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The Big Hurt: This week in image problems

Bieber's adulthood, Manson and Trent's arson, Snoop's weed, Adele's weight, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé's baby
Poor Biebs. He just wants to be the wholesome kid next door, but with his 18th birthday creeping up, America's youth-stealing culture just can't wait to liquor him up and lay him.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 17, 2012


The Big Hurt: Rihanna, Killers, Cee Lo, Ke$ha, and Macca shit the bed

The week's worst ideas
Not the swiftest week in the history of pop — every news story seemed to be about some almighty screw-up or another .
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 10, 2012


The Big Hurt: Marky + Biebs, Sinéad's divorce; plus, Nelly, Jay-Z & Kanye, Slim Dunkin, and R. Kelly

Music news in brief
BIEBERWATCH! Last year, Paramount hinted at plans for a major JUSTIN BIEBER vehicle: some kind of basketball movie teaming our twink swag hunk with former teen throb "MARKY MARK" WAHLBERG.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 11, 2012


The Big Hurt: What we'll hear — or not — in 2012

The hype ahead
Considering the year ahead, I figured I'd look at some obvious picks for 2012's biggest newcomers.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 29, 2011


Interview: Violent J on the FBI, Odd Future, and why he pulls more hotties than we do

The year in Juggalos
It's been another wicked year for the Insane Clown Posse.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2011


The Big Hurt: Weighing 2011 against decades past

The year in context
We can't truly understand 2011's place in music history until we weigh it against its counterparts from decades past, preferably in some sort of arbitrary jerk-off critical exercise. Hey, here's one
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 20, 2011


The Big Hurt: Unnecessary press release roundup

No matter how lazy music writers get, we can't spin every press release into a freebie news story, or even a scrap of "Web content" (shudder) for whichever shit aggregator pays our parking tickets.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 14, 2011


The Big Hurt: Satellite High's Dad-Rock EP

Jammin' with pops
San Francisco rapper Jay Friedman, a/k/a Satellite High, has fully captured the platonic ideal of dads.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 29, 2011


The Big Hurt: Trey Songz's 'YUUP!,' Juelz Santana's terrorist threat, Fat Joe's 'gay mafia,' and Adam Ant's mental health

Music news in brief
In case you were wondering how many guys are allowed to say "yup," the answer is one.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 21, 2011


The Big Hurt: November Juggalo update

Persecuted, sued, and snitched on
Much clown love, my ninjas!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 18, 2011


The Big Hurt: Bieber's balls, Weiland and She & Him's Xmas albums, Nicki Minaj's trash, and more

Music news in brief
While his upcoming Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, may sound like a surefire hit, it was nearly scuppered by a pair of glistening ornaments.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 09, 2011


The Big Hurt: Backsliding once more into the Billboard Christian Songs chart

Who charted?
Of all the Billboard offerings I've covered in Who Charted — which is most of them, excluding major eccentrics like the Hot Norwegian Skiffle 100 — there are none I'm more excited to revisit than the Christian Songs chart
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 02, 2011


The Big Hurt: The Stone Roses and other tales of the living dead!

Music news in brief
In the spooky spirit of the Phoenix Halloween Goth special, a chilling tale of a band returning from the dead!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 25, 2011

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The Big Hurt: Smash Mouth chicken out

In the end, some eggs were eaten and a bunch of money was raised to help sick kids, which is great. But did Steve Harwell truly meet the egg challenge? No!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 19, 2011


The Big Hurt: Tupac's sex tape, Too $hort for Yee, so-long Steve Jobs

Music news in brief
A hell of a week.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 17, 2011


The Big Hurt: The gnome-stealing legends of Britpop failure are back! Do we care? Maybe!

Marion return!
Here's the biggest news of the year, if you're me or Michael Marotta or one of maybe three other idiots in the world who'd actually care: Marion is reforming.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 05, 2011


The Big Hurt: This week in music merchandising

Good times!
I love watching a credible artist make a decent living. That's why I take such audibly-giggling delight in keeping readers abreast of the latest honest-buck news, which is coming fast and furious this week.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 28, 2011


The Big Hurt: The Game outs 50 Cent, Gucci Mane goes to the slam; plus, Julian Lennon's new titles, and more

Music news in brief
I have nothing against the music of British rapper TINIE TEMPAH — I don't think I've even heard it, to be honest — but boy am I ever sick as heck of reading that name in print.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 21, 2011


The Big Hurt: Ke$ha, 'That Girl in Pink,' and Mongo Slade make 'news'

Hard pressed
This week, another ill-fated jog down the dark alley of music biz press releases. . . .
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 14, 2011


The Big Hurt: My application to have sex with Sinéad O'Connor

Not a Nigel!
Sinéad O'Connor recently posted a rather extraordinary blog entry, titled "IS SINÉAD ABOUT TO HUMP HER TRUCK?"
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 06, 2011

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