During the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night, M.I.A. gave the finger to the hundred million fans watching around the world. It didn't last very long, but in the days since the incident, practically everyone except for the singer herself has apologized.
Is tossing out a cuss word just an easy way to show the world you really aren't a baby anymore? Or is it an insidious slippery slope on which a child will fall head first into a life of drugs and crime unless you nip the first F-word in the butt?
If Minaj wants to achieve real staying power, she needs to slow down to M.I.A.'s pace. Every year or so, the London-born singer does something that's provocative enough to gain exposure but not obnoxious enough to alienate her fans.
It is time for Japan's companies to apologize to the POWs and establish a program of remembrance. Our blood and despair helped sustain them. I do not want compensation. I simply ask for a genuine apology and that my presence be remembered.
From the teams who brought us Entourage as the labels Def Jam now comes Leverage Records, a division that will focus on developing and releasing projects by new talent as well as music placement in films and television.
It'd be hard to put Sonic Youth's set at Austin City Limits into a category of best ever. Yet, for indie music fans, Friday night was a joyful reminder that there's a third option available in the burn out or fade away rock equation.