July 12, 2007 |
It's a split personality week at the top of the U.S. pop charts: The new No. 1 seller is rapper T.I.'s fifth album, "T.I. vs T.I.P.," a title that he says he refers to the internal competition with his alter-ego, which he calls T.I.P. "T.I. vs T.I.P." sold a robust 468,000 copies, the second-best debut-week total this year, trailing only the 623,000 mark set by Linkin Park's May release of "Minutes to Midnight." L.A. rock band Velvet Revolver's new album "Libertad" debuts at No.
January 17, 2002 |
DJ Dave Orlando's set at the Lounge last Thursday was so hot, you could see smoke coming off the dance floor. The hip-hop maestro worked the crowd into a frenzy by playing uber-hot rap hits side by side with Boy George and Madness. Guests of the WeHo nightclub included P. Diddy, Chris Rock, the Black-Eyed Peas and hip-hop's first cover girl, Darlene "the Queen" Ortiz. Oh yeah, it was hot in the city that night.
March 14, 2002 |
Eddie Nichols is a superstar. The Royal Crown Revue frontman never looked or sounded better than last Thursday at the Key Club. And now I know why RCR's sax player Mando has so much soul. He was raised in Watts.... The Key Club party was in honor of Mark Mahoney, sort of a welcome-to-the-neighborhood for his Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlor. And by the by, crooner Jake LaBotz is doing a Saturday residency at the Shamrock.... Was happy as a clam at Joey Sehee's recent Moomba gig.
June 10, 2004 |
Usher's "Confessions" reclaimed the No. 1 slot on the national album sales chart once more, surpassing Avril Lavigne's "Under My Skin," which slipped to No. 2 with a 55% sales drop from its first week. Lavigne's sophomore album sold 381,000 copies in its debut week and dipped to 170,000 last week, while "Confessions" held steady at 194,000. The year's top-selling album so far will cross the 4 million mark this week.
October 18, 1995 |
The Neurotic Boy Outsiders, the Viper Room's Monday night house band, is an unlikely grouping of a Sex Pistol (Steve Jones), a Duran Duran (John Taylor) and two Guns N' Roses (Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum). Neither as promising nor as terrible as those combined resumes would suggest, the band offers a decent facsimile of anthemic, extra-decibel punk.
July 11, 2002 |
A.D. may as well be a latter-day Studio 54. I popped into the Hollywood nightclub Saturday, and it was like scaling the cliffs of insanity. The mob scene out front was hundreds deep, and along with such divas as Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott, boy toys such as Mark McGrath, Justin Timberlake and Hot Karl were in the house. Hot Karl, a rapper who calls himself "Valley trash," worked the crowd with his entourage, which included his mother and a 7-foot-tall funky chicken.
October 13, 2011
Today Harry Belafonte; Anthony Mackie; Hulk Hogan. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Taylor Swift; Julianne Hough; chef Emeril Lagasse. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Regis and Kelly Taylor Swift; Lauren Alaina; co-host Jerry O'Connell. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Stephen Lang. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Pauley Perrette; Il Volo performs. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Doctors Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses the Michael Jackson death trial. (N) 2 p.m. KCBS Dr. Phil Duff McKagan, Guns N' Roses; a woman admits to robbing her family to feed her addiction.
June 23, 2003 |
Is there a new monster of rock hiding within the soundtrack for "The Hulk"? The CD of the music from the film hits the charts this week, and while 18 of 19 tracks are devoted to Danny Elfman's typically creepy and polished score work, the 19th and final song is an intriguing one to heavy metal fans because it represents the debut of Velvet Revolver.
December 21, 2011 |
Axl Rose is wearing a white cotton bathrobe and white tube socks, relaxing on a couch backstage Friday night after a three-hour concert at Seattle's Key Arena, where he'd snaked his way through 34 songs with a version of the band he co-founded a quarter-century ago, Guns N' Roses. It's 3 a.m., and the singer, the sole remaining original member, has shed the bad-ass sunglasses and flat-brimmed Stetson-style hat he wore onstage, pulled off the snakeskin boots and changed out of his faded bell bottoms.