Rest in Peace, Sony Walkman -- A Eulogy

Posted Oct 26th 2010 at 01:30 PM by Jason Newman

Pop-Ed: An old friend died yesterday. We haven't been particularly close recently, but at one time we were inseparable. You were a lifeline that got me through countless bouts of tedium and boredom. Yesterday, Sony announced it was ceasing production of the Walkman in Japan, and while a relatively scant amount will still be sold stateside, the death knell has arrived. I know what you're p...

Nas Lashes Out at Def Jam for Not Releasing Album

Posted Oct 8th 2010 at 09:45 AM by Jason Newman

The tempestuous and fragile relationship between record labels and artists has existed since time immemorial, and now iconic rapper Nas is firing the latest salvo in his battle with Island Def Jam. In a recent e-mail sent to executives at the label, including chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid and President/COO Steve Bartels, the rapper bluntly admonishes Island Def Jam for not releasing 'The Lost T...

Presenting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Most Egregious Snubs

Posted Oct 5th 2010 at 12:45 PM by Jason Newman

With last week's release of the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees, so begins the perennial conversation on who should be in and who's been overlooked since their eligibility date (artists are eligible beginning 25 years after the release of their first single or album). The Nominating Committee, made up of 30 music executives, journalists and musicians, has long been a source of critic...

Drake Still Doesn't Feel Completely Successful

Posted Sep 21st 2010 at 10:00 AM by Jason Newman

When it comes to technology, rapper/singer Drake is best known for his constant BlackBerry use to jot down any thoughts and lyrics. Now, the artist has decided to throw his weight behind Kodak as part of the company's "So Kodak" campaign featuring Pitbull and Trey Songz that launches early next month. In an exclusive interview with PopEater on the set of his Kodak commercial, the platinum-selli...

The Justin Bieber Lovefest Is a Rapper's Delight

Posted Sep 4th 2010 at 06:00 PM by Jason Newman

With the appearance of Miley Cyrus and Boyz II Men at Justin Bieber's Madison Square Garden show earlier this week, the 16-year old superstar's special guests may have surprised the crowd, but weren't exactly sonically incongruous shock appearances. But for those not familiar with Bieber's recorded output, the emergence of rapper Ludacris, who appears on on "Baby" off Bieber's 'My World 2.0' alb...

Is Lauryn Hill's Return for the Better?

Posted Aug 31st 2010 at 03:24 PM by Jason Newman

Pop-Ed: Last weekend's Rock The Bells festival on New York's Governors Island saw a compendium of legendary hip-hop acts -- including A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg -- performing their respective landmark albums. But for the nearly 20,000 people who paid $100 or more for the festival, a rare appearance by Lauryn Hill, erstwhile Fugee and the force behind the celebrated 1998 hip-...

Hip-Hop's Most Unlikely Collaborations

Posted Aug 21st 2010 at 03:00 PM by Jason Newman

With this week's news that Raekwon, Kanye West and Justin Bieber may be entering the studio together, it conjured up all the good, bad and terrible decisions emcees have made in the past when venturing outside their comfort zone. Some, like Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' are undeniable, groundbreaking works, while others involve the Beach Boys fake-scratching turntables in the middle...

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