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by PopMatters Staff

17 Feb 2010


Lots of great highlights from the Brit Awards last night in UK, which was a truly star-studded affair with the likes of Jay-Z and Lady Gaga, plus some actual Brits like Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal, Florence and the Machine, and Robbie Williams.

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
Dizzee Rascal

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Lily Allen

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
JLS

BRITISH GROUP
Kasabian

BRITISH ALBUM
Florence And The Machine, Lungs

BRITISH SINGLE
JLS, “Beat Again”

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Jay-Z

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Lady Gaga

INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Lady Gaga

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM
Lady Gaga, The Fame

CRITICS CHOICE
Ellie Goulding

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC
Robbie Williams

BRITS HITS 30
Spice Girls, “Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are”

BRITS ALBUM OF 30 YEARS
Oasis, What’s The Story (Morning Glory)

Florence and the Machine and Dizzee Rascal

Lily Allen

Robbie Williams

Jay-Z

Lady Gaga

by Alex Suskind

17 Feb 2010


Songwriter Dale Hawkins, who passed away on 13 February, penned this blues song back in 1957. Since then, classic rock staples like Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Rolling Stones have covered the track.

by Sarah Zupko

17 Feb 2010


There’s an intriguing Haiti benefit coming up this Thursday in Los Angeles centered around PopMatters #1 film of 2009, Inglourious Basterds. Quentin Tarantino and the Weinstein Company are partnering with Upper Playground to present “The Lost Art of Inglourious Basterds” from 6:00-9:00pm. Artists were commissioned to create 13 limited edition posters that will be signed by the director and sold for Haiti relief. Only six reproductions of each poster will be made, so these will be highly collectible indeed.

The gallery will be open to the general public from 6p – 9p on Thursday February 18th, 2010 at Upper Playground Los Angeles located at 125 East 6th Street in Downtown LA. The installation will remain up for four (4) weeks. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the limited edition prints for $300. The prints are only available for purchase at Upper Playground, Los Angeles. Phone orders and web orders will not be accepted. Prints will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The purchase of prints will be limited to one per buyer.

by John Lindstedt

16 Feb 2010


For about a year, acclaimed director/ Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Science of Sleep) had a peculiar offer on his website: for $99.95, one could get a personalized watercolor portrait by the director with the purchase of his music video collection DVD. You could’ve sent the director just about anything (movie blog FilmDrunk sent in a photo of a transvestite), and you’d get it back in impressionistic strokes. Granted, it may have taken a half year to actually come in the mail, but he’s a busy guy, and it was well worth it (mine is above).

Unfortunately, the offer is currently out of stock, but it’s been resurrected from hiatus in the past. In the meantime, you can check Gondry’s “portraits of the week” in his Flickr photo stream.

by Alex Suskind

16 Feb 2010


Since her 2005 debut album, Victim of Truth, nu-soul songstress Nneka has been compared to Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and a whole host of other passionate R&B, reggae and hip-hop heavyweights. After its release, Truth garnered critical acclaim overseas, eventually being named by The Times (UK) as one of 2006’s most “criminally overlooked albums” stating it “as good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Having yet to make her stamp in the States, Nneka made her U.S. debut this past November at Joe’s Pub in New York City and is now currently touring the country in support of her first American release, Concrete Jungle, which came out out on 2 February.

Born and raised in the Delta region of Nigeria, Nneka moved to Germany at the age of 19 to study anthropology and to pursue a career in singing.

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