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by Jessy Krupa

11 Apr 2012


Kelly Clarkson on American Idol (2002)

It may be hard to believe, but American Idol has been on air for a full decade. Debuting during the summer of 2002, the TV talent show became a surprise ratings hit, and almost single-handedly made FOX one of the top three television networks. Despite countless spin-offs and copycats (American Juniors, X Factor, Rock Star: INXS, Nashville Star, Can You Duet, The Voice, etc.), the original series still has a hold on pop culture even into its 11th season.

With its changing roster of celebrity guests and judges, one thing is clear: its all about the contestants. But what have all of those singers been up to lately? So, starting with season one, let’s look back at who made the top five and see what they’re doing now.

by Comfort Clinton

11 Apr 2012


Lana Del Rey has had quite the year. Her first major label album, Born to Die has hit number one on 19 countries’ iTunes album charts, and has gone multiplatinum in several European nations. She recently received the honor of “Best International Newcomer” at the Brit Awards in the UK. Additionally, 8 April saw the release of single “Blue Jeans”, from Born to Die, produced by Polydor Records.

Directed by Yoann Lemoine, the video is as haunting as the song, and echoes a dark side that seems to be characteristic of Del Rey’s music videos in general. She has has been called a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra”, after all. We watch as the singer immerses herself more and more deeply into a pool of water, unaware of the alligators that circle her, and the vicious plan they have to come between the singer and her lover: a plan that ultimately ends in tragedy. The tune itself is lilting and catchy, lulling us as it surrounds us with its melody, much like the water that eventually surrounds and envelops Del Rey.

by PopMatters Staff

11 Apr 2012


Lollapalooza may as well be entitled “The Reunion Fest” this year. The re-united Black Sabbath, with all four original members including Ozzy Osbourne, will headline this year’s Lollapalooza. Meanwhile Red Hot Chili Peppers will return after a six-year festival absence and At the Drive-In will play their first live show in 11 years. And if that wasn’t enough, the Afghan Whigs will appear as part of their first tour in a decade.

Among other major rock talent, the highlights will be Jack White in solo form, the Black Keys, Bloc Party and Delta Spirit. It’s not all rock though, Lollapalooza will be stocked full of electronic artists like Justice, Avicii, Bassnectar, Kaskade and many more.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Apr 2012


Aesop Rock
Skelethon
(Rhymesayers)
Release date: 10 July 2012

Aesop Rock is returning on July 10th with his first solo album in five years and like all great hip-hoppers has a bevy of fine guests joining him on the new tunes, including Rob Sonic and Kimya Dawson among others. Promotion has already begun with a video EPK for the record as well as the first Soundcloud of a new song, “Zero Dark Thirty.” Full track list below the jump.

Listen to “Zero Dark Thirty” over at Soundcloud.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Apr 2012


Pulp have thankfully reunited for a big reunion tour that includes a high-profile Coachella performance. So, of course, they are making the late night rounds as well. Catch the Britpop band playing their classic “Common People”, one of the greatest songs of the ‘90s, as well as “Like a Friend”.

 

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