Al Shipley

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

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…

Maura | April 24, 2009 - 5:00 pm

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

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…

Maura | December 31, 2008 - 11:30 am

“Billboard” Breaks Down, Dials Up Triple-A

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-airplay

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

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

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 few

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

Pop-Punk Legends Drop A Stealth Hit On Rock Radio

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 modern

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

Rock Radio Takes A Number One That Leaves A Puddle

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, ponders

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

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

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 bands

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

Is Rock Radio Slowly Going Post-Modern?

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 of

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

Rock Radio Playlists Remain Paralyzed In 2008

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 radio

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

Modern Rock Programmers Ponder What They’ve Done In 2007

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’s

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

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

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 the

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

Who Arbitrates Arbitron?

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 just

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

The Decline And Fall Of West Coast Pop Punk

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) to

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

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

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 what

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