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 how many copies of Believe Acoustic Bieber fans grabbed, to what we won’t see at the Grammys, to what Adam Levine doesn’t want to make you smell like, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
* The collective juggernaut that are the Beliebers have struck again, giving Justin Bieber quite the chart record. With 211,000 copies of Believe Acoustic sold, Bieber is now the youngest artist to score five number one albums. Bieber’s five number one albums are five more than the number of Grammy nominations he received this year.
* Speaking of the Grammys, a memo was sent to the reps of Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Rihanna, among others, reminding them to “please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered.” In a related story, I felt no need to watch the Grammys.
* Adam Levine is coming out with a fragrance, and when asked by E! what it will smell like, he said “it smells like sh*t.” Of course, he was joking (we hope), as he added on Twitter that “men won’t smell like a bad 80s movie,” and “women won’t smell like a stripper (not that there’s anything wrong with that).” You know, he could have summed that up a lot more succinctly by just saying “it doesn’t smell like Flashdance.”
* Because there’s no better place to raise your kids than a city whose nickname has the word “sin” in it, Britney Spears is nearing the completion of a deal that will have her headlining a Las Vegas residency. With the way the paparazzi follow Spears around, Vegas is going to have change it’s slogan to “what happens in Vegas gets plastered all over the internet within seconds.”
* If you thought one reality show about a British pop group was enough for E! you were mistaken! Already the home to Chasing The Saturdays, which follows the exploits of the British girl group The Saturdays, next up for E! is The Wanted Life, which will follow the British-Irish boy band The Wanted as they move into a house in Hollywood and work on their next album. My only hope is that they get a special doormat for their house that says “Glad You Came.”
* Fall Out Boy has reunited for a new album and tour. The announcement of their latest go-round came with a new single, “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up).” You gotta hand it to Pete Wentz and crew, there’s nothing like referencing a 13 year old slasher flick starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Love Hewitt to get the kids excited.
* This week’s “Chris Brown Done Wrong” story comes from LA Deputy District Attorney, Mary Murray, who is saying Brown may be in violation of his probation because of “significant discrepancies” regarding his community service records stemming from his 2009 assault on Rihanna. Murray noted there were three occasions where Brown was performing at a concert, or traveling, instead of being at the recorded location of his community service, and even when he was at the correct location he didn’t always do what was asked of him. In related stories, fire is hot, ice is cold, water is wet.
* iTunes sold its 25 billionth song last week. That footnote in music history will forever belong to “Monkey Drums” by DJ Chase Buch. Hooray internet?
* This past week I reminded a depressed friend of the healing powers of Aqua's “Barbie Girl.” If this song doesn't make you smile, you're probably a terrible person.
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.