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Pop Shots - The Luck of the Famous
Monday, July 01, 2013

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 Daft Punk continuing to have good luck in the UK, to Chris Brown having no luck behind the wheel, to Pete Doherty thinking he’s lucked into some money by saving his garbage, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* This past week Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” became the 136th single in the 60 year history of the UK’s official singles chart to reach one million in sales. In about nine months we’ll see how lucky it turned out to be for all the people who bought it.

* Kanye West’s Yeezus debuted at number one on the Billboard albums chart, but fell well below industry expectations of 500K units sold, only moving 327K copies. In a bit of poetry, while Jesus was betrayed by Judas for 30 pieces of silver, Yeezus was betrayed by music buyers by not even going gold.

* Justin Guarini, of American Idol season one fame, is joining the cast of the Broadway show Romeo and Juliet. He won’t be Romeo, as that role will be played by Orlando Bloom. Instead, Guarini will be Paris, a noble rival of Romeo’s who is also seeking the affections of Juliet. I don’t know, first Guarini finishes second to Kelly Clarkson on Idol, and now he’s finishing second to Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. I smell typecasting! At least he got the girl in From Justin to Kelly.

* Chris Brown, already on probation for the whole slamming Rihanna’s face into a car window incident, is now facing jail time for an alleged hit and run. Brown claims the traffic accident was minor, and that he didn’t leave the scene. Despite all his douchiness, I’m actually prone to believe him on this one, just for the sole fact that whether it’s been Rihanna, or Drake, or Frank Ocean, he usually likes to take all the credit when he hits someone.

* Pete Doherty, known more for his drug addictions than his music, has come up with a money making scheme that is sure to creep everyone out. In an interview with NME he revealed he saved cigarette butts left in his ashtrays by Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss, and plans on selling them to memorabilia collectors. Even if no one’s interested in the butts, by saving used cigarettes Doherty has, at the very least, positioned himself nicely to have Fabreze film one their Air Effects commercial in his house.

* Devo drummer Alan Myers lost his battle with cancer last Monday. In an odd bit of non-information, not even Devo’s founder and lead singer, Mark Mothersbaugh knew Myers’ real age, but estimated him to be around 60. Today, in honor of Myers, if a problem comes along, whip it. Whip it good!

* Melissa Etheridge announced that with the fall of DOMA and Prop 8 she will wed her current girlfriend, Linda Wallem. If Etheridge’s relationships with Julie Cypher and Tammy Lynn Michaels are any indicator, the couple will have two kids, at which point Etheridge will move on to someone else. Incidentally, who else can get away with having four kids and being on their third wife? With those kind of numbers shouldn’t Melissa Etheridge be playing in the NFL?

* Queen Latifah and Meek Mill are teaming up for a movie based on Meek Mill’s song “The Tony Story.” Just to make this perfectly clear, the woman who once assertively asked “who you calling a bitch?” is working with the man who has a song titled “Fuck Bitches, Get Money.” This should be fun.

* Finally, I’m absolutely sure this is the greatest love song ever written, and I find it shocking that it has less than 100K views.

And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.


posted by Adam Bernard @ 7:00 AM  
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