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Ylvis The Fox

Have You Seen Ylvis’ “The Fox?”

This one falls under the category of I-can’t-believe-this-is-a-YouTube-hit (well-yeah-I-can-kinda-see-why). In the ten days since two Norwegian brothers collectively known as Ylvis posted their video for “The Fox” on YouTube, it has already generated over 30 million views (that’s an average of 3 million a day, for you math people), prompting many to label it the next “Gangnam Style” sensation. The thing is, while “The Fox” is definitely synth-dance-pop, Ylvis are […]

Kanye West

Kanye West Charged in Paparazzi Scuffle

Kanye West has a knack for being in the news for just about everything except his music. Reuters is reporting that the rapper has been officially charged with battery and attempted grand theft, stemming from a confrontation with a member of the paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport back in July. According to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the LA City Attorney’s Office, West allegedly accosted a photographer on July […]

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines

University of Edinburgh Bans Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”

Well, any publicity is good publicity—right? Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines” is certainly no stranger to controversy—from the topless models in the unedited version of the music video to the song’s provocative lyrics directed towards women, to the recent allegations that the song borrows too much from Marvin Gaye. Now, as NME reports, the song has been officially banned from student buildings at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland—not by […]

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars to Play Super Bowl Halftime Show?

No official word yet from the NFL, but the rumor mill is definitely a-spinning. The LA Times reports that up-and-coming pop superstar Bruno Mars is expected to be tapped for the coveted halftime show slot at Super Bowl XLVIII next February. Reuters reports that Mars’s manager is confirming the expectation. An official announcement is expected later today. If the rumors turn out to be true, Mars would join an elite […]

Elton John

Elton John Receives First Brits Icon Award at London Palladium

First performance since surgery

Elton John has apparently recovered quite nicely from an appendectomy earlier this summer. On Monday night at the London Palladium, as reported by Billboard and Rolling Stone, he received the inaugural Brits Icon award, a new category of the BRIT Awards to be given to individuals deemed to have a “lasting impact” on British culture. The award was given by Rod Stewart, who reportedly humorously referred to Elton John as […]

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple Cusses Out Crowd for Talking, Storms Offstage

Like many musical artists, Fiona Apple doesn’t like it when people talk during her performance. But unlike many musical artists, apparently she’s unafraid to throw a fit when it happens—or more specifically, to tell the audience to “Shut the f**k up” and walk offstage. That’s apparently what happened Thursday night when Apple attempted to perform in front of a particularly talkative crowd at a Louis Vuitton fashion party in Tokyo. […]

Pandora Logo

Pandora Drops Monthly Listening Limit for Free Users

In the latest example of not-quite-sure-what-we’re-doing-we’re-making-this-up-as-we-go, effective Sept. 1, Pandora is dropping the 40-song-a-month cap it placed on free mobile listeners back in February. In a rather business-vernacular-heavy statement, Pandora CEO Mike Herring said the change of policy was due to improved cost-control measures and increased advertising revenues. There’s a lot of speculation swirling around this move. While revenues have indeed been on the rise for Pandora, there is still […]

MTV Video Music Awards

Highlights and Lowlights from the MTV VMAs 2013

For an annual awards show known for its outrageous moments, last night’s telecast of MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn was relatively well-behaved. No girl-on-girl-kisses, no outbursts from Kanye, and Lil Kim thankfully kept her boobs covered—and even Miley Cyrus’ ill-advised attempts at visual obscenity in her medley with Robin Thicke were more awkward and unsightly than they were sexy. This year marked the awards show’s […]

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines

Did Robin Thicke Rip Off Marvin Gaye?

Unraveling the “Blurred Lines” beef

Did you know that it was possible to launch a “pre-emptive strike” in the courts? Apparently, it is. It’s also apparent that Robin Thicke’s smash hit “Blurred Lines” is living up to its name in more ways than one. Chased by controversy almost from the jump (thanks to an accompanying nudity-filled music video), the hit single has now become embroiled in what is shaping up to be a significant legal […]

Sid Bernstein Paul McCartney

Iconic Concert Promoter Sid Bernstein Dead at 95

Sid Bernstein, the legendary concert promoter largely credited with spearheading the British Invasion of the 1960s by bringing The Beatles to the U.S., has died. He was 95. Bernstein’s career was a career filled with firsts. Besides booking the first U.S. shows with The Beatles in Carnegie Hall in 1964, he booked the first-ever sports arena concert in 1965 (also with The Beatles) at Shea Stadium in 1965. He is […]

Alex Band

The Calling Frontman Alex Band Kidnapped, Beaten

What a way to be welcomed back. Less than a week ago, singer Alex Band announced that he had re-formed his band The Calling with a new lineup, The next night, the band played its first show in eight years in Atlantic City, NJ, followed by a show in Lapeer, MI. After the show in Lapeer, in the wee hours of Sunday, August 18, Band was attacked, kidnapped and beaten […]

Chris Brown

What’s Up With Chris Brown?

The R&B singer’s crazy few weeks

No matter how you feel about Chris Brown, you gotta hand it to him these days for not faking his own death and disappearing to a remote island someplace. Never mind the relentless unfriendly news cycles; the past couple of weeks, this guy has had more court cases swirling around him over a variety of issues than most people will face in a lifetime—and all of it just keeps making […]

Katy Perry Roar

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga Song Leaks Could Actually Help Sales Numbers

It’s been an interesting two-sided saga to say the least. Two pop divas having their singles leaked over the weekend—namely, Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lady Gaga’s “Applause”—followed by an incredible Internet buzz over the weekend as fans started helping out by reporting piracy, and made even more interesting by reports that one of Perry’s promotional semi-trucks had been rammed by a drunk driver. The result of these dual fiascos was […]

Katy Perry Prism truck

Katy Perry “Prism” Promotional Truck Totaled by Drunk Driver

When Katy Perry hired several semi trucks to display a promotional ad for her upcoming new release Prism, she had no idea how much extra publicity she’d get from it—thanks mainly to a drunk driver who slammed into one of the trucks in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Pennsylvania. The incident occurred Friday evening, according to TMZ. The driver of another semi-truck allegedly plowed into the cab of Perry’s promotional […]

George Duke

Producer/Keyboardist George Duke Dead at 67

Music industry icon George Duke, known for his keyboard work and ability to cross multiple genres, passed away Monday in Los Angeles. He was 67. Although primarily associated with jazz (initially gaining fame as the leader of the George Duke Trio), in his career Duke also ventured into R&B, funk pop, rock, avant-garde and even Brazilian pop. Besides releasing 30 solo albums across his career, Duke collaborated with some of […]

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