Tuesday, January 27, 2009

[WGO] Of Randomness

-This just in: Taylor Swift's sophomore album Fearless is on target to be #1 on the album chart. Oh wait, this isn't news. Sorry. Yes, AGAIN. This will be Week 8.

-Several new performers have been announced for the Grammys, which will air live on February 8th. The biggest coup is Paul McCartney will be performing, backed by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, reprising his role as a drummer as he did in his Nirvana days. Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West will all perform together in a sort of four-way rap supergroup to perform "Swagga Like Us", and T.I. will also perform again with Justin Timberlake, I'm guess most likely to do "Dead and Gone." Also, Radiohead will perform live, marking their first U.S. TV performance in almost nine years.

-Coca Cola and Warner Music are teaming up for a special download as a part of Coke's new marketing scheme, for a song called "Open Happiness" which features Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo, Panic At the Disco's Brendon Urie, Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy and Janelle Monae (who, it was also recently announced, will be one of the three opening acts for No Doubt's upcoming tour). The song was produced by Polow Da Don, whose recent production credits include Keri Hilson ("Turnin' Me On"), Keyshia Cole ("Make Me Over"), Gia Farrell ("Next"), Rihanna ("Bad Girl" for that "Confessions of a Shopaholic" film soundtrack) and Ciara (her upcoming "Never, Ever" and he also did her 2006 hit "Promise"). Clearly, he's more of an urban producer, so we'll see how he'll fair with this mixture of a lot.

-Hilary Duff and Air Bud's Kevin Zegers (hey, that's all I know him for!) will portray "Bonnie and Clyde" in an upcoming movie, as formally announced today. Mmm, that sounds amazing. (Can you sense my sarcasm?) I could not think of two actors I'd less like to see in a film about the famous duo.

-Page Six is reporting that Jennifer Lopez wants to bring Broadway's "In the Heights" to the Big Screen, while it was announced yesterday by more reputable sources that the rights to make Michael Jackson's historic "Thriller" into a Broadway musical in itself have been secured by the Nederland Organization. Jackson himself will have imput into the show, which is said to include songs from both the "Thriller" album (1982) and the "Off the Wall" album (1979) (Jackson's first two solo albums). For those of you who are not so familiar, this includes such pop staples as "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough", "Rock With You", "Girlfriend" (written by Paul McCartney of The Beatles), "She's Out of My Life", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (recently sampled in Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music"), "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "PYT (Pretty Young Thing)" and of course, "Thriller." To me, this is MJ at his best, and when this premieres, I am so there. Front row. Also coming at a rather eerie time, the "Thriller" video's director is apparently suing MJ for not paying him his due royalties for the video and its accompaning hour-long special "Making of" documentary. ...

-Kid Rock & ...err...Paris Hilton? As a couple? Really? Well...he did date Pamela Anderson...so you say tomato... (BTW -- MTV are currently casting another season of her BFF show. Apparently her first didn't stick. Who could have saw THAT coming? Should I audition? I would kill to get the chance to slap some sense into that broad.)

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