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by Crispin Kott

13 Feb 2010

During last night’s interminably long opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics, the b-list remake of a song that wasn’t terribly good 25 years ago received its official premiere. For those of us who ordinarily derive pleasure from being sarcastic and pseudo-witty about popular culture, the group assembled to perform this song is almost too good to be true. But when the cause is so seemingly worthy, is it still okay to chortle when Celine Dion hyper-emotes? Is it wrong for me to titter when even Jamie Foxx doesn’t look like he can believe how earnest he’s trying to appear in his introduction? Does Justin Bieber really sound like that? Vince Vaughn? Seriously? Haven’t the people of Haiti suffered enough?

This is no knock on the cause, which has seen an outpouring of support for a country that even before being leveled by a massive earthquake last month was in dire conditions. But haven’t everyday people like you and me already made up our minds about donating money/goods/time by this point? Does the ghost of Michael Jackson really have any pull in this matter?

Is it gauche to criticize the song itself for being underwritten and overstuffed given its intended purpose both then and now was to garner humanitarian support? Can we still blame Bob Geldof for any of this?

by Jennifer Cooke

13 Feb 2010

Iconic British fashion designer Alexander McQueen died 11 February 2010. His incredible creativity and vision made him a favorite in rock ‘n’ roll and pop music from the inception of his career. His collaboration with Björk produced the cover of her 1997 album Homogenic, and he also directed the video for the song “Alarm Call”. It’s bizarre and off-kilter and wonderful and visually stunning, like everything that Alexander McQueen created. His loss will be felt far beyond the realms of the fashion industry.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Feb 2010

British girl poppers the Pipettes have gone all retro sci-fi on us in their latest video. The tune will be on the group’s upcoming and currently unnamed album.

by Jessy Krupa

13 Feb 2010

A crowd of about 60,000 people was present at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Details about what exactly would happen were kept secret, though expectations were high because of Beijing’s expensive and critically renowned 2008 ceremony. In America, it garnered publicity because of the debut of the music video for the remake of “We Are the World”, which will raise money to aid Haiti. (Actually, the video aired about 13 minutes prior to the event.) $30 to $40 million dollars was spent on the LED screens that simulated tribal animal constellations, fabric hangings designed to look like icebergs and totem poles, high-wire acrobatics, pyrotechnics, lighting, costumed performers, and 108 projectors as Canadian celebrities including Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Nikki Yanofsky, Sarah McLachlan, and k.d. lang performed.

by John Lindstedt

12 Feb 2010

If you’re one of those people who scour the internet for the latest viral clips and haven’t checked out Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, you probably should. The show has plenty of those clips (hope you like vomiting!), as well as guest appearances from infamous web celebrities attempting to redeem themselves.

The show is very in tune with web 2.0 culture and has many interactive features. The show has a well-kept blog showcasing highlights, lowlights, games, and viewer submissions. You even live tweet with host/comedian Daniel Tosh (@danieltosh) as the show airs.

This week Apple sent the tech savvy host the much-discussed iPad. Here’s the demonstration:

Tosh Destroys an iPad
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//Mixed media

Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

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