August 1, 2011 |
There have been moments, sometimes lasting years, when Britney Spears has seemed like an accessory to her own career - the public face of a vast army of producers, songwriters, choreographers, stylists, publicity agents, and marketing executives. But holding together that tangle of competing agendas is no easy task. Part of what great pop stars do is provide a sense of continuity, using the force of their personality to bridge the gaps between trends. It cannot be an easy job, and six weeks into her Femme Fatale tour, even Britney Spears looked as though she was tired of being Britney Spears.
September 2, 2012 |
MERICAN IDOL'S" game of musical chairs may have taken another casualty as new reports claim Randy Jackson is vacating his post as judge - a spot he's held since the singing competition premiered in 2002. Jackson is reportedly stepping away from the judges' table but would continue to play a role in the show as a mentor to the contestants. No word on what capacity that mentorship would be. "Idol" currently relies on guest musicians to dole out advice alongside Jimmy Iovine, the in-house "Idol" mentor and chairman of Interscope/ Geffen/ A&M (contestants broker deals through Universal Music Group, with Interscope proving popular among them)
November 19, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Justin Bieber thanked his haters after winning the first award at the American Music Awards, while Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift performed their new singles. The 18-year-old won favorite pop/rock male artist in the first award handed out at Sunday's American Music Awards and gave a shout-out to those who didn't think he would last on the music scene. "I want to say this is for all the haters. . .," he said. "I feel like I'm going to be here for a very long time," he said, also thanking his mother, manager, family, and his "beautiful, beautiful fans.
May 11, 2012 |
In an era of fashionista rappers with gangsta attitude, such as Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks, it's awesome — even necessary — that Eve make her return. At 33, Philly's self-proclaimed "pit bull in a skirt" can show up any of her imitators. She proved as much during an intimate (200 people) gig Wednesday at Fishtown's funky Kung Fu Necktie. From her earliest days as one of the Ruff Ryders to her own pop-hop hits ("Who's That Girl?") and a klatch of smash collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Eve was always the queen of swagger.
August 29, 2013
I'M SURPRISED that everyone is speaking about Miley Cyrus' performance and is embarrassed by her behavior. Are you familiar with Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" - an edited version because the original version was too risqué to air? Haven't we seen Nicki Minaj perform lap dances on stage? Haven't we seen Ciara twerk on stage? Haven't we seen Lil Wayne performing wearing his underwear on stage? Didn't we recently view Rihanna performing to the song "Cake," slapping her private parts?
December 13, 2015 |
Wear those nails short and neutral, unless you are willing to experiment. Then, we say, go long. The trendlet The stiletto nail - ranging from midi to lengthy and coming to a triangular point - is bringing attention to our fingertips. Variations of the pointy nail like the ballerina (it has a blunt tip like the toe shoe) and the almond nail (this is rounder) are making manicures this holiday season interesting. Where's it come from? In the 17th century, well-to-do Chinese women liked to wear nails super-long and pointy to show their status.
January 2, 2015 |
Minaj: Haunted by abortion They say it's the third rail of American public discourse, yet Nicki Minaj isn't afraid to share when it comes to abortion. While still a schoolkid at New York's famed LaGuardia performing arts high school, the Trinidad and Tobago-born songstress became entangled with an older man who got her pregnant. "I thought I was going to die," Minaj, 32, tells Rolling Stone. "I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I'd ever gone through. " Minaj, who has said her latest studio album, Pinkprint , is her most personal, had an abortion, something that has "haunted me all my life.
July 6, 2014 |
As the aroma of funnel cakes and firecrackers wafted across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Friday night, Victoria Whartenby, 14, made a sacrifice for her favorite singer. The petite girl from Clayton would never catch a glimpse of Ed Sheeran with taller fans towering over her. So she got a better view - from the back of a garbage truck. "Anything for Ed," she said with a smile, unfazed by the smell, as she scanned over the crowd of concertgoers. Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the day packed Philadelphia, from the green yard behind Independence Hall to the steps of the Art Museum, to celebrate the city's annual Fourth of July celebration, billed as America's biggest free concert and party, and capped by a spectacular display of fireworks.
November 30, 2012 |
"I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist," Steven Tyler said on Canadian TV in a quasi-apology to Nicki Minaj , we hope the last salvo in one of the sadder media smackdowns in recent memory. It began when Tyler, an American Idol alum, attacked the show's new judges as ignorant. "You just have to give your opinion. It wasn't hard for me," Tyler told MTV. "If it was Bob Dylan [competing], Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield!" He added, "Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out. " This put Minaj out of sorts.
February 13, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Adele won six Grammys, including song of the year, record of the year and album of the year, and Foo Fighters captured five at a Grammy ceremony that had the difficult task of celebrating music's best while mourning the loss of one of their greatest. Whitney Houston's death on the eve of the awards forced a delicate balance between the exuberance of the show's winners and performances with the loss. Adele, who owned the year's best-selling album with "21," was triumphant in her first performance since vocal-cord surgery forced the cancellation of a tour and months of vocal rest.