NEW ALBUM: Embracing the electro dance-pop aesthetic du jour, singer Chris Brown has returned to music stores with his newest album, Fortune, a decidedly upbeat and, well, danceable affair that finds the embattled star addressing the usual themes of fame, women and the good life, but with way more vim than we’re accustomed to. “Turn Up The Music” and “Don’t Wake Me Up” are bound to get the party started. Look out for my full review later this week.
ART SHOW: Currently on view at the Mutual Gallery, photographer O’Neil Lawrence’s “Son of A Champion” is a highly recommended exhibit, full of Black beauty, power and soul. Closing July 20.
OLYMPICS VIDEO: “Survival,” by the band Muse, has been selected as the official song of the Olympic Games in London. The song is to be played in all the sports events in all the venues during the entire Games, when athletes enter the stadium and the lead-up to the medal ceremonies. It will be made available for broadcasters to use in their broadcasts from the Games, which open July 27. “It's a huge honour,” said Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, the boyfriend of actress Kate Hudson. “I wrote it with the Games in mind as it expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win.”