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The Big Hurt: Pop-culture news in brief, from Tyga’s busta to Katy Perry’s scents

First priority: prevent Karmin/Will.i.am meeting. Second priority: smother Baby Hitler.

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 14, 2012
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The Big Hurt: One week ago in brief

Due to my strange publishing schedule, I'm writing this on November 5, the day before Mitt Romney will be elected to our highest office. I'm not at all worried about jinxing him, since he's a total lock and absolutely nothing could go wrong.

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 16, 2012
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Review: Katy Perry: Part of Me

Lady Gaga's every arch move seems designed to be parsed by graduate students convinced that mainstream America is scandalized every time someone plays with — all together now — gender.
A familiar saga
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  July 06, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Forward into the past!

COOLIO just got arrested for missing a court date . . . in 2010.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 30, 2012
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Review: The Smurfs

It may be a 3D movie set in a world populated by computer-animated blue-skinned natives, but this isn't Avatar .
An uninspired rip-off
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 29, 2011
Podcast:  Johnny L's Review, Guy 3-29-11

Podcast: Johnny L's Review, Guy 3-29-11


Townie Sales guy Johnny L. reviews Katy Perry, Foster the People, and .38 Special! DOWNLOAD:  Johnny L Review Guy 3-29-11.mp3 To download podcast, right click and...
By FNXAdmin  |  March 29, 2011


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The Big Hurt: The 'best' of Digital Songs

Let's check out Billboard 's Digital Songs chart, which tracks the most-downloaded songs in all genres. Should make for some interesting diversity, right? No! Actually, it's all the same crap from the Hot 100 in a slightly different order.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 18, 2011
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2010: The Year In Pop Music

Music may exist to express emotions, dreams, and nightmares, but beyond its loftier aims, it's a means of escape.
A schizophrenic year of rock and pop
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 24, 2010
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Photos: Air Sex World Championships 2010 at the Middle East Upstairs

Meet Diamond Dave and his Human Centipede impersonation. (No, really -- check slide # 5.)
The view from the Pervert Pole. (Strangely SFW, but filthy all the same.)
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  October 15, 2010
Round-up: Threats, Breasts, and other Gaga

Round-up: Threats, Breasts, and other Gaga


Ain't no knife-wielding, ex-FDNY firefighter gonna scare Madonna. Lady's from (close to) Detroit.Tina Fey too busy, funny for Twitter.Letterman wants check, not apology from failed...
By webteam  |  September 23, 2010
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Katy Perry | Teenage Dream

Contrary to common perception, there are only two genres of popular music: music written and performed by teenagers, and music written and performed by people trying to remember what being a teenager was like.
Capitol (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 27, 2010


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New entries in the Hot 100

We're mining further for nuggets of interest in the Hot 100 this week. Just to keep things fresh, let's check out this week's brand new entries.
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 27, 2010

Suck on this, Katy Perry!


Anyone who has heard slash seen the video for Katy Perry's latest syrupy single "California Gurls" can agree that it has the unique effect of...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  July 02, 2010
Twitter Roundup of the 2010 Grammys: Jessica Simpson weeps over Pink, Pete Yorn moans for MGMT, and more

Twitter Roundup of the 2010 Grammys: Jessica Simpson weeps over Pink, Pete Yorn moans for MGMT, and more


Most of you were probably too busy personally livetweeting last night's Grammy Awards to actually watch the performances or pay attention to what pop stars...
By Carrie Battan  |  February 01, 2010
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The Bigmouth strikes again

Given all the conflicting emotions, it was tough to form an opinion on Kanye West's VMA bum rush against Taylor Swift.
Kanye acts like himself; nation loses shit
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 25, 2009
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Katy Perry at Agganis Arena


Anyone who names her pet “Kitty Purry” and hauls around a giant inflatable purple pussy must be a fan of wordplay, so we know Katy...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 22, 2009


Twitter-to-win tickets to see @KatyPerry in Boston!

Twitter-to-win tickets to see @KatyPerry in Boston!


MORE PHOTOS: Katy Perry at House of Blues, Boston. PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Baumann. Those of you who remember our Britney ticket giveaway already know the...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 10, 2009
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Minitel Rose | The French Machine

Not many people remember Bitter Moon , a fantastic, slept-on 1992 movie directed by Roman Polanski.
Futur (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 26, 2009
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Photos: Katy Perry at House of Blues

Katy Perry at the House of Blues, Boston, April 1, 2009
Katy Perry at the House of Blues, Boston, April 1, 2009
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  April 02, 2009
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'Who Charted'

Having paid my dues by wading through the alt-rock and godawful-country charts, I've earned the right to tackle the steamy stuff.
Billboard's Hot Adult Top 40
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 24, 2009
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Kelly Clarkson | All I Ever Wanted

Of all of the myths propagated in rock and roll, "it's the singer not the song" must be the most disingenuous.
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By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 23, 2009


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Year in National Pop: New attitudes


Are we fated to pretend?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 22, 2008
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Angst-free zone

It’s possible I’m working backward from a bullshit conclusion, but I’m half-convinced the main topic of most arts-and-entertainment journalism isn’t actually arts or entertainment.
Barnicle keep things nice and friendly
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  December 16, 2008
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Going on sale: October 31, 2008

Jukebox the Ghost, Acid Mothers Temple, “Kiss 108 Jingle Ball," and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  October 28, 2008
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Rate expectations

Grim economic news makes me pretty nervous.  
The Big Hurt: World-class criticism priced to move!
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 01, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: Selena Coppock

Tila Tequila, where’d you come from? You’re this manufactured little pop tart. Euch. Grody-wack.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat. This week's victim . . .
By MARC HIRSH  |  August 04, 2008


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Photos: Warped Tour 2008

Get in the pit: From Katy Perry to Every Time I Die, an inside (and outside, and from behind) look at what went down (and up and down) at this year's Warped Tour.
July 23, 2008 at the Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
By CARINA MASTROCOLA AND BRYAN MASTERGEORGE  |  July 24, 2008
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The new girl

“I am the pink in a sea of darkness.”
Katy Perry storms the boys’ club
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 15, 2008
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Interview: Michael Angelakos

Passion Pit aren’t ours anymore.
Passion Pit keep rising higher and higher and higher
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 01, 1900