Noel Gallagher said Americans are proving to be “stubborn fools” with “no taste.” After acknowledging that he’s “brilliant” in an interview with CNN, he jokingly asks: “How can Green Day be billionaires over there and I’m not over there? It’s nonsense.” See the whole interview below, including some more choice comments about his brother.
After a five-year break, The Hives are back with new material. Lex Hives will be released on June 5, but Rolling Stone is streaming the first single, “Go Right Ahead.” Meanwhile, Gossip will release its fifth album, Perfect World, in May.
Anti-gay extremists the Westboro Baptist Church have added Radiohead to the list of things they like to picket. The group, whose right to hurl insults at grieving families at military funerals was affirmed by the Supreme Court, picketed Radiohead’s Kansas City show this week. On their site, the church said: “Freak monkey’s [sic] with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness. It changes nothing, God is undoing and digging up and throwing down this nation.” Um, sure.
Taylor Swift was the top-grossing musical act in 2011. Including recordings, royalties and touring, her take topped $35 million.
Bono provided a character reference for Courtney Love so she could get a condo in New York. He must know something we don’t. In other character-related news, Kiss is opening a mini-golf course in Las Vegas, complete with a wedding chapel.
Hawthorne Heights is giving away free downloads of its new album, Hate, along with tracks from their new labelmate Failsafe. Click here to download.