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    June 30, 2011

    Dispatch From The X Factor Auditions: Makeovers, Preening, And Missing The Machine

    ​In Seattle on Wednesday, The X Factor was doing its damndest not to be American Idol. Producers had overseen the first round of auditions, and now, in front of an audience of 4,000, the few acts who had passed muster would perform for judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, and Nicole Sc ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    The 20 Worst Songs of 2010, #15: Susan Boyle, "Hallelujah"

    F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. ​Leonard Cohen's ode to sex and music theory "Hallelujah" reached a certain saturation point this year--there was a moment when it seemed like there would be one overwrought cover of the track appearing on TV per mon ... More >>

  • Music

    June 29, 2010

    The Calculated Rebellion of Miley Cyrus

    The shrugging-off-Disney phase begins with the sadly wan Can't Be Tamed

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    February 18, 2010

    On Sade and the Virtues of Scarcity

    Sade, hiding. Photo courtesy ThinkTank Marketing.​This week's album charts were topped by Sade's Soldier Of Love, the smoky soul singer's sixth full-length and first since 2000's Lovers Rock. Soldier accomplished the rarer-than-ever feat of going gold in its first week of release, selling 502, ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2010

    Michael Jackson and the Endless Summer of Death

    What the King of Pop left behind, and what he took with him

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    July 7, 2009

    Jackson Memorial Scheduled for 1PM EST

    Michael Jackson's bonkers Staples Center memorial is scheduled for 10AM PST, and is set to feature a random assortment of basketball players, reality TV show contestants, and John Mayer. This Rolling Stone item cites TMZ and contains the allegation that "Michael Jackson's casket will take center sta ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Jackson Memorial Worthy of a Master Showman

    The Michael Jackson all-star memorial concert at the Staples Center was so riveting I expected Michael to pop out of the shiny, silver coffin and do one last moonwalk. Janet and LaToya really turned it out fashionwise (and dignity-wise); old-time Motown legends like Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, and S ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    The Susan Boyle Phenomenon Is Already Getting Old

    One of the week's most clicked clips was that of Susan Boyle, the 47-year-old frump who rocked out on Britain's Got Talent and wowed the smirks off the skeptical judges' faces. But as someone who knows about the inner workings of TV, can I just say how phony the whole thing came off? In fact, the ... More >>