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Alanis Morissette Schools The Lonely Island On The Proper Use Of Semicolons: VIDEO

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Andy Samberg's comedy troupe The Lonely Island was joined by the lovely Alanis Morissette on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in a performance of their new song about everyone's favorite multi-use punctuation mark: the semicolon.

Apropos of our post earlier, when Alanis points out that the boys are using the word "semicolon" incorrectly Andy replies, "I gotta say, Alanis, coming from you, that's a little ironic."

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The Lonely Island's The Wack Album is available now.

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Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic' Is Actually, Finally Ironic: VIDEO


Many have lamented that upon further (or perhaps even first) listening to Alanis Morissette's seminal single, "Ironic," the song's lyrics are not, well, ironic. But thanks to songstresses Eliza Hurwitz and Rachael Hurwitz, "Ironic" is finally ironic. They fixed it for you, Alanis.

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An 'Ironic' Gay Birthday Love Song That Will Melt Your Heart: VIDEO


Austin-based singer-songwriter Adam Carmichael's boyfriend JohnPaul has a birthday this week, so he put together a special video card that doubled as a Valentine's gift. It's pretty self-explanatory, and the sweetest musical gift we've seen in a while.


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News: Io, Tom Brady, Maryland, Dharun Ravi, Orgasm, Bill Hunter

Road "Long and polarizing" marriage campaign in store for Minnesota.

Road19-year-old Dharun Ravi enters "not guilty" plea to 15 charges in Tyler Clementi case: "Ravi, of Plainsboro, was silent throughout the court appearance, which lasted less than 10 minutes. Clementi's parents and brother sat in the back of the courtroom for the brief hearing."

Hunter RoadPriscilla actor Bill Hunter dies.

RoadTom Brady weeeeees down a water slide.

RoadObama agrees to form joint security body with UK.

RoadGender Rights Maryland launches on Facebook: "The purpose of Gender Rights Maryland is to promote civil rights, education, tolerance, equality and acceptance on the basis of sex and gender identity/expression in the State of Maryland. Gender Rights Maryland’s initial legislative goal is to see the passage of a comprehensive gender identity anti-discrimination bill by the end of the 2012 legislative session."

RoadWATCH: Gaga's Google Chrome commercial.

RoadHigh school student who challenged Rep. Michele Bachmann to debate the Constitution gets rape threats, fears for safety.

Io RoadColor composite of volcanic eruption on Jupiter's moon Io.

RoadL.A. Times: Positive trend in same-sex marriage polls could bode well for federal challenge to Proposition 8. "There have been at least five national polls since last year that have shown majority and growing support for gay marriage rights. In the most recent, a Gallup survey on values and beliefs found that 53% of Americans support the right of gays and lesbians to legally marry."

RoadListen: Alanis Morisette releases new song.

RoadAir France 447: Flight recorder indicates pilot not in cockpit during critical moments. "Whatever the case might be, the frozen speed sensors put the pilots in a precarious situation: At this altitude, they would have had to maintain a very precise speed to prevent the plane from stalling. Pilots have dubbed this dangerous flight condition 'deep stall.' 'If the plane can't make a recovery, it plummets at breakneck speed,' explains Jean François Huzen, an Air France captain and union representative for pilots."

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RoadMale model fix: Justin Hopwood.

RoadThe WSJ on Cuomo's NY same-sex marriage push: "At the moment, Mr. Cuomo is holding firm to his original plan. The administration is trying to pass a bill before the end of session in June, but is waiting to advance a bill in the Senate until more votes are secured. 'It's a continuous push to get this done before June 20,' said a Cuomo official."

RoadAuthor calls for boycott of all heterosexual weddings: "How utterly absurd to celebrate an institution that I am banned from in most of the country. It puzzles me, truth be told, that wedding invitations deluge me. Does a vegan frequent summer pig roasts? Do devout evangelicals crash couple-swapping parties? Do undocumented immigrants march in Minuteman rallies?"

Music News: Jay-Z Burns Oasis At Glastonbury, George Michael, Annie, Kurt Cobain, Sam Sparro, Labelle


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

Jay-Z headlined England's famed Glastonbury festival on Saturday, a controversial move given the rock-heavy bill the event usually touts. Perhaps no one was more vocal about their disdain for Hova as headliner than Noel Gallagher of Oasis: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If you start to break it then people aren't going to go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance."

In turn, the rapper and music mogul clearly wowed the crowd with his opening song choice: a cover of "Wonderwall."

On a bit more tame note -- well, lately, at least -- George Michael brought his 25 Live tour to The Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday. It was the first time he's played L.A. since 1988.

Just before the final encore, in which he performed "Freedom '90," Michael was surprised by Bo Derek, who walked on stage to give him a birthday cake as his band played "Happy Birthday." The London-born singer is 45.

Sam_sparroroad.jpg Enough about Jay-Z...what were the reviews like for Sam Sparro's appearance at Glastonbury?

road.jpg Word on the street has it that Norwegian pop blondie Annie, of "Chewing Gum" fame, has got a new EP out. Towleroad vehemently looks down upon illegal filesharing, but something tells me that if you typed in "Annie" and "EP" into a search engine, you might be taking the first step to finding out more information on this bit of noise.

road.jpg This Delicate Film We've Made, a live concert DVD containing the last night of Darren Hayes' 2007 tour, will be released from his own Powdered Sugar Productions on July 22.

road.jpg Creole Lady Marmalade! All three original members of seminal '70s funk-glam trio LaBelle are set to reunite for their first album together since 1976. The group will also perform this Saturday during the Essence Festival -- where else -- down in ol' New Orleans.

Converseroad.jpg London's Madame Tussauds Wax Museum will unveil a statue of Amy Winehouse later this year: "We are really pleased to be creating Amy; she is a real icon in mondern British music, a continual award winner and an internationally recognized star widely requested by our guests.

road.jpg So imagine if a bunch of Alanis Morissette fans got together online and did karaoke to try to win free concert tickets...

road.jpg Did you know you can now purchase Converse sneakers from Nordstrom with writing from Kurt Cobain's journals on them? This seems like something to get up in arms over, but if Courtney Love says it's ok, then... Oh, well. Whatever. Nevermind.

road.jpg Aerosmith's Steven Tyler finally admits he checked into rehab to recover from more than just foot surgery: "I don't know about (guitarist) Joe (Perry) but I was off and running and I didn't like the me that was me. This was a month ago, so I just put the brakes on and checked into detox and just pulled the plug on all of it."

John_mayer__where_the_light_isroad.jpg TODAY'S NEW RELEASES:

Where The Light Is, a live CD/DVD from John Mayer recorded at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater.

High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens' second solo effort, Identified.

R.E.M.'s iTunes-only set, Live: From London.

Love To Make Music To, from L.A.-based electronica producer Daedelus.

New singles from The Faint ("The Geeks Were Right"), LL Cool J ("Baby") and Lee Ann Womack ("Last Call").

Guilt, a new EP from Sheffield indie band The Long Blondes.

Music News: Alanis Morissette, Jennifer Hudson, Mint Royale, Lily Allen, U2


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

Alanis Morissette's first studio album in four years, Flavors Of Entanglement -- on which she worked with British producer Guy Sigsworth -- hits retail and online stores today. Most reviews are echoing each other in saying, quite simply, it's the best thing she's done since Jagged Little Pill. Perhaps it's because Alanis (seen above performing at the "Rock in Rio" music festival in Lisbon last month) creates her best when she's been scorned?

Ryan_reynolds_97The new album, for the most part, covers Morissette's breakup with actor Ryan Reynolds (pictured right), whom she was with for two years and eventually engaged to, and the aftermath. Reynolds is now engaged to Scarlett Johansson.

The 34-year-old singer talked to the Los Angeles Times about the emotions that fueled the making of the album: "I think it's the straw that breaks the camel's back. It's having had too many of them. And I was a full-blown love addict, so it was like, 'I can't keep doing this, my body can't take it.' Breakups are a horrible thing for almost everybody I know. For someone who is a love addict, it's debilitating.

"I've been on a constant journey toward finally surrendering and hitting the rock bottom that I've been avoiding my whole life. . . . So this was a huge, critical juncture for me. Everything broke, and it was an amazing and horrifying time."

I can see how you'd be pretty bummed if Ryan Reynolds was the one that got away.

It's worth noting that Alanis also seems to have gotten a bit more electronic on this album, though the results are a bit more Björk than Kylie.

road.jpg Ne-Yo "radio-izes" Jennifer Hudson.

road.jpg Lily Allen says Big Brother is watching her in the U.S.: "She was terrified to be photographed anywhere that people may have been taking drugs in case she got linked to them. She even started staying in instead of going out clubbing in case certain people got the wrong idea." Gosh, these really are tough times for everyone.

road.jpg Janet Jackson claims Island Def Jam have jumped ship on her latest album after single "Rock With U" failed to chart, and that she's now unable to visit Europe on her upcoming tour. The label's response: "Unfortunately we haven't experienced the results we would have liked with this new album. But we respect and support Janet."

road.jpg Here's 14-year-old Mancunian street dancer George Sampson and his winning performance on Britain's Got Talent, which sent Mint Royale's remix of "Singin' In The Rain" to the top of the U.K. chart this week:

road.jpg Download the new CSS single, "Rat Is Dead (Rage)" for free.

road.jpg U2's manager Paul McGuinness says Radiohead's decision to offer the band's In Rainbows album on a pay-what-you-want basis online backfired, and that Bono and Co. will not be following suit with their new set, due out this fall. "Sixty to 70% of the people who downloaded the record stole it anyway, even though it was available for free," McGuinness tells the BBC. "We will obviously work with whatever technology is available to make the release of the new record as interesting as possible. [But] for U2, physical sales are still an enormous part of our business and we still sell a lot of actual CDs."

road.jpg His name is Prince. And he is 50.

IknowyouremarriedTHIS WEEK'S NEW RELEASES:

New singles from The Cure ("All Kinds Of Stuff"), Jennifer Hudson ("Spotlight"), Peter Gabriel ("Down To Earth") and Robin Thicke ("Magic").

Martha Wainwright's second album, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, which features a cover of the Eurythmics' "Love Is A Stranger."

Wallflowers' frontman Jakob Dylan's solo album, Seeing Things, produced by Rick Rubin.

Keeping with the "seeing" theme, N.E.R.D.'s third set, Seeing Sounds, is also out.

Evil Urges, the fifth album from My Morning Jacket.

The U.S. release of Supergrass' Diamond Hoo Ha, which has been out in Europe for several months.


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