Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Lady Gaga and Lil’ Wayne being accused of musical theft, to Big Boi getting caught with something he shouldn’t have had, to Latin Jazz artists gearing up for a rumble, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
* Lady Gaga and Lil’ Wayne finally have something in common - they’re both being sued by artists who claim to have created their work. Gaga is facing a lawsuit filed by Rebecca Francescatti that claims “Judas” was copied from her 1999 song, “Juda,” and seeks profits from the sale of the record, or damages of an unspecified amount. Weezy was slapped with a $15 million lawsuit by Done Deal Enterprises that claims he stole the song “BedRock.” I feel the artists who filed these lawsuits should both lose, not based on any actual evidence, but simply based on the fact that of all the songs they could attempt to try to take credit for writing they chose “Judas” and “BedRock.”
* Big Boi is in some big trouble. The emcee, who is one half of the legendary Atlanta duo Outkast, was arrested on Sunday for possession of ecstasy pills, MDMA, which is the main ingredient in ecstasy pills, and Viagra. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The ecstasy is one thing, but Viagra? It sounds like Big Boi’s having some problems with his Little Boi. Maybe if he chilled on the ecstasy he might be able to get it up on his own.
* Katy Perry recently scored a huge hit with her song “E.T.,” and building on that her tour featured a duet from Mars when it hit Los Angeles this past Friday. The pop superstar decided to sing the internet meme sensation “Friday” and had none other than Rebecca Black join her on stage for it. This is the second time the two have worked together, as Black is also in Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” video. Lemme take a second here to talk to Ms. Perry... err... Mrs. Brand, directly: Katy, you’re not really gonna keep this girl famous, are you?
* Lollapalooza is looking to set international relations back a bit by heading to Sao Paulo in 2012. If our number one export to Brazil ends up a reformed Jane’s Addiction there’s a chance they may stop allowing us to go there for Carnival. Hopefully this will be a hot button issue during the next presidential election.
* Only one year after attempting suicide, forgettable American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, whose best quality is sharing a name with a legendary Disney film that involved dancing elephants, has announced she’s pregnant with her second child. My only question is who read the pregnancy test for her?
* Latin Jazz isn’t the first genre of music that comes to mind when one’s looking for something to get all riled up to, but a bevy of Latin Jazz artists are ready for a fight as they’ve taken to the courts, suing the Grammy Awards for eliminating their category from next year’s competition (the Grammys cut 31 categories in total). The Latin Jazz artists’ claim is that it has caused them irreparable harm and puts them at a disadvantage with them now being lumped together with artists of all the subgenres of jazz. They are also accusing the Grammys of failing to solicit input from the voting members of its 12 nationwide chapters before announcing the eliminations. Only one thing about this lawsuit is certain, it will take less time than a typical Grammy Awards telecast.
* Pop Shots and Adam’s World favorite Lights is back with a new song that will rock your face off. “Everybody Breaks A Glass” features a crazy beat co-produced by Lights and Holy Fuck, a dope verse by Canadian emcee Shad, and Lights being her usual amazing, lyrical, self. The video, which has all the lyrics written out, was also illustrated by Lights.
And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.