The Top Music News Stories – September 16th, 2013
This week’s news brought us some interesting headlines, including “erratic behavior” and possible jail time for two very prominent rappers, a rapidly spreading petition to have a thrash-metal band perform at the Super Bowl, and David Bowie threatening to jack an Arcade Fire song. We’ve got the often ridiculous scope of internet news covered in this week’s News Round-Up.
David Bowie “Threatened to Steal” ‘Reflektor’ from Arcade Fire.
Arcade Fire appear to be stacking their upcoming album with notable collaborators, namely producer James Murphy (formerly of LCD Soundsystem), and the legend himself, David Bowie. According to the band, they invited Bowie to their recording studio in New York to hear what they’ve been working on, and he was so impressed with the song “Reflektor” (which they seriously promoted) that he said he might just take it for himself. On that note, it’s entirely possible that Bowie still has left-over magical powers from the movie Labyrinth, so Arcade Fire wisely offered him a part in the song on backing vocals.
Read more at Gigwise and check out the “Reflektor” video, in case you missed it.
Gucci Mane arrested for drug and gun possession this weekend.
It’s been a rough few weeks for rapper Gucci Mane. After a bizarre and hardly legible Twitter rant where he alleged a relationship with Nicki Minaj (which she vehemently denied), he’s now been arrested. Apparently, a friend called the cops on him after “erratic behavior,” and Gucci was not pleased to see them, either. He was apprehended for threatening cops, possession of a handgun, and for good measure, possession of marijuana. Recently, Minaj and former buddy Waka Flocka Flame have gone on record saying he needs medical attention. We wish him the best in his recovery.
Read more at SPIN.
Fans Petition for GWAR to Perform at 2015 Super Bowl.
In a recent petition spreading around the internet, fans are demanding the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show include heavy metal band GWAR. Fans are undoubtedly a little underwhelmed by the selection of Bruno Mars for the performance, and perhaps they have a point—The Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, Beyonce, GWAR—it has a nice ring to it. The strange thrash-metal act that performs in costumes of demons would certainly provide a more interesting show than bubblegum pop purveyor Mars, but we don’t want to give the kiddies nightmares; that opportunity ended with Janet Jackson.
Wu-Tang Clan Disapprove of Drake’s New Track “Wu-Tang Clan Forever.”
In true Wu-Tang fashion, member Inspectah Deck has come out against a song that’s meant to be a tribute to them. Last week he tweeted, “After listening to the @Drake song, I agree with u… It is in no form a tribute to WU and SHOULD NOT wear the title Wutang Forever!” Other members seems to support the release, however, as there is a planned remix in the works. The Clan needs to get on the same page it seems, which leaves us with the amazing possibility of a Wu-Tang Clan group text.
Chromeo Reveal Stacked List of Collaborators for Upcoming LP.
Electronic duo Chromeo participated in a recent “Ask Me Anything” segment on Reddit and revealed that their soon-to-be-released LP White Women will feature the likes of Toro Y Moi, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, and Solange Knowles. This all adds to the hype as Chromeo prepares to release their first album since 2010. Get your dancing shoes ready.
Inthemix has more.
Diddy loses $1 million to Rick Ross in dice game; claims “it ain’t nothin.'”
To round out the week of strange news, Diddy (formerly know as P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, and Sean Combs) recently took to social media to make a very important announcement: he lost one million dollars with the roll of a dice to Rick Ross. This gives us all an insight into what it’s like to have so much money that you must find absurd ways to pass the time, yet somehow, Scrooge McDuck diving into a money pit seemed so much more classy. Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.
Stupid Dope has the scoop.
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Article by Nicolas White