February 24, 2012


News Notes: The Shins Set for 'SNL'

Karl Walter
Karl Walter

The Shins Set for ‘SNL’
Portland singer-songwriter James Mercer’s long-dormant indie band the Shins are back with a new album, Port of Morrow (out in March), and they’re totally ready to change some lives by performing on Saturday Night Live on March 10. [Pitchfork]

Lou Reed Takes ‘Lulu’ Backlash “Very Personally”
The Velvet Underground rocker is notoriously one of the most prickly artists in music, but he apparently has a soft side. According to Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Reed is taking the backlash to their collabo album Lulu “very personally.” Toughen up, Lou! [NME

fun. Enjoy First Billboard Chart Success
How does fun.—featuring members from the Format, Steel Train and Anathallo—enjoy their first top 10 chart success with “We Are Young”? Get bigger apartments! [MTV]

Sinead O’Connor Wants to Pose for 'Playboy'
The Irish singer says posing naked for Playboy is on her bucket list, and adds that she'd like to do an interview while wearing "weird sex gear." Note to self: email her publicist ASAP. [Digital Spy]

Chris Brown Investigated for Stealing Woman’s Phone
A fan is alleging that Brown stole her cell phone as she tried to snap a photo of Breezy and rapper Tyga as they left a Miami club. Brown reportedly told her, "Bitch you ain't going to put that on no website" before taking her iPhone and driving away. [NME]