• 'The X Factor' Wants You to Think Britney Spears Is Mean

    'The X Factor' Wants You to Think Britney Spears Is Mean

    Aside from the adorably predictable morality plays The X Factor set up for us last night on its Season 2 premiere (vaguely racist white girl is mean to young black mother and is murked by Cowell! Know-it-all popster brags to SoCal bros and is burned!) the show's primary concern was playing up the arrival of its biggest star: new judge Britney Spears. But it wasn't enough to have Mrs. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous on the panel next to L.A. Reid, Simon Cowell, and Demi Lovato — the show went out of its way to play up the fact that Britney is a total meanie. They even ran a voice over of an anguished contestant yelping, "Britney is SO MEAN" after a montage of her seemingly harsh put-backs: "I want to know who let you onstage.

  • Madonna / Photo by Getty Images

    Act of God: Madonna's MDNA Tour Comes to Yankee Stadium

    In a dramatic touch Madonna might have orchestrated herself if she could, tornados touched down in Brooklyn and Queens Saturday afternoon in the hours before she was scheduled to take the stage two boroughs away, at Yankee Stadium. As her 10 p.m. set time drew near, it was going to take a miracle to clear the clouds, and though the Queen of Pop's opener "Girl Gone Wild" began a half-hour later with a recording of the pop star intoning, "Oh my God," the night remained soggy.

  • Rihanna at the VMAs / Photo by Getty Images

    A Hopeless Place: The 2012 MTV VMAs' Few Highs & Many Lows

  • Kanye West and Taylor Swift / Photo by Getty Images

    The MTV Video Music Awards' 15 Biggest Mistakes

  • Watch Bahamas Cover 'Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out' While Reading a 15,000-Word Springsteen Profile

    Watch Bahamas Cover 'Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out' While Reading a 15,000-Word Springsteen Profile

    We know you've been meaning to get around to reading David Remnick's 15,000-word Bruce Springsteen profile in the New Yorker, which explores the Boss' psychological well-being (he had suicidal thoughts in the early '80s) and physical fitness ("an ass finely sausaged into a pair of alarmingly tight black jeans," as Vulture giggles). Here's an appropriate soundtrack: Canadian singer/songwriter Bahamas' cover of Born to Run's "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," which he performed as a doo-woppy acoustic tune at SXSW this past March for Liveset. Yes, that was a long time ago, but Afie Jurvanen's entreaty for Bruce to fork over some concert tickets is just as charming today: "Bruce, I know you got a busy day today, you're probably watching this stream right now.

  • Beyonce in AC / Photo by Robin Harper for Parkwood Entertainment

    Run the World (Showgirls): Beyonce Gets Back to Business in Atlantic City

    In 2011, Beyoncé put out a No. 1 album, shot and released a live DVD, and nearly broke the Internet by announcing her pregnancy, so performing four Memorial Weekend concerts can't even jokingly be considered a comeback. Only three months passed between the birth of her daughter with Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, and Beyoncé's announcement that she'd be returning to the stage at the opening of Atlantic City's lux Revel resort and casino — three years separated her debut solo album Dangerously in Love and its follow-up B'Day. But stakes are so high in diva-dom these days, nobody can afford to take a breather.

  • Phillip Phillips / Photo by Mark Davis/Getty

    'American Idol' Shocker: Phillip Phillips' Coronation Song 'Home' Doesn't Suck

    Every generation gets the Dave Matthews it deserves, and last night the latest version won American Idol's 11th season. Phillip Phillips, a handsome 21-year-old singer from Georgia, defeated 16-year-old balladeer Jessica Sanchez, picking up the majority of the record-breaking 130 million votes cast Tuesday night. None of this information should be surprising in the least, however the show's finale did feature one detour from the norm: Phillips' coronation song, "Home," which is credited with giving him the edge in the final showdown, is shockingly good — especially for an Idol coronation song, which have a tendency to be horrifyingly embarrassing. So why on earth is Phillips attempting to distance himself from the track, which could have conceivably appeared on any of Coldplay's most recent albums? "I don’t write songs like that,” he said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

  • Liz Phair

    Liz Phair Forced Us to Embed a Perez Hilton Video On Our Site

    We can't say for sure why Liz Phair opted to premiere her new video for "And He Slayed Her" on the same website that preemptively reported Fidel Castro's death in August 2007, but there it is. Like M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" video, this one features badass driving in dusty terrain. That's pretty much where that similarity ends, we just wanted an excuse to remind you M.I.A. put out a pretty incredible video recently. "And He Slayed Her" is a twangy, catchy track from Phair's self-released 2010 album Funstyle, an album she told us last year everyone was way too bummed about. "It has been really fun and funny to watch people's reactions to Funstyle," she said. "It was very experimental and just fun for me to put out.

  • Santigold / Photo by Márton Perlaki

    Santigold's Killah Instinct

    One morning in early March, Santi White was standing outside her Brooklyn townhouse, assessing exactly what some pesky thieves had just stripped from her Escalade SUV. A neighbor named Walker helpfully broke down the damage. "They took the racks off the top — there's screws there," he said. White replied with a drawn-out "Yeeeaah." "They took the frame off the window." Another resigned "Yeah." Losing a bit of chrome to the Bedford-Stuyvesant streets is part of daily reality in one of New York's still-gritty neighborhoods. And White, a.k.a. Santigold, is devoted to maintaining her connection to the borough that's nurtured her since the mid-1990s, when she moved to Brooklyn after attending Wesleyan College.

  • The Hives' Howlin' Pelle Almqvist / Photo by Greg Chow

    15 Amazing Things Howlin' Pelle Almqvist Said at the Hives' Tiny NYC Show

    The Hives are so slavishly devoted to showmanship, the plugs stuffed into frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist's ears stick to the band's black-and-white color scheme. Last night at New York's tiny Studio at Webster Hall, the Swedish five-piece wore top hats and tails to hype Lex Hives, their upcoming album, which Almqvist confidently pronounced, "You love." While the rest of the band worked wonders with four chords and the occasional loogie, Almquvist was busy mastering his own instrument — the crowd, of course. Pelle finished crooning soulful new track "My Time Is Coming" and struck a Jesus pose; later he divided the room like another Biblical figure. The new songs the band performed speak for themselves — laser-precise garage-pop bangers, many of which feature phrases repeatedly comically ad infinitum — but only Howlin' Pelle can speak for the Hives.

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