A periodic roundup of what's happening on the charts.
The tradition of global-scale catastrophes receiving star-studded song tributes began with the fairly unlistenable “We Are The World.” Its most recent example is “Hands – A Song For Orlando,” which features everyone from Britney Spears and the inexplicably-still-here Meghan Trainor to Imagine Dragons and Mary J. Blige. Well-intentioned, to be sure, and heartfelt! But good […]
The idea of a band “going pop,” in almost any genre, used to be the worst possible thing. It was considered an obscenity, a complete repudiation of a musician’s artistic reputation. Consider Jawbreaker making Dear You in 1995: With hindsight, it’s clear that the punk band’s major-label debut was slightly different at best from previous […]
“Sex sells” has been a truism for-fucking-ever, but in popular art it often involves a double-edged sword. Using it as a principal subject of music, film and television required layered double entendres or cloaking devices (bra-on sex in R-rated movies, for example) if you didn’t want serious controversy. This remains true today to a certain […]