May 25, 2012


News Notes: M.I.A. Signs to Jay-Z's Roc Nation Management & More

Dimitrios Kambouris
Dimitrios Kambouris

M.I.A. Signs to Jay-Z's Management Company
The outspoken rapper is now managed by Jay-Z's Roc Nation. Fellow Roc-managed artist Rihanna tweeted, "Welcome home MIA" after it was announced. [The Fader]

New Idol Winner Not So Happy With His Single
Less than a day after winning American Idol season 11, Phillip Phillips announced the debut single Idol gave him, "Home," is "a little too pop for me." Hey, he's supposed to wait until after the summer tour before he starts dissing the hand that feeds. [Rolling Stone]

Led Zeppelin II Dies
While the raging erection of a hard rock album that is Led Zeppelin II can never truly die, the man who changed his name from "George Blackburn" to "Led Zeppelin II" has passed away at age 64. Ramble on over the hills and far away, dude. [Daily Swarm]

A Place to Bury Strangers' Lynchian Music Video
The video for "You Are the One" is violent, darkly erotic, NSFW and messed up in general. And when I say "Lynchian," I don't mean it's a reflection of my own id, just that it reminds me of David Lynch films like Blue Velvet and Lost Highway. Watch it below.

Ben Gibbard Seems to Despise the Yankees
Death Cab for Cutie's singer to Rolling Stone: "The new Yankee stadium is by far the worst I've been to. It might look like the old one from the outside, but inside it's more like a gaudy, Long Island shopping mall than a ballpark. A classic example of what happens when people have too much money and very little taste. Plus, it tends to be full of Yankees fans." No need to hold back, Ben: Tell us how you really feel. [Rolling Stone]

Joe Jonas: Un-Punk'd
We already knew the Jonas Brothers were sooo not punk, but it turns out Joe Jonas is also sooo not punk-able. Glee's Heather Morris failed to freak him out on last night's episode because he immediately realized he was on Punk'd. Which is sort of punk in itself, right? No. Not really. [HuffPo]