Hey guys! SXSW is just around the corner! It's the most exciting time for the music industry! With so much relevant stuff happening, it can be hard to process it all! Don't worry, deep breaths, we got you! We have the inside scoop on where all the hip kids are going to be this week, and you're in lu ... More >>
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With rare exceptions, I've always felt that forced audience interaction is a lazy device designed to get paying customers more involved in the show. I came to see the show. I want to be entertained, not be the entertainment, and if these stars dazzled the way they should, no such encouragem ... More >>
Think the life of a gossip columnist/blogger is all sawdust and tinsel? Well, here are some of the pitches I've gotten this week, to give you a hint of the reality behind the glitterdome: *"Andrea Bocelli rides the East River ferry"
A world-famous tenor makes his Met Opera solo debut
If you've looked at the incredibly prolific, California-based rapper Lil B's twitter at any point over the past few days, you know that he's just released a new mixtape, Red Flame. B, of course, is heralding it as the greatest of all time. After a couple listens, this seems to be a bit of an ... More >>
527,000 copies. She is a commercial juggernaut no one can touch, not least because in all likelihood the vast majority of her fans have no idea how to pirate and/or steal I Dreamed a Dream--the 10th best-selling record of the year and rising fast. If you can find a demographic old enough, thi ... More >>
And so the 2009 Taylor Swift Memorial Award for single-handedly saving the record industry goes to Susan Boyle, who last week sold north of 700,000 copies of her debut, I Dreamed a Dream. Boyle easily racked up the year's best sales week and the runner-up, Eminem's 600K-selling Relapse, ain't ... More >>
Sometimes there's just not a lot to live for when it comes to the week in record sales. Bon Jovi's The Circle took #1 with a pretty lackluster 163,000 copies sold (about half of what Carrie Underwood sold last week)--it's their fourth and most underwhelming #1. Underwood's Play On is down at ... More >>
To the tune of a stunning 318,000 copies sold, good for the "largest sales week for an album by a woman in 2009 and the second-best sales week for a country release," according to Billboard. Sorry Mariah! MJ's This Is It halved its sales and still held onto #2, clocking second week numbers at ... More >>
The middle-aged comics still don't wanna grow up. Yay.
Putatively musical sounds from hunger, for the fan of the future in a very disastrous year
Houston Screws Off the Cough-Syrup Cap
Jazz Competes With Its Past, Settles for the Hard Sell