Archive: Oct 2008

The Scariest Piece Of Music News You Will Hear All Halloween (And Maybe All Year)

Billboard finally got wind of the rumor that Alter Bridge lead singer Myles Kennedy would be filling in for Robert Plant on the “half of Led Zeppelin plus the dead drummer’s son” tour that’ll bill itself as a Led Zep reunion to overly credulous classic rock fans next year, with anonymous “sources” feeding their reporter…

By: Maura / October 31, 2008

“Fashion Rocks” Gets Kicked To The Curb

As part of yesterday’s bloodbath at Conde Nast,…

By: Maura / October 31, 2008

Panic At The Disco Go Pastoral

I spent part of my summer traveling around the country and talking to bandom writers (bandom, in case you are lucky enough to be out of the loop, is fan fiction about emo bands). The overwhelming consensus among my subjects was that the characterization of Panic at the Disco’s Ryan Ross (not the lead singer,…

By: Kate Richardson / October 31, 2008

CNet is reporting that the long-vacant CEO post…

By: Dan Gibson / October 31, 2008

Seven Potential Heirs To Ozzy Osbourne’s “Prince Of Darkness” Throne

When Ozzy Osbourne declared himself “the prince of fucking darkness” on a 2002 episode of The Osbournes, he may as well have simultaneously relinquished the title. The MTV hit quickly dissolved 30 years’ worth of mystique and danger as it revealed him to be in reality a doddering old family man. But when Ozzy rose…

By: Al Shipley / October 31, 2008

Has The Music Industry Put The Double Album Out Of Its Misery?

The Guardian today reports on the possible end of the double album, as highlighted by Robert Smith’s unwillingness to take a paycut to release a second disc along with this month’s 4:13 Dream. The question that came to mind: Should anyone care?

By: Dan Gibson / October 31, 2008

“Relix” Recalibrates Its Definition Of “Real Music”

Once again, we present Rock-Critically Correct, a feature in which the most recent issues of Rolling Stone, Blender, Vibe, and Spin are given a once-over by a writer who’s contributed to many of those magazines, as well as a few others! In this installment, he switches things up a bit and gives the latest issue…

By: anonocritic / October 31, 2008

Michael Jackson Pours Cold Water All Over Jackson 5 Reunion Plans

The other day, Jermaine Jackson was shooting off his mouth about next year bringing a reunion of the Jacksons, one that, in his words, would be “more like a family affair, Janet’s going to open and, of course, the original Jackson 5 … Michael, Randy and the whole family.” Well, Michael apparently wasn’t apprised of…

By: Maura / October 31, 2008

Q-Tip’s The Renaissance has been granted an early…

By: Maura / October 31, 2008

In The Eyes Of MTV, “Kazaa” Is Now Just As Bad A Word As “Shirt”

Who knew that the names of nearly obsolete…

By: Maura / October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween! Here Are Seven Reasons The Music Business Should Be Quaking In Its Boots

With layoffs to the left of me and a recession to my right, it’s been a disconcerting week on the fringes of the music industry. While I have my spectacular dishwashing skills to fall back on, the industry as a whole has been teetering on the brink of collapse for some time. What better time…

By: Dan Gibson / October 31, 2008

Love Is All Will Trick You, Treat You

The skronky Swedish post-pop outfit Love Is All…

By: Maura / October 31, 2008

Chris Cornell Tries To Ride The Coattails Of Led Zeppelin’s Google News Alerts

“I have not been approached so far to fill in for…

By: Maura / October 31, 2008

“Walking On A Dream,” But Not Much Else

Although Jess stole my “tell me what I should be…

By: Dan Gibson / October 31, 2008

Datz: A Slightly Better Subscription Service (Maybe)

It appears that Nokia’s grand Comes With Music plan is likely to be dead in the water before we know it, so another English download service has popped up in time for some holiday-season marketing. This one doesn’t require a specific cell phone, but it’s still far from the ideal the marketplace seems to be…

By: Dan Gibson / October 31, 2008

Independent Woman: Beyoncé Approaching Destiny’s Chart Record

We knew last week that Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy” was poised to make a big leap on Billboard‘s Hot 100. The only question was, how big?
Just a year ago, a 65-space jump to No. 3 would have been enough to make our eyes pop. When Britney Spears did it in early October

By: Chris Molanphy / October 31, 2008
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