So, Lady Gaga posted a photo of herself without makeup on Twitter yesterday, and everyone wrote about it like it was earth shattering news. Let me put on my hypocritical hat real quick, and chastise “da blogs” for writing about this, while sneakily finding a way to cash-in on the traffic that fluff pieces like this guarantee.
March 27, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Think you had a rough weekend? At least it didn’t end up with a set of prints and a couple of front & side profile portraits that will be floating around on the internet forever. Pop Hunter is kinda proud (and a little embarrassed, honestly) to present its most exploitative column to date: Monday’s Musical Mug Shots!
March 26, 2012 | Dave Hodgson
Welcome back to The Parody OD, a monthly roundup of the YouTube’s burgeoning pop parodists. This time, we see what the “Weird” Als of the digital generation have to say about Rihanna’s sex-fueled, drug-fueled, fireworks-fueled video for “We Found Love”.
In 2012, Camo has been mounting a steady comeback in terms of both street style, and music videos. In Katy Perry’s latest clip (for “Part of Me”), she enrolls in the marines after a bad breakup. Katy is shown going through boot camp, and then mostly dancing underneath a gigantic American Flag parachute, which I’m sure is a traditional rite of passage when you enlist.
Last night at midnight, Justin Bieber’s new single “Boyfriend” was released via iTunes, creating a tsunami of tweets, likes, shares, and trending topics courtesy of an army of Beliebers, who are coincidentally the world’s 6th largest military force, tied with the Turkish National Army.
This week on Twitter: T-Pain has a boo-boo, Nicki Minaj wears a popcorn dress, and will.i.am & RedFoo are BFF
At the end of each week, #Top40Tweets lists a cross-section of artists on the current pop charts and puts their tweets on display (along with their current chart number) for your enjoyment/scrutiny. This week, we look at 5 artists on the Billboard Music Charts.
With major labels failing, artists have been looking to corporate sponsorship to support their bank accounts. Lil Wayne just signed a deal with Mountain Dew. Rick Ross, the most non-athletic man in hip-hop, just signed a deal with Reebok. When it comes to mismatched endorsements, these ones might seem too weird to be real. That’s because they’re not real. They’re hilarious jokes, written for you, by us.
Mr. Bangladesh (a.k.a. Shondrae Crawford) was born in Iowa, but you wouldn’t have figured that out just by listening to his beats. Shondrae wants his sound to be different — he took the name Bangladesh because it sounds foreign to your ears. In addition to his knack for finding hooks in samples, Shondrae has the ability to weave a pastiche of strange synthetic sounds and samples together, giving his tracks a very intriguing aural treatment. Let’s enjoy some of Bangladesh’s biggest bangers on this fine Friday, shall we?
In a recent interview with Vice, Jeremy Rose (a.k.a. Zodiac) details how ex-American Apparel employee Abel Tesfaye failed to give him credit for producing the first three breakout tracks from the House Of Balloons mixtape. “What You Need,” “Loft Music” and “The Morning (Original Version)” are all tracks that Rose produced, but he received no accolades when these songs hit it big via Drake, Pitchfork and The New York Times.
For some reason, every season they devote one night to the catalogue of Billy Joel. Given that most of these kids have absolutely no resonance with any of Billy Joel’s material, it makes for a pretty boring round. The song choices are awful, and the contestants struggle to scrape together an inspired performance based on coaching direction from Interscope label boss Jimmy Iovine and this week’s guest mentor Diddy. Don’t worry folks, Diddy really knows his way around a Billy Joel tune.