Daily Digest: Justin Bieber, Beach Boys, Queen’s Jubilee, John Mayer, more

Posted June 5, 2012 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Justin Bieber’s sold-out tour, Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, John Mayer’s hot record, the Beach Boys’ new album and Nicki Minaj’s radio beef are just some of the headlines for June 4, 2012

Justin Bieber Sells Out Tickets for Entire Tour

In just sixty minutes, the Biebs sold out all of his tickets to his American tour, according to his record label, Island Def Jam. Seems like Bieber fever is on the rise again.



Queen’s Jubilee Soundstage Brings in the Sirs and the Stars

Queen Elizabeth II has proven to the rest of the world that she knows how to kick out the jams. For her Diamond Jubilee held in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday night, in honor of her Majesty Queen Elizbaeth, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Grace Jones and Stevie Wonder highlighted the festivities, while Jessie J, Annie Lennox and will.i.am also performed. To see the full list of stars who appeared and to read more on the event’s festivities, go to:



John Mayer at the Top of the Billboard 200

While recovering from a serious bout of throat granuloma, John Mayer is celebrating his third number one album on the top of the Billboard 200 charts. Born and Raised sold 219,000 copies, easily becoming this week’s best seller. American Idol alum fill out much of the chart’s top 20. Read more at:


Without a heavy new album dropping, Mayer is also expected to maintain the top spot in the album’s second week.



Beach Boys New Album Drops This Week

Good vibrations are heading your way, courtesy of The Beach Boys. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the legendary California pop band will be dropping their latest LP, That’s Why God Made the Radio. The album also marks a return for original Beach Boy Brian Wilson, who also oversaw much of the content on the new project and features additional production by Mark Ronson and Jon Brion.

So what are the other critics are saying?

Rolling Stone gave it “three stars,” calling it “an uneven but deeply touching work.”
Washington Times gave it 3 1/2 stars.
The Dallas Morning News gave it a B-.
Paste Magazine gave it a 6.0, stating “it’s a Beach Boys album onl;y because [Brian] Wilson willed it to be.”

Hear five songs from the new album at Guardian (UK) by clicking here.

Look for HiFi’s review next week.


Gwyneth Paltrow In Hot Water for ‘N****s in Paris’ Tweet

Call it a case of “it was bound to happen.” Superstar TV actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted the n-word (enclosed in stars) after attending a ‘Watch the Throne’ concert in Paris. She also posted a picture of the rap stars, Kanye West and Jay-Z, while posing backstage. This, of course, bothered many of her black fans (didn’t know she had any, oh well). Paltrow defended herself when she mentioned that it was the name of their song. She’s also good friends with Jay-Z and mentioned that it was not intended to be controversial.

Side rant:
C’mon folks. If Kanye and Jay-Z and the rest of black America were going to have a rowdy problem with the use of the n-word after the song, “N****s in Paris,” became a Top 10 hit, then why couldn’t they used another word to highlight their hit song? How else should the rest of the world pronounce the name of the song? N-word with a s in Paris? How should Billboard acknowledge the song, when many of the reporters who type the song in their news reports are probably white. Had it been better if Paltrow referenced the rap duo as “the black people” in Paris? Why is everyone so insensitive these days?

Read more at Newsday:



Nicki Minaj Feud with Hot 97 Continues

Video may have killed the radio star, but Nicki Minaj is out to give Hot 97 a serious bludgeoning. The superstar fell to appear at their Hot 97 Summer Jam on this past Sunday night, causing many to believe it had to do with her love-hate affair with the New York station. During Monday’s interview with DJ Funkmaster Flex, Minaj confronted the station about Peter Rosenberg’s comments about “Starships” for not being “real hip-hop” and “bullshit.” Her what she had to say during that interview at EW.com.


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