Music Journalism Sarcasm?

Sometimes dry, factual comments in new stories come off as snide but funny:

  • “Many of Sigel’s songs depict guns, drugs and violence.” (“Philly rapper Beanie Sigel cleared in ’03 shooting“)
  • “Meanwhile, the ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ producer filed suit last week against a financial associate of four-and-a-half years, Michelle Blaine, alleging she embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from him via fraudulent schemes.” (“Spector Sues, Gets Trial Date“)

And sometimes it just comes off as pointlessly mean:

Grammy-winning R&B singer D’Angelo is listed in critical condition after his Hummer crashed on September 19th in his native Virginia[…] His latest album, Voodoo, was released in 2000. (“D’Angelo Injured in Crash“)

Is it just me, or are they trying to say, “D’Angelo’s career isn’t going anywhere.”? It just seems like an extraneous piece of information, and a weird one to end on.