Here’s a dark bit of news: Predatory groin-bulge Pitbull, novelty rap gremlin PSY and Jessica Sanchez, a legitimately talented person whose first album debuted at #26 (!) on the album chart, are all taking the stage on the season finale of Dancing With the Stars to do — well, to do something. Who knows exactly what. More »
Look, we understand why people don’t like Justin Bieber. But for people to dislike him strongly enough to expend energy actually booing him at a function as stale as the Billboard Music Awards? That was a little odd. I mean, nobody booed Chris Brown last night! Only, like, two people booed Kid Rock for having the audacity to insult the night’s lip-synchers. But a sizable number of people booing Bieber for winning a fan-voted award? That was strange.
Bieber himself seemed a little flummoxed as the rumble of boos cascaded down, and he went off-script, saying, “I really just want to say, it should really be about the music. It should be about the craft, the craft that I’m making.” Using the C-word surely didn’t help is cause, and he continued, “This is not a gimmick, I’m not — I’m an artist, and I should be taken seriously. And all this other bull should not be spoken of.” Watch up top — the drama starts at 1:30. More »
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards are now behind us, but the winners, performances and crazy, neck-breaking moments will live on the Internet forever, for us to dissect. Online critics had plenty to say about Billboard‘s annual shindig, this year staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. From Miguel‘s stage jump to Madonna‘s acceptance speech to the surprisingly audible heckling Justin Bieber faced when he stepped up to receive his Milestone Award, the Internet had its choice of topics to cover. More »
Betty Who, the candidate likeliest to save pop music, has returned with a new music video from her staggeringly great The Movement EP — and, like the song, the video for “You’re In Love” is sort of happy but sort of heartbreaking, following Betty and her beau as they drive a fancy car through the countryside and explore New York City and roll around, perfectly in love. (Every other day, that is.)
It’s a slightly more polished look than Betty’s “Somebody Loves You” video — it still feels sort of unfathomable that she’s pulling this off without a label, although it wouldn’t come as a surprise if that changed rather soon — but you don’t need a huge budget when the vision is this clear. More »
The Voice has proven more consistently entertaining than its competition, but the show has yet to produce any huge stars from its winners’ roster; am I wrong for thinking all that might change with Cassadee Pope? The Season 3 winner’s new single has just been released, and “Wasting All These Tears” is an instantaneous monster of a pop-country midtempo ballad, delivering shades of Avril Lavigne‘s “I’m With You” with the melodramatic production of Carrie Underwood‘s “Two Black Cadillacs.” Lyrically, it’s magic — the details are finely wrought (“Tried to find you at the bottom of a bottle / Laying down on the bathroom floor,” she sings by way of an opening) and the chorus melody (“Standing on the corner crying / Feeling like a fool for trying”) soars majestically. More »
Well! It was a dreary night at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, wasn’t it? There were forty performances each from Pitbull and Will.i.am! They only gave out three awards! Justin Bieber talked at length about his craft! Host Tracy Morgan sputtered all of his lines and could barely read the teleprompter! Yes, it was one for the books, folks. One for the books.
That said, there were still some highlights — a handful of exceptional performances and some nice moments of shade-throwing from various members of the pop glitterati — and, well, some lowlights. (Remember when Miguel almost killed somebody? Yeah. That was a bummer.) Let’s recap! (And if you missed any performances, you can watch them all here.) More »