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The Big Hurt: Critic proof
The wacky world of Allstar Weekend
One of the perks of being a credible music journalist for a major weekly is that record labels are always sending you free promo CDs, hoping you'll find the time to shine the light of your critical expertise upon them (and liberally quote the press kit).
| July 13, 2010
The Big Hurt: Tiffany and Debbie Gibson's snakes 'n' gators
Plus El DeBarge's year, Chris Brown's tears, and Justin Bieber's heart
"2010 could end up being the year of EL DEBARGE ," says mtv.com. Wait! I know I make shit up all the time, but they actually said that.
| July 07, 2010
Billboard's Rap Songs chart
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
| July 05, 2010
The Big Hurt: Vince Neil acts his age
Plus The Situation singled, Drake unsurpassed, Pete Doherty denied, Lou Reed exonerated
By the time you read this, the Situation will have his first single out on iTunes. Yeah, that the Situation.
| June 22, 2010
Coming soon, unfortunately
Music you don't want
Despite last month's record sales (the lowest since anyone's been keeping track), some artists still don't get the picture: nobody wants music anymore .
| June 15, 2010
The Big Hurt: The M.I.A. kertruffle
Plus Gallagher goes begging, Bieber gets erased, Abdul loses time
In an interview with Nylon magazine, M.I.A. offered a shocking revelation about the Web sites we use every day: "Google and Facebook were developed by the CIA, and when you're on there, you have to know that."
| June 10, 2010
The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart
If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
| June 01, 2010
The Big Hurt: Reed goes to the dogs
Plus Weezy debudded, Ant derided, Michaels bandanna’d
More evidence of the sickening barbarity of America’s penal institutions: Lil Wayne is being hassled because officers found headphones and the charger for an MP3 player in his cell.
| May 25, 2010
The Big Hurt: Shill crazy
The week in corporate sponsorships
You know, I might stop following real music journalism altogether. Press releases are so much better. Just when I start thinking it’s a slow week in silly pop news, I check the PR wire — a/k/a the bottom of the barrel — and dig up two of the greatest items I’ve ever seen .
| May 21, 2010
The Big Hurt: A big country lesbian pissing match
Music news in brief
Reports began to surface recently that a major country star was set to come out of the closet in People magazine. I had high hopes for Chris Gaines, but no such luck.
| May 17, 2010
The Big Hurt: Red scare
M.I.A.’s ultraviolent new video misses the target
If you’re a dedicated follower of pop, you’ve no doubt heard about M.I.A.’s shocking new video for “Born Free,” the lead single from her upcoming album.
| May 04, 2010
The Big Hurt: The week in death
RIP Chilton, Guru, and editorial tact
Back in January, I predicted that, because of medical advances and the prospect of universal health care, no musicians would die in this decade. Unfortunately, it hasn’t turned out that way.
| April 27, 2010
The Big Hurt: Dialing up Billboard’s Ringtones Chart
We may scoff at the very idea of Billboard ’s ignominious Ringtones chart, but mobile phones are one of only three viable revenue channels musicians have left these days (the other two being commercial licensing and crooked charities).
| April 26, 2010
The Big Hurt: ICP take on magnets
Plus Slash loves Axl and Dre does Freddie
Would that I could simply post the entire lyric to “Miracles” by INSANE CLOWN POSSE and call it an article.
| April 13, 2010
The Big Hurt: Say anything
The week in YouTube comments
It’s almost impossible to read a single page of YouTube comments without being confronted by society’s ugliest afflictions: ignorance, pointless fights, horrifying racism, and unfair criticism of Justin Bieber’s haircut.
| April 12, 2010
The Big Hurt: Bieber fever
Plus U2’s purported fans, and Keane hits the green
Of the 45 headlines on mtv.com’s music-news section, nine are about JUSTIN BIEBER . That’s precisely 20 percent.
| March 30, 2010
The Big Hurt: What would Jesus download?
Who charted? Billboard's Top Christian Songs edition
True, I may be the wrong guy to review the top tracks on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. I’m not religious, so songs about Jesus mean about as much to me as songs about Popeye.
| March 23, 2010
The Big Hurt: Now hiring
Music news in brief
If you're a musician looking to break into the big leagues, now's your chance.
| March 16, 2010
The Big Hurt: Clench and release(1)
The week in awful press releases
Press-release time again!
| March 09, 2010
The Big Hurt: Lightfoot lives!
Plus Weezy tweets and Mayer backpedals
Last week, the world was gripped in the terror of a GORDON LIGHTFOOT death scare when a realistic-looking Twitter obit was picked up by several Canadian papers.
| March 02, 2010
The Big Hurt: Leisurely stroll through Billboard’s ‘Heatseekers’
A year into this whole "Who Charted" thing and I'm finally getting to the most exciting stuff.
| February 23, 2010
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