The Worst Album Cover Of The Year Tournament, Round II: A Whole New Collection Of Abominations

grenadaabominations.jpgRound two of our Worst Album Cover Of The Year Tournament opens with two formidable contenders: Ted Nugent’s regular Love Grenade cover and Megadeth’s cover for United Abominations, which, according to one of our commenters, doubles as the debutante ball for the new-look Vic Rattlehead. Who apparently was formed from a lot of anti-UN anger and even more lens flare. Voting is after the jump, although why do I have the feeling that, were the Nuge and Dave Mustaine to get wind of this little battle, they’d elect to solve it with guns, and not ballots? (And why do I have a feeling that we might be seeing an upset in this little battle once the smoke clears?)


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(30 Seconds Of) Britney Spears’ New Video: Watch Those Hair Extensions Fly

So here’s a 30-second preview of the video for Britney Spears’ “Piece Of Me,” which apparently is the second video off of Blackout to be made in spite of its star, and not because of her. At least, I think that’s the case–the footage of the blondes with bad weaves making a mess of their hotel room doesn’t seem to have Spears in it, probably because the producers could only entice her to show up and half-heartedly lipsync the lyrics. And about that footage: The confusion on her face as she’s miming the wahhmbulance-chaser lament only serves to solidify my opinion that Bloodshy & Avant crafted this glitchy track through cutting and pasting syllables Spears had sung during other sessions, with Robyn coming in to supply any syllables that might have been unsalvageable by even the most intrepid ProTools user.

Britney Spears – Piece Of Me Official Music Video Preview! [YouTube]

plies_cover.jpgAs if rapper Plies wasn’t smarting already from being a first-round loser in our Worst Album Cover Of The Year Tournament, now he’s going to have to find new representation (along with a new art director), since his manager was arrested with 80 pounds of cocaine on Tuesday. [MTV]

plies_cover.jpgAs if rapper Plies wasn’t smarting already from being a first-round loser in our Worst Album Cover Of The Year Tournament, now he’s going to have to find new representation (along with a new art director), since his manager was arrested with 80 pounds of cocaine on Tuesday. [MTV]

Plies’ Manager Arrested With Cocaine Possession

plies_cover.jpgAs if rapper Plies wasn’t smarting already from being a first-round loser in our Worst Album Cover Of The Year Tournament, now he’s going to have to find new representation (along with a new art director), since his manager was arrested with 80 pounds of cocaine on Tuesday. [MTV]

Googlers Want To Know: “Why Is That Boy With The Weird Glasses Singing About Superman?”

crankdat.jpgGoogle’s year-end wrapup of search trends–the Google Zeitgeist–came out last night, and in addition to finding out that Hannah Montana fans are much more likely to use search engines than Rolling Stones fans and that people were more interested in learning about emo than about gout, the search engine compiled its list of the 10 most popular lyrics searches this year:

1. umbrella lyrics (rihanna)
2. soulja boy lyrics
3. bubbly lyrics (colbie caillat)
4. paramore lyrics
5. lil wayne lyrics
6. taylor swift lyrics
7. apologize lyrics (timbaland)
8. hannah montana lyrics
9. girlfriend lyrics (avril lavigne)
10. avril lavigne lyrics

I’m going to guess that Lil Wayne is up there just because of the sheer volume of music he put out this year. But Soulja Boy at No. 2? Is it just that people wanted to sing and do the dance at the same time, or are they trying to winnow down the exact meaning of the verb “to superman”?

Google Zeitgeist 2007 [Google]

I thought my ranting about the Yo! Indie Rock Raps comp had helped kill it, but unfortunately, it has now come back from the dead with an even worse title: Punk Goes Crunk. Gaahhhhhhhhh! [CMJ via PTW]

I thought my ranting about the Yo! Indie Rock Raps comp had helped kill it, but unfortunately, it has now come back from the dead with an even worse title: Punk Goes Crunk. Gaahhhhhhhhh! [CMJ via PTW]

‘Yo! Indie Rock Raps’ Becomes ‘Punk Goes Crunk’

I thought my ranting about the Yo! Indie Rock Raps comp had helped kill it, but unfortunately, it has now come back from the dead with an even worse title: Punk Goes Crunk. Gaahhhhhhhhh! [CMJ via PTW]