It has now been one week since Chris Brown was arrested for allegedly assaulting and threatening his girlfriend Rihanna. Both Brown and Rihanna have been in hiding since the morning of the Grammys leaving the gossipmongers of the world to speculate endlessly about the incident. On Sunday however, Brown broke his silence and issued the following statement to the press:
“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor and other loved ones, and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person. Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong. While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or a made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else. Those posts or writings under my name are frauds.”
M.I.A., whose real name is Maya Arulpragasam, gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday, February 11. Immediately following the birth M.I.A. posted the following on her Myspace:
T O F A N S F R I E N D S O N F A M I L Y . M Y B A B Y I S H E R E HAPPY VALENTINES!
SUNDAY NITE I CAME HOME FROM THE GRAMMY'S STILL IN THE MOOD TO PARTY, I COUDA EASILY GONE OUT BUT I WENT HOME INSEAD, LUCKY I DID!! COZ MY EARLY STAGE LABOUR KICKED IN AROUND 2 AM.
MY BABY WAS BORN WEDNESDAY, HE IS HEALTHY, FINE, BEAUTIFUL AND THE MOST AMZING THING EVER ON THIS PLANET, OF COURSE IM HIS MUM!!!
Slipknot, Motley Crue, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn lead the bill for the third Rock on the Range festival, to be held May 16-17 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Shinedown, Buckcherry, the Used, Atreyu, Chevelle, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Saliva, Blue October, Hoobastank and Black Stone Cherry are also confirmed for the event, which is presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG Live and Crew Stadium.
Hrm, the lineup looks an awful lot like my Ipod on shuffle.
As speculation continues to swirl around Chris Brown's arrest on suspicion of making a criminal threat, industry executives are wondering about the R&B singer's future. Personally, I think he would have a very successful career in prison talent shows - although, he might want to refrain from singing “Kiss Kiss” in there…
The 19-year-old Brown was booked and released Feb. 8 in Los Angeles after reports that he was allegedly involved in an assault on a female the night before. Though police haven't named the woman, several publications have identified her as the R&B star Rihanna. Both singers, known to be dating, cancelled their appearances at the 51st annual Grammy Awards.
The National are growing fast so you should check them out at a club while you still can this spring:
3/08 St. Augustine, Fl - Harvest of Hope Festival
5/21 Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus
5/22 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
5/23 Boston, MA - House of Blues
5/24 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
5/25 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
5/27 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
5/28 Raleigh, NC - Maymendi Concert Hall
5/29 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will release their third album It’s Blitz! on April 13th. The first single, “Zero,” will be released on April 6. The album was produced by Dave Sitek and Nick Launay and was written during a snowstorm in a hundred year-old barn in Massachusetts. Yea.
Things are going to be different for the band this time around. First, the album has guests. TV on the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe sings on a song with Kyp Malone adding Tambourine. Antibalas Saxophonist and TVOTR sideman Stuart Bodie and The Bird and the Bee’s Greg Kurstin also appear on the album. [PF]
- The White stripes will be performing together for the first time in more than a year on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. A far more important reunion than any of the others we’ve mentioned this week.
- Rumor has it that Trent Reznor will be producing the Jane’s Addiction album.
- Singer/Songwriter Ryan Adams and Singer/Actress Mandy Moore have announced their engagement. We can only hope this union will produce a singing/songwriting/acting megachild.
- Sonic Youth have confirmed their new album title The Eternal. It will be the band’s sixteenth album, following 2006’s Rather Ripped.
Limp Bizkit have announced that they are reforming with the original line-up for the first time in eight years.
Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, John Otto and DJ Lethal have put aside their differences and will kick off a world tour in the spring, hitting the European Festival circuit.
In a joint statement Durst and Borland said: “We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other.” So what they are saying is we have Katy Perry to thank for this?
Genre: Electronica, Experimental, Pop
“It's somewhat of a departure from the ‘cool.’ I think we all felt [our earlier work] was a bit too cool, although it wasn't too cool for the time. This third album is just a different time in our lives. We felt like it was time to open up and maybe be more mature and show vulnerability.” - Sabina Sciubba
Although pegged for southern success, The Brazilian Girls are making a splash throughout America and Europe. Made up of vocalist Sabina Sciubba, keyboardist Didi Gutman, bassist Jesse Murphy, and drummer Aaron Johnston, the Girls are breaking new ground with their combination of reggae, electronica, jazz and bossa nova. Adding to their eclectic sound, lead singer Sciubba had previously recorded two jazz albums on an English audiophile label Naim. Sciubba was born in Rome but grew up in Nice, France, and Munich, Germany before settling in Brooklyn, NY. She can also sing in more than 5 languages and incorporates her multilingual status into her song lyrics. The band got its start through a club on the lower east side of Manhattan called Nublu. The band began to gather a fan base and the critical acclaim followed. The Verve company became interested in the Brazilian Girls around 2003 when Murphy and Johnston made appearance on John Zorn’s 2003 album Voices in the Wilderness. The Brazilian Girls have released three albums with Verve Forecast including their self-titled debut Brazilian Girls and Talk to La Bomb.
Brazilian Girls (2005)
Talk to La Bomb (2006)
New York City (2008)