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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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>