POP UNCULTURED: A roundup of weird music news for the week ending November 18

by Anne T. Donahue

November 18, 2011






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Since it’s impossible to address the total madness of the music industry in only five days, Pop Uncultured saves some of the week’s strangest stories for Friday afternoon. Enjoy?

Chris Martin improvised a song with Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen on SNL and it was awesome [FULL STORY]

I mean, let’s just start this week off right.

Dr. Dre has taken a “break” from music [FULL STORY]

Despite Detox being 11 years in the making, Dr. Dre will now take “a break” from the game, choosing to focus on spending time with his family until he feels the need to return to the studio. This news comes especially shocking to Snoop Dogg, who had only just been told “Oh ‘fo ‘sho” after asking The Doctor, “Still, still doing that shit, huh Dre?”

Pete Doherty is convinced Amy Winehouse is haunting him

After seeing Amy Winehouse’s ghost around his flat, NME reports that Pete Doherty has fled to Paris, while denying all claims that he’s what he’s actually experiencing are drug-induced hallucinations. Said everybody upon reading this:

Brett Michaels re-wrote “Every Rose Has Its Thorns” for Regis Philbin

And while Regis Philbin must depart, Kelly’s arms will stay forever.

Styx have released a jewelery line [FULL STORY]

After teaming up with designer Diana Warner, Styx have released a line of jewelery “just in time for holiday shopping” that includes guitar pick earrings, dog tag necklaces and various other charms that include the lyrics to “Come Sail Away”. And while this endeavor has not been confirmed as a follow-up to 1981’s “Too Much Time On My Hands”, we’re relieved nonetheless that it’s still any wonder that they’re not a) criminals, b) in jail c) President.

Justin Bieber almost didn’t have to take the paternity test

The Bieber saga continues after 20-year-old Mariah Yeater dropped her paternity lawsuit, only to pick it back up at the hands of new lawyers. And while I’m sure the “not the father” revelation will be more than enough to keep Biebs child support-free, wouldn’t it be amazing if the baby just came out and said this:

[via Vulture]

Rebecca Black released a new music video

And she knows which seat to take!

[via Huffington Post]

Courtney Love freaked out after somebody held up a photo of Kurt Cobain [FULL STORY]

Drama unfolded in Brazil this week when a concert attendee repeatedly held up a photo of Kurt Cobain, causing Courtney Love to storm off the stage until the crowd began chanting “the Foo Fighters are gay”:

Though despite her attempt to flee Kurt’s ghost, Courtney obviously did not make it to Paris.

Nickelback will play Detroit Lion’s Thanksgiving game whether anyone likes it or not [FULL STORY]

Americans have something to be especially thankful for now that a gang of Canadians will help ring in their national holiday during their favourite sport in all the land. We can only assume that the announcement was made after an official burst in and declared, “Guess who’s coming to dinner!”

Britney Spears made a video for Marilyn Manson‘s “Sweet Dreams” [FULL STORY]

And now would be the perfect time for Annie Lennox to drop her video for “Toxic”.

Tags: Music, Lists, News, Amy Winehouse, brett michaels, britney spears, chris martin, Coldplay, Courtney Love, Dr. Dre, Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson, Nickelback, Nirvana, Rebecca Black, SNL






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