Rock and rollers are usually renegades who see themselves as walking middle fingers in the face of The Man. But then alimony payments start adding up, and those Bentley’s don’t just pay for themselves. Sooner or later, “stars of a certain stature” cave and do a commercial or two. There are tons of reasons why it happens: from legal SNAFUs and bankruptcy, to just honest love of the product (maybe?). But when done poorly, the results can leave you screaming “Come ON, you’re better than that!” at the television screen. Check out 15 of the most heartbreaking commercial sell-outs of all time! Don’t worry, bands…we still love you.
Happy birthday, Biggie! The Notorious B.I.G. (known to his mom as Christopher George Latore Wallace) would have turned 41 years old today, and even though he was tragically killed back in 1997, his music is more alive than ever! Not only have two albums (and a big screen biopic) hit the streets since his death, but dozens of homegrown MCs have taken to remixing his verses into new beats and classic tunes, creating a whole new batch fresh tracks. Some have him sharing the mic with rappers like Kanye West and Jay-Z, while others are unlikely duets with Miley Cyrus and Frank Sinatra! In honor of Biggie Smalls’ big day, we’re going to take a look at our 10 favorite (and mostly NSFW) Biggie mashups. Enjoy!
They say that there’s a fine line between genius and insanity, which might explain why some of our all-time favorite musicians have a tendency to go off the rails every now and then. Whether obsessive, reclusive, ego-maniacal, or just plain weird, the biggest names in the pop occasionally…errr, flip their lid. Sometimes it’s just a momentary lapse of reason (looking at you, Mariah Carey and Kanye West), sometimes it’s wayyyy too many drugs (love you, James Brown), and other times it’s just wayyyy too many yes-men.
Britney Spears shares her struggles with keeping fit, Questlove contributes funds to save his high school’s annual play, and As I Lay Dying’s lead singer gets arrested.
Why is the Michael Jackson Estate going to court for $40 billion? Why does Prince hate twitter so much? And which “One Hit Wonder” has Ryan Gosling‘s face tattooed on his leg? All this in today’s Last Lap.
One of the men responsible for the best-selling album of all time (Thriller) is one year older today. We’re honoring the legendary Quincy Jones by taking a look at his legacy in the music industry over the years. Read more…
Are Selena Gomez and her gal pals calling Biebs a “douchebag?” And what do Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Azealia Banks all have in common now? The answers to these burning questions and more in today’s Last Lap.
As if the song itself wasn’t already glorious on its own, Miguel’s new black and white video for “Candles In The Sun” pulls at your heart-strings even more. Shifting a bit from the sensual topics he’s been known for, the recent Grammy winner uses imagery from superstorm Sandy’s aftermath to put forth an agenda of awareness in the clip, making us recall some of our favorite meaningful, cause-driven videos over the years. Who made the cut?
The HBO premiere of Beyoncé’s Life Is But A Dream documentary hits the air for the first time tonight, and lord knows Bey stans and haters alike have been biting their nails in anticipation. But before you all launch into either jocking or too harshly critiquing the Queen’s new film, there are some other fantastic documentaries out there you may want to, as an alleged music fan, add to your Netflix queue. ALLOW IT.
Whatever mistakes were made on Valentine’s Day (too much chocolate, too many ex texts) let’s hope they weren’t as regrettable as the videos in this week’s Face-Off. It’s only natural to want to document every moment of your boo time when that bastard Cupid first starts pelting arrows, but don’t make the mistake of immortalizing your lurve in a music video like Michael Jackson and Jennifer Lopez did with Lisa Marie Presley and Ben Affleck, respectively. You tell us, was “You Are Not Alone” or “Jenny From The Block” more cringe-worthy post breakup? Vote after you read our case for each, while we make conversation with these leftover candy hearts and try not to cry into our flat Champagne. Read more…