Tag Archives: pop music

#1 This Week In 1977

In January 1977 Rose Royce took their debut single Car Wash, the theme from the blaxploitation movie of the same name, to #1 on the pop chart for one week. The single was written and produced by Motown’s legendary Norman Whitfield, who took Rose Royce with him when he jumped ship for MCA Records. Rose Royce scored three more Top ...

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# This Week In 1974

Ringo Starr’s cover of Johnny Burnette’s 1960 #8 hit, You’re Sixteen, hit #1 for one week in January 1974. It was Starr’s second of two #1’s as a solo artist, the other being 1973’s Photograph. Paul McCartney plays the kazoo, making You’re Sixteen the only #1 record in history to feature a kazoo solo. You should be able to identify ...

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#1 This Week In 1970

This week in 1970, the first single by the Jackson 5, I Want You Back, topped the singles chart for one week. It was the only single released from their debut album, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5, although the group was actually brought to Motown by Gladys Knight after she saw them perform at Amateur Night At The Apollo ...

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15 Months In Prison For Boy George

Boy George has been sentenced to 15 months in prison on last year’s conviction for false imprisonment. The judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court said the star, real name George O’Dowd, has used “gratuitous violence.” He was convicted last month of false imprisonment by a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court on December 5th but was bailed to await sentence. O’Dowd denied ...

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United State Of Pop 2008

The insanely talented DJ Earworm has created this year’s Billboard Top 25 pop singles mashup: United State Of Pop 2008 (Viva La Pop). Amazing. In case you missed it, here’s his take on 2007.

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Billboard’s 2008 Year-End Charts

Billboard Magazine has compiled its year-end charts for 2008. With three singles in the year-end top ten, Chris Brown is the Top Artist for 2008. This year I’m at least vaguely familiar with everything in the pop singles top ten, but only know the Kristine W, Janet Jackson and (remixed by Rich Morel) Yoko Ono tracks on the dance top ...

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Boy George’s Trial Begins

Boy George’s trial for false imprisonment began in the UK yesterday. A Norwegian escort told a court Monday that Boy George manacled him to a bedroom wall and beat him with a metal chain after accusing him of hacking into his computer. The former Culture Club singer is on trial for the false imprisonment of 29-year-old Audun Carlsen. The 47-year-old ...

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Will They Call This “Barry-Rolling”?

“Rick-rolling” is much catchier.

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Paris For President

Pop Justice calls this the “new World’s Worst Song.” I’d say that title has been permanently awarded to Starship’s We Built This City. Anyway, this is sort of amusing for one listen. Points for rhyming motorcade with Escalade and for the gay marriage shout out. Also for dissing “nukular.”

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Tragedy For Jennifer Hudson

The mother and brother of Oscar winner, American Idol finalist, and gay icon Jennifer Hudson were found murdered in their Chicago home yesterday. The mother and brother of Jennifer Hudson were found shot dead Friday at a South Side home, and police were looking for a missing child who is the nephew of the singer and Oscar-winning actress. A man ...

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Coming Out Pays Off

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Nonshocker Of The Year

UPDATE: From Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director for the Family Equality Council: “Much like Rosie O’Donnell, the announcement that Clay Aiken is gay reinforces a simple reality: the American public can no longer say it Does not know a gay or lesbian parent. Clay Aiken’s desire to raise a child in an open and honest manner will make his life, and ...

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Madonna Compares McCain To Hitler, Obama To Gandhi

Oh Madonna, you scamp. Even at 50, the queen of pop can’t stop courting controversy. As Madonna kicked off her “Sticky and Sweet” tour on Saturday, she took a none-too-subtle swipe at John McCain. Amid a four-act show, a video interlude carried images of destruction, global warming, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe’s authoritarian President Robert Mugabe – and the presumptive ...

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Kate Perry Denounced By Her Parents

Pop starlet Kate Perry’s parents are denouncing her success with I Kissed A Girl, saying she has “been led astray by Hollywood.” Mrs Hudson said: ‘We hate it. It promotes homosexuality, which the Bible clearly states is a sin, and it is shameful and disgusting. When it comes on I bow my head and pray. She is our daughter and ...

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Ode To Lesbian Liplocks Tops Chart

The #2 pop single in the nation this week is Katy Perry’s ode to lesbian experimentation, I Kissed A Girl (which is not the Jill Sobule song of the same title from some years back). The Concerned Women of America are horrified: The song, performed by Katy Perry, is called I Kissed a Girl. The lyrics speak of kissing a ...

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Kylie Minogue – In My Arms

I’m not very much of a Kylie fan and this new video isn’t changing my mind, but some of my friends are more than a little bit obsessive about her. So for them, this. UPDATE: I had embedded the clip, but EMI has pulled it already.

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Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fashion

“When you look at this recent photo of Britney Spears, are you thinking what I’m thinking? I mean, that’s an awesome handbag, am I right?” – Leigh Ann Wilson on Lock The Bedroom Door. I don’t usually make these kind of posts, but Wilson’s quote was irresistible.

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