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“Times” Discovers Shocking Music/Exercise Connection

The New York Times takes a mildly interesting topic--what people listen to when they work out--and gives it the academic treatment today. It has contributions from several professors (one likes to ice skate to the Buena Vista Social Club! another suggests that "Push It" might be the perfect workout track!), the confusing revelation that Oliver…

By: dangibs / January 10, 2008

Verizon’s Top Music: What Yooooouuuu Enjoyed Hearing Out Of Tiny Speakers In 2007

Sure, we're ten days into the new year, and the music year just passed has been covered in every imaginable manner, but have we heard the contributions of the true driving force in the music industry? The consumers who are keeping the leaky ship afloat? The voice of those people has been heard... through the…

By: dangibs / January 10, 2008

Today Is The Day Music Retailers Complain About Poor Sales

There's an wonderful chicken and waffles restaurant in Phoenix that features a sign on the wall which (more-or-less) reads "If we don't meet your expectations, please lower your expectations." It might be a good idea for a similar sign to be placed in the office of everyone who makes economic forecasts for a music retailer…

By: dangibs / January 10, 2008

Missy Re-Appears For A Moment

ARTIST: Missy Elliott TITLE: "Ching-A-Ling" RELEASE DATE: Feb. 8, 2008 WEB DEBUT: Jan. 10, 2008…

By: dangibs / January 10, 2008

The Rich, Frothy Dream Is Over: XM & Starbucks Break Up

It seemed like a marriage made in corporate heaven. The deal that had Starbucks and satellite-radio company XM Radio working together to blend overpriced premium coffee with stylish adult alternative tunes has fallen apart, with XM giving $22 million of its stock to the coffee conglomerate in order to flee with a remnant of it…

By: dangibs / January 10, 2008

Happy Birthday, Rod Stewart (Maybe You’re Not As Awful As We Thought)

Happy 63rd birthday, Rod Stewart. You're going through an odd era as far as your status among critics goes, with appreciation for the Faces on the rise, while nearly everything that followed only seeming to chase trends and, in the words of Rolling Stone, "become a bilious self-parody." While one would be justified in questioning…

By: dangibs / January 10, 2008

“Women’s Wear Daily” Gets To The Heart Of The Music Biz

A profile of the producer/singer/guy-who-wears-wads-of-cash-as jewelry The-Dream (government name: Terius Nash) in Women's Wear Daily starts off as one might expect: He likes expensive things and is part of the line of producers who have remade urban radio in their own image, stealing some of the spotlight from the singers of their songs. In the…

By: dangibs / January 10, 2008

Re-Examining The Happy Mondays: My Domestic Squabble Decided By You, The Reader

Like every home, I'm certain, the Casa de Gibson has been busy compiling our own year in review package for publication in our annual Arbor Day newsletter (it's a long lead-time publication). While we were discussing our top five events of 2007, there was some disagreement about the top spot, with my wife Tara's contentio…

By: dangibs / January 10, 2008

Hatebreed Fans: Time To Get A Coffee Table (Or Possibly Learn To Read)

Sometimes when rock crossed over into the literary realm, the results are amazing crossed with awesome. On the other hand, there's a coffee-table book coming from Hatebreed lead singer Jamey Jasta. And that isn't the only book he's putting out this year!

By: dangibs / January 10, 2008

How Not To Promote Your Band: Text Messages By The Thousands

Anyone who has been in a promising local band knows about the tricky situation of trying to promote your music act--sure to be the pride of Toledo or Yuma or whatever--while not throughly irritating every person you know or meet. Sacramento act We Prick You faced the same dilemma; however, in trying to get the…

By: dangibs / January 10, 2008

Year In Preview: Billboard’s Bold Insights

Sure, the music business is hitting all time lows, with executives panicking and trying every remaining angle to sell product, but there's a lot to look forward to in 2008, right? Bill Werde, executive editor at Billboard magazine, appears on today's episode of the public radio business news program Marketplace to discuss what he see…

By: dangibs / January 4, 2008

Damn, The Black Kids Have Gotten To The Brits, Too

The BBC has a Sound Of 2008 poll, which tags the artists mostly likely to succeed in the coming year, according to 150 or so British rock journos. The list has had some success as a predictor, with Mika as last year's winner, Corrine Bailey Rae taking the prize in 2006, as well as the…

By: dangibs / January 4, 2008

Meaningless Music Award Announces Nominees

Apparently, it's been a year since the last incarnation of the Shortlist Prize--formerly called something else, but I forget what, and don't feel like looking it up--and today the "long list" of Shortlist nominees were announced. Wilco, Spoon, M.I.A., of course, and that Tool sideproject Walmart wouldn't carry. What seemed most interesting was the list…

By: dangibs / January 4, 2008

Sometimes Love Ain’t Enough: The Worst Of Village Voice Media’s Music Writing, Part III

As previously reported on Idolator, you might have noticed that the quality of writing in the music section of your local Village Voice-owned alt-weekly has dipped slightly in the last few years. In partial tribute to the memories of adequate-or-better writing gone by, and partially to make for easy material on a Friday, we agai…

By: dangibs / January 4, 2008

DMX To Make Christian Rap (Briefly) Interesting

There are few musical genres less immediately fascinating than Christian rap. Sure, two or three people might wax nostalgic for the 1990 S.F.C. (Soldiers For Christ, obvs) release A Saved Man In The Jungle, but since DC Talk dissolved, there hasn't been much reason to pay attention to a genre whose reason for existence i…

By: dangibs / January 4, 2008

Friday News Flash: It’s OK To Like Kid Rock Now

It's been a month-and-a-half since the last Kid Rock related post here at Idolator, and while there may be no argument that ever convinces me to pony up $65 for a ticket, A.D. Amorosi uses a preview for an upcoming Atlantic City concert to re-examine whether we should all be fans of the Kid by…

By: dangibs / January 4, 2008

Music Journo Wakes Up To Discover People Have Lousy Taste

Deadlines are a pain. Sometimes you have to write about things of dubious merit, expound on music that you can't really consider yourself any sort of expert in, or resort to cranky hit pieces. It happens to us all. However, there are some music section cliches that need to be laid to rest permanently, like…

By: dangibs / January 4, 2008

Info You Didn’t Really Want To Know: 2007 In Christian Adult Contemporary

Of course, you, the Idolator reader, are anxiously awaiting the results of the Idolator poll so you can wrap up 2007 with a tidy bow and move on with your life. But in te meantime, you get the Top 5 tracks on Christian Adult Contemporary Radio for the year now fading in the rear view…

By: dangibs / January 4, 2008

(Sorta) Leak Of The Day: <em>Wire</em> Fever Sets In

ARTIST: Various Artists TITLE: Beyond Hamsterdam: Baltimore Tracks From The Wire RELEASE DATE: Jan. 8, 2008 WEB DEBUT: A while ago, I imagine, but I'm slow.

By: dangibs / January 4, 2008

New (?) Trina Single Provides Flimsy Excuse To Talk About Trina

If a blog somewhere mentions a new Trina track, you can be assured that it will mentioned in this space by your guest editor. I get the feeling Cake & Ice Cream only posted the Trina's "Look Back At Me" to use some wire photos they had laying around of Kenyon Martin's birthday party, but…

By: dangibs / January 4, 2008

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