Brooklyn-born Gerry Goffin fashioned so many kinds of lyrics, the newest one so deeply different from the last, you could be forgiven for thinking the man had Multiple Personality Disorder. He could portray the top of a tenement building as the perfect place to stare at the stars, in the Drifter's r ... More >>
We're giving you a lot of weird stuff to do this weekend. Don't even attempt to question it. Tonight sing-along to your favorite '90s tunes (Color Me Badd, Dr. Dre, etc.) at Union Hall, or dance to a mash-up of Daft Punk and Michael Jackson at the Bell House. Also, there's a Taylor Swift group art s ... More >>
This Sunday is the 30th MTV Video Music Awards. The show's come a long way from the days of Bette Midler and basic-cable bedlam--it's one of the most influential award shows on television. Youth driven channel that it is, MTV itself seldom looks back at yesterday in favor of focusing on the future, ... More >>
During the Gathering of the Juggalos, Cave-In Rock, Illinois becomes a sonic disaster zone. Even if you're a rap lover, it's hard to keep your mind sharp with all of the noise. But within the cacophony of sounds, a few incredible Juggalo statements were somehow overheard by our numbed ears. The thin ... More >>
This week's column is a cozy chat with R&B star Deborah Cox ("Nobody's Supposed To Be Here"), who's definitely supposed to be on Broadway. In fact, she's costarring in the current revival of Jekyll & Hyde as Lucy, the hooker with the heart of gold and the lungs of steel as she belts out song after ... More >>
No, it's not that she was lipsynching, singing along, or whatever she was doing. Way back in 1991, when Whitney Houston did a tremendous job with the tune and it was later revealed to be a lipsynch, it was rather shocking. But now, in reality show-drenched America, it's just a "Duh." To me, the r ... More >>
Whitney Houston is the best thing in Sparkle, the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama which was sort of the original Dreamgirls. As her daughters aim for pop stardom in late '60s Detroit, Whitney's mama character cracks a whip and demands respect, education, and most of all, faith. She's an e ... More >>
After Kelly Clarkson went to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart last year with the Jason Aldean duet "Don't You Wanna Stay," I wondered hopefully if the Texas-born pop star would finally go country with her next album. So I was a little disappointed a few months later, when she debuted the bla ... More >>
Here are a few recent data points from chart bible Billboard and data provider Nielsen Soundscan as we move into the second half of 2012: • In its midyear music-industry report card, Soundscan reports a return to the dismal album sales climate; year-to-date disc sales are off 3.2% from the sam ... More >>
Zola Jesus Guggenheim Museum Thursday, May 10 Better than: Dancing about architecture. One had to assume that Nika Roza Danilova would make it into a museum sooner or later. A classically trained opera singer, she released her first album under the moniker Zola Jesus while studying French philosop ... More >>
New York's urban radio pioneer goes dark after 30 years
I first saw Whitney Houston perform when she was a mere teen, though she exuded the professionalism and power of someone three times her age. In a Central Park concert, her mother Cissy Houston--a great singer in her own right--brought Whitney out as a guest star to do a number. It was "Hom ... More >>
Later this week, Billboard is expected to announce its tallies for the biggest hits of 2011. And what a year for music it's been. Remember all those big hits: "Like a G6," "We R Who We R," "Raise Your Glass," "Fuck You!" and "What's My Name?" What's thatyou say the songs I just rattle ... 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 >>
The queen of British white-girl r&b-dom is crowned at last
In the U.K. they do Punk'd with way higher stakes. Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was caught on tape selling access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, Duke of York (and Queen Elizabeth II's son) for £500,000. The thing is, it was all a stunt by British tabloid News of the World, who wer ... More >>
Plus Abe Lincoln's logs and more than 15 minutes at Warhol's birthday party.
Ray Mickshaw / Fox Something is oddly familiar this week, with a special appearance by that highest musicological expert in all the land, film director Quentin Tarantino. He's the guest for Movie Music theme night, something that also happened five years ago. I am not an obsessive cataloger of Amer ... More >>
On the defiantly trashy and tremendously appealing queen of country-pop cheesecake
Watching a career sore. And hearing amid the praise for Day-Lewis: 'Huston. We have a problem.'
Wherein a volatile r&b superstar wrestles a hostile crowd to the ground
Savvy teens and Brooklyn noise-rock luminaries combine for some do-it-yourself doo-wop
If you're mixed-race, they never stop asking 'What are you?'
Slow jam superproducer returns to AC with vintage but divaless set
When Is an Act Not an Act?
Strolling Through the Greatest Mouth in the World
On Divas Live '99, the bewigged trio of Cher, Elton John, and Tina Turner rocked on Elton's theme song, 'Proud Mary.'
I chatted up Debbie Matenopoulos, whose mantra was, 'How sick is it that I'm up for an Emmy?'
Instead of Not About Nightingales, the Tennessee Williams play should really be called Is About Three Hours.
When I asked Jane Horrocks if she's a gay man trapped in a woman's body, she said, 'No! If so, I haven't discovered it!'