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The Big Hurt: Leisurely stroll through Billboard’s ‘Heatseekers’

Who charted?
A year into this whole "Who Charted" thing and I'm finally getting to the most exciting stuff.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 23, 2010


The Big Hurt: Aussie asses sued off

Plus creepy Macca spawn sings; iffy Ringo joke aborted
MEN AT WORK — best known for their 1983 hit "Down Under" — have just had their pants sued off by a dead schoolmarm and her 78-year-old Girl Scout song.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 16, 2010


The Big Hurt: Dispatches from Splitsville

FOB fall out; Scorpions subsist; Tyler frightens shoppers
Ladies and gentlemen, the unthinkable has happened: Fall Out Boy have split up.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 09, 2010


The Big Hurt: Everybody hurting

Warning: Scorpions content
The music industry's response to the Haiti disaster has been pretty great, since it's given some huge names a chance to complete the vital circuit between the public's heartstrings and their wallets.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 02, 2010


The Big Hurt: Billboard Top Hip-Hop and R and B songs

Who charted?
This week, a jolly traipse through one of Billboard 's most artistically fecund charts: "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs." What wonders await?
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 26, 2010

The Big Hurt: Falling down the rabbit hole

Music news in brief
Lee, Hoppus, Wentz, Avril, and 3OH!3 fall down the rabbit hole
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 20, 2010


The Big Hurt: The decade ahead

Music predictions for the pubescent millennium
As a new decade dawns, it's time to cast a curious eye toward the future.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 12, 2010


The Big Hurt: Britney vs. bulls#!t

Damage control ain't what it used to be
At the end of a grim year and a disappointing decade, the music press has become a particularly peaty slog.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 05, 2010


The Big Hurt: 10-year glitch

The Big Hurt: A major decade for music — minus the music
It boggles the mind that as recently as a decade ago, if you wanted to hear "Knockin' da Boots" by H-Town (and you did, believe me), you'd have to perform a primitive prayer ritual: you'd call some creepy guy with a really deep voice and beg him to play it, then wait by your radio for an hour in the hope that he'd answer your plea.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 15, 2009


The Big Hurt: Lambert works it, 50 blows it, Moz ends it

The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
ADAM LAMBERT 's spicy AMA performance continues to dominate entertainment headlines, weeks after it first scandalized the nation — but why does America care what a man does with another man in the secluded privacy of the American Music Awards?
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 09, 2009


The Big Hurt: Season's beatings

The Big Hurt holiday shopper
Taking advantage of your seasonal obligation to buy stuff for people, the music industry unleashes its annual torrent of giftable crap: holiday albums, greatest-hits packages, high-profile releases, deluxe reissues.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 04, 2009


The Big Hurt: Faces refaced

Also Spears speared, Hook hacked
Faces refaced, Spears speared, Hook hacked
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 24, 2009


The end that could have been

Three missed Aerosmith break-up opportunities
For a few wonderful days, it seemed that Aerosmith were finally kaput.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 18, 2009


The Big Hurt: Another Brown bagged

Plus Stockman sickened, Sublime subpoena'd,
Ian Brown: lady hitter?
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 11, 2009


The Big Hurt: Liam alone

Can an Oasis spinoff help but suck?
Everyone figured that Noel Gallagher would go solo — it’s been hinted at for years — but the break-up of Oasis has made it a grim inevitability.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 09, 2009


The Big Hurt: ''Losing'' news in brief

Aerosmith lose Joe; A-Ha lose everybody; Diddy loses bling; Corgan just loses it
AEROSMITH ’s disastrous summer of canceled tours and geriatric folly has taken its toll on guitarist Joe Perry, who recently told MTV that the band were on “indefinite hiatus” — which is music-industry slang for “I hate Steven Tyler.”
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 27, 2009


The Big Hurt: Release yo’ delf

The week in horrendous press releases
Every slow pop week has a silver lining: it’s a great chance to catch up on the thrilling world of useless press releases.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 22, 2009


The Big Hurt: A healthy death

Music news in brief
A member of the recently reunited BACKSTREET BOYS — the really Christian one who looks like the Beast from that 1980s Beauty and the Beast TV show — has swine flu. That doesn't even come close to being sufficient punishment for his many aesthetic atrocities (which include his face), but it'll do for the moment.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 13, 2009


The Big Hurt: Think of England

‘Who Charted?’: The UK edition
Although we like to think of ourselves as having an ironclad hegemony over the pop of the Western world, those plucky Brits like to rise from their misty bog and tweak our nipples with a pond-crossing chart smash once in a while.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 06, 2009


The Big Hurt: Season's bleatings

Plus unholy names and office shredders
One of the great things about being in the music industry is that you get to change your name. So why are we hearing records from a guy named Landon Pigg?
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 28, 2009


The Bigmouth strikes again

Kanye acts like himself; nation loses shit
Given all the conflicting emotions, it was tough to form an opinion on Kanye West's VMA bum rush against Taylor Swift.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 22, 2009

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