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Losers of the Hot 100

Who charted?
In today's "Who Charted?", I'll be checking out a few of the biggest losers on the Billboard Hot 100.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 19, 2011

This week in The Big Hurt by David Thorpe

The Big Hurt: Britney, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Rebecca Black, and Miley Cyrus weigh the price of fame

Britney, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Rebecca Black, and Miley Cyrus weigh the price of fame
BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued for $10 million by the company that helped her score a fragrance deal with Elizabeth Arden. It's claiming that she owes it a 35 percent commission on the sales of her popular scents. This boosts my self-esteem a little — say what you will about my fragrance, at least it's never been actionable.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 14, 2011

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Spray-pancake-batter 'fat cats' strike back!

Two weeks ago, in a round-up of "inessential" press releases, I discussed Batter Blaster, a spray-on-pancake-batter company that had delved into the world of rock by offering free, hip, indie songs to fans of high-tech breakfast products.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 11, 2011

Almost saved list

Big Hurt: Chris Brown's problematic timing

Almost saved!
Last Tuesday was an awkward day for and the rest of the Chris Brown promotional forgiveness machine — on the same day that his career-saving comeback album was dropped, he appeared on Good Morning America and became incensed by pre-vetted questions regarding his assault on Rihanna.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 31, 2011


The Big Hurt: Pancakes! Lent! Golf!

This month's inessential press releases
March has been a true delight in the music-PR department — I haven't seen this many dumbshit stunts since Jackass 3D . Let's roll up our sleeves and thrust our hands elbow deep into a steaming pile of press releases:
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 24, 2011


The Big Hurt: The torments of Phil, plus Biebs's 'stache, Simpson's Snoop poop

Music news in brief
A thrilling roller-coaster of PHIL COLLINS drama this week. First, a murmur washed over the media as Collins seemed to announce his retirement in an FHM interview.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 18, 2011

Big Hurt raw

The Big Hurt: What's really raw?

Plus, another 'Big Hurt' quiz
Plus, another 'Big Hurt' quiz
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 09, 2011

The Big Hurt: Snoop goes 4G

Music news in brief
Plus, Scott Walker's drift, Rick Ross's Tweet thuggery, Sting's Libya worries, Biebs's deep thoughts
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 04, 2011

Justin Bieber Never Say Never

Basking in Justin Bieber's Never Say Never

Our nation is still reeling from Bieber's inexplicable Grammy loss — have the judges gone mad? Did Bieber and Drake split the vote? Is this yet another shocking example of the Grammys' longstanding prejudice in favor of jazz bassists?
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 23, 2011

Bruno Mars

The Big Hurt: The 'best' of Digital Songs

Who charted?
Let's check out Billboard 's Digital Songs chart, which tracks the most-downloaded songs in all genres. Should make for some interesting diversity, right? No! Actually, it's all the same crap from the Hot 100 in a slightly different order.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 18, 2011


Review: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Bieber's hair in 3D is a thing of a beauty
John Chu's account of Bieber's rise from YouTube urchin to arena-packing teen Adonis is as impeccably groomed as our hero's hairdo, but that's fine - anyone looking for a gritty, warts-and-all Bieber bio is probably a miserable
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 15, 2011


Gaga's eau de bloody load, Diddy exposed as 9/11 mastermind, and other music news in brief

The Big Hurt
Smell ya, shouldn't have to tell ya!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 09, 2011


Winning the future

The week in press releases
When I dig into the press-release bin, I'm usually scavenging for cheap laughs and idiotic stunts. This week, however, I found something different: the melding of rock and literature. Incredible leaps in technology. Genuine advancements in the arts.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 01, 2011


The Big Hurt: A Swift descent into Cake, Broadcasting death, and Steven Tyler's Idol

Music News in Brief
It was a minor tragedy when blameless young TAYLOR SWIFT scored the worst-selling #1 album in recorded chart history. But the humiliation didn't end there: the poor kid's record was shattered only a week later by quasi-novelty dorks CAKE , who managed to knock her off the top spot with an even weaker chart debut.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 26, 2011


The Big Hurt: De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig's Faberyayo tells all

Dutch spit
In the year-end issue of the Phoenix , I listed my five favorite Dutch rap tracks of 2010. Number two was "Sterrenstof," by a group called De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig (loose translation: Kids These Days).
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 18, 2011


The Big Hurt: Biebs's babe

Plus Bach's split, Thude's Justin, Blu in Seattle, and Muse in space
Biebs's babe, Bach's split, Thude's Justin, Blu in Seattle, and Muse in space
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 12, 2011


The Big Hurt: Amanda, Bush, Cake, Yanni, Dr. Dre, and Me First get all 2011 on your ass

Upcoming releases
A new year, a fresh crop of musical delights! The early part of 2011 has a jam-packed release calendar, so let's check out what's coming in the next couple of months . . .
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 05, 2011


Top 5 Dutch Rap Singles of 2010

Nederhop that rocked
2010 in Dutch rap
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2010


The Big Hurt: Snoop PO'd

Plus Biebs trades up, Liam tracklists, willcanthear, Hucknall busy, anagrams and headlines
Last week, I reported extensively ( ahem , Pulitzer judges) on the bizarre mural of JUSTIN BIEBER found within the favela manse of a Brazilian druglord. However, as I dug deeper into the story this week, I discovered an incredible new twist: the letters in "Justin Bieber" can be rearranged to spell "urine jet bibs."
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 14, 2010


The Big Hurt: Cidade de Biebs

Why was Justin Bieber in the mansion of a Rio drug lord?
When two thousand Brazilian cops mounted a massive assault on some of Rio's most dangerous slums, they made a chilling discovery.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 07, 2010


The Big Hurt: NKOTBSB hit the road!

Plus, Justin Bieber vs. Wyclef Jean, Primal Scream vs. Kevin Shields, and Beatles UK vs. Beatles USA
Guys! You guys! Holy shit, guys: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and the BACKSTREET BOYS are teaming up for a headlining tour in 2011.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 01, 2010

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