Music in the news – Nov. 12, 2013

Lady Gaga is literally out of this world

It would seem singing on Earth is too mainstream for Lady Gaga, as she’s planning on boarding a spaceship to New Mexico’s Spaceport America as part of the Zero-G Music Tech Festival in 2015. Us Weekly is reporting Lady Gaga will play one song while orbiting the Earth. The whole festival is set to last three days. In order to make history as the first artist to perform live in space, Gaga will need to go through rigorous vocal training a month prior to prepare for the difference in atmosphere. This is Lady Gaga’s next scheduled performance, as no tour dates supporting her latest record ARTPOP have yet been announced.

Eminem tops the Billboard charts, ties record

Given the number of hits Eminem has had, it almost comes as a surprise that he’s only now reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart for the first time.  Even more impressive, he’s the first lead artist to have at least four songs on the Hot 100 Top 20 since the Beatles in 1964. New releases from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 “The Monster” featuring Rihanna reached number three, “Berzerk,” “Survival” and “Rap God” placed at the 15, 16 and 17 spots respectively.

Sia to donate proceeds of Eminem collaboration to LGBT youth

Openly homosexual pop singer Sia came under fire last week as many fans questioned her decision to collaborate with Eminem on his new album in a song called “Beautiful Pain,”  as it turns out Eminem’s lyrics in another song called “Rap God” are supposedly homophobic. One of the phrases in question, “Break a motherfucker’s table over the back of a couple faggots and crack it in half,” are part of a song meant to be from Eminem’s alter-ego Slim Shady. Sia took to Twitter defending Eminem, saying a lot of his music is meant to be a performance where he takes the role of a character, in this case Slim Shady who represents the “worst and darkest bile of America.”  Sia announced she would donate the proceeds she receives to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center to make it up to her fans.


Alanis Morissette’s best-selling album is heading to Broadway

Alanis Morissette’s Grammy-award winning album Jagged Little Pill is being made into a broadway musical.  Rolling Stone is reporting the album, which was the highest-selling album of the ‘90s with more than 33 million copies sold, will feature all the songs on the album in addition to new original tracks that Morissette will compose for the production. Tony award winner Tom Kitt, who worked on Green Day’s musical American Idiot, will orchestrate and arrange the Jagged Little Pill musical. For the story line, Morissette plans on expanding and developing the music to “ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism.” It is expected to debut in 2014.

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