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  • Voice Choices

    January 18, 2012

    BEEN GONE

    Kelly Clarkson  returns to New York

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Elton John's Husband Trashes Madonna For Golden Globe Win And Speech!

    ​Madonna had just won Best Song for cowriting something that pops up in the February release W.E.. Sir Elton (who's British royalty just like Dame Madge herself) hadn't won for "Hello Hello" from the animated movie about lawn gnomes in love.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    53 More Great Songs From 2011

    Earlier today, Maura offered a list of the 47 songs on her "2011 Awesomeness" Spotify playlist; to complement that, here are the 53 songs from my less cleverly named playlist, "2011." As is the usually the case with these mega-lists, I compiled mine a bit haphazardly, throwing together a substantial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    The 11 Most Infuriating Songs Of 2011, No. 5: Rihanna, "S&M"

    The Song: Rihanna, "S&M" The Crimes: Dressing a bloodless ode to kink up by saying it's actually about the media? Na na na na na na, come on, girl. Pop stars need their personas as much as they need the songs that take them to the top of the charts—and lest you think that need exists in a va ... More >>

  • Music

    December 28, 2011

    The 11 Most Infuriating Songs of 2011

    More reasons to turn off the radio

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Radio Hits One: Hot 100 Peaks Only Tell Half The Story For Cee Lo, Britney Spears, And Other Year-End Winners

    One of the most frustrating things about discussing the Billboard singles charts is how a song's peak position—the highest spot it occupied on a chart during its run—is almost universally regarded as the permanent measurement of its success or popularity. Any song that reaches No. 1 is e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    May The Holidays Bring....

    ​*A toast to Marcus Bachmann: "Bottoms up!" *Lindsay Lohan living behind bars instead of dancing on top of them. *Mothers who keep tiaras off their toddlers.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Underwhelmed And Overstimulated, Part III: Occupying The Year Of The Woman Cliché In Hopes Of Blowing It Up

    Kanye West at Occupy Wall Street; confused woman. ​Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, with contributions from Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph, continues. Follow along here. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Transgender And Drag At The Oscars! A Fabulous Pictorial!

    In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close (above) convincingly plays a woman who dresses like a man in order to nab some employment in 19th-century Ireland. But it's the kind of stunt that can also nab you awards consideration.

  • Film

    December 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    20 Questions Brought Up By The Grammy Nominations

    Last night's Grammy nominations show was full of pomp, eyeliner, and people on Twitter becoming very confused. Here's the complete list of nominees; below, 20 questions that we're still wrestling with some 14 hours after the broadcast signed off. 1. "Super Bass": Robbed or totally robbed? 2. Now t ... More >>

  • Film

    November 30, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Harvey Weinstein is Back -- NY Film Critics

    The big news to emerge from yesterday's New York Film Critics Circle voting--held early this year to scoop the other year end awards--is, of course, the second coming of homeboy Harvey Weinstein. Not only was The Artist voted best picture and its director Michel Hazanavicius anointed Best Director ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Radio Hits One: Playing Armchair A&R With The Singles From 2011's Biggest And Best Albums

    ​The two big formats that have long ruled over popular music are the single and the album. They have a great duality between them: the song and the collection; the sliver and the whole; the appetizer and the main course. Albums are the full-length format long considered pop music's ultimate a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2011

    New Drag Show In Times Square!

    ​Tina, Cher, Michael, Janet, Beyonce, Madonna, Gaga, Katy, and then some. They're all onstage at the Times Square Snapple Center (1627 Broadway at 50th Street), every Friday and Saturday at 11 PM. And they're men! Even Michael! Icons is the D'Angora Entertainment-produced drag show which wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Will.I.Am Kickstarts The Perhaps-Inevitable Trend Of Naming Albums After Hashtags

    ​The forthcoming album from will.i.am, lead Black Eyed Pea and tireless trend-rider, is called #WILLPOWER, and yes, the pound sign is intentional; apparently he's so interested in willing (ha!) himself into the Internet-enabled public consciousness, he's named his album in the style of Twitter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    The Band Perry, Taylor Swift Win Big At Last Night's Country Music Awards

    Last night, country music's biggest stars (not to mention welcome outsiders like Lionel Richie and Kenny Loggins, who joined Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton for a performance of "Footloose") convened in Nashville for the CMA's annual awards show. By the time hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Un ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 9, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Beyond Jay And Kanye's Throne: Ten More Regal Seats In Hip-Hop

    Coming to an arena near you this weekend: Jay-Z and Kanye West. ​Kanye West and Jay-Z's grandiose Watch The Throne tour comes to the New York City area tomorrow, and sticks around through next week—the pair perform at the Izod Center on Saturday and Sunday, and at Madison Square Garden o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    If Adele Found A Solid Relationship...

    ​Her career would be over! WTF would she have to sing about? "I met the man of my dreams and he loves me right back"? Blech. Boring. That would go down the charts with a bullet. And here are some other potential career killers for top music stars:

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    100 & Single: You Can Keep Your EGOT; Adele's Going For A 2011 PB&G

    ​The lady sitting atop both of Billboard's major lists this week has made enough news in 2011 that I'm tempted to rename this column "This Week in Adele." The British thrush is certainly making enough sad news these days, canceling her tour and preparing to undergo much-needed throat surgery. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    100 & Single: The Erratic Chart Fortunes Of TV-Crowned Idols, From Kelly To Scotty

    ​Scotty McCreery—winner of the 10th edition of American Idol, and owner of the new No. 1 title on Billboard's album chart, Clear as Day—sets a handful of chart records this week that certainly sound impressive. As Billboard reports, McCreery is the first country act to debut at No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    The American Music Awards Nominations: Hey, Did You Know Adele Sold A Lot Of Albums This Year?

    Have you bought your copy yet? (Give it time.) ​You can have your Grammys and your Mercury Prizes and your Polaris Prizes and whatever other musical prizes honor things like "talent" and "artistry"—the most honest awards show in pop music, though, is undoubtedly the American Music Awards ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Celebs Who Are Only Children: Here's The List

    I always assumed I was the only Italian-American only child in creation -- those people tend to procreate a lot -- but it turns out Al Pacino is one, too! I'm not alone! And I did a little research (and glanced at Us magazine) and found some other famous folk who have gone through life without sib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Kim Kardashian's Husband Could Have Saved A Million On The Ring

    I know that's mere pocket change with that group, but still, it bears mentioning in case any of you are thinking about purchasing an engagement ring for some TV cutie in the near future. Says Ira Weissman from TruthAboutDiamonds.com: "Most men are clueless when it comes to diamonds and end up payi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Oscar Predictions: It's Never Too Early

    ​Just like it's already Christmas in certain department stores, the Oscar predix business happens to be in full swing, with goldderby.com asking us pundits for our premature (I mean extremely mature) guesses as to who will get nominated. Here are mine as of this very moment. Bear in mind tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Woody's New Play: Guess What It's About? (Spoiler Alert)

    ​Don't read this if you don't want to know what happens in Honeymoon Motel, the Woody Allen playlet that appears in the Broadway evening Relatively Speaking, alongside works by Elaine May and the Coen brothers.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Radio Hits One: Adele Brings The Ballad Back To No. 1

    ​Adele's 21 has ruled the American charts for most of 2011, and it's done so almost entirely on the back of one song: the lead single "Rolling In The Deep." While the British singer was topping charts in her homeland and several other countries with the follow-up single, the ballad "Someone LI ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 14, 2011

    GOING TO THE CHAPEL

    You're invited to a faux drag queen wedding

  • Voice Choices

    September 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Radio Hits One: Raising The Bar For "YouTube Platinum"

    Justin Bieber and Ludacris: Congratulations. A lot of people watched your video.​On August 28, MTV will throw the 2011 installment of its Video Music Awards, honoring achievements in the art form that used to make up the majority of its programming. While it's all too tempting to note the iron ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 17, 2011

    ROCK WITH YOU

    Paying tribute to MJ

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Why Is Bill O'Reilly Not Calling Out Mike Huckabee's Gangster Glorification?

    ​"You may remember a couple years ago that Pepsi hired gansta (sic) rapper Ludacris as a commercial pitchman. [I] objected, saying major American corporations have an obligation not to reward people who harmed society...Unlike Ozzy Osbourne, who curses, or Britney Spears, who's an immature ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Live: Beyoncé Wants To Make You (And You, And You) Happy

    Myrna Suarez​ Beyoncé Roseland Ballroom Sunday, August 14 Better than: Feeling lousy about yourself. While waiting for Beyoncé to take the stage at Roseland on Sunday night, the audience at Roseland was treated to a video on loop; among its tableaus was a video of Beyoncé, in a convertib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    100 & Single: Is It Okay For Katy Perry To Bum-Rush Her Way Into The History Books?

    ​Chart fandom makes strange bedfellows. Six months ago, if you'd asked me what act I'd root for in a head-to-head chart battle between pop princess Katy Perry and electrodance goofballs LMFAO, I'd probably have picked Perry, whose song catalog includes at least one or two gems. Her current hit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Live: Rihanna Can't Stop Touching Herself

    ​ Rihanna w/J. Cole Izod Center Thursday, July 21 Better than: Being outside in weather that makes you feel like you're perpetually trapped in the car with hot air blowing on you while you wait "just a few minutes while the engine gets going" for the AC to kick in. A friend of mine recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    The Video Music Awards' Nominations Play To The Internet (Again)

    ​Last night MTV announced the nominees for this year's installment of their annual pseudo-event extravaganza, the 2011 Video Music Awards, and once again, the nominees for Video Of The Year have three pop picks ("Rolling In The Deep," "Firework," "Grenade"), one sop to the olds in the crowd wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Madeon Gets Hands-On With 39 Pop Songs

    ​ Just when mashups seemed a horse corpse well flogged by the likes of Glee and Girl Talk, the prodigal son of Discovery-era Daft Punk and the very best of Dr. Luke's blockbuster pop comes along to breathe life into the genre. The 17-year-old wunderkind known as Madeon (he's based in Nantes, F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    100 & Single: How Digital Changed The Charts, From Gwen To GoonRock

    Spotify's top tracks (left) and albums on Friday, July 15.​The headline-grabbing music story of the week isn't on the Billboard charts—it's the U.S. debut of Spotify. With the streaming-music service less than 48 hours old here, it's a bit too soon to analyze what songs are getting the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    It's A Great Year For Best Actress

    ​The Emmy nominations came out today, but my mind is stuck on the Oscars and how there will be no shortage of leading actress contenders to pick from in 2011. Not only is Meryl Streep donning prosthetics and an accent again, this time as moxieish Margaret Thatcher, but we have the following o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    What The Lineup For Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival Says About Radio Formats In 2011

    Lady Gaga.​Today the radio behemoth Clear Channel announced a festival celebrating the relaunch of its online service iHeartRadio, which currently allows listeners to tune into the chain's terrestrial-radio outlets from all over the country (as well as about 150 digital-only stations) and whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Hollywood's 10 Highest Paid Actresses

    ​According to forbes.com. (10) Meryl Streep $10 million per picture. What???? She should make that just for waking up. (9) Sandra Bullock $15 million. I bet she'd trade all that in for one normal man. (8) Cameron Diaz. $18 million. I guess there's something about Mary.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    100 & Single: Pitbull Turns The Hot 100 Back Into A Boys' Club (For Now)

    ​If, like me, you've been putting together your annual summer playlist to pump at block parties and barbecues, you may have found yourself with a historically odd problem: a relative dearth of hits this year by dudes. After you've rounded up buzzy tracks by the Queens of Pop—from Adele t ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 29, 2011
  • Voice Choices

    June 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Who Will Be The Next Pop Star To Draw Inspiration From t.A.T.u.?

    It probably shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise that the attention-seeking girl-kisser Katy Perry drew inspiration from the Russian pop duo t.A.T.u.; her recent creepy chart-topper "E.T." sounds as good as it does in large part because it's heavily inspired by the pair's still-dizzying 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Radio Hits One: The Elusive Superstar Duet (Or Three-Way)

    ​ In last week's breakdown of Lil Wayne's chart ubiquity, I noted that while Lady Gaga's Born This Way and its singles seemed to be everywhere, she hasn't staked out much additional Billboard territory with collaborations. Her only charting collab of late is "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," a little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    What Cheryl Cole's X Factor Dismissal Means For British Pop In America

    ​ Deep at the heart of Cheryl Cole's abrupt dismissal from the American edition of X Factor earlier this week is a twisted take on My Fair Lady. Here we have a pop star who takes leave from her U.K. homeland--where she's a household name thanks to her tenure in the hit-making girlband Girls Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    100 & Single: Lady Gaga Gets Ready To Join The Million-Weeker Club

    ​The phrase "the calm before the storm" appears in virtually every chart-related story this week. That's because the latest edition of the Billboard 200, which covers sales from the week ending May 22, is topped by Adele's 21. That album is No. 1 for the ninth and (presumably) final week befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    American Idol: It's Finally Over!

    Michael Becker/FOX​A deeply frustrating season of American Idol is over now, having discovered exactly zero future stars, and last night we got the massive glitzathon finale, an annual event that reliably has little or nothing to do with the rest of the season. Scotty McCreery barely even look ... More >>

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