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Celebritology 2.0 Archive: Music

Britney Spears debuts 'Hold It Against Me' video/infomercial

In her latest video, Britney Spears arrives on earth -- an alien, we presume -- to spread the message of consumerism. Music videos -- at their most basic level -- are ads. Ads for the artists featured therein. Spears, in her just-released video for her new single "Hold It Against Me," has taken that concept one step beyond self-promotion and into the realm of product placement. Is she the first performer to push product? No. Think of the effect Run DMC had on Adidas back in the early '80s. But she does seem to be breaking ground with undisguised, un-subtle in-video brand cameos. Of course Brit's own perfume gets a money shot, but so does Make Up Forever (available at Sephora), dating site and Sony. All of whom, we imagine, defrayed the costs of making an over-the-top music video with lots of pyrotechnic effects....

By Liz Kelly  | February 18, 2011; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities, Music  | Tags:  Britney Spears  
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Grammys 2011: What you missed if you forgot to set the DVR

Think of it as a cheat sheet so you'll know what to say when your well-Grammy-versed co-worker takes you out to lunch.

By Jen Chaney  | February 14, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Awards Season, Music, Pop Culture  
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Grammys 2011: The best, worst and weirdest dressed on the red carpet

Grammy's best dressed: Drake, Dianna Agron, Natasha Bedingfield, Nicole Kidman and Selena Gomez. (Reuters and Getty Images) | More red carpet photos A different set of rules apply to Grammy Awards red carpet fashion. Rockin' sometimes trumps elegance. Weirdness rules. And even the guys are willing to take chances they might not dare to attempt at the Oscars. But as is true of any red carpet, some people manage to work it better than others. Here are my picks for Grammys' best, worst and weirdest dressed. Why that third category? Because this is the Grammys, and those who get extra-freaky deserve special recognition. Related coverage: Grammy red carpet photo gallery Grammys 2011: Live blogging from Click Track Grammys 2011: Esperanza Spalding beats Bieber for best new artist Grammys 2011: Christina Aguilera redeems herself SAGs 2011: Best and worst dressed Golden Globes 2011: Best and worst dressed...

By Jen Chaney  | February 14, 2011; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Awards Season, Fashion, Music  
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Grammys 2011: Esperanza Spalding wins best new artist award over Justin Bieber

In one of the bigger surprises so far of this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding won the best new artist award, beating out better known names Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence + The Machine and Mumford and Sons. That's right, Spalding -- a 26-year-old jazz performer and bassist whose second solo album, "Chamber Music Society," was relased last year, and who is not the subject of a 3-D biopic currently playing in a multiplex near you -- beat out the Biebs. If you're a serious music (especially jazz) fan, this was a moment in which integrity triumphed over mass popularity. If you have Bieber fever, this was an injustice of the highest order, as evidenced by the predictable explosion of "Who the [bleep] is Esperanza Spalding and who does she think she is?" tweets that immediately dominated Twitter. One example: .bbpBox36991666472747010 {background:url( #9c2e3d;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px...

By Jen Chaney  | February 13, 2011; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Music  | Tags:  Grammys  
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Grammys 2011: Christina Aguilera officially redeems herself

Christina Aguilera belted the soul out of "Ain't No Way" as part of the tribute to Aretha Franklin that opened the Grammy Awards. A cursory check of the lyrics indicates that she did not screw up any key lines, as she did while performing the national anthem during last Sunday's Super Bowl. Of course, to be fair, the word ramparts does not appear in that Franklin classic, so that may have helped. So is she redeemed now? Can we all officially stop unnecessarily unloading our rage on Aguilera? Or wait, maybe this is a more appropriate time to ask some other, better questions. Like, was it kind of ridiculous to close the Franklin tribute with "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" or would "Freeway of Love" have been a goofier choice? Is it me, or does Aretha Franklin, who appeared via video at the end of the tribute, look...

By Jen Chaney  | February 13, 2011; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Awards Season, Music  
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'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never': Critics don't completely hate it

Justin Bieber, reaching out and touching you in 3-D. (MTV Films) It was natural to expect that reviewers wouldn't care for "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never." After all, film critics are (supposedly) hardened, crusty, generally over-the-age-of-40 people who don't understand the sublime nuances of "Baby," Bieber memes and combed-forward haircuts. How could they possibly like a 3-D Justin Bieber biopic? Well, surprise. Some critics are giving the movie positive, or at least halfway decent, reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it currently possesses a 62 percent fresh rating. Granted, that score drops a bit, to 53 percent, when you filter by "top critics." But still, it's a better average than the reviews yielded for the most recent movies starring Natalie Portman ("No Strings Attached": 52 percent), Anthony Hopkins ("The Rite": 16 percent) and Jennifer Aniston ("Just Go With It": 27 percent). The Post's David Malitz -- who, for the record, is...

By Jen Chaney  | February 11, 2011; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Justin Bieber, Movies, Music  
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