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It’s Time (For Me) To Say Goodbye

Hi everyone. Just wanted to let you know that today is my last day as editor of Idolator. The site will continue on, and I will continue to write about music, but we’ve decided to part ways. Despite my nominal status as a “writer,” I am straight-up terrible at goodbyes. So I just have a…

Maura | November 9, 2009 - 5:45 pm

No. 31: 50 Cent, “Amusement Park”

currrrtis“Shorty, you ain’t gotta take your panties off… just move ‘em to the side.” Never let it be said that Curtis Jackson isn’t a romantic!

Maura | November 9, 2009 - 1:00 pm

Bon Jovi Put Their Noses To The Grindstone One More Time

bonjoviOur look at the closing lines of new music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to The Circle, the eleventh studio album by New Jersey arena-rock stalwarts Bon Jovi:

Maura | November 9, 2009 - 10:00 am

The eight tracks that were originally going to be tacked on to the deluxe reissue of Lady GaGa’s The Fame won’t only be available to people who re-buy the record; they will also be available as an eight-dollar EP called The Fame Monster, which I think is a pretty nice thing for GaGa and her…

Maura | November 9, 2009 - 9:45 am

Chris Brown Gongs Himself


Maura | November 9, 2009 - 9:30 am

Idolator On “Idol” On NPR

Yesterday on All Things Considered I talked about new albums from a few Simon Cowell-shepherded artists with host Guy Raz: Carrie Underwood’s Play On; Kris Allen’s self-titled debut; Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment; and Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream. (This segment has caused some consternation among the more insane Idol fans out there, especially…

Maura | November 9, 2009 - 9:00 am

The Michael Jackson Séance: A Whole New World (Of Ways To Fill TV Airtime)

Last night in the UK, a televised attempt to contact the spirit of Michael Jackson was transmitted to TVs. And people actually watched it! Popjustice’s Peter Robinson called it “the worst thing I have ever seen… [yet] strangely arousing”; another blogger noted that whatever Jackson was saying wasn’t too important—the cosmos-crossing communication was stopped midway…

Maura | November 7, 2009 - 11:00 am

The Five Best Things About Robbie Williams’ “You Know Me” Video, Aside From The Obviously Amazing Rabbit Suit Robbie Wears

The video for Robbie Williams’ throwbacky “You Know Me” conceptually flips around the title of the crooning 9/11 conspiracy theorist’s new album, Reality Killed The Video Star. Only here it’s the video that’s killing anything resembling reality, with Williams using an extended dream sequence as an excuse to dress up in a bunny suit and…

Maura | November 6, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Kris Allen Is Running Out The Clock

Baby-faced American Idol victor Kris Allen’s first music video, for his cover of the Script’s seize-the-day anthem “Live Like We’re Dying,” is a simple—and pretty beautifully shot!—affair in which he performs in front of a desert-erected clock, which is presumably counting down the minutes until “living like we’re dying” turns into something that involves lopping…

Maura | November 6, 2009 - 3:30 pm

The Jacksons’ American Dream Reaches Its Inevitable Conclusion

The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty—a six-episode series that will chronicle the efforts of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy to embark on a reunion tour, which was shelved by producers but revived after the June death of their brother Michael—will debut on A & E on Dec. 13. Because what better way to gear up…

Maura | November 6, 2009 - 3:00 pm

The Human Nature Of Jarvis Cocker

The video for “Further Complications,” the title track from the second solo album by Jarvis Cocker, is a hybrid of Madonna’s boxed-in clip for “Human Nature” and Mad’s long-beloved Fold-In, with the dapper singer dancing like a spaz and being manipulated into . (NB: He is wearing a blazer, not the bondage gear Madge wore…

Maura | November 6, 2009 - 2:00 pm

If We Can’t Believe In The Idea Of Miley Cyrus Being In A Taxicab While A Jay-Z Song Was On, What Can We Believe In?

Not really understanding the lyrics you’re singing is apparently another thing that falls under the rubric of “just bein’ Miley.” An interview with Billy Ray Cyrus’ spawn reveals that the lyric in her Velveeta-and-Miracle-Whip single “Party In The USA” about hearing a Jay-Z song while in a taxicab is, shockingly, not based on real events.

Maura | November 6, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Danny Gokey’s First Single The Latest Sign That He Wants To Be Your Inspiration

The first single from American Idol third-place finisher Danny Gokey premiered on a Wisconsin country-music station this morning, and it’s probably not going to come as much of a surprise to people who followed him during his long American Idol journey. The track, “It’s Only,” is an inspirational ditty that’s clearly channeling “Jesus, Take The…

Maura | November 6, 2009 - 10:00 am

Oh Awesome, I Got Twitter-Spammed By 50 Cent

From my direct-messages inbox this morning, a look at the hazards of following musicians who are willing to go to any lengths to sell their new projects. I guess I should be flattered that he thinks I have the juice to assist in his virality, but mostly I’m just irritated that he didn’t, you know,…

Maura | November 6, 2009 - 9:45 am

Carrie Underwood, Apparently Playing In Peoria

Trade rag Hits is projecting a No. 1 debut for Carrie Underwood’s third album Play On, which came out yesterday. The magazine is claiming that between 300,000 and 350,000 copies of Play On will be moved during the record’s first week on store shelves—a total that would make the album one of the stronger-debuting releases

Maura | November 5, 2009 - 2:30 pm

No Doubt Are Not Feeling Hella Good About Their “Band Hero” Cameos

No Doubt has filed suit against the video-game company Activision over the use of its band member’s avatars in the just-released Guitar Hero variant Band Hero, thanks to the ability for players to put Gwen Stefani through the paces of the hooker-glorifying “Honky Tonk Women.” Also, bassist Tony Kamal can be cross-dressed into singing “Just…

Maura | November 5, 2009 - 2:00 pm

The Michael Jackson Séance: A Live-TV Experiment That Will No Doubt Be As Revelatory As “The Mystery Of Al Capone’s Vault”

So much for this being it: Tomorrow night, the British cable channel Sky 1 will broadcast a séance in which psychic Derek Acorah attempts to contact Michael Jackson from the great beyond. The interdimensional chat, which will apparently be held “on an island… in a secret location familiar to Jackson” for the purposes of extra

Maura | November 5, 2009 - 1:30 pm

Dear Aerosmith: I Love You (Well, Most Of Your Output) But Maybe You Should Think About Calling It A Day

Aerosmith’s been having a rough go of it lately, what with an injury-plagued tour that was eventually canceled over the summer and lead singer Steven Tyler’s declaration that now was the time to work “on the brand of myself — Brand Tyler” after a recent show at Abu Dhabi. Not that he hasn’t been honing…

Maura | November 5, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Rihanna Takes On The “Spokeswoman For Domestic-Violence Survivors” Role

This morning’s Good Morning America showed the first snippet of Rihanna’s interview with Diane Sawyer, her first sit-down chat with a reporter since the February pre-Grammys incident in which she was assaulted by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown. And it’s a pretty gripping—if somewhat quease-inducing—part of the discussion to lead off with, as Rihanna talks about…

Maura | November 5, 2009 - 11:00 am

Berlin To Bono: “Tear Down This Wall… No, The One Your Show Just Forced The Building Of”

As part of MTV’s Katy Perry-hosted celebration of the Berlin Wall’s destruction in the wall’s former home city this week, U2 will play a free show at the Brandenburg Gate later today. Freedom and free stuff! Yay! But with freedom comes responsibility, and those people who didn’t get their act together to get tickets for…

Maura | November 5, 2009 - 10:45 am

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