NBC to “ease on down the road” with a live presentation of ‘The Wiz’

After the guilty pleasure debacle that was ‘The Sound of Music Live’ and the slightly less embarrassing ‘Peter Pan Live,’ NBC has finally wised up and has taken on a musical that actually deserves to be brought back. For most fans, the only version of the African American reinvention of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ that more »

The New TIDAL: Now musician-owned

Jay-Z and a group of celebrity friends Monday took the wraps off of the new version of streaming service TIDAL, which the rapper/mogul bought earlier this year for $56 million. TIDAL’s new model will continue to offer hi-resolution music and various extras, but the price has been reduced to $10 per month- opening a direct more »

Fin: The whack ‘Walking Dead,’ Durst and Prudence and happy anniversary #CancelColbert

Did the Walking Dead finale remind anyone else of one of those Sopranos episodes that was awesome, but disappointed a lot of people because no major characters were “whacked”? Now, as then, as always, rooting for death is a very stupid way to watch TV. Happy first anniversary to the worst Twitter meme ever- Cancel more »

TIDAL change: Jay-Z music service cuts price in half

We already know that Jay-Z is planning a big announcement for 5 p.m. (Eastern) today about his relaunch of the TIDAL music service, and that numerous major stars of the music industry are involved. Now comes word that TIDAL is cutting its price in half. Since its launch in the U.S. late last year, TIDAL more »


An alternative nation no more: No selfie sticks, Paul McCartney and Metallica to headline Lollapalooza

In his first-ever appearance at the festival, Sir Paul McCartney, once a Beatle, will headline Lollapalooza. The other monster-sized name at the top of the marquee is those big sell outs (in that they sell out every seat in the house), Metallica. The festival, now a weekend event in Chicago’s Grant Park is now of more »

For Freddie Mercury biopic, a weekend of false hope

The idea of Sacha Baron Cohen playing the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is one of those ideas that seems too perfect not to happen. It’s still not happening, but for about 24 hours this weekend, some of us got some false hope. The Mercury/Cohen project was in development for more than three years, until more »

Zayn Malik has left One Direction, boy band rules dictate another will also quit the band

After five tumultuous years in one of the biggest boy bands on the planet, Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction, leaving his fans shattered. The band is in the middle of a world tour, and shows have continued without Malik. According to the BBC, bandmate Harry Styles cried onstage during a show 1D more »

TIDAL set for Jay-Z-infused relaunch

The hi-res music service TIDAL, which was acquired earlier this month by rap superstar and mogul Jay-Z, will undergo a “relaunch” Monday, with help from a wide array of music superstars. According to Business Insider, Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation, has announced a “special announcement” for 5 p.m. Monday. Join #JAYZ @S_C_ live on Monday, March more »

Fin: Periscope and Meerkat, Larry and George and Simon and Obama

So far I’m liking Periscope a lot more than Meerkat. I clicked on a live video of Chris Hayes’ story meeting earlier, and someone commented “Ur ratings suck LOL.” But I bet Chris has more Periscope followers than O’Reilly. Meanwhile, Periscope is just asking for “Down Periscope” headlines, every time they have an outage. Jason more »

Interview: Veteran Rocker Michael Des Barres Unlocks ‘The Key to the Universe’

Michael Des Barres may not have become a household name like many of the rockers he’s been associated with (legendary bands such as Led Zeppelin, Duran Duran, the Sex Pistols and more), but he’s done lots of cool stuff. From his early days fronting British glam-rockers , to his days with Zeppelin protégés , to more »

Is Rihanna channeling “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” with her new song?

As interpreted by various news outlets, including Buzzfeed, on Wednesday night, Rihanna will release a new song Thursday. The title? “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Buzzfeed put the clues together: Rihanna has been Instagramming with the hashtag #BBHM. A recent Instagram photo included a strand of Braille, which multiple Braille-conversant Twitter users translated as “Bitch more »

Fin: Ethnic Casting, X-Files in the age of Alex Jones and Ash IS Reagan

I can’t say much more than what’s already been said about Deadline’s “ethnic casting” story debacle. It’s like the “why isn’t there a White History Month” of Hollywood trend pieces (Deadline) As for the Jon Hamm news: It’s good that he got the help that he needs. And if you think this revelation is going more »