Archive for September 1st, 2009

Pearl Jam’s Big Plans for Target Deal: “Fans Have to Trust Us”

September 1st, 2009
Photo: Dyson/WireImage Pearl Jam’s management has discussed why the band agreed to an exclusive big box retail deal with Target for their upcoming album Backspacer, and now Eddie Vedder and Co. have opened up to Billboard. The bottom line: the agreement passed the band’s “moral barometer” and opened up the possibility of cool exclusives for die-hard fans. The Target deal didn’t require Pearl Jam sever ties with the independent record stores or their own Ten Club, and ...

Chris Brown Clarifies King Interview, Says He Recalls Rihanna Incident

September 1st, 2009
Photo: Harrison/Getty Chris Brown insists in a new statement that he has blurry memories of his February 8th incident with Rihanna, despite reports and video of Brown telling Larry King he didn’t recall all the events of that night. Brown blames Larry King’s producers for the quote, saying he was pressed on a subject he didn’t want to discuss, and that editing mishaped his intended statements. The full episode airs September 2nd at 9 p.m. Brown said ...

Them Crooked Vultures Join Austin City Limits Lineup, Announce U.S. Tour

September 1st, 2009
Photo: Dustin Rabin This year’s Austin City Limits lineup just got a lot heavier: Them Crooked Vultures, the supergroup of Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones, has been added to the festival’s Friday night (October 2nd) schedule. The band will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Xbox 360 stage, just before Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kings of Leon’s dueling headlining sets. The YYYs are a late addition to ACL, as well: ...

Jay-Z Stays Calm Over “Blueprint 3″ Leak, Tells Fans “Enjoy It”

September 1st, 2009
Photo: Bedder/Getty A handful of tracks from Jay-Z’s September 11th album The Blueprint 3 made their way onto the Web in the past few weeks, but yesterday the floodgates opened: as you’ve probably heard by now, either from passing car stereos or chatter on social networks, the full Blueprint leaked yesterday. Jay was made aware of the news at a press conference for his 9/11 Madison Square Garden benefit concert, and he took word of his ...

Madonna Shows Off Sharp Dance Moves in “Celebration” Video

September 1st, 2009
Madonna’s new video for “Celebration,” one of two new tracks on her upcoming greatest hits collection of the same name, was released this morning on iTunes (it will be available as a free download for 48 hours before going up for purchase on Thursday). Director Jonas Akerlund, who previously collaborated with the Material Girl on the videos for her Grammy-winning “Ray of Light,” “Music” and “Jump,” filmed the “Celebration” clip in Milan, Italy in between ...

News Ticker: DJ AM, Cypress Hill Smokeout, The Carpenters, Bernard Sumner

September 1st, 2009
Photo: Gershoff/WireImage In the wake of DJ AM’s death of an apparent drug overdose, MTV hasn’t revealed whether they’ll air the Intervention-style reality show Adam Goldstein was working on before he died. EW has a synopsis of the premiere episode, in which AM aided a 20-year-old heroin addict and explained how eerie it felt to hold a crack pipe after so many years of recovery. Cypress Hill’s Smokeout will be held October 23rd and 24th at the ...