The holidays are meant for singing terrible tacky music
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Normally, I don't appreciate anything too musically pretty. Even if it's a formula love ballad, I like a little bittersweet quality sprinkled in there--or preferably something just plain bitter. But there are some lovely standards that I can't help adoring because it's just so much easier to surre ... More >>
In his recent review of R&B singer Miguel's fantastic Art Dealer Chic series of EPs, The A.V. Club's Evan Rytlewski explained the singer's rise in popularity by floating the idea that his 2010 album All I Want Is You contained "arguably the most engaging singles run of any R&B album since Usher's Co ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianfinishes up this week, with the Round of 32 scheduled to kick off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are he ... More >>
Mariah Carey w/Diddy Gotham Hall Thursday, March 1 Better than: A promotional tote filled with branded swag. Initally, some words about Diddy's performance were going to open this review, but when Mariah Carey hit the stage after him, his portion of the show was all but forgotten. Still, for the ... More >>
Well, I'm Italian! (And she's half.) It's part of You Like Me!, a wacky revue in which an assortment of wonderfully offbeat performers re-enact classic acceptance speeches in all their weepy glory.
20. Tom Petty, Into The Great Wide Open 19. Skid Row, Slave To The Grind 18. Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque 17. Prince & The New Power Generation, Diamonds & Pearls
A king of hip-hop, retaking the penthouse of the album chart with his latest blockbuster. A middle-of-the-road rock band, reviving a turn-of-the-'90s "alternative" sound that's now squarely mainstream. A sexagenarian legend who debuted in the '60s and who still captures Boomers' hearts and ... More >>
via @MariahCareyMimi's "attempt @ festiveness."It's cute when kids get their faces painted. It's scary when Tom Cruise does. It's just plain weird when pregnant women get their bellies painted, but that's a trend, according to the New York Daily News.
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 Popfrom Adele t ... More >>
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 >>
It's been a big week...for child protective services? First there was Botox mom, and now this: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, new parents of twins Moroccan and Monroe (I know), have already had a little moment with CPS. Cannon told Piers Morgan of all people that he was approached in the hospital ... More >>
Songbird and butterfly enthusiast Mariah Carey gave birth to twins over the weekend, and according to reports, the first song she played for the kids was her monster 2005 hit "We Belong Together." OK, it's a much-better-than-fine ballad, and one that certainly is worth a spin at many a pop-song-bere ... More >>
Mariah Carey gave birth today at 12:07 p.m. to twin babies, a boy and a girl. To top it off, today is also Carey and Nick Cannon's fourth wedding anniversary! And they listened to "We Belong Together" after the twins were born, according to Carey's rep. I'm verklempt. No word yet on what the twin ... More >>
Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire and chairman of the Virgin group, is planning one of the most extravagant displays of socially conscious wealth we've ever seen. The New York Post says that he wants to fill one of his privately owned islands with endangered lemurs in order to build ... More >>
"I'm laughing, really I am," insists our friend/colleague Rich Juzwiak, guru of dance music/horror movies/America's Next Top Model, upon announcing that yet another prominent TV show (The Insider) has lifted, seemingly without credit, yet another of his quick-cut web-video delights (Mariah Carey pra ... More >>
Happy birthday, clowns. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week James Murphy finally squashed his beef with our own Michael Musto, we watched as another journalist-on-artist feud--M.I.A. vs. Lynn Hirschberg, who else?--heated up, adding an album cover, a response to a response to a response to a r ... More >>
Here we have the gala Simon Cowell-produced R.E.M. cover, starring Susan Boyle, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, and a gaggle of not-as-famous people. Not a good look. I don't have any problems until James Blunt shows up, and no major problems until Jon Bon Jovi starts howli ... More >>
It's quite public knowledge that Mariah Carey enjoys a tipple or two. Now, the singer and recently acclaimed actress (for her role in Precious) is launching a Champagne brand. Carey tweeted recently that she is releasing her own rose bubbly called Angel Champagne. [NY Daily News] Cognac sal ... More >>
While they seethe and snarl, Taylor Swift emasculates with a smile
That's a large-scale club in New York where Mariah Carey was the night's big wow-apalooza to usher in the teens (meaning the decade) with. Says the attendee, "M2 was at thrice capacity with bridge & tunnel douchebags.
Titled "World's Most '90s Pic," here we have the Fresh Prince playing the best baseball video game of all time, with some Mariah Carey jams lurking nearby. Also: nice pants. [Thanks to SFJ.]
The Film Society of Lincoln Center/LionsgateSize matters: Gabourey SidibeCLICK HERE to read my new column and find out about Precious, the acclaimed new film about a fat Harlem girl who gets knocked up by her own father--twice! You'll learn how Mariah Carey, of all people, replaced Helen Mir ... More >>
The goofification of Mimi
Plus sizing up other leading ladies, nightlife crime, and Tony hopefuls.
As you may recall, Eminem kicked off his press tour for Relapse by claiming that he had urinated on Mariah Carey, back when they were dating. She also makes a cameo or two on the actual album, in amongst the Kim Kardashian and Sarah Palin references. Her pint-sized husband, Nick Cannon, eventually ... More >>
Thanks to all my years spent watching hilarious works of cinema camp--some of them even intentionally funny--I've compiled my favorite lines, the kind that can only be uttered by over-the-hill divas in too much hair and makeup. My all-time faves: "So they drummed you out of Hollywood and you come ... More >>
How his pop megahits are like iPhones, or maybe like swinging belts
Back when we were tutoring kids in Brooklyn, the gritty urban novel Push by Harlem teacher and poet Sapphire was in a surprising number of bookbags. We learned that the book about an abused teenager was considered a good way to introduce city youths to literature, and a sufficiently popular reading ... More >>
Sense About Science is a British group that tries to clear up popular misconceptions about the way the world works with releases such as "Can perfume make your unborn baby infertile?" Now the group is attacking a new and dangerous source of scientific misinformation: Mariah Carey. Her album E=MC ... More >>