Marc Hogan

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  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga Reportedly Rejected $1 Million to Perform During GOP Convention

    Lady Gaga might be recovering from hip surgery, but her name still keeps popping up in lawsuits. Last month came word of litigation over Mother Monster's canceled 2012 concert in Indonesia. Now a conservative fundraising group's legal filings reveal Gaga spurned a Dr. Evil-like $1 million offer to perform during the Republican National Convention last summer. That's according to a widely circulated report from the right-wing Washington Examiner.According to the report, documents filed with a lawsuit by the American Action Network against an entertainment vendor show the group also would've liked Dolly Parton and Pitbull on their convention-week lineup. Journey and Kid Rock did perform during the convention. Gaga, Parton, and Pitbull did not.

  • Prince

    Prince Extends Copyright Crusade to Six-Second Video Tweets

    Prince's tight, legalistic control over his music is understandable, but he has taken it to a new extreme. Given the still-paltry royalty rates artists receive for online streaming versus physical or digital sales, the Purple One's diligence about keeping his recordings off YouTube looks smarter with each passing news cycle. Now, though, Minneapolis' funkiest denizen has sicced his lawyers on Twitter's Vine service.As TheNextWeb reports (via FACT), Prince's NPG Records sent a copyright-related takedown request to Twitter concerning eight Vine video clips. The complaint said the clips contained "unauthorized recordings" and "unauthorized synchronizations." In fact, the videos now appear to have been taken down. But here's the catch: Vine video clips are only about six seconds long.

  • The-Dream, Fabolous,

    The-Dream and Fabolous Throw 'Mad Men'-Ready Dance Party in 'Slow It Down' Video

    A moment of silence, courtesy of the Radio Killa. The-Dream's humble plea for DJs to stop blasting EDM'd-up R&B probably won't be any more successful than Jay-Z's curmudgeonly campaign to declare Auto-Tune "D.O.A.," but damn if he and Fabolous don't make an effective case. Now comes the video for their R. Kelly-referencing, neo-bump'n'grind "Slow it Down," and it's a glorious mess: There's an old-fashioned, women-in-pearls dance party that'll remind you to set your DVRs for Mad Men's season premiere, there's The-Dream hanging outside with one woman, there's another woman inside who takes a liking to The-Dream and, via a Joan Holloway-tight striped dress, briefly follows his admonition to "let me see that ass." There's a Fabolous subplot.

  • Majical Cloudz,

    Majical Cloudz Casts Father, of 'Twin Peaks' Fame, in Shadowy 'Childhood's End' Video

    On TV's Twin Peaks, actor Kenneth Welsh plays Windom Earle, protagonist Dale Cooper's former partner on the FBI and, without spoiling anything, a crucial figure in the show's overall narrative. Welsh's son happens to be Montreal singer and songwriter Devon Welsh, whose Majical Cloudz project is set to release new album Impersonator on May 21 via Matador. The first track to surface from Impersonator, "Childhood's End," is a stark, dramatic electro-pop torch song in the vein of Active Child or How to Dress Well. The song's newly posted black-and-white video, which stars Welsh and is directed by Emily Kai Bock (Grimes, Grizzly Bear), is noirishly shadow-enshrouded, and it carries over the song's elliptical yet intimate allure. The younger Welsh wrote about the video here; the elder Welsh must be proud.

  • James Blake,

    Zone Out to James Blake's Animated, Color-Swirling 'Voyeur' Video

    James Blake's "Voyeur," from the U.K. producer's upcoming Overgrown (due out April 8 via Atlas/Republic), is on familiar ground. Blake's blue-eyed soul vocals repeat and run through effects, becoming just another element of the music, a hissy, glitchy, post-dubstep take on electro-R&B that evolves gradually and mesmerizingly over the course of the track. Blake originally shared "Voyeur" nearly a month ago as a dub version, and then about a week later BBC Radio 6 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs premiered the album version on her show. Now, as Gorilla Vs. Bear points out, animator Ferry Gouw (Bryan Ferry, Major Lazer) has created a similarly hypnotic video for the track. Progressing from the black of a record to a white fade-out, with geometric whorls of color in between, it functions like an artful, high-concept version of a screensaver or iTunes visualization.

  • Beastie Boys, Mike D, Rockaway Plate Lunch truck

    Beastie Boys' Mike D Has Fed 19,000 Hot Meals to Hurricane Sandy Victims

    The Beastie Boys' Mike D, whose voice you might've heard recently over the phone, has also been active at home in New York City. As GOOD reports, the rapper has served more than 19,000 hot meals free of charge to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Mike D and restaurant Robert McKinley's Rockaway Plate Lunch food truck, in partnership with some of the city's top chefs, has been keeping those who lost power or their homes nutritiously fed.Mike D recalled heading out to Brooklyn's Rockaway Beach neighborhood with McKinley shortly after it was devastated by Sandy. "We saw right away all these people living without any power, without any businesses being open, and therefore, no food," he's quoted as saying.

  • Deerhunter, 'Monomania,' 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

    Watch Deerhunter's Brilliant, Bizarre 'Monomania' Debut on 'Fallon'

    Deerhunter are tasting blood again. This time, they know enough not to spit it out; the eternal life is worth the vampiric damnation. When the Atlanta ambient-punks played New York City's Mercury Lounge in 2007, supporting breakout sophomore album Cryptograms, their tall, lanky frontman, Bradford Cox, wore a dress onstage and spackled himself with what you hoped was fake blood.

  • Michael Jackson

    'Wacko Jacko' Will Play Role in Michael Jackson's Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

    The wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's family against the pop singer's final concert promoter goes to trial today in a Los Angeles courtroom, and early indications show it's going to be ugly.Lawyers for AEG Live will contend that Jackson was responsible for his own death, CNN reports. Not only that: Child molestatation claims, for which the singer was acquitted, and signs of drug addiction will also probably be part of the defense, according to CNN. AEG lawyer Marvin Putnam told CNN child molestation is fair game because the trial boosted Jackson's drug use.As if child molestation and drug addiction accusations weren't enough, Putnam indicated that every terrible tabloid headline used against Jackson could also be part of the defense. AEG Live is making this case about "Wacko Jacko." Here's Putnam, as quoted by CNN: "This is a man who would show up in pajamas.

  • Prince,

    Hear Prince's Unexpected, Sludgy 'Let's Go Crazy' Rock Rework

    In a fruitful time for new renditions of Prince songs, the Purple One has decided it's his turn. D'Angelo, the Roots, Elvis Costello, Bilal, and many others paid tribute to the Minneapolis pop trailblazer at New York City's Carnegie Hall last month, and since then footage has surfaced of D'Angelo confidently covering Prince-written "My Summertime Thang" with an all-killer band at 2012's Bonnaroo festival.

  • !!!, chk chk chk, 'Thr!!!er'

    !!!'s Soulful, Funky 'One Girl/One Boy' Is 2 Legit 2 Quit

    Nic Offer made it clear in a recent SPIN interview that !!! want, if nothing else, to keep progressing with upcoming album Thr!!!er, out April 30 on Warp. The Sacramento-spawned band already pointed toward one new direction with "Slyd," which moved from the band's disco-punk roots toward sample-foregrounding '90s house. Now !!!

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