Idolator eulogizes MTV’s Total Request Live, which made its debut in 1998 and celebrated its finale on Sunday night following years of declining ratings: [1999-2004] may turn out to be the last stretch of time in which musical tastes could be dictated by a single authority. TRL seized on this new aesthetic and popularized it; … Continue reading TRL: RIP
Nothing pleases the seventh-grade boy in me more than the recent resurgence of Weird Al Yankovic during this, the twenty-fifth anniverary of his first hit, “Ricky.” There’s been the profile in Wired, and more recently, the coverage of his release of a parody while the original was still #1 on the Billboard singles chart (and … Continue reading Weird Al vs. MTV Censors
MTV calls 2007 The Year The Industry Broke and gives a nice timeline of “what went wrong and when.” By James Montgomery, with additional reporting by Gil Kaufman. Not surprisingly, there’s no mention of MTV’s own role in the fiasco that is the music industry today. They should have at least mentioned the disastrous 2007 … Continue reading The Year The Industry Broke?
It’s not cool to pile on, I know, but anyone who saw the MTV music awards is talking about the same thing: What the fuck happened to Britney Spears? Like all MTV Music Awards openers, this was hyped to be “amazing” and “shocking” and a triumphant return for who was once the bread and butter … Continue reading It’s Britney, Bitch
She’s the wet dream of dorks everywhere and now she’s hosting the MTV Movie Awards, the second lamest awards show on television—just behind the People’s Choice Awards. But we’ll be watching, and so will you.
Do you miss Johnny Loftus’ award show coverage? Get your fix at the Metro Times Music Blahg. J-Lo covered the VMAs for GLONO in 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001. [Updated link, 9/1/2017. -ed.]
Quarterlife crisis, an open letter to MTV on its 25th birthday: “Please. Stop. For the good of the country, stop what you’re doing.”
Feed the rush! MTV and Microsoft are teaming up to bring you a brand new, fully loaded online music service. That won’t work with your iPod. Excited? No? Oh well, whatever. Never mind.
Devoid of controversy, its skin covered up, and generally reeking of self-congratulatory bullshit, the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards were a nonstarter of hoobastankian proportions.