Prince Guest Stars on ‘New Girl’

Famed eccentric musician Prince (the artist formerly known as ‘the artist formerly known as Prince’) will guest star on the hit TV show ‘New Girl’, it was announced the other day.

“Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is ready to paint the town purple when a chance encounter finds her and best friend Cece (Hannah Simone) invited to a once-in-a-lifetime mansion party thrown by music legend Prince, guest-starring as himself,” a description of the episode from Fox reads. “Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Coach (guest star Damon Wayans, Jr.) are determined to crash the festivities, building toward an unforgettable ending. The episode also will feature special guest cameo appearances. “

Although, according to executive producer Brett Baer, it was Prince who actually contacted the show about making a guest appearance since last year. He contacted the show’s stars and told them he was a big fan and wanted to work with them.

Can you imagine Prince calling you up and asking you if he can be a part of your performance?

Pixies Say Kim Deal Is Irreplacable

Back in June 2013, legendary punk band the Pixies released a statement regarding bassist Kim Deal leaving the band.

We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best.

Since then, the band has hired Paz Lenchantin (famed bassist of A Perfect Circle) after trying a couple others, but drummer David Lovering told Brooklyn Vegan that they’ll never really be the same without Kim.

When we were in the lurch when Kim Deal left it was a tough decision. Basically, no one can replace Kim Deal. It would be impossible to do. Kim Shattuck, we had actually hired her for the European tour, and that had finished a few weeks ago, and then we had worked with Paz in the past, probably around the same time we were looking at trying to figure out the bassist. Paz is just wonderful. She’s gonna take over for the next portion of it. It’s just what we’ve been doing and hopefully it’ll be good.

Beyonce Pulled Off Stage by Crazed Fan!

Beyonce concerts seemed to have gotten more eventful than ever as of recently! From Bey’s weave getting caught in an enormous industrial fan, to crazed audience members getting a little too comfortable with the super star diva, “The Mrs. Carter World tour” has been anything but boring! Now, The Huffington Post is reporting on more fan chaos at Bey’s most recent performance yesterday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They report:

“He [The fan] grabbed onto the 32-year-old singer and pulled her off stage during a performance of ‘Irreplaceable.’ After being helped back up by security personnel, Beyonce finished the song. Ever the queen, Beyonce then went over to the man who yanked her down and shook his hand. ‘Nice to meet you. Thank you, I love you, too,'”

Talk about one smooth chick, Beyonce chose not to have the fan kicked out of the concert. During the video capturing the event, in usual diva fashion, Beyonce does not meet a beat, even after being pulled down by her overly aggressive admirer. While at the end no one was hurt or arrested it can only make you think, how much fan interaction is too much fan interaction?

Miley Cyrus New “Wrecking Ball” Musical Video Expresses Vulnerability

In the midst of constantly being in the entertainment news considering her latest raunchy musical performances, Miley Cyrus releases her newest single “Wrecking Ball”.

Her music videos are often under fire lately, especially her new change of pace in her “We Won’t Stop” video where she desperately tries to break away from her Disney star image. The music video for “Wrecking Ball” attempts the same, but does it in a more artistic way.

The main aspect of this video viewers question is the fact that Cyrus rides an actual wrecking ball…naked. Given people’s perceptions of the young pop star, this is taken as a cry for attention rather than artistic expression. However, Cyrus’s intention could be the latter.

Cyrus confirms this claim in a statement to Entertainment Weekly:

“If people can take their minds off the obvious and go into their imagination and see what the video really means, it is so vulnerable. … If you look at my eyes, I look more sad than actually my voice sounds on the record. It was a lot harder to actually do the video than it was to even record the song. It was much more of an emotional experience.”

She is trying too hard to show that she has grown up by pretty much showing the exact opposite, especially with her display at the VMAs. But in “Wrecking Ball”, although she seems to force the issue again, she appears to be doing it in a different manner. Instead of for sexual reasons given the song’s theme of heartbreak, Cyrus’s nudity could represent the vulnerability of her song’s pain instead.

Bruno Mars Confirmed As Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Act!

Even though football season has just kicked off, Bruno Mars can be expected as the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime act! USATODAY reports,

Super Bowl XLVIII — set for Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. — already has garnered lots of attention because it will be played in an open-air stadium in an area that is susceptible to cold weather and snowstorms.

It’s also being held just miles away from New York City, which is the headquarters to many media, advertising and branding behemoths. Those firms are brimming with anticipation about the potential marketing tie-ins with the game.

While the “Treasure” singer has tough acts to follow like Beyonce, Destiny’s Child reuniting, and Madonna, people have high hopes for the talented 27 year old’s performance. Super Bowl halftime sponsors, Pepsi, confirmed the performance and tweeted “Excited to have you in ‪#PepsiSBHalftime‬ Mr. ‪@BrunoMars‬. We KNOW you’re ‪#FanEnough‬! The countdown to Feb 2 is on.” The unique and groovy singer seemed just as excited, when minutes before he posted to his twitter page “WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!! ‪#PepsiSBHalftime‬” With hits like “Treasure”, “When I was your man”, and “Locked out of heaven”, all in which have hit the top ten on the BillBoard Charts, I think its safe to say Mr. Mars has earn the covenant spot as Super Bowl Halftime act. Let’s not forget it’s only an event thats watched by nearly hundreds of MILLIONS of people, let’s keep our fingers crossed Bruno will deliver!

Electric Zoo Fest Deaths Causes Rave Culture To Implode For A Day

There are three major characteristics of rave culture: electronic music, heavy dancing and drugs. This weekend, these three things came together to cause the biggest annual rave festival to be shut down on its last day as two deaths occurred from suspected overdoses of the party-drug Molly, a new powder form of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy.

As the New York Daily News reports,

Four other concertgoers were treated for apparent overdoses in intensive care units at local hospitals and 31 people were arrested on drug-related charges during the first two days of the event.

While tickets are being refunded for the 3rd day of the festival, only single tickets are eligible for the full ticket refund. Concertgoers with three-day passes will have one-third of their ticket prices refunded, but many are upset at the costly New York hotel prices they won’t be able to recoup.

Event organizers released a statement on Sunday, saying:

“The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend. Because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided in consultation with the New York City Parks Department that there will be no show today.”

New dangers emerge in rave culture

As rave culture continues to grow with the advent of Dubstep music and new electronic devices become available to musicians, so too does the emergence of new designer drugs, specifically Molly which has become rather danger as it is known to be often mixed with other powdered substances such as cocaine and heroin, or “cut” with replacement chemical powders by drug dealers looking to make a larger profit from their sales.

The increase of emergency room visits due to MDMA use is a more alarming statistic to look at. In 1995, U.S. emergency-room visits were around 421 for the year, rose to 5,542 in 2001 and, according to DEA statistics, were at a whopping 22,816 in 2009. The party drug is known to cause two danger side-effects of exhaustion and dehydration, which is why many people who plan on taking it do a little preparation beforehand.

The danger in rave culture is the prevalence and wide distribution of Molly and other drugs like it to young people without enough caution towards designer drugs, often under the guise of the popular YOLO mentality (You Only Live Once). Festivals such as Electric Zoo rarely shut down completely due to a death, but in this instance there were some apparent serious causes for concern, as one concertgoer told the Daily News,

“I was shocked that nobody searched [my] CamelBak hydration bag like at other concerts. Not once was I asked to open it, and not once was I patted down. The security and staff along the entrance route did nothing to prevent drugs from being brought in.”

In a city so concerned about security such as NYC, this incident is sure to raise concern over tightening security at electronic music festivals, and festivals in general, which is precisely the opposite of what raves started out as back in the late 80s. With electronic music reaching new peaks in the mainstream music world, could this be the beginning of the end of this subculture?

Dr. Dre To Create $70 million Academy for Aspiring Music Moguls

When I read that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine were creating a music academy at USC, I immediately thought about how drastically different it would be in comparison to traditional music schools. Of course, Dre’s school is going to be geared towards the music business (or “innovation in business” as they put it), but it will also have an arts program, and the first thing that comes to mind is “hip hop is not going to die anytime soon.” But music is not all that will be taught there.

According to the announcement in the LATimes,

Instruction will involve engineering, computer science, fine arts, graphic design, business and leadership training.

and as Dean of Fine Arts at USC Erica Muhl said in an interview,

“Academy students will have the freedom to move easily from classroom to lab, from studio to workshop individually or in groups, and blow past any academic or structural barriers to spontaneous creativity.”

While the NYTimes hopes the school will produce the next Steve Jobs, the question right now remains who will be one of the lucky 25 who manage to get in to the school on its first opening, and what should we really expect of them? Pop music has been forever cursed with echoes of regurgitated, and sometimes even stolen art, and while the donation is a beautiful contribution to the world of music education, it also carries a certain standard that could possibly alter the course of the students’ professional careers, and not necessarily in a good way. After all, half the donation is coming from a man who got that money from gloating on his records about selling drugs, treating women poorly, employing prostitutes, and killing people with guns, and while rapper Eminem said in the past that what is said on a record is much different than what is usually said in real life, that doesn’t necessarily mean that none of what has been said on a Dre record is true.

It’s also possible that this move by Dr. Dre could help to shift the discourse on rap records from violence and drugs to a more peaceful and educational movement, something we’ve recently seen from Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg), which is undoubtedly a natural progression in both the arts and in life. Violence, after all, has the power to ultimately hinder record and concert sales, especially if the listeners are in jail.

Dave Brubeck, Jazz Legend, Dies at 91

At age 91, jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck was still playing jazz clubs like Blue Note in New York City. He pioneered a style which caught everyone’s eyes and ears in such popular jazz songs as “Take Five”, “Blue Rondo A la Turk”, and others with challenging time signatures and rhythms that stand out among the finest of jazz music from the last century.

Brubeck formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet circa 1951 and was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine in November of ’54. As his career spanned American jazz as far back as the end of World War II, Brubeck helped define cool jazz with saxophonist Paul Desmond through the 1950s and 1960s.

Brubeck died of heart failure early Wednesday morning on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son Darius and would have had his 92nd Birthday the following Thursday.

Did Foo Fighters Call It Quits?

At New York’s Global Citizen’s Festival in Central Park yesterday, Dave Grohl said to the audience, “Without making a big deal out of it, we don’t have any shows after this. This is it, man. Honestly, I don’t know when we’re gonna do it again… and this is the perfect place to do it.” The festival was put on by the Global Poverty Project, an advocacy group in the U.S. that has been working to end extreme poverty.

Although Grohl made it sound like a big change in the group’s career, he didn’t make it sound at all final when he said,”I don’t know when, but we’ll see you again.”

Could this be very long hiatus? Solo and side projects have never been stopping them — Queens of the Stone Age, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Them Crooked Vultures, Coheed and Cambria, and many other studio and touring groups have ceased both Grohl and Hawkins in the past and present, but there is clearly something in the works for Grohl and other members that may have be along the lines of a much-needed break from being one of the biggest rock bands of the 2000s.