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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

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

Spring clearance

I've seen the best music snobs of my generation destroyed by downloading — instead of savoring full albums the way one might enjoy a vintage claret, they're slamming down random shots of bands with stupid names, passing out, and blanking on what they hea
Discriminatin' picks for the frugal music snob
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 12, 2010

The Big Hurt: Billboard Top Hip-Hop and R and B songs

This week, a jolly traipse through one of Billboard 's most artistically fecund charts: "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs." What wonders await?
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 29, 2010

The Big Hurt: Parse and labor

I think music-news headlines are now officially my favorite part of pop music.
The week in unhelpful headlines
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 19, 2009