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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 list of people to thank before I exit stage left. More »

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 list of people to thank before I exit stage left. More »

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! More »

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! More »

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: More »

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: More »


51awytxl6vl_sl160_aa160_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 label people to do in these high-unemployment times. [GaGa Daily] More »

51awytxl6vl_sl160_aa160_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 label people to do in these high-unemployment times. [GaGa Daily] More »

Chris Brown Gongs Himself

Idolator On “Idol” On NPR

thebigfour
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 some who think I was unfairly slamming Kris for being “’90s.” If they only knew how much I loved that decade!) [NPR] More »

thebigfour
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 some who think I was unfairly slamming Kris for being “’90s.” If they only knew how much I loved that decade!) [NPR] More »


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

handsacrossthecosmosLast 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 through one of his utterances “because Eddie Murphy and Beverly Hills Cop III is on at 11pm.” So was it totally useless? Well, not 100%! More »

handsacrossthecosmosLast 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 through one of his utterances “because Eddie Murphy and Beverly Hills Cop III is on at 11pm.” So was it totally useless? Well, not 100%! More »

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

bunniesinthebodhitreeThe 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 flit around like he’s late for a very important date with a choreographer and a batallion of backup dancers. The video, and five of my favorite things about its way-too-short three minutes, after the jump. More »

bunniesinthebodhitreeThe 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 flit around like he’s late for a very important date with a choreographer and a batallion of backup dancers. The video, and five of my favorite things about its way-too-short three minutes, after the jump. More »

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 off the first three words of that phrase. It’s a pretty effective clip, although I would like to voice my objection to the old “piano on the sand” trope that’s rapidly turning into a Serious Artist video cliché—especially since in this arrangement, the piano plays, like, fourth string to all of the strumming going on. (No pun intended, ha ha ha.) Related: I will be on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered this, er, weekend, talking about Allen’s new record, as well as new releases from other Simon Cowell-assisted singers like Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Susan Boyle. Tune in! [YouTube] More »


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 off the first three words of that phrase. It’s a pretty effective clip, although I would like to voice my objection to the old “piano on the sand” trope that’s rapidly turning into a Serious Artist video cliché—especially since in this arrangement, the piano plays, like, fourth string to all of the strumming going on. (No pun intended, ha ha ha.) Related: I will be on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered this, er, weekend, talking about Allen’s new record, as well as new releases from other Simon Cowell-assisted singers like Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Susan Boyle. Tune in! [YouTube] More »


The Jacksons’ American Dream Reaches Its Inevitable Conclusion

jacksonfamilyThe 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 for the holidays than to watch the adventures of a dysfunctional family trying to get its livelihoods back, right? Sigh. [AP] More »

jacksonfamilyThe 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 for the holidays than to watch the adventures of a dysfunctional family trying to get its livelihoods back, right? Sigh. [AP] More »


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