Not With The Band: Why So Much Hatred On The Web?

By Alyson Camus | January 11, 2016

‘College kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait.’

Not With The Band: Where Are The Misogynists?

By Alyson Camus | January 1, 2016

I have attended at least 140 concerts in 2015, and the large majority were about men, males, guys…

US Top 10 Singles 1-9-15

By Iman Lababedi | December 28, 2015

“When We Were Young” is nobody’s second choice, and it is currently at # 54 in the Billboard 200.

US Top 10 Albums 1-9-16

By Iman Lababedi | December 28, 2015

At over 7 million units moved, Adele is simply the only album story of 2015, it puts everybody else in the bargain bin.

UK Top 10 Albums 12-25-15 – 12-31-15

By Iman Lababedi | December 25, 2015

I am sick of writing about Adele.

The Adele Syndrome: Why I Can’t Afford The Tickets I’ve Already Paid For

By Iman Lababedi | December 23, 2015

The rich are so rich that they can pay ridiculous prices for my tickets and all I can do is acquiesce.

US Top 10 Albums 1-2-16

By Iman Lababedi | December 21, 2015

Sales wise there is no other story in the world of popular music.

Adele’s Tickets Went On Sale, Leaving Millions Of Fans Very Frustrated

By Alyson Camus | December 19, 2015

‘After 2 hours of trying to get through their busy line, the ticketmaster rep told us that both order numbers were not processed with our credit cards because the high volume had overloaded their processing and that someone else had gotten our tickets.’

UK Top 10 Albums 12-18-15 – 12-24-15

By Iman Lababedi | December 18, 2015

It will hit the 2 million mark sometime this afternoon – just its 29th day on sale.” It took 21 thirteen weeks to get there.

These Days: Friday, December 18th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | December 18, 2015

Tickets are changing hands for 12K per. Me? I think we’ll be lucky if we get $5K each

NBC’s “Adele Live in New York” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 16, 2015

“I love you but you scare me” Adele says at one point. Me? I wish nothing but the best for you two.

Adele To Perform Six Nights At MSG, September 2016

By Iman Lababedi | December 14, 2015

Six nights at MSG? Wow, I’m surprised (and relieved) she didn’t just do two nights at Metlife.

Not With The Band: What Is Really News?

By Alyson Camus | December 14, 2015

There are so many outlets, so many blogs, websites, magazines which need the attention in an over-saturated market, that necessarily anything, yes about anything, passes for news

US Top 10 Albums 12-26-15

By Iman Lababedi | December 13, 2015

685K albums in your third week is unheard of in the 2010s, most albums hit # 1 with 100 – 200K max in their first week

Noel Gallagher On Adele: A Sea Of Cheese For Grannies?

By Alyson Camus | December 10, 2015

‘If someone wants to know what I think of Adele, I’ll fucking tell them… I just don’t see what all the fuss is about. I don’t like her music. I think it’s music for fucking grannies.’

US Top 10 Albums 12-19-15

By Iman Lababedi | December 7, 2015

“To put the 4.49 million sales figure in perspective: 30 percent of all albums sold in the U.S. in the last two weeks have been 25 “

The Best Of 2015: Songs Through November 30th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | November 30, 2015

Max Martin bringing some zip to Adele’s life and Justin nailing the hook of the month: “My mama don’t like you and she likes everyone… And the winner is… “Blackstar”??? Nope Adele and Max.

The Best Of 2015: Albums Through November 30th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | November 30, 2015

I am not crazy about it myself but as social phenomenons go, it is a social phenomenon

US Top 10 Albums 12-12-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 29, 2015

Let me translate that number for you: it means that all that crap charts Billboard are sticking down your throat is absolutely worthless: Twitter. Trending, Artist 100 -all of it, is a useless waste of time.

Who WIll Sponsor The Adele tour?

By Iman Lababedi | November 27, 2015

I am a little baffled as to who has the damn sponsorship… Estee Lauder? Citibank? Amex? Or no deal, in which case Adele must be in the midst of firing her entire infrastructure.

UK Top 10 Albums: 11-27-15 – 12-3-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 27, 2015

“25 has sold more than the rest of the Top 75 combined this week (the next 86 albums, to be precise) AND more than the last 19 Number 1 albums in the UK combined”

Trump Is Blasting Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ At His Rallies

By Alyson Camus | November 27, 2015

As for Adele, several sites report that Trump attended her concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York last Tuesday night. He even cut past a line of concert-goers waiting to get into the venue

Adele To Tour UK Early 2016 … US Next?

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2015

Adele can handle a 5,000 seater but she needs a show to nail a MSG situation. She’ll need a 90 minutes minimum and a huge change up or she will be Sam Smith.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Shows Week Of November 23rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | November 21, 2015

So, of course, it is all about Adele on Fallon. I hope he makes her play some dumbass game, bobbing for apples would be, now how to say this politically correctly, jiggly.

Adele: Stream Queen

By Karen Anne Overton | November 20, 2015


Adele’s “25” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 20, 2015

I’ll give 25 five out of eleven tracks though while I disliked 21 more, and while both are forms of product, 21 was Adele’s vision, it was true to her, and 25 slips in and out of focus.

Adele Will Not Be Streaming “25”

By Iman Lababedi | November 19, 2015

I could’ve downloaded it off any of a dozen sites, and might have, but it only became available Tuesday and I ran out of time. So my guess is I will buy it tomorrow.Ten bucks? Twenty? Big whoop, right.

Adele At Radio City Music Hall, November 18th, 2015, Reviewed Plus Video

By Iman Lababedi | November 18, 2015

“I’ve been dying to do a f—ing show,” she said in one of her many Eliza Doolittle moments of the evening. Even in a glittering gown, there is no changing Adele

Where Are The Adele Tickets For radio City Tomorrow???

By Iman Lababedi | November 16, 2015

The only thing that makes any sense is that they’ve told the winners and ignored everybody else, in which case somebody needs their heads handed to them for failing to say hello to fans

Let’s Active: rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of November 16th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | November 15, 2015

The biggest popstar in the world right this second playing an ultimately intimate gig for 5,000 folks and that’s it? Assume they release half the tickets to the lucky and the few, and this is bigger than the Stones in 2012.

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Releases 11-20-15 – 11-26-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 14, 2015

this is Adele Adkins all the way with the most eagerly anticipated new album till the new Taylor arrives (late next year? If she remains on schedule it will be). Added plus? “Hello”, the first single, is killer.

Adele And The Lottery

By Iman Lababedi | November 11, 2015

The Adele gig is at Radio City Music Hall on November 17th and I think I can say without fear of contradiction, it is a hotter ticket than game five of the World Series this year. $300 bucks could get you into that, god know how the secondary market is gonna get their hands on Adele ticket

US Top 10 Singles: 11-21-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 9, 2015

the world belongs to Adele and the world has only one question for Adele: to stream the new album or not to stream the new album and I don’t know the answer. I would have known the answer if Apple Music had ponied up the 30M for sponsorship rights to the tour.

UK Top 10 Singles 11-6-15 – 11-12-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 6, 2015

A little on the bland side, right? “Hello” is so last week and the new arrival at # 7 is 2015 pop 101. Indeed, this leaves a lot wanting and I don’t know where it will get it: nothing bores me more than MOR ballads, but you can’t throw a brick without hitting one in 2015.

Adele Regrets Meeting And Working With Her Idol Damon Albarn

By Alyson Camus | November 4, 2015

‘It ended up being one of those ‘don’t meet your idol’ moments,’ she declared. ‘And the saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him.’

US Top 10 Singles 11-14-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 2, 2015

Okay, I give up. The new Adele is terrific and it would be terrific without the mammoth numbers but nothing success in pop better than popularity: A record 1,112,000 downloads sold; 61.6 million streams; A record 20.4 million on-demand streams; 73 million in radio audience.

rock nyc Top 10 Songs 10-30-15 – 11-5-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2015

One of the best weeks for songs, although not albums, it breaks down very nicely with Adele on top, followed by a great Chance The Rapper song, all the way to Azealia stealing a Fall Out Boys track out from under their nose. First rate.

UK Top 10 Singles 10-30-15 – 11-5-15

By Iman Lababedi | October 30, 2015

The Adele numbers are ridiculous and the chances of me getting a ticket to see her at radio City Music Hall next month are non existent… what else? I wonder why the Beyoncé vocalled Naughty Boy song didn’t do any business Stateside. Sure hit me as a winner…

Is It Really A War Between Adele and Taylor Swift?

By Alyson Camus | October 28, 2015

It’s strange because both women are about the same age and still, we don’t perceive them the same way at all. And it’s quite fascinating and explainable at the same time, Adele sings alone, Taylor has a squad, Adele looks mature, she is married with a child, Taylor looks like a teenager, always talking about her series of boyfriends.

Adele’s “Hello” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 25, 2015

“Hello” does exactly what Adele needed it to do: it gave her what I guess will be a huge hit and satisfied everybody that, indeed, Adele knows what her job is how can still do it.

Adele 25 On Its Way

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2015

Is it too early to say I hate the Adele album. Actually, I kinda liked “Hello” and so may be forced to say nice things about the thinner better Adele, we can but hope I don’t, but there you go.

Taylor Swift At Adele Levels Of sales For 1989

By Iman Lababedi | September 17, 2015

If she manages to surpass 11 million units sold, I don’t know how you could possibly follow it. I’ve long felt that the sheer hugeness of Adele’s achievement paralyzed. She couldn’t see any way to compete with herself and fiddled and faddled for years on end (the promise is 26 will be out later this year, but who knows?).

Adele For Las Vegas Residency?

By Iman Lababedi | May 25, 2015

There is a Las Vegas bidding war between the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Venetian and Caesars Palace, and is in line to ink a $40 million deal.Look, if Adele was willing to do an Arena tour the chances are excellent you could gross in the $150M level. But if she isn’t willing to play Arenas, where is the money?

Some Of The Best Music Quotes Of 2014

By Alyson Camus | January 6, 2015

I have more, the ultra narcissist over-the-top one: ‘My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live’, the confessional ones, ‘Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books’

Adele And Damon Albarn In The Studio

By Iman Lababedi | November 29, 2014

“Damon and Adele had a chat about her new album and they could work together in future. He has produced and written brilliant pop songs for Gorillaz and slower material for acts such as Bobby Womack. He has advice to give from 25 years in the business.”

Not With The Band: Women In Music, Have We Really Made Any Progress?

By Alyson Camus | October 7, 2014

‘I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them. or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology.”

Adele's Two New Songs 2014 Reviewed (And Stream Them Here)

By Iman Lababedi | September 3, 2014

It is a triumph of meh and let me state here that my problem with Adele (though it has sometimes been her phrasing) has never been her singing. My problem has been her material, which is such moldy heavy emoting it drives me up the wall. The proof is these two songs, where this great singer is only ever as good as her songs.

Sam Smith To Record Next James Bond Song?

By Iman Lababedi | August 13, 2014

“Sam is our top choice. He has the profile, cool image and astonishing voice to record a Bond theme. And there is only so long we can hold out for Adele. Daniel Craig was pushing for her because she did such a great job last time around.”

10 Songs: Monday, August 11th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 11, 2014

Right As Rain – Adele – Who was it who called Adelle a psychotic moldy old cow? well, yes, I admit it but I was discussing 21 not 19, and I even liked “Someone Like You” and I really love this gorgeously sung MOR soul song, from 19, which I didn’t hate – A

No Apologies, Whats Up With The Rockers Being So Sorry?

By Helen Bach | June 16, 2014

So now Jack White issues this public apology for bad behavior and I cant help but wonder why he is being such a pussy. C’mon already with the apologetic bullshit when we all know it was meant- and that it’s ok to feel as you do. In support of his upcoming release Lazzaretto, he is on a press junket providing an interviewers dream