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 the one thing that can defeat Justin Bieber, to the kind of evil One Direction will have to content with very shortly, to Johnny Rotten’s war against his own history, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
* NBC has announced it will be airing a special on Justin Bieber titled Justin Bieber: All Around the World. The show will feature performances and a look at his life on tour. Despite that description, something tells me two recent incidents won’t make it to air. On May 30th, in Norway, 49 teenage girls were injured at Bieber’s concert due to their own insane “fandemonium,” and, in what is by far the funnier story, in Paris Bieber injured himself when he walked into a glass wall backstage during a performance. So we’ve finally found what can bring down the Canadian golden child - Windex! Quick, to the grocery store!
* Amy Winehouse’s London home has been put up for sale. Whoever buys it will get to enjoy its three bedrooms, semi-detached period villa, and the thrill of discovering crystal meth hiding spaces for the rest of their life.
* Despite suffering from a malady that currently has him unable to sing, John Mayer topped the charts this past week with his latest album, Born And Raised. Being that I live in the town he was born and raised in I hope there’s a hidden track about Super Duper Weenie.
* Kanye West’s new Nike Air Yeezy II sneaker has a price tag and it’s a whopping $250. Hey, no one ever said looking like an arrogant douchebag was going to be cheap!
* Justin Timberlake hosted Wal-Mart’s annual shareholder meeting, which doubled as the company’s 50th birthday party and also featured appearances by Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Zac Brown Band, Juanes, and Take 6. I not so secretly hope the dress code for the event was “Wal-Mart greeter.”
* British-Irish boy band One Direction has quickly reached a unique level of immortality - they’re starring in their own graphic novel. The offering is the latest in Bluewater Productions’ “Fame” biography series, which most recently released a graphic novel about Lady Gaga. The One Direction book might be tough to find on shelves, though, as every time it gets stocked in the graphic novels section the zombies from The Walking Dead eat the entire group.
* DMX has pushed the release of his next album to the fall, but fans (is the use of the plural correct here?) won’t have to wait that long to hear music from him as he’s currently on tour. Well, he may be on tour. I wrote this a couple days ago, and knowing X, there’s a good chance he’s already been arrested and thrown in jail again. X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA!
* John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, has revived his band Public Image Ltd. (PiL). With that revival comes a new album, a tour, and an interview where Lydon showed a complete lack of self-awareness. In the interview, which was with Reuters, Lydon was asked about his thought on shows like American Idol and The Voice. He replied “They're dragging us back into Las Vegas wannabes. And there's the painful tone of humiliation, the smirking at who gets voted off. And people now think that's the universe of music. That's utterly corrupting too.” With this rant he conveniently forgot he was a judge on Bodog Music’s Battle Of The Bands. Hey Johnny, just cuz no one watched doesn’t mean it didn’t happen!
* Finally, whatever the f*ck this is.
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.