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 >>
After Kelly Clarkson went to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart last year with the Jason Aldean duet "Don't You Wanna Stay," I wondered hopefully if the Texas-born pop star would finally go country with her next album. So I was a little disappointed a few months later, when she debuted the bla ... More >>
Later this week, Billboard is expected to announce its tallies for the biggest hits of 2011. And what a year for music it's been. Remember all those big hits: "Like a G6," "We R Who We R," "Raise Your Glass," "Fuck You!" and "What's My Name?" What's thatyou say the songs I just rattle ... More >>
Last week, many New Yorkers were under the impression that Justin Bieber was scheduled to be here for the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting at the same time that President Obama planned to come to NYC for fundraisers. This would be spell doom for everyone's commute, which is already hard. Good n ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXThis week's endless two-hour American Idol was the annual show where the three remaining contestants all return to their hometowns to wave out of car windows at screaming children. It's an annual Idol ritual, and it really goes a lot way toward proving just how completely al ... More >>
So: The Voice. The big challenge. American Idol has been the dominant ratings force in American TV for a full decade now, but none of the other networks has really managed to do much with that show's format, which seems like a relatively easy thing to steal. (Or they haven't made a big singin ... More >>
Out of Nashville, out in New York
Look, even your grandma was rooting for Seth Aaron to win. For all the judges' constant flurries of critique about various contestants not skewing "editorial," season 7 of Project Runway had a decidedly staunch narrative pretty established early on: Goofy daddy-o Seth Aaron was distilled down ... More >>
Discussed: Project Runway finale, Christian Siriano Stacey AndersonJudges Heidi Klum, Faith Hill, Michael Kors, and Nina Garcia"Reality" television? Not so much. Project Runway tried to dupe our fragile young minds on Friday at their finale taping, sending not just the top three finalists bu ... More >>
The OHP gang sings goodbye to the 00s
If Auto-Tune hit its peak as a joke delivery device last week amidst the spectacle of a weirdly robotic Katie Couric involuntarily singing an "O Superman"-reminiscent lament for melting polar ice caps, it also hit its nadir at about the same time, when a tape surfaced of an Auto-Tuned Martin Luthe ... More >>
While Beyoncé just struggles to keep up
photo by Rebecca Smeyne In the week we contemplated doing something for the ladies for a change, we also suffered the slightly wayward sexual advances of the rapper formerly known as Common Sense. Meanwhile, the trees grew emotions and died. Sam McPheeters intercepted the initial treatments for St ... More >>
Last week's prediction: A Dipset Christmas To the extent that I understand holiday music at all, it's as a technique: Aural comfort designed to unobtrusively class up December Christmas parties and supply low level motivation to otherwise debt-shy Bloomingdales shoppers. A lot of this music is surp ... More >>
Feist overshadows the subversive sirens blaring down South
Crafty country megaswoons, cheatin' in the next room, but what's love got to do with it?
Fireplace-Sex Music Seems to Hang On
Hillbilly Hunks Cope With Changing Gender Roles
Five Corporations Cope With Content
Lava Babys Lips Are Not Sealed
Blue Morning, Blue Day, Little Blue Corvettes
Five Hit Singles Linked by No Concept Whatsoever!
Country Cuts the Crap
On Divas Live '99, the bewigged trio of Cher, Elton John, and Tina Turner rocked on Elton's theme song, 'Proud Mary.'