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 Justin Bieber being in trouble with the law, to Mariah Carey rumored to being in trouble with Idol producers, to the very funky trouble Mark Wahlberg may be causing soon, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
* Swedish police found a small amount of marijuana, and a stun gun, on Justin Bieber’s tour bus during a stop in Stockholm. I know I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s funny that the contents of Justin Bieber’s tour bus closely resembles the contents of the purse of the mom on Weeds.
* Fall Out Boy’s new album, Save Rock and Roll, debuted at number one this past week with 154,000 units sold. I think it’s safe to assume Ashley Simpson wasn’t one of those making a purchase.
* Singer Abz, who is a former member of the boy band 5ive, recently said in an interview that if he hadn’t been dropped from his management deal by Simon Cowell, “I would’ve been the male Lady Gaga.” In response to this Elton John said, “wait, isn’t that me?”
* Carly Rae Jepsen cleaned up at the Junos, which are Canada’s version of the Grammys, taking home two of the biggest music awards her country has to offer, snagging the Single of the Year honor for “Call Me Maybe,” and Album of the Year honor for Kiss, which also earned the award for Pop Album of the Year. Next year she might clean up again, but as one of the late night staff at the venue, pushing a broom.
* According to The Hollywood Reporter, amid sinking ratings, a panicking American Idol attempted to set up a mid-season switch, replacing Mariah Carey with previous judge Jennifer Lopez, but when Carey found out she put the kibosh on it. Since it’s not like anything these judges say matter, I think Idol should go for J.Lo’s Anaconda co-star, Jon Voight. He can give helpful advice like, “Wild boar. Gores with its tusks. Goes for the eyes,” and the looks of confusion on the contestants would be priceless.
* A documentary is in the works about the late Amy Winehouse, and it will reportedly feature previously unseen material. The film will be directed by Briton Asif Kapadia, whose 2010 film, Senna, about Brazilian auto racer Ayrton Senna, won a BAFTA for best documentary. If they’re looking for a theme song for the Winehouse film I think Buckcherry’s “Lit Up” would be a fine choice.
* The Backstreet Boys, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary, now have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sadly, it’s the same size as all the other stars despite multiple requests to make it “Larger Than Life.”
* Nothing spurs awesome rumors like a flippant comment said to a paparazzi. Mark Wahlberg should know this, which is why when a TMZ reporter shouted a question at him, asking if he’d reunite with The Funky Bunch for a hypothetical benefit for Boston bombing victims, and he responded “why not,” he had to realize people would want to see it happen. Rather than ponder whether or not a reunion will actually happen, I have a better question - If Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch make a comeback because of a bombing would that mean the terrorists have won?
* British bookmakers Paddy Power are taking bets on an ABBA comeback after singer Agnetha Faltskog hinted at a possible reunion. Currently, Paddy Power is offering odds of 14 to 1 for ABBA performing together in 2013, and 16 to 1 on ABBA opening the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, on May 16th. The Eurovision Song Contest was the show that propelled ABBA to fame following their 1974 win with the song “Waterloo.” Betting on ABBA seems a little risky. Then again, they did sing “Take A Chance On Me.”
* Finally, I love the BBC America show Orphan Black, so I know all about the perils of cloning. I never thought those perils would be sung about in a synth pop song, though, until I came across THIS
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.