Obama joins Twitter

He’s only got 20 months left in his presidency, but President Obama has finally gotten a Twitter account — @POTUS — which is the commonly-used acronym for President of the United States. Obama announced yesterday (May 18th) that he’d joined the Twitterverse:

TV: GoT star to guest on Dr. Who

Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams has signed on to be a guest star on the next season of Doctor Who. The news was broken on Twitter when the official Doctor Who account tweeted, “We’re excited to announce #GameOfThrones star Maisie Williams will guest in the new series of #DoctorWho More soon! ” No details about the role have been released. Executive Producer Steven Moffat said in a statement, “It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”


MUSIC NEWS: Shinedown “4 weeks into recording” says singer

Shinedown frontman Brent Smith revealed at the band’s Twitter account over the weekend that the group is “four weeks into recording” its new studio album for a tentative “late July (or) early August” release. The first single may arrive as soon as late April. Smith added that “survival” is a theme for the new disc and stated, “It’s a devastating album — beautifully brutal.” Asked by a fan on Twitter to name one of his all-time favorite songs, Smith replied, “They are being recorded right now.”

Smith revealed last year that Darren Doane, director of the band’s music videos for “Devour,” “Sound Of Madness,” “Bully” and several others, would be shooting a feature-length documentary to accompany the new album’s release.


MUSIC NEWS: Pop Evil & Cage the Elephant working on new albums

Pop Evil and Cage The Elephant have both begun work on their fourth studio albums, according to Alternative Nation. Pop Evil is recording the follow-up to 2013’s Onyx, with plans to release the record this summer. Kakaty said that Pop Evil has a mission to help people via their music:

“We . . . had a distinct vision on where the band could move forward and take our sound into the future. With the success of our last record we wanted to challenge ourselves and explore new and creative ways of musical expression.” “If you’re not writing music that stands the test of time and are really making people make life decisions for the better, for their families, for themselves, for something greater, then I lose my purpose here as well. We’re here for our fans and we’re here on the radio for a purpose, and I think that purpose is to make a difference.”

Meanwhile, fellow chart-toppers Cage The Elephant have confirmed via the group’s official Twitter that the Kentucky-based act has begun work on the follow-up to 2013’s Melophobia. The band tweeted out a photo of recording equipment and instruments in the studio with a caption reading, “Week 1 of writing for album #4 in the books!!!.”

MUSIC NEWS: Chris Cornell working on solo album

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has revealed via Twitter that he has just begun recording a new solo album, according to Blabbermouth. No further details are currently available. Cornell’s last solo studio effort, 2009’s Scream, was an ill-advised attempt at urban pop produced by Timbaland. The album was received negatively by critics and fans, with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor calling Cornell’s attempted makeover as a pop singer “embarrassing.”


MUSIC NEWS: STP writing for new album

Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo revealed in a new post at Twitter that the band spent time last week writing new music with singer Chester Bennington, with the group headed into the recording studio on Monday (January 12th). STP’s first effort with Bennington on vocals, an EP called High Rise, came out in October 2013. It’s not clear whether the group will now be making a full album. Robert DeLeo acknowledged a while back that STP would work around Bennington’s schedule with Linkin Park: “His main concern definitely is Linkin Park and, you know, when he’s busy with them, it offers Dean (DeLeo, guitar) and Eric (Kretz, drums) and myself some time to really get some new music together. And when he’s available, that’s when we work, man, and we make the best of that time.”


TECH: Holiday display controlled by tweets



Twitter users everywhere can control the lights on a New Jersey Christmas tree. The 9-foot Christmas tree and menorah contain nearly 1,000-LED lights that can be turned on and off by tweeting. Oxford Communications created the display to help charities, towns and businesses and fundraising campaigns. Twitter users can tweet #brilliant#twinkle to @Oxmas_Tree to light the display and tweet #figgyypudding to turn them off. (USA Today)


MOVIES: X-Men Apocalypse teaser

X-Men director Bryan Singer created a stir on Monday (June 30th) by tweeting a photo of the treatment for the next installment of the X-Men series. The picture doesn’t offer much aside from a mention of “The Four Horsemen” who work for the villain Apocalypse in the comic books. The treatment also lists Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris as the writers on the project. All four have worked on previous X-Men films. X-Men: Apocalypse has been scheduled for theatrical release in May 2016.