Madge rocked the house in Toronto on the first of two nights. Pics or it didn’t happen!
July 25, 2012 | Dave Hodgson
As long as there have been music videos, music videos have been banned, for reasons both justified and baffling. Here are eleven videos that were deemed unfit for public consumption.
July 11, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Have you ever wondered what pop stars would look like if they were working class, regular folk like you and me? What if they didn’t have the time or money to hire personal trainers, nutritionists, make-up artists, and stylists? What if Fergie never really hit it big with the Black Eyed Peas, and spent the rest of her life as an aging Vegas cocktail waitress?
July 10, 2012 | Chayne Japal
In the pursuit of freshness, rap artists latch onto trends so they don’t get left behind in the most volatile music genre. As of late, the American neo-expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat has oddly become the go to subject of choice in contemporary hip-hop. If you listen to rap, you have heard his name. Here are a few familiar lines where rappers have referenced Jean-Michel Basquiat
May 29, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
At rehearsals for the MDNA World Tour in Israel on Sunday, Madonna revealed a section of her set list where she seamlessly and shamelessly drops a chorus from “Born This Way” overtop of the music from 1989′s “Express Yourself,” effectively showing Lady Gaga who’s boss. Jump to the one minute mark of the video to get a whiff of this territorial pissing
May 11, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
When Tricky Stewart heard Rihanna record the “Ella, Ella, Ella, Eh, Eh, Eh,” section of the soon-to-be hit “Umbrella,” he knew that life was about to change for everyone involved. It launched Rihanna to a new level of fame, allowed The-Dream to release his own solo record Love Hate, and madeTricky Stewart one of the most sought after producers and songwriters in modern hip-hop, pop, and R&B.
May 8, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Yesterday, we finally got to see Pepsi’s Nicki Minaj commercial, a minute-and-a-half 3D clip for Pepsi’s “Live For Now” campaign. The ad re-tools Minaj’s hit “Moment 4 Life,” following a sugar-drunk couple as they explore their newfound ability to stop time with one sip of that sweet nectar. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a smidge worried about Nicki Minaj’s big money cola endorsement. More often than not, the Pepsi-Cola curse results in either a negative impact on the company or on the endorser.
April 18, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Like many celebrities before her, Nicki Minaj is releasing her first fragrance this fall. What might be perceived as “selling-out” in another genre of music, is actually a rite of passage for a commercial pop star. Let’s look at the marketing materials of 20 pop star perfumes, and get a sense of how this whole celebrity fragrance business really smells.
April 11, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Nicki Minaj soared to the second #1 showing of her career on the Billboard 200, and her first debut at #1. On the strength of current single “Starships,” (#5 on the Hot 100) Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded sold 253,000 copies last week, eclipsing initial forecasts for a 215,000 to 235,000 figure.
April 11, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Madonna’s newest record MDNA debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 last week, selling over 359,000 units. This was enough to clinch the top spot for Madge, above Lionel Ritchie’s Tuskegee, which sold 200,000 units, earning him his best first-week debut in over 20 years.