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A Mötley Crüe biopic called The Dirt has a release date: March 22, according to frontman Vince Neil. Neil also shared his review, via Twitter, after seeing the movie for the first time. "F--kin awesome!!" (Billboard)

The Dirt is based on the band's 2001 group memoir, which features stories like the time in 1987 when bassist Nikki Sixx died for two minutes.

Kanye West apologizes for using phone during Cher musical

The Cher Show, the new jukebox musical, has opened on Broadway — and it's already caused a social-media kerfluffle. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were among the opening-night audience members on Monday, and the rapper got a pointed shout-out on Twitter during the production by Jarrod Spector, the actor who plays Sonny Bono.

"Hey @kanyewest," he tweeted, "so cool that you're here at @TheCherShow! If you look up from your cell phone you'll see we're doing a show up here. It's opening night. Kind of a big deal for us. Thanks so much."

Chastened, West tweeted a complimentary reply. "the dynamics of Cher and Sonny's relationship made Kim and I grab each other's hand and sing 'I got you babe.' please pardon my lack of etiquette. We have so much appreciation for the energy you guys put into making this master piece." (Rolling Stone)

Travis Scott hits number one with unusual single

Speaking of Mötley Crüe, here's a story about Travis Scott — the rapper who was recently attacked on social media by Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee because Scott had the temerity to also perform upside-down on a roller coaster.

Scott's single "Sicko Mode" has knocked Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" out of the number one spot on Billboard's Hot 100, despite the fact that as Billboard notes, the sprawling song doesn't exactly sound like a pop smash, with multiple different sections and a Drake guest spot that ends very suddenly. "It says something both about Scott's influence as a trendsetter, and about the currently free-form state of mainstream hip-hop at the moment, that such an unconventional single could reach such pop omnipresence."

Has there ever been a number one single like this? The closest comparison Billboard can come up with is Paul McCartney's 1974 chart-topper, the multi-part title track to Band on the Run.

Bey and Ed spark debate over gender standards

On Sunday night in Johannesburg, Beyoncé and Jay-Z closed out the Global Citizen Festival. During their set, Ed Sheeran made a guest appearance, joining Beyoncé for the first-ever live performance of their duet called "Perfect Duet." The contrast between Bey's extravagant pink dress and Sheeran's simple jeans and t-shirt, captured together in photos that went viral, sparked a debate on social media: is there a gender-based double standard for musicians' stage costumes?

"This photo is v v v v representative of what we expect from men and women at the top of their game, isn't it?" tweeted one fan.

"Let him wear whatever he wants. He's not doing anyone any harm," wrote another.

Princeton singers remove "Kiss the Girl" from repertoire

The Princeton Tigertones, an all-male a capella group, have made headlines by removing the Little Mermaid song "Kiss the Girl" from their repertoire. In a letter to the Ivy League college's student paper, the group's president wrote that "we are removing 'Kiss the Girl' from our active repertoire until we can arrive at a way to perform it that is comfortable and enjoyable for every member of our audience."

The issue wasn't just with the song's lyrics, but with the fact that for years, the group has had a schtick where they pick a man and a woman out of the audience to dance together, urging the pair (who very possibly didn't even know each other) to end the song with a smooch. The group's president says they've heard the performances have made some audience members uncomfortable or even offended them.

Some students didn't just complain about the performances, but about the song itself. In a recently-published op-ed, a sophomore woman wrote, " The premise of the song, originally sung in the Disney film The Little Mermaid, is that the male Prince Eric, on a date with the beautiful female Ariel, should kiss her without asking for a single word to affirm her consent. Despite the fact that an evil sea-witch cursed Ariel's voice away, making verbal consent impossible, the song is clearly problematic from the get-go."

As the New York Times notes, this campus debate is unfolding amid what's become an annual debate over the content of the holiday standard "Baby It's Cold Outside." A Cleveland radio station has announced that it's removing the song from its playlist due to concerns over consent in its suggestive scenario, and a re-imagined pro-consent version by Minneapolis singer-songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski continues to attract plays and comments across the country.

The 1975 pay tribute to Talking Heads

The 1975 have a new video for their song "It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)," and it's really less like a video than a short film inspired by Talking Heads' classic concert movie Stop Making Sense. In the video, frontman Matty Healy struggles to keep up with his bandmates and their dancers as they replicate sequences from the film. Healy wrote the story for the video, which fans are taking as a comment on his recent struggles with addiction. (Billboard)


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Travis Scott feat. Drake: "Sicko Mode"
Beyoncé: "Halo" (Live at Global Citizen Festival 2018)
Princeton Tigertones: "Kiss the Girl"
Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski: "Baby It's Cold Outside" (Live on The Current)
The 1975: "It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)"


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