Chris Brown performed “X” and “Loyal” last night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Brown dressed all in red to really try and capitalize on those Michael Jackson comparisons and the very last line he sang on stage was, “These girls ain’t loyal.” So it looks like his campaign to win back the hearts of the public, while remaining completely unapologetic about his general misogyny and overall attitude towards women, continues. A little good news to start your Friday, just in case you were starting to worry that he might change his ways.
At 9:11 p.m., Lil’ Kim finally dropped her mixtape Hard Core 2K14. It’s available for download here. Since her collaboration with Jadakiss on “Real Sick” is the best thing we’ve seen from her in years, we’re going to try to support Lil’ Kim on this one. We should probably have a talk about that cover art, though.
Gwen Stefani stopped to chat with MTV News about recording new solo work and a potential new album for No Doubt. When she mentioned that she’d be going into the studio with Pharrell that evening, the producer popped up to praise the singer. But it wasn’t for her musical abilities. Pharrell said, “You’ll never believe that she does not look her age, she doesn’t look like she’s had three children — but that’s the cool part, she is her age and she’s had three children and she’s killing it.” Now, we agree that Stefani has either discovered the fountain of youth or is possibly sacrificing a virgin or two in order to stay young. But she’s a designer, a musician, a business woman and a mom. Pharrell couldn’t talk about any of those topics? (Side eye.)
Rolling Stone sat down with Thurston Moore to talk about his upcoming album New Day and address his previous statements about black metal. (For those of you not keeping track of aging rockers’ commentary regarding obscure genres, Moore claimed that “black metal was made by pussies of the lowest order” in an interview with Northern Spy.) Moore decided to set the record straight and told RS:
That was really taken out of context. It was really funny how people got tweaked by that. I was answering a question. How do you answer a question about black metal? Black metal, it doesn’t even consider itself music. In fact, it doesn’t want to be confused with any kind of music because it’s something else entirely. It’s a voided concept from its start [laughs]. It’s all about complete disintegration of existence. It’s a music that uses the elements of rock instrumentation but it’s so anti-everything that, for me, it doesn’t matter what you say about it because it doesn’t exist.
So, we’re glad that’s all cleared up now and there’s absolutely no confusion whatsoever. Nope, absolutely none at all.
You can buy a townhouse in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill that was designed by the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, but it will run you about $5 million. No word yet on how he feels about feeding the never-ending gentrification that will continue to drive young artists out of the borough. Way to support the neighborhood, Mike. (And no more “License to Grill” jokes, please. We can’t stomach it.)
In other news about musicians that have ridiculous amounts of money, Paul McCartney has teamed up with the designers of Destiny to help create a soundtrack for the multi-player video game. A track called “Hope for the Future” was leaked yesterday, but has since been removed from YouTube. McCartney reportedly did not receive any funds for working on the score, he was interested solely in the creative aspect and a love of the game. So now we’re all left to wonder, was that Macca on the other end of the console at 3 a.m. helping us shoot a bunch of aliens?
To round out this Friday, you can watch Funny or Die comedians Julie Klausner and Anthony Atamanuik berate New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman in the historic Brill Building just below. (The New Pornographers also played a show in the Brill Building last week that was recorded for NPR. It’s a pretty fantastic set, so check it out while you’re pretending to do work for those last two hours before you can go home.)