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Take the “Justin Bieber Bible Quiz”

posted by S. Russ

Hot on the heels of the Justin Bieber Bible Study, check out the Justin Bieber Bible Quiz!  The quiz contains a number of interesting interview snippets with that really flesh out Justin’s faith and how it has influenced his music.  […]

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Treat Yourself – Free Music from Andrew Peterson!

posted by S. Russ

Andrew Peterson is offering the gift of free music through Noisetrade!  In exchange for a little promotion via Facebook or Twitter, you get a free tune!  Not a bad deal right? Check it out here!

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Oscar Clean-up!

posted by S. Russ

A few extra bits from the Oscars tonight! -The awards for music and sound definitely found the correct homes tonight.  Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross did an amazing job with The Social Network, and I can’t believe I am writing about […]

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PS22 Chorus Inspires at the Oscars

posted by S. Russ

Each year the musical performances at the Oscars are varied d engaging, but this years performance by the PS22 Chorus was particularly exciting.  In case you haven’t heard of this inspirational group, PS22 chorus is an elementary school chorus from a […]

Mandy Moore Returns for the Oscars!

posted by S. Russ

Maybe its just me, but it seems like the last time I saw Mandy Moore she was playing a stuck up girl in the great religious comedy Saved! and guest starring as a clutzy love interest on Scrubs.  Despite selling […]

American Idol Top 24 Set!

posted by S. Russ

Here it is! Naima AdedapoCasey AbramsLauren AlainaJovany BarretoKendra CampbellJordan DorseyJames DurbinClint Jun GamboaTim HalperinAshthon JonesStefano LangoneBrent LowewensternJacob LuskScott McCreeryPaul McDonaldThia MegiaHaley ReinhartKaren RodriguezRobbie RosenPia ToscanoLauren TurnerTatynisa WilsonRachel ZevitaJulie Zorilla Seems like a pretty standout list to me, though I admit […]

Check out “Chartsweep”!

posted by S. Russ

Entertainment Weekly has shared a gem with the world in the form of “Chartsweep.”  It is a 75 minute medley of every number 1 hit from the 1950s to the 1990s.  You will hear so many hits that it will […]

American Idol vs. The Beatles

posted by S. Russ

Ah, yes, tonight is the Beatles episode.  Every music competition has to have one right?  Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t that I hate the Beatles.  In fact, I appreciate everything they did and continue to do for music.  It […]

The Justin Bieber Bible Study – Part 3

posted by S. Russ

Today we rage on to the end of the Justin Bieber Never Say Never Bible Study!  If you haven’t been following, the Justin Bieber Bible Study was a booklet sent out to youth leaders to promote his latest film.  In […]

Idol Star Scott McIntyre Engaged!

posted by S. Russ

I know I make fun of a lot of things on here, but I have to say that this is pretty cool!  Congratulations to Idol star Scott McIntyre on his engagement!  For those who might not remember, Scott inspired millions […]

The Justin Bieber Bible Study – Part 2

posted by S. Russ

Welcome one and all to part 2 of the Justin Bieber Bible Study review!  Today we’ll be looking at the opening sections which describe the purpose of the discussion.  The writers also subtly try to convince us that Never Say Never […]

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Causes Internet Fights

posted by S. Russ

Lady Gaga has always been a performer who pushes people’s buttons.  Typically it is her bizarre dress and ambiguous sexuality that have caused an uproar, not her music.  With the release of her latest single “Born This Way” she tackles […]

Warner Music Group loses 18 million

posted by S. Russ

Last week it was reported that Warner Music Group lost 18 million dollars over the last three months of 2010.  While this is just the latest in a long story of how record labels have struggled to meet the digital […]

Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” Video Is Futuristic Kung Fu Madness

posted by S. Russ

Tonight was the premiere of Britney Spear’s video for her hit single “Hold It Against Me.”  The song, based on a worn out pick-up line, showcases new levels of brilliant poetry for the songstress.  I hear the other album tracks […]

The Justin Bieber Bible Study – Part 1

posted by S. Russ

Here it is folks – The Justin Bieber Bible Study: Never Say Never… For Nothing Is Impossible With God.  This short booklet with a poorly worded title was sent to youth group leaders as a part of the promotional campaign […]

American Idol Highlight Reel!

posted by S. Russ

Tonight’s episode of American Idol held some serious intrigue for an early season show.  Let’s take in the highlights: In a new move for the show, the hovering parents were a major player.  In fact, they served as a catalyst […]

Glee Reminds Us What Music Is All About

posted by S. Russ

In a profound moment, last night’s Glee managed to capture the soul and purpose of music.  During the episode Glee club director Will Schuester crafts a plan to help depressed cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester experience the emotional impact of music.  […]

Justin Bieber Blesses A Pizza

posted by S. Russ

The Justin Bieber movie promotional machine reached full tilt last week, including the release of a bevy of clips just like this one from Beliefnet. Since the movie touches on Justin’s faith, teenage evangelicals are target demographic. While I haven’t […]

Former Idol Jason Castro Joins Winter Jam

posted by S. Russ

It seems that Idol standout Jason Castro has finally found a place where he belongs – Christian music.  The dread lock-headed pop artist’s latest single “You Are” made its way into the top 10 on the Billboard Christian Chart last […]

Switchfoot Takes Home Their First GRAMMY!

posted by S. Russ

2010 was a great year for Switchfoot and Sunday night it got even better when their 2010 release Hello Hurricane won the GRAMMY for Rock or Rap Gospel Album.  Hello Hurricane took a winding path to become a GRAMMY winner.  […]

GRAMMY Live Blog Action!

posted by S. Russ

Let’s get it on! -It is most sad that in order to be recognized Muse had to strip all the uniqueness from their sound.  They deserved the success… 8 years ago. -Bruno Mars may be one of the best pop […]

The Opening Number: A Religious Experience

posted by S. Russ

The opening of the GRAMMYs was truly a religious experience.  Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams, and Martina McBride singing Aretha Franklin songs?  Yes, please!  More of that! Christina Aguilera, following her controversial Super Bowl performance, showed again […]

Pumped for the GRAMMYs??

posted by S. Russ

I know I am!  Check out excellent streaming site Livestream for live footage from the red carpet at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT!  It is the best way to see all the pretty dresses and boring suits.  Also, don’t forget the pre-telecast […]

The End of Youth Group Guitar Hero

posted by S. Russ

Youth leaders everywhere lost one future option for lock-in entertainment when Activision announced the end of their Guitar Hero video game series yesterday.  For years Guitar Hero has provided something else for teenagers to put their hormonal hands on besides […]

Random Thoughts On American Idol

posted by S. Russ

When I watch American Idol I tend to lose the ability to have coherent thoughts, so here is some stream of consciousness AI commentary! -My prophetic voice tells me that thus far it is Casey Abrams vs. James Durbin for […]

Weezer disappoints their fans… again.

posted by S. Russ

If you thought Eminem sold out by appearing in two commercials during the Super Bowl, then get a load of this.  With just a simple click of the “like” button you can watch Weezer slog through a poorly performed extended […]

Albums You Missed: Jeremy Enigk’s World Waits

posted by S. Russ

The name Jeremy Enigk is instantly recognizable to any fan of the early emo scene of the 1990s.  Wait, wait… emo!?!  I know, I know, just hear me out! Enigk was the lead singer of early emo-innovators Sunny Day Real […]

Things That Challenge My Faith: The Success of Britney Spears

posted by S. Russ

The internet is heating up over the upcoming Britney Spears album Femme Fatale.  While educating myself on the latest Britney news I become aware of something that slipped under my radar.  Oh how I wish it had stayed there. Did […]

Prophecy and the Black Eyed Peas

posted by S. Russ

Prophecy [prof–uh-see] nThe foretelling or prediction of what is to come. This blog isn’t about that.  In fact, a lot of prophecy isn’t about that.  Traditional prophecy is more about the present than the future.  It is about shedding light […]

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This "Sexy And I Know It" Cover Is Life Changing
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsvlsuLau5c[/youtube] This rad cover of "Sexy And I Know It" by LMFAO is currently blowing up the internet and blowing ladies' minds. Turns out this guy looks a lot like me, and he is from South ...

posted 9:43:05am May. 15, 2012 | read full post »

A Fond Farewell to the Sing-Off - or, WHAT!?! There Goes Another One of My Favorite Shows
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOKuAigsrec[/youtube] I would love to be able to stick my head in the sand like a TV executive. Now, granted, I don't know too much about what they do, but I know one thing that they do - make ...

posted 9:15:20am May. 15, 2012 | read full post »

Hot Problems - The Best Song Ever
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__HeE6NWmDE&feature=share[/youtube] I can relate to this.  Hot dudes have problems too.  I'm just glad someone was brave enough to speak about this powerful message. ...

posted 11:29:09am Apr. 20, 2012 | read full post »

Lionel Richie... What Are You Doing??
Pop and R&B legend Lionel Richie has suddenly popped on the charts again.  I love me some Lionel, and have since his glory days in the '80s, so I was excited to see what he had going on. I wish I hadn't.  Here's ...

posted 4:12:07pm Apr. 19, 2012 | read full post »

Why Couples Should Watch Ice Loves Coco
I love my wife, and my wife loves reality television.  Generally I will play a video game or read a book while she watches the Kardashians, Say Yes to the Dress, and similar programs.  Those shows aren't really my thing, I'm more of a ...

posted 10:41:31am Apr. 18, 2012 | read full post »

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