Mike Malinin, right; Chapman BaehlerThe ex-drummer for the Goo Goo Dolls claims he got canned from the band for taking paternity leave after the birth of his twins, according to TMZ.
Michael Malinin reportedly filed a lawsuit against former bandmates Johnny Rzeznik and Robert Takac over his firing from the group in December 2013. The Dolls were on tour at the time, the suit claims, though Malinin says his paternity leave was discussed in advance and it was common knowledge among the group that he would take a few weeks off around the time of the birth. But Malinin says that when the time came, the band manager informed him that he was being sacked.
The suit claims Malinin was told specifically that Rzeznik wanted him gone. It also says he did not receive a severance package for his 19 years of service to the band. He was getting a third of the band’s profits, so he’s suing to reclaim some of that cash.
James K. LoweThe feud continues. DJ Diplo shot back at Lorde on Twitter this weekend after the 18-year-old singer dissed his “tiny” manhood last week.
Lorde was just defending her pal Taylor Swift after Diplo tweeted that “someone should make a kickstarter to get taylor swift a booty.” Lorde tweeted back, “should we do something about your tiny penis while we’re at it hm.” Diplo, 36, retweeted Lorde’s comment Saturday, adding, “the moment u realize she’s a high school student.” Lorde turned 18 earlier this month.
The bad blood apparently runs deep. It was believed to have been sparked by Swift’s song, the appropriately titled “Bad Blood.” The song was reportedly written about Katy Perry, Diplo’s current girlfriend.
In other Diplo news, the DJ welcomed his second son with ex Kathryn Lockhart, Us Weekly confirmed. The boy’s name is Lazer Lee LouisPentz. Diplo, whose birth name is Thomas Wesley Pentz, and Lockhart are already parents to 4-year-old son Lockett.
Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsHeading into the weekend, it had been reported that Adele was one of the top British artists taking part in a re-recording of the 1984 charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to help with the Ebola crisis in Africa. But when the recording session took place, Adele was nowhere to be found. What happened? Organizer Bob Geldof says, “She doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone.”
A source told the British paper The Sun, “We made 100 phone calls to Adele because Bob…was desperate for her to take part. But it was complete radio silence back. She didn’t even bother to say she couldn’t do it.” And Irish rocker Geldof, who organized the first Band Aid single as well, told The Sunhimself, “Adele is doing nothing. She’s not answering the phone. She’s not writing. She’s not recording. She doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone. She won’t even pick up the phone to her manager. She’s bringing up a family, you know. Some people just don’t want to do it.”
He further told the paper The Mirror,“I got through to someone, not her, but she’s not doing anything at all at the moment. It’s fine, I understand it’s not for everybody and other people support in different ways. I put the call in. I didn’t speak to her. I spoke to Jonathan, [her manager], and he says, ‘I can’t speak to her. I try but she won’t pick up the phone.’”
Geldof said Adele’s non-participation was okay with him, though, adding to The Sun, “There are voices here that are at least parallel to Adele. Sam Smith is her male equivalent.”
Sam himself, meanwhile, told The Sun, “I met Adele recently at a Katy Perry concert and I’m disappointed she’s not doing it. But I’m sure she is doing a lot for the charity already.”
Indeed, a spokesperson for Adele told The Sun, “Bob and the organizers spoke directly with her management but at no point was she confirmed. Adele is supporting [the British charity] Oxfam’s Ebola Appeal with a donation.”
The artists who do appear on the new single include One Direction, U2‘s Bono, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Seal, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Queen‘s Roger Taylor, Bastille and Emeli Sande. The charity single is available now.
Dana Edelson/NBCThe success of Cheek to Cheek, the duets album featuring Lady Gaga singing with 80-something legend Tony Bennett, has inspired a Saturday Night Live parody that imagines more duets featuring today’s pop stars and older stars of yesteryear.
This past weekend, the show aired a fake commercial for an album called Young Tarts & Old Farts. Among the improbable and ill-conceived team-ups shown: a very loud Ariana Grande singing “Endless Love” with Lionel Richie;Barry Manilow singing “Copacabana” with this week’s musical guest, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore rapping “Same Love” with legendary diva Diana Ross, who claims to have “invented gay people.”
We also see Meghan Trainor singing “All About that Bass” with blues guitarist B.B. King; Elton John singing the standard “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” with Beyonce‘s toddler daughter Blue Ivy; Aretha Franklin with Swedish pop star Robyn; David Crosby and Stephen Stills with “Gangnam Style” rapper PSY, and James Taylor with both Sam Smith and rapper 2 Chainz. In most cases, the older stars shake their heads over the younger stars’ sound and affectations.
There’s also a duet featuring 22-year-old Miley Cyrus and 18-year-old Lorde. Miley, played by Vanessa Bayer, doesn’t sing, she just says, “Oh. My. God. I am totally like the older person in this duet!”
ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift is known for writing sad and angry songs about failed relationships, but she says what has truly devastated her in recent years isn’t some guy breaking up with her: it’s the fact that people are obsessed with her love life, and don’t give her props for her musical achievements.
Speaking to US Weekly, Taylor says the focus on her romances and not her music “broke my heart,” adding, “I was selling out stadiums and it was all people talked about.” So after she split with Harry Styles in early 2013, Taylor decided to table the dating scene for while, and throw all her energy into the making of her album 1989.
So far, her strategy seems to have paid off: she’s on the cover of every magazine, and on the top of the charts, because of the album’s success, not because of who she’s romantically involved with. “Now people talk less about the things that don’t matter,” she tells the magazine.
In the magazine’s new issue, Taylor also discusses her new single “Blank Space,” which she says was written “as a joke.”
“I’ve noticed there’s a sensational profile of me,” she explains. “A serial dater, jet-setting with boyfriends whom she can’t keep because she’s too needy. Then her heart breaks when they leave, so she goes back to her evil lair to write songs for revenge.”
“If this person were really me,” adds Taylor, “she’d write this song.” Taylor portrays that kind of person in the video for “Blank Space.”
Cliff Lipson/CBSSome of Britain’s biggest music acts are checking their egos at the door today: that’s when they’re all getting together to record a new version of the legendary Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The song, which was released 30 years ago this month to fight famine in Africa, is getting new lyrics to make it relevant to the Ebola crisis on that continent.
Adele, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, U2‘s Bono, Sam Smith, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin, Olly Murs and Roger Taylor of Queen are among the stars participating, as are Emeli Sande and Sinead O’Connor. This will be the first time we’ve heard Adele’s voice on a recording since she released “Skyfall” in 2012.
Bono is the only one participating who was featured on the original version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Musician Midge Ure, who co-wrote the original song with Irish rocker Bob Geldof and is also working on the new version, tells Rolling Stone that when the song becomes available on Monday, you’ll have to either buy it as a 99-cent download, or wait three weeks and purchase a CD version. Streaming music services will not have access to it until after the new year.
Noting the fact that this is an effort to raise money, Ure says, “All we can do is hope that Ed Sheeran and One Direction and everyone else plead with the fans not to stream this, not to download this for free.”
“These kids know this song because they’ve heard it blasting out of radios every Christmas since they were born. What they now have to learn is why the song was done in the first place and why it’s being done this time — for slightly different but equally valid reasons,” he adds.
Francis Specker/CBSAt the tender age of 18, Lorde has accomplished things artists twice her age haven’t managed to do: she’s won multiple Grammys, sold out world tours, scored a platinum album and more. But it seems she feels her biggest success has been her ability to not vomit in public.
In the new issue of V magazine, the singer is asked to name her biggest accomplishment. “Not puking on camera” is her answer. She also reveals that her current obsession is “knitting,” along with “dollar stores,” which she calls “a lifelong obsession.” The knitting thing appears to be an influence from her BFF Taylor Swift; she said in a recent interview that she’s become obsessed with crafts lately thanks to Taylor.
As for her “style philosophy,” Lorde sums it up this way: “If you can’t do large, life-threatening movements [in it], don’t buy it.”
Charli XCX is featured in the same V magazine spread, and she says her current obsession is “Not wearing a bra,” adding, “Why be tied up when you can just be free?”
Credit: Alex LakeEver since the Irish singer Hozier — born Andrew Hozier-Byrne — became famous thanks to his song “Take Me to Church,” he’s gotten the chance to hang out with all kinds of people who are more famous than he is, but he seems to have an odd sense of who, exactly, he should be starstruck by.
Taylor Swift is a fan of Hozier’s and he tells Billboard that he got a chance to hang out with her in Nashville during one of her “secret sessions” fan get-togethers. “Hanging out with Taylor as she was baking cookies for her fans was as surreal and wonderful as you’d imagine,” he says. “She’s a very impressive human being.”
But while Hozier was just fine kicking it with one of the world’s biggest pop stars, he admits that after he performed on Saturday Night Live last month, he couldn’t get up the guts to even say hello to comedian Nick Kroll, who he calls “a genius.” Confused priorities?
Hozier is currently touring overseas, but he’ll be back in North America in February for a new batch of concerts, starting February 6 in Los Angeles.
Big Machine RecordsThere’s just no slowing down Taylor Swift. Billboard reports that she’ll be spending a third week at #1 with her new album 1989.
Industry experts predict that in its third week of release, 1989 will still sell more than 300,000 copies, easily blowing past any of the new albums that just came out in the past week. The album that will likely come closest is Foo Fighters‘ Sonic Highways, but that’s only going to sell about 190,000 copies, good enough for a #2 debut. Other albums expected to debut in the top 10 include new discs from Pink Floyd, Garth Brooks and Nick Jonas.
Meanwhile, it may surprise you to know that Taylor’s new album isn’t selling as well as expected in her new adopted hometown, New York City. That’s despite the fact that the disc opens with the song “Welcome to New York,” and Taylor’s the new Global Welcome Ambassador for the Big Apple. According to Billboard, 1989 is under-performing in New York, relative to overall music sales in the city.
On the other hand, Taylor’s album is over-performing in Nashville, despite the fact that with 1989, she’s rejected country music entirely. It’s also over-performing in Providence, Rhode Island, where Taylor owns a home.
Credit: RJ ShaughnessyPop royalty met British royalty Thursday night in London, when One Direction greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton — at the London Palladium.
The royal couple were attending their first Royal Variety performance — an annual charity event — at the famed venue. So what do you say to royalty when you first meet them? If you’re Harry Styles, you tell Kate, “Congratulations on the bump,” meaning Kate’s second pregnancy, although Harry tells U.K. paper The Telegraph that the duchess “didn’t look bumpy.”
Liam Payne was far less casual, saying that his brief chat with the royal couple was “the most nervous I think I’ve ever been in my life.” Louis Tomlinson, meanwhile, figured he’d made a major faux pas while addressing Kate. “I didn’t say ma’am,” he told reporters. “I said – Hi. How are you? I’m Louis.” Liam joked, “So he’s off to a bad start.”
According to The Telegraph, William and Kate spoke with 1D about their touring plans, and William told them he’d been “keeping a close eye” on them.
Also on the bill for the event Thursday night: Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato and Ellie Goulding.