Loaded: Cold shower after Mayer in hot water
He is a superstar in the US, but on this side of the world John Mayer is just another middle-of-the-road troubadour with an electric guitar, who is probably best known as one of Jennifer Aniston's exes. He is also an exponent of the art of shooting one's mouth off.
Coming hot on the heels of a Rolling Stone interview in which he came across as a misogynistic sex addict obsessed with masturbation, he has landed himself in hot water thanks to opinions shared in the current Playboy. After equating his sex life with former partner Jessica Simpson to crack cocaine, he went on say why he doesn't date black women: "My dick is like a white supremacist."
Not surprisingly, Mayer has been on full-on damage-limitation mode since. After also apologising for his use of the word "n*gger" in the story, he tweeted: "It's time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews. It started as an attempt to not let the waves of criticism get to me, but it's gotten out of hand and I've created something of a monster. I wanted to be a blues guitar player. And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock. I don't have the stomach for it."
And nor, one would imagine, does any sane person.
- Lists of best albums ever are 10-a-penny in any publication or blog you care to mention, but the Vatican's official newspaper is not the sort of place you would expect to find a list containing hell-raising rockers and legendary drug-takers.
According to L'Osservatore Romano, The Beatles' Revolver, Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours are among the best 10 albums ever released, or, as the paper, put it: "The perfect listening material for anyone who found themselves marooned on a desert island."
The other albums given the Holy See's seal of approval are David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, Donald Fagen's The Nightfly, Michael Jackson's Thriller, Paul Simon's Graceland, U2's Achtung Baby and Carlos Santana's Supernatural.
Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XVI is among the nominees for a Classical Brit award. Alma Mater -- Music from the Vatican was among the 10 biggest-selling classical albums of the past 12 months. Benedict will be battling it out with Faryl Smith, from Britain's Got Talent, and Rhydian Roberts, from The X Factor. Life really is stranger than fiction.
- Nine years after it was first launched, iTunes is set to celebrate its 10 billionth download during the next week or so. That's a lot of paid-for music and Apple has promised to give the lucky downloader a €10,000 gift card.
In the meantime, the company has revealed the top 25 downloaded songs in iTunes history, with Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feeling and Boom Boom Pow at numbers one and three respectively, and Lady Gaga's Poker Face in second place.
Intriguingly, 23 of the top 25 tracks are from American artists, which gives a good indication about iTunes' US dominance. Coldplay and Leona Lewis are the only non-American acts listed, with the former's Viva La Vida at number five and the latter's Bleeding Love at nine.
- Bella Union, the UK indie label, has had a good 2010 to date. Two of its star attractions, Maryland's Beach House, pictured left, and Texas's Midlake, played sold-out shows in Dublin last weekend and neither disappointed.
Both bands are on albums number three, with Beach House's Teen Dream providing the bulk of the band's delicious electro pop on Saturday night, and Midlake's The Courage of Others vying for the crowd's affections with their superior second album, The Trials of Van Occupanther. With their sound rooted in the 70s, these hirsute musos have certainly taken the decade to their hearts and look like refugees from 1973. Speaking of such, Crosby, Stills and Nash play Dublin's O2 on July 1.