Happy birthday today to Maura Johnston, editor of Idolator. While I imagine she’s going to find this post embarrassing and dreadful, Maura’s one of my favorite people on earth, and an excellent writer/editor/blogger/whatever as well. In her honor, a stack of Sugababes videos below the cut.
Hey everyone– Brian, the lame duck here. As some of you may know, Friday will be my last day at Idolator, and I’m extremely pleased to announce that Associate Editor Maura Johnston will be taking over the site. More »
Now that the summer has ended, and the Black Eyed Peas have reached the half-year mark at the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100, it’s time to start thinking about who could knock them off. While looking for insight on which artists could achieve this heretofore-impossible feat, I ran across a Newsweek blog post that was seemingly written by someone who hasn’t really looked at a copy of Billboard in months—i.e., a dude who really thinks that Mariah Carey’s D.O.A. cover of Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” is going to burn up the charts, despite it sounding not so much “radio ready” as it is “ready for a time-travel trip to a 20th-century dentist’s office.” To clear things up a bit, Idolator’s resident chart expert Chris Molanphy and I took some IM time and tried to figure out which artists realistically had a chance of knocking off the Peas. Lady GaGa? Jason DeRulo? Britney? Nobody??? Our thoughts, after the jump. More »
This week, our look at the closing lines of the biggest new-music reviews takes a spin through reactions to Spinnerette, the self-titled full-length from Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle’s latest project. Although you wouldn’t know that she actually had a music career before marrying Queens Of The Stone Age head dude Josh Homme if you only had the reviews after the jump to go by!More »
This week marks the 15th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994. You could argue that Cobain’s suicide was a generation of late-twentysomethings and early-thirtysomethings’ version of the JFK assassination… and pretty much remained our defining cultural event until 9/11. So, we’d like to hear your stories. Share where you were, what you were doing and how you felt. Maura and I will start the ball rolling with our own anecdotes, as well as a few we gathered from members of Pelican, Throw Me The Statue, and Oxford Collapse.
Last night’s American Idol was organized around the very loose idea of “Popular Downloads,” a night that resulted in some contestants seeming way older than they were, others annoying the judges for not fitting into the boxes constructed around them during the auditions lo those many months ago, and others having really, really big hair. Like really big. A ranking-free recap—honestly, last night was maybe the first this season in which there was no real No. 1 sticking out of the morass of hopefuls—and tales of out-of-control hairdryers, all after the jump.