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Culture, The Exhibitionist Nick Cannon Exposes Life in Gangland in <i>Chi-Raq</i>

Nick Cannon Exposes Life in Gangland in Chi-Raq

When actor and America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon told SF Weekly about gang members coming over, shooting up his block and killing an innocent person in the crossfire, he wasn't only describing the narrative of Spike Lee's new…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Singers Who Will Perform for Anyone If the Price Is Right

Five Singers Who Will Perform for Anyone If the Price Is Right

In 1964, the Beatles gleefully declared: "I don't care too much for money/ Money can't buy me love." Wise words. But — it has to be noted — money sure can buy an awful lot of other things: private jets,…
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Music, All Shook Down Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Have Beef. Don't Worry: Next Week It'll Be Two Other Ladies...

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Have Beef. Don't Worry: Next Week It'll Be Two Other Ladies...

Yesterday, many many music and entertainment news shows and websites reported a brand new feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. The story started with comments that Swift made in this month's Rolling Stone, where she cryptically talked about…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye's Mouth, Bj&ouml;rk's Exhibition, and Mariah Makes an Unexpected Friend

This Week: Kanye's Mouth, Björk's Exhibition, and Mariah Makes an Unexpected Friend

"When people think celebrity, which is the highest form of communication -- we're like walking networks or TV shows or brands in ourselves -- you don't think good taste. And I believe that bad taste is vulgar. It's like cursing.…
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Music, All Shook Down Bringing Funny Back: Justin Timberlake Owns Television This Week

Bringing Funny Back: Justin Timberlake Owns Television This Week

If we were going to nominate a Song of the Week this week, it wouldn't go to any ordinary single. It wouldn't go to a song that's about to set the Billboard chart on fire. It wouldn't go to anything…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy Holidays! Here Are the Least Awful Christmas Songs of 2012!

Happy Holidays! Here Are the Least Awful Christmas Songs of 2012!

It's a well-known fact that the worst time of year for music is Christmas. Christmas songs, by and large, stink to high heaven. They reek of sleigh bells and Santa references and tree dressing and mistletoe. They are overly sentimental…
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Music, All Shook Down Mariah Carey's Obama Song Sounds More Like a Disaster Fundraiser

Mariah Carey's Obama Song Sounds More Like a Disaster Fundraiser

If you were glued to the television on election night last Tuesday, then you probably saw that glorious moment when Barack Obama embraced victory for the second time, made his inspiring address, then got showered, alongside his family and colleagues,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Beyonce Trumps Trump: The Best Election 2012 Celebrity Responses

Beyonce Trumps Trump: The Best Election 2012 Celebrity Responses

Last night was a big success for liberals in our country, and not just for Big Bird fans and recreational pot users. Wisconsin got its first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin; voters approved gay marriage (for the first time!) in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cute Overload

Cute Overload

The holidays are upon us (We're basing this on Safeway breaking out the Christmas decorations five minutes after Halloween), which means we can finally listen to Mariah Carey's holiday album unironically and that we once more have an excuse to…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Musical Couples That Should Collaborate

Five Musical Couples That Should Collaborate

Yesterday, we sighed and felt warm and fuzzy inside when angel-faced pixie Brit Ellie Goulding revealed that she'd love to make an album with her boyfriend, Skrillex, with whom she shares a hairstyle. Adorable! We'd like to take a…
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Music, All Shook Down Scientists Think Pop Music is More Depressing Now -- So We Double Checked

Scientists Think Pop Music is More Depressing Now -- So We Double Checked

According to a couple of sciencey types (named Glenn Schellenberg and Christian Von Scheve), pop music has been getting steadily more depressing over the last 50 years. The pair's study -- published in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts…
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Music, All Shook Down Singers: Here's How to Advertise Your Celebrity Perfume

Singers: Here's How to Advertise Your Celebrity Perfume

These days, everybody and their back-up dancers has a fragrance out, as if the ability to sing also comes with innate perfumier abilities. For those of you considering a career in pop mega-stardom -- and, therefore, the fragrance business --…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Weirdest <i>Playboy</i> Appearances By Musicians

The Top Five Weirdest Playboy Appearances By Musicians

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Music, All Shook Down Bump & Grind: The Top Five Pregnant Performances

Bump & Grind: The Top Five Pregnant Performances

What the hell is up with the tabloids and pregnancies? Usually when a lady celebrity has so much as a big lunch, or gets photographed from a bad angle, they announce that an offspring is probably imminent. And here's Beyonce…
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Music, All Shook Down How Your Favorite Musicians Will Die

How Your Favorite Musicians Will Die

Monte "M-Dog" Talbert-- the "Teach Me How to Dougie" guy-- was recently gunned down in a drive-by in South Central L.A. The "Teach Me How to Dougie" guy! Shot and killed! That's crazy. How many famous musicians have we lost…
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Music, All Shook Down Top Five Musicians We Didn't Need to See Naked (Slightly NSFW)

Top Five Musicians We Didn't Need to See Naked (Slightly NSFW)

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The Top 6 Most Irritating Uses of a Really High Note in a Song

The moral of this list? Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do it. Nobody likes a show-off, and nobody enjoys shattered glass and burst eardrums. Here, then, are some proponents of high notes who really should've…
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Music, KMEL's Summer Jam breaks hot local artists

KMEL's Summer Jam breaks hot local artists

For 23 years, KMEL's Summer Jam concert has featured short live performances from artists popular on the urban radio station. The mix of sounds has morphed quite a bit in that time. It began with freestyle, New Jack Swing, and…
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News, The Snitch Mariah Carey Sued in S.F. Court by Outraged Songwriters

Mariah Carey Sued in S.F. Court by Outraged Songwriters

Chanteuse Mariah Carey has been named in a San Francisco lawsuit -- and not because of any ruptured eardrums caused by her dog whistle vocal range. Instead a pair of Oakland songwriters filed suit against Carey and a bevy of…
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Stop What You're Doing and Watch: Mariah Carey Drunk

Just what you wanted for your lunch break, right? To watch a video clip of Mariah Carey, drunk, slurring her acceptance speech for an award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival . You're welcome.…
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