A Real Political Hack
Pop star Kelly Clarkson got an unexpected sales bump when she announced her support for cult fave Republican Ron Paul and it looked like her successful (if inadvertent) publicity stunt had given some of her celebrity peers the bright idea to also endorse Paul. The Twitters of No Doubt and Punk band Rise Against (as well as Nicole Scherzinger), according to Billboard, lavished praise on the GOP hopeful (and instructed fans to donate to his campaign). The performers quickly made it very clear they were not endorsing Paul. It’s believed supporters hacked the accounts, but don’t discount the possibility of “endorsing Ron Paul” being a newly discovered side effect of Ambien.
Spin Goes Short
Spin magazine, one of the last big guys standing in the major print music journalism world, has finally realized that most people nowadays don’t so much “read” as “skim.” The magazine announced the end of medium-sized reviews of new releases in favor of a 140-character blurb format.
A Fatwa Waiting to Happen
Following in the footsteps of that Dutch cartoonist and those guys who make South Park, a band from Norway has dared to enter the “mock Islam, risk death” fray. The group — called Taake — plays Death Metal, a sound so ingrained in Norwegian culture that Death/Doom artists are genuine pop stars. According to The Guardian, it’s Taake’s lyrics that have left some confused and others picking up their fatwa outfits at the dry cleaners. Taake didn’t simply dare to draw a visual representation of Muhammad; instead, they scream their intolerance out loud with lines like “To hell with Muhammad and the Muhammadans!” At least in America, only certain politicians and pundits publicly express such anti-Islamic sentiments so unabashedly.