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Music News: Nas Protests Fox News, Plus Fleetwood Mac, Miley Cyrus, Lady GaGa, Pink


GuestbloggerRobbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Calling Fox News a "propaganda machine," rapper Nas stood outside the Manhattan offices of the network yesterday and held a protest that was organized by against what is believed to be a racist smear campaign against the Barack Obama campaign.

You can watch an MTV News report in the video below, but here is the gist of Nas' speech: "We already knew that Fox is not a news network; they are a propaganda machine. But their racist attacks have gone way too far. Calling Michelle Obama 'Barack's baby mama'—tell me, is that acceptable? Is that racist? Bill O'Reilly saying a 'lynching party' for Michelle Obama might be legit if she has the wrong political opinions. Is that acceptable? Is that flat-out racist?

"Is this hate-mongering and fear-mongering at its worst? ... Fox's pattern of race-baiting and fear-mongering regularly focuses on black leaders, black institutions and ordinary black people. Like when they used the solemn occasion of Coretta Scott King's funeral to call black leaders racist — that's not acceptable. It's offensive to black Americans, and it's offensive to all Americans."

Following the protest, Fox issued the following, somehwhat defiant, statement: "Fox News believes in all protesters exercising their right to free speech, including Nas, who has an album to promote."

Pinkroad.jpg Looks like there are still "7 things" people love about Miley Cyrus, despite all the recent scandals the 15-year-old has endured. Billboard notes that while Nas has the #1 album this week, Cyrus has a slight lead with Breakout over Sugarland's latest to grab the top position on next week's chart after first day sales of 110,000.

road.jpg Jive announced yesterday that Pink's fifth album (not yet titled) will be released October 28, and will be preceded by the single "So What," which will be available digitally mid-August. "So What" was written by Pink and produced by Max Martin," who also twiddled the knobs on her hits "U + Ur Hand" and "Who Knew."

road.jpg Does Amy Winehouse's dad prefer the troubled singer's waxwork to the real thing? "We're going to take this Amy home with us and send the real one back," he said, possibly joking. "This one does what she's told—and she doesn't move." He then added: "She's put on a lot of weight. She's eating and concentrating on her new album, so she's doing pretty well."

road.jpg Fleetwood Mac to tour in 2009, sans Christine McVie (and Sheryl Crow).

road.jpg New laws in Russia are set to ban emo.

road.jpg Saint Etienne will release a new version of "Burnt Out Car" as a single in September, as well as three different versions of London Conversations: The Best Of Saint Etienne—one of which will be "a 3 disc set in a beautiful book cover with a dvd of all our promo vids."

road.jpg You may recall Lady GaGa's performance of "Just Dance" at the Miss Universe competition from two weeks back. She also wrote the New Edition duet that will appear on the upcoming New Kids On The Block album: “I wrote a song on the album and I’m a featured singer on a song called 'Big Boy, Big Girl.' The album will surprise people. It’s completely futuristic – new, now and contemporary. There is nothing jaded or old about it. It’s them doing 2008.”

Sugarlandroad.jpg THE WEEK'S NEW RELEASES:

The Deluxe Fan Edition of country duo Sugarland's third album, Love On The Inside, featuring a cover of Dream Academy's '80s hit, "Life In A Northern Town." Billboard reports that after first-day sales of over 100,000 copies, Love On The Inside is neck-and-neck with Miley Cyrus' Breakout to debut at #1 next week.

Futurism, a DJ set from Danny Tenaglia.

Donkey, the second album from Brazilian act Cansei De Ser Sexy (also known as CSS).

Partie Traumatic, the debut from Black Kids, one of Rolling Stone's "one's to watch in 2008."

"So Much Better," a single from MTV's Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For Elle Woods winner Bailey Hanks.

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  1. love it when irrelevant rappers comment on such heavy topics. FOX is racist and MSNBC is sexist. CNN is just dull. Scrap them all I say!

    I also heard a rumor that FOX is conservative too.

    Posted by: Jean | Jul 24, 2008 5:26:10 PM

  2. JEAN, you obviously don't know much about Hip Hop or modern music in general if you think Nas is irrelevant. Have you ever actually listened to his music? Or do you think he's irrelevant for the simple fact that he's a rapper?

    Anyway, big ups to him for using self promotion in a useful, constructive way. Fuck Fox Noise.

    Posted by: Chas | Jul 24, 2008 5:39:22 PM

  3. Yeah, I'm waiting for Nas to go over and protest MSNBC's outrageous sexism. That'll be the day. I always forget that sexism is okay in this country, even among Democrats.

    Posted by: paul | Jul 24, 2008 5:40:01 PM

  4. FOX NEWS racist? nah

    Are there Towleroad readers who give a shit about Miley Cyrus' chart position? Seriously, are there?

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Jul 24, 2008 5:48:49 PM

  5. PAUL, let us know when you're finished jacking off to your 8x10 glossy of Hannity. What an asswipe.

    Posted by: OLielly | Jul 24, 2008 5:51:52 PM

  6. Oh yeah, that's right; Hillary didn't lose the primary because of the idiots she hired to run her campaign (into the ground)--she lost because MSNBC didn't kiss her ass. They're so sexist! How dare the not bow in the presence of her greatness! GRRRRRR!

    So...Nas calling out Fox on their bullshit is somehow negated by the fact that he didn't call MSNBC out on theirs? That doesn't strike me as anything close to fair. We don't know if he even watches MSNBC to know about their supposed sexism. This isn't a fucking competition, people.

    Posted by: Chas | Jul 24, 2008 5:54:27 PM

  7. I'm glad that "eating" counts as "doing pretty well" for Amy Winehouse.

    I adore Saint Etienne (even have a mild crush on Sarah Cracknell), but they have put out far too many collections. They're starting to resemble Bowie and Morrissey/the Smiths. Try putting out some new stuff. Of course I'm partly bitter because I paid $50 for a recent 4-CD compilation of unreleased stuff, and there's a very good reason it was unreleased. Every CD is incredibly boring, and most of it is instrumental. Very disappointing.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 24, 2008 5:59:23 PM

  8. Thank you CHAS. I have nothing further.

    @ PAUL R

    I love St. Etienne! This brings back memories of "Wood Cabin" and "Erica America". And Sarah's the sh*t.

    Posted by: banjiboi | Jul 24, 2008 6:12:13 PM

  9. Dude How old do you think we are ?? mely cyrus ? whatever her name is...for real? STOP IT! dont start selling out Andy...or whoever posted this BS.

    ALSO, Lady GAGA needs to release her cd and stop doign this poor ugly tele song ?? she streched it out its the time the album comes out it will need a new sound.

    Seriously guys your choices on music its gettign the time the music reviews come out i already have albums from the UK, Spain, France and indie US...and I'm nto a critic, I just listen to all types of good musik, worth buying....once again STOP WITH THE MYLE CYRUS ...hope never to learn to spell her name

    Posted by: Bosie | Jul 24, 2008 6:22:27 PM

  10. Chas, c'mon. There are a lot of examples of sexism from MSNBC and elsewhere on the crazy interwebs. To pretend that these were examples of them simply not sucking up to Hillary is ludicrous on its face. Not to mention, Keith Olbermann took the A train to batshit crazy city just about every time her name was mentioned. Examples abound.

    Having said that, Fox has been very racist towards Obama atop their usual (and better be obvious to all by now) crazy right wing bias. Hell, it's not even bias, it's just whack news for right wingers. Fuck that! It's not even news!

    See, you can hold 2 thoughts in your mind and your head doesn't explode.

    Go Obama!

    Posted by: Marco | Jul 24, 2008 7:46:34 PM

  11. Nas ought to have a look at his fellow rappers. They are amongst the most blatantly homophobic and sexist people in any industry. While I agree that Fox sucks, keep in mind that Nas comes from an industry that condones homophobia and sexism.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 24, 2008 8:43:01 PM

  12. Chas, no, actually Nas's publicity stunt was negated by the fact that he just happens to have a new CD out to promote at the exact time he decides to take his selfless stand against FOX.

    Olielly...not sure I remember saying I liked Sean Hannity. Ever. I generally watch CNN, so I suppose that my imaginary 8x10 should rightfully be of Anderson Cooper. Or Larry King, if you prefer.

    Thanks for the juvenile name-calling based on your own misperceptions of strangers.

    Posted by: paul | Jul 24, 2008 9:13:29 PM

  13. Jason,

    Hollywood is known to be one of the most blatantly homophobic, sexist, racist, prejudiced industries in existence. Do you apply the same judgment when actors support gay causes or fight discrimination?

    I'm not a huge Hip Hop fan, but let's be fair.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jul 24, 2008 11:11:59 PM

  14. yay Fleetwood Mac!

    Posted by: craigh | Jul 24, 2008 11:17:12 PM

  15. Paul R, I was just going to make virtually the same comment about Saint Etienne and their constant streams of greatest hits releases. So Tough is arguably my all-time favorite CD, but almost everything after Good Humor is questionable at best.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 25, 2008 5:47:15 AM

  16. @ Bosie

    some of us readers are in our 20's, and believe it or not miley cyrus is a pretty fun and talented young artist. i could use a little more miley news on towleroad, in fact.

    the album is good, if you're into fun summery pop music. or if you just want to prepare to hear it on dance floors for the rest of 2008.

    Posted by: tobethatguy | Jul 25, 2008 10:20:39 AM

  17. Miley has a horrible voice! i feel sorry for kids nowadays there is no talent out there!!
    Fox News and Jesus can suck it!!

    Posted by: Ty | Jul 25, 2008 2:33:21 PM

  18. The column's about music, not gay music. So Robbie mentions country, hip-hop and pop music, and folks attack the type of music they don't like. Is anyone ever pleased?

    Posted by: John | Jul 25, 2008 7:17:12 PM

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