Conspiracy Theory Thursday: I Want to Beliebe

(But I Don't)

I Want To Beliebe

Though largely overshadowed by such moments as Nicki Minaj’s callout of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift, and Cyrus’s batsh*t, trippy performance with Wayne Coyne, Justin Bieber’s live medley of “Where Are Ü/What Do You Mean?” brought out the “wow” when he apparently broke down crying following his set. It was yet another noteworthy moment at Sunday’s MTV VMAs. I have to admit, “Where Are Ü” is pretty catchy, but he lost me at “What Do You Mean?”

Mind you, the bridge in the song is a spoken word piece of sophomoric philosophizing, which I have transcribed below and made into an inspirational quote you’d see on Pinterest because it has all the emotional depth of a kumquat. (Actually, now that I really think about it, maybe that whole spoken word thing is perfectly in line with the name of the song.)


Have We Reached Peak Swift?

Taylor Swift

Earthlings (I was going to say "Americans," but we soooo don't have the corner on that market anymore) love nothing more than a superstar, except, perhaps, building up a superstar and then blowing them to smithereens. (Marginally related thought, you should check out The Smithereens if you have a chance.) So it is with a certain amount of trepidation that I regard Taylor Swift’s unimpeachable rise to power. And if you listen carefully to the whispers among the celebrity gossip set – whether or not the rumors are true – the rumors are stirring. And they may indeed indicate that Swift’s star has reached its zenith.



Week in Review

50 Cent "Borrowed" Luxury Items


Apparently 50 Cent isn’t worth much more than his stage name. According to Forbes, the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was said to have a net worth of $155 million. However, after recently being ordered to pay $5 million in damages in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit, the multi-platinum-selling artist filed for bankruptcy. Last week, Jackson was at a supreme court hearing in Manhattan for the same lawsuit, where he was questioned by the plaintiff’s attorney about his luxury items, such as pricey cars and flashy jewelry that he often boasted on social media. Jackson admitted that most of his jewelry was “borrowed” and he only owns a G-Shock watch and three gold chains. As far as the expensive cars, almost all of them were rented. As you can see below, 50 is making the best out of a bad situation.


What's Trending Image

Although the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards isn’t until the end of next month and MTV hardly associates itself with music these days, the nominees for this year’s high profile award show were announced yesterday.

While dozens of artists were nominated for awards, one musician leads the pack with 10 nominations. If you’re thinking Taylor Swift, then you’re right. The video for T-Swift’s "Blank Space” is up for two awards, including for “Best Female Video.” However, the cameo filled, futuristic action clip for the popular tune “Bad Blood” featuring Kendrick Lamar is nominated for eight awards, including “Video of the Year.” (If you haven’t watched the video check it out, it’s good. And that’s coming from someone who usually refuses to listen to Swift.)


5 Small Music Venues that Seriously Rock

5 Small Venues

Toad’s Place – 300 York Street, New Haven, CT

Why Toad’s Place Rocks: Originally, the Yale Co-op stood where Toad’s now resides. It was various restaurants after Yale sold it off, and former culinary student Michael Spoerndle purchased the building to turn it into a French and Italian restaurant in 1975. But by 1976, Toad’s Place (that was also the name of the restaurant, btw), Spoerndle transformed Toad’s into a live music venue with the help of local musician Peter Menta, as well as friend and co-owner Brian Phelps. Right off the bat, acts like Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker graced the stage at the 750 capacity club. Billy Joel recorded “Los Angelenos” from his album Songs in the Attic at Toad’s in 1980, and U2 played there three times at the dawn of the ‘80s while they promoted Boy and during their October Tour. They also premiered the song Fire there, and Adam Clayton can be seen in a Toad’s tee shirt in early promo photos of U2. In 1990, Bob Dylan played a set that lasted more than five hours, and was his first club appearance in a quarter century. More recent acts have included Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, Juicy J, Interpol, and Wiz Khalifa.

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