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November 5, 2013 | By August Brown
Can we blame James Blunt for establishing that super-earnest British folkies can rule the mainstream pop charts? His treacly, inescapable 2004 single "You're Beautiful" earned huge sales and abject loathing from critics. His latest, "Moon Landing," is his sort-of attempt to get back to flintier, personal songwriting. He does manage to out-Mumford and out-Sheeran his countrymen on the rustic single "Bonfire Heart" (ironically, co-written with super-pop penman Ryan Tedder). Whether you want to hear James Blunt plowing that field is a conversation between you and your god. "Heart to Heart" has some upbeat sock-hop fun. But James Blunt titling a song "Always Hate Me?"
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December 31, 2013 | By August Brown
Beyonce's single "XO" begins with a warning. Former NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt is sampled saying "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction. " It's taken from audio recordings of the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster that killed all seven crew members, and now NASA astronaut families are objecting to its use in a pop song. "We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song 'XO,' " June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger space shuttle commander Dick Scobee, told ABC . "The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends.
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December 31, 2013 | By August Brown
Beyonce's single "XO" begins with a warning. Former NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt is sampled saying "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction. " It's taken from audio recordings of the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster that killed all seven crew members, and now NASA astronaut families are objecting to its use in a pop song. "We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song 'XO,' " June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger space shuttle commander Dick Scobee, told ABC . "The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2013 | By August Brown
Can we blame James Blunt for establishing that super-earnest British folkies can rule the mainstream pop charts? His treacly, inescapable 2004 single "You're Beautiful" earned huge sales and abject loathing from critics. His latest, "Moon Landing," is his sort-of attempt to get back to flintier, personal songwriting. He does manage to out-Mumford and out-Sheeran his countrymen on the rustic single "Bonfire Heart" (ironically, co-written with super-pop penman Ryan Tedder). Whether you want to hear James Blunt plowing that field is a conversation between you and your god. "Heart to Heart" has some upbeat sock-hop fun. But James Blunt titling a song "Always Hate Me?"
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2009
RECORD OF THE YEAR "Halo" Beyoncé Knowles & Ryan Tedder, producers; Jim Caruana, Mark "Spike" Stent & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers "I Gotta Feeling" David Guetta & Frederick Riesterer, producers; will.i.am, Dylan "3-D" Dresdow & Padraic "Padlock" Kerin, engineers/mixers "Use Somebody" Jacquire King & Angelo Petraglia, producers; Jacquire King, engineer/mixer "Poker Face" RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, engineers/mixers "You Belong With Me" Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers SONG OF THE YEAR "Poker Face" Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
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November 28, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Adele named her sophomore album "21" after her age at the time she was recording it. This week, the title takes on new significance, as "21" becomes the 21st album in the history of Nielsen SoundScan to sell 10 million copies. Last week the set -- which hasn't left the Billboard 200 since its debut at No. 1 in February 2011 -- sold 28,000 copies, bringing its total to a whopping 10,020,000. And that's before holiday shopping ramps up. In a detailed analysis, Billboard's Keith Caulfield notes that "21" is one of eight albums to move 10 million copies in their first two years of release.
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October 22, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Like a snippet of a hit song in one of their fast-moving DJ sets, the dance-music megastars of Swedish House Mafia are leaving us almost as soon as they arrived. On Nov. 16 the Stockholm trio - which started affecting Top 40 charts in 2010 with the Pharrell Williams collaboration "One" - will launch its so-called One Last Tour, a global trek scheduled to play the 35,000-capacity Los Angeles State Historic Park next March. You can understand the group's early retirement as a going-out-on-top maneuver.
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March 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. Please see note below for details. You might have thought everything was building toward a new U2 album and tour this year after the group's performances at the Academy Awards and on the first episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” its Super Bowl commercial and other recent high-profile appearances. But now Billboard reports that the new album with which U2 has been working with producer Danger Mouse won't be ready until 2015, and therefore touring plans are also being pushed back.
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January 24, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Winning time meant pinning time for the Ventura High wrestling team. Trailing by two points in Tuesday night's Channel League dual meet at Rio Mesa, the Cougars (13-0, 3-0 in league meets) recorded four pins in the final six bouts to pull away for a 49-24 victory. Rio Mesa (8-15, 1-2) held an 18-16 lead after seven matches, but Ventura's Nghiep Dang (145 pounds) triggered a surge by pinning Sergio Raya in 43 seconds to improve his record to 26-4, including 17 pins.
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February 28, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted RCA Records 1/2 The fourth album from pop's most sympathetic rebel girl, Kelly Clarkson, has nearly as many mandates attached to it as a certain economic stimulus plan. The record label execs who objected to the emotionally loaded, tough-sell hard rock of 2007's "My December" are hoping for a massive, industry-saving hit. The critics who love her spunk but question her sensibility desire artful pop with a little bit of red meat. The "Idol" watchers and Top 40 listeners who made her a star in the first place want the perfect blend of sincerity and catchiness to lift their spirits during a year when nobody needs another breakup album.
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November 25, 2007 | Mikael Wood
Blake Lewis ***"Audio Day Dream" (19 Recordings/Arista) THE blockbuster commercial success of Chris Daughtry's debut album over the last year has undoubtedly helped get "American Idol" contestants' music taken seriously by the record-buying (or -downloading) public. In at least one sense, though, "Daughtry's" multi-platinum sales have actually done a disservice to future "Idol" veterans.
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September 13, 2009 | Ann Powers, POP MUSIC CRITIC
ALBUMS Kid Cudi, 'Man on the Moon: The End of the Day' Hip-hop stars have mostly given up on using albums as calling cards: masterful mix tapes and hit singles build anticipation for months before an official release finally drops. But Kid Cudi, the Brooklyn-via-Cleveland rapper with the slow, spaced-out flow, cares about concepts and complicated thoughts. So his long-player should be a trip. Also, look for the debut from quick-witted D.C. rapper Wale in October.
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