Jennifer Lopez will earn $1 million a month during her Vegas residency

Prepare the all-white dressing rooms and stock the tub with Evian (reportedly, according to this tour rider via The Smoking Gun) Jennifer Lopez will put pen to paper and ink a deal that will net her $26 million over two years, just for performing inside Planet Hollywood at The Axis three times a week. That’s more »

Beyond James Blunt: Other people who should apologize for their songs

My feet are cold, aren’t yours? Well, they should be, because hell hath frozen over. Remember this, “song”? That’s right, watch it again, let your ears bleed in the wrong way, take it, TAKE IT!!!! SAY MY NAME. Okay sorry about that. But seriously, the “musician” who made it, James Blunt, actually apologized for it. more »

James Blunt apologizes for “You’re Beautiful,” insults people with ears and eyes

In an exclusive interview with Hello! Magazine to promote his new album Moon Landing, the permanently rumpled singer James Blunt managed to apologize for his most famous song, and insult certain segments of the music-loving population, almost at the same time. It’s true, 2005’s “You’re Beautiful” was very annoying, for what seemed like an extended more »

Legendary Songwriter Jim Peterik Takes Us ‘Through the Eye of the Tiger’ in New Book

If anything, Jim Peterik can best be described by the name of his best-known band: Survivor. Not only has he survived the pitfalls of the rock and roll lifestyle that have taken a lot of his comrades out of the game, but he also survived the heaven and hell that came with great success in more »

Sleater-Kinney to reunite after long hiatus, many Portlandia eps

Watch “Bury Your Friends” It’s rare in this age of reunions to feel sincerity and a commitment to artistry, as most band reunions are nostalgia-fueled cash cows that feature a band many miles south of their peak. Not so with the Sleater-Kinney reunion, which starts with a meaningful offering to fans: a sumptuous box set more »

Fin: Kirk Cameron’s Halloween, everybody hates Buzzfeed and call Ben Bradlee and tell him…

Kirk Cameron wants to claim Halloween on behalf of Christians? Isn’t that the plot of “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas,” only in reverse? (Politics USA) Major, major Renee Zellweger news: She’s agreed to appear in a new movie (The Dissolve) The other day I mentioned the Chevy Chase/Richard Pryor sketch. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at more »

Andrew WK brings the party to Android commercial

Admit it: When you first heard Andrew WK’s music, circa 2000, you just knew he’d still be a cultural force nearly 15 years later. And you certainly knew he’d pen an advice column for the Village Voice, would attempt a short-lived career as a diplomat, and would compose parody songs about The McLaughlin Group which more »


The WXPN 885 Countdown will save your week

Ask me the last time I listened to the radio, and I can pinpoint exactly when it was – this time, last year. Why? Because that’s when Philadelphia’s WXPN radio station hosts its annual 885 Countdown AKA the GREATEST radio event of the year. I can say that with confidence because it’s the only time I listen to the radio anymore.

Meet the next streaming contender: Tidal 

The streaming music field is getting quite crowded- and that’s before talk earlier this month of a streaming price war, with Apple/Beats taking on Pandora, Spotify and the rest of the competition. Now, the North American streaming market is about to get another contender: Tidal. Tidal describes itself as “The First High Fidelity Music Streaming more »

Fin: Keep playing “Royals,” Scarlett O’Hara sucks and Banksy has not been arrested 

San Francisco radio stations pulling “Royals” from the air ahead of the World Series is, to use a local term, hella stupid. It looks nothing like a principled stand and everything like a publicity stunt. Yea, pulling a year-old song for one week is totally gonna make a huge difference- although I would be on more »

Is Billy Joel finally making a pop comeback? 

Billy Joel, famously, retired from releasing new pop music after 1993′s “River of Dreams” album, although he has continued to tour, while playing his old hits, ever since. He had a period where he composed classical music, and has put out a couple of one-off singles along with seemingly endless greatest-hits albums, but Joel has more »

Fin: Parenthood’s hippie-punching, circling jerks at NRO and the stupidity of 

I love how NBC’s Parenthood, on top of all of its other virtues, takes occasional shots at, for lack of a better term, California hippie bullshit. That “spirituality retreat” in Big Sur on this week’s episode had the added benefit of dressing the characters in white and having them take a vow of silence, so more »