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In a recent Big Hurt column about selling out with grace and dignity, I gently called out Snoop Dogg as an artist who'd entirely blown out his commercial gag reflex.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 24, 2012

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Jay-Z takes the train


Last week, our nation's attention was captured by an extraordinary news story: Jay-Z, for the final night of his concert residence at New York's Barclays Center, travelled to the venue on the subway.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 17, 2012

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The Big Hurt: The Week in Fine Dining


It's a time of great upheaval for America's restaurant of last resort: Arby's is getting a major brand revamp.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 09, 2012

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Billie Joe's crackup, Muse's truth


Jeers this week to regrettable behavior -- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 02, 2012

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The Big Hurt: Selling out right


With declining record sales pushing artists ever closer to a corporate sponsorship model, the concept of "selling out" has become a charming anachronism.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 25, 2012

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Pop and culture in brief

The Big Hurt
Last month, a peculiar scrap of music history went up for auction in England: a framed pair of ELVIS PRESLEY's husky briefs — "unwashed," according to the BBC, and still "soiled with stains."
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 18, 2012



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The Big Hurt: YouTube rap spam

Straight talk
If you read the comments of any major rap video on YouTube, you'll always see some authentic hustle shining through the racist bickering and Illuminati accusations.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 13, 2012

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The Big Hurt: Heeding the commands of the Billboard Hot 100

Who Charted: The Pop Gauntlet
From twisting and shouting to taking Eddie Money home tonight to fucking the police, pop music has always loved to boss us around.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 04, 2012

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Into the PR wastebasket with Vanilla Ice, Devo, and D’GARY

Press-release frenzy
This week, another exciting sift through the overflowing wastebasket of miserable press releases!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  August 28, 2012

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The Big Hurt: Gn’r Go Vegas! Stapp Tells All! Kenny G Bombshell!

Music News in Brief
Brace yourself, guy who still has tremendous respect for GUNS N' ROSES, because I have some troubling news: the band is planning a 12-night Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  August 23, 2012

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The Big Hurt: Factual errors, PR hubris, and butt stuff

Busted
By the time you read this, I may already be throwing back Bud Lights with my pal Pitbull in the sporting goods aisle of the Kodiak, Alaska, Walmart.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  August 03, 2012



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The Big Hurt: This month in big-brand comeback singles

Current releases
It’s easy to read Muse’s official Nazi marching song for the 2012 London Olympics as an overt piece of comedy, but at this point, how can we even tell when Muse is trying to be funny?
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 26, 2012

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The Big Hurt: The month in tragedy, rampages, and weird cheese

Music news in brief
It's been a sad and grisly few weeks for live music.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 20, 2012

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The Big Hurt: Help us help Wal-Mart exile Pitbull to Alaska

Marketing mania! The week in cross-promo frenzy!
As the summer buying-shit season heats up, the cross-promotional spokespersoning frenzy is reaching a boiling point.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 11, 2012

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The Big Hurt: Can a little-known artist survive having the same name as a pop star?

Shades of Gray
Last week I brought you the strange tale of Skylar Gray, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who just dropped his wonderful, years-in-the-making DIY debut, An Inch Equals 200 Miles .
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 29, 2012

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The Big Hurt: Angela Simmons’s bikini hair, Dave Mustaine’s skull, Skylar Gray’s name, and God’s wrath

Music news in brief
Reverend Run's daughter is the unfortunate subject of the week's least appealing headline, courtesy of Allhiphop.com: "ANGELA SIMMONS Launches 'Bikini' Hair Extension Line." Godspeed, future pube baroness.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 19, 2012



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The Big Hurt: Pete Wentz, celebrity-judge addict

Sold!
I was always amused by the Pete Wentz phenomenon: here was a vainglorious loudmouth who came up in the Chicago hardcore punk scene, scored some moderate hits with his nü-emo group Fall Out Boy, and then rocketed down the slope of artistic corruption with unprecedented glee.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 15, 2012

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The Big Hurt: Burnt beef, Bono’s billions, blotto Billboard, and Bieber’s balls

Music News in Brief
 BIEBERWATCH! Last we heard of the lad, Scooter Braun confirmed — after extensive hands-on palpation and scrotal Ben Wa Balling, no doubt — that Bieber's balls had dropped.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 05, 2012

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The Big Hurt: An unknown legend comes in from the cold

Return of a band namer
From the early '70s through the late '90s, artist branding guru Harold Wells worked with nearly every major label, coming up with perfect names for some of the most famous acts in rock history.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 01, 2012

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The Big Hurt: This week in technical difficulties

Where’s Freddie?
As a freshly minted connoisseur of dead-guy holograms, I was thrilled when Brian May announced that deceased legend FREDDIE MERCURY would make a special appearance at the 10th anniversary show of Queen's musical, We Will Rock You.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  May 25, 2012

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The Big Hurt: Platinum League vs. Yo! MTV Raps Trading Cards

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I spied an exciting story on XXL magazine's website: "Platinum League Releases First Ever Hip-Hop Trading Cards."
By: DAVID THORPE  |  May 16, 2012


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