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The Big Hurt: The Week in WorldStar unsigned Artist videos

In my Year-in-Preview column, I predicted that we'd pass "peak hip-hop" in 2013, and the unsigned hype on the WorldStar hip-hop site would slow to a trickle.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 15, 2013


The Big Hurt: The week in food

Losing weight is one of the most common new year's resolutions. Prepare for another year of failure, corpulent reader: time for an extra-greasy food news roundup!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 11, 2013


The Big Hurt: The week in trouble

This week in big rap no-nos: Fat Joe faces the possibility of two years in the slammer after pleading guilty to evading more than $700 grand in taxes.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  January 08, 2013


The Big Hurt: The Year Ahead

Predicting the future is a little silly.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2012


The Big Hurt: The worst singles of 2012

Although 2012 wasn't a particularly awful year for music, we still had to contend with a few dozen all-time stinkers.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 18, 2012


The Big Hurt: Pop-culture news in brief, from Tyga’s busta to Katy Perry’s scents

First priority: prevent Karmin/ meeting. Second priority: smother Baby Hitler.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 10, 2012


The Big Hurt's obligatory holiday gift guide

Is the anxiety of seasonal consumer obligation weighing heavy upon your soul?
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 07, 2012


The Big Hurt: This week in pop franchising

It's been such an eventful few months in pop that I've neglected one of my dearest projects: scraping the tarry press-release residue from the bottom of the industry barrel.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  December 03, 2012


The Big Hurt: Bieber's next romance

Our fledgling manlet has reportedly had his first taste of heartache! E! News — and everyone else in the world, by now — brings word that Biebs has been dumped by longtime gee eff Selena Gomez, who complained of conflicting schedules and "trust issues."
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 21, 2012


The Big Hurt: One week ago in brief

Due to my strange publishing schedule, I'm writing this on November 5, the day before Mitt Romney will be elected to our highest office. I'm not at all worried about jinxing him, since he's a total lock and absolutely nothing could go wrong.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 14, 2012


The Big Hurt: The unkillable ''Gangnam Style''

After months of pop dominance, Psy's K-pop hit "Gangnam Style" has our nation's weary bloggers on the brink of collapse.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 07, 2012


The Big Hurt: The week in booze

Let's get blind shitfaced on semi-poisonous bathtub newsshine.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 02, 2012


Rap news in brief

In a recent Big Hurt column about selling out with grace and dignity, I gently called out Snoop Dogg as an artist who'd entirely blown out his commercial gag reflex.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 24, 2012


Jay-Z takes the train

Last week, our nation's attention was captured by an extraordinary news story: Jay-Z, for the final night of his concert residence at New York's Barclays Center, travelled to the venue on the subway.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 17, 2012


The Big Hurt: The Week in Fine Dining

It's a time of great upheaval for America's restaurant of last resort: Arby's is getting a major brand revamp.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 09, 2012


Billie Joe's crackup, Muse's truth

Jeers this week to regrettable behavior -- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 02, 2012


Bullfrog on the Moon

Or, how I trolled Walmart, exiled Pitbull, built my brand, and survived a gnat-filled trip to Kodiak, Alaska
When Pitbull invited me to Alaska, I started growing a beard.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 26, 2012


The Big Hurt: Selling out right

With declining record sales pushing artists ever closer to a corporate sponsorship model, the concept of "selling out" has become a charming anachronism.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 25, 2012


Pop and culture in brief

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Last month, a peculiar scrap of music history went up for auction in England: a framed pair of ELVIS PRESLEY's husky briefs — "unwashed," according to the BBC, and still "soiled with stains."
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 18, 2012


The Big Hurt: YouTube rap spam

Straight talk
If you read the comments of any major rap video on YouTube, you'll always see some authentic hustle shining through the racist bickering and Illuminati accusations.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 13, 2012
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