Throwing It All Away
A remarkably self-aware Phil Collins announced plans to retire from music. The former Genesis singer/drummer and solo sensation is apparently that rare breed of successful musical artist who knows when it’s time to throw in the towel. And the fact that it has at least something to do with public disdain gives hope for those who wish Fred Durst and Jimmy Buffett would follow him into retirement. Besides work-related physical problems from drumming and loud music, Collins told FHM magazine he can’t relate to today’s Pop music and understands overexposure made people “what to strangle” him. “It’s hardly surprising that people grew to hate me,” Collins said. Oh well, he’ll always be able to find work as a Charlie Brown impersonator.
Gaga Not Keeping Abreast of Ice Cream Situation
Two current Pop culture oddities collided recently when it was reported that superstar Lady Gaga has threatened to sue the store making Baby Gaga, a vanilla/lemon/real-breast-milk-flavored ice cream.
Grammys Got Run Over By a Bellyacher
While many applauded a few of the
unexpected Grammy wins this year (Esperanza Spalding, The Arcade Fire),
others were pissed, apparently forgetting that “biggest selling” doesn’t
always mean “best.” Former music exec Steve Stoute was the loudest
protester, buying a full-page ad in The New York Times to berate the Grammys because Eminem and
Justin Bieber were robbed. Grammy officials announced they would,
seemingly in direct response, work to better the Grammys rules and
processes. So look for the Grammys to morph into the People’s Choice
Awards. If only Stoute had done this earlier we could have seen
nominations for viral video hits like “Chocolate Rain,” “Bed Intruder
Song” and “Cat Playing Piano.” Maybe next year Rick Astley will finally
get a Lifetime Achievement award?