I was halfway through the press line answering questions like, "What's your favorite Christmas song? What was it like singing with Christina Aguilera? What's your favorite holiday memory?" Then I was hit with an unexpected question: "Do you think there are too many singing competition shows on television?"
In this week's issue, Saki Knafo and Lila Shapiro put the spotlight on Staten Island, telling the story of how Hurricane Sandy collided with one man's version of the American Dream. And Jason Cherkis and Zach Carter write about a potential shakeup in the music world: a controversial merger that would give Universal Music control of 40 percent of the industry.