The Mary Onettes Return With ‘Hit the Waves’

Before we get started, figure out the pun in the band name The Mary Onettes. Okay? Done all the groaning and eye-rolling you wanted? Now we can get down to business: the Swedish indie-pop group is all set to release Hit the Waves, their third album, on March 12. Have a go at the admittedly oceanic title track below.

If you ever wanted to live inside your own John Hughes movie soundtrack—for my part, I don’t know that I could have that many emotions—this should put you at least halfway there. Vocalist Philip Ekström is claiming influences ranging from Whitney Houston to Vangelis, so you know: the ’80s.

But with their typical shimmer and melodrama shaped by producer Dan Lissvik (who has also worked with Young Galaxy), “Hit the Waves” becomes more than nostalgic pastiche—just not so much more that it stops being fun.

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Clive Davis Comes Out as Bisexual, Details Friendship With Whitney Houston in Memoir

Record executive Clive Davis is probably best-known as the man who signed Whitney Houston to Arista when the singer was just 19. The current chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment details his friendship with Houston in his memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, which hit bookshelves and Kindles today. Included is a 2001 letter to Houston, in which Davis pleads with the singer to examine her choices and her relationships with friends and family at the height of her drug use. More surprisingly, the executive opens up about his rumored relationships with men, with whom he began experimenting sexually after an encounter with a fan at Studio 54. Davis also reveals that he’s been in a relationship with a man for the past seven years, but insists that he identifies as bisexual rather than gay. Kind of a ballsy move, but then again he can pretty much destroy the careers of a few thousand people so what does he have to worry about?

[via EW]

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Whitney Houston Returns to Tell You to ‘Never Give Up’

While you were watching election results pile in, debating whether or not to Instagram your ballot (and the answer should have been no, you shouldn’t have) and / or pwning n00bs (am I doing it right?) in HALO 4, RCA released a posthumous track from the great Whitney Houston last night. The previously-unreleased "Never Give Up," which was recorded shortly before her passing late last year, will appear on the 18-track greatest hits comp I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, which will be released November 13th.  

"Never Give Up" certainly doesn’t have the punch or memorability of some of Houston’s strongest performances, pop or ballad, but there are glimpses of her vocal range and ability here and there. It’s more of a contemporary R&B track, with Houston’s message to people just trying to get by—the single mother working many jobs, the student struggling to stay in law school. "Hold your head to the sky / look them right in the eyes / tell them you will never quit / until the day you get it right," she sings. Have a listen below. 

Six Iconic Moments In Soda Marketing

New Yorkers are up in arms this week thanks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new plan to ban extra large sizes of full-calorie soft drinks from being served at restaurants, movie theaters, and other fat factories. Some people are for the ban while others think it’s facist, but what we’re busy thinking about is how soda, no matter how sugary, has contributed to culture.

Over the years, soda brands have made a point to hire celebrities to pimp their brands, but there’s been a special relationship between musicians and the carbonated community that’s churned out some iconic images. Of course they’re advertisements and are therefore designed to be catchy and attractive, but over the years soda brands—or at least Coke and Pepsi—have used their massive, corn syrup-soaked wallets to bring us unforgettable moments.

Check out some of our favorites below.

There was Michael Jackson for Pepsi:

And George Michael for Diet Coke:

Robert Palmer and his ladypals found Pepsi, well, simply irresistible:


Whitney Houston for Diet Coke:


Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and Enrique Iglesias for Pepsi:


And, of course, Coke’s famous sing-along:

Your Daily Guide To Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Michael McKean
Talk about a comeback. This morning’s most Googled phrase is Michael McKean, as in the actor from Laverne & Shirley and This Is Spinal Tap. He was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and ended up with a broken leg. The most eye-opening things about this sad turn of events is that it brought us to McKean’s IMDB page, which made us realize dude has been in a ton of movies and we never really noticed him before. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to bring people together.

Lolo Jones
Also of interest to Google users this morning is gorgeous Olympic track and field hopeful Lori “Lolo” Jones, who recently announced to the world via Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that she’s in fact a 29-year-old virgin. "It’s something, a gift I want to give my husband," she says on the show. "It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than studying for college has been staying a virgin before marriage."

Ray J Hospitalized
Yahoo! readers are very concerned over the hospitalization of Ray J, the supposed rapper and former boyfriend of Kim Kardashian and Whitney Houston. Ray J, who’s the brother of 90s singing phenom Brandy, was put into a hospital "to recuperate from exhaustion and jet lag" after flying from China to Las Vegas for the recent Billboard Music Awards and to hawk his line of hair serums at a local salon. We’re glad you care, Yahoo!, because we’re finding it really difficult.

Bellagio Robbery
A malfunctioning can of pepper spray is what did in 24-year-old Michael Quinn Belton, who was part of a gang that tried to make off with over $100,000 in chips from Las Vegas’ Bellagio casino this weekend. When his spray, intended to disable a blackjack dealer, wouldn’t work, Belton, who had come into the club as part of a wigs- and sunglasses-wearing posse, was captured. He explained he had been recruited for the gig via Craigslist by a mysterious high-roller named Carlos Rodriguez. Now he’s sitting in a local jail with a $60,000 bond on his head—the odds on this one were never in his favor. 

Brain Tapeworms
People at Bing are holding nothing back this morning with their number one search for Brain Tapeworms, a rare but totally gnarly sounding diagnosis that can come from eating undercooked pork.  “Minimally there are 5 million cases of epilepsy from neurocysticercosis,” an expert recently told Discover magazine. So, nothing too serious to worry about but nasty nonetheless.

This morning’s Lady Gaga death hoax isn’t all that interesting—the Little Monsters have already reclaimed RIP to mean “Really Inspiring Person”—so the next best thing is this communal bucket list.

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Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Cory Booker
People are searching Google for information about Booker, the highly visible mayor of Newark, NJ and something of a political Next Big Thing, who dimmed his ascending star Sunday with an appearance on Meet the Press. Booker, a staunch Democrat, made comments about President Obama’s strategy of taking on Mitt Romney’s work a Bain Capital, seemingly equating it with the attacks on Obama (especially those care of billionaire Joe Ricketts). “I have to just say, from a very personal level, I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” Booker said. “To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America, especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses. And this to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.” Nice knowing you, Cory!

Billboard Music Awards
It’s not the Grammys, it’s not the VMAs, it’s not even the American Music Awards, this one—which aired last night and is topping Google Trends—is presented by Billboard, the folks who actually keep track of how well music sells. Crazy, right? Hosted by Julie Bowen and Ty Burell, the evening reportedly featured an underwear-clad performance from LMAFO, Katy Perry attending with her grandmother as her date, Jordin Sparks and John Legend did a tribute to Whitney Houston and the late Houston’ daughter, Bobbi Kristina, accepted an award on her behalf. What people are looking for are, of course, mostly videos. So check the best part of the night out below.

Emily Maynard
Why, Yahoo! users, why? The most-searched term on your favorite site this morning is “Emily Maynard,” as in the jilted former contestant on The Bachelor, who is now returning to TV in The Bachelorette to give finding love on camera another show. “I had a million reservations about being the Bachelorette,” she said in a recent interview before going on to explain why she would do something like this to herself (and her six-year-old daughter). “You know, they had asked me to do it previously and I said no to anyone who would listen. I told everybody I would never do it – never in a million years.”

Dharun Ravi
Another hot Yahoo! topic is Mr. Ravi, the former roommate of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after discovering that Ravi was spying on him during intimate moments via webcam. In March, Ravi was convicted on counts of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, witness tampering, hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence. Ravis’ sentencing will happen today. He faces up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation to his native India.

Nothing too serious is happening over at Twitter. There are your normal #MondayMorning trends and also this, a list of things that the video game Grand Theft Auto has taught its users.





Whitney Houston’s Family Inks Deal for Reality Show

It’s been only three short months since the sudden and tragic death of Whitney Houston, and the late singer’s family is understandably still going through the cycle of grief associated with such a loss. Perhaps less understandably, the American public will be able to watch it all go down on the Houston family’s brand new reality show!

Because there’s apparently nothing wrong with profiting from the death of a loved one, several members of Houston’s family–including mother Cissy, daughter Bobbi Kristina and sister-in-law/manager Pat–have signed on for an upcoming reality show, The Houston Chronicles, which will air on Lifetime. This according to TMZ, who broke the news yesterday, and who reported this morning that Cissy is hoping the show will help ignite Bobbi Kristina’s music career. Because there’s nothing at all shady about that!

As for what the show will feature, Lifetime EVP Robert Sharenow explains: "In this series, the multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow."

Heal, love, grow… and make a ton of money? Not sure how I feel about this. What say you?

Morning Links: Anne Hathaway Gets A Haircut, Lana Del Rey Spotted Out With Axl Rose

● Anne Hathaway’s drastic new haircut, shorn short in preparation for her role in Les Miserables, matches her drastic new diet. [Us]

● New York Jet Tim Tebow spent his Easter Sunday presiding over mass for nearly 15,000 worshipers at Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas. "In Christianity, it’s the Pope and Tebow right now," explained the church’s usual pastor. "We didn’t have enough room to handle the Pope." [People]

● 21 years post-Loveless, Kevin Shields has at last begun teasing a new My Bloody Valentine album. "I’m just finishing a record that I had started in the 90s," he told Pitchfork, adding that, "I tend to work really quickly, suddenly, and I might be willing to do that right now. We’ll see!" [Pitchfork]

● Jay Electronica comes through with the full version to "Dear Moleskine," a track he began teasing back in 2009. Now about that album… [NahRight]

● Which makes for the cuter couple: Lana Del Rey and Marilyn Manson or Lana Del Rey and Axl Rose? [TMZ]

● Whitney Houston’s funeral cost her hometown of Newark, New Jersey a whopping $187,000 in police overtime. [THR]

Morning Links: Burger King Apologizes To Mary J. Blige, Sea Change At ‘SNL’

● Mary J. Blige bemoaned yesterday that her pulled "crispy chicken, fresh lettuce" Burger King commercial was not the "fun and creative campaign" she had signed up for. Burger King meanwhile apologized to Blige and her fans for airing the ad "prematurely," adding that they hope to have the final spot on air soon. [Rap-Up]

● The final autopsy report from the LA County’s Coroner’s Office adds grim details to Whitney Houston’s final moments, but upholds earlier findings that her cause of death was accidental drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use. [TMZ]

● Rumor has it that Saturday Night Live‘s Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Jason Sudeikis are jumping ship at the end of this season. [Us]

● It seems that Jake Gyllenhaal has become something of a teacher’s pet in his spin classes, often winning himself a seat on stage next to the teacher where he raps along to Jay-Z without breaking an additional sweat. [PageSix]

● Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, and, as of yesterday, Amy Ryan, 50 Cent, Snatch‘s Vinnie Jones, and Law and Order‘s Vincent D’Onofrio have all been cast in director Mikael Hafstrom’s The Tomb, a movie about — well, with that motley cast, does it even matter? [Variety]