Lady GaGa Makes History, Bad Fashion Choices; Pixies "Doolittle" Tour Will Come to D.C.; Leonard Cohen Wants a "Hallelujah" Halt
Headlines: Lady GaGa became just the third artist to have three No. 1 hits on a debut album as the pop star's latest single, "LoveGame," reached the top of the Billboard airplay chart. She joins Ace of Base and Avril Lavigne in the select group; granted, the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart has only been around for 16 years. She'll be at Verizon Center with Kanye West on Oct. 29 and at DAR on her own exactly a month earlier. Remember Amy Winehouse? She arrived back in London yesterday after a wholly productive eight-month working vacation in St. Lucia. "Amy probably thought it was best to come home before she was politely asked to leave the island." Isn't that how terrorists and fugitives are treated? Winehouse is still just 25 years old, amazing. She's supposedly still working on a new album.
The Pixies could care less about a new album. Last week it was reported that the alt-rock gods would perform classic album "Doolittle" in its entirety on a fall tour in Europe. In very unsurprising news, that same tour will make it over to the U.S. And, lucky us, D.C. is actually on the somewhat limited itinerary. My recent interview with Frank Black and his wife Violet Clark (who together are Grand Duchy) will be up later this week. In more classic-alternative news, Mission of Burma will have a new album ready in the fall. The post-punk originals' reunited run is now longer than their original run and it's been a good one. Both albums have been winners and the band's live performances haven't at all reeked of borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered '80s. Just some great rock-and-roll. Leonard Cohen wants people to stop singing "Hallelujah." In a nice, light interview with the Guardian featuring questions such as "How do you reflect upon your own mortality?" and "Is there a way to prepare for death?" the 74-year-old singer says too many people are singing his most famous song.
You know you want to read Foreign Policy's take on the Game/Jay-Z beef, right? Marc Lynch argues that the Game's attack on the almighty Hova "could be turned into a story about the nature of hegemony and the debate over the exercise of American power." Sure, it could be. Meanwhile, Jay-Z is about to sign a book deal. Rakim, the thinking man's choice for Greatest MC Ever, is readying his new album, "The Seventh Seal," which will be out this fall. Don't expect to hear any tracks from his aborted 2002 project with Dr. Dre. And in the most unrelated news I could possibly find, Rufus Wainwright's opera kind of sucks.
In The Post: The new album from Daughtry is actually pretty good, in that post-grunge kind of way. Plus Quick Spins from that Michael Jackson guy (a 3-CD comp of his early Motown solo work), Jack White supergroup the Dead Weather and kid rockers Care Bears on Fire. And if you haven't read the Corey Smith story by J. Freedom (hey, remember that guy?) from Sunday's paper, check it out. You've probably never heard of the dude, but he raked in $4 million last year through sheer will, basically.
Video of the Day: Lily Allen - "22"
Everyone's favorite sassy British pop star looks a lot like Uma Thurman in "Pulp Fiction" in her new video, in which she sees herself in the mirror in the future, and then she kind of looks like Uma Thurman a little later on in "Pulp Fiction."
By David Malitz |
July 14, 2009; 8:57 AM ET
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