Rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) releases an album and an accompanying single “African Child”. The song and music video flops, is banned and called “the worst thing to happen to Africa since the apartheid” by NME. His girlfriend, Jackie Q (Rose Byrne), takes custody of their son, Naples, and leaves him; as a result, the formerly straight-edge Aldous hits rock bottom by drinking and doing drugs excessively once again.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is an idealistic young college graduate who works as a low-level talent scout at Pinnacle Records. He lives with his girlfriend, Daphne (Elisabeth Moss), a doctor in her internship. Pinnacle Records has lost a lot of money, so the head of the company, Sergio Roma (Sean “Diddy” Combs), asks for ideas. Green proposes to have Aldous Snow play at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for the tenth anniversary of a…
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