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This week in ridiculous tour riders: Kanye West and M.I.A.

Whatever you thought of M.I.A.’s Super Bowl outing, one thing is for certain: it could’ve gotten weirder.

The web’s premier celebrity-shamer The Smoking Gun has dug up a copy of what it claims is M.I.A.’s tour rider, and it’s a bit of a doozy, even by M.I.A.’s high-doozy standards.

On the list? Let’s see, we’ve got some bottles of Vitamin Water, a few trays of European cheese and “quality chocolates,” a high-speed internet connection.

Hmm, anything else? Oh yeah, we almost forgot about the three women between the ages of 20 and 25 to dance on stage wearing full-body burkas. And the burkas should be provided by the venue, naturally.


Lana Del Rey did fine on 'SNL,' says Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is certainly no “gangster Nancy Sinatra” (or gangster anything, really), but the lady does know how to brush that dirt off her shoulder.

Her album Born to Die finally dropped today, yet many people are still having trouble getting past her much-maligned showing on Saturday Night Live, which 22.53 percent of you thought was SNL‘s worst musical outing of all time. (Ashlee Simpson “won” the poll with 54.85 percent.)

Del Rey, however, has no idea what you’re talking about.

“I actually felt good about it. I thought I looked beautiful and sang fine,” she told Rolling Stone, presumably with a straight face. “It felt OK.”

“The cast and crew said they loved it,” she added. “I know some people didn’t like it, but that’s just the way I perform, and my fans know that.”


What's your song of summer 2011? Tell us here


Ever since Memorial Day, LMFAO have been everywhere. They were djing the Video Music Awards. They were serenading every actor and supermodel on the CW network. They were so busy dominating Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Party Rock Anthem” that they managed to turn “party rock” into a noun, adjective, verb, and adverb.

So is it fair to say that “Party Rock Anthem” was the song of the summer? Hell party-rockin’ yes!

Or no, depending on your tolerance for that perpetually-psyched dancing robot guy. But whether or not you’re an LMFAO fan, there were many contenders for song of the summer in 2011.

Among the ubiquitous radio singles: Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF),” Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight,” Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory,”  Britney Spears’ “I Wanna Go,” Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” (feat. Christina Aguilera), Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song,” Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough,”

The club tracks: Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That),” Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” (feat Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes), Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Otis,” Big Sean’s “My Last” (feat. Chris Brown), Meek Mill’s “Imma Boss” (feat. Rick Ross), Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci,”

The slow-burners: Lil Wayne’s “How to Love,” DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One” (feat. Rick Ross & Drake), Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” Miguel’s “Sure Thing,” Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s “Remind Me”

The shoulda-been hits (a.k.a. the stuff I’m adding to the list just because I love it): Dierks Bentley’s “Am I the Only One,” Martin Solveig’s “Get Away From You,” Ida Maria’s “Cherry Red,” Wild Flag’s “Romance,” The Knux’s “Run” (feat Kid Cudi), Swizz Beatz’s “Everyday (I’m Coolin’)” Eleanor Friedberger’s “My Mistakes.”

What am I missing? Tell us your favorite songs of the summer in the comments below.

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When bad relationships ruin great music -- has it happened to you, too?

Miles Davis is one of the greatest music legends of our time. A real one-in-a-million talent. And I absolutely can’t stand listening to one single damn song he ever recorded.

It didn’t start out that way, I promise. It just ended up that way, thanks to a high-school boyfriend named… well, let’s call him Evan.

Evan was a jazz musician—a trumpet player. We made each other laugh, and he looked uncannily like a young Mick Jagger. In other words, it was a pretty excellent thing we had going.

Evan loved Miles Davis. Idolized him, even. And because Evan loved Miles Davis, I did my best to love Miles Davis too. On summer car trips, time and time again we put on Miles Smiles, and I did my best to stay awake listened intently as Evan waxed poetic about the wit and whimsy of “Orbits.”

His enthusiasm was infectious, though—and when I gave Evan a rare vinyl copy of Miles’ 1960 album Sketches of Spain as a birthday present, the look he gave me as he held it in his hands probably still ranks among the top five looks I’ve ever received from anyone.

One afternoon, however, Evan abruptly announced that we were parting ways. He sheepishly admitted that he had taken up with a petite, saucy redhead with big dark eyes like some kind of cartoon baby mammal’s, and she was now his main priority. I was stunned. For days, I wallowed in my heartbroken teenage misery; I couldn’t even eat.

Fast forward a few years, and I’m back to normal eating habits and a healthy emotional equilibrium. Evan and I have lost touch in the time between, and we’ve left our ugly breakup behind in the dusty vault of adolescent romantic blunders past.

But even now, I still can’t listen to a single Miles Davis record without wanting to dropkick a small fuzzy animal.

Miles’ music doesn’t sound like wit and whimsy to me anymore; instead, it sounds like the evil, girlish laughter of a tiny, homewrecking Jessica Rabbit. Which is why I can’t listen to Miles Davis anymore. I can’t, and I won’t.

It’s a modern tragedy we’ve all experienced: great music ruined by a relationship gone sour. Tell us your tales, Music Mix readers: What other songs have been casualties of your not-so-happy endings? And when good music is tainted by lovesick sorrows, is it ruined forever—or can its original charm be restored?


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Lady Gaga makes debut as V magazine columnist, quotes Picasso, endorses George Foreman grill

Lady Gaga is giving James Franco some serious competition as pop culture’s greatest multi-tasker.

She’s the creative director for Polaroid. She’s accepted an internship with Princess Eugenie’s hat-maker Philip Treacy. She’s exchanged tweets with Harry Reid about ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Oh, and she’s the biggest pop star on the planet. (She’s even ahead of me in my Star Wars reading!)

Her latest venture? Magazine columnist. The new issue of glossy mag V features a Gaga-penned manifesto on fashion, pop culture, “body modification” and artistic thievery, with more obscure references than a trivia night hosted by Quentin Tarantino and Diablo Cody. Case in point, this name-dropping gem about her early aspirations: “I would dream of being a rock star who dressed like Mark Bolan [sic], walked like Jerry Hall, and had the panache of Ginger from Casino and the mystery of Isabella Blow.” READ FULL STORY

Thanksgiving's over, so let's talk Christmas music

Every year for the past decade-and-a-half or so, I’ve sent out a Christmas music compilation CD as my holiday card to friends and family. It’s typically about 20 tracks of “traditional” Christmas songs (so Weezer’s “Silent Night” could be on there, but not “Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto” by Snoop’s Dogg Pound), because those are the classics that get me all warm and fuzzy around the time the trees go bare and the gas bill goes up. For the first few years it was a piece of cake. Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas CD showed up every year, as did gems from collections by Frank Sinatra, Etta James, James Taylor, and Tony Bennett. But a CD greeting card that goes out each and every year, basically containing renditions of the same relatively small pool of songs, desperately needs variety to make it worthwhile year in and year out. As time went by, that became a real challenge. Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” is awesome, but those well-known one-off-type tracks will make your compilations seem gimmicky if they keep showing up every year. To keep it interesting, you gotta find the deep cuts – and keep finding them year in and year out, despite the limited number of new Christmas CDs entering the picture each year.

In this ongoing hunt over the years, I’ve found some really wonderful music, though, and figured this weekend, as we kick off the official holiday season, I’d share a few of my favorites (some albums, some individual songs). This is in hopes that you, readers, will share yours with me (more fodder for next year’s collection – the Holiday 2010 mix is already a wrap). So without further ado, in no particular order: READ FULL STORY

Do you think Jay-Z would be a good U.S. President?

Jay-ZImage Credit: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.comThe revelation that Jay-Z is interested in possibly moving from music to politics is nothing new—he’s said as much before—but it’s certainly a subject that continues to swirl around when the legendary rapper is out doing interviews. “Give me a chance,” Jay-Z told BBC Newsbeat, when asked if he’d try politics. “Maybe in eight years, I’ll be the president.”

Which brings up the question: Would Jay-Z be a good U.S. President?

Based solely on the portion of the recent interview that involved presidency talk, he seems more than thoughtful on the subject—a good sign if there ever was one! Pointedly, he spoke about President Barack Obama and whether he’s done a good job. “In order to judge someone, you have to judge what they inherit,” he said. “He inherited the worst economy, war, just a horrible time in American history. So if we think he can solve that, I mean, we don’t think he’s God, do we? He’s a human being. He’s going to need time to figure that out.” And then he went on to say: “But it may be a good thing. Maybe the Republicans will win one of those houses”—which they did yesterday—”so this way they’ll have to be responsible for whether a law gets passed, and they can’t put it on Obama. In order to get to that sort of success and that dream, you have to go through some peaks and valleys. It’s been two years.”

Truly, I’d maybe vote for Jay-Z. And, if you think it’s a crazy idea, lemme just say: Weirder things have happened. Do you think he’d be good? Would you vote for him? Do you think he could pull it off?

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Carrie Underwood: Why do the CMAs keep snubbing her for Entertainer of the Year?

Carrie-UnderwoodImage Credit: Kent Miller/PR PhotosThe 2010 CMA Awards nominations came out yesterday, and despite nine well-deserved nominations for Miranda Lambert, including Entertainer of the Year, most of the chatter was about the blondes missing from that category. Although they both had typically strong years, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood will be sitting out the race for the top prize at country’s big fall awards show — and it’s not super clear why.

We’ll set aside the Swift issue for the time being — she took EOTY at last year’s CMAs, and her absence this year may be a combination of her being between album cycles and some sort of conscious effort by the industry voters to shine a light elsewhere within the genre to avoid these things becoming Taylor Time, All The Time. (I’m not saying that’s a worthy excuse to give her slot to a potentially less-deserving act, but it’s the best I can come up with right now.)

The bigger issue here is the continued absence of Underwood from the CMA EOTY category, given the ginormous success she’s enjoyed in the four years since Jesus took her wheel — and especially given the fact that the CMAs have no problem with Underwood co-hosting their awards show. Three times. With a dress budget running into the billions. And yet she’s never once been nominated for Entertainer. What the what? After the jump, we’ll break down the situation.


Miley Cyrus and Bret Michaels on 'Good Morning America': A solid 'B+' (for the music... an 'A' for the hair)

Miley-Cyrus-Brett-MichaelsImage Credit: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicYou know what makes a Friday morning pleasurable — besides thinking about the simple truth that in eight hours I’ll be enjoying a cocktail on a street-side table somewhere in NYC? The combination of Miley Cyrus and Bret Michaels! Singing his hit “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”!

Yeah that’s right, the teen queen showed up with the so-having-a-moment Michaels on Good Morning America to sing the song together. Cyrus, of course, has included a studio version of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” on her upcoming album, Can’t Be Tamed, which goes on sale this coming Tuesday. We’ve already been treated to gems like the title track “Can’t Be Tamed” and “Liberty Walk.” Michaels’ has got a new album, Custom Built, coming out on July 6, and the single he recorded with Cyrus, “Nothing to Lose,” has already been causing quite the stir.


Kevin Eubanks retires as Jay Leno's sideman: Who should take over the gig?

Jay Leno’s long-time bandleader Kevin Eubanks announced today that he’s leaving The Tonight Show (or whatever it was called for a while there) after 18 years to “see what else is going on.” You know what that means: There is a valuable job opening in this recession! Jay Leno is saving the economy!

Who should fill Eubanks’ cheerful shoes? Job requirements include a comprehensive knowledge of pop music, excellent timing when signaling for rimshots, the ability to manage musicians (harder than you think), and a strong identification with “the real America.” Those not easily amused by middlebrow standup or the ritual humiliation of regular folks on street corners are encouraged not to apply.

There were rumors flying last week that Max Weinberg wants to ditch Conan for Leno; hopefully, today’s announcement that Coco’s been picked up by TBS will put those to rest. Assuming, then, that Weinberg’s not an option — if it were up to you, Mixers, to whom would you give this gig?

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