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The Big Hurt: Music news in brief(1)

Behold the music reporting of the 21st century!

By DAVID THORPE  |  February 15, 2013
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The Big Hurt: Rihanna/Brown media roundup

Hey, remember when Chris Brown beat his beloved celebrity girlfriend to the point of hospitalization, and it looked like, thank goodness, he totally wouldn't get away with it?
Hurt so bad
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 02, 2012
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Losers of the Hot 100

In today's "Who Charted?", I'll be checking out a few of the biggest losers on the Billboard Hot 100.  
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 22, 2011
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Big Hurt: Chris Brown's problematic timing

Last Tuesday was an awkward day for MTV.com and the rest of the Chris Brown promotional forgiveness machine — on the same day that his career-saving comeback album was dropped, he appeared on Good Morning America and became incensed by pre-vetted questi
Almost saved!
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2011
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Big Hurt: Chris Brown's problematic timing

Last Tuesday was an awkward day for MTV.com and the rest of the Chris Brown promotional forgiveness machine — on the same day that his career-saving comeback album was dropped, he appeared on Good Morning America and became incensed by pre-vetted questi
Almost saved!
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2011
Chris Brown alive = Michael Jackson dead? Brown's mom tweets "Yes!...um, wait, No!"

Chris Brown alive = Michael Jackson dead? Brown's mom tweets "Yes!...um, wait, No!"


Chris Brown's mom is not doing a dang thing to help her baby boy's already tarnished reputation. On Tuesday she "accidentally" tweeted something very incriminating...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  September 10, 2010


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Review: Takers

Much of this LA-based actioner directed by John Luessenhop carries on like a generic TV crime drama propped up with a bristling score and rapid-fire flash cuts that redirect you from one disjointed situation to the next.
More like "Takers or Leavers"
By TOM MEEK  |  September 03, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Tiffany and Debbie Gibson's snakes 'n' gators

"2010 could end up being the year of EL DEBARGE ," says mtv.com. Wait! I know I make shit up all the time, but they actually said that.
Plus El DeBarge's year, Chris Brown's tears, and Justin Bieber's heart
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 09, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Tiffany and Debbie Gibson's snakes 'n' gators

"2010 could end up being the year of EL DEBARGE ," says mtv.com. Wait! I know I make shit up all the time, but they actually said that.
Plus El DeBarge's year, Chris Brown's tears, and Justin Bieber's heart
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 09, 2010
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010

Local luminaries’ picks

I asked a bunch of people who really dig local music to help me make sure I wasn’t leaving any songs out when I was developing my list of the best 10 songs of the 2000s, but then I quickly realized that “best” is about as subjective as things come when y
A sample of other best songs of the 2000s
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 25, 2009


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Rihanna | Rated R

Look, it’s not as if there were a song where she says, “Chris Brown, you chicken-shit motherfucker, your ass is gonna pay.”
Def Jam (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 04, 2009
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Chris Brown at Lupo's


Chris Brown's Fan Appreciation Tour started out wobbly, with pundits citing mediocre ticket sales as a result of his assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna last...
By webteam  |  December 03, 2009

Boston Public Health Commission's Top 10 Bad Romance Songs of 2009: Is pop music unhealthy?


"People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 02, 2009
CLICK TRACKS: Ashlee Simpson worms back into the Great White Way, Courtney Love re-mounts Hole, and more

CLICK TRACKS: Ashlee Simpson worms back into the Great White Way, Courtney Love re-mounts Hole, and more


  Thought Macbeth was the most cursed play in history? Think again. Former pop starlet/defensive hoedown expert Ashlee Simpson has been tapped to reprise her...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 14, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Another Brown bagged

Ian Brown: lady hitter?
Plus Stockman sickened, Sublime subpoena'd,
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 13, 2009


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Lightning dolt

Outstanding story out of San Diego last week, where terrifyingly stone-headed Chargers linebacker Shawne "Lights Out" Merriman was detained by police after similarly dumb-as-crap semi-famous bisexual reality-show skank Tila Tequila accused him of choki
Did Shawne Merriman take his shot at love?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 18, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Pop eroticism, faux sincerity, and sperm motility

I am a man who loves a good corporate doofus, and this week's glistening-prize-hog-doofus quote goes to TOM WELCH , Wal-Mart's senior music buyer, who manages to make Foreigner sound even squarer than Foreigner.
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 07, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Michael and Steven, RIP

Even if I got scooped by everyone else, I believe my inimitable wit will ensure that my reportage goes down in history as the definitive account, so here goes: Michael Jackson died.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 10, 2009
Diddy releases Michael Jackson tribute song on Twitter

Diddy releases Michael Jackson tribute song on Twitter


iamdiddy Michael Jackson showed me that you can actually see the beat. He made the music com...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 26, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Wascally wappers

Lame as Marilyn Manson may be, I wouldn't wish his fans on him if he were my worst enemy.
Plus failed massacres and reverse piracy
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 29, 2009


Boston Teens Tackle Domestic Violence, Bill O'Reilly, National Review Editor

Boston Teens Tackle Domestic Violence, Bill O'Reilly, National Review Editor


Remember the bombshell that launched from Boston’s shores last month (before we put preppy murder ba...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 24, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Crashing Pumpkins

I recently had the "was that real, or did I dream that?" feeling about the upcoming Spider-Man musical featuring songs by U2, and I happily concluded that it was a dream.
Plus Lynched Beatles, and a misleading Baby
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 17, 2009

2. Chris Brown

The next time we hear that Brownie harmed so much as one hair on Rihanna's landing strip we're sending Kathy Bates to choke those mediocre vocal chords and hobble up his dancing sticks.
The next time we hear that Brownie harmed so much as one hair on Rihanna's landing strip we're sending Kathy Bates to choke those mediocre vocal chords and hobble up his dancing sticks.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Sony’s loss is Portland’s gain

Three local music entities are reaping the benefits of a major national lawsuit against big-name music institutions.  
Music money
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 02, 2008

Portland scene report: July 25, 2008

The Portland music scene is getting all kinds of Web-friendly.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 23, 2008


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Record lows, indies peak

Last week’s number 10 album, Van Morrison’s Keep it Simple, sold just 37,000 copies.
Musical notes
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 16, 2008
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Strip club

Do not show up unless you plan to take your pants off. This includes media.
Underwear underground
By IAN SANDS  |  January 16, 2008
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Blowing up

I’m guessing most people know this by now: album sales continue to tank.
The ringtone champs
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  April 23, 2007
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Bootleg beats

The music that Gregg Gillis creates under the name Girl Talk almost necessitates a new classification. Girl Talk, "Hold Up" (mp3)
Gregg Gillis’s Girl Talk mash-ups
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 09, 2007