All of the Lights: Taylor Swift & Usher – Flood Lights

  Turn up the lights in here, baby / extra bright, I want y’all to see this  / turn up the lights in here, baby / you know what I need, want you to see everything / want you to see all of the lights – Kanye West, “All of the Lights”   This year Taylor Swift and Usher…

DimePieces: In Case You Missed It, 2000: “Try Again”

It being the last month of the decade everyone’s dropping their recaps of the 2000s thus far – Y2K bug, artists of the decade, monumental moments, etc. – but when I think of the decade in Pop I think back to the subtle moments – easily missed – that set the tone for everything that…

SwaggerJacks and Cowboy Hats, Hits, Misses, and Hot Messes: AMAs 2009

AMA night: the poor man’s Grammy night. It is fitting that Taylor Swift George Bushed the show, seeing as the recurring thought through my head between 8-11pm last night and 2000-2008 was “alright, let’s just get this over with.” The theme of last night’s show was apparently “SwaggerJack” (from the VMAs to the CMAs, from…

Music Monday: Lily Allen’s Anti-Piracy Crusade

So, Lily Allen –– yes, that Lily Allen –– is back on the soapbox again. Ever the donna of the digital domain, Ms. Allen hit up MySpace, Twitter, and even created a blog to bring attention to a cause that is of paramount importance to her, her country, and the world –– music piracy. Now…

The de-brief: VMAs 2009

Yes, please. MTV: proof that reality is the greatest canvas, and life is the greatest performance art. By reality, of course I mean “reality drama” and MTV’s “reality” which is anywhere a production crew happens to be, and by life I mean celebrity – because, really, who else’s life matters? The VMAs (as stated below)…