Top 20 Biggest Prince Hits Ever, Did Your Fav Make The List?

Sure, you already knew that Prince was responsible for huge smash hit like “Purple Rain,” “Kiss” and “When Doves Cry,” but did you also know that the Purple One claimed a staggering 47 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, including 19 top 10s — with five of those going all the way to No. 1?

In the 20 year span between 1980 and the end of 1999, Prince charted more Hot 100 entries (44) than any other act.

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The ranking below is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart, working backwards from number 20 to number 1. Continue reading

BOOM! Britney Spears STRIKES BACK! ‘At Least I Have Concerts This Year’

Did some clouds roll in? Because Britney Spears just threw some serious shade Iggy Azalea‘s way!

Spears tweeted a retort to the “Fancy” rapper after she claimed Brit’s was to blame for their collaboration fail:

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‘Can’t wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to. Continue reading

Over the Top? Great Art Was Born That Way

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There’s been a bit of an attitude- a condescending, chuckling, eye-rolling sort of business- towards theatricality in popular music, and to be honest, that’s a bit puzzling.

Great music has come in all forms over the years, from the uplifting and soothing, to the angry and incendiary. But great art has sprung from dispensing with safety.

The Beatles wrote timeless songs that we will cherish forever, but Sgt. Pepper is the record that we refer to when we want to describe the innovation of the band. David Bowie’s music has been immortalized in everything from Pepsi commercials to Flight of the Conchords, but without Ziggy Stardust, we might not have Lady Gaga.

Which brings me to the point- even if you don’t particularly enjoy a certain artist’s work, you must respect when that artist casts caution to the winds and takes a swing- a big swing. Because without the strikes, we wouldn’t have the home runs of Tommy, The Wall or The Amsterdam Bed-In.

Still, despite history’s proof that time lends credence to the epic grandeur of musical theatricality, there is scoffing.  Fans of current dispassionately ironically retro bands that seem to almost smirk at their own efforts find comfort in the fact that the musicians they listen to are as cynical and emotionally impassive as they themselves.  They say Lady Gaga is a ball of overblown antics, My Chemical Romance is a kids’ emo band, and 30 Seconds to Mars is an oversexed actor’s vanity project.

What they fail to see is the passion- Whether it hits or misses, the raw emotion that these artists bravely lay bare for their listeners is what keeps those ears riveted.

When Gaga climbed into a plastic egg and was carted off by her retinue, she was completely aware that she was opening herself up to ridicule and derision.

When Gerard Way and company decided that they would assume the colorful identities and ray guns of the Fabulous Killjoys to make a conceptual post-apocalytic record and comic book, they did so with the full knowledge that many would write it off as childish and pandering to a young crowd.

When Jared Leto wrapped women in leather and ball gags for 30 Seconds to Mars’ video ‘Hurricane’, he knew that some would decry it as shock tactics and narcissism.

What all the critics failed to realize is that even IF each of those efforts was exactly what they accused them of being- they were all still victories.

Because NO ONE was apathetic- People formed opinions.

They were made to think, to argue, to discuss, to admire, to recoil. Listeners and viewers were challenged, and in the end, that is what elevates mere media to art.

If we are to find expression for and make sense of our  increasingly confused emotions, in an increasingly complex world, we must embrace the pioneers who are willing to put their hearts on their sleeves for us and give voice to the complicated feelings we harbor about society, values, and our relations to each other amidst the rapid changes in both. We cannot settle for merely being entertained. We should seek to be edified. Unless we want to become touch-screen humans in a digital world.

The good news is- there is a growing number of people who are realizing the dangers and are opening their minds to performance art and musical theatricality as a vital expression of our humanity for posterity.

So up and coming artists- write that rock opera about artificial intelligence. Glue tapioca to your face and tap dance in blue paint.  Create sculptures out of recycled toilet paper that you cover with chocolate sauce while the gallery plays your new CD in the background. Die your hair pink and sing blues songs with symphonic metal tendencies in your indie web series;).

The world may not always get it, but it will be watching…and listening.

VK Lynne blogs at AMessLikeMe.  You can also follow her on Twitter.

VIDEO: Jared Leto’s Band “30 Seconds to Mars” in Las Vegas at The Pearl

On Friday night, we attended the 30 Seconds to Mars concert on April 9, 2010 at “The Pearl” theater, inside “The Palms Hotel and Casino” Las Vegas. If you don’t know who this band is, you might know who actor Jared Leto is, and he is the lead singer of the band.

I was going to review the concert, but we didn’t request media passes until the day before the concert, so we didn’t get any! I went ahead and filmed some highlights of the concert. Jared was really entertaining, especially when he surprised the audience and came into the audience! It was so awesome! Jared had his hair in a mohawk, and he dyed it magenta! You can really spot him in the crowd! Check out the videos, and sorry about the blurry/out of focus moments.

American Idol Guest Jason Derulo Performs Ripped Off Lady Gaga “Just Dance” Melody

I was just watching American Idol tonight for a split second, until my head literally split and I changed the channel. Just before I changed the channel, this guy who was the guest performer tonight, Jason Derulo, was singing a song that was oh so too familiar! Like, I knew the melody from somewhere!!! I surfed through my music catalog in my head and bing! I found the song that is identical to his “In My Head” song. It’s Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”!!!

Ohhhhhh just put them side by side and listen to the choruses and you will see! Does Gaga know about this? I’ve seen plenty of lawsuits happen over similar/too close of melodies. ‘Calling Lady Gaga’…

Corey Feldman Releases Statement on Haim Death

 Corey Feldman Releases Statement on Haim Death
Friend and coworker of Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, has released the following statement on his blog regarding the lost of his good friend.
I was awakened at 8:30 this morning by my brother and sister knocking on my bedroom door. They informed me of the loss of my brother Corey Haim. My eyes weren’t even open all the way when the tears started streaming down my face. I am so sorry for Corey, his mother Judy, his family, my family, all of our fans, and of course my son who I will have to find a way to explain this to when he gets home from school. This is a tragic loss of a wonderful,beautiful,tormented soul, who will always be my brother,family, and best friend. We must all take this as a lesson in how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference. Please respect our families as we struggle and grieve through this difficult time. I hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived. ~ Corey
Our heart and prayers go out to Corey’s friends and the Haim family.

Judge Grants Joe Jackson Access to Michael’s Medical Records

A couple weeks ago, Los Angeles prosecutors had charged Michael Jackson’s late physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, with involuntary manslaughter. Murray pleaded not guilty to the charge, but he admitted giving Michael the powerful anesthetic “Propofol” as a sleep aid on the day Michael died.

Since that hearing, Michael’s father Joe Jackson has not been satisfied with the outcome. He wants to dig deeper into this case…he believes there is more than meets the eye.

Back in court Friday morning, a Los Angeles judge just granted Joe Jackson permission to obtain his son Michael Jackson’s medical records. But the catch is that Joe nor the public will be able to see the documents. Judge Mitchell Beckloff stated that only a hired ‘medical expert’ could view the documents for Joe.

After viewing the documents, reports say that Joe will then decide whether or not to take further legal action against Dr. Conrad Murray, who was the Doctor with Michael the time of his death.

 

Katherine Jackson To Keep Kids

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It’s almost official, Katherine, Michael Jackson’s mother, will most likely retain custody of his three children and the biological mother of Michael’s two older kids, Debbie Rowe, will get visitation.

Katherine has been actively involved in legal action to keep her son’s kids after his untimely death. Debbie Rowe, who was briefly married to Michael after being artificially inseminated and eventually giving birth to two of Michael’s children, has also showed interest in caring for them.

Now it’s seems the parties have reached an agreement that gives Katherine full custody while allowing Rowe to visit the kids, however, part of the deal puts a physiologist in the middle, advising Rowe and Mother Jackson as to how Rowe’s visitation should work.

Monday, the matter will go before a judge who will likely ink the deal.