The Rachael Ray SXSW Party: 30-Minute Sets, Yummo Drinks

Maura | February 1, 2008 - 3:45 am

Apparently that Rachael Ray SXSW party that we thought was a joke is the real deal. Sadly, Battles will not be playing because they’re not making the SXSW trek, but according to the proprietor of Largehearted Boy the Ettes sent out a press release confirming their appearance today. More »

Arthur Russell Is Long Since Found (And Still A Little Lost)

Jess Harvell | February 1, 2008 - 3:15 am

Speaking of gently mournful musical comfort food from idiosyncratic quasi-pop minds with impossibly unique high-register voices: Hopefully a steady reissue program and a major 21st-century bump in his press profile means more than a few Idolator readers are already familiar with the work of Arthur… More »

Is U2 Going To Leave Universal Music Group Behind?

Maura | February 1, 2008 - 2:45 am

Maybe, according to Fox rumormonger Roger Friedman. Word is that U2 is one of two outfits currently in negotiations for a deal with Live Nation that would be similar tothe 360-degree payday that Madonna scored last fall. More »

Maura | February 1, 2008 - 2:30 am

News of the Vampire Weekend backlash has apparently not hit the transom of the always-attractive “people who actually pay for their music” demographic; while the Internet’s love-hate relationship with the band has been thrashing back and forth, the album’s Amazon chart ranking is No. More »

“American Idol”: The Spoilers Continue To Spoil Some Of The Fun

Maura | February 1, 2008 - 2:00 am

I’m starting to wonder if part of my fatigue with this year’s American Idol audition episodes can be blamed on the Internet. Yes, the episodes are seeming more rote than ever, with the line between “good” and “bad” drawn with the fattest sharpie ever and no real surprises as far as who does and doesn’t… More »

Robert Wyatt Needs A Bigger Boat

Jess Harvell | February 1, 2008 - 1:30 am

There are days (especially when it’s drizzly) when I think British art-rock godfather Robert Wyatt’s version of Elvis Costello’s “Shipbuilding,” where a shipyard laborer reassesses his livelihood in the face of his hard work being used for wartime purposes, at least according to loose talk around… More »

Mama-say, Mama-sa, Ma-Ma-Hard-Sell: Rihanna Throws Michael Jackson A Lifeline

Chris Molanphy | February 1, 2008 - 1:00 am

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

Imagine, for a moment, you’re in promotions at Sony/BMG, and you’re trying to stoke interest in the 25th-anniversary edition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. This isn’t the first time you guys have… More »

American Idol Brings Out The Dreamers And The Screamers In Miami

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 12:35 pm

I officially reached American Idol audition burnout with last night’s episode, which is a good thing I guess since I’m pretty sure that the Hollywood Round episodes start next week. (Update: Alas, I was mistaken.) But am I wrong in thinking that the Miami audition installment of the show was just designed to really annoy… More »

Bill Cosby Gets His Crayons And His Pencils, Starts Writing Rhymes

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 12:00 pm

Yes, 2008 may see the first Cosby-related rap since Theo Huxtable and Walter “Cockroach” Bradley taught a nation of youngsters about the time when a certain Julius C. got bodied by his bros. Rumors abound in the hip-hop world this morning that Bill Cosby, rap-hater and friend of talking magic markers, is recording his first… More »

Swedish Prosecutor Fires A Shot At The Pirate Bay, Head Pirates Take To Their Blog To LOL

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 11:30 am

A Swedish prosecutor filed charges against Hans Fredrik Neij, Per Svartholm Warg, Peter Kolmisoppi, and Carl Lundstroem, the four men behind the BitTerrorist haven The Pirate Bay, today. Prosecutor Haakan Roswall has claimed that The Pirate Bay “promotes other people’s infringements of copyright laws” and makes money off of that promotion from its banner ads,… More »

Jay-Z Unveils A Sketch From His Latest <em>Blueprint</em>?

Jess Harvell | January 31, 2008 - 11:00 am

77830627.jpgARTIST: Jay-Z
TITLE: “Ain’t I”
WEB DEBUT: Jan. 30, 2008 More »

Chris Brown Is Still Flogging The “New Michael Jackson” Thing For All It’s Worth

Maura | January 31, 2008 - 10:30 am

And now he’s dragging Lil Mama along with him, as evidenced by the “Scream”-biting video for “Shawty Get Loose,” the latest attempt to let the Top 40-listening masses that the pint-sized rapper has other songs besides “Lip Gloss.” More »

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