Paula and Eminem Sing Same, Druggy Song; Start Your Swine Flu Playlist!; Britney Gets Bum-Rushed
Headlines: Eminem was addicted to methadone and says "I had almost died." Paula Abdul was addicted to painkillers and says: "I could have killed myself." They're both clean now, so surely it can't be long before they duet on a remake of "Straight Up." ... The inevitable swine flu songs are here. British rapper Mike Skinner just released one via Twitter, though the "Hey Paul Krugman" guy beat him to the punch. (If you haven't seen/heard it, "Hey Paul Krugman" guy's "Torture Memos: Waterboarding" song is worth a spin.) ... A Britney Spears fan bum-rushed the show during the pop tart's concert in Connecticut. And there's video! It happens right around the 2:19 mark, during the home stretch of "Womanizer," when a random blond guy shows up onstage. (He's the one who isn't dressed as a cop or a bondage dancer.) Because Spears is lip-synching without a live microphone, you can't actually hear what she's screaming. But she's definitely freaking out. ... Dr. Dre sighting! ... Radiohead's managers wanted Radiohead to break up before the band finally got its act together and recorded "In Rainbows." ... Bono has a little something to say about Elvis: The loquacious U2 frontman's 14-minute poem about Presley will be broadcast on BBC next week. ... New slang, newer lineup: The Shins will change your personnel. Out: Keyboardist Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval. In: Bassist Ron Lewis (Fruit Bats, Grand Archives) and drummer Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse). "Aesthetic decision," frontman James Mercer said. The shiny new Shins lineup comes to the 9:30 club on May 14. ... From the Dept. of Ewww: Joey Jordison, the drummer for mask-wearing metal band Slipknot, has signed a drum-stick endorsement deal in blood. Or something. His signature Pro-Mark sticks will be autographed using an ink-and-blood mixture. ... Wayne Coyne is backtracking in his beef with Win Butler and Arcade Fire. He wasn't referring to the band when he took a huge swipe at the, um, band. He meant the guys working with the band, see? So: No hard feelings! ... Re that lawsuit filed by Jay Bennett against his former Wilco bandmate Jeff Tweedy, Tweedy wonders: Where's the beef? "I've read the news and I honestly have no idea what these claims are based on," Tweedy told Paste through a publicist. "It was such a long time ago. Aside from everything else, I'm being sued for not paying someone for appearing in a movie I didn't produce. Go figure. I am truly sad it has come to this. I am equally convinced, however, that I have done nothing wrong and that this will be handled fairly and swiftly." Bennett, by the way, needs a new hip.
"Not at all, that's real wack. It's like picking a trendy team in football. We don't do trendy. People can do their little wack hipster thing, but I was the first one to rock on a Justice track. When Jim Jones did it nobody says nothin' but when I did it, it was like, 'Aw, that's a hipster rap.'" -- Wale, responding to a Pitchfork interviewer's question about whether he was "purposely aiming to please a hipster audience" by collaborating "with someone like Dave Sitek."
By J. Freedom du Lac |
May 6, 2009; 8:32 AM ET
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