Poor Kevin Federline. It's been tough for the aspiring hip-hopper to step out of his wife's considerable shadow. A 50-second sample of Mr. Britney Spears' rapping met with howls of Internet derision when it surfaced last November. Now, his first proper record, the Brazilian-inspired "PopoZão" (or "Hot Ass") has encountered a similarly snarky response -- according to one AOL Music executive, thousands of people have been downloading the track, and 75 percent of them have rated it an F.
In the interests of balance, perhaps the following video might help cynical Web surfers fully appreciate what K-Fed is trying to achieve with "PopoZão." It's not an actual music video, per se. Rather, it's a clip from MTV of a very pleased with himself Federline grooving away while listening to his track in the studio -- and clearly hearing something entirely different from the rest of us. Quite extraordinary. Sharp as a tack, the satirists from G4's "Attack of the Show" filmed their own version of the clip, "Cottage Cheese Thighs." And that, as Kevin might say, is "fire." (via Stereogum)
The BBC, meanwhile, has announced plans to celebrate Easter with a televised procession through the streets of Manchester, England, using "popular music from the cream of Manchester bands" in "a contemporary retelling of the last few hours of Jesus' life." Highlights, according to the Guardian, will include Jesus singing "the legendary Joy Division anthem 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'" before "dueting" with "his arch-betrayer Judas on the New Order hit 'Blue Monday.'" Mary Magdalene will then "sing the Buzzcocks hit 'Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have)' accompanied by a string band" while "the climax of the event sees Jesus sing the Smiths' classic song 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now' as he is being flayed by Roman soldiers. He will then come face to face with his Roman prosecutor Pontius Pilate with the two of them singing a duet of the Oasis hit 'Wonderwall.'" Quite frankly, I'm speechless.
-- Matt Glazebrook