August 29, 2012 |
DO VIEWERS WATCH our national karaoke shows for the singers or for the judges? The producers must think it's the judges, because how else can one explain "American Idol" allegedly offering Katy Perry $20 million in order to spout cliches such as "I really felt that performance," "Tonight, you brought it," "You are the complete package" and other nonsense. Twenty million? To listen to mediocre cover versions of songs you've heard a hundred times? And this comes after already inking Mariah Carey to an $18 million deal.
July 15, 2014
THE "bombs bursting in air" over the Parkway during the July 4th concert were F-bombs. Mayor Nutter's response was a misfire. Given what's hit this town lately - guns in public schools, kids killed in fires, homes collapsing, the endless school-budget crisis - some foul comments won't kill us, but it paints a picture of a vulgarity-tolerant culture. Criticizing cursing in public venues will cost me my cool edge with the hip kids, I know. (I also know "cool" isn't cool and "hip" isn't hip - but that's how I roll.)
February 13, 2012 |
WE MAY never know if Whitney Houston died by accident or intent - drowning in a bathtub Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. While there's much speculation that she was under the influence of anti-depressants and alcohol, the coroner's official report won't be out for weeks. What we do know is that Whitney Houston couldn't possibly have picked a more opportune moment to make goodbyes and deliver a brutal statement about the dark side of the music biz - how the stresses of the game can drive a person to bad habits and spiraling self-destruction.
April 1, 2012 |
Pop Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic sssf) If you're a hip-hop aficionado who has long loved steamy rapper/singer Nicki Minaj's mix tapes but thought her 2010 Pink Friday debut was sorely lacking in grit, sexuality, and overall oddity, Roman Reloaded is for you. The Trinidadian-American has appropriated Missy Elliot's bent rhythms, weird electronics, and choppy, overheated flow...
August 11, 2011 |
IT SEEMS DOWNRIGHT MEAN that as unemployment hovers above 9 percent, the stock market is plummeting and politicans are horrified that rich people may be asked to pay the same rate of income tax that they paid 10 years ago, TV Guide and Forbes have both decided to release lists of wealthy celebrities. This is not an indictment of rich people; it's good that there are folks with money to burn and millions of others who want to be just like them. Tattle wants to be just like them.
October 5, 2012 |
IN HIS NEVER-ENDING quest to make "American Idol" seem relevant again, host Ryan Seacrest said Wednesday that things got intense between new hosts Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a tryout taping the previous day in Charlotte, N.C. Amid a dispute over a contestant, Nicki announced that she was no longer putting up with "her [bleepin'] Highness," in a reference to Mariah. The entire expletive-laden rant can be seen at TMZ.com. Another new judge, Keith Urban , was in the unenviable position of sitting between the pair, wondering why he ever chose to take the gig. On his radio show, Seacrest said that "Idol" needs some passionate debate.
May 17, 2011 |
With YouTube and broadcast/cable TV behind them, we're expecting big sales send-offs for new music "product" from Justin Bieber, Matthew Morrison and the Lonely Island, leading this week's CD/videodisc parade. BIEBERMANIA: If you can't stand the sight and sound of young girls going bonkers over Bieber , stay away from the new home video release of his documentary "Never Say Never" (Paramount Home Video, A-) . If you're at all intrigued by what it took to achieve JB's iconic level of success, this film is just the ticket and quite a fun ride.
January 9, 2013 |
Good to know some things don't change. Minutes into their season-opening press confab on Tuesday, American Idol 's Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj were at each other's throats, reviving their headline-making, if paper-thin, faux feud from last year. Asked about their fight, Minaj said, "We're professionals. Have you ever had an argument with someone you've worked with?" Carey looked displeased. "This was sort of one-sided," she said. "No, it wasn't," Minaj snapped. (Don't you wish we could send them up to their rooms?
April 15, 2011 |
And the award for most nominations goes to Rihanna . The 18 nods for the R&B megastar tops the 16 for rapper Eminem among finalists for the Billboard Music Awards. They even have a half-dozen together for their "Love the Way You Lie" collaboration. If they fail to fill a couple of U-Hauls, look to disguisologist Lady Gaga , up a dozen times, followed by new-artist and top male competitors Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber , with 11 chances apiece. Swap Taylor Swift for Mars and the above are also your top artist nominees.
January 16, 2014 |
* AMERICAN IDOL. 8 tonight and tomorrow, Fox 29. PASADENA, CALIF. - One fewer judge, way less drama. Or so it seemed as the new three-judge panel for this season's "American Idol" met with reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings. The same session a year ago turned out to be largely about parsing the relationship - or nonrelationship - between then-judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. This year, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and newbie judge Harry Connick Jr. got to talk about all kinds of things.