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That Other Awards Show

Dave Iannacone

October 19, 2011

The American Music Awards might just be the most ridiculous music-related awards show there is. Between the arbitrary number of nominees in each category, the usually forgetful performances, and the abundance of foreign nominees (after all, this is the AMERICAN music awards,) the show is just kind of...


Dave Iannacone

September 28, 2011

Bands break up all the time; it’s really nothing new. However, most bands aren’t R.E.M. Inarguably one of the most influential bands of the past three decades, remaining members Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, and Peter Buck decided to call it quits after 31 years together. Over their career, the band has relea...

A Reality Check

Dave Iannacone

September 21, 2011

I think it’s pretty safe to say that reality television has really changed pop culture in America. Almost undeniably the leader of the pack is (or was) American Idol. It probably had something to do with a combination of the audience interaction and the witnessing of the American dream that really d...

Will the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Fail?

Dave Iannacone

September 14, 2011

It’s been more than two years since his death, but finally a tribute concert is being put together to honor the life and career of Michael Jackson. The event is set to take place on October 8 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. However, just like a majority of his life, the concert is alr...

The 2011 VMAs

Dave Iannacone

September 7, 2011

The MTV Video Music Awards may not be the most prestigious ceremony in music, but every year they see legendary and iconic moments that live on in music history. This year certainly had a lot to live up to. Lady Gaga was set to open to show, but instead we got her male alter-ego, Jo Calderone, who afte...

Summer ’11: A Look Ahead

Dave Iannacone

May 4, 2011

As another school year comes to an end, another summer gets ready to kick off, and, as usual, the possibility of great music is high. While it’s still too early to really predict who and what’s going to dominate the airwaves, it’s a safe bet that a whole new set of summer anthems are on their way!...

Life after Death

Dave Iannacone

April 27, 2011

This past Monday marked the ninth anniversary of the passing of TLC rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Despite not being a particularly monumental anniversary, it did get me thinking a bit. TLC is one of the most famous and biggest selling girl groups of all time, even though they were only around as a threesome...

The Diva Battle is ON!

Dave Iannacone

April 20, 2011

In this day and age, it is pretty rare that an epic chart battle is in the cards. However, this week it seems like the stars have aligned and the battle is on! This time, we see the battle of divas, with arguably the four biggest female forces in pop music on three different songs pinned against each...

One for the Old Guys

Dave Iannacone

April 13, 2011

In an era where it is particularly difficult (nearly impossible) for older acts to maintain any sense of relevance, it seems that touring on a grander scale has become the best way to keep everyone aware of their worth. Sure, album sales can always keep an act in the headlines, but touring is...

The Singles Are Back, Baby!

Dave Iannacone

April 6, 2011

Despite still being in the first quarter of 2011, there have been an abundance of musical milestones on the Billboard charts. The most recent comes from Katy Perry who just landed her fourth straight #1 single with a remix of "E.T." featuring Kanye West. What makes this a landmark is that she is o...

A Little Positivity

Dave Iannacone

March 30, 2011

I think it’s important to take a step back from time to time and simply observe what’s going on in the music world. Outside of the obvious trends, one that I picked up on was the recent craze of positive, self-love tracks. Between Lady Gaga’s "Born This Way," Katy Perry’s "Firework," Ke$ha’s...

What Day Is It?

Dave Iannacone

March 23, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Friday is the day after Thursday; the day after that is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards. Thanks to ARK Music Factory newcomer, 13-year-old Rebecca Black and her debut single, "Friday." This is now (once again) common knowledge. Just last week, the song and video became an instant...

Someone Like You

Dave Iannacone

March 2, 2011

While most songs on Top-40 radio tend to follow the "loved today, laughed at tomorrow" cycle, every now and then something great slips through the cracks. Sometimes (although rarely) an artist comes along that makes the public snap out of its routine bad judgment and earns the respect he or she deserves....

Born To Make History

Dave Iannacone

February 23, 2011

Love her or hate her, there is little denying that Lady Gaga’s new single "Born This Way" was one of the most talked about and anticipated releases of 2011 thus far. Pretty much as soon as the song was released, the buzz grew exponentially thanks to its too-close-for-comfort similarities with Madonna’s...

Grammys: The Review

Dave Iannacone

February 16, 2011

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are officially over, and what a show it was. With the tightest set of nominees imaginable and a lineup of performers that were sure to make headlines, this year was no doubt going to be one for the books. Normally that kind of hype just ends up in disappointment, but I am...

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