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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Lucas Jensen | April 16, 2009 - 4:00 pm

This past weekend, Dan Deacon played a show at the Masquerade in Atlanta that ended…poorly. The club cut him off mid-set, and mild chaos ensued. Deacon fans were livid at the club, but the DJs who were scheduled afterward said that Deacon and Co. (and the opening band) went over their allotted time. Now you… More »


Kanye West Likes Fish Sticks

Lucas Jensen | April 9, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Kanye West (or at least the computer-generated version of a construction-paper version of him) was at the center of last night’s South Park episode, in which aspiring comedian Jimmy creates the funniest joke ever, and it spreads like wildfire through the late-night talk-show circuit. The joke, which Cartman is quick to claim as his own:
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Britney Gets Gassed In Vancouver

Lucas Jensen | April 9, 2009 - 11:00 am

Midway through last night’s Vancouver show, Britney Spears disappeared, refusing to come back onstage until the “smoke” cleared. Her official statement:
We want to apologize to all the fans who attended our Vancouver show tonight for the brief pause in Britney’s set. Crew members above the stage became ill due to a ventilation issue.
According… More »



Lady GaGa Takes Slow and Steady Route to the Top

Chris Molanphy | April 3, 2009 - 4:00 am

Lady GaGa Scores Hot 100 Milestone,” a Billboard headline … More »


James Franco Journeys To The End Of Taste

Mike Barthel | February 23, 2009 - 10:00 am

It was a good night for Idolator faves at the Oscars last night. A.R. Rahman won twice, both for his original score and for the song “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire. But you know that already. You might not know about James Franco. … More »


Two-Hit Wonder Flo Rida Owns Charts, Reminds Us He Exists

Chris Molanphy | February 20, 2009 - 2:00 am

Obviously, we need to talk about the new song that takes over the top of Billboard’s Hot 100, and the mind-blowing record it sets.
But before we do that, let’s talk about Hilary Swank.
I find Swank’s movie career totally incomprehensible: She either wins Oscars, or she tanks. Not even Meryl Streep has won… More »



Today In Musician-Related Booze News: Jimi’s Vodka Gets Unplugged, Kid Rock’s Beer Gets Thumbs-Up

Maura | February 19, 2009 - 12:30 pm

• A judge has ruled that Hendrix Electric… More »


Music Videos: Now Only $99

Lucas Jensen | February 19, 2009 - 1:00 am

It’s funny that music videos continue to thrive now, when they don’t have many television networks interested in broadcasting them. In fact, with the advent of outlets like YouTube and Pitchfork.TV, I watch more videos now than I have in years—and in my days as a publicist, I found them to be an invaluable publicity… More »


The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Learn Their Letters And Numbers

Maura | February 17, 2009 - 9:00 am

ARTIST: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
TITLE: “Zero”
WEB DEBUT: Feb. 16, 2009 … More »



“Viva La Vida” Goes Global

Maura | February 16, 2009 - 5:30 am

Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, Or Death And All His Friends was the top-selling album of 2008 worldwide, selling 6.8 million copies, according to data released today by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents some 1,400 record companies around the globe. Coming in behind Coldplay were AC/DC’s Black Ice; the soundtrack to the… More »


“Shhhh-it!”: Idolator’s Super-Secret Music Interview Talks Shop

Lucas Jensen | February 12, 2009 - 11:00 am

Every week in the “Shhhh-it!” AnonIMous Super-Secret Music-Biz Interview Series (S-I!AS-SM-BIS for, uh, short) we interview a grizzled music industry veteran via the meat grinder world of instant messaging. As many of you out there may know, I’m a recovering publicist with nearly a decade of experience in promotion and PR. Don’t hold that against… More »


Heavy Lies the Crown: Clarkson Still Tops, But Slim Shady Is Poised to Pounce

Chris Molanphy | February 6, 2009 - 3:00 am

Maura and I have already taken a victory lap about our fulfilled prediction that Kelly Clarkson would vault to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” dominates the list again this week, thanks to commanding sales and fast-rising radio airplay.
How long will she stay there? Nothing in the… More »



A Robot Roundtable On The Grammys

Lucas Jensen | February 5, 2009 - 11:00 am

The Grammy Awards are right around the corner, and figuring out the Grammy voters’ somewhat lunatic hivemind is a Sisyphean task (Marc Cohn? Steely Dan? Jethro Tull?). When I need answers in times of great uncertainty like these, I turn to beings of superior logic: Robots. I brought together a roundtable discussion between my old… More »


Your First “Higher Love”: What Songs Did You Learn Because Of A Big Old Crush?

Lucas Jensen | February 5, 2009 - 5:00 am

eMusic has a charming piece wherein a number of musicians of varying notoriety reveal their different first crushes. We find out that Laura Ballance of Superchunk had things for James West of The Wild, Wild West, Robin, The Black Stallion, and Han Solo (as well she should have); Julian Koster of Music Tapes and Neutral… More »


“Suck” Blows (Up): Clarkson’s Comeback Could Make It To The Top Of The Pops

Chris Molanphy | January 23, 2009 - 3:30 am

The most interesting news on Billboard’s Hot 100 isn’t at the summit, where the entire Top Five has been static for the last couple of weeks. It’s in the basement, where a flotilla of new songs—many by established acts—debuts.
We could talk about the return of Eminem to the Hot 100, for the first time… More »



My Least Favorite Marching Band Show

Lucas Jensen | January 15, 2009 - 12:00 pm

I’m gonna be up front and honest here because I feel like we are all Internet pals.
I was in the marching band for eight years—four in high school, four in college. I’m not ashamed. I’m a proud Auburn High School Marching Band alum. (Tim Reed and I played quads. Called ourselves “Quad Squad.” We… More »


Morrissey Quitting Music Again (Except Not Really)

Lucas Jensen | January 14, 2009 - 12:00 pm

In what can only be seen as a stunning display of click hunger, Filter’s site offered up a “Morrissey Exclusive” with the salacious subheading “Calling It Quits?” Given that his newest album has garnered some effusive praise around these parts, that’s some pretty big news.
So, of course, it’s not really true. Here is the… More »


Lady GaGa Dances To No. 1 As iTunes’ Beat Gets A Little Bit Slower

Chris Molanphy | January 9, 2009 - 3:00 am

Over the holidays, Billboard’s song charts were, at least on the surface, pretty sleepy. On the Hot 100, most of the songs that were hot late last fall—Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” and “If I Were a Boy,” T.I. and Rihanna’s “Live Your Life,” Kanye’s “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless,” Taylor Swift’s “Love Story,” the unkillable Katy Perry’s… More »



“Shhhh-it!”: Idolator’s Super-Secret Music Interview Series Oscillates My Metallic Sonatas

Lucas Jensen | January 8, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Every week in the “Shhhh-it!” AnonIMous Super-Secret Music-Biz Interview Series (S-I!AS-SM-BIS for, uh, short) we interview a grizzled music industry veteran via the topsy-turvy world of instant messaging. This week brings an interview with TheThingThatShouldNotBe, an editor at a metal magazine and a longtime aficionado of the genre. TheThingThatShouldNotBe has a lot to say about… More »


Someone Did To An MTV Exec What Its Channels Have Been Doing To Us All Of These Years

Lucas Jensen | January 8, 2009 - 5:00 am

It seems that some enterprising scamp mailed a… More »


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