer, and Universal Republic is only happy to indulge the "Gossip Girl" star. With an apparently straight face, label chief Monte Lipman praised the artiste's "tremendous presence and spirited approach to her musical artistry" and said he looks forward to introducing "current and new fans to this unique facet of her immense talent." Huh. Heavyweight producers Polow Da Don and Harvey Mason Jr are among those on board for the project. Chuck Bass could not be reached for comment. XOXO. ... The Flaming Lips are too communist (and obscene) for their home state, according to some Oklahoma lawmakers. But Gov. Brad Henry doesn't care: He plans to he sign an executive order next week naming the band's "Do You Realize??" as the official state rock song. ... 50 Cent's participation in the Fall Out Boy tour has been hit and miss --- but mostly miss. Still, the FOB camp thinks Fiddy will rejoin the tour for two shows this weekend, including one Saturday at Merriweather Post. ... Neil Young's first "Archives" actually exists! "There are a lot of people who are convinced it's just never going to come out," Young's rep said upon unveiling "Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1972)" in Los Angeles. The 10-disc set will be released on June 2. ... Boots Riley and Tom Morello will kick out the lefty jams as Street Sweeper Social Club. ... Justin Timberlake loves him some Lebron James. ... Hey, kids, remember that formerly white-hot buzz band, Vampire Weekend? They're making music again. ... The Beyonce hoaxer has spoken: "A lot of people had a lot of laughs because of it, so why should I apologize? If you can't poke fun at yourself, I don't know what kind of person you are." ... Elton John shed roughly 60 million pounds over the past year. This according to a new report on Britain's richest rock stars, which notes that John's personal wealth last year fell to 175 million pounds from 235 million pounds ($342.3 million). Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger also lost tens of millions in 2008. But, then, didn't we all? ... Eminem says the "Relapse" sequel is almost finished. ... JazzFest begins today with a Mahalia Jackson tribute and a Wynton Marsalis set. ... Steven Curtis Chapman won artist of the year and songwriter of the year at the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. ... Panamanian reggaetonero Flex and Spanish pop prince Enrique Iglesias cleaned up at the Latin Billboard Awards. ... Franz Ferdinand is releasing a dub version of its latest album. ... Anybody who has ever wanted to hear the Killers cover "One Night in Bangkok" and Cyndi Lauper may soon get their wish. ... Rev. Timothy Wright, the New York gospel singer and composer, has died. ... Alison Mosshart was rushed from a Colorado concert venue to the hospital. The Kills and Dead Weather singer was suffering from a cold and altitude sickness.


Say What?
"I have requested that when I die, I am to be cremated and the ashes are to be thrown into (Gov.) Rick Perry's hair." -- Kinky Friedman.


Today in TWP:

MusicMakers: The Bobs.

Album reviews: Ari Hest (Saturday at Jammin' Java); Anthony da Costa (Saturday at the Birchmere); the Handsome Family, Marissa Nadler (Sunday at Iota); Into the Presence (Monday at Velvet Lounge).

Also: Malitz Shocks World, Sings Lady GaGa's Praises! Ah, just kidding. The piece is about Sean Gray and Christopher Berry and this weekend's DNA Test Fest.

Reviewed: The go-go-centric coming-of-age film, "Jazz in the Diamond District." Plus, an interview with filmmaker Lindsey Christian and her actress sister, Erica Chamblee.


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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 24, 2009; 8:22 AM ET Morning Mix
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I would like to see 500 words from Malitz on Lady GaGa.

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