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The Big Hurt: Pop-culture news in brief

Could Nicki Minaj be casting aside her reputation as a fashion trailblazer?

By DAVID THORPE  |  January 25, 2013
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Nicki Minaj | Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up

Well, now it's official: the title of every record Nicki Minaj ever makes will include the title of every other record she's ever made.
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By DAN WEISS  |  November 30, 2012
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The Big Pink | Future This

The Big Pink's name is forgettable and their sound is too generic to describe. Sneering electronic dance-rock heavy on synths and slowed-down '90s rave beats? They might as well be the Klaxons.
4AD (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  January 13, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Bieber's balls, Weiland and She & Him's Xmas albums, Nicki Minaj's trash, and more

While his upcoming Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, may sound like a surefire hit, it was nearly scuppered by a pair of glistening ornaments.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 11, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Johnny's mansion, Noel's singles, Keith's fragrance, Big Boi's boner, Alice's maze, Hype's erotic thriller, Nicki's boob

Johnny Rotten's mansion burnt down. A tragedy, but made sadder still by the fact that it happened two weeks before the riots, denying anarchists in the UK the chance to properly thank him for appearing in butter commercials and licensing official Sex Pi
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 19, 2011
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The fundamentals of Lady Essence

It's my job to listen to contemporary music, but I'll admit that it's completely baffling to me that Nicki Minaj is now the "highest-grossing female hip-hop artist of all time." Is she even hip-hop? Is she human?
Right here, Right Now
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 19, 2011


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The Big Hurt: Pablo Dylan's 10 Minutes

Bob Dylan's 16-year-old grandson, Pablo Dylan, just dropped 10 Minutes , his first rap mixtape.
Meritocracy news
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 05, 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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Nicki Minaj | Pink Friday

When you're accustomed to being the coolest attendee at everyone else's parties, hosting your own can be tricky. And so it goes for Nicki Minaj.
Motown/Universal (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  December 03, 2010
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Fall National Pop Preview: The golden age

Okay, so the album is dead, the music industry is dead, rock is dead, and the Library of Alexandria you have stored on your C drive has killed 150 years of recorded music culture.
The industry is dead, but the music lives on
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 17, 2010
MP3: Kanye featuring Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, "Monster"

MP3: Kanye featuring Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, "Monster"


Kanye West has kicked off his campaign to release a new song every Friday between now and Christmas with his much-anticipated collaboration with Justin Vernon...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 30, 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
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Billboard's Rap Songs chart

In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 02, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Dialing up Billboard’s Ringtones Chart

We may scoff at the very idea of Billboard ’s ignominious Ringtones chart, but mobile phones are one of only three viable revenue channels musicians have left these days (the other two being commercial licensing and crooked charities).
Who Charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 23, 2010