This week in entertainment news, we’ve got a look at Santigold’s new innovative music video, Weird Al tour dates, a look at Kesha’s case against Sony Music and Dr. Luke and more!
You Are The Star of Santigold’s New Video!
Today, Santigold’s new album 99c comes out, and to celebrate she’s got a brand new video — not the one above, that’s a couple months old. We didn’t embed the new video because we can’t — it’s just too awesome. Also, it requires going to the dedicated website for the video — because it takes control of your webcam and integrates your face in the video! How cool is that? The video only works in Google Chrome, but it’s pretty cool… and the track, “Can’t Get Enough Of Myself” is a retro-inspired neo-R&B jam that’s a must-hear. But then, you knew that — Santigold’s always a must-hear.
Everything You Need To Know About Kesha’s Lawsuit
Kesha’s battle with Sony Music is the biggest music story this week. If you somehow missed all of the details, Kesha sued Sony Music, asking to be released from her contract due to the clause that says she can only work with producer Dr. Luke — whom Kesha says abused her. Last week, the judge in the case denied Kesha’s injunction because Sony Music had spent $60 million promoting her — Judge Shirley Kornreich said, “My instinct is to do the commercially reasonable thing.” Kesha has also said she would be open to continuing a relationship with Sony if Dr. Luke were not involved.
Again, we remind you that according to Kesha, Dr. Luke drugged and raped her when she was 18 and continued to abuse her throughout their working relationship. (There’s also the fact that Dr. Luke also helped engineer her “hard drinking party girl” image, which, you know, just sayin’.)
This week, Dr. Luke and his lawyers denied everything, accusing Kesha of lying to gain sympathy. Meanwhile, Dr. Luke deleted a potentially incriminating photo from his Instagram. Kesha spoke out as well about the ruling, and many artists have come forward to support Kesha, including some artists who’ve worked with Dr. Luke. Kelly Clarkson, whose “Since U Been Gone” was Dr. Luke’s first success, tweeted this:
Trying 2 not say anything since I can’t say anything nice about a person… so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke https://t.co/lLhtUHbmgG
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 19, 2016
Miley Cyrus, who worked with Dr. Luke on “Wrecking Ball” has in the past said she refused to work with him again and also shared an Instagram post of Fiona Apple holding an anti-Dr. Luke sign:
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift (who has never worked with Dr. Luke) gave Kesha $250,000 to help with costs, Jack Antonoff of fun. has offered to work with Kesha on music to be “leaked”, and Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips asked if he could leak any of the material from the shelved “Lip$ha” collaboration.
Yesss… I will see if Kesha will let us leak the Lip$ha stuff… fuck.. at least ONE song .. I jus don't want her to have any MORE troubles because of it .. And thanks for the badass pic @heidirossphoto .. It was so fun doing the song "You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly"with Kesha and Ben!!! It was Ben's idea and he really made it a great section of his show!! @iiswhoiis #mileycyrusandherdeadpetz #flaminglips #listeningtothefrogswithdemoneyes #theflaminglips
Fans have also set up a Change.org petition to boycott Sony Music.
It’s also important to note — to answer questions of “why didn’t Kesha come forward before now” — many survivors have good reasons to not go to the police, statistics show that false rape accusations are incredibly rare, and well, this is a world where people still think Bill Cosby’s innocent.
None of this is proof. But…
We’re not sayin’, we’re just sayin’.
Weird Al’s Weird World Tour And Retro Box Set!
Saaaaay, who wants some happy news?
“Weird Al” Yankovic is shaping up to have a busy 2016 — not only is he going to be the new bandleader on the TV version of Comedy Bang! Bang!, he’s also doing a new leg of his Mandatory World Tour! He’ll be touring the whole US throughout the summer. If that weren’t enough — a new box set is coming out featuring digitally remastered versions of all fourteen Weird Al albums. And if you’re a long-time fan like we are, you’ll know how badly his back catalogue has needed a remastering job. (Listen to Dare To Be Stupid; not only is that good advice, but you’ll see how quiet and flat the current edition sounds.)
Anyway — if you want to see Weird Al, you can buy tickets at his site. Or if you just want to browse the listings, at the bottom of this edition of Now Hear This you’ll see the full list of dates!
Amy Poehler’s New Series
Parks & Rec fans rejoice! Amy Poehler’s working on a new comedy series for NBC! Though it’s currently untitled, it’s unofficially called Dumb Prince. The show will star Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon from Weeds, and centers around a royal family — with a prince who is unintelligent played by Nico Evers-Swindell! While Poehler’s not part of the main cast, she is producing and directing — and she’s got a pretty strong track record, being the producer of Broad City and Difficult People, both of which showed up on our Best TV of 2015 list.
Saul Williams Keeps Ferguson Front and Center
Hip hop poet Saul Williams has a moving new video about Ferguson. The video for “The Noise Came From Here” from his new album MartyrLoserKing features Williams walking through Ferguson, Missouri and visiting different locations, including the memorial for Mike Brown where he was shot. The video ends with a moving poem from Marcellus Buckley, “The People vs. the Police”.
The World’s Worst Comedy Musical Disaster Is Coming to DVD
One of the strangest movies ever is getting a new release! Neil Young‘s comedy-musical-disaster epic Human Highway is finally coming to DVD in a new, restored director’s cut. The film features Neil Young, Russ Tamblyn, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper and the band DEVO in a small desert town with a nuclear reactor. The movie doesn’t necessarily make a lot of sense as it was written while shooting, where Young and Stockwell would stay up to the early morning writing that day’s shooting script. Still, it’s a movie that’s so strange it’s worth watching at least once — and the DVD is paired with the legendary concert film Rust Never Sleeps. And, besides, the version of “Hey Hey, My My” that Neil Young performs with DEVO is amaaaaaaaazing!
New Music This Week
The big one is, as previously mentioned, Santigold’s new album, 99c.
Indie rockers The 1975 release their new one today, too, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.
Metal gods Anthrax put out their eleventh album For All Kings.
The very long-awaited new album from Emitt Rhodes, Rainbow Ends, is finally out this week!
Bad Religion celebrate thirty years as a band with 30 Years Live.
Symphonic metal act Dimmu Borgir are releasing a live album, Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998 on both CD and vinyl this week.
Americana legend Bill Carter’s got Innocent Victims and Evil Companions.
Speaking of Americana, Jon Langford’s project The Waco Brothers are releasing Going Down In History.
And now, AS PROMISED, the “Weird Al” Yankovic tour dates!
June 3 —Mahaffey Theatre—St. Petersburg, FL
June 4 —Kravis Center for the Performing Arts—West Palm Beach, FL
June 5 —Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center—Fort Myers, FL
June 7 —Saenger Theatre—Mobile, AL
June 9 —Youkey Theatre—Lakeland FL
June 10 —Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts—Miami, FL
June 11 —Saint Augustine Amphitheatre—Saint Augustine, FL
June 12 —BJCC Concert Hall—Birmingham, AL
June 15 —Iroquois Amphitheatre—Louisville, KY
June 16 —Grand Ole Opry House—Nashville, TN
June 17 —Von Braun Center—Huntsville, AL
June 18 —Greensboro Coliseum Complex—Greensboro, NC
June 19 —Fox Theatre—Atlanta, GA
June 21 —NTELOS Pavilion at Harbor Center—Portsmouth, VA
June 22 —Hippodrome—Baltimore, MD
June 24 —Akron Civic Theatre—Akron, OH
June 25 —Veterans Memorial Park—Bay City, MI
June 26 —Foellinger Theatre—Fort Wayne, IN
June 28 —Victory Theatre—Evansville, IN
July 1—Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre—Toledo, OH
July 2—RiverEdge Park—Aurora, IL
July 3—Star Plaza Theatre—Merrillville, IN
July 6—Palace Theatre—Columbus, OH
July 7—Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park—Indianapolis, IN
July 8—PNC Pavilion at Riverbend—Cincinnati, OH
July 9—Tivoli Theatre—Chattanooga, TN
July 10—Snowden Grove Amphitheatre—Southaven, MS
July 12—Bass Concert Hall—Austin, TX
July 14—Brown Theatre at Wortham Center—Houston, TX
July 15—Hard Rock Hotel & Casino—Biloxi, MS
July 16—Winspear Opera House—Dallas, TX
July 17—Enid Event Center—Enid, OK
July 19—Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center—El Paso, TX
July 21—Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre—San Diego, CA
July 22-23—Hollywood Bowl—Los Angeles, CA
July 24—City National Civic—San Jose, CA
July 26-27—Woodland Park Zoo
July 28—Edgefield—Troutdale, OR
July 29—Cuthbert Amphitheatre—Eugene, OR
July 30—Sonoma State University—Rohnert Park, CA
August 2—Arlington Theatre—Santa Barbara, CA
August 3—Comerica Theatre—Phoenix, AZ
August 6—The Hudson Gardens & Event Center—Littleton, CO
August 7—Starlight Theatre—Kansas City, MO
August 9—McGrath Amphitheatre—Cedar Rapids, IA
August 10—Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre—Lincoln, NE
August 13—Buffalo Chip Campground—Sturgis, SD
August 14—Conexus Arts Center—Regina, Saskatchewan
August 15—Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts—Winnipeg, Manitoba
August 18—Thunder Bay Community Auditorium—Thunder Bay, Ontario
August 19—State Theatre—Minneapolis, MN
August 20—Fox Cities Performing Arts Center—Appleton, WI
August 21—Overture Hall—Madison, WI
August 23—Coronado Theatre—Rockford, IL
August 24—Carson Center—Paducah, KY
August 26—Devos Performance Hall—Grand Rapids, MI
August 27—Freedom Hill Amphitheatre—Sterling Heights, MI
August 28—Rose Music Center at The Heights—Huber Heights, OH
August 30—The Playhouse Theatre—Wilmington, DE
September 1—Boarding House Park—Lowell, MA
September 2—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion—Gilford, NH
September 3—Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center—Canandaigua, NY
September 4—The Summer Stage at Tags—Big Flats, NY
September 7—Koger Center for the Arts—Columbia, SC
September 8—Cape Fear Community College—Wilmington, NC
September 9—Durham Performing Arts Center—Durham, SC
September 10—Thomas Wolfe Auditorium—Asheville, NC
September 11—Filene Center at Wolf Trap—Vienna, VA
September 13—Hershey Theatre—Hershey, PA
September 14—Providence Performing Arts Center—Providence, RI
September 16—Benedum Center for the Performing Arts—Pittsburgh, PA
September 17—Proctor’s Theatre—Schenectady, NY
September 18—Palace Theatre—Waterbury, CT
September 22—Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences—Charleston, WV
September 23—Caesar’s Atlantic City—Atlantic City, NY
September 24—Radio City Music Hall—New York, NY