We’re not quite sure what Freddie Mercury was thinking about potential marketing strategies when he penned the lyrics to “Killer Queen” 40 years ago. Luckily, bandmate Brian May has stepped in to work with Stoli and launch Killer Queen Vodka. “What’s the hook?” you ask. Well, vodka was Mercury’s preferred drink of choice so…obviously his name should be associated with it. May claims, “Freddie loved vodka and used to carry a dry ice cooler full of vodka with him on tour. Killer Queen Vodka is the perfect tribute.” Yes, perfect. A loose association is such a great way to honor Mercury’s memory. Nice going, there.
Speaking of interesting merchandising opportunities, while Sky Ferreira is being slightly cryptic about their potential collaboration, Charli XCX is dreaming up ideas for the merchandising table if they ever go on tour together. She told Foster Kamer at Complex, “I’m kind of obsessed with [my period] right now. Periods are really punk. I want to have tampons as merch that say ‘PERIODS ARE PUNK.’” She went on to say she’s recorded a lot of unreleased punk songs and joked that perhaps she would make them available to the public one day under the moniker the Tampon Girls. (Hint, hint Ferreira.)
Although Apple has launched a new tool to remove U2′s album Songs of Innocence from your iTunes library if the gesture was unwelcome, the band continues to receive heaps of scorn. This week Sharon Osbourne decided to join in on the fun because she is consistently seven days behind the rest of the country. Osbourne called the group out on Twitter, stating, “U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it.” At this point, U2 is likely so perplexed by all the commentary that they don’t know whether to say, “Screw you! You’re Sharon Osbourne for Chrissakes!” or go cry in the corner. (Just kidding, they’re laughing and rolling around in the millions of dollars they received. Especially in light of this news.)
When Run the Jewels announced their new album RTJ2 earlier this month, there were also a bunch of interesting pre-order packages available for purchase. For instance, $25,000 will get you the Show and Tell package where Run the Jewels will accompany your child to school for Show and Tell and take pictures. They also promise to “provide personal bully protection for 24 hours as well as write and record a song with your child. El-P will explain the true nature of the world and teach your child how to curse and smoke (if desired), Killer Mike will teach your child how to fight and organize local community action.” It might have been all in good fun, but a Kickstarter was launched to purchase the Meow the Jewels package — an option where the duo will rerecord RTJ2 using only cat sounds. El-P has publicly given his support and promised he will make good on the offer. The Kickstarter has already raised almost $3,000 from almost 200 backers because some people are truly straight-up idiots. (Although we cannot promise we won’t play the version of RTJ2 made entirely from cat sounds at the next office party.)
Also if you’re in the market for a new job, Waka Flocka Flame is advertising for a very specific skill set:
And he’s really not joking.
— Waka Flocka Flame (@WakaFlockabsm) September 17, 2014
So quick, reach out before he gives it to this guy.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 16, 2014