1.Rolling Stone is getting an editing makeover…
Rolling Stone has a new Miranda Priestly….
Earlier this morning, it was announced that Men’s Journal editor Jason Fine will step in as new managing editor of Rolling Stone. Fine will replace Will Dana, who spent 19 years at the magazine before it was revealed that he was leaving this past Friday.
The big change comes as Rolling Stone continues to deal with fallout from its retracted article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. The same day as news broke of Dana’s departure, three UVA graduates and members of the fraternity sued Rolling Stone and the author of the article over the story.
Fine told the New York Times that he would formally start his new role at Rolling Stone in the second week of August, but he will oversee the close of the current issue this week. Fine will also take over for Dana as Men’s Journal editorial director.He also told The Times that he was “pretty shocked” to find out Dana was leaving and being offered the top gig at Rolling Stone was “pretty surprising.”
Hey, when it comes to the music world, reinvention is always key.
2.Demi Lovato spills all the tea with Cosmopolitan…
If you’ve seen the video for her ice-cold hit, “Cool for the Summer,” you know by now that Ms. Demi Lovato has a newfound outlook on life. Currently, the twenty-two-year old sun-kissed diva is featured on the cover of the September’s issue of Cosmopolitan, and the pop star goes even further with her new honesty-is-everything mentality;opening about her sexy new music and relationship with longtime boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.
“There are a lot of girls in pop,” says Lovato. “They have badass lyrics, but I feel like I’m the only person other than Rihanna and Nicki Minaj who isn’t afraid to say, ‘Try something on me and I’ll fucking beat your ass.’ There are people who can dress up and play the part, but their music doesn’t say it.”
Although the former Camp Rock-er has not yet announced a release date for the follow-up to 2013’s Demi, “Cool For The Summer” was released last month, just in time for a mid-summer chart push. The song climbed seven spots to No. 24 on last week’s Hot 100 chart.
Also in the spillage, Lovato shares that she and Valderrama only “ever broke up when I was relapsing, whether it was drugs or in a bad place and rebelling against everybody, not just him.” The singer also says that Wilmer is far from the jealous type and that he gets along swimmingly with her ex, Mr. Nick Jonas.
We also have to show some love for Ms. Demi after her dog, Buddy, passed away from injuries from a coyote attack. Nothing but music love all day, boo.
3.Is there a new Jennifer Lopez single coming this week?
Get ready to baile mucho-there could be a new Latin infused single from J.Lo coming this week. According to NYC’s Z100 radio Mark Medina, the new track could be coming “in days.” Here’s what he had to say on Twitter.
— Mark Medina (@Z100Medina) August 3, 2015
While nothing has been confirmed yet, there’s also rumblings that Jennifer is signing up with Republic Records for her next set. In the meantime, there’s always room for Fly Girl dance practice, so “Let’s Get Loud,” shall we?
4.Chart Rewind-Madonna made the #1 spot her “Playground” 23 years ago this week…
Not to make anyone feel like running out and getting Botox on a Monday, but it was 23 years ago this week that the Material Girl took her A League Of Their Own/Barcelona Gold ballad to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. While the Shep Pettibone produced somber sonnet only played with the top spot for one week, it still remains one of Madonna’s most haunting and underrated ballads.
Fun fact-The Queen of Pop ha never played “Playground” on any of her world tours and judging by the looks of her Rebel Heart Tour playlist, she’s not going to anytime soon. All the more reason to get lost in Madonna’s dreamy ’92 ballad.
5.Have you heard the new Duke Dumont single, “Ocean Drive,” yet?
UK DJ Duke Dumont has delivered another sun-kissed scorcher, this time with “Ocean Drive,” a beat-heavy whirling wonder of a tune featuring strong vocals from the Duke himself. Mr. Dumont’s latest is actually just one of a dozen tracks you will hear in this week’s Must Listen Monday and we will a lot more of his brilliant music catalog in this week’s 5 reasons why.
In a music word, get ready to dance your summer ass off.