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The Big Hurt: This week in offensive content

In her long career of pushing boundaries, Madonna has run afoul of some of the world's most powerful institutions.

By DAVID THORPE  |  March 08, 2013
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The Big Hurt: Diving in the PR dumpster

I've been dumpster diving in the PR bin, the rankest receptacle of music industry waste, and I've come up with a dripping fistful of the month's hottest garbage.

By DAVID THORPE  |  March 01, 2013
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The Big Hurt: Leanin' With Biebs

Bieber was allegedly photographed sipping something from a double Styrofoam cup, in close proximity to a big bottle of codeine cough syrup. This can only add up to one thing: lean . That purple drank, the laudanum of Screw, the deadly nectar of Pimp C.

By DAVID THORPE  |  February 22, 2013
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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 Love Hurts: Valentine's Day press releases

Valentine's Day brings an enormous opportunity to squeeze money from the most lucrative demographics: the frustrated, the clingy, the lonely, and the stalky.
Spoil the mood with terrible dates, familiar faces and sex toy surprises
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 08, 2013
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The Big Hurt: 2013’s Hottest Rock Cruises

Chances are you've already heard about the MARK MCGRATH AND FRIENDS CRUISE , the most talked-about maritime disaster of the 21st century.

By DAVID THORPE  |  February 01, 2013


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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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The Big Hurt: The Week in WorldStar unsigned Artist videos

In my Year-in-Preview column, I predicted that we'd pass "peak hip-hop" in 2013, and the unsigned hype on the WorldStar hip-hop site would slow to a trickle.

By DAVID THORPE  |  January 18, 2013
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The Big Hurt: The week in food

Losing weight is one of the most common new year's resolutions. Prepare for another year of failure, corpulent reader: time for an extra-greasy food news roundup!

By DAVID THORPE  |  January 11, 2013
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The Big Hurt: The week in trouble

This week in big rap no-nos: Fat Joe faces the possibility of two years in the slammer after pleading guilty to evading more than $700 grand in taxes.

By DAVID THORPE  |  January 04, 2013
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The Big Hurt: The worst singles of 2012

Although 2012 wasn't a particularly awful year for music, we still had to contend with a few dozen all-time stinkers.

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2012


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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's obligatory holiday gift guide

Is the anxiety of seasonal consumer obligation weighing heavy upon your soul?

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 07, 2012
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The Big Hurt: This week in pop franchising

It's been such an eventful few months in pop that I've neglected one of my dearest projects: scraping the tarry press-release residue from the bottom of the industry barrel.

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 30, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Bieber's next romance

Our fledgling manlet has reportedly had his first taste of heartache! E! News — and everyone else in the world, by now — brings word that Biebs has been dumped by longtime gee eff Selena Gomez, who complained of conflicting schedules and "trust issues."

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 23, 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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The Big Hurt: The unkillable ''Gangnam Style''

After months of pop dominance, Psy's K-pop hit "Gangnam Style" has our nation's weary bloggers on the brink of collapse.

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 09, 2012
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The Big Hurt: The week in booze

Let's get blind shitfaced on semi-poisonous bathtub newsshine.

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 02, 2012
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Rap news in brief

In a recent Big Hurt column about selling out with grace and dignity, I gently called out Snoop Dogg as an artist who'd entirely blown out his commercial gag reflex.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 26, 2012
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The Big Hurt: The Week in Fine Dining

It's a time of great upheaval for America's restaurant of last resort: Arby's is getting a major brand revamp.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 12, 2012
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Billie Joe's crackup, Muse's truth

Jeers this week to regrettable behavior -- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 05, 2012


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Pop and culture in brief

Last month, a peculiar scrap of music history went up for auction in England: a framed pair of ELVIS PRESLEY's husky briefs — "unwashed," according to the BBC, and still "soiled with stains."
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By DAVID THORPE  |  September 21, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Heeding the commands of the Billboard Hot 100

From twisting and shouting to taking Eddie Money home tonight to fucking the police, pop music has always loved to boss us around.
Who Charted: The Pop Gauntlet
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 07, 2012
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The Big Hurt: The month in tragedy, rampages, and weird cheese

It's been a sad and grisly few weeks for live music.
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By DAVID THORPE  |  July 20, 2012
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Pitbull takes The Big Hurt north

Well, Pitbull invited me to go to Alaska with him.
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By DAVID THORPE  |  July 13, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Dodging the IRL horseshit at the World’s Lulziest convention

I've braved some gruesome events in the line of making-fun-of-stuff duty: anime conventions, comic conventions, and even a furry convention.
ROFLCon: A Skeptic’s Guide
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 04, 2012


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The Big Hurt: Wheelchair songs

To whatever benevolent universal force tried to put a stop to the next CRAZY TOWN record by placing SHIFTY SHELLSHOCK in a coma last week: thanks, but further comas won't be necessary.
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By DAVID THORPE  |  April 13, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Diving into the billowing smokestack of music industry press releases

With all those huge buses and private jets, the music industry produces plenty of harmful waste — it's no joke that Aerosmith's latest US jaunt is called the "Global Warming Tour."
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By DAVID THORPE  |  April 06, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Forward into the past!

COOLIO just got arrested for missing a court date . . . in 2010.
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By DAVID THORPE  |  March 30, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Hot 100 Debuts

I love writing these chart-watching editions of "The Big Hurt," but I don't do it too often, and for a depressing reason: the same shit stays on the charts week after week.
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By DAVID THORPE  |  February 03, 2012