Lately, when I turn on a hip-hop station, I feel like I'm being applauded, and I don't always feel like returning the favor. I'm not referring just to the default use of handclaps (sampled or, more likely, emulated by drum machines) as snare drums in beats, which has been a common practice and has b ... More >>
Please, Jacob Lusk, stick around as long as possible. CREDIT: Ray Mickshaw/FOX.This was the first week we really got to see a lot of Interscope honcho Jimmy Iovine, whose role on American Idol is supposedly to mentor all the kids, but it's already clear he's only going to show up for five-min ... More >>
Having scaled Fame Mountain, pop's goofiest, most accessible superstar seeks loftier peaks
Lovers of r&b already love him. Time to wake up everyone else.
The goofification of Mimi
--The onetime musician Ryan Adams, whose next new book of poetry, Hello Sunshine, just landed on top of his last one, Infinity Blues, at SOTC HQ, is taking his act to the Awl, where he'll be reviewing video games. Ahem: "Playing Gorf is like getting wasted, or what I remember about getting wa ... More >>
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 >>
Always loved that moment when pop music snake bites its own tail, and Gwen Stefani rips off Fergie-ripping-off-Gwen Stefani, or Jay-Z bites Rick Ross-biting-Jay-Z, or whatever--the moment when some foundational artist gets lapped by their own legacy and suddenly has to play catch-up. So one nascen ... More >>
The angelic, mop-topped creature above is 14-year-old Justin Bieber, a young Canadian boy whom Universal is naturally putting in the studio with Usher, The-Dream, and Tricky Stewart, in hopes of making him a star. His debut already has a title and everything: My World. He was "discovered" by the ... More >>
We'll say it: There is no better five song stretch in 2009 than the one that comes in the middle of The-Dream's impossibly good Love Vs. Money--"Put It Down," "Sweat It Out," "Take You Home 2 My Mama," "Love Vs. Money," and "Love Vs. Money Part 2." Take the middle three songs from that run and put ... More >>
How his pop megahits are like iPhones, or maybe like swinging belts
He now 'makes moments that will outlast the world' instead. You'll live with it.