GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK
An Oregon mom dropped a lawsuit alleging that his concert damaged her ears.
Cops were called about his alleged assault on fellow singer Frank Ocean over a parking space.
Something To Wine About
Two Buck Chuck--the popular nickname assigned to Trader Joe's dirt-cheap Charles Shaw brand--is no longer $2. The store had to raise costs in California, the last state with the $2 price point, in order to maintain quality standards.
Nothing says Scotland like ... ponies wearing sweaters? That's the thinking behind VisitScotland's latest campaign, which features Shetland ponies--in the Shetland Islands, wearing sweaters made of Shetland wool--as official country mascots. We've already booked our tickets.
If it seems stranger than fiction that Shirley Temple would join Twitter and ask a question like "Can someone tell me who Honey Boo Boo is?" it is. The onetime child star's rep confirmed that the @TempleShirleyJ account is fake, but not before Piers Morgan and others bought into the bit.
House of Cards
It's not TV. It's not even HBO. But David Fincher's political-drama series (premiering Feb. 1) could make Netflix more than a place for movies and 30 Rock reruns. Kevin Spacey charms as a cunning House whip with a hunger for power and a Southern accent you could pour over crushed ice on Derby Day.
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Pro--gay rights, anti-misogyny and pro--responsible spending, Macklemore might be the unlikeliest force in American hip-hop. His new single "Thrift Shop," off his album The Heist with producer Ryan Lewis, just crowned the Billboard Hot 100--without major-label backing. Here, the 29-year-old rap artist, né Ben Haggerty, talks with TIME.
It's been a big week for you. First a No. 1 single. Then you got engaged. Congrats.
Thank you. It has been a big week.
So which was better?
[Laughs.] Yeah, I can't answer that. Very different.
"Thrift Shop" is everywhere. Why do you think it has resonated so well?
Commercial hip-hop tends to be about spending money or buying things. And I think that's gotten fairly boring. "Thrift Shop" is the polar opposite. It's about saving money, finding bargains, bragging about the deals you're coming up with.
A recession-era anthem.
There you go.
Is it true you thrifted all the clothes in the music video?
Oh yeah, everything is from a thrift shop. And about 90% of the clothes are from my own closet.
The women's stuff too?
Absolutely. All my fur jackets are pretty much women's jackets.
You've been a vocal supporter of gay rights, both in life and in your song "Same Love." What motivates you?