Al Shipley

A Moment Of Gratitude (With An Assist From Big Star)

Maura | April 24, 2009 - 5:00 pm

As you might have noticed, this is a bittersweet week around here; because of budget cuts, we’ve had to say goodbye to pretty much all the Idolator contributing writers, from columnists to daily bloggers. The site is going to go on as a solo project of sorts, although the news cycle might run at a… More »


One More List Before We Go: The Top 12 Idolator Posts Of 2008

Maura | December 31, 2008 - 11:30 am

As you may have gathered, I’m raring to close the book on 2008, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t run down some of the site’s highlights during what was a pretty dreary year overall. After the jump, behold a pretty subjective top 12 of the year (thanks to our technological limbo I can’t run… More »


“Billboard” Breaks Down, Dials Up Triple-A

Al Shipley | October 9, 2008 - 10:00 am

Many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock. To help figure out which is which, here’s “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of rock and roll. This time around, he gives Billboard’s newest radio-airplayMore »



An Avalanche Of A-List Rock Debuts, Topped By The Freakin’ Offspring

Al Shipley | May 22, 2008 - 10:00 am

Many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock. To help figure out which is which, here’s “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al “GovernmentNames” Shipley examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of rock and roll. This time around, he observes a fewMore »


Pop-Punk Legends Drop A Stealth Hit On Rock Radio

Al Shipley | March 31, 2008 - 11:00 am

Since many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock, welcome to “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley (a.k.a. Idolator commenter GovernmentNames) examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of Billboard’s rock charts. This time around he discovers a trio of modernMore »


Rock Radio Takes A Number One That Leaves A Puddle

Al Shipley | March 14, 2008 - 11:45 am

Since many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock, welcome to “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley (a.k.a. Idolator commenter GovernmentNames) examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of Billboard’s rock charts. This time around he experiences some emo-related schadenfreude, pondersMore »



What Radio Rock Hopefuls Will Get To Say “Thanks For The Add”?

Al Shipley | February 20, 2008 - 11:50 am

Since many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock, welcome to “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley (a.k.a. Idolator commenter GovernmentNames) examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of Billboard’s rock charts. This time around he grades six modern rock bandsMore »


Is Rock Radio Slowly Going Post-Modern?

Al Shipley | January 28, 2008 - 2:15 am

Since many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock, welcome to “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley (a.k.a. Idolator commenter GovernmentNames) examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of Billboard’s rock charts. This time around he examines a recent spate ofMore »


Rock Radio Playlists Remain Paralyzed In 2008

Al Shipley | January 10, 2008 - 11:00 am

Since many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock, welcome to “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley (a.k.a. Idolator commenter GovernmentNames) examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of Billboard’s rock charts. This time around he gives Billboard’s current rock radioMore »



Modern Rock Programmers Ponder What They’ve Done In 2007

Al Shipley | December 27, 2007 - 11:15 am

Since many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock, welcome to “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley (a.k.a. Idolator commenter GovernmentNames) examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of Billboard’s rock charts. This time around he takes a look at Billboard’sMore »


Do The Grammys Love The Foo Fighters, Or Just Really Hate Foo?

Al Shipley | December 13, 2007 - 11:00 am

Since many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock, welcome to “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley (a.k.a. Idolator commenter GovernmentNames) examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of Billboard’s rock charts. This time around he takes a look at theMore »


Who Arbitrates Arbitron?

Al Shipley | November 30, 2007 - 11:05 am

Since many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock, welcome to “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley (a.k.a. Idolator commenter GovernmentNames) examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of Billboard’s rock charts. This time around, he tries to find out justMore »



The Decline And Fall Of West Coast Pop Punk

Al Shipley | November 16, 2007 - 12:00 pm

Since many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock, welcome to “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley (a.k.a. Idolator commenter GovernmentNames) examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of Billboard’s rock charts. This time around he drops science (and graphs) toMore »


Just What Makes Modern Rock “Active”? (Or “Modern,” For That Matter?)

Al Shipley | November 1, 2007 - 12:15 pm

Since many people find it hard to tell the great from the godawful when it comes to 21st-century mainstream rock, welcome to “Corporate Rock Still Sells,” where Al Shipley (a.k.a. Idolator commenter GovernmentNames) examines what’s good, bad, and ugly in the world of Billboard’s rock charts. This time around he tries to distinguish just whatMore »