Archive: Oct 2009

Have You Taken Time Out Of Your Day To Be Nice To Your Local Popstar?

In the wake of yesterday's horrifying incident in London where an apparently lovestruck (??) fan punched the excessively inoffensive Leona Lewis, the British pop-clearinghouse Popjustice has released a manifesto declaring that we need to enter a new era of being nice to pop stars, and resisting the reflexive snark that has taken over so many…

By: Maura / October 15, 2009

Universal Music Group Really Hoping That People Will Want To Buy Albums This Holiday Season

So apparently that cryptic message about Nov. 23 left on Rihanna's Web site last night was not about anything egg-related, despite its use of "ova"; instead, it was meant to be a signal that the Barbadian singer's still-untitled fourth studio album will come out on that day. That's the Monday before Thanksgiving, and the Monday…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

Meanwhile, I can't wait for John Mayer's next single of mild protestation, which I'm pretty sure is going to be called "Who Says (I Can't Tell Someone Working A Red Carpet That I'm Going To Forcefully Sodomize Her Editor For Making Her Ask Me Admittedly Inane Questions About Obama's Nobel Prize And Mustaches)" after hi…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

Today brings yet another entrant in the What Is Wrong With People Race: A dude went to a Leona Lewis book signing in London with the express intent of punching the singer in the head, and succeeded. No, seriously, what is wrong with people? Who does that? Someone who's been angry about the 2006 X

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

Would You Go See Creed If You Only Had To Pay 75 Cents For The Privilege?

A venue in Alabama is asking its (no doubt confused) local populace right now if it would like to attend this Friday's show by Scott Stapp and his merry band of post-grungers for the low price of three-quarters of a dollar. And yes, that's with the Ticketmaster surcharges. (Although you'll have to plunk down a…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

Shakira’s New Album Needs To Be Let Out Of Its Cage

Shakira's She Wolf came out in Europe and Latin America this week---a month in advance of its delayed U.S. release date---and thanks to my interest in the weird titular single, I decided to give it a whirl. And much like "She Wolf" the song, She Wolf the album is strangely seductive, a dime-store disco record…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

House Of Blues Guard Arrested After Attacking Concertgoer

A security guard at the Chicago House Of Blues has been arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge after shoving a concert attendee to the ground---apparently because she took a picture of him. The victim and a clutch of friends were waiting outside the venue Monday night in hopes of catching members of Hanson going back…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

The Music Business Will Probably Not Stop Believing In Oprah Anytime Soon

This week's album charts are topped by Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, who rode Friday appearance on Oprah that was keenly titled to the release of his new album, Crazy Love, to the No. 1 spot. Bublé's album sold 132,000 copies despite only being available for three days of the sales week, which we can probably…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

Captain Lou Albano, R.I.P.

Captain Lou Albano, the wrestling star who brought the World Wrestling Federation and the music industry together with his creation of the Rock N' Wrestling Connection in the 1980s, passed away today after a long illness. Albano's connection to the music industry began in 1983, when he appeared as Cyndi Lauper's father in her breakthrough…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

Britney Spears Is A Woman On Top

Britney Spears' Real Doll-ish ode to three-ways "3" will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, thanks to the Max Martin-assisted track selling 255,000 copies at digital-music outlets and blanketing pop radio in anamatronic sexiness since its release Sept. 29. (It will enter this week's Hot 100 Airplay chart, which track…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

I Have An Idea: Let’s Make Nicole Scherzinger The New Lead Singer Of Velvet Revolver

The lead Pussycat Doll is apparently the latest person to attach herself to Slash's forthcoming solo album, which comes out next year and is set to feature a Love Boat-worthy cavalcade of cameos by the likes of Iggy Pop, Flea, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson, Adam "Maroon 5" Levine, and Jason Bonham. But why not just go…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

John Mayer’s Life: Still More Exciting (And Better-Documented) Than Yours

Troubadour and Twitter fiend John Mayer's video for the pro-pot ditty "Who Says" is a cute travelogue of what apparently is a typical night in New York for him; he roams the streets and bridges of the Big Apple, hits up a party, crashes a comedy club's stage and a gated-off pool, and even pick…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

Are The American Music Awards Really “Punishing” Kanye West? (Probably Not, No)

Here is what happens when you let your "content" be ruled by the twin towers of cheap snark and search-engine optimization: You get idiotic blog posts like this one at infotainment clearinghouse E! that claims that Kanye West was shut out of the nominee field at this year's American Music Awards because of people still…

By: Maura / October 14, 2009

Rihanna Is Apparently Hatching Something

"THE WAIT IS OVA - 11.23.09," proclaims a just-posted message on the official Web site of shape-shifting pop star Rihanna. That day's a Monday, so who knows if what's cooking will be a single or an album or what, but is it too much for me to hope that the misspelling of "over" was not…

By: Maura / October 13, 2009

The JC Chasez Song That Kris Allen *Really* Needs To Record

Much ado has been made over "Build Some Love," a song by former 'NSync member/current dance-based competitive television show JC Chasez that leaked online over the weekend; it's a pleading piano-heavy ballad that Chasez apparently wrote for the debut effort by American Idol season-eight winner Kris Allen, whose new album, as of now, is still…

By: Maura / October 13, 2009

Leighton Meester Has Been Around The World

"Somebody To Love" is the first track to leak out from the debut album by Gossip Girl starlet Leighton Meester, and the Robin Thicke-assisted song is an odd choice for a first single; it's a subtle track that was obviously meant to sound really good during the waning hours of clubbing, with its washed-out, sparkly…

By: Maura / October 13, 2009

Michael Jackson Proving That Everything Oldies Can Be New Again

From the Department of Weird Anecdotal Evidence That Makes Me Think Michael Jackson's Death Really Was The End Of Pop Music: The New York "oldies' station WCBS-FM just played "This Is It," the Paul Anka-assisted "new" track from Michael Jackson. I mean, I get that the 1983 pedigree of the original tracks allows the song…

By: Maura / October 13, 2009

Michael Jackson Should Really Just Be Nominated For Every American Music Award At This Point

In the latest sign that "pop music" is breathing its last gasp in 2009, the late Michael Jackson just scooped up five nominations for this year's American Music Awards---including two "Favorite Album" nods for Number Ones, a greatest-hits compilation that was put out in 2003. (The nominees were in part derived from SoundScan data, and…

By: Maura / October 13, 2009

Tracking The Ever-Shifting Priorities Of MTV Networks’ Standards And Practices Department

Over the weekend, 50 Cent appeared on Vh1's Top 20 countdown---yes, it is focused on music videos!---and while introducing the No. 6 video of the week, Green Day's "21 Guns," Curtis said to host Jim Shearer, "Man, I'd love to be able to have a song called '21 Guns' on VH1." This isn't the first

By: Maura / October 13, 2009

Apparently Today Is “Pop Stars’ Hair Is For Sale” Day

What the hell: "SINGED strands of Michael Jackson's hair that were burned a Pepsi advert are coming up for sale.... The hair was preserved after the accident in 1984 by [the ad's executive producer Ralph] Cohen and the 12 strands are clearly singed." Add these preseved tresses---expected to fetch about £1,000 at auction---to the lock…

By: Maura / October 13, 2009
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