Archive: Jul 2009

A PSA for those of you who have wanted to digitize your vinyl library but who haven’t wanted to take the technological plunge: The online clearinghouse Woot is selling a USB turntable (i.e. a turntable outfitted for a direct connection into your computer) for $49.99 today. [Woot; HT Jon Solomon]…

Maura / July 30, 2009

Madonna Wants Everybody To Come On, Dance, And Sing

ARTIST: Madonna
TITLE: “Celebration”
WEB DEBUT: July 30, 2009…

Maura / July 30, 2009

Oh Boy, Kara Is Returning To “American Idol”

In news that will probably thrill people who feel that network TV needs more incoherent, self-serving screeching, E!’s Marc Malkin is reporting that Kara DioGuardi has signed a deal to return to the televised talent competition for its ninth season. This news got me thinking about poor old Paula Abdul, who’s been publicly tussling over

Maura / July 30, 2009

The Video Music Awards Will Take Place On A Green Day

Green Day and Pink are the latest additions to the “featured performers” lineup at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, taking place on Sept. 13; they join Muse and Taylor Swift on the evening’s bill. Pink will continue to flog Funhouse, which only came out a year ago (it feels like forever!); meanwhile, I am…

Maura / July 30, 2009

Drake Graduates To His Own Sitcom

Degrassi alum / budding pop star Aubrey “Drake” Graham is returning to the small screen in Canada with Us And Them, a “sitcom about best buddies–and polar opposites–trying to make their way in the entertainment industry.” Wow, I wonder how they came up with that concept? I’d like to take this opportunity to send a…

Maura / July 30, 2009

jj Suck On A Laced “Lollipop”

The mysterious Swedish outfit that goes by the name jj included a drugged-out, female-fronted flip of Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” on its Pitchfork-beloved album jj n° 2 called “Ecstasy.” You will probably not be surprised to learn that in this scribe’s opinion, this take on Lil Wayne’s No. 1 hit beats Framing Hanley’s by about eleventy…

Maura / July 29, 2009

Where Was Mike Jones?

He switched his phone number (it’s now (281) 206-4336), so you shouldn’t feel too bad if you were curious about the whereabouts of Houston-bred MC Mike Jones, who turned asking people just who he was into a cottage industry. As it turns out, he’s been hanging out at home, losing weight on the Subway diet,…

Maura / July 29, 2009

Ryan Tedder Throws Down A Challenge For All You Listeners Out There

After deleting his semi-confused blog post about the brouhaha involving the similarities between his compositions for Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé earlier, songwriter Ryan Tedder has released a statement defending his integrity, the merits of both songs, and Clarkson’s songwriting bona fides. Here we go…

Maura / July 29, 2009

The Top 30 Songs Of 2009 List Put Forth By The Listeners Of “All Songs Considered” Surely Did Not Consider All The Songs Released This Year

While I am fully aware that the NPR music-centric program All Songs Considered has its name because of the public-radio network’s news block All Things Considered, it still pained me to see the results of their reader poll for The Best Music Of 2009 So Far (Because The Music-News Well Is Dry And We Need…

Maura / July 29, 2009

Mika Tries To Go Viral

The video for Mika’s glamtastic “We Are Golden” has the singer trying on the old “shirtless guy dancing around his bedroom” routine, I guess so he can trick people in the States into liking him by thinking that he’s actually the star of “Single Man Dances To ‘Single Ladies’ “? The song’s still pretty stompily…

Maura / July 29, 2009

Miley Cyrus Thinks Jay-Z Is So Yesterday

Popjustice has an important update on the Miley Cyrus song that leaked yesterday, and that has a verse talking about hearing Jay-Z on the radio: “The version you have heard is the Demo and in the final cut [she] references ‘Kanye’ instead of ‘Jay-z.’ ” See, Jay? This is what happens when you talk about

Maura / July 29, 2009

Taylor Momsen’s Birthday Party Was Not Really A “Sweet” Sixteen

Last night I ventured to New York’s Hiro Ballroom for the 16th birthday party of Taylor Momsen, who stars on the cult-beloved TV show Gossip Girl and who fancies herself a rocker chick in the Sassy cover girl mold. (Note this recent quote from her Teen Vogue cover story: “I would eat a boy my

Maura / July 29, 2009

Diddy Wears His Sunglasses At “Late Night”

Last night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon featured multiple appearances from Diddy, including him assisting Fallon on “Slow Jam The News” (top) and an interview in which Diddy forgot first what show he was on, and then which late-night host named Jimmy he was talking to. After the jump, Diddy’s chat with Fallon, which swing…

Maura / July 29, 2009

Trent Reznor May Be Gone From Twitter, But The Impersonators Are Ready To Snatch Up His Followers

Nine Inch Nails’ main man Trent Reznor quit the microblogging service Twitter and deleted his account two weeks ago, but already people have rushed in to fill his void—including “Ternt Reznor,” who proclaims that “A one line bio could not possibly contain the greatness that is me” and is not afraid to impersonate Arthur Fonzarelli…

Maura / July 29, 2009

Ryan Tedder’s Blog Post Explaining The Kelly Clarkson-Beyoncé Situation Is Already Gone

Songwriter-for-hire Ryan Tedder responded to allegations that he Xeroxed himself when writing Beyoncé’s “Halo” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” on his MySpace blog—or at least he did, as the post has since been deleted. But thanks to the fast cut-and-paste fingers of the Idol blogger known as MJ, it lives on in cyberspace!

Maura / July 29, 2009

Why The Misfits Are The Most Mythic Of All New Jersey Artists

Creation Records founder/Guardian music scribe Alan McGee thinks that Bon Jovi should be among New Jersey’s musical/cultural ambassadors to the world. Well, Bon Jovi is better than The Sopranos, by which I mean Bon Jovi has given us more emotional/historical signposts to cling to than Tony et al. But Bon Jovi is hardly the emblematic…

Jess Harvell / July 28, 2009

Whitney Houston Will Probably Feel The Grammy Love Next February

The R. Kelly-penned title track from Whitney Houston’s comeback effort I Look To You has been offered up as a download from the big-voiced singer’s official site, for the price of an e-mail address. Also coming along with the track is the news that the album will now be out a day earlier than originally…

Maura / July 28, 2009

Want to hear the early-1990s incarnation of Madonna whisper dirty sexy nothings to a paramour? Have a lot of money just hanging around, collecting interest? Well, if you’d like to part with at least $25,000 of your financial reserves, you can own a couple of microcassettes that are filled with hot messages from Madge to…

Maura / July 28, 2009
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