Daily B: Britney Unveils Vaguely Insane New Website Layout

Check out the new layout of BritneySpears.com, which was just unveiled this week. It's kind of like a 1996 Geocities fan page meets those insane pop-up websites that M.I.A. created during the promotion for her last studio album, /\/\/\Y/\. I GOT YO CRAZY!


Download of the Week: M.I.A.'s Vicki Leekx Mixtape (Review)

"I'm not talking about making it free, I'm talking about making it freer," M.I.A. announces on Vicki Leekx, which was released at midnight on December 31. And so, she has: Vicki Leekx is M.I.A.'s second free mixtape after 2004's Piracy Funds Terrorism, this time bolstered with a bit more star…


Take Me Out: Introduucing...Garçon Garçon!

Sounds like: The Presets, Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun Genre: Synth-pop, dance-pop, electronica After my post about Jodie Aysha, I was reminded of another act that my buddy JJS of It's The Money Shot! breathlessly told me about months ago. I've waited for far too long to do this Introduucing piece,…


November 11: Robyn, Natalia Kills and Maluca Dominate at Terminal 5 in NYC (Concert Review)

Photo taken by Markofthehorse. On Wednesday night, Natalia Kills, Maluca and Robyn took to the stage at Terminal 5 in New York City. This is what transpired.


Nicole Scherzinger Goes For Solo Gold (Yet Again) with "Poison"

Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (can we take a moment for the name?) has a new song coming out called "Poison." You can call it a 'comeback' if you want, but...let's face it: She hasn't scratched the charts enough as a solo artist to consider this anything other than a FORMAL…


M.I.A. Continues to Create Visually Disturbing Websites, Now Featuring Hot Beats

After linking to a video featuring /\/\/\Y/\ album track "Story to Be Told" that takes viewers though dizzying trip through HTML and Captcha screens, M.I.A. has just posted a link on Facebook to another new website. Like her own website, this one looks like a cross between a Geocities fan page…


M.I.A.: XXXO (Video Premiere)

Better late than never, eh? Behold, the video premiere for "XXXO," the lead single off of M.I.A.'s noisy-yet-fairly-underrated third studio album, /\/\/\Y/\. The video is basically the perfect representation of the new album's aesthetic, complete with gobs of loud, tacky clip art and YouTube…


M.I.A.: Maya (Album Giveaway and Review)

As you may or may not have heard, a lot of people are getting all butt-hurt about M.I.A.'s 'Internet-inspired' new record because it is a very noisy, very obvious rebel-against-the-rebels reactionary piece. It is also kind of bad. The album's heavy reliance upon noisy sirens and over-driven…


Down the Drink: M.I.A. Offers Remix of "Teqkilla" featuring Nicki Minaj

As M.I.A. continues to roll out her cyber-campaign for her upcoming 'Internet inspired' studio album, /\/\/\Y/\ (which I've taken to much more than I originally anticipated), the singer has been uploading snippets and mixes on her label's official blog. Last night, Arulpragasam uploaded a remix of…


Christina Aguilera: Bionic (Album Review)

Reinvention can be a tricky thing. The Bionic campaign began with the promise of a pop superstar's futuristic return to the scene after an extended love affair with '20s and '30's-inspired vintage sound. On the way back (to the future, if you will), Christina Aguilera would confront setback after…


Bamboo Banga: M.I.A. Throws Down With The New York Times Magazine

"The messages have mostly been from people trying to hook up with M.I.A.," she said. "If she wants to get together with John at Bard next week, I have his number." - Lynn Hirschberg, a writer for the New York Times Magazine, on the kind of calls she's been getting after M.I.A. tweeted the…


Daily B: Dubstep Producer Rusko Writing for Britney

Rusko, the producer responsible for M.I.A.'s current new single, "XXXO," has been asked to pen for Britney. From an interview with Rusko in L.A. Weekly: With stage one of his mainstream-takeover master plan complete, Mercer is now focusing on stage two: major labels. He has produced songs for…