March 14, 2012


Genre Report: Carrie Underwood Uses Playing Cards to Work Out & More

Rick Diamond
Rick Diamond

COUNTRY: Superstar Works Out With Deck of Cards
Carrie Underwood, who doesn't always have time for a personal trainer on the road, uses a deck of cards to do her workout! She says, “I take a deck of cards and assign each suit a body area—say, diamonds for arms, hearts for legs, spades for core and clubs for cardio. I split the deck in half and write down exercises for each suit, a different one for each half.” Underwood continues, "So, if I flip over the six of hearts, I’ll do six squats. If the next card is ace of diamonds, that’s 14 push-ups. Sometimes I’ll make spades boxing and beat the crap out of the bag for however many punches the number on the card says.” She also makes sure there's a joker in each half—"that’s a mile run on the treadmill." Awesome. [Country Weekly]

HIP HOP: Detroit Spitter Drops Radio Single
Up-and-coming MC Danny Brown's "Radio Song" is a song about how you need a radio-ready single to succeed in the music industry, which makes it an anthem for every aspiring rapper. This morning he dropped the video for "Radio Song" and it's everything you're looking for in a budget-ass rap video. I'm loving it.

HIP HOP: Drake Covers GQ
Drake is stylin' on the cover of GQ this month for their first-ever Style Bible issue. He rocks a suit and looks like the next James Bond, but he recycles the same quote about sex that he gave to Elle magazine a few months ago. Check out the cover here. [XXL]

INDIE: Brooklyn Songstrees Plans Record Store Day Single
St. Vincent is dropping a new 7" single on red vinyl this year for Record Store Day, which is April 21. It will feature two new songs including one called "KROKODIL," which, FYI, is also the name of a Russian bootleg heroin that eats your flesh off. Her record label says the release "marks a stylistic departure from [her last album] Strange Mercy." [Prefix]