Will Madonna Say Yes to A Scottish Wrestler's Prayers?

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Grado, whose entrance is "Like a Prayer"
Everyone loves an underdog story, and few dogs are as under as Scottish wrestler Grado. A charismatic and uniquely looking wrestler, Grado started as something of a cult phenomenon who has since captured the hearts of European wrestling fans, been the subject of a Vice documentary, and was poised to break into international exposure. Unfortunately, his American television debut has hit an unfortunate obstacle.

That obstacle is Madonna.

Strange as it may sound, a big part of the Grado phenomenon is his awe-inspiring entrance. For roughly the past three years, Grado's been coming to the ring to Madonna's "Like A Prayer." While the thought of someone making their grand entrance before a fight to the 1989 Madonna hit may seem silly, the way thousands of wrestling fans react has been no joke.

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Hip-Hop's Five Most Awkward Love Songs

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As Valentine's Day quickly approaches, plenty of hip-hoppers are either planning that great romantic gesture for a special someone or reflecting on past loves and choosing the right playlist to fit the mood. That's why, this time of year, we're often reminded how many rap love songs are just plain bizarre. For every rapper who'S tried to emulate LL Cool J's "I Need Love" they've wound up coming much closer to his genetically engineered shark memoir "Deepest Bluest." It is with our hands in the air like we care enough to change the station that we bring you rap's most awkward love songs.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger's Finest Musical Moments

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Last week, we at the Weekly were delighted to hear that Hollywood action icon and our former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger would be inducted this year into the WWE Hall of Fame. Set to go in as a part of the same class as "Macho Man" Randy Savage, there seems to be an underlying theme of charismatic genetic all stars who happen to have secret musical chops. While Randy Savage's rap career has amassed something of a cult following, Schwarzenegger's impact as a constant inspiration has fallen largely under the radar. Thus, we at the Weekly are happy to present Arnold Schwarzenegger's Finest Musical Moments.


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Puddle of Mudd Singer Wes Scantlin's Ill-Fated Baggage Carousel Ride

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Wes Scantlin issues an apology?
By: Tom Murphy

On Friday, January 16, before a show scheduled for that night at Casselman's, Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin arrived at Denver International Airport, where he promptly hopped on a baggage carousel. That did not end well. "Evidentlyn someone in their group was egging him on to do it," says Seth Daniels, who promoted the show. "They were videotaping it for, I don't know, trytostayrelevant.com. [TSA] told him to get off, and he refused. They didn't arrest him immediately; they warned him: 'Hey, if you don't get off the luggage rack, we're going to arrest you.' He refused to get off, so they arrested him."

Daniels, of Rock Panther Presents, had to hear about the events secondhand, as he was in Albuquerque managing an MMA show. He received a call at about 3 p.m. from someone at the limousine company handling transportation for the band. Initially, Daniels thought it was a joke. "It is pretty funny, but it would just be a lot funnier if it didn't happen to me," he says.

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Have Tunecore and YouTube Found a Sneaky Way to Rip Off Your Band?

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[Editor's Note: Robin Davey is the guitarist for local band Well Hung Heart. He and his wife/bandmate Greta Valenti recently reached out to the Weekly to alert us to an unfortunate situation involving online streaming of their music. We decided to let Davey say his piece and use WHH's situation as a cautionary tale.]

By: Robin Davey

With the recent furor around Taylor Swift's decision to remove her music from Spotify, all eyes are on music streaming and its many pros and cons.

YouTube is often sited as the main place for people to stream music, and also used as an argument in favor of Spotify due to Spotify's system at least paying artist royalties per play, though minuscule in many people's opinion, and it also being a dedicated music platform.

A recent Google alert for my band Well Hung Heart bought up a link to a page hosted by YouTube called "Well Hung Heart - Topic" and on this page was a complete stream of our debut album - with auto-generated album art and title for the video. Each song comes complete with advertising placed on each video, yet we had nothing to do with this being on YouTube.


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Did Swans Play a Cruel Joke on Their Fans in Aliso Viejo?

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When experimental rock outfit Swans slowly announced tour dates on their Facebook page, one particular tour stop caught the attention of fans in Orange County. The rockers announced shows in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and...Aliso Viejo? That's right, the small town nestled between Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach was supposedly hosting the band's only scheduled California show in February 2015 at some place called the "Theatre National." Never heard of it? Neither have we. But no matter...Swans? in South County? "Hell yeah," we thought. However, we were quickly disappointed.


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Opening Acts Are Losing Money on Tour, Now What?

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Irvine locals Young the Giant recently opened for Kings of Lion last weekend. How much did it cost them?
For many new bands, opening for a bigger, well-established act seems like a no-brainer for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it means playing in front of way more people than they would have on their own. Secondly, maybe they'll become friends with said big band and perhaps capture the attention of influencers due to this coveted slot. Lastly, opening for a big band will ensure riches along with a slew of sex and partying, right? Isn't this the romantic version of what it's like to be a touring act that's on the rise. Well, romanticism and reality are two completely different things.

In a recent piece in Billboard, many eyebrows were raised when the trade magazine published the scary--and downright shocking--figures of what bands are likely to earn on the road. While fans grumble about the big business of touring that include rising ticket prices and t-shirts that hover in the $30-$40 region, it's the opening acts that should be the ones with the gripes. According to the infographic, bands are actually losing money by hitting the road with their bigger counterparts. Instead of being a springboard to fame and fortune, it appears that opening for a big band is a one-way ticket to the poor house.

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Colin Quinn's Dating Advice: Play Head Games, Be a Bully and Stay Away For a Few Days

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I think bullying is an underrated technique.
Those of you who follow my work on Heard Mentality know that I spend most (OK, all) of my time talking to comedians about their lives. We talk about sex and dating (and poop jokes) quite a lot. Recently, I decided that maybe, despite all the depraved things I now know about these comics, maybe it was time I asked one of them to hang out and talk about my life for a change--more specifically, my romantic life. See, comics are writers so they understand how it is to have deadlines (tour dates for them) and we also share the "gift" of being in our own head all of the time. (Which can quite honestly lead to a few negative views on life.) Add those two together and some people (i.e. me) could have a hard time juggling a relationship as well. Recently, I reached out to Colin Quinn to get some advice on amoré. Before I picked up the phone I already realized I would be dealing with a cynical, depraved individual. But, so did he.


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Wiz Khalifa's Got a New Line of Pot Accessories

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Over the past few years, hell, even the past few months, we've written about the cross-marketing opportunities that musicians have had to endorse (chess tournaments, football teams, etc.) in order to keep their ambitions, and thus, dreams alive. Pittsburgh-bred Wiz Khalifa, however, made one of the savviest decisions that will not only keep the Taylor Gang happy, but will enhance his image as one of the forerunners of the stoner rap movement.

Earlier this week, a press release announced that Khalifa joined forces with RAW® Rolling Papers to develop a unique collection of "smoking" accessories that claims to offer quality and innovative products smokers have long deserved. What does that even mean? It continues by stating RAW® will introduce a line of natural unrefined rolling papers and smoking products

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Devo Frontman Mark Mothersbaugh Sued For Allegedly Cracking the Whip on His Nanny

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Remember when Dr. Evil said, "when a problem comes around, you must zip it?" That's probably what Devo frontman/film composer Mark Mothersbaugh and his wife Anita were thinking after a former nanny went public with a lawsuit against the couple for wrongful termination and for overtime pay in Los Angeles. Maybe it was due to Mothersbaugh cracking that whip too hard, but the lawsuit claims states that Luna Kahn worked for the couple for nine years as a nanny for the couples adopted daughters. Additionally, She also performed housekeeping duties for the family and allegedly would arrive at their house at 6 a.m. and wouldn't leave until 7 p.m. Kahn did this for the family for nine years, and apparently there hadn't been issues until recently.

There's been a number of lawsuits filed like this over the years by disgruntled former family employees and this falls right in line. After all, whenever you're working for a celebrity, c'mon, there will be some kind of risk/reward involved. Yes, Mothersbaugh may have allegedly said she had Alzheimer's, made fun of her age and verbally abused her, but when you're around a celebrity, are you really surprised? Factor in how quirky the members of Devo are musically and personality-wise, well, all bets are off.

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