I've thought about what it would be like to be famous -- a lot. Being the self-absorbed person I am, one who grew up with parents telling me how great I was at everything I did definitely made me into an adult who wanted nothing more than total stardom. Since that kind of infamy has yet to materiali ... More >>
Magic can certainly happen in the recording studio, but with some collaborations, a witch's brew with a horrid stink can also boil over. Huge lottery-sized paychecks evidently blinded these poor fools from seeing what truly awful things they were creating. Where's Marty McFly when you need him? If o ... More >>
Before it was even released, "Get Lucky," the first single from Daft Punk's forthcoming album "Random Access Memories," set the world on fire. From the fan edits of the track to the sixty second commercial from Saturday Night Live to the album teaser from Coachella, "Get Lucky" generated more than t ... More >>
This past weekend at London's Hammersmith Apollo, Kanye West went on a rant about selling out. Apparently, he now hates the Grammys, corporations and possibly the new Justin Timberlake song. Ironically, the self proclaimed "Louis Vuitton Don" saw absolutely no conflict of interest in calling out art ... More >>
It's been a big year for Guy Gerber. The Israeli native, who recently relocated to L.A., has created a Fabric album that's been garnering a lot of attention for all the best reasons; he's also been collaborating with P.Diddy on a project and just released a new track, "Steady," on which he plays bas ... More >>
Notorious B.I.G. died fifteen years ago this week, on March 9, 1997, at age 24, and Ready to Die is the only studio album released during his lifetime. (Life After Death was released fifteen days after his death, on March 25, 1997.) But Ready to Die album contained hits that were rap-wise, ahead of ... More >>
See also: Super Bowl commercials: Elton John, Flava Flav, Echo and the Bunnymen and more and Video: M.I.A. flips off Super Bowl audience during halftime show Judging by the voluminous groans echoing across the country, word is spreading that Madonna will be headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, ... More >>
"Clear Thinking," this week's cover story about Spring44 vodka and gin, outlined the rise of vodka, which went from a rarely-consumed liquor to the country's most popular spirit between the end of Prohibition and the mid-1970s. That was mostly thanks to marketing, including, in addition to br ... More >>
Ray J as host.You know that scene in "Serial Mom" when Kathleen Turner's character beats the juror to death with a phone receiver because she's wearing white shoes after labor day? Well, things are luckily not that dramatic at Sunday's Labor Day Annual White Party thrown by 3Deep Productions ... More >>
Courtesy of the Food NetworkIt wasn't nearly as bad as the walkout that Troy Guard, the owner/chef of TAG, experienced two weeks ago when a vocal majority of his staff hoofed it out the door after news that Guard and his soon-to-be-ex-wife had a parting of ways, but Andrew Casalini, the owner ... More >>
American Idol reunited JLo and Diddy last night, when the latter came to perform on the show now judged by the former. In case you need a refresher, the two had a very public, very volatile relationship ten years ago.
It's understandable to sneak in a little ad placement all up in your video, but when the product makes more appearances than the musician? There's a problem. As of late, advertising in music videos has become disgustingly apparent. It's not just the sweet, sweet jams that are bringing in mill ... More >>
Earlier this morning, Lil Wayne was released from New York's Rikers Island after serving eight months of a one-year sentence for criminal possession of a weapon. Fellow Southern rapper T.I., meanwhile, went back to jail on Monday after a federal judge in Atlanta revoked his probation follow ... More >>
The past year brought the worst economy since the malaise of the 1970s, and like that era, it also saw dance music sweep the nation. Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé and P. Diddy all dabbled in the sound. Even Michael Jackson was said to be working on a dance album with the Peas' Will ... More >>
Bush to use near your bush -- or at least in the vicinity.Next week, Westword will be capping off 2009 with a blizzard of blogs leading up to our annual Year in Review issue: Look for them in this space. But before long, we'll be ending a decade, too. And with that in mind -- and to whet you ... More >>
"Where my reality show at, dogs?" DMX gets a reality show Even though DMX is sitting in a Miami jail waiting to answer to a variety of charges including drug possession, weapons possessions and animal cruelty, some television producers think his life would make for some great entertainment. The sh ... More >>
Henry Butler PiaNOLA Live (Basin Street) As noted in a 2006 Westword profile, Henry Butler once owned a house in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood – but Hurricane Katrina destroyed the structure and pretty much everything else in it. Somehow, though, a number of live recordings he made over th ... More >>
LOCALS ONLY In 2006 The Pirate Signal, consisting of rapper-producer Yonnas and DJ A-What, released a self-titled EP that brought a breath of fresh air to the Colorado hip-hop scene. But because the stagnation most hip-hop artists face here in the Mile High, Yonnas moved to Brooklyn, New York, with ... More >>
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