Archive for February 25th, 2011

The Week in Music: Oscar Predictions, Lady Gaga and the Strokes Album Previews, and More

February 25th, 2011
We are totally obsessed with the Oscars this week In our full guide to this weekend's Academy Awards Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers offered his picks in the top acting categories – Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress – and split into "Hollywood Travers"...

Frostbite and Freedom: Tom Morello on the Battle of Madison

February 25th, 2011
I've played hundreds of protests I've marched on dozens of picket lines I've strummed my guitar at innumerable demonstrations I've been arrested more times than I'm willing to put in print in support of striking workers But I thought now is the time to take a break I have a...

Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Cover Version of All Time?

February 25th, 2011
Last week we asked Rolling Stone readers to name their favorite album by the Beatles – and we compiled the votes into an official top 10 list Photos Random Notes Now it's time for a new weekend rock question What is the best cover version of all time? Contest You Choose the...

George Harrison Gets Back: Rolling Stone’s 1987 Cover Story

February 25th, 2011
"I didn't think it was that stupid" mutters a puzzled George Harrison during a halt in a video shoot as a battery of eight Warner Bros Records employees hastens to reassure him The mood in the sky-lighted wood-paneled room at Warner Bros headquarters in beautiful Burbank California is a heady...

Industry Lashes Out at Mariah, Beyoncé and Others Who Played for Qaddafi’s Family

February 25th, 2011
Over the past few years some of music’s biggest names including Mariah Carey Usher and Beyoncé have taken as much as a million dollars to play private shows for the family of Libya’s brutal dictator Col Muammar el-Qaddafi – a man who this week ordered security forces to open fire...

‘Jersey Shore’ Recap: There Are No Quality Guys in Seaside, Jerk

February 25th, 2011
If there was a theme to last night's episode it's that everyone loves to dump on the Situation Sitch (or Snituation if last week's nickname sticks) has slowly been losing his social cache as top dog in the Jersey Shore house After dropping $100 on a ball toss game with...

Digest: Willow Smith to Release New Single on Monday; Kanye West Pulls ‘All of the Lights’ From YouTube

February 25th, 2011
Willow Smith to Debut New Single on Monday"21st Century Girl" Willow Smith's follow up to her smash hit "Whip My Hair" will debut Monday morning on On-Air with Ryan Seacrest The song will be available the next day in the iTunes store The 10-year-old star is set to perform the...

Obama Celebrates Motown Records at the White House

February 25th, 2011
The White House celebrated the music of Motown Records yesterday with a special concert featuring Motown legends Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson as well as contemporary stars such as Jamie Foxx Sheryl Crow and Nick Jonas President Obama held the event as part of an ongoing celebration of Black History...

‘American Idol’ Recap: The Top 24 Are Here!

February 25th, 2011
American Idol's Top 24 top row (L-R) Kendra Chantelle Jovani Barreto Lauren Turner Casey Abrams Tatynisa Wilson James Durbin Karen Rodriguez Jacob Lusk Lauren Alaina Thia Megia Scott McCreery Brett Loewenstern Pia Toscano and Jordan Dorsey Bottom row (L-R) Rachel Zevita Stefano Langone Paul...