Justin Bieber has been having a pretty rough go of it in recent weeks. Remember when we all saw him throw up on stage? Good times.
As if indigestion wasn’t enough, the Biebs was apparently robbed of a laptop and camera after a show in Tacoma, WA! The robbery report gained even more traction after Bieber tweeted about the “personal footage” stored on the laptop and camera.
Later that day, someone using the Twitter handle @gexwy began tweeting at Bieber with links to private videos of Justin supposedly taken from the stolen tech. A weird back and forth between Bieber and gexwy ensued with threats of posting the footage flying along with rumored nude pics of the young Canadian star.
Were these videos really that damaging? Was the world about to see Bieber in the buff? Nah. It was just a PR stunt to promote his new single with Nicki Minaj, “Beauty and a Beat.” Gotta build that buzz, ya’ll.
Despite Lady Gaga’s notoriously lavish stage show, the most impressive piece of onstage magic at her October 6 Barcelona show was the pop singer’s incredible ability to expel the full contents of her stomach while continuing to sing and dance. Wow! How does she do it? Mother Monster would never use pre-recorded lip synch tracks, so it can only be concluded that Gaga is simply an incredible multitasker. She can probably even vomit while eating breakfast and reading the newspaper at the same time. Truly incredible.
In a fan-captured video, Gaga is seen walking down an onstage staircase during “The Edge of Glory.” She vomits once, begins to dance, vomits again, continues to dance, and vomits once more, just to get her point across. Though her trusty, sexily-clad backup dancer seems gravely worried about Gaga’s condition, his anxiety vanishes once she begins to dance again. Sure, she resumes puking uncontrollably behind him once he turns around, but the man dutifully does his job and continues to dance sexily. Ignorance is truly bliss, little monsters. Though some overly critical pop pundits might suggest that Gaga’s vomiting was an unintentional consequence of poor aerobic conditioning or negligent tour hygiene, there is surely a more generous interpretation of Gaga putting her body on the line like a good old sideshow act of yore: she was probably just trying to best Justin Bieber. That kid can barely even dance and vomit at the same time.
Gaga fans: want some more tracks to add to your pop playlist? Check out OurStage act Casey Desmond!
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No. 1 with a bullet: Ah, that once-relatively elusive and exclusive room at the top. The holy grail for the pop single, it used to be as high an honor and as highly desirable as gold and platinum albums. But what does it mean when a star as marginally talented as Katy Perry can hit No. 1 five times on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the space of one album (six times in one and a half albums, if you count Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection)? Or when Rihanna, who still hasn’t scored a chart-topping album in six tries, can do in less than six years what took Madonna a dozen (hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 one time short of a dozen)?
Does Teenage Dream have, well, a dream of ever being as iconic as Michael Jackson’s Bad (which spawned five No. 1 hits and thus shares the record for most No. 1 singles from one album with Teenage Dream), George Michael’s Faith (which produced four) or even Adele’s 21 (a contemporary that launched three), none of which had to be re-released as a special expanded edition in order to pad its hit list and sales tally? For all her No. 1 singles, will any Rihanna album thus far ever be considered as landmark as Madonna’s 1983 self-titled debut through 1989′s Like a Prayer, which covered a comparable career time frame? Rihanna’s yet to even break through the double-platinum glass ceiling.
Then there’s Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” which just spent nine weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, making it the biggest song of the summer, if not 2012. It also makes her a surefire nominee for Best New Artist at the 2013 GRAMMY Awards ceremony. She’ll face stiff-ish competition from Gotye and fun., who spent eight and six weeks at No. 1, respectively, with their respective singles, “Somebody That I Used to Know” and “We Are Young.” Continue reading ‘Sound And Vision: The Diminishing Returns of the No. 1 Single’
While performing “Basket Case,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong noticed the one minute warning sign flashing, signifying that the band wrap up their set. He quickly halted the band’s performance to make room for an outlandish tantrum.
“One fucking minute!,” Armstrong screamed, “Let me tell you something. I’ve been around since 19 fucking 88! And you’re gonna give me one fucking minute? You’ve got to be kidding me! I’m not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers!”
As the teleprompter flashed that time was now up, Armstrong continued on with his outburst.
Forget cars, computers, and costly petrochemicals. These days, South Korea’s most famous export is pop star PSY, who has just set the Guinness World Record for the most liked YouTube video of all time. It only took a few weeks for the rapper/producer’s massive hit “Gagnam Style” to become a viral sensation with millions of hits, hundreds of parody videos, and, surprisingly, several workout routines. By nabbing the Guinness record, PSY’s colorful montage of explosions, invisible horse riding, and sketchy yoga voyeurism has outstripped former YouTube record holders Adele, Justin Bieber, and LMFAO. While “Gagnam Style” is generally regarded as a much–loved worldwide sensation, some have questioned its reproduction of negative Asian stereotypes in the West. Others are just comfortable with emphatically screaming “You know what I’m saying!” while sitting on the toilet in a public restroom.
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