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Friday News Round-Up: MIA, Obama’s Campaign Playlist & More

  • The week began with lots of people talking about the appearance of MIA’s middle finger during the Super-Bowl Half-time show.  Am I the only one who missed it?  I woke up the next morning and saw tons of news headlines about the incident and wondered what all the fuss was about.  The whole thing is blown out of proportion, especially since flipping the bird is probably one of the least questionable thing about MIA.  (And for the record, I also missed the Janet Jackson incident – and I watch the Superbowl every year.  I guess I’m just destined to miss all of these “controversies”.
  • The Obama Campaign released their campaign play-list earlier this week.  There’s lot of cool choices on there including Aretha Franklin’s cover of “The Weight”, Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”, Earth Wind and Fire’s cover of “Got to Get You into My Life” (which is hilarious considering the song’s subject) and U2’s “Even Better than the Real Thing”.  Though some songs are questionable.  REO Speedwagon?  Really?
  • The question over who will be replacing Clarence Clemons on Springsteen’s upcoming tour has finally been answered.  Yesterday, it was announced that Clemons’ nephew Jake Clemons will be playing some of his uncle’s famous saxophone parts alongside Ed Manion, an original member of Southside Johnny and the Ashbury Jukes.  Both will be included as part of a 5-piece horn section that will tour with the E-Street band.  While I’m glad that Springsteen is keeping   Clemons’ replacement in the family, I’m not sure how I feel about a 5-piece horn section.  This is getting dangerously close to The Who’s 1989 Tour and some of the Rolling Stones’ tours in terms of extra musicians.
  • Anyone will to taking bets on the winner for this year’s Grammys?  Unless there’s a huge upset, I’m willing to bet Adele will win album of the year.  There’s no doubt it was a massive record and one that everyone was talking about, but I still feel that Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was the best album (eligible to nominated – I know it was released in 2010.)  Also, if “Moves Like Jagger” wins anything, I might scream.