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Retailers Would Prefer These “Digital Pre-Releases” Come To An End

Bands like the Hold Steady and Stars have managed to hold on to some cash that would have likely been lost to pre-release piracy by releasing their albums digitally before the product was ready for stores. More »

Just Get Back Together Already, Phish

Long ago, I bought a copy of Billy Breathes, I think because it had a song called “Prince Caspian” on it. That being said, Phish for me is like recreational drug use: Not my sort of thing, but if you’d like to entertain yourself in that manner, just don’t bring it around my kids. More »

Amy Winehouse Rehearses for Nelson Mandela Birthday Concert with Vodka

Amy Winehouse is on the scene at Nelson Mandela’s 90th-birthday concert in London’s Hyde Park, and she apparently even managed to make it through a soundcheck. During which she performed “Rehab.” With a bottle of vodka by her side. More »

Amy Winehouse is on the scene at Nelson Mandela’s 90th-birthday concert in London’s Hyde Park, and she apparently even managed to make it through a soundcheck. During which she performed “Rehab.” With a bottle of vodka by her side. More »

YouTube’s Newest Title: Killer Of The Live Album

There are people out there who must get excited for live albums, since there have been so many of them over the course of rock history. There have been a few great ones (Live At Leeds, Live At The Apollo, Johnny Cash at San Quentin, all those awesome Rush discs), but don’t expect any new ones in the future. According to The Independent, the era of the live album is over.

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Just In Time For Summer, Millennial Teenpop Takes Over The Hot 100

7things.jpgEd. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

In the last two years, we’ve seen several impressive feats on Billboard‘s Hot 100 by Disney Channel-groomed pop acts, and this week, we see another.

Four songs from the Jonas Brothers vehicle Camp Rock, which premiered on the channel last week, debut within the Top 40. And separately, Miley Cyrus previews her first album unattached from the Hannah Montana brand–and quickly scores her second-ever Top 10 hit.

Dig below these impressive numbers, and it becomes apparent that this is not necessarily another short-lived High School Musical-style chart blip. One week into summer, teenpop may be launching one of its once-a-decade all-out assaults on the pop charts–the kind of siege that will make even you, person over 18, forcibly aware of these songs faster than you can say “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart).”

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Extreme’s New Queen Homage Sure Beats Queen + Paul Rodgers

Fans of Queen who can’t stomach Freddie Mercury replacement Paul Rodgers owe it to themselves to check out “Star,” a song from Extreme’s upcoming Saudades Du Rock that has tight harmonies, searing riffs, and sneering vocals about “profit” and “fame” that sound more “Tie Your Mother Down” than… More »

Idolator Adds Its Special Sauce To McDonalds’ Big Mac Jingle Competition

bigmac.jpgIt was only a matter of time before marketing departments dredged up old jingles and forced them through a 21st-century DIY makeover from hell. Case in point: McDonald’s “Two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun” ditty from the ’70s, which is now the subject of an official MySpace competition to see who has the most time to waste on recording their own version of the song. Not wanting to leave any demographic behind, McDonald’s has also launched a Spanish version of the website, complete with a translated version of the jingle. Unable to resist the lure of singing the Big Mac jingle in Spanish, I took it upon myself to submit an entry to the “Latino” category. My jingle after the jump.

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Snoop Dogg Swears Dr. Dre’s <i>Detox</i> Is Ready To Go

AP070909085105.jpgA lot of people wonder if Dr. Dre will ever stop lifting weights and giving tracks to other Aftermath artists long enough to release his much-awaited Detox, but after four years of delays, Snoop Dogg says it could drop any second. “You know me, I was starting to doubt it myself and then I went up in there and he played so much music for me it knocked my head off. I see what he got them waiting for, it’s on and poppin’. He got records, he got heat.” He also has to figure out which tracks featuring which rappers are actually worth releasing in 2008, as the game has changed many times since the release of The Chronic 2001. (Just ask The Game.)

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Here We Go Again

American Idol auditions start in less than a month, so you’d better start covering yourself in glitter and practicing “I Am Your Brother” today if you dream of one day being laughed at by people on the Internet during a cold January morning. More »

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