The Problem With Pop

Contributed anonymously:

You can’t read posts on this site very long without realizing that there are a lot of unhappy pop fans out there right now. I’m not talking about the professional haters who have had their senses of humor surgically removed. I mean just a general feeling that all is not well in popdom.

I have a confession: I’m a pop music fan. Power pop is a guilty pleasure. I’m a sucker for jangling guitars and catchy hooks. But I am more inclined to like those recording artists who take the pop music form to another level where it becomes art without falling into pure pathos. Here I am thinking of people like the Beatles, Aretha, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, U2, REM, Nirvana, Sara McLachlan, Tori Amos, and Alanis Morissette when she’s not wallowing in self-pity about some guy who scr*wed her over when she was nineteen (get over it girl!). For decades this type of pop has stood side-by-side with manufactured dreck competing for the affections of pop music listeners.

Christina Aguilera To Appear On NBC Tsunami Telethon

Billboard reports that Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim McGraw will participate in a January 15th benefit for victims of the tsunami in Southern Asia being organized by the NBC Universal Television Group. The hour-long music and celebrity-driven broadcast will air live at 8 PM on the East Coast and tape-delayed on the West Coast across NBC’s broadcast and cable channels, which include USA Networks, Bravo, Trio, SCI FI, MSNBC and CNBC. Read more.

Sheryl Crow Comments On Michael Jackson’s Weirdness

Blender magazine readers submitted questions to Sheryl Crow and one asked about the period where she was a backup singer for Michael Jackson, and if she felt he was a bit odd. “Uh, hello?,” Crow responded. “Yeah. There was plenty of weirdness going on. For one, he barely spoke to me in 18 months, and that’s weird, because I’m fascinating, and I can’t believe that he didn’t want to speak to me. But the chimp was out on the road, and the Pepsi kid was around. It was like a weird circus. You sensed that this guy really had no sense of reality at all. It probably wasn’t even his fault. It’s so sad. He told me that his purpose on the planet was to save the children. From what, I don’t know.”

Father Upset And Frustrated As Jackson Case Continues

February 14, 2004 – ‘Celebrity Justice’ Executive Producer Harvey Levin interviewed the father of Michael Jackson’s accuser and says the boy’s father could play an important role in the case: “The father could play to the credibility of the mother and whether she tried to influence the boy. He could become an important person here soon.” The boy’s father says he is just concerned for his son, who has been fighting cancer, and has been forced to endure a media circus. “The boy has been though so much already in his life. He shouldn’t have to go through this.”

DA May Charge Michael Jackson Handlers Over Mom’s ‘Kidnap’

February 12, 2004 – The New York Post reports Santa Barbara County DA Tom Sneddon is considering bringing obstruction and witness-tampering charges against two of Michael’s handlers. Jackson insiders Frank Tyson and Vinnie Amen are alleged to have tried to hold the alleged victim’s mother at Neverland after her son appeared last year with Jacko on a British TV documentary – holding his hand.

Sheryl Crow Says Jacko Is A ‘Sad Character’

TV Guide Online caught up with Sheryl Crow to get her thoughts on Michael Jackson. Crow got her first big break as a backup singer for Jackson. “He’s, you know, kind of a sad character,” she sighs, “but I think I got to see him on that tour before everything went spinning way out of control.”

Uri Gellar Burns Jacko Bridge With Bashir Advice

February 21, 2003 – According to the Daily Telegraph, it seems Uri Geller and Michael Jackson are on the outs after Gellar recommended Brit basher/interviewer Martin Bashir as the person to tell the King of Pop’s story. “We haven’t spoken since,” said Geller.

NBC Searches For The Most Talented American Kid

February 21, 2003 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “Next month NBC is coming out with a show called ‘The search for the most talented kid in America.’ Or as Michael Jackson calls it, ‘Are you hot?'”

Emmanuel Lewis Responds To Jacko Documentary

February 21, 2003 – Access Hollywood spoke with Emmanuel Lewis after his friend Michael Jackson’s controversial documentary by Martin Bashir. “I know what kind of person he is so they can say whatever they want,” he said. Lewis added that he offered his help after watching the special: “I talked to Mike and asked him, ‘How do you feel about it? What do you want me to do?’ And he was like, ‘You don’t have to do anything.'”

American Music Award Nominations

Ashanti led the pack for the American Music Award nominations on Tuesday, grabbing five, while Eminem and Nelly each received four nods. The Osbourne family will host the event on January 13th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, which airs live on ABC. Others getting nominations include Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Carlton, and Shakira. Read on for the full list of nominees.

Highlights From The Video Music Awards

Lynda Lopez of WNBC was on hand at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday and had the guts to ask her sister Jennifer Lopez if it was true she was dating Ben Affleck. The clip also included host Jimmy Fallon goofing on Eminem’s ‘Without Me’, Sheryl Crow’s performance, Michael Jackson getting his birthday present, Eminem getting booed after his snide remark about Moby, and the return of Guns N’ Roses.

Mariah Carey Press Attention Steered Sheryl Crow Away From Hospital

IMDB quotes Sheryl Crow talking about her thoughts of checking herself in for professional help to deal with depression but she sought other was following the press blowup that followed Mariah’s similar move. Crow said, “There’s no handbook on becoming famous and successful and I’m a person who had this overwhelming need to be right with the world and make sure everyone is happy with me. I became totally sick of myself, I got tired of seeing myself. I got tired of feeling that if I wasn’t in a magazine that interest in me was waning. Fame is a weird trip. It was really a mind blower. It took a few trips to Mount Sinai for some psychiatric help. I’m not joking. Had Mariah not had the incident that she had I would have fully checked myself in but I just didn’t want the press. In a funny way, visiting Kid Rock was an important turnaround for me. I went to Detroit and it was so much fun. It totally reminded of what it was like growing up – it was all about Lynyrd Skynyrd and trucks and Budweiser and hanging out with your friends and it was like, ‘I remember now who I am.’ Stevie was also instrumental. She has been an awesome friend and influence on my life. There’s nobody like her. I feel really blessed.”

Sheryl Crow Says Jacko Tortured Bubbles The Chimp

The Mirror reports Sheryl Crow has revealed Michael Jackson used to torture his chimp Bubbles. Sheryl said, “He was big enough to be pretty dangerous. ‘Mike used to calm him down by shoving a ballpoint in his chest.” Bubbles hasn’t been seen in public for quite awhile leading many to wonder if the chimp is still alive.

Sheryl Crow Shows Her Stuff

Contributed by chris:

Singer Sheryl Crow shows her stuff for a sexy layout in next months issue of Stuff Magazine according to Access Hollywood. The Grammy winning singer/songwriter shows some skin in hotpants a bra and her cowboy boots. In the interview, Crow says she feels sorry for young singers like Christina and Britney because they are being marketed as “porn stars” and women don’t have to “do that to be musicians.”