March 15, 2012


Genre Report: M.I.A. Fights Anderson Cooper on Twitter & More

INDIE: Super Bowl Songstress Feuds with Anderson Cooper
M.I.A. took to Twitter last night (March 14) to tell Anderson Cooper to watch a UK television documentary about war crimes in Sri Lanka (she's Sri Lankan) and then accused him of calling her a terrorist. He never called her a terrorist! She was just confused. Read the whole back-and-forth here. [Gawker]

COUNTRY: Eric Church Suing Counterfeiters
Eric Church has seen his merch counterfeited too many times and he's not gonna take it anymore! He is suing vendors who travel "from show to show, selling their 'Eric Church' merchandise, and then 'quickly hide or discard infringing goods and walk or run away,' when approached by one of the singer's employees." Good for him. [The Boot]

COUNTRY: Kuwait Loves Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, her husband, attended a gala for the Kuwait-American Foundation on March 11 because Kidman was receiving a humanitarian award. But according to reports, "Urban was the one who had everyone uttering the word, 'adorable': A head shorter, cute as a button and chatty with everyone who aproached. 'They are a fabulous couple—gracious, understated,' said Rima Al-Sabah, wife of the Kuwaiti ambassador." He should tour there! [Country Weekly]

HIP HOP: J. Cole & Missy Elliott Drop Video
Missy Elliott has been under the radar for quite a while now, so it's great to see her back in the spotlight in J. Cole's futuristic new video for "Nobody's Perfect" off of Cole World: The Sideline Story. Check out the clip below.

METAL: Queensrÿche Singer Hits Road Solo
Geoff Tate, lead singer of American prog metal band Queensrÿche, is going on a 10-date American trek that'll take him from Denver to New York in late April and early May. Based on his last tour, we think he'll be playing some Queensrÿche stuff! Additionally, he announced on February 29 that he was in the studio recording his second album, so we have that to look forward to as well. [Blabbermouth]