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  • Voice Choices

    August 27, 2014

    THRILLER NIGHT

    It's not just MJ's music that’s immortal

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Covergirl, Trojan, and Kia Win Big at MTV Video Music Awards!

    Last night was the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards, brought to you by State Farm, Covergirl, Trojan, Kia, Verizon and more. In our preview last week, we mentioned the increasing emphasis on interactivity at the awards, but my goodness was last night an absolute social media assault sponsored by s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Your Guide to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

    This Sunday, one of cable television's most storied traditions, the MTV Video Music Awards, beams from the Forum in Southern California into living rooms nationwide. The VMA's 32nd broadcast, this year's hostless show looks to carry on the quality of well-received recent installments, namely the 201 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Eminem x Rihanna - MetLife Stadium - 8/17/14

    Better than: Probably seeing either of them on their own. Eminem and Rihanna are strangely perfect for one another. Both are the rebellious kids of hip-hop with Eminem still happy to play the kooky rascal and Rih finding herself more and more comfortable with being the apathetic lil sis going thr ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 13, 2014

    MONSTER MASH-UP

    Pop’s most controversial stars align

  • News

    August 6, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    July 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Christina Aguilera Is a Better Performer Than Beyoncé

    Christina Aguilera is a better performer than Beyoncé. I promise that feels just as weird for me to type as it does for you to read, but it's true. This week I was lucky enough to see Beyoncé live for the first time as part of her On The Run tour with Jay-Z. There are a few things about watching B ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 9, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    July 2, 2014

    SUMMER DAZE

    Return to Red Hook for movies on the pier

  • Voice Choices

    June 11, 2014

    SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

    People of the world, recharge your girl power

  • Film

    May 28, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Five Better Producers for Michael Jackson's New Album

    Like most right-thinking people, we were disappointed when producers decided to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it. They're doing it again this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Weird Things Rock Stars Have Put Their Penis In

    We've built a culture that breathlessly responds to the reckless id of horny rock stars. It's either another colorful facet of pop culture or the crumbling of our basic human values, depending on how you look at it. What we do know, is that gross white men sticking their penis into esoteric things i ... More >>

  • Film

    March 5, 2014

    Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?

    Rom-coms used to be a cash cow --and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Why Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" Is the Best Pop Video This Year

    I am a big Katy Perry fan. To me she's like a sister. I mean, she doesn't know she's like my sister, I've never met her, but in my heart she's family. Which means that, as her biggest fan, I'm also her biggest critic. I believe Teenage Dream is one of the top 5 pop albums of my lifetime, so I was qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    50 Things We Learned From the 2013 Year in Movies

    At 8:30 a.m., this year's Oscar nominations will be announced, also known as national Gah! What Were Those Idiot Voters Thinking Day. We can't wait, so in the meantime, we give you this:

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Bow Down: Beyoncé Finally Lets Us In

    Beyoncé fans began 2013 believing they wanted, even deserved, a certain kind of truth from their pop idol. As is the case when a celebrity begins sparkling too brightly, we had gotten curious (if not outright suspicious), after 10 years of überstardom, about the diva's bulletproof, halo- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Albums By Year, 1971-2013

    Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>

  • Music

    January 15, 2014
  • Film

    December 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    What We Can Learn From Beyonce's Feminism

    There are moments when Beyonce not only references her past but displays clips from it like awards on her mantel. In "***Flawless," she frames an anthem of exuberant self-love and feminist rage with clips of her appearance on Star Search as a pre-teen with her group Girl's Tyme. The first one is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    21 Movie Romances That We Loved in 2013

    In 2013, love came in many forms: girl on zombie, boy on smartphone, and James Franco on -- count 'em -- two hot bikini babes at the same damn time. Sure, romantic comedies are as extinct as Oprah Winfrey's chances of winning Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, but audiences had plenty of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Jingle Ball 2003: The Time A Simple Plan Was Billed Over Jay Z and Beyonce

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. The stockings are hung, the lights are shining bright and that can only mean Z100's Jingle Ball is near! One of New York's most beloved traditions, since 1993 the Jingle Ball has served as both the holliest AND jolliest of non-stop pop performances, as well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Five Things You Will Find at Every Massive Pop Show

    Justin Timberlake is currently touring his immaculately conceived three-hour 20/20 Experience extravaganza. It is the perfect pop show, utterly devoid of commentary--just the larger-than-life presence of a star and his silky-smooth musical meal. Lest we sound disparaging here, it should be said: You ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 11, 2013

    ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS . . .

    The holidays are meant for singing terrible tacky music

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Five Early Kanye West Clips You Probably Haven't Seen

    Kanye West plays Barclays Center Tuesday and Wednesday nights. It's crazy to think that, as recently as a decade ago, there was a time when he wasn't absolutely everywhere. And yet, even in those days, he was still lurking, just a bit beneath the surface. So here are five early Kanye clips you proba ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Which Female Country Star is Your Favorite Rapper?

    Earlier this month Phonte dropped much knowledge about which rappers correspond to which classic television shows. To wit: Jay is The Wire; Nas is Breaking Bad; Kanye is Lost; East Bound and Down is Action Bronson, etc. etc. It's a fun game, and anyone who thinks too much about hip-hop has definitel ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    In Defense of the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards

    This Sunday is the 30th MTV Video Music Awards. The show's come a long way from the days of Bette Midler and basic-cable bedlam--it's one of the most influential award shows on television. Youth driven channel that it is, MTV itself seldom looks back at yesterday in favor of focusing on the future, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    The Top 10 Beyonce Collaborations

    In the sports entertainment universe, wrestler Rob Van Dam is "the whole damn show." In the fictional sphere of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, ascending to international tennis is "making the show"; in the real world, that's what aspiring baseballers think of as earning a spot on a MLB team. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    We Know What Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Did Last Summer

    Today and Saturday, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake take the stage at Yankee Stadium for their Legends of Summer tour. While they're both certainly living legends in their own right, it's interesting to look back on how truly different both Hov and Timberlake's summers have been over the years, and yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    The 21 Biggest Egos in the History of Pop Music

    Egos have been around for a long time. Odysseus had an ego, Louis XIV had an ego, Wu Zeitan had an ego. For as long as we've recorded history, there have been people feeling themselves, sometime for good reason. So, naturally, many of the people on this list are responsible for some truly amazing mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    The Most Absurd Beyonce Headlines We've Seen Recently

    Being Beyonce is apparently a tough gig to pull off. Not only is she a pop icon, she's also a faux-baby-bump-sporting member of the Illuminati who is buying Neverland Ranch. And that's just the Bey of the past year or so. Look back a bit further and you'll figure out that she's been pregnant once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Every Person, Place, and Thing on Magna Carta Holy Grail: A Checklist

    If while listening to Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, you experienced an indescribable sensation that you were actually listening to an encrypted invitation to a very luxurious party with a super exclusive guest list and even more ridiculous gift wish list, you were right!!! We made note of every pe ... More >>

  • Film

    June 12, 2013

    To Actresses on the Brink of 40: Go Bad or Go Home

    Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Breakup Songs: Why is Adam Levine a Hero Where Taylor Swift is a Punchline?

    The cultural appraisal of Taylor Swift is simple. She is a country-laced pop-star who dates a lot of famous people, and sings a lot of songs about her exes. This isn't untrue -- she admitted it herself when I saw her play a few weeks ago. It's become the narrative. Taylor has taken thinly-veiled sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Ralph McDaniels on 20 Years of Hot 97's Summer Jam and That Whole Nicki Minaj Thing

    This Sunday, MetLife stadium will hold the 2013 incarnation of what's become hip-hop's most reliably controversial night, the Hot 97 Summer Jam. The 20th annual Summer Jam, it's seen the genre's biggest stars perform and game-changing moments happen. One man whose seen just about every Summer Jam is ... More >>

  • Film

    May 29, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Jay-Z's Great Gatsby Soundtrack is a Failure

    When the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby was released a year ago, it was set to the music of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild," from the sometimes duo's incredibly self-important Watch the Throne album. On the surface it made sense. Jay-Z -- who retired as a rapper in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The Many, Many Weird Guest Appearances of Sir Elton John

    Elton John may be one of the most silently pervasive artists ever. At award shows, tribute concerts, and even on random albums, including his most recent stint on Fall Out Boy's currently #1 Save Rock and Roll, the "Candle in the Wind" crooner knows how to steal the spotlight from whichever star is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    BOYCOTT! Like Rick Ross, These Product-Endorsing Artists Have Said Vile Things

    Yesterday activists protested Reebok's flagship store to put pressure on the company to cut its ties with rapper Rick Ross, who recently ... well you already know this story. Whether or not the more than 71,000 signatures collected to get Ross fired will work remains to be seen, but Big Corporations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    25 Actors Who Turned Down Amazing Roles

    Julia Roberts could have done Blind Side, but opted for Valentine's Day instead. Jack Nicholson was offered the role of Michael Corleone, but felt it was an offer he could refuse. Michelle Pfeiffer didn't want to be Clarice Starling, and Jeremy Irons pooh poohed the part of Hannibal Lecter, both t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    The Movie With The Most Ex-TV Stars

    The way to make it in music these days is to play cruise ships and theme parks, but if you want to be a movie star, break out on TV first. Oz The Great and Powerful--opening today--features no fewer than four major film folk who started on the small screen.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    The Five Worst Cover Songs Of All Time

    Taking a classic song that's perfectly fine as is and exhuming it for financial gain is awful enough, but when the result comes out sounding excremental, you want to cover the new artist with a blanket and make them stop. Here are my 10 least favorite cover tunes: (1) Britney Spears, "(I Can't Ge ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Best Speech of The Night

    I'll give that honor to Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence. She was succinct, sweet, and sincere--everything a speech should be, including acknowledging the four losers, but not in a patronizing, humiliating way. And she did this even after falling on her face on the way up to the podium, and making a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Never Nominated For An Oscar...

    There are actors (like Peter O'Toole and Glenn Close) who've gotten nominated a whole lot of times and never won. Yet. But how about the ones who've never even been nominated? In the case of the dead ones, I'm pretty sure they never will be! Now that's gotta hurt. Here are some of the top omission ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    The Best Tweets and Photos From Last Night's Grammy Awards

    Last night, during the 55th Grammy Awards, we trudged through the bile and self-loating of angry would-be comedians and critics who took to Twitter to tell Jack White he looks like Edward Scissorhands and Johnny Depp he looks like the butt baby of Jack Sparrow and Steve Tyler and Adele she was dress ... More >>

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