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 >>
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 >>
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow --and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
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 >>
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:
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The holidays are meant for singing terrible tacky music
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
At what point did teen girls suddenly just become wrong? "Serious" music fans seem to have universally accepted a critique of quality that befalls any artist who willingly sells to the rabid teen girl market and stigmatized the fans who dare to sometimes be male or at least above the age of 18. It's ... More >>
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 >>
It's a HollyScoop story titled: HUGH JACKMAN STARSTRUCK BY JOHN TRAVOLTA. And it goes something like this: "Hugh Jackman is a big-time Hollywood star who we're assuming NEVER gets starstruck, because he's the one doing the star-striking (Is that a word? Nevermind) but there is one A-lister who ha ... More >>
Think about it. Hear much about Sandra Bullock lately? Gwyneth's movie career? Natalie Portman? (Yes, I know she has another Thor and a Terrence Malick film coming, but still.)
A regular on the gay gossip board datalounge.com took a stab at ranking the show's bevy of belting prize winners, from 11 to 1. If you don't see some of the best talents on the list, it's because they didn't win on the show! Here what they wrote: "11. Lee DeWyze (above). He's cute and can more or ... More >>
What was supposed to be a simple inauguration for President Obama's second term is turning into the concert of the year. Kelly Clarkson will do "Breakaway." Usher's crooning "Something Special." Katy Perry will belt "Firework" one more time. John Legend is set to perform "Ordinary People."
So, Justin Timberlake and Destiny's Child dropped two singles over the weekend, and people who mostly grew up in the last decade rejoiced. Everybody else was like, "What the hell is this all about?" Both these major pop entities haven't dropped new music in a long while. Timberlake, who hasn't rele ... More >>
Relax! I'm talking about the Razzie awards, for worst of the year. The latest vamp epic scored 11 nominations, making it the Lincoln of the Razzies (or maybe the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).
Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the calendar year.
...Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan, Snooki, Johnny Depp, Susan Boyle, John Galliano, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Lady Gaga... Virtually everyone who's ever lived. They're all linked here to bring you back to the time before I was dressed as Angelina Jolie, Clint Eastwood ... More >>
If the protean Daniel Day-Lewis wins his third Oscar for Lincoln--which there's a much better chance of happening than Liz & Dick nabbing an Emmy--he'll be the first three-time Best Actor winner in the Academy's history. Other actors have won three Oscars, mind you, but not all for Best Actor. (Ja ... More >>
Naturally, they might change--especially when I see every last film--but right now, this is what I'm predicting on goldderby.com (where they ask various commentators for their incredibly prescient forecasts and expect them to be accurate). SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1--Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables 2--S ... More >>