In a special segment I'm calling "Hey, Look At Me!" we round up the artists who, this week at least, appear to have the healthiest self-esteem.
- Rufus Wainwright explained the stripped-down, just-piano-and-vocals approach to his new album, which he plans to work on following the debut of his opera Prima Donna next July, by saying, "It's an opportunity to have this slight moment of intimacy with me, which I know everybody wants" [via Billboard.com].
- Morrissey took time out from a conversation about plans for his new book (about Morrissey) to congratulate himself on his best album yet, describing the forthcoming Year of Refusal (due out in February), as "fantastically strong" [via NME.com].
- Cee-lo daydreamed about whether or not James Brown was trying to tap him as the Godson of Soul on the occasion of the November 11 release of Gnarls Barkley's new digital EP, which contains four versions of the song "Who's Gonna Save My Soul?" [via Billboard.com].
- And finally, a strictly literal entry for the "look at me" list: Green Day invited fans to take another peek inside the studio via their second lo-fi video clip offering of recent time, this one featuring drummer Tre Cool and bassist Mike Dirnt recording with former Nirvana producer Butch Vig [via NME.com].