Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music

  • 1. Creed has sold more records in the US than Jimi Hendrix

    Creed has sold more records in the US than Jimi Hendrix

  • 2. Led Zeppelin, REM, and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single, Rihanna has 10

    Led Zeppelin, REM, and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single, Rihanna has 10

  • 3. Ke$ha’s “Tik-Tok” sold more copies than ANY Beatles single

    Ke$ha's “Tik-Tok” sold more copies than ANY Beatles single

  • 4. Flo Rida’s “Low” has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”

    Flo Rida's “Low” has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles' “Hey Jude”

  • 5. The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song

    The Black Eyed Peas' “I Gotta Feeling” is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song

  • 6. Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record

    Celine Dion's “Falling Into You” sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record

  • 7. Same with Shania Twain’s “Come On Over”

    Same with Shania Twain's “Come On Over”

  • 8. Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album

    Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album

  • 9. Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined

    Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined

  • 10. People actually bought Billy Ray Cyrus’ album “Some Gave All…” 20 million people. More than any Bob Marley album

    People actually bought Billy Ray Cyrus' album “Some Gave All...” 20 million people. More than any Bob Marley album

  • 11. The cast of “Glee” has had more songs chart than the Beatles

    The cast of “Glee” has had more songs chart than the Beatles

  • 12. This guy exists.

    This guy exists. 

    That is all.

     

    Thanks, Dave!

100 Pipers India Music Week Schedule

Celebrate the spirit of Pure Music with the 100 Pipers India Music Week, as artists from India,Norway, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Spain, UK, Australia and even from the exotic French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean perform across the most happening clubs and venues across New Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore at India’s first ever Music Week by 100 Pipers.

From big band jazz to hip electronica, from intelligent pop to strident rock, from ska and dance hall to progressive psy trance, drum & bass and even the good ol’ blues and folk….100 Pipers India Music Week straddles multiple genres to provide an all-inclusive Indian contemporary urban music experience.

With over 40 artists, and 40 events, spread across New Delhi, Bangalore & Mumbai, the 100 Pipers India Music Week does not stop at being just a music festival. With the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi, a two-day music conference and workshops are being hosted in New Delhi on the 17 and 18 of November.


For more info, please check India Music Week!

Movie Review: Bridesmaids

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The same sparkly, pink cookie cutters have been used to mold the women in pretty much every romantic comedy we’ve seen since Richard Gere’s hair turned gray. But recently, people seem to be taking notice. Last January, NYMag.com ran a feature laying out the eight possible career options for romantic comedy heroines (all quasi-glamorous ways of being tightly wound). And just last week, in The New Yorker, America’s premier journal for furrowed-brow dissections of lowbrow culture, Mindy Kaling artfully skewered the prevailing archetypes that populate the genre. Really, it’s as if every three months, a man in a suit goes into a cave behind the Hollywood sign and pulls the lever, to produce a freshly saccharine script.

So, in this universe of Witherspoons and Heigls and Hudsons, where pop songs spell out emotional reckonings and everyone wakes up wearing a flash of mascara and a subtle swipe of peachy lip gloss, it was pretty awesome to watch Kristin Wiig and her stone-cold pack of weirdoes confront a lot of those tropes and stomp all over the rest of them. Yes, the convo about this movie and the paradigm shift it’s causing has been going on for a few months now. But after a repeat viewing of Bridesmaids on DVD, with our copy of The New Yorker in hand, we really started thinking about the new “happily ever after,” and how friendship is coming to trump getting the guy. And that felt pretty major. And worth revisiting.

If Bridesmaids succeeds in subverting textbook rom-com expectations in any radical way, it’s as much by barfing on some magenta evening gowns as it is by barfing on all of the character clichés we’ve come to expect from these movies.

The Schlubby Romantic Lead
It’s the job of the feisty, sexy love interest to get this guy to abandon his emotionally unfulfilling job, reignite his passion, and get him to do what he truly loves, which is, of course, her.
e.g.: Ashton Kutcher in What Happens in Vegas, Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached, Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire, Seth Rogen in Knocked Up, Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Jake Gyllenhall in Love and Other Drugs
In Bridesmaids: Kristin Wiig’s “Annie.” The lady is an unemployed bum who gets re-ignited and inspired by an adorable man.

The Chaste Naif
The wide-eyed, rule-abiding foil to the heroine. She makes the heroine’s normal behavior seem outrageous/interesting.
e.g.: “Charlotte.” Kathryn Hahn in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Heather Burns (Miss Rhode Island) in Miss Congeniality, and Amanda Bynes in Easy A
In Bridesmaids: Ellie Kemper’s “Becca.” The Disney-worshipping, virgin-before-marriage, cardigans-and-pearls supporting character ends up making out with a woman she deems “more beautiful than Cinderella.”

The Oversexed Hussy
The brassy, “unapologetic,” second-wave slut foil to the heroine. She makes the heroine’s eventual casual sex with the male lead seem tame and reasonable. Usually blond-haired.
e.g.: “Samantha.” Lake Bell in What Happens in Vegas and Judy Greer in 27 Dresses
In Bridesmaids: Wendi McLendon-Covey’s “Rita.” Sure, she’s in a sexually over-driven marriage, but she hates it. “Sometimes I just want to watch The Daily Show without him entering me.”

The Irrelevant Spouse
A “bromance” staple. This woman is usually relegated to a “voice on the phone” role while the real action happens outside of her relationship.
e.g.: Michelle Monaghan in Due Date, the brown-haired woman in The Hangover
In Bridesmaids: “Dougie.” Wordless, smiley-faced Dougie couldn’t even get a SAG card for his performance.

The Clown
A sexual non-competitor whose sole job is to interject something ridiculous.
e.g.: The entire canon
In Bridesmaids: Melissa McCarthy’s “Megan.” She’s the film’s only true sexual tigress. And between her poetic, masterful comic monologues, she delivers the film’s most sensible real talk. The jester takes on the role of moral center. And for that, she may even win an Oscar.

The Most Important Relationship in the Female Lead’s Entire Life: The romance.
In Bridesmaids: The friendship.

Thanks, Bess!

Outrageous Celebrity Diets

To most, food is very valuable, and the most crucial question is: what to have for breakfast? Will it be South Indian from Sai Darshan across the street or McDonalds‘ sausage McMuffin with egg and hash browns? The day closes with a similar tryst; indulge ourselves at Hakkasan or binge atPronto for dinner? So when I come across articles on crazy diet plans that celebrities follow, I flip. Thus began my search for these so called ‘unconventional diets’ and I confess, I am visibly shaken.


Baby food diet

This one’s the lesser evil. I mean we all have, at some point in our infant lives, swallowed baby food. So what’s gross about a bowl of banana puree, especially if it helps you lose weight? Here’s what’s fucked up – pointy chin Reese Witherspoon has been on this diet for years! Imagine gulping puree day in and day out – no chewing, no variation in texture or flavour. Even Homer Simpson had a better idea; he ended up making a puree of everything, including an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet!

Verdict: You aren’t a baby no more!


Maple syrup and cayenne pepper diet
This one tastes worse than a bad cocktail! Nicknamed the ‘master cleanse,’ it will help you drop 10 kilos in two weeks. Here’s how singer Beyonce Knowles does it: homemade lemonade, maple syrup, water, and cayenne pepper. So essentially you’re not eating anything solid and letting the pepper burn your insides along with the calories. Time for a visit to Hinduja Hospital.

Verdict
You got to chew on other things apart from people’s brains!

Raw food diet
This one is by far the most popular. There are many theories to it, from the pro-nature theory, which states that ‘all that can be eaten raw is what we should eat’. Agreed, veggies and fruits are good for the system. But hag-turned-hottie Demi Moore doesn’t understand that chomping only on veggies is seriously too much fibre with little nutrition and lots of digestion problems. If you still want an Ashton Kutcher for yourself, get your dose from Reliance Fresh.

VerdictBhindi, karela and dudhi cannot be eaten raw!

Grape fruit Oil Sniff
I have no clue and haven’t found the root to why grapefruit has been cursed with the duty of making fat arses lose lard?

A dozen celebs across the world have been on grapefruit diet – eat fruit, drink juice for a couple of months and you’d be as lean as Jenifer Aniston. Taking things to the next level is Jennifer Lopez; the butt-insured pop star carries around a vial of grapefruit oil to sniff. The aroma apparently affects your liver enzymes, activating nerves that cause fats to be broken down and absorbed into the blood stream.

Verdict: If this was effective, aroma therapists across the world would have been thin millionaires! And Jennifer Aniston wouldn’t have lost Brad Pitt.

Algae Diet
This is seriously wonky. Eating nothing does not worry us. But if drinking two pints of algae and seaweed shake for diet is Victoria Beckham’s way of getting back at the world for not appreciating the Spice Girls. She should consult a psychologist.

Verdict
Algae and seaweed belong in nature not in the tummy.

Cookie Diet
Okay, this one, we like! We love cookies but doubt that all the cookies from Cookie Man, Theobroma and Celebrations won’t have enough variety to last for a year! Fame-crazy family’s child Kim Kardashian is an ardent follower of this diet and replaces two meals with two cookies each. Seriously, how can you have just two cookies instead of two meals and still have that tush?

Verdict: You’re giving cookies a bad name!


Ice cubes diet

Queen of yo-yoing weight, Renee Zellweger insists that you stick to eating low to no carbohydrates and suck on ice cubes every time you feel hungry. Well, ice cubes are great if they are made from vodka or soaked in slurpy kala khatta from Gogola, but not by itself.

Verdict
There are better things to suck on!

I think, therefore I’m thin
‘It’s not me, it’s you!’ singer Lily Allen ‘thinks’ her way to being thin. Her theory is that you must eat less, chew more, and drink lots of water and imagine yourself as being thin. Think its silly? Not really, especially when you don’t have much to think about!
Verdict: Don’t STOP!

Words of caution: Dudes and dudettes, don’t try these diets unless you have masochistic tendencies, or have lost your marbles. If you plan to lose fat, the best way is to hit the gym and to say hello to the salad bowl.

 

Justin Bieber at 2011 VMAs: Gay or Fake Straight

I’m beginning to have second thoughts and even worry a little about Justin Bieber now. When he was younger, he managed to be cute et all… but now he’s obviously grown na…and I’m sure he can afford a mirror too. So then what was that at the 2011 VMAs??

Orange pants and animal print shoes?… like if your gay its cool.. a lot of people are. Just cause he has Selena by his side doesn’t convince me enough of him being straight anymore. And those glasses? Those were in vogue before he could even hit puberty… wait! Has he yet?…just sayin!!

In 2009, Justin Bieber told Oprah he’s gay (Click here. They said it!!)

The Week that starts on Friday, August 26

1. Lighters – Bad Meets Evil ft Bruno Mars
2. You and I – Lady Gaga
3. Pretty Girls – Iyaz ft Travie McCoy
4. How To Love – LilWayne
5. Who’s Laughing Now – Jessie J
6. No Sleep – Wiz Khalifa
7. It Girl – Jason Derulo
8. Otis – Jay-Z & Kanye West
9. I Gotta Chick – Tyrese ft Tyga & R. Kelly
10. All About You – Chris Brown

Have a Drink (of AC/DC Wine) On Me

This one’s exciting…finally wine with something unlike to toast about! Australian rockers, AC/DC, have strummed their way into the wine game and will release their own range of AC/DC branded wine

“Whiskey, gin and brandy
With a glass I’m pretty handy
I’m trying to walk a straight line
On sour mash and cheap wine
So join me for a drink boys
We’re gonna make a big noise”

The bottles are unashamedly covered in AC/DC imagery, and some of AC/DC’s biggest hits make for kickass names –

You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato,
Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc,
Back In Black Shiraz and
Highway To Hell Cabernet Sauvignon.

So here’s a little wine info, fruit for ‘AC/DC The Wine’ is sourced from the BarossaValley, Coonawarra and Marlboroughin New Zealand, with the Riverina-based winery, Warburn Estate, tasked with the business of making the wine.

You probably have every album of theirs stacked up, now make space to start stocking your cellars with AC/DC The Wine too. And they’re gonna be available globally at just $16.99.  I’m may not be a die-hard rock music fanatic, but what the hell!

Have a drink on me! 😛 I love how AC/DC is swapping Black for Blanc…