[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] This evening (6/5), the Chicago-raised rapper Vic Mensa will be celebrating his 21st birthday by putting in an appearance at Just Blaze's House Party shindig at We ... More >>
Better Than: Black Snake Moan. The last time I saw Justin Timberlake live, he was still part of *NSYNC and filling stadiums with excited children and annoyed parents for the boy band's final tour. Since then, he's gotten married to someone who is not Britney Spears, pursued a film career, and wit ... More >>
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For Thanksgiving one year, I made my grandma follow the peach cobbler recipe from an article in some teen magazine that was said to be the same one Justin Timberlake's grandma used. I love, love, loved *NSYNC, and was not afraid to show it. I had *NSYNC lip balm, *NSYNC hoop earrings, and countless ... More >>
So says Next magazine's music critic Keo Nozari, who's not N SYNC with what Justin's created. Writes Nozari: "It's like somebody was smoking something serious, found themselves all slowed up in a stupor, and got lost in delusions of grandeur."
This week, teen-idol-of-the-moment Justin Bieber released his second proper full-length, Believe, a record studded with cameos by the likes of Drake and Nicki Minaj and stuffed with different styles of musicfrom R&B to simply sung acoustic-guitar balladry to something that's either arena rock ... More >>
Darren Criss is attracting screaming Gleeks to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and they're filling the seats once occupied by screaming Potterphiles. Which brings to mind the topic of Broadway replacements and how they fare in light of all the hoopla generated by the original star ... More >>
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Last night, Lance Bassformer 'N Sync member, aspiring astronaut, and now apparently boy-band guruoffered a tutorial on how to get your probably-jokey, possibly-somewhat-serious musical project noticed by those folks on the Internet who are looking for things to giggle at as they ... More >>
The phrase "the calm before the storm" appears in virtually every chart-related story this week. That's because the latest edition of the Billboard 200, which covers sales from the week ending May 22, is topped by Adele's 21. That album is No. 1 for the ninth and (presumably) final week befor ... More >>
Black Eyed Peas, about to be on this list.The Super Bowl is a wonderful day in the sports calendar, full of drama, excitement, and also some great commercials. However, the dark cloud that hangs over most Super Bowls is that of the halftime show. The history of these halftime shows is as dive ... More >>
We defy you not to laugh, really.This morning, music industry executives awoke with a sigh of relief: the third full sales week of 2011 did not end with historic Soundscan lows. After Taylor Swift set a historical nadir by selling 52,000 copies of three-month-old record during one of the slow ... More >>
This is the third most popular record in the country right now. So, one more qualification for Arcade Fire's still pretty respectable #2 this week: they snagged it amidst the worst seven days in SoundScan history. The industry managed to move a paltry 4.95 million units last week, a number th ... More >>
The Vivian Girls. The Backstreet Boys. Both bands are on tour this summer; both have a penchant for wobbly harmony; both have experienced relatively recent line-up changes. For some, these coincidences wouldn't register, but for savvy Paper Magazine editor (and former Voice cohort) Elizabeth ... More >>
Finally, the Jeanne Tanzy Williams story is ready to made into a movie! Jeanne Tanzy what? Well, the lady says that as the manager of young A.J. McLean, she was instrumental in launching the Backstreet Boys along with sleazebucket Louis J. Pearlman, so she's going Hollywood with her torrid tale. "It ... More >>
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