Music Industry News-Bites

In I heard... on December 1, 2010 at 7:31 am

Madonna Opens New Fitness Venture in Mexico Looking a little ummm… Different

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Don’t you just hate it when Botox gets in the way of promoting your brand new luxury gym? Madonna’s puffy face (pictured right) stole headlines at the opening of her first ‘Hard Candy’ fitness venture in Mexico City on Monday. If can tear your eyes away from her before-and after shots of a car-crash session with botox or whatever she had jabbed into her face, I can actually tell you a few things about the launch.  Referring to the name chosen for the gym, Madonna spoke about the perfect combination of ‘hard body’ and ‘eye candy’ (which was also an album plug the name of her last album). “It’s a sexy name that gives you the opportunity to have fun and to build strength as far as the imagination will allow.” Why is Madonna choosing Mexico as a starting point for her fitness chain? “Our plan is to use Mexico as a place to fine-tune our brand and then expand it to other countries and, in the long-term, develop a global brand that includes the United States,” she said. I doubt you’ve read any of this and are still staring with wide eyes at Madge’s plastic surgery blunder. What a shame…

What's up with your face Madge?

Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds To Mars Video Banned from Television

Congratulations to them. Getting your music video banned from television networks is probably the best thing that can happen to music artists. Why? Because it makes everyone want to watch it of course. Naturally, I’ve been scouring the net for the most complete version I could find. Until an edited version can be submitted, the anticipated thirteen minute short film for 30 Seconds To Mars’ new single, Hurricane is currently barred by television networks because of its extremely sexual and violent nature. Fronted by actor-turned singer Jared Leto, 30 Seconds To Mars’ collaboration with Kanye West on an earlier version of Hurricane sparked some buzz but the track’s racy new music video sans the rapper is about to cause way more of a stir. While I can  see why most television watchdogs have a problem with it, director Bartholomew Cubbins does get some pretty stunning, out-of-the-box footage in there too. Check out the short film below.

Click to Watch the Banned Video Here

Stars Quit Twitter & Facebook

Music superstars including Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and Usher will leave their “last Tweet and testament”  this week before they sign off their social networking sites in an effort to raise $1 million for World AIDS day.
“We’re trying to sort of make the remark: Why do we care so much about the death of one celebrity as opposed to millions and millions of people dying in the place that we’re all from? It’s about love and respect and human dignity,” says President and co-founder of Keep A Child Alive, Leigh Blake. She also happened to mention that she thinks, “GaGa is going to raise it all by herself.”

New Robyn, New Sound

I think it’s safe to say that Robyn’s music is pretty hard not to like. The talented Swedish singer/ songwriter is back for more with her newly released single and video, DanceHall Queen. Fresh off her latest album, Body Talk, the new track introduces a very interesting reggae/ electro sound with Robyn’s singing voice taking on an even more interesting Jamaican twang! Check out DanceHall Queen below.


Shocking: Bono’s Spiderman Musical Debut Flops

The Broadway musical adaptation of Spiderman [don’t ask] scored by U2’s Bono and The Edge, opened last Sunday in New York with a pretty embarrassing start. The New York Times reported that the show was stopped five times mid-performance due to technical difficulties. Early in the show Spider-Man was left dangling around 10 feet above the audience, forcing the first act to be cut short. The audience laughed as crew members tried to grab the actor by his foot. Reeve Carney, who played Spiderman had to be freed from a harness and intermission kept audience members waiting too long. Bono admitted to the media earlier this month production had endured a lot of problems, saying it was making it was “harder than we ever thought”. Bono, I would have stopped you at the use of the words ‘Spiderman’ and ‘musical’ in the same sentence.




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