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 Jay-Z and Beyonce’s lavish hospital room, to Green Day’s new gig as high end clothing models, to a newborn making an impact on the Billboard singles chart, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
* A lot of folks are up in arms over the way Lenox Hill Hospital pulled out all the stops for the birth of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s kiddo, Blue Ivy. Reports have been flying that the duo paid $1.3 million for special treatment and had their bodyguards preventing other patients from visiting their own newborns. I don’t know about you, but $1.3 million seems like a lot, especially since if Jay wanted to see a woman with a noticeable belly shoot something out of her vagina he could have just gone to Mexico with a fistful of ones.
* Speaking of the border, Snoop Dogg was recently arrested there when he was found with marijuana on his tour bus. Poetically, he was stopped at the same checkpoint Willie Nelson was busted at in 2010, or as the locals like to call it “the easiest place to work ever.”
* Lil’ Wayne will have his prison memoir published. The book is due out around Thanksgiving and will have the title Gone Till November. Apparently Lil’ Wayne can’t even name a book without sampling someone more talented.
* Dr. Dre has been announced as one of the headliners of this year’s Coachella festival. If this is anything like his Detox announcements we can expect him to hit the stage in about 15 years.
* Metallica is planning a 3D film for 2013. Someone should let them know aging doesn’t look great in high-def and no one’s cared about their music since they killed Napster.
* Green Day, a band I used to really like, has managed to reach a new level of selling out. It’s not so much that they’re now modeling for a high end clothing line, it’s that the high end clothing line they’re modeling for is John Varvatos. John Varvatos, whether purposefully, or inadvertently, is the face of all that is wrong with music in New York City as they have a store in NYC that just happens to be where the famed rock club CBGB had been until gentrification - oh, I’m sorry, I’m supposed to call it “rising property values,” - led to a rent hike that forced them out. For a band that needed what CBGB provided in order to exist to now be the cover boys for the overpriced jeans hawkers that took its place... well, it would take a real “American Idiot” to not see how depressing that is.
* Tweet of the Week:@cadygroves The answer, my children is NEVER drugs and alcohol. Unless the question is...what am I doin this weekend?
Incidentally, this is one of the reasons why I love Cady Groves and suggest everyone follow her on Twitter.
* Finally, in one last bit of Blue Ivy Carter news, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s goal of making the parents on Toddlers & Tiaras look restrained is going swimmingly as Jay sampled his newborn daughter’s cries and put them in a song, making his daughter the youngest person to ever appear on a Billboard chart. Too bad Blue Ivy isn’t old enough to realize her dad just put her on a crash course for an epic beef with Jordy. Don’t go touring France, B.I.C.!
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.