| Apr 24, 2008
Madonna "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros. Records) * * *
Before "Hard Candy," her 11th studio album, due out Tuesday, Madonna had never before opened her legs for an album cover. Two decades ago, her patchouli-scented belly adorned the sleeve of the intimate...
| Jun 1, 2008
TALK about a tour manager's worst nightmare.
Chad Hugo had missed his flight from Virginia, skipped rehearsal and wasn't picking up the phone. Worse still, with less than an hour until show time it appeared the 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and...
| Jun 3, 2008
Weezer "Weezer" (DGC/Interscope) * * * 1/2
THE PAIRING of Weezer and producer Rick Rubin seemed like a no-brainer, but their first issue, 2005's "Make Believe," lacked the hoped-for chemistry between L.A.'s nerd-rock kings and a studio guru who has...
| Jun 9, 2008
"Tha Carter III" (Cash Money/Universal Motown Records)
When you call yourself "the greatest rapper alive," championship seasons aren't just expected, they're required. Lil Wayne knows this well, having spent the last three years crowing...
| Jun 9, 2008
For those of you worried that "Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew" judge Shane Sparks wouldn't be appearing on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," rest easy. The fan favorite will be making time for both.
Avid viewers of the "SYTYCD"...
| Mar 23, 2008
By all appearances, "The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious" is like any other competitive reality show. The grand prize is a spot in a new group, contestants must face a judges' panel, and celebrities such as N'Sync's JC Chasez are treated like royalty....
| Dec 6, 2007
| 9:16 AM
Kanye West received a leading eight Grammy nominations Thursday, and the troubled singer Amy Winehouse received six.
Other top nominees included the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Rihannna, Paul McCartney, T-Pain and Timbaland.
Both West and Winehouse were...
| Jan 25, 2008
Park City, Utah
MELONIE DIAZ is excited, anxious, overwhelmed, joyous, overstimulated and super-happy. "It's bananas," the 23-year-old actress proclaims, seeing the hundreds-strong mob lined up in the snow for the Sundance premiere of her first studio...
| Sep 9, 2009
"The Blueprint 3"
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It's tough for hip-hop stars to age well. Once they become celebrities living in mansions and starring in family movies, street cred is usually the first thing to go. Just ask Ice Cube. Longevity just wasn'...
| Sep 18, 2009
| 5:37 PM
Initial Reaction to the first track: skepticism. I was not sure where this album was heading. The first track sounded like something leftover from the Kingdom Come LP. Jay-Z asks What We Talkin About while Im trying to figure out what he is...
| Oct 16, 2009
Initial Reaction to the first track: skepticism. I was not sure where this album was heading. The first track sounded like something leftover from the “Kingdom Come” LP. Jay-Z asks “What We Talkin’ About” while I’m...
| Dec 8, 2009
Super-producer Timothy " Timbaland" Mosley's first "Shock Value" collection, released in 2007, sold over a million copies and launched the bestselling single of the decade, a remix of OneRepublic's piano-pop ballad, "Apologize." This sequel features...