Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Mick Jagger Addicted To… Facebook
In a chat with USA Today, Mick Jagger admitted, “I spend way too much time on the computer and not enough time playing the guitar. There’s an underlying problem of this screen life taking over all of your life.” The 68-year old frontman of The Rolling Stones and new supergroup Super Heavy revealed Facebook to be the main culprit. At least it wasn’t Angry Birds that was delaying The Rolling Stones’ rumored 50th Anniversary Tour. (USA Today)
Katy Perry Reveals ‘The One That Get Away’ Cover Art
Katy Perry has revealed the cover art for her sixth single off “Teenage Dream,” titled “The One That Get Away.” As pictured to the left, Perry’s sporting her newly debuted mauve-pink hair, and looking both retro and pensive. The single was serviced to radio stations on Wednesday (Sept. 28) (more details on the single here).
Science Proves It: Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ Catchiest Song Ever
Scientists at Goldsmiths, University of London concluded that Queen’s 1977 single “We Are The Champions” is pop history’s catchiest song. The study looked for four key factors: “long and detailed musical phrases, multiple pitch changes in a song’s ‘hook’, male vocalists, and higher male voices making a noticeable vocal effort.” A motley mix of runner-ups included The Village People’s “YMCA,” Sum 41’s “Fat Lip,” Europe’s “The Final Countdown,” and The Automatic’s “Monster.” (NME)
Video: “We Are The Champions,” Live, Queen
La Toya Jackson To Perform At Controversial Michael Jackson Tribute
La Toya Jackson, 55, will take a break from retirement to perform at the controversial “Michael Forever” tribute concert, slated for October 8 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. The family of the late pop singer has been divided over the concert, due to the ongoing trial of doctor Conrad Murray and various other factors involving organizers. Mother Katherine and brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie have been in support; while brothers Randy and Jermaine have been critical and sister Janet has opted not to attend. (BBC)
Drake Calls Current Miami Heat Greatest NBA Team Ever
Drake makes his living by rapping, not by being an ESPN analyst, but he’s sure to raise some eyebrows with this one. In a promo clip for NBA 2K12, the Young Money star picked the just-lost-the-finals Miami Heat over some more conventional choices like the ’96 Chicago Bulls and ’86 Boston Celtics. Worth noting: Drake is pretty much BFF with Heat forward LeBron James. (Popdust)
Video: NBA 2K12 Promo Video With Drake and LeBron James