“Jingle Ball” Featuring Robin Thicke/Flo Rida/Selena Gomez/Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull/Jason Derulo (American Airlines Center): I had no idea that the new notepads I bought in a Bed-Stuy dollar store last week would come in handy this evening for purposes of blending in. This holiday rollout features a handful of pop’s most dominant stars, but I have to keep it brief since I’m trying to make the red carpet on this one.
When I mentioned this show earlier today, a friend brought up Pitbull’s political leanings. Much to my surprise, the rapper has been somewhat of a political hot topic in his home state of Florida, which maybe isn’t that surprising. Artists and musicians have been used as pawns by rulers or those in office for centuries.
Here’s an amusing take from Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), who told CNN that he views Pitbull’s work as merely “party songs.” He goes on, however unfairly, to compare the artist to Tupac. Pitbull has also been involved with a charter school program in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, which should ultimately make him more appealing to the charter school-loving right, as evidenced by some kind words from Florida State Representative, Eric Fresen. So those supposedly stuffy Republicans know their Pitbull; who knew?
Also: I can’t keep up with how many songs Robin Thicke is currently being sued over by Marvin Gaye’s family. Is it just one? Two? Four? I think the moral here is that there a fine line between homage and copyright infringement, though the legal outcome should shed some light on what exactly that difference is. I think. Presented by 106.1 KISS FM.
“Cool Out” (The Crown and Harp): Tonight’s guest is Nate Donmoyer, otherwise known as Shuttle.
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