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 >>
The 80th anniversary of Prohibition seems like a momentous occasion to imbibe, and so we're throwing a party: Our inaugural Holiday Spirits tasting event descends on Studio Square (35-44 37th Street, Long Island City, 718-383-1001) on December 5, and with it comes a chance to taste your way through ... More >>
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It's out! Earlier this month, when the tracklist for Gaga's new album ARTPOP dropped, the big news was that she had collaborated with R. Kelly on a song, "Do What U Want." A few days ago a partial leak and some, ahem, cheeky artwork (above) were released, stirring the pot of hype even more vigorousl ... More >>
It's hard and tedious, the day-to-day rightblogger work of promoting impeachment, stirring racial enmity, scrambling for a position that can encompass both a desire to bomb Syria and a desire to thwart Obama, and so on. Their traditional relief valve has been culture war -- shaking fists at some r ... More >>
By David Rolland The fallout from Miley Cyrus' performance at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards has run the gamut from discomfort to laughter to accusations of racism and sexism. But only the Parents Television Council demands legislation result from her tasteless performance. According to th ... More >>
Even if you're not lucky enough to be getting "no sleep 'til Brooklyn," you still have a chance to stay up in anticipation of seeing an amazing VMA artist perform for an even more amazing cause. Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat --an organization that has been dedicated to educating youth about HIV/AID ... More >>
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is the song of the summer, and helps continue the Thicke family's run of pop culture ubiquity. After all, Robin's father Alan played Kirk Cameron's father on Growing Pains, penned the theme songs for "The Facts of Life" and "What's Happening," and will get a star on Ca ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
#Hashtags are probably the bane of your Twitter existence. You no doubt follow people who either use them too much or in the strangest possible ways. Chances are, you regularly do the same. #DGAF. Currently, there are two songs that begin with a #hashtag in the Top 20. it's the most 'sign o' the tim ... More >>
A look at the week's hottest pop clips, including the frolicsome ribaldry of Robin Thicke, the mansion malaise of 50 Cent and the insufferable wackness of Somethingorother Yacht Idiots.
The house's money
Luka Rocco Magnotta is in custody now and has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed, dismembered, and even ate some of his Montreal boyfriend before absconding to Berlin, where he was apprehended. Meanwhile, Magnotta's extensive online legacy is still being mined by the curious, and our tips ... More >>
Rustie w/Mess Kid, Kilo Kish, Spaceghostpurrp Santos Party House Tuesday, May 15 Better than: Being in a quiet, big room. Glaswegian producer Rustie (born Russel Whyte) makes huge dance tracks that are helping define a new maximalist, everything-goes ethos in electronic dance music. The basement ... More >>
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. Hi again everyone, Sure, there was lots of great music put out by women this yearmy Pazz and Jop top tens will ... More >>
Robin Thicke Highline Ballroom Friday, December 9 Better than: Dinner and a movie. Not to make Robin Thicke's sold-out show at Highline Ballroom a race thing, but no one got to make the joke about a white R&B singer with a smoking biracial wife singing to a largely black audience before he did. ... More >>
Over the weekend a lot of my Facebook friends reposted a CNN piece called "Where Is The Love In R&B?" that served as a sort of lengthy "get off my lawn with your sex and hedonism" diatribe; while it's undoubtedly true that commercial radio is more crass today than it was back in the era of WP ... More >>
Robin Thicke premieres his newest record
Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 2011 American Music Awards, the annual salute to the most popular popular music that exists in the American wild this year. While Lady Gaga and Adele and Beyoncé are absent, this year's show apparently has one performance that will cost $500,000 to pul ... More >>
It wasn't all that surprising when Billboard crowned Adele's 21 as the top-selling album of the first six months of the yearthe next-highest seller, Lady Gaga's Born This Way, is still trailing it by nearly a million copies. The British diva missed out on having the biggest-selling dig ... More >>
This list began as a joke, but the longer I contemplated it, the more depressing its basic concept became. Consider: not only could I easily string together ten of Game's fruitless attempts to force label executives to release The R.E.D. Album, his followup to 2008's LAX; I had to make decisi ... More >>
Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" has topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-hop Songs chart for seven weeks in a row, and it recently peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100. In terms of Brown's career, it's notable for being the singer's first top 10 hit in the two years since that whole violent incident with then ... More >>
Growing pain or total disaster? One fan and one non-fan hash it out.
RomanceLet's just say multiple members of the Voice critical braintrust are generating possibly dozens of hundreds of words about Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday even as you read this, and leave it at that -- we are excited, is all. Nicki herself, meanwhile, is ubiquitous. Her "If I'm Lucky I'll Fi ... More >>
Poppin' it so crazy kooky
Can this superhero save herself?Nicki Minaj has had quite the weekend. First came "Check It Out," a Buggles-sampling, will.i.am-featuring slice of zaniness that seems destined for Pink Friday, her long-gestating debut LP, currently due on November 23. Then came a marriage announcement via fro ... More >>
No real complaints about this song, but what's with the frustrating 2010 trend of having to sit through 2-3 minutes of Usher or Ludacris or Robin Thicke or Bobby V before we finally get a Nicki Minaj verse? No doubt the money is phenomenal right now for her but it'd be nice to just skip the part w ... More >>
Let no one say Shawn Carter is not reliable. For two decades now, through rap thick and rap thin, hip-hop's most prickly superstar has had the looking-disgusted game on lock. Oh, you're Benny the Bull, the Chicago Bulls mascot, and you're seized with the desire to do the "Single Ladies" dance mere ... More >>
In the Holland Tunnel no less. Sometimes life is just so great and awesome that you have to step back and appreciate that we live in a magical world in which wonderful things happen all the time. Also, Robin Thicke stays getting this song stolen from him, but that's another conversation entirely. ... More >>
Ever feel like Sid Vicious is just kinda watching you? Photo by Sam Horine.In the week we made Jay-Z's signature gas face at the bunch of hacks and pretenders posing as Guns N' Roses until dudes got the hell out of town, we also posted rants about everything from LMFAO not punching Mitt Romne ... More >>
Lovers of r&b already love him. Time to wake up everyone else.
Because we just couldn't look at that Boyle record againYes that's right America, you've purchased a whopping 2,465,000 copies of Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream in just four short weeks. How close is that to Taylor Swift, industry darling and seemingly uncontested 2009 sales titan? Pretty cl ... More >>
Bronze bombshell at a crossroads
He now 'makes moments that will outlast the world' instead. You'll live with it.
Cornel West hangs with Prince and challengesnot denounceship-hop