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The Big Hurt: This week in image problems

Poor Biebs. He just wants to be the wholesome kid next door, but with his 18th birthday creeping up, America's youth-stealing culture just can't wait to liquor him up and lay him.
Bieber's adulthood, Manson and Trent's arson, Snoop's weed, Adele's weight, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé's baby
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 20, 2012

New band alert

MATT SHARDLOW ( DIV KID , etc.) reports he's in the studio with JACK MURRAY turning the knobs for a group comprising drummer NIKKI GLASPIE ( BEYONCÉ ), NATE EDGAR of JOHN BROWN'S BODY on bass, and AARON BELLAMY of the SAM KININGER BAND and

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
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

MP3: Passion Pit remixes Lady Gaga + Beyonce's "Telephone"; plus, Justin Timberlake's beardo friend

PASSION PIT REMIX LADY GAGA + BEYONCE's "TELEPHONE." For those of you who think that Passion Pit is a passing college fad, well, this probably...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 25, 2010

Odd men in

When Beyoncé, in a recent Guardian interview, pegged Georgia art weirdos Of Montreal as a group with whom she'd love to collaborate, the real weirdness was in how sensible it all seemed — as pop music has gotten skronkier and more fuzzed-out, indie ro
Of Montreal might be weird enough for the mainstream
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 22, 2010

Kanye, Beyonce and Sting Had Their Inaugural Balls Out Yesterday

After a calm Obama took the oath and the near-hysteric crowds had dispersed, inaugural balls we...
By webteam  |  January 21, 2009

Year in National Pop: New attitudes

Are we fated to pretend?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 22, 2008

Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records writer/director Darnell Martin lets the music speak for itself
Music speaks volumes
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  December 11, 2008

Beyoncé | I Am . . . Sasha Fierce

What I love about the chorus to B's current smash single, "Single Ladies" ("If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it"), are its blurry pronouns — quick, what does "it" refer to?
Columbia (2008)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 02, 2008

Pop goes to war

Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 25, 2007