Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Music journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie artists. 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 Justin Bieber’s insane groupie, to a former Glee actress’ insane life, to one of the most insane bands of all-time losing a member, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
* By now everyone knows about the fantastically lurid rumor that Justin Bieber had a baby with a groupie by the name of Mariah Yeater. The rumor, created by Yeater, who seems to get crazier and crazier with every story that comes out about her, probably isn’t true. I’m not saying this because I have added insight into who Justin Bieber is as a person, I’m saying this because everyone knows how long it takes for lesbian couples to adopt.
* In other baby news, Kelly Rowland may have accidentally revealed the gender of Beyonce’s unborn child. In an interview with Us Weekly Rowland referred to the fetus as “her.” Of course, this is Kelly Rowland, who also probably thought Destiny’s Child would stay together forever and that she’d have a successful solo career, so we can take that baby news with a grain of salt.
* Because the music industry loves feeding off the dead like something out of a cheap horror film, Island Records, which is part of Universal Music, will be releasing a posthumous Amy Winehouse album on December 5th. You know how this will go - the album will debut at number one, fans will say how great it is, and thousands of people everywhere will have the voice of a deceased woman shoved into their stockings at Christmas. Personally, if you’re going to shove something dead into my stocking, I’d prefer you make it something of the zombie related variety... just not an actual zombie, because I don’t need to start Christmas by slaying the undead again.
* Last week Charice, a 19 year old Filipino singer who had a guest role on Glee last season as Sunshine Corazon, learned that her estranged father had been murdered. This is nothing to joke about. Of course, with Glee running short on plots...
* Chuck D is in a “Fight The Power” mood again. This time the power he’s fighting is that of Universal Music Group, which he says owes a lot of artists a lot of money. In a class-action lawsuit Chuck D claims the music giant has short-changed its artists and producers in licensing deals for digital downloads and ringtones. Although these are serious claims there’s something I find really funny about the idea of full grown adults arguing in court over ringtones, the thing no one over the age of 14 should be using.
* In very sad news, the legendary metal band, and performance virtuosos, GWAR, lost their guitarist this past week as Flattus Maximus, real name Cory Smoot, was found dead on Thursday. The band is currently on tour, and has no idea what the cause of death is. Although the character, which has been around since 1987, has been played by others, GWAR officially retired the Flattus Maximus after Smoot’s passing. The good news for Smoot is that his memory will live on in some of the greatest performance clips of all-time.
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.