And Sting has, if anything, only gotten better as a solo artist. His forays into a wide variety of genres have been nothing but delightful to folks who are fans of such forays. In fact, he's won an impressive 11 Grammys since going solo.Read More »from Sting, Framed
We welcome everyone to Framed, "The blog that has no catchphrase" and "The Official Technology Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks." Hola!
This week we're pleased to feature Chris Brown's second appearance in Framed. Although all of his four albums have charted in the U.S. Top 10, Brown is perhaps now best-known for pleading guilty to felony assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2008. The episode has tainted the career of the talented singer/dancer, although he seems to be on the comeback trail with four awards at the recent BET Awards.
And it's not just Chris in this week's video: "Next 2 You" also features our favorite Canadian human, Justin Bieber. Bieber, who appears in our blog about every three seconds, sings and dances "amid destruction," according to our friend, Wikipedia--and, boy, if that doesn't make you want to watch it, we don't know what will.Read More »from Chris Brown, Framed
Now that season XLV of "American Idol" is over, our thoughts return to the greatest Idol of all, from season one, Kelly Clarkson. No other Idol has gone on to have such a monstrously successful career.
We don't count that country girl because Y! Music won't let Framed do country music videos anymore. They wield their power in cruel and arbitrary ways!
Getting back to Ms. Clarkson: she's appeared in this blog several times over the years, always scoring with readers because she's Kelly Clarkson. She's sold over 10 million records since that glorious inaugural season and is the only Idol to have a #1 hit in the United Kingdom. We should also mention that the one-week jump of "My Life Would Suck Without You" (from #97 to #1) broke the record for the biggest leap in the history of charts and chart-like things!
This week's video is "I Do Not Hook Up," from her All I Ever Wanted album. Unlike "Suck," it only made it to #20, but it's still much, much better than any songs by any other IdolsRead More »from Kelly Clarkson, Framed
We're big fans of the hard rock band Hinder here at Framed - in fact, they were the fourth band ever featured in our blog. So it's with considerable excitement that we welcome them back for another go-round, this time featuring their great song, "What Ya Gonna Do," off last year's All American Nightmare album.
Hinder has proven to be a durable addition to the rock pantheon. All three of their albums have charted in the Top 10 in the U.S. Except the last one, we mean (All American Nightmare), which didn't do as well, probably 'cause we forgot to promote it.Read More »from Hinder, Framed
Everyone knows that, as the world's most important blog, Framed has a hard and fast policy of staying away from partisan politics. It would just be too easy for our persuasive, well-reasoned voice to upset the applecart of democracy, so we try to keep above the political fray.
In the past few weeks, though, we've been surprised that the hip-hop artist Common has been at the center of a sociopolitical controversy of some importance. It seems he was invited to a poetry reading at the White House by Michelle Obama, which enraged some of our most important deep-thinkers. It was all about Common's belief that Assata Shakur, who was convicted of killing a police officer in 1977, was falsely accused. Common has also criticized former President George W. Bush about some war or another.Read More »from Common, Framed
What's the best thing about Framed? Is it our "overuse" of certain "punctuation?"
It's that we always have our hand on the "pulse" of the "biz!" And are thus able to bring our readers, wonderful people all, fresh and exciting talent from all over the place.
Remember when we "broke" Justin Bieber? Those were the days! Well, this week, we're showcasing Notorious MSG, a group of Asian-American rappers from (where else?) Chinatown in NYC, who sing with great gusto about Asian food and gangsta-ism, both issues critically important to the "scene."Read More »from Notorious MSG, Framed
Holy smokes! This is the 193rd Framed ever written. This means that, in less than two months, we'll be writing the sure-to-be-legendary 200th Framed of all time! Can even we stand up to the pressure?
Probably. Anyway, this week we have the Weepies. Who are they?, you ask. To explain, let's steal some content from Wikipedia and, for once, actually admit it. The Weepies are an indie pop-folk band fronted by singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. Their music has been described as "subtly intoxicating folk-pop."Read More »from The Weepies, Framed
Before we get to this week's video, which is quite good, we'd like to take a minute to accept the abject thanks of thousands of our fellow citizens.
Regular readers know that we've been demanding, via our captions, to "see the birth certificate" for some time now. In fact, no less than two of our captions a couple weeks ago made a direct reference to this most critical of issues.Read More »from Poison, Framed
We welcome everyone to Framed, the blog thrice voted America's greatest humor/music video resource by the people who do that sort of thing. As our regular readers know, we live to serve.
This week we have Pet Shop Boys, the dynamic British dance music duo who've sold over 100 million records in their long, storied career. Our video is "Together," a 2010 tune written to promote their greatest hits package, Ultimate. Interestingly, the video - which was shot in the former Soviet republic of Estonia - brings a dance troupe (girls) together with a bunch of working stiffs (guys.) The result? A hellacious dance-off and a complete easing of class tensions! Hooray!Read More »from Pet Shop Boys, Framed
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