Music News: Remembering Burt Reynolds


Burt Reynolds's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Burt Reynolds's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, laden with floral tributes in the wake of his death. (Sarah Morris/Getty Images)
Remembering Burt Reynolds
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Burt Reynolds has died of cardiopulmonary arrest at age 82. While best-known as an actor, the Smokey and the Bandit star also had a music career: he released an unsuccessful country album in 1973, then hit the Hot 100 in 1980 with "Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial."

Reynolds was also beloved by musicians including his Best Little Whorehouse in Texas co-star Dolly Parton, who penned a touching tribute: "You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace little buddy. I will always love you, Dolly." Even Vanilla Ice referred to Reynolds as "my good friend," and mentioned what a traumatic week it's been...for him.

Report alleges Moonves suppressed Janet Jackson

A new Huffington Post report alleges that CBS chairman Les Moonves used his influence to harm Janet Jackson's career after the 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl. Sources tell the Huffington Post that Moonves got Jackson's videos pulled from MTV and VH1, harming sales of her then-new album Damita Jo. Many find the allegations particularly alarming in light of the fact that Moonves has recently been accused of sexual misconduct, and is reportedly about to part ways from the network for that reason.

Beetlejuice coming to Broadway

A musical adaptation of Tim Burton's 1988 movie Beetlejuice will premiere in Washington, D.C. next month before moving to Broadway in the spring. The musical will star Sophia Anne Caruso — who previously starred in the David Bowie musical Lazarus — as Lydia, and will feature new songs by Eddie Perfect. It's unclear whether Harry Belafonte's hits "Day-O" and "Jump in the Line (Shake Señora)," prominently featured in the film, will be in the musical as well. (Billboard)

Today's new releases (from guys named Paul)

Paul McCartney: Egypt Station

Sir Paul is back with the 25th (!) studio album of his solo/Wings career. Egypt Station is "structured like a long ride on a cosmic train," writes Rolling Stone, with songs ranging from whimsical to political to, surprisingly often, sex-minded. He's playing a "secret show" tonight in New York, and on The Tonight Show he hinted that it "might be...a Grand show."

St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Young Sick Camellia

Retro-soul rockers St. Paul and the Broken Bones take a personal turn on their new album Young Sick Camellia. "Anyone who might have written off St. Paul & The Broken Bones as a mere throwback," writes NPR, "ought to settle in and marinate in a sound that keeps getting weirder, more inventive and, in danceable ringers like 'Apollo,' more committed than ever to the pleasures of sprightly, joyous funk."

Paul Simon: In the Blue Light

In the Blue Light is sort of an anti-greatest-hits collection from Paul Simon, who has re-recorded relatively deep cuts from his catalog: among them "Darling Lorraine," "Can't Run But," "René and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War." The latter two feature the adventurous classical ensemble yMusic. Some of the transformations are dramatic, but others are very modest: "It's likely that only Simon will notice the differences," writes Rolling Stone, "which, in a way, makes this one of the most Paul Simon albums of all."

Kanye and Lil Pump get weird

Kanye West and Lil Pump have released a new track called "I Love It," along with a crazy video that premiered Thursday night at the Pornhub Awards. Why there? Because Kanye was the creative director of that futuristic ceremony, it was revealed after the fact. The song's content isn't particularly inspiring, despite the fact that West is wearing a necklace with his late mother Donda's name. In the video, "executive produced by Spike Jonze" and co-directed by West and Amanda Adelson, West and Pump wear blocky suits similar to David Byrne's Stop Making Sense getup, and trick photography makes them appear child-like next to a towering Adele Givens. (Pitchfork)

Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Burt Reynolds: "Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial"
Paul McCartney: "Come On To Me"
St. Paul & the Broken Bones: "Apollo"
Paul Simon: "Can't Run But"
Kanye West and Lil Pump: "I Love It"

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