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 >>
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
The national star-making machinery only begins to take you seriously when you command the field more than once. Just like, say, GOP presidential candidates, pop acts can't chart one strong number and assume dominance is permanently theirs. They've got to come back on top, week after week, sur ... 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 >>
Adele's 21 has ruled the American charts for most of 2011, and it's done so almost entirely on the back of one song: the lead single "Rolling In The Deep." While the British singer was topping charts in her homeland and several other countries with the follow-up single, the ballad "Someone LI ... More >>
When I heard that Jennifer Lopez was leveraging her new position as an American Idol judge to launch her new single, premiering the video for "On The Floor" on one episode and performing the song on another, I rolled my eyes at what I thought was her hubris. It'd been less than two years sin ... 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 >>
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
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.'
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!'