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Justin Bieber's 'U Smile' Becomes Epic Art Piece
What do you get when you slow down a Justin Bieber pop song down 800 percent? A gorgeously atmospheric 35-minute experience, as evidenced by a reworking of the singer's "U Smile" that has been making the Internet rounds today. The track, courtesy of musician Nick Pittsinger, turns Bieber's stylish singing into airy, ethereal shoegaze vocals. (MetaFilter via NY Mag)
Sex Pistols Reveal New Fragrance
In a move that's more aggressive marketing than anarchy, punk rock icons the Sex Pistols have teamed up with the cosmetic firm Fragrance and Beauty Limited to release a new fragrance. The Sex Pistols scent will be sold exclusively at The Fragrance Shop and features the iconic graphic of the "God Save the Queen" front cover on the bottle. A press release describes it as a "fresh, restless bit of lemon, sharpened and intensified by a defiant black pepper." (Contact Music via The Daily Swarm)
Steven Tyler Asks 'Idol' To 'Lay Out the Bread'
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is apparently playing hardball in his negotiations to join the judges table on "American Idol." When asked about the "Idol" rumors by a TMZ crew, Tyler said, "They haven't called me yet. They've got to lay out the bread for me, baby!" (TMZ)
Switchfoot Singer Reacts to Police Run-In
Jon Foreman, lead singer of alt-rock group Switchfoot, saw a parking lot after-show forcibly shut down by police following a performance by his band in Tampa Bay, Fl. last night (Aug. 16). Foreman retaliated by offering his take on the unprovoked mess in a column on The Huffington Post, in which he wrote, "Sure I want to get arrested for rock 'n' roll as much as the next guy, but I couldn't think of any crime we had committed… I had no idea that singing in the venue's parking lot in the middle of nowhere would cause such a stir." (The Huffington Post)
Stereolab Announce New Album Details
While Stereolab are still on hiatus, the veteran indie-rock collective are releasing "Not Music" on Nov. 16 via Drag City, Pitchfork reports. The album was recorded at the same sessions as 2008's "Chemical Chords" and will include a remix of previously released track "Neon Beanbag," courtesy of Atlas Sound. ( Pitchfork)
David Archuleta Unveils Album Cover
"American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta has released the official cover of forthcoming third album "The Other Side of Down." The album, due Oct. 5 on Jive, features a picture of the singer tipping backwards in his chair while flashing a million-dollar smile. The video for first single "Something 'Bout Love" was released last week. (Official Website)
(Reporting by Monica Herrera and Jason Lipshutz)