Morning Music Notes – The Name is Jones, Tom Jones

Jack White Nabs Top Spot in the British Charts with Blunderbuss

Okay, how the fuck is Adele still battling for the number one album slot every week, over a year after her album has come out? Are people seriously just hearing her song on the radio or finding out about her? Well, Adele has been knocked off of her perch, and Jack White’s solo debut album, Blunderbuss, is the number one album in the UK (via NME). Adele is number 2, Lana Del Rey is 3, Nicki Minaj is 4, and Rufus Wainwright is numero 5. Let’s hope Jack can sustain the sales in week 2 (but it’ll likely drop off, like every album does).

Tom Jones Could’ve Been James Bond?!

Tom Jones, who looks like a Bond villain and not James Bond himself, claims he was almost offered the role of James Bond, but he was “too famous” (via Guardian). I was going to try out for Manchester United (who’d better beat City tonight!), but Sir Alex thought I was too fast and too strong.

“The only thing I regret is that I’d like to have had a pop at acting when I was younger,” Tom said to Radio Times. “My name was up for James Bond at one time, but [producer] Cubby Broccoli apparently said I was too well known for people to believe it.”

The role went to Sean Connery instead, whoever he is. Oh yeah, he’s that guy from Celebrity Jeopardy!

What’s the First Kind of Media Americans Come in Contact with in the Morning?

I was hoping the answer was going to be “My bookmarked page of PeteHatesMusic, of course!”, but that is not what the survey said. Can we get a recount? Yup, 0 people gave that answer. Jacobs Media asked 57,000 people what kind of media do they reach for first, and the number one answer was “radio at home” (via Digital Music News). The second was TV, but third was radio in the car, which means both radio answers accounted for 43% of the votes. Me – my robotic female servant is the first (and last) piece of media I deal with each and every glorious day. Oh, how I love Robotetta. Robot marriage will be legal one day.

Smashing Pumpkins Reveal Oceania Tracklisting

90s legends, The Smashing Pumpkins, are trying to show they can make it in the 21st century, and are unleashing their 7th studio album, Oceania. The album is out on June 19, and is part of the massive 44-song set called Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, which has seen the odd song being released since 2009. The band is now Billy Corgan plus hired guns, none of whom have appeared on any previous albums. The band consists of drummer Mike Byrne, guitarist Jeff Schroeder and bassist Nicole Fiorentino. The Pumpkins have unveiled the album cover and tracklisting of Oceania, which you can see below.

Smashing Pumpkins Oceania

I don't see any ocean?!

Tracklisting for the Smashing Pumpkins album, Oceania
The Celestials
Violet Rays
My Love Is Winter
One Diamond, One Heart
Pale Horse
The Chimera

Watch! Nas – The Don

Rapper Nas has been around a long time. He talks about that in his new song, The Don, including the money he’s made, and where he’s come from. So basically, it’s like every other rap song? I’m just kidding Nas, don’t be hatin’. Nas’ 10th album, Life is Good, is out on July 17.

Bonus: While wasting away my life on YouTube, I stumbled across some Nas concert footage from September 1996, when it was announced that Tupac had died. I’d never seen this before, and it’s sort of interesting. Also interesting – Nas’s red overall / no shirt combo. What.the.hell! Check it out below.

Nas – The Don

Tupac Announced Dead at a Nas Concert in New York

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