Green Day Adds Wal-Mart to List of American Idiots; Don't You Worry About Adam Glambert, People
Headlines: Green Day is No. 1, but not at Wal-Mart, where you won't find the band's new album, "21st Century Breakdown." The retail giant wanted the album edited for language and content, citing its long-standing policy not to stock albums bearing parental advisory stickers. Green Day refused. "They want artists to censor their records in order to be carried in there," singer Billie Joe Armstrong says. "We just said no. We've never done it before. You feel like you're in 1953 or something." He adds: "There's nothing dirty about our record." The AP says: "'21st Century Breakdown' contains curses and some references considered adult." A Wal-Mart rep says: "As with all music, it is up to the artist or label to decide if they want to market different variations of an album to sell, including a. version that would remove a PA rating. The label and artist in this case have decided not to do so, so we unfortunately can not offer the CD." Wal-Mart is the second-largest music retailer in the U.S., behind the iTunes Music Store. So yeah, this is kind of a big deal. ... Whereas Willie Nelson is one of the most singular and superlative guitar-slinging, dope-smoking singer-songwriters in American popular music, now, therefore, the Texas state legislature so hereby proclaims Willie as the 2009 State Musician. ... Adam Lambert didn't win American Idol because he was too extreme for middle America or didn't rock out enough on Tuesday night's finale or something. But he's no loser. Inasmuch as Chris Daughtry, who didn't even make the Top 3 when he was on Idol, wasn't a loser, either, releasing the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history after Idol. And Daughtry has nothing on "Glambert" as a theatrical, charismatic singer with a banshee wail. (He does, however, have him beat as a Staind sound-alike, having graduated first in his class from the Nickelback School of Rock. But whatever.) "It doesn't really matter if you win," says Diane Warren, a Grammy-winning songwriter who knows from hits (and, also, treacle). "It's all about what you do after the show." And, Warren says, Lambert is "just a hands-down star." So no, he won't be going the way of Justin Guarini. ... Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will bid farewell to Giants Stadium with three concerts in late September/early October. And no, you can't be my plus-one. ... The beleaguered hip-hop singer Chris Brown is considering a country song for his upcoming album, and he wouldn't mind collaborating with Carrie Underwood. Good luck with that, given Music Row's general aversion to all things radioactive/controversial. Not gonna happen, dude. ... Two major R&B stars have announced the titles of their upcoming albums. See if you can guess which title is Mariah Carey's and which one is Usher's between "Monster" and "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel." Uhhh. ... Paste's fund-raising efforts are, uh, paying off. A plea for reader donations has netted $166,000, more than half the cash needed to stay afloat, according to the mag's editor. ... Plagiarism lawsuits are good for the creative process, according to Coldplay's Chris Martin ... Jay-Z and Def Jam have gone their separate ways, Jay in a late-model black Maybach, Def Jam in a wheezing hooptie with a rusted-out floor board.
Video of the Day
In which Morrissey, who turns 50 today, declares: "All You Need Is Me."
Today in Weekend
Ruthie and the Wranglers (tonight at BlackRock Center for the Arts); Jenny Owen Youngs (Saturday at Rock and Roll Hotel); Southside Johnny (Thursday at the Birchmere); A Camp (Thursday at the 9:30).
By J. Freedom du Lac |
May 22, 2009; 6:41 AM ET
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