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The Week In Pop: Zac Brown Band Branches Out In The Blandest Way Possible

In this era of ever-diminishing music sales, there are weeks when an album squeaks into the #1 spot because there’s no legitimate competition. This was not one of those weeks. Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde forcefully seized the top spot, racking up 228,000 equivalent units — one of the best sales frames of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 7, 2015 - 2:42 pm

The Week In Pop: Nick Jonas Is On The Verge Of Something Awesome

We needed the expert Miguel impersonation that is “Jealous” this year, if only because Miguel himself seems determined to tantalizingly dangle his own new music just out of reach. (These fleeting seconds were such a maddening tease! I realize this hard-to-get routine is a form of foreplay, but jeez.) Anyway: The biggest solo hit so… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 6, 2014 - 3:58 pm

The Week In Pop: Robin Thicke’s Paula Is Pitiful, But Don’t Pity Him

“Blurred Lines” did a lot of good for Robin Thicke. It made him a household name (and hashtag!), gave him his first #1 single, and basically secured his place in the fabric of pop culture for the rest of his life. But the song, its salacious video, and all the attendant success and controversy –… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 26, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Coachella 2009: M.I.A., Superchunk, And So Much Sun

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
The weather’s getting hotter by the day, but we refuse to cave: We arrived at the grounds when the sun was at its peak. Amrit’s given to wearing shorts at this point, but Brandon sticks by his Levi’s because pale white legs are no good in the Southern California… More »

By: brandon / April 19, 2009 - 2:42 pm

New Morrissey Song NOT About Paris Hilton

Morrissey fanboards lit up after the Mozfather’s Jacksonville show two nights ago, when he unveiled a third unreleased song (see also: “That’s How People Grow Up,” “All You Need Is Me“) that was later reported to be titled “Wrapping My Arms Around Paris Hilton.” But knowing how much Moz talks about Paris, France, we were… More »

By: Stereogum / July 19, 2007 - 10:27 am

Billy Corgan Opens Up About The Paris Hilton Single Cover

Didn’t know what to make of Paris turning up on the cover of the Pumpkins’ “Tarantula”? Thought maybe he yanked the image off of X17 Perezito style? Billy recently addressed the single issue in a chat with Lauch Radio Networks (via Blabbermouth): Actually the original idea was we were gonna see if Lindsey, Britney and… More »

By: Stereogum / July 17, 2007 - 1:03 pm

The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tarantula” Is Infected By A Parisite

On July 2nd, Pumpkins fans in the UK can get their hands on the CD and 7″ single for Zeitgeist harbinger “Tarantula”, and according to Wiki and our email inbox, they can join Americans in being forced to look at pictures of this heir-head — only here it’s totally to make a statement! And apparently… More »

By: Stereogum / June 20, 2007 - 3:21 pm

UB40 Vs. Paris Hilton

Paris goes to jail today. Days ago, Warner Bros. came to their senses and dropped her from their label. Last night, Sarah Silverman showed no monologue mercy in the only redeeming moment of the MTV Movie Awards telecast (“to make her feel more comfortable in prison, the guards are going to paint the bars to… More »

By: Stereogum / June 4, 2007 - 12:50 pm

The Petition To Jail Paris Hilton, Brought To You By The Band Guilty Of Mutilating Talking Heads

It may be presidential election season, but nothing mobilizes the American citizenry like American Idol and/or Paris Hilton’s jail sentence. The heiress’s recent DUI conviction and jail sentence has resulted in competing petitions to the Governator: one asking him to Free Paris (26,139 signatures) and the other of the Jail Paris Hilton variety (63,639 name… More »

By: Stereogum / May 14, 2007 - 1:37 pm

Coachella: Interpol Unleashes Its Antics

Who’d want to follow the Johansson And Mary Chain’s triumphant showing? Doubt they had a say in the matter, but the onus fell on the gloomy lads of Interpol to appease a massive crowd of JAMC leftovers, Björk anticipators, and fans of tapered black slacks. Following a stage-setting slab of ambient noise, Daniel Kessler struck… More »

By: Stereogum / April 28, 2007 - 2:01 pm

Bigmouths Strike Again: Stars Are Blind (And Deaf, Too) Edition

Just when you thought Warner Bros. recording artist Paris Hilton may have been embarrassed into submission, a musician with some cred went and made an unlikely confession. The person in question told Star:I bought her single “Stars Are Blind.”

I thought it was a great song and should have done better even than it… More »

By: Stereogum / February 27, 2007 - 5:39 pm

Lily Allen Talks “It”

Ahh, the customary right of passage for every girl-of-the-moment: Talk trash on “It” girls past. TeenPeople.com put Lily to the test.TeenPeople.com: You’ve been labeled an ‘It’ girl so we were wondering what you thought of some of the others that share that title. What do you think of Jessica Simpson?
Lily Allen: I’m definitely not… More »

By: Stereogum / February 8, 2007 - 8:36 am

Take This Quote To Cafepress

“You Paris Hilton! Can I get a hundred dollars?”

That’s what some dude asked Paris Hilton yesterday as she came out of a McDonald’s drive-thru. She gave it to him. Which isn’t surprising, as the paparazzi were there and Paris could use the PR.

What is surprising is that while the pop star… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 20, 2006 - 2:05 pm

Papa Roach Vs. Pete Wentz

Bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Dave Buckner of Papa Roach (remember them?) have some beef with Ashlee Simpson’s new beau. Via Pop WorldWhat do you think of bands such as Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance?
DAVE: I love My Chem. Fall Out Boy, there’s a little bit of an issue between me and… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 10, 2006 - 6:39 pm

Paris’s Album Now With Bonus Artwork

Where does a guerilla artist go after mounting his work in MoMA and creating a poignant political piece in Palestine? To fuck with Paris, that’s where! The Independent reports on Bristol graffiti artist Banksy’s latest earth-shaking actions:The secretive artist has smuggled 500 doctored copies of Paris Hilton’s debut album into music stores throughout the UK,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 3, 2006 - 7:08 pm

Scott Storch Is High On Life

Paris Hilton has ex-boyfriend Scott Storch to thank for her surprisingly semi-successful music career. And she’s like, totally appreciative. Listen to the “Turn It Up” intro loop FourFour made.

Last night Stereogum came face to face with the über-producer outside J. Crew (i.e., the end of the VMA red carpet). We waited patiently while… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 1, 2006 - 4:44 pm

Like A Rolling Series Of Tubes

“You think I’m over the hill/ You think I’m past my prime/ Let me see what you got/ We can have a whoppin’ good time” sings Bob Dylan on his new album Modern Times.

Of course he’s talking about viral video.

YouTube? That’s for Paris Hilton. Old man Zimmerman is a Google Video… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 25, 2006 - 10:40 am

Song Of The Summer 2006

Today NY Post places odds on which tune will be crowned this year’s Song Of The Summer.”A summer hit has to have a unique upfront hook, a great beat, and it has to sound great in a car,” says Jim Kaminski, who works in marketing at Tower Records. “You’ll find yourself singing along even if… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 30, 2006 - 4:04 pm

What Is Platinum Weird?

Props to Eurythmic Dave Stewart for putting so much goddamn effort into launching his latest band Platinum Weird. The press release is a fictitious story about the group’s origin:In 1974, Dave Stewart formed a band called Platinum Weird in North London with his female songwriting partner, muse and soul mate, Erin Grace. The pair originally… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 24, 2006 - 5:33 pm

New Paris Hilton – “Stars Are Blind”

Holy shit! What’s wrong with me? I actually like this song.

It’s slick and unadventurous, but that chorus is undeniable. One could easily imagine Gwen Stefani delivering the reggae-lite nugget. Even Paris’ inflections reek of L.A.M.B.. Her voice is passable — she’s no, um, Brittany Murphy — but since Ashlee Simpson topped the charts,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 3, 2006 - 4:43 pm
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