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This “Sexy And I Know It” Cover Is Life Changing

posted by S. Russ

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 Carolina where I lived for […]

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A Fond Farewell to the Sing-Off – or, WHAT!?! There Goes Another One of My Favorite Shows

posted by S. Russ

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 decisions that […]

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Hot Problems – The Best Song Ever

posted by S. Russ

I can relate to this.  Hot dudes have problems too.  I’m just glad someone was brave enough to speak about this powerful message.

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Lionel Richie… What Are You Doing??

posted by S. Russ

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 […]

Why Couples Should Watch Ice Loves Coco

posted by S. Russ

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, […]

The Voice – Good for You Blake Shelton

posted by S. Russ

I ripped Blake Shelton pretty hard yesterday for keeping young country starlet RaeLynn on his team, so I was glad to wake up this morning to find out that she was sent home last night.  Thank you America, thank you […]

Instant Eliminations Bring Extreme Drama – and Foolishness – to the Voice

posted by S. Russ

On last night’s show The Voice tried yet another new thing – at the end of the night the judges were told to eliminate one member of their team BEFORE the nationwide vote even took place.  The coaches were caught […]

Bring Out Your Dead… Rappers? – Hologram Tupac Performs at Coachella – UPDATED.

posted by S. Russ

Update: Turns out I was right. This year’s Coachella music festival has been quite the success.  From an inspiring performance by Radiohead to a surprise song from Tupac, it has been… wait, Tupac?  Tupac is dead, right?  It’s true, he […]

The Sing-Off Episode 2!!

posted by S. Russ

Ohhhh yeeeah!!!  Second show time!!  This show started with a big group performance of that My Chemical Romance song “Sing” that apparently gave my wife chill bumps.  That’s cool, it looks like this week’s contestants are a lot more diverse […]

The Sing-Off Episode 1!!

posted by S. Russ

Follow Beliefnet Music on Twitter! The Sing-Off is back!!!!  And so I’m back with overly-critical analysis of people who are way more talented than I am!!  Let’s get it started!! The festivities started with an epic 8 group rendition of […]

5 Reasons You Should Watch The Sing-Off

posted by S. Russ

There are tons of reality shows on television.  There’s dancing, singing, juggling blowtorches, and people yelling at each other.  So, why should you watch the Sing-Off?  Because it’s hosted by early 2000s heart throb Nick Lachey.  Need more reasons?  Alright! […]

More on 9/11 and Live’s “Overcome”

posted by S. Russ

Click here to follow Beliefnet Music on Twitter! On the main website I wrote an article about Steven Rosenbaum, the director of the 9/11 video for Live’s song “Overcome.”  If you haven’t seen it, check it out here.  I was […]

On Interviewing Switchfoot

posted by S. Russ

I recently had the opportunity to talk with two of the members of the stirringly-spiritual art rock band Switchfoot.  In case you haven’t seen the interview, you can check it out here.  Interviewing artists is by far my favorite part […]

I Miss Freddie Mercury

posted by S. Russ

Yesterday would have been Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday.  The iconic rock singer and frontman passed away after a long bout with HIV in 1991, gone much too soon from the world that he managed to influence so much.  As a […]

New (Free) Music from The Gracious Few and Ben Folds Y’alls!

posted by S. Russ

Who doesn’t love free and new music?  Yesterday two of my favorite artists, The Gracious Few and Ben Folds, unleashed some new stuff on the internet.  Nothing major, two new songs, but hey new songs man!!   The Gracious Few, […]

Jani Lane, Lead Singer of Warrant, Passes Away

posted by S. Russ

It’s been a hard year for musicians. Clarence Clemons, Amy Winehouse, Dan Peek, and now Jani Lane have all passed on.  Jani, lead singer of the ’80s hair metal sensation Warrant, died yesterday of unknown causes.  Warrant was one of the […]

A Little Ramadan Preview!

posted by S. Russ

In case you haven’t been able to tell (you have), this blog has been in a bit of a flux lately.  Since coming on full-time at Beliefnet I’ve been doing a lot – music interviews, updating faith pages, Twittering, writing […]

MTV Is Old Y’all

posted by S. Russ

Today MTV turned 30 years old, and I feel ancient. It’s hard to believe looking at the network now, but I have a lot of great memories of MTV.  Growing up through its “golden years” had its perks.  While MTV […]

Russell Brand’s Words On Amy Winehouse

posted by S. Russ

It seems that working in Entertainment means learning something new nearly every day.  Today I learned, along with anyone who read his blog, that Russell Brand is a caring and intelligent person.  I learned this through his  eye opening and […]

Amy Winehouse Joins the 27 Club

posted by S. Russ

On Saturday my generation got it’s first major induction into the “27 Club” – Amy Winehouse.  Winehouse, whose career had been plagued by drug taking, drug addiction, and singing hits about drugs, died of unknown causes in her hotel room […]

This is Rebecca Black’s Moment

posted by S. Russ

Hit “like” to share this blistering commentary with your friends Rebecca Black is back, and this time she is for playing for reals. Instead of launching the original follow-up single called “LOL,” Rebecca’s handlers and parents, I mean Rebecca, decided […]

How Much Does It Cost To Make A Hit?

posted by S. Russ

The answer?  One million dollars. Check out the story at NPR If only there was something else all that money could be used for.  Starving children, cancer research, things like that… Follow the Prophet of Pop on Twitter and on Facebook!

Bruce Springsteen’s Eulogy for Clarence Clemons

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! Last week the music world was shocked by the death of one of the legends of classic rock, Clarence “Big Man” Clemons.  What has become clear in the aftermath is that the […]

The Voice: Vicci and Cee Lo Bring It, Javier Gets Emotional

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! Last night was the big finale of The Voice, and in typical The Voice fashion they all brought down the house.  This time each contestant sang an original song, as well as […]

U2 Pays Tribute to Clarence Clemons

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! Bruce Springsteen gets a lot of credit for being “The Boss.”  His local workman-like persona has defined the heart of American rock music for a couple of decades now.  The Boss has […]

Weird Al Takes On Lady Gaga With “Perform This Way”

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! Weird Al finally parodies Lady Gaga.  There simply isn’t much to add to this. Related – Lady Gaga’s Inspiring New Commercial Follow the Prophet of Pop on Twitter and on Facebook!

Your Chance To Work Out With James Durbin!

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! Now’s your chance ladies!! Idol finalists James Durbin and Stefano Langone are looking for two lucky fans who want to help them work out!  The two studly singers are working to get […]

Is Jennifer Lopez Leaving American Idol?

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! Despite intimate involvement in this years American Idol resurgence, emotional judge Jennifer Lopez may not return for a second season.  It seems that the “most beautiful woman in the world” may choose […]

The Voice: Team Adam Vs. Team Cee Lo

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! The Voice opened with it’s first two live eliminations of the season and showed immediately why it is a huge threat to the Idol dynasty.  Of the four contestants – two young […]

Justin Bieber Wins a Country Music Award

posted by S. Russ

Click “Like” above to share with your friends! To quote fictional race car driver Ricky Bobby, “That just happened.” Apparently he did a duet with Rascal Flatts during the year, so CMT him an award.  This is about as bizarre […]

The Voice Goes Live!

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! I’ve made it no secret the The Voice is my favorite vocal performance show on the market.  As a taped show it has been put together with skill, paying far more attention […]

Check Out Committed’s Hot New Single!

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this post with your friends! Committed with John Legend Whew, that is too much vocal talent for one picture to handle!  Committed, last years winners on NBC’s hit show The Sing Off, have been busy celebrating the […]

Lady Gaga’s Inspiring New Commercial!

posted by S. Russ

Hit “Like” to share this post with your friends! Many of you might have wondered why I write about Lady Gaga so often.  Believe it or not, it isn’t just because she is controversial or because she is willing to […]

Scotty McCreery Wins American Idol

posted by S. Russ

Scotty Mcreery did it.  The young singer with the old-time country sound has been charming America from the start, and tonight he took home the grand prize over competitor Lauren Alaina.  More on that later, since some things did happen […]

American Idol – The Final Three

posted by S. Russ

We are down to three contestants on American Idol, and each performed three songs.  Beyonce was there to coach ‘em up, and the usual corporate sponsorships were there to remind us what Idol is all about.  Oh and by the […]

American Idol Scotty Mcreery Throws A Fake First Pitch

posted by S. Russ

Ah, the world of “reality” television.  This weekend the three remaining American Idol finalists (sadly NOT including James Durbin) returned home to great their fans and to pose at various media circus-type events.  For Garner, NC native Scotty Mcreery, one […]

American Idol James Durbin Heads Home

posted by S. Russ

Tonight the number of Idol hopefuls dropped from 4 to 3, and the unfortunate soul to go home was James Durbin.  This was a shock to me, as I was sure that Haley was heading home tonight.  The list of […]

American Idol: The Final Four Take on Inspirational Songs

posted by S. Russ

Tonight was the biggest night on television according to Ryan Seacret.  Someone should inform the Super Bowl so it can close up shop.  There are only four contestants left, Lady Gaga was there to mentor, and Coke was advertised – […]

The Voice Round 2: The Battleground

posted by S. Russ

I greatly enjoyed the two week opening round of the Voice, and apparently I’m not the only one!  The show attracted over 12 million viewers in it’s second week, making it a legitimate American Idol contender especially amongst older viewers. […]

Lady Gaga’s “Judas” Video: Jesus, Motorcycles, and a Lipstick Gun

posted by S. Russ

Since it’s premiere last Thursday night on American Idol I have been trying to come up with something to say about Lady Gaga’s new video for “Judas.”  There are people up in arms about the video, which isn’t surprising considering […]

The American Idol Final Four Is Set

posted by S. Russ

In a complete shocker, Jennifer Lopez was voted off of American Idol tonight.  This was surprising considering that she wasn’t an actual contestant, but her live performance of new single “On the Floor” was so bad that everyone agreed it […]

American Idol Top 5 – In It To Win It Edition

posted by S. Russ

There are only 5 Idol contestants left, and Randy Jackson is really looking for who is “in it to win it.”  I think he has used that phrase at least 8,000 times this season, 1,000 of which were during the […]

Country Music Prepares Response to the Death of Osama Bin Laden

posted by S. Russ

The rumble from Nashville is so thunderous that it can probably heard all over the globe – it’s the sound of country musicians scrambling to be the first to release a country song about the death of Osama Bin Laden.  […]

Rebecca St. James Is Off the Market

posted by S. Russ

Sorry fellas, your teenage Christian music crush has officially spurned you.  On Saturday Rebecca St. James married fellow musician Jacob Fink at an intimate ceremony in San Diego. Yes, she was always out of your league, but this makes it […]

Happy Friday Post! Amazon Cuts MP3 Prices Again!

posted by S. Russ

I shop music frequently, and this Friday I wanted to pass along to all of you dear friends the best advice I can.  Today that advice is to make Amazon your home for digital music.  No, I don’t work for […]

Who Got Kicked Off Idol? – I Miss the Beard Already

posted by S. Russ

Another Thursday, another night of seeing who got kicked off Idol.  Tonight the last two left standing were Casey Abrams and Scotty Mcreery, and Casey Abrams got the boot. Despite a judges save, clear improvement throughout the season, ridiculous ability […]

American Idol Top 6 – Whoa, We’re halfway there!

posted by S. Russ

WHHOOOAAA, livin’ on a prayer!! Sorry, this isn’t Bon Jovi night on Idol, though I estimate that will be a theme night on Idol season 28.  Instead, we are down to 6 Idol hopefuls from the original 13.  That also […]

Former Idol Frenchie Davis Returns To Inspire On The Voice

posted by S. Russ

Frenchie Davis has had a long road back to the television spotlight.  The spunky R&B singer was a Top 12 contestant on American Idol, but she found herself disqualified from the season as a result of scandalous photos taken earlier […]

The Voice Premiere on NBC – Can It Destroy Idol?

posted by S. Russ

NBC is issuing the next battle cry against American Idol – The Voice.  The show brings together a coaching panel of the surgingly popular Cee Lo Green, diva Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, and country star Blake […]

Rethink Music with Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Damian Kulash, and Neil Gaiman

posted by S. Russ

8 songs in 8 hours.  That’s what artists Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), Damian Kulash (OK Go), and author Neil Gaiman have been attempting from 4 pm to 12 am today.  The idea to write and […]

Lady Gaga’s Controversial “Judas” Video To Premiere on American Idol

posted by S. Russ

…and apparently, it will “shock” us in an unexpected way.  In the video for the controversial single Lady Gaga will play the part of Mary Magdalene, news which has already brought out naysayers.  What is interesting though, is that the […]

Winter Jam Is More Popular Than Justin Bieber

posted by S. Russ

According to Pollstar, Winter Jam is currently the most popular tour of 2011.  With a loaded Christian Contemporary bill and cheap ticket prices the tour has put 524,239 people in seats across the country.  That number tops tours by Justin […]

The American Idol Top 7 Recap! – Welcome to the 21st Century Edition

posted by S. Russ

There are only seven potential idols left.  Did their performances take me to seventh heaven, or to the seven circles of hell?  Let’s find out! Opening Performance – They brought back the departed six to perform a Pink song.  Poor, […]

The Sing Off Auditions Begin!

posted by S. Russ

If you like music and you haven’t watched the NBC show The Sing Off, then you need to mark your calendar for next Winter!  The Sing Off is a vocal competition a la American Idol, but with a cappella performance […]

Lady Gaga’s New Single “Judas” Shocks and Dismays

posted by S. Russ

Another week, another burst of Lady Gaga news, and another burst of comments from the Lady Gaga lovers and haters.  Happy Monday! First of all, she released the cover of her new album which is pictured above.  Yes, that is […]

Justin Bieber Can’t Find Peace in the Middle East

posted by S. Russ

Poor ‘ole Justin Bieber just can’t catch a break.  The teen star is currently in Israel for a couple of concerts, but prior to the shows he took the time to take a pilgrimage to Israel with his family – […]

The First Guy to Leave Idol Is…

posted by S. Russ

I must be regaining some of my prophetic sense – I got two thirds of the bottom three right.  Haley, Stefano, and Paul were in the bottom three.  After Rihanna’s performance I had hoped they would just vote her off, […]

Record Store Day is Saturday!

posted by S. Russ

Record Store Day is one of the greatest days of the year – a day set aside to give business to your local record shops.  That is, if your local record shops haven’t gone out of business yet.  These Mom […]

The American Idol “Elite” Eight

posted by S. Russ

After the shocking exit of Pia Toscano last week, we are now down to eight Idol contestants.  That’s right, the ocho.  While I was upset to see Pia leave, I was mainly disturbed at how off my prophetic sense was. […]

Rebecca Black Dominates Youtube

posted by S. Russ

You probably heard the Rebecca Black song “Friday” last month.  If you didn’t then you should, because it is a wake up call to how terrible pop music can be.  If you’ve ever shunned Ke$ha for not being able to […]

Lady Gaga, the AANR, and Nudeapalooza

posted by S. Russ

Lady Gaga has come up with another way to etch her name into the annuls of pop history – performing in the buff.  In her latest Gagavision video broadcasted on her website, she claimed that she hoped to do all […]

UPDATE: Lady Gaga Goes Country and Dolly Parton Loves It

posted by S. Russ

Lady Gaga has released a country version of her hit single “Born This Way.”  That’s right, country. Pop stars releasing dance remixes is nothing new, but a country remix?  That’s pretty rare.  Not only does this make for the first […]

U2’s 360 Tour Setting Records

posted by S. Russ

In an age of sagging record and ticket sales, U2 is poised to make history… again.  Their international 360 tour is projected make over 700 million dollars. That’s right Dr. Evil, 700 million dollars.  Can you even imagine 700 million […]

Pia Toscano Already Getting a Record Deal?

posted by S. Russ

Last week was a big week for Pia Toscano.  It began with a strong performance on American Idol, which many thought was one of the strongest of the night.  Then things took a turn when she was eliminated from the […]

One of the Best Leaves Idol

posted by S. Russ

Tonight the number of Idol hopefuls went from nine to eight, and Pia Toscano took the fall.  In the bottom three with her were Jacob Lusk and Stefano Langone.  This was expected, after all her performance last night wasn’t all […]

Britney Spears Femme Fatale is Number 1… With A Twist

posted by S. Russ

On the day of the premiere of her post-apocalyptic video “”Til the World Ends,” Britney Spears got another piece of news – her album Femme Fatale was number 1 on the Billboard Top 200.  This isn’t surprising though, as the […]

Jars of Clay Takes On Robots

posted by S. Russ

I don’t understand why Jars of Clay is performing with robots on stage, but I do know that it is the first time I have seen anyone perform “I’ll Fly Away” with robots on stage.  That deserves recognition.  Is this […]

American Idol Top 9 – Single Digits Time!

posted by S. Russ

That’s right, we are down to nine contestants!  Tonight the final nine performed songs by rock n’ roll hall of famers.  This is a new category for Idol, and one that I welcome with open arms!  So who cracked under […]

Is Casey Abrams Scaring America?

posted by S. Russ

Apparently former Idol star Blake Lewis is still out there in the music world.  The last I heard from him he was getting a local band kicked off his show at a Columbia, SC nightclub for making an “offensive” poster.  […]

Derek Webb’s Feedback Drops Today

posted by S. Russ

Christian singer/songwriter Derek Webb is no stranger to creative controversy.  Typically the controversy comes out of his intense lyrics or in his touring practices, such as touring with openly homosexual Christian artist Jennifer Knapp.  Webb has developed a knack for […]

Taylor Swift Wins Big and I Mourn the Passing of Country Music

posted by S. Russ

Last night the Academy of Country Music Awards happened and Taylor Swift took home the big prize for entertainer of the year.  For anyone who has a radio or a teenage daughter this should be no surprise as Taylor Swift […]

Monday Videos – Stephen Colbert, Rebecca Black, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Hicks, and Scott Stapp??

posted by S. Russ

Happy April everyone!  I hope that Spring has arrived at your house like it has here.  I just wanted to post a couple of fun videos to help you get your week started! Friday night Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, The […]

April Fool’s Day Post! – Tim Tebow To Release Christian Pop Album

posted by S. Russ

Superstar Broncos QB and outspoken evangelical made a big announcement today – he is releasing a Christian pop album.  The pigskin slinger isn’t known for his musical ability, but with the recent success of Rebecca Black I guess he figures […]

Idol Hopefuls Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia Head Home

posted by S. Russ

Tonight two contestants had to be sent home, and the unfortunate ones were Naima Adedapo  and Thia Megia.  Joining them in the bottom three was future Crest spokesman Paul McDonald.  Stefano Langone and Casey Abrams were both safe after last […]

Katy Perry Tell-All Book?

posted by S. Russ

Reports have been surfacing that Katy Perry’s mother is writing a tell-all book about her hugely successful pop singer daughter.  The book was rumored to detail Katy’s life and how her racy lyrics and outfits have effected the ministry of […]

American Idol Top 11 Redux

posted by S. Russ

Last week the judges opted to save Casey Abrams from elimination and as a result the entire Top 11 is back!  Additionally, Fox will probably get a nice little ratings boost tomorrow night since not one but two people will […]

Arcade Fire Burns Justin Bieber

posted by S. Russ

In another victory for art in music, Arcade Fire took home the Juno award for Album of the Year Sunday night.  The Canadian band bested teen pop star Justin Bieber, whose album My World 2.0 was nominated in the same […]

Songs for Japan Brings Together Lady Gaga, The Boss, Eminem, and more!

posted by S. Russ

38 artists across many genres of music have teamed up to bring you Songs for Japan.  This 38 song compilation is available on Itunes for the ridiculously low price of $9.99!  Wow, do I sound like an informercial or what?  […]

Casey Abrams Saved On Idol

posted by S. Russ

Tonight Casey Abrams came in last in votes on American Idol – but he didn’t go home.  The judges invoked their one save of the season with 11 contestants left, and they did it without even hearing 30 seconds of […]

American Idol Top 11 Time!

posted by S. Russ

It’s IDOL TIME!!!  You may notice that the site looks just a little different, that’s because we are now using a different blogging platform.  It also explains why I’ve been so quiet this week, but I’m back baby!! Tonight’s Idol […]

Reaction: Karen Rodriguez Kicked Off Idol

posted by S. Russ

Let’s start off with what was right – Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo being in the bottom two.  In a night of mostly subpar performances, they were two of the worst.  I was surprised though, to see Karen in the […]

Ke$ha Takes Communion

posted by S. Russ

Okay, she didn’t really take communion, but she did drink blood during a performance of her song “Cannibal.”  It appears that the blood came from some kind of heart, but whether it is real or a prop isn’t entirely clear.  […]

Thursday Afternoon Links!

posted by S. Russ

Just a couple of neat links for today!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Everyone has to start somewhere, and I got my music blogging start at SceneSC.com.  Since that time it has become South Carolina’s best source for local bands, and […]

American Idol Top 12 – The Recap

posted by S. Russ

It’s that time again!  Time to make fun of J-Lo and speculate on who America will like the least!  That’s right… American Idol!  The show always does a great job with lending it’s huge helping hand to relief efforts, and […]

“Jesus Is My Friend” on Glee!

posted by S. Russ

If you watched Glee tonight then you might have heard a little gem called “Jesus Is My Friend.”  The original performers are a group called Sonseed, and I was shocked to learn that they have a wikipedia page.  This song […]

Rebecca Black’s “Friday” Makes Fridays Seem Awful

posted by S. Russ

If you have been wondering what the hottest music video out right now is, then feast your eyes on Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”  It is a bit like Justin Bieber meets Ke$ha meets the worst thing that I have ever heard […]

Lady Gaga, Japan, and Prayer

posted by S. Russ

Lady Gaga is no stranger to fashion, but this time it is for agood cause. The controversial pop singer is one of the firstcelebrities to pitch in with relief effort funds for Japan and israising money by selling prayer bracelets. […]

Thursday Night Idol Time!

posted by S. Russ

Ah, Thursday night American Idol – the weekly bid to turn 20 minutes of television into a full hour.  If Wednesdays are the tough nights for the contestants, then Thursdays are the tough nights for the producers and writers who […]

Some Things Never Change

posted by S. Russ

Since I mentioned my family in yesterday’s U2 post, I thought I should share a picture of them so that you can feel more connected to the story.  Here’s my favorite one: Yep, there’s my family, lovingly rendered by myself […]

American Idol Top 13 Action!

posted by S. Russ

They say that 13 is an unlucky number.  Did I feel unlucky having to watch these 13 contestants perform?  Let’s find out! Lauren Alaina – Performing the Shania Twain hit “Any Man of Mine,” Lauren got the night started off […]

24 Years Later, U2’s The Joshua Tree Still Inspires

posted by S. Russ

On this day in 1987 U2’s fifth album hit the shelves.  Since then The Joshua Tree has topped the charts in 20 countries and sold over 25 million copies worldwide.  Singles like the driving “Where the Streets Have No Name” […]

Bonnaroo Line-up Is Awesome!!

posted by S. Russ

Typically Bonnaroo is an event that doesn’t appeal to me outside of one or two artists.  Over the years the 4 day Tennessee event has gotten increasingly better, and this year they really went all out.  There are so many […]

Mariah Carey, George Michael, and Paula Abdul To Team Up Like Britney and Ke$ha?

posted by S. Russ

Mariah Carey, George Michael, and Paula Abdul. It might sound like the beginning of an incredible joke, but it is so much more.  Simon Cowell is seeking the three pop stars to be judges on his new show X-Factor. This […]

The American Idol Top 13!

posted by S. Russ

Tonight 11 American Idol contestants bid farewell, leaving us with a great list of 13 finalists.  Here they are! Casey Abrams Naima Adedapo Lauren Alaina James Durbin Ashthon Jones Stefano Langone Jacob Lusk Scotty McCreery Paul McDonald Thia Megia Haley […]

Pop Stars Help Others By Way of Qaddafi

posted by S. Russ

The unrest in Libya is having at least one positive outcome – charity by way of pop stars.  Beyonce and Nelly Furtado top a list of pop singers who have performed recent shows for the Qaddafi family, and they are […]

American Idol Top 24 Part 2 – The Gals

posted by S. Russ

Last night the men rocked the stage and tonight it was the girl’s chance to show what they could do.  There haven’t been any standouts amongst the females this year just yet, Did someone emerge tonight?  Let’s find out! Ta-Tynisa […]

Editor’s Picks – February 2011

posted by S. Russ

Welcome to the first ever “Editor’s Picks”!  It may be a surprise, but I do in fact have an editor.  In an even bigger surprise, he actually likes some of what I write.  Crazy, I know!  Since he is an […]

American Idol Top 24 Part 1 – The Boys

posted by S. Russ

It’s Tuesday!  That means… American Idol?  Glad I checked TV Guide!  It was boys/mens night tonight, so we got a full night of tenors and basses en route to the top 12.  Recap starting… NOW! Clint Jun Gamboa – Up […]

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.  […]

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!

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 […]

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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Hot Problems - The Best Song Ever
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Lionel Richie... What Are You Doing??
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Why Couples Should Watch Ice Loves Coco
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