Daily Digest: Shia LaBeouf & Erykah Badu, Rock of Ages, Justin Bieber, Usher, more

Posted June 19, 2012 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Shia LaBeouf & Erykah Badu nudie controversy, Rock of Ages tanks, the latest Billboard chart action, the bath salt war and Bobby Brown’s marriage are just some of the headlines on June 18, 2012

Shia LaBeouf And His “Transforming” Bulge in Music Video

Transformers star Shia LaBeouf makes an appearance in a music video for Icelandic indie band Sigur Ros. But what’s getting the most attention from it all is that the star appears to be naked. Yea, butt-ass-penis-showing-nekkid. The 26-year-old LaBeouf bares all in the nine-minute music vid in what the band calls a “mystery film experiment.” Oh, that should help rocket their album and single to the top of the charts.

More on the experiment by clicking the following link:


You don’t have to wait for it to come to a theater near you. To see the video (sure you wanna see it), click here.


Erykah Badu And Flaming Lips Beef Recap

Oh, and speaking of musicians singing in the nude, you probably heard about the debacle that’s been lighting up message boards and the Twittersverse over Erykah Badu‘s gripes with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. While trying to make an arty music video, once again putting Badu in the “window seat,” the band releases “unintentionally” a raw, unedited NSFW video for a Roberta Flack remake of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” which sparks a major outrage from Badu on Twitter. “I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video,” she screams.

By the way, the band has since taken the video down, but Badu’s hailstorm of tweets on Coyne remain a part of our reality.

Read more (and those tweets) by clicking here.


Rock of Ages Bombs at Box Office

As reported earlier at HiFi, the rock musical adaption Rock of Ages ended up hitting the rocks on its opening weekend, performing less than expected and desired. The film, starring big names like Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige, only managed to pull in $15.1 million dollars, despite its $75 million budget (ouch!).

Read more on the “bomb” at the Los Angeles Times



The Critics Sound Off on Bristol Palin’s “Trippy’ Show

Hank Stuever of the Washington Post writes:
“Even if you have a lasting grudge against all things Palin, there’s no payoff here. It’s a new low for anyone who makes the mistake of watching.”


Is it worth watching?
(courtesy of iVillage)



Bieber Fevers, Usher Crushers and Adele Spells

In the giant world of music charts:
Last week, Adele returned to the top of the Billboard 200 for the 24th week, selling 75,000 copies and becoming the first album to make that kind of impact since Prince’s Purple Rain. The Purple Rain soundtrack also posted 24 weeks at the No. 1 spot in 1984 and 1985.


Justin Bieber is now looking at taking the number one spot with Believe, his first new studio album (excluding soundtracks and holiday albums) since 2010. But he will be facing some major opposition from new releases by country star Kenny Chesney and Fiona Apple. As for the Biebs mentor, Usher, who now celebrates his new disc Looking 4 Myself: He will be making his landing at number one on the Billboard 200 this week and is expected to sell something in between 120,000 and 130,000 copies on its first week. Could he be replaced by his mentee next week? We will just have to wait and find out.

And Chicago Tribune gives you some insight on how the album plays.


Ironically, Bieber’s manager spoke with MTV, telling them that his client “still needs guidance.”



Paul McCartney Turns 70

Happy birthday Sir Paul! And to believe he once didn’t see himself being relevant at the age of 64.


And pop artist Peter Max paints a colorful portrait for the Beatle


Bobby Brown Marries Manager, New Album Out

The former bad boy of R&B tied the knot with manager Alicia Etheredge while in Hawaii during their Honolulu leg of the New Edition Reunion tour. In case you didn’t know, but wanted to know: Bobby Kristina Brown, the r&b singer’s daughter with late ex-wife Whitney Houston, was absent for the ceremonies.


He also has a new album on hand called The Masterpiece. Might want to read what the folk over at SoulTracks.com had to say about it.



Bath Salt War Arises

SPIN magazine pulls off a powerful, important write-up on the controversial bath salt bans that’s now spreading like wildfire in the world of politics. The story is featured in their latest issue, but can be read online at SPIN.com. May the war on drugs continue…



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