The more you're loved by the pa-pa-ra-zzi, the more cynics will line up to push you off the runway.
The OHP gang sings goodbye to the 00s
Hey the Grammy nominations were announced. Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Maxwell (!!), etc. Best Male Solo Rock Performance is staggeringly old (Dylan, Young, Springsteen, Fogerty, Prince). Best Metal Performance ain't so youthful neither (Slayer, Megadeth, Judas Priest, ... More >>
And so the 2009 Taylor Swift Memorial Award for single-handedly saving the record industry goes to Susan Boyle, who last week sold north of 700,000 copies of her debut, I Dreamed a Dream. Boyle easily racked up the year's best sales week and the runner-up, Eminem's 600K-selling Relapse, ain't ... More >>
Ever hear an old song and get instantly transported to a particular place in the cobwebs of your mind, whether it be your first bar or the restaurant your boyfriend dumped you at between courses? Lord knows any oldie at all plucks MY personal strings and immediately conjures up a place and t ... More >>
Girls not having much fun. Pic by Connar Walik, more below.Once a year, mtvU hosts the Woodies, an event that's a lot like the Teen Choice Awards, except that it caters to college kids and music-industry people who can say stuff like, "I started listening to that band, like, two years ago." T ... More >>
Amid the grinding, sparkles, and gratuitous under-boob shots, you catch a glimpse of the gleaming, angular bottle of Nemiroff. The brand touts itself as the vodka "for the Great, the Successful, the Courageous, for those who change this world and hold it on their shoulders." Lady Gaga is sure ... More >>
It was always going to be a thankless task, replacing Maura Johnston at Idolator--she was fluent, smart, informed, and took the thankless task of wading into the morass of pop kudzu on the internet seriously. It was her sensibility that garnered whatever readership the site had. Now that her ... More >>
You read it here first! (Whatever it is.)
It's her again. Yes, the brilliantly deranged Lady Gaga. And it's him again. Yep, that pesky pop satirist Greg Scarnici. Greg got to meet Gaga and instantly came up with "Stalkerazzi," a spoof of the Lady's "Paparazzi" with all the requisite bubbles, wigs, and shock endings. Amazingly, his looks ... More >>
President Obama loves to reference Lady Gaga to show how hip he is. I'm hearing that the other day, after he made a speech about the importance of the hate crimes legislation he signed, the Prez was greeted by '80s singer and LGBT supporter Cyndi Lauper, who told him, "It's about time!"
As I threatened--I mean promised--I went out on Halloween night dressed as a giant gift box, and if you bitches want to consider the result a dick in a box, that's absolutely fine with me.
Twitpic by imabrand. Mayor Bloomberg suggested in a meeting with the Daily News editorial board that he had to spend $65 million on his reelection because New York is a Democratic town ("This is a city where one party happens to dominate and party is very important"), and thus unfairly res ... More >>
The grandaddy of late-night comedy shows, Saturday Night Live, got a boost when Emmy awards went to Tina Fey's priceless Sarah Palin impression and Justin Timberlake's equally riotous impersonation of a host. And they just got even bigger buzz when a new cast member dropped the f bomb and Ma ... More >>
Per a remarkably terse Live Nation email comes news that Kanye West's and Lady Gaga's "Fame Kills" tour has been killed. They had dates at MSG and surrounding arena-esque environs October 15-17. Feel free to do other things now. Stalling here while I think of an "I'mma let you finish" joke. D ... More >>
Dance until your pants drop
And then I compare Keats with Tila Tequila.
Now look here. It was a dick move by Kanye, no question -- the farcical situation and meaninglessness of the award itself notwithstanding, the look on Taylor Swift's face as he bratted out for the 15,000th time seemed to be legitimately heartbreaking. (Leno: "When did you know you were wrong?" Kan ... More >>
Today's hot rumor is that Lady Gaga might perform at Out magazine's bash at the LES club the Box tonight. It could happen, seeing as she's on the mag's cover and she's in town, having just done the VMAs and Marc Jacobs's after party last night. If she doesn't materalize, that's OK, seeing as ... More >>
God bless Four Four. Dude is a .GIF virtuoso. Stick around at least until Lady Gaga and the bird.
In honor of 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, we've invited SOTC buddies and pop savants Sean Fennessey and Ryan Dombal to lend a certain wisdom and perspective to these sure-to-be completely dignified proceedings. Gentleman? John Shearer 9:00pm Sean: We're coming to you live from one or two or ... More >>
Hairy times also with queens, Basterds, and Hamptons royalty.
Hey, so the downy elf with the dilated pupils who dwells inside the padded confines of MTV's viral marketing campaign closet did good today! The MTV Video Music Award Nominations are out, and boy, look at that Breakthrough Video category: the ninja-filled, Underworld-vibing video to Bat For Lash's ... More >>
A legend comes to town, with a few costume changes
--The Monsters of Folk will hit the road this fall. The band, consisting of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, alongside M. Ward and My Morning Jacket's Jim James (got that?), will perform as a band, switching off instruments and vocal duties. They'll play New York twice: November 6 at ... More >>
I was excited when I heard about Whitney Houston's comeback--three years ago. I was still willing to wet myself as it finally became a reality the other week, because a great pop diva is always welcome in my heart of hearts and on my personal charts. But now that her new single, "I Didn't Know My Ow ... More >>
Which glorious singer with female private parts do you feel reigns over all the other pretenders (and no, this has nothing to do with "Now that Jacko's gone...") The top diva choices are: Lady Gaga. Her three songs are fee-eerce. Will her future be so bright she still has to wear shades? Rihanna. ... More >>
Yesterday Kanye posted an elaborately crumpled piece of gold paper that was supposed to represent the set he'll be using on his European festival tour, which starts on Thursday. It looks cool, in tacky, space-age sort of way, and also incredibly treacherous--how do you perform on that thing for ho ... More >>
Perez Hilton has posted a video statement concerning his alleged assault by will.i.am, and has done so, ominously, under his "legal name," Mario Somethingorother. "Violence is never the answer, ever," he philosophizes, "another person should never be hit, that's why people die," before giving his si ... More >>
Frank Micelotta / FOXBye, Scott! When "Year You Were Born" is an Idol episode theme, anything should happen, but last night's predictable mess yielded just one surprise: Simon Cowell's standing ovation for the swishiest contestant in history and new Bill O'Reilly foe, Adam Lambert. So, which boring ... More >>
People have protests against overdevelopment all the time, and most get little attention from the press. But the folks in Dumbo who disapprove the building of yet another ugly modern tower, this one hard by the Brooklyn Bridge, had a masterstroke: have a celebrity guest. If they'd gotten Lindsay Loh ... More >>
Lisa Loomer's new play, Distracted, is about dealing with a hyper kid in a world that itself seems to be on stimulants. On opening night, everything conspired to prove her point. Francesca Mari reports. People push into the Laura Pels Theatre for the opening of Distracted like passengers boarding ... More >>
On metal, genre-based critical bias, layoffs, industry hysteria, and the Loudness Wars
Sound of the City will resume full-force come Monday. In the meantime, find your last minute arrangements below...
Better-than-elementary Holmes; Mamet morphs into Neil Simon.