Posts tagged "will.i.am"
Note For Note: A Complete Guide To The Music Of Justin Timberlake (Part Two)

Note For Note: A Complete Guide To The Music Of Justin Timberlake (Part Two)

Part Two of our look at the music of Justin Timberlake…with a playlist of his biggest and best!

The Reality Check - J. Lo To Return To American Idol?

The Reality Check – J. Lo To Return To American Idol?

The worst kept secret in American Idol news is that Jennifer Lopez will return to her chair. Who else will join her?

Hashtag, You're It: Eight Examples of Outdated Tech in Pop Music

Hashtag, You’re It: Eight Examples of Outdated Tech in Pop Music

15 years from now, someone will pull this article up and ask “What’s a blog?”

The X Factor USA Season 2 – And Then There Were 8

The X Factor USA Season 2 – And Then There Were 8

As far as I can tell, this isn’t a double elimination week. At least Mario didn’t tell us it was. Now that we’re down to eight, we need to do away with the two hour show. It allowed for longer video packages and story telling, which is probably more important than the actual performances when it comes to making the acts stars if they are done well. But, if the video packages aren’t interesting, it can hurt the show a [...]

Spin Cycle: Usher, Looking 4 Myself

Spin Cycle: Usher, Looking 4 Myself

Usher’s seventh album, Looking 4 Myself, finds the singer straddling the worlds of pop and soul. Is his genre blend successful? Check our review and find out.

American Idol Season 11 – And Then There Were 12

American Idol Season 11 – And Then There Were 12

Last week, sweet-singing Jeremy Rosado, was eliminated. He didn’t even last long enough for the nickname I gave him to stick around, which was Big Pun. But that’s not even newsworthy compared to the bomb TMZ dropped yesterday. Jermaine Jones will be kicked off “American Idol” Wednesday night, after producers learned he concealed the fact that he was arrested twice last year and has outstanding warrants … TMZ has learned. We’ll see how they handle it tonight, but it’s definitely big news. [...]

2010 American Music Awards: Live Blog

The American Music Awards may have fallen to third place on the importance list behind the Grammy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards, but it’s still a pretty important show where it counts…at the cash register. It’s pretty well-watched, and lots of people that see performances or award winners end up going to their local store (or to iTunes) and picking up a single or album by someone they caught on the show. The AMAs began in 1974 as [...]

“Check it Out”: Or Don’t, If You Know What’s Good for You

I could very easily turn this into yet another post bashing will.i.am, who’s pretty much my favorite whipping boy. “Check it Out” is yet another blemish on an excessively long list of blemishes. Despite a reasonably intriguing visual, the sampling (of The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”) is uncreative, his lyrics are completely meaningless, and there’s nothing that separates the song from the pack of unoriginal, Auto-Tuned, dance pop tracks that have crowded Top 40 radio for the past [...]

Now, Back to My Regularly Scheduled Hatred of the Black Eyed Peas

I swear it was totally coincidental that I decided to drop will.i.am into the 5ive at 5 on the same week that the Black Eyed Peas released a new single. Unfortunately, most of the goodwill I’d developed through writing those posts dissipated the second I heard the group’s new single, “The Time”. This song is so ridiculously lowest common denominator awful that I couldn’t even make it through the whole thing. It was quite obviously meant to follow in the [...]

The 5ive at 5: Reasons Not to Hate will.i.am (#1)

Every once in a while a song comes around and leaves you completely speechless. John Legend’s “Ordinary People” is one such song. Most people, however, don’t know that the song that introduced Legend to most people (’cause, let’s face facts…”Used to Love U” wasn’t a big hit) was co-written by will.i.am. Allegedly, the song was being considered for a Black Eyed Peas project (which I totally can’t fathom) and a decision was made to use it on Legend’s debut album [...]

The 5ive at 5: Reasons Not to Hate will.i.am (#2)

I’ve never been that big a fan of will.i.am to begin with, so he never really has to do a lot to impress me. When it comes to Nas, though, it’s a much different story. The gifted rhymer had been jumping in and out of my good graces for almost a decade and a half by the time “Hip-Hop is Dead” came out in 2006. His prior album, “Street’s Disciple”, still stands as one of the albums I’ve been most [...]

Danger Mouse & U2??: Yes, Please!!!

Did you like “No Line on the Horizon”? I wasn’t too crazy about it. “Horizon” marked one of the few times I’ve ever been disappointed by a U2 album. I mean, it wasn’t horrible, but it certainly wasn’t as good as the two studio albums that preceded it, and it certainly didn’t receive the sycophantic fawning-over that it got from the Rolling Stone folks. I’d imagine the public mostly agreed with my line of thinking, seeing as the album made [...]