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 >>
Last night's Billboard Music Awards handed out popularity-contest trophies to the likes of Eminem, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry, all of whom were rewarded for the copious amounts of radio play and sales they racked up in recent months. But the evening's real winner was probably Beyoncé, who ... More >>
In 1992, the Seattle rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot mounted a deeply dented half-peach hill and boasted proudly, defiantly, ravenously: I Like. Big. Butts! And I cannot lie! Nearly 20 years later, "Baby Got Back" still reigns as the big-booty anthem of the 20th century. Although the archetype of feminine pu ... More >>
David Letterman is no stranger to lust: This is a man who had so much sex with his female employees that people once held a rally to get him fired for being a pervert. And though he remains a national treasure, his eyes do tend to wander, even today. On Monday night, British songstress Adele ... More >>
A common complaint about music charts in the post-sales age is that, with their reliance on SoundScan data and airplay numbers, they miss other avenues for popular consumption, from YouTube streams to--shh!--free downloads. BigChampagne, which started off as a service charting the popularity ... More >>
Note the chanting.
Ace critic Jeff Chang points us to the never-less-than-prescient blog of local freeform radio titans WFMU, where one intrepid writer traces the origins of "Waka Waka"--the song now famous for providing the base text for Shakira's official/abysmal World Cup anthem "Waka Waka (Thi ... More >>
One of these dudes is noticeably less enthusiastic than all the other dudes. Photo by Nate "Igor" SmithIn the week we interviewed an actual fitness instructor about the theoretical plausibility of exercising to Sleigh Bells, we also penned a Twitter-based ode to Erykah Badu's habitual latenes ... More >>
It's true that Christina was a bit more interesting back when everyone thought this was her, but to be fair, this tune, pledged to her upcoming Bionic, is better than the last track to surface, though no less libidinous: "Woohoo" refers to a part of the female anatomy, you see. ("You don't even ne ... More >>
This image brought to you by Hipster Runoff--who else?And the award for best coverage of red-headed actors who are executed at close range in M.I.A. videos goes to TMZ, who not only tracked down and interviewed the burgeoning Ian Hamrick last week ("he sounds like a 50-year-old philosopher as ... More >>
Frank Micelotta / FOXShakira goes country, kind of"Picture this:" says Ryan Seacrest. "Rascal Flatts and Shakira." I'm picturing it, I'm getting up, I'm turning off my TV.
Sigh. If only that were an option. Instead, I can't actually look away from the trainwreck that is another results show ... More >>
Well this is just delightful. (Site's a little screwy -- click under "Latest Tracks" on the right.) Pretty wan "A-Wooooo!" howls, it must be said, though perhaps that's part of the point. It's frankly nice just to hear this song without having to watch Shakira hump an amp, which you think wou ... More >>
HeraldScotlandFriday's telethon for disaster relief in Haiti raised $58 million dollars as of Saturday, according to organizers, who say that they haven't counted all the donations yet. The total also doesn't include money from iTunes sales of the concert ($2.99, by the way, and totally worth ... More >>
The Pixies, their generation's nostalgia-pimping gold standard. Photo by Jared GruenwaldIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla goes in for some belated nostalgia with the Pixies and Doolittle, Drew Hinshaw compares sexual pervert artistes R. Kelly and Devendra Banhart, Jason Buhrmester re ... More >>
The Decapitator's Flickr stream
The impish genius of the Decapitator, an anonymous street artist who's captured imaginations by skillfully beheading smug advertisements in major metropolitan areas, has been that the objects of his scorn seemed to deserve it. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.) Ca ... More >>
You've entertained me so heartily with your wit, your homilies, and your down-to-the-gut class, and as a treat, I'm giving you a week off!
Yes, I'm taking a vacation week, kids, so I can build up to the turkey club sandwich I'm planning for Thursday, and then I can have all day Friday to expel it f ... More >>
Image via the decapitator's photostreamThe mysterious street artist known only as the Decapitator is in town, decapitating things. The culture jammer caused a huge stir in London last year, after Carrie Bradsaw was seen carrying her own head in a detourned version of a Sex and the City advert ... More >>
Quick refresher: the Decapitator, the street artist lauded for lopping the heads off actresses, Disney kids, rappers in glibly depicted advertisements, is currently in New York City. (Think Poster Boy with frequent-flyer miles and a dark wit.) Already from this visit, a headless Shakira has been s ... More >>