America seems to always be at war," John Legend muses as he casually plinks the keys of his piano at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. "While politicians go home safe to their families, we've got a government willing to sacrifice people's lives every day."
Backed by four members of the hardest-working band in hip-hop, the Roots, Legend then launches into a kinetic, 12-minute cover of Bill Withers' "I Can't Write Left Handed," about a young soldier shot during the Vietnam War. The song was originally recorded in 1973, but its message still resonates in 2010, which is precisely the point. "I Can't Write" is one of 11 socially conscious '60s and '70s soul songs covered on Legend and the Roots' collaborative album, "Wake Up!," due Sept. 21 on Columbia. (via www.billboard.com)
Russell Brand was arrested for attacking a paparazzi photographer at Los Angeles International airport yesterday (17.09.10). The British comedian was handed the misdemeanour charge of 'Simple Battery' following the incident, where he is alleged to have pushed a photographer taking pictures of him and fiancee, pop star Katy Perry. The photographer who was involved in the physical altercation made a citizen's arrest on Russell, 35, before police intervened and took him into custody for questioning. He was later released on $20,000 bail, and a court date has been set for October 15. Katy, 24, tweeted about the incident, writing: "If you cross the line and try an put a lens up my dress, my fiance will do his job and protect me." The couple had met to celebrate their one-year anniversary together, and were at the airport to catch a flight to Las Vegas, which they subsequently missed due to the altercation. It is thought the incident started after photographers were blocking Katy and Russell's path and stopping them from getting on their flight. A police report of the incident stated: "Los Angeles Airport Police responded to Terminal 5 to a report of a battery involving a celebrity and a commercial photographer. (via music-news.com)
Scottish songstress Susan Boyle seems poised to conquer the world. The unassuming 'Britain's Got Talent' star has already sold more than 1.8 million copies of her debut album 'I Dreamed a Dream' in its first three weeks of release in the U.S. (not to mention the millions she's sold worldwide). She also set an impressive record for the best first-week sales of any woman since SoundScan started tracking in 1991. If Boyle continues to sell albums at this pace, she'll likely steal Taylor Swift's crown as top selling artist of 2009.
So what is it about this homespun 47-year-old charity worker who lives alone with her cat that has us running to our nearest record store to pick up her debut album? We at PopEater checked in with some renowned pop music critics to see what all the fuss is about. via: www.popeater.com