Fun. March 28, 2012 The Independent Better than: The last decade of would-be graduation songs. It could have been one of those shows in which a sold-out crowd merely waits to hear that one song -- in this case, "We Are Young," the Super Bowl ad-boosted insta-anthem that has Fun. atop Billboard's H ... More >>
There's no doubt that Gotye is on a big rise: The video for "Somebody That I Used to Know," the first single off the Australian pop artist's latest album, is going gangbusters, racking up more than 121 million views on YouTube since it was posted last year. Yesterday brought another indication of t ... More >>
Dear Adele,We'd like to congratulate you on being in the Top 3 of the Billboard chart, with your incredible 21 album, for 22 weeks straight now. For 12 of those, you've been at No. 1, and we couldn't be happier for you. It's an amazing feat.We think this achievement is incredible for a numb ... More >>
Bieber: Fame via YouTubeIn early December, Billboard launched a new chart called The Social 50. It factors in all the times an artist is mentioned across various social media outlets and ranks them accordingly. When I heard about this, I was expecting to see a mix of both big name artists and a ... More >>
Ross HalfinTeslaFlames tore through a Sacramento apartment building last night, damaging a studio where the metal band Tesla recorded.Soundproofing in the recording studio, which was behind the apartment building, made it harder for crews to reach the attic, where the the three-alarm blaze had sp ... More >>
One-hit wonders are often maligned in music, but the truth is it's pretty hard and pretty remarkable to achieve success on the pop charts. As we slowly wrap up December's reflections into music history, behold the eight most awesome one-hit wonders that the Bay Area has produced:8. The Greg Kihn Ban ... More >>
The Jacka keeps his street game tight Whoever said hardcore Bay Area gangsta rap is dead underestimated The Jacka - which is a very bad move. The founding member of the Mobfigaz--straight outta Pittsburgh, y'all!--cracked the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of January 31, 2009, landing at #91 w ... More >>
By Randall Roberts You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barrier ... More >>
She dreams of being the next Janet Jackson, but she's just a Stanford grad who sings syrupy pop, looks absolutely fab, and makes local teens swoon.
Which, come to think of it, may be enough, for everyone involved.