January 27, 2012


News Notes: Drake Wants to Be Obama & More

Drake is Your New President: Don Cheadle. Denzel Washington. Will Smith. All must step aside to honor their once and future king Drake, who told VH1 that he'd like to play Obama in a movie of his life. The former Degrassi: The Next Generation star says he's only being offered roles for basketball players and rappers (some casting agent's gonna catch a body like that). Forget Obama, man. Just shoot for the one-man Hamlet. [Rolling Stone]

Obama Gives Al Green Bump: The Prez's rendition of Green's "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser last week—all six words of it—went viral, spurring a nearly 500% sales increase for the song. Somewhere in Williamsburg, a struggling band is on Whitehouse.gov looking up its "Demo submission process." [Billboard]

D'Angelo Premieres New Song: Soul crooner/perpetual recluse D'Angelo performed for the first time in 11 years, debuting new song "Sugar Daddy" at the rolls-off-the-tongue festival Filadelfiakyrkan in Sweden. Far from the bloated mugshot we last saw him in--too much Devil's Pie?--the singer looked fit and (fingers crossed) ready to re-enter the game. [HipHopDX]

No Doubt Continue to Sorta Record New Album: Eleven years after Rock Steady, and nearly two years since first entering the studio, No Doubt continue to record their kinda-awaited sixth album (ska-pop's still a thing, right?). Bassist Tony Kanal tweeted "Gwen back in the studio with us. Nothing like having the four of us in the same room making music. Let's do this!" The world tweeted, "Um, okay, that's cool I guess. Do 'Spiderwebs'!" [Spin]

LMFAO Join Super Bowl Halftime Show: New rule: If your song's YouTube views exceed the population of the United States, you're legally mandated to play the Super Bowl halftime show. Not content with Cee Lo, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., LMFAO is set to join the supergroup (is that what we call this?) during the show. No word yet on which song the group will perform, but it'll probably be that high-energy dance-pop song where the duo ironically gyrate. [Billboard]

King of Pop Cements Legacy: Michael Jackson's shoes and sequined glove were immortalized in cement in Hollywood. Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones and Jackson's family, including his three children, were on hand to celebrate the event. [NME]

Rihanna Will Judge You: Rihanna is set to star in and executive produce an UK fashion reality show, where the singer will "hunt for undiscovered design talent in Britain." While Riri will be mostly behind the scenes, presumably dreaming up pithy catchphrases in the vein of "Make it work!," we'd be surprised if there weren't a few "surprise" appearances. Rihanna, if you go half as crazy as this, we promise to watch every episode. [Billboard]