The long-weekend wrap-up

Right – so I have neglected this blog for a week or so for a number of different reasons, largely:

  • I was working the 10-day weekend news shift. The weekend news shift turns my brain into mush and it’s largely damage control by the end of it, no time for awesome things like blogging.
  • A lot of Grown Up Stuff happened. Being a grown up sucks. But it was a major wake-up call. Things could always, always be worse.
  • After my 10-day shift I went on a four-day weekend. (Perk!) My weekend included catching Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite Live at the Grand Arena here in Cape Town (amazing!) and surviving my first-ever trail run. I tried to work as little as possible during my time off.

The great thing about taking a little time off is how much cool stuff awaits your return – especially in the entertainment world! In no particular order…

Blink-182 release their new single, Up All Night. It reminds me of being 13 again.

The first trailer for the new Sherlock Holmes movie drops. Robert Downey Jr rocks my socks off.

Rebecca Black’s new single lands. It’s slightly less terrible than Friday. Slightly.

The first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has arrived. I squealed.

And, if you missed it, a clip from The Walking Dead Season 2.

Also – the big what.the.fuck moment of the week has come in the form of JLo’s separation from hubby Marc Anthony. But, it isn’t very surprising, if you think about it… And I’ll have more on that tomorrow. For now – research. For something pretty damn awesome.

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Is this the worst song ever?

As with a lot of things, I originally posted this on iafrica.com. But again, this is totally worth the repost.

If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet lately, you’ve probably come across the train wreck that is Rebecca Black’s debut single Friday. The Twitterverse has gone completely nuts over the 13-year-old’s song – which has also notched up over eight million views on YouTube.

Our news editor reckons it makes him think of How I Met Your Mother‘s Robin Sparkles. And I live in hope that in a couple weeks they’ll tell us it was all a big prank, haha we got you and my faith in humanity would be restored.

Time Magazine waded into it, calling the song “a whole new level of bad”. And to be fair, with lyrics like, “Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday/Today is Friday, Friday,” she sings, before massacring the English language (“We we we so excited”) and moving onto the lyrical gem “Tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards” a bit later.”

What the very young Miss Black and her “record label” (I use this term very loosely) were hoping to achieve is very unclear. The Ark Music Factory – the guys behind the song and video – seem to be churning out various pre-teen acts and a similarly atrocious videos – but this one’s gone viral. Bizarrely.

If she wants to be the next Justin Bieber, one word of advice. Cover versions. Please. And lay off the autotune, the sketchy older rapper and the awful, awful songwriting.

Anyway, watch it here. You’ve been warned.