Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Lil Wayne Won’t Work With Justin Bieber
In his July/August XXL cover story, Lil Wayne said that despite persistent requests from Bieber, he won’t work with him on a song. “That’s my n-gga, but I can’t do it,” said Wayne. “Like I said, I don’t want to f-k his shi-t up.” It’s certainly a bummer — especially when you consider Bieber’s close ties with artists on Weezy’s Young Money label — but Weezy seems to have the teen sensation’s best interests at heart. (XXL)
Rihanna Chained In Another ‘S&M’ Lawsuit
Five months and 28 million YouTube views later, Rihanna is being sued over her “S&M” video — for the second time. 19-year-old Phillip Paulus accused Ri-Ri of using staging and sets from his August 2010 Paperworld spread in her video. Imagery of Rihanna, dressed in a floor-length gown and restrained by a plastic sheet against a teal wall, mimics his fashion shoot, according to Paulus. “Why a worldwide celebrity is not able to afford a creative director, who creates individual concepts and stagings, is incomprehensible to me,” said Paulus to Radar. And he’s not the only one who feels ripped-off. In February, David LaChapelle sued Rihanna over another scene from the “S&M” video. (E! Online)
Brian Wilson Biopic In The Works
One of the most important, and also peculiar, music figures of the past 70 years, Brian Wilson, is finally getting the biopic treatment. The movie is currently being developed by producers Bill Pohlad (“The Tree Of Life”) and John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing”). Oren Moverman, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for the Bob Dylan film, “I’m Not There,” is slated to write the script. (LA Times)
Big Boi Challenges Fans To A Game of Words With Friends
OutKast rapper Big Boi is a master of the spoken word, so he decided to take his talents to the online game Words With Friends. Tweeting his Words With Friends handle (Bitchkilla2) yesterday, Big Boi threw down the gauntlet and told fans to “come get sum.” And, of course, he’s been talking/tweeting plenty of smack: “I’m playing 30 motherfuckaz at the same time, be patient, I got an ass whoopin for each and every 1 of u !” (Rolling Stone)
Neko Case and Nick Cave Cover The Zombies for ‘True Blood’
Gary Calamar is both a DJ at KCRW in Santa Monica and the music supervisor for HBO’s vampire hit, “True Blood.” The latter means he gets to do cool things like ask Nick Cave and Neko Case to record a cover of The Zombies’ “She’s Not There” for the show’s fourth season premiere. Listen over at the KCRW site.
Peter Frampton Files For Divorce
Peter Frampton filed for divorce on Tuesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The 61-year-old rocker and wife Tina Elfers were married for fifteen years before separating on New Year’s Eve. Frampton is requesting joint legal custody and visitation rights for their 15-year-old daughter, actress Mia Frampton. This is the musician’s third divorce. (USA Today)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Jon Blistein, Carly Wolkof and Sarah Maloy)