BANKS has me ‘Beggin For Thread’ on repeat

BANKS

A few weeks ago I caught BANKS' second sold out show at The Wiltern, which also was the final night of her Goddess Tour. I caught 26-year-old Los Angeles based singer / songwriter BANKS (Jillian Rose Banks) last December at Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge–and although I was quite impressed by her vocals–nothing grabbed me that night. Fast forward to September–BANKS drops her debut album, Goddess (on Harvest Records), I fall completely MORE

Sinéad O’Connor has ‘8 Good Reasons’ (maybe 9 now)

Sinéad O'Connor

I've loved Sinéad O'Connor for years and her tenth studio album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss (released on Nettwerk), is definitely one of 2014's best! Catch her just released music video for "8 Good Reasons," one of the album's best tracks as Sinéad gets quite candid in the lyrics. Having been raised Catholic–I get everything that Sinéad has been so vocal about over the year–her brave performance on SNL in 1992 remains MORE

Ferras knows how to “Speak In Tongues”

Ferras "Speak In Tongues"

Easily one of this year's best releases ... don't miss Ferras' new music video for the title track of his EP, Speak In Tongues. I got to see him open for Katy Perry (having just signed to her new label) a few months ago and he was fantastic. Please do pay attention when I actually manage to give a male artist the time of day ... as many of you know that I am so all about the ladies when it comes to music–but then you a have guy like Ferras pop MORE

Justin Bieber (reportedly) punched a photographer

Justin Bieber

Remember last week when Kim Kardashian got tackled by that prankster guy? Good times, good times. Well, there was actually a second half to that we didn't get around to: Apparently, Paris police didn't bother actually pursuing the matter because they didn't really consider it that important. I'm guessing Justin Bieber took that to mean that Paris police don't give an F -- hell, they don't even give a D. That's how little they care. -- because MORE

Ariana Grande’s life coach is jumping ship

Ariana Grande

Oh Ariana Grande, you were *this* close! You finally got off your Nickelodeon show after Jennette McCurdy's lingerie pictures leaked! You had two huge songs at the top of the charts! You stopped talking in that weird sexy baby voice. Seriously, where did that one come from? But then you went into full diva mode off of two songs and a Nickelodeon show, and you refused to let anyone see you from the right, because ... it would steal your soul I MORE

Iggy Azalea (most likely) has a sex tape!

Iggy Azalea Sex Tape

Everytime someone says 'celebrity sex tape,' two things immediately pop into my head: First, just typing those words ensures some pretty decent traffic. I could be talking about the pros and cons of watching different brands of paint dry, and adding in those words will still yield a sizable crowd. Second is that invariably, I'll go into another bit about how releasing sex tapes legally in the states works and how this can all be turned into a MORE

Justin Bieber got booed–as he stripped down!

Justin Bieber

Normally, I'm of the mind that if you're an adult and you're absolutely sick of someone's stupidity, you owe it to yourself and others to at least put it into words rather than just feign righteous self-indignation and clock out with "I CAN'T." Except you know what millenials? I think I'm going to jump on board with you here. According to Us Weekly magazine, Justin Bieber was booed during Fashion Rocks last night, and his immediate response was MORE

Screw Taylor Swift! Team Katy Perry all the way!

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift

So apparently, Taylor Swift was talking to Rolling Stone about her upcoming new album 1989, and wouldn't you know it one of the songs was about someone she hates. Except this time, it wasn't an ex-boyfriend so much as it was another girl she hated. Progress? Naturally, the identity of this unnamed celebrity mean girl sent the web into full-on Nancy Drew mode. But please don't fret anymore–because it's Katy Perry. It was Katy this whole time. MORE

Cee Lo Green’s career is most likely f*cked

Cee Lo Green and The Muppets "All I Need Is Love"

Well Cee Lo Green, I guess it's time for you to go. Yes, "F*ck You" was quite a catchy song, and you somehow managed to milk that one out into a spot on The Voice and a Christmas album with the Muppets, but I think you might be done now. Specifically because after pleading no contest to drugging a woman with ecstasy, you jumped onto Twitter and said that you can't rape someone who's unconscious. Seriously, you can go home now. You're finished. MORE

Justin Bieber got arrested (possibly violating his probation)

Justin Bieber

This may come as a surprise to you, but Justin Bieber did something stupid today. I know, I'm utterly shocked. My socks have been knocked clean off my feet and have rocketed across the room. What a marvelous break from the norm this has been. Except this time, it happened in Canada, and he got arrested. So actually, this is almost kind of a surprise inasmuch as we all knew he'd be arrested, we just didn't know when. TMZ reports ... Justin MORE

Kanye West ranted at Jay Pharoah for impersonating him

Kanye West

If there's one thing I've learned about Kanye West in the time I've spent blogging, it's that he has the sense of hum our of a funeral director. I don't think I've ever seen anyone with less of a sense of humor about himself. The reason his face is so baby-smooth is because it's never been marred by laugh lines. Or laughter. Point is, Kanye is a humourless killjoy. So much so, that he actually ranted at SNL star Jay Pharoah after seeing him do MORE

Justin Bieber is comparing himself to Princess Diana?

Justin Bieber

You know what's sad? This morning, I woke up, found two different Justin Bieber stories, and had to debate which one was dumber and ergo more postable. Ultimately, I skipped Justin trying to mess with a guy's cell phone at Dave & Buster's in lieu of writing about how he got rear-ended by a photographer and is now comparing himself to the late Princess Diana. I guess what I'm trying to say is STOP GIVING ME OPTIONS. At least limit yourself to MORE

Oh Justin Bieber, what are you being sued for now?

Justin Bieber

You'd figure that after copping two plea deals in the span of a year (hell, in the span of a month even) Justin Bieber might try and lay low for a while. Maybe take up knitting. Needlepoint perhaps? Except no, because he's now being sued again, this time for allegedly orchestrating the beating of a paparazzi. Normally I'd say "just do you!" but the "you!" in question is fundamentally terrible. Be anyone else. Just do anyone other than you! TMZ MORE

Taylor Swift has decided to “Shake It Off”

Jessica Simpson

All right, full disclosure: While I will occasionally rag on Taylor Swift for some of her dumber moves, I actually really like most of her music. What? She has a good voice and she knows how to write catchy songs. Yes, as much as I like to buff my indie credibility, I will always have a soft spot for fluffy top forty stuff. That being said, Taylor has a new single out (the first cut from her just announced new album, 1989) called "Shake It Off" MORE