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Mariah Carey, Weezer, and N.E.R.D. albums all hit stores today

mariah-carey-christmas-IIEven with a newborn on the way, Mariah Carey is pressing on.  Sixteen years after making one of the most popular holiday albums ever, Carey returns with a sequel to Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas II You, re-recording several tunes from the original and introducing a few more. Fresh off of Halloween, the record is timed perfectly. As we make plans for turkey day, we know Christmas bells will be ringing in no time.

Weezer also released a two-CD deluxe reissue of their 1996 second album, PinkertonRivers Cuomo once considered the album a “hugely painful mistake.” But now he and Weezer fans alike know it to be a classic. And we agree. N.E.R.D.‘s new album, Nothing, is out today as well. Title aside, know that this trippy album has plenty to offer. Check out the review we gave it here. Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley’s new set delivers more cuts for rocking festivals and introspective cuts to reflect with.

Those are this week’s big releases. What records will you be buying this week? Let us know.

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Weezer's 'Pinkerton' reissue: Read the 2001 EW story where Rivers Cuomo called the now-classic album a 'hugely painful mistake'

weezer_pinkertonToday a two-CD deluxe reissue of Weezer‘s 1996 second album, Pinkerton, hit stores. That’s good news: it’s one of the great albums of the 1990s, an alt-rock masterpiece that embeds almost unbearably raw emotion inside singalong tunes that still sound thrilling 14 years later. At the time, however, it was a big flop, with most fans and critics recoiling at its unpolished sound and over-share lyrics. In recent interviews, Cuomo seems proud of the album, but at the time its critical and commercial rejection was a huge blow. EW talked to him when the band’s third album came out in 2001, and the singer essentially disowned Pinkerton as a “hideous record.” “It was such a hugely painful mistake that happened in front of hundreds of thousands of people and continues to happen on a grander and grander scale and just won’t go away,” he told us. “It’s like getting really drunk at a party and spilling your guts in front of everyone and feeling incredibly great and cathartic about it, and then waking up the next morning and realizing what a complete fool you made of yourself.”

In the story, Cuomo also talked about the dark, scary period after Pinkerton when he retreated from the outside world and the band nearly fell apart. Read an excerpt after the jump, or check out the whole story here. READ FULL STORY

Seattle man offers Weezer $10 million to break up; band says they'll do it for double

weezer-moneyImage Credit: Sean MurphyJames Burns so wants to see the permanent end of Weezer that he is willing to put $10 million (mostly other people’s, in $12 increments) on it.

The Seattle resident has mounted a pledge on DIY fundraising website, calling for the end of the band who, he tells local weekly The Stranger,”are everywhere 15 years after they’ve been musically relevant, whether you try to avoid them or not.”

“If I’m going to be really real,” he continues, “this is a roundabout effort to figure out why the media is still interested in this band despite them not releasing a decent album in over a decade (or I would say, ever.) … Even my girlfriend, the world’s biggest Weezer apologist, concedes that they should have packed it in after side one of The Green Album.

One Pitchfork re-post later, and Burns actually garnered a response from the band—drummer Patrick Wilson posted on his Twitter, “if they can make it 20, we’ll do the “deluxe breakup”!”

Burns has promised that if he fails to reach the full $10 million goal, he will refund all contributions, minus’s 5 percent fee; as of this post, he had raised approximately $194, or less than 0.002 percent of his total.

Click after the jump to read Burns’ full mission statement. READ FULL STORY

'Lost' star Jorge Garcia and Weezer jam onstage together: Watch the video here

jorge-garciaImage Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.comNothing brings legends of stadium and small screen together quite like a spicy aerosol body spray.

Last night at an Axe-sponsored party in Los Angeles, Weezer were joined onstage by their album-cover star and muse Jorge Garcia, perhaps better known as Lost‘s beatific, spherical Hurley.

In the two videos posted after the jump, Garcia first introduces the band’s 2001 single “Hash Pipe” (bonus points to the girl in the balcony working it like she’s in the wings on the Crüe’s Theatre of Pain tour circa ’85); but he actually joins them on “Perfect Situation,” sharing vocal duties with Rivers Cuomo.

Smells like a new co-frontman! (and of course, man-musk): READ FULL STORY

Linkin Park claims top spot on Billboard 200 albums chart

This week, Linkin Park earns its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Their A Thousand Suns debuts on top, selling 241,000 albums. Trey Songz‘s Passion, Pain & Pleasure debuts at No. 2 with 240,000 copies moved. Eminem’s Recovery drops a spot to No. 3, managing to sell 89,000 records.

Country star Jamey Johnson and his latest, The Guitar Song, opens with 63,000 albums at No. 4. Rock legend Robert Plant starts at No. 5. His Band of Joy sold 49,000 copies. Weezer’s Hurley opens modestly at No. 6 with 45,000 units moved. The Now 35 compilation slips four slots to No. 7 selling 41,000 copies.

Brandon FlowersFlamingo drops in at No. 8. The Killers frontman sold 41,000 units this week. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream falls five places to No. 9, selling 40,000 copies. Justin Bieber sold 36,000 copies of his My World 2.0 and comes in at No. 10.

How do you feel about this week’s numbers? Did they shake out how you expected? Let us know.

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Weezer joined by the cast of 'Jackass' in prank-filled 'Memories' video

weezer-memoriesThere’s no cameo from the erstwhile cover star of Weezer’s upcoming album Hurley in the band’s new video—just a bunch of jackasses.

In fact, professional Jackasses: the merry, nard-destroying pranksters of the MTV stunt show turned upcoming 3-D movie: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Wee Man, and sundry other smiling masochists.

Watch them all harm themselves in the name of good fun, after the jump:


'Lost' meets Weezer: Doc Jensen decodes the band's new album 'Hurley'

weezer-hurley4 8 15 16 23 42. To some, they are just numbers. To Lost fans, they are The Numbers, a sequence of digits seemingly imbued—or accursed—with great power. When Hugo “Hurley” Reyes (Jorge Garcia) played them in the lottery, he became a millionaire. He also became a magnet for bad luck, and his quest for answers ultimately led him to a mysterious island pulsing with maybe-mystical electromagnetic power, drawn by a reclusive and quirky guardian who assigned numbers to all of recruits. The numeral given to Hurley: 8.

What does any of this have to do with Hurley, the new album by alt-flavored pop rockers Weezer that features the beaming face of Jorge Garcia on its cover? READ FULL STORY

Jorge Garcia of 'Lost' on being the face of Weezer's new album: 'How awesome is that!'

weezer-hurleyEarlier this week, Lost fans roared with “Raditude” when they heard the news those impish pop-rockers in Weezer were going to call their new album Hurley and put Jorge Garcia’s warm and fuzzy mug on the cover. (Note: “Raditude” is the name of Weezer’s last album.) But of course, no one was more tickled by this news than Jorge Garcia himself. “How awesome is that! It totally put a smile on my face, to say the least,” the actor tells “It ranks right up there with getting my own action figure.” (For the record, Garcia is indeed a Weezer fan. Favorite song? “I’m a huge fan of the opening riff of ‘Hash Pipe’,” says Garcia. “It’s like the theme song to Peter Gunn times 1000.”)

Here’s the backstory on how Garcia found himself becoming Weezer’s cover boy. The actor says he met Rivers Cuomo backstage at The George Lopez Show on May 12 while doing press for Lost. They talked for a bit, and then Cuomo asked Garcia if he could get a photo taken with him. “And then two months later,’ says the actor, “I get an email from my manager saying, ‘Listen, Weezer contacted us and they want you to be on the cover of their new CD.” Garcia was then shown what he thought was a rough draft mock-up of the cover using the photo he took with Cuomo, albeit blown up and cropped to showcase just Garcia’s face. “But it wasn’t a mock-up. They wanted to use that specific photo,” says Garcia. “I thought that was really cool.”

Asked what he was thinking and feeling in the moment that’s captured in the photo, Garcia says: “It was just surreal. It’s always surreal when people come up to you and tell you that they’re fans of the show. So it was really kinda cool that in this case it was Rivers, because I had listened to his songs for so many years. It was just so surprising. And then it was over before I knew it.”

Garcia says he hasn’t heard any of the songs on Hurley, which according to Rolling Stone has a 1960s pop rock vibe. He hopes to get a sneak listen of the disc before the album’s release on September 15. He also hopes it will be successful enough to go gold or platinum and merit “one of those special award versions of the record that they give you when you sell a bunch of copies. Because I want one! I really want one to hang on my wall with the rest of my Lost stuff.”

FYI, according to AltPress, here’s the track list for Hurley. I look forward to mining all of them for Lost theories–especially No. 5.

Ruling Me
Where’s My Sex?
Run Away
Hang On
Smart Girls
Brave New World
Time Flies

Weezer names its new album after Hurley from 'Lost' and -- shocker! -- Doc Jensen has a theory

weezer-hurleyAs you may be aware, I happened to be a rather intense fan of the TV show Lost back in the day. What may not be as clear to you is that I happen to intensely enjoy other things, too. For example, I really like this “rock ‘n’ roll” music that the kids are listening to these days. One of my favorite bands is Weezer. I can’t look at a Jonas brother without involuntarily hum-muttering “My Name Is Jonas.” When I drive through Beverly Hills, I immediately start pounding out the stomping beat of the Weezer tune against my steering wheel. And “Troublemaker” demands that I stop what I’m doing, crank the volume up to 11, and scream along whenever and wherever I hear it.

So I was doubly thrilled when I read the news today that not only has Weezer entitled its eighth album Hurley, but the cover art will feature the beaming mug of Jorge Garcia, the actor who portrayed the Numbers-cursed dude on Lost. Two of my favorite things come together — it’s like a pop culture Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! In an interview with Spinner, Weezer mastermind Rivers Cuomo says that his primary motivation for naming the album “Hurley” (due in stores Sept. 14 from Epitaph Records) wasn’t Lost fandom (he’s only seen two seasons of the show; he says he likes it) but rather his peculiar fondness for the Garcia photo. “It just had this amazing vibe,” Cuomo tells Spinner. “We didn’t want to do a fourth self-titled record and we knew people would refer to it as ‘the Hurley record’ even if left it without that title, so we just called it ‘Hurley.’ No words are on the cover because all we wanted was his amazing face.” READ FULL STORY

Weezer have not necessarily left Geffen! (and other news from Weezer World)

WeezerImage Credit: John Ewing/Retna Ltd.According to Billboard, the men of Weezer have left Geffen Records, their label home of 16 years, and plan to strike out on their own. “We’re always planning and scheming something,” bassist Scott Shriner told the trade mag. “We’re always working on some new music. I can’t really go into any detail about that yet, but we’re all writing and working on new stuff.”

But a rep for the band tells that although the band has fulfilled their contract with Geffen, they’re negotiating a possible new contract with the label, and nothing has been decided about their future at this point.

The band is planning a deluxe reissue of their so-underrated-at-the-time-it-almost-made-Rivers-Cuomo-lose-his-mind 1996 sophomore release Pinkerton, and pulling together an “Odds and Ends” collection of B-sides and rarities. “There’s so many cool things that we’ve recorded for records that never made the [albums], I think they had to get out there,” Shriner told Billboard. “Finally it’s going to happen.”

And in perhaps the best news of all, Cuomo is reportedly “100 percent again” after the horrifying Dec. 6 bus crash that broke three of his ribs and sidelined the band’s tour. They’ll be back on the road this summer, mostly playing festival dates (Bonnaroo!), and, one supposes, figuring out how to run their own record label.

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