It's a godawful small affair, typography, especially these days with those tiny images you get when you buy an album track on iTunes. The joy of speculating about what an intricately designed and carefully chosen set of letters may reveal about the innards have long gone.
In his boisterous directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!", Tom Hanks's record-executive character Mr. White makes the following request: "I want something peppy, something happy, something up-tempo. I want something snappy." Mr. White would have loved the Wellingtons.
In deference to the overall awesomeness that is Trader Joe's, the fact is we can barely go anywhere anymore without being assaulted by a feel-good music mix. The mall, a restaurant, a waiting room. And it isn't always feel-good.
Rising pop star Natalia Kills isn't just being compared to female pop superstars. She's actually keeping company with them. The West Yorkshire native has already opened for Ke$ha, Kelis, and Robyn and Katy Perry.
The artists seem to be a pair of space bound rocket ships aiming for the moon. But soaring success in cyberspace is not all they share. A closer look reveals they might be singing different versions of the same song.
It's a treasure to see musicians earn their rank by living, changing and ripening into their talent organically, even sometimes painfully. To see someone like Darwin Deez is a truly refreshing phenomenon.
Before Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, before Avatar and Wall-E, before "going green" became a catchphrase, there was Michael Jackson's "Earth Song," one of the most unusual, audacious protest songs in popular music history.
Anger looks good on a pop tart and JoJo wears hers well. Her resentments toward the industry are apparent on last year's leak, "Hollywood," in which she sings: "Mother always told me, 'Jo, be careful, everything that glitters ain't gold."
Why should we listen to Tricky Stewart shout about Ulrika Lindstrom? That is, apart from the fact that he's bagged hits with Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Mya's "Case of the Ex," Rihanna's "Umbrella," Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine" and Justin Bieber's "Baby"...