The Notorious B.I.C.:
Making a crying cameo a la Stevie Wonder‘s mid-70s gem “Isn’t She Lovely” Jay-Z‘s “greatest creation” as he so endearingly raps on “Glory,” newborn Blue Ivy Carter is credited as the youngest person ever to chart on Billboard. A.k.a “the child of the child from Destiny’s Child,” a.k.a “a pinch of Hov/a whole glass of B” and of course “B.I.C.” of which the infant is officially credited on the track, notched in at no. 74 via R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Considering the $1.3 million the couple paid to seal off the floor on which B.I.C. was brought into the world, it has to be one of the most costly collaborations too, right?
Documenting The Edge:
“When you start a band, do you imagine how it will end” quotes an unseen narrator on LCD Soundsystem‘s swan song documentary, Shut Up And Play The Hits (via Entertainment Weekly). Making its premier at this year’s Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, January 22nd, the film follows the enigmatic frontman James Murphy and the final days of the LCD enterprise at the peak of its prowess and captures a bit of the reasoning behind why he decided to pull the plug and have the “best funeral ever” at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Although for a dude who masterfully makes jabs at himself, it’s quite wonderful to see him go out on his own accord. Especially with the graceful cinematography of Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, a team that cut their teeth on Blur doc No Distance Left To Run.
And The Grammy Performers Are:
Leading up to the 54th production of the the Grammy Awards, the ceremony camp has released the names of its initial round of performers. All culled from nominated artist lists, Taylor Swift, the Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson will take the stage at some point on Feb 12th from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Which leads us to some obvious questions about whether new business mastermind Kanye West, with his front-of-the-pack seven noms will bless us with a performance come the big name announcements? Or Ms. Billboard chart herself, Adele, right behind West with six noms?
Peel Slowly And See:
Continuing the torrid relationship between art and commerce, enter Velvet Underground and the Andy Warhol Foundation, quibbling over the use of the iconic “peel slowly and see” Warhol designed banana on the VU’s rock and roll game changing debut, The Velvet Underground and Nico. Filing a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court, band members John Cale and Loud Reed claim that the foundation is attempting to “deceive the public” into thinking they’ve given their “sponsorship and approval” with the recent licensing of the image on iPad ephemera. Citing the never officially copyrighted image as “truly an icon of the Velvet Underground” Cale and Reed are basically playing the sanctimonious card. Which is bogus, as they licensed the image to Absolut vodka a few years back. Nevertheless, its great to see art on the pedestal, anyhow.
A 30-year-old from Detroit, Berry Gordy Jr. borrowed $800 from his family on this day in 1959 to create R&B label Tamla Records, which would go on to become Motown Records and the subsequent heralding of the “Motown Sound” that still has people pushing repeat buttons today. To this effect, we are cuing the sexiest track of all time released on the fledgling label in 1973, Marvin Gaye‘s “Let’s Get It on,” as we symbolically salute Motown’s relationship with the industry. “Giving yourself to me can never be wrong/If the love is true,” rhetorically pleads Gaye.