This week sees the release of Mandatory Fun, the 14th studio album from the high priest of parody "Weird Al" Yankovic. Yankovic's uncanny ability to mimic and mock the stylings of his targets are always impressive, especially his endeavors into the world of hip-hop. While "Amish Paradise" and "White ... More >>
"Ladies all across the world, listen up, we're looking for recruits" is the opening lyric on Little Mix's second album Salute, and it absolutely sets the tone for a collection of empower pop ballads and anthems from the UK's rapidly growing girl group. The winners of the eighth series of UK's The X- ... More >>
With Facebook's stock and growth rates skydiving, it's time to say something that should have been said a long time ago: Myspace was better. Maybe not when it came to its coding or those garish "personalized" pages, but definitely when it came to music. Back in the day -- say, about 2004 or so -- ... More >>
It's a familiar scene to anyone who's seen VH1 programs like Behind The Music or Where Are They Now?, or the channel's endless lists of 'one-hit wonders' of the '80s and '90s: a musician whose brief fling with stardom is well behind them sits at the mixing desk of a studio, while the voiceover detai ... More >>
The British boy band's shot in the arm for young women
One of pop music's biggest Cinderella stories in recent memory has been that of the man born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known to the public as Cee Lo Green, or simply Cee Lo. After debuting as a member of the pioneering Atlanta rap group Goodie Mob in the mid-'90s, the MC/singer spent a ... More >>
The Revolver cover.On Thursday Jive Records announced that T-Pain's fourth album rEVOLVEr would be out on December 6. That same day, the rappa ternt sanga's single "5 O'Clock" reached a new Hot 100 peak of No. 25 . The timing wasn't exactly coincidental. The track, on which T-Pain is supporte ... More >>
VH1 spent last week counting down what the channel, and its panel of celebrities and "experts," consider The 100 Greatest Songs of The '00s. They certainly haven't been the first to assemble such a listRolling Stone and Pitchfork and every blog under the sun had their say about two years ago, ... More >>
Photo: Andrew Werner"The legend!" said Randy Jackson as he approached me at the Lacoste penthouse party for his record label last night. That's now the official way all celebrities must greet me or they don't get a mention. (By the way, he was bowing and scraping too. A nice extra touch.) ... More >>
Deep at the heart of Cheryl Cole's abrupt dismissal from the American edition of X Factor earlier this week is a twisted take on My Fair Lady. Here we have a pop star who takes leave from her U.K. homeland--where she's a household name thanks to her tenure in the hit-making girlband Girls Al ... More >>
So we lost Haley Reinhart this week. Fuck you, America. That's all I really have to say about that. I don't know why twangy teenagers are bulldozing everyone else this year, but it's going to make for a truly boring one-note final show. Has American Idol ever had a less interesting final two ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOX Tonight, American Idol lost James Durbin. I was sorry to see him go, but only because his departure meant that we'll never get to see the live-TV Tourettic freakout that I was really excited about back when he first came into our lives. As it turns out, most people with Tou ... More >>
So Weezer's next album is named Hurley, and that's the cover: an unadorned photo of Hurley's face. Even if you consider this a terrible idea, you must admit it doesn't crack the Weezer's top 25 worst ideas of the past five years; in fact, the idea of records inspired by Lost characters has po ... More >>
Viacom CEO Sumner "Get Off My Lawn" Redstone.So, have you heard about that time Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone left a voicemail for Daily Beast reporter Peter Lauria, attempting to bribe Lauria into giving up sources? It was pretty classic. Even better, it ended with another reporter telling Laur ... More >>
With her new album Flesh Tone, the "Milkshake" singer tries on some club-pop
It would be a variation on My Fair Lady, the classic musical based on Shaw's Pygmalion, about a street urchin who's tutored and transformed into sophistication by some old fussbudget. My show would be a reversal called My Fair Skanky.
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. In which the lead Pussycat Doll does her best Georgia O'Keefe impersonation, and nobody notices.
Left: Macbar, Right: S'mac There are many strange things that can happen to you while eating out around this city, but today was the first time that I mistook a to-go container for a bed pan. The yellow, crescent-shaped plastic container sat by the register at Macbar. Shouting to be heard over the ... More >>
Did you ever think you'd hear Pussycat Dolls and Academy Award in the same sentence? Well, the gammy gals have redone the Oscar winning tune from Slumdog Millionaire, that bit of Bollywood bombast called "Jai Ho," while adding their own inimitable trollopy dollop of sex appeal. It's not that strang ... More >>
Her fans scream, her circus-themed antics mesmerize, and her wardrobe functions just fine
B-girls and parkour experts go on an adventure
Cheesy, shameless girls abroad
Better-than-elementary Holmes; Mamet morphs into Neil Simon.
Last night, Voice editors Eudie Pak and Araceli Cruz trekked out to MSG in hopes of recapturing some glittering fragment of their lost childhood. Postmortem below. EP: I've never seen a crowd teeming with so many pregnant ladies, gay men, and balding dudes in my life. AC: I must say we didn't loo ... More >>
And inside the women in Towelhead. Plus Rockwell paints a fucked-up Casanova.
"Released 1986." A little iTunes staff humor there? Today marks the official release of New Kids on the Block's inevitable cash-pig The Block, an 18-tune mackterpiece of castrato-cooed Ooohs, iPhoned-in cameos (Pussycat Dolls, Teddy Riley, Ne-Yo on the John Appleseed ID), and aging-playah double en ... More >>
Brazil, Beliz, San Antonio, Soho, Mother Africaall journeys into paradise
Falling in love for different reasons
Fashionable highlights and lowlights from last night's Golden Globes
Russian lesbians get surly; burlesquers keep giving
To bounce or to burn? A dancehall dilemma for Jamaica's dangerous days