It's official. Los Angeles Reid (ok...L.A. Reid), the man responsible for breaking Justin Beiber, is leaving Simon Cowell's X-Factor show to spend more time with his family. Does anyone other than Brendan Spaar think that this is a cop out? The show has had terrible ratings this year. Re-runs of the Big Bang Theory have beaten it. The only original cast member (besides Mr. Cowell who isn't going anywhere) is Reid. It is surprising that Reid didn't leave the show with Paula Abdul and Nichole Scherzinger. Maybe it was to show solidaridy in that the show wasn't a complete failure. After all, the host and two judges bit the dust. If Simon was the only survivor it would show total failure, something that Simon Cowell is not used to.
Well tonight's the night. If you haven't already heard, there is a huge Hurricane Sandy benefit concert tonight that is being hyped to be larger than the Live-8 concert a few years back. The concert, which starts tonight at 7:30pm ET will feature the likes of Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney. Brendan Spaar has heard a rumor that Paul McCartney will take the stage and sing a Nirvana song with Dave Grohl on drums. This will be a little weird because McCartney's voice is not suited for Nirvana songs. The song he will choose will probably be a mellow song like About a Girl, The Man Who Sold The World, or Lithium but wouldn't it be great if he got up there and sang Smells Like Teen Spirit or Rape me? One things certain, this will be a great concert that you won't want to miss.
It must be a slow news week here in the United States because apparently the Psy story is all over TV. Turns out back in 2002 the up and coming rapper recorded a song with Korean Heavy Metal Band (yes there is such a thing!) N.E.X.T. called Dear American in which he called on the killing of "Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives." Why would Psy have such harsh words for is future audience? Well Brendan Spaar investigated and found that two South Korean middle school girls were killed by American troops shortly before the song was recorded. Their deaths were the result of a horrible accident but it fueled Anti American sentiment at the time. Apparently it is really good for your career if you bash America over in South Korea so Psy may have recorded this song for notariety and popularity. Does Psy hate America or is he simply seizing on an opportunity to make up for his limited talent? Look at his latest hit Gangnam Style and decide.
It's that time of year again where the top artists of 2012 are nominated for Grammy awards. These awards are supposed to recognize artistic merit and not put too much emphasis on popularity or album sales. This year, Brendan Spaar feels that was achieved by a few "surprise" snubs.
One Direction, Psy, Justin Bieber and the Wanted did not receive Grammy nominations and the internet is in a tizzy! None of these artists have done anything revolutionary in 2012. Bieber, One Direction, and The Wanted crank out manufactured pop songs like water. Psy took the world by storm because his song was so outragous that we had to see and hear it for shock value. Do any of these artists deserve an award for the work that they did? Probably not. To show that they didn't snub all manufactured pop artists and internet sensations, the Recording Industry nominated Carly Rae Jepsen for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. This high school girl may not have been discovered if Bieber hadn't tweeted out her song to his millions of followers.
Another weird category this year is Alternative Music. Somehow Gotye's Making Mirrors album ended up on the list of Best Alternative Albums of 2012. Sure Gotye is a talented artist but does he really belong in an Altermative Music category?
Maroon 5's lead singer and bad boy of The Voice Adam Levine has some harsh words for the reality TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. In the December issue of GQ magazine, Levine called Honey Boo Boo's family "the decay of Western civilization. Just because so many people watch the show doesn't mean it's good." Brendan Spaar couldn't agree more. This show is encouraging people to be dumb and not try in life. If you are uneducated and have a family that you can barely afford, maybe a reality show will swoop in and save you. As a society we would rather watch this train wreck and laugh at them than feel sorry for the family's misfortune. The truth of the matter is there are many families in rural America just like the Thompsons. Instead of laughing at them on a reality TV show, let's help them. Reality TV is out of control and has turned into a point-and-laugh outlet for snobs.