Blog Posts by Mike Krumboltz

  • James Blunt Agrees With You: 'You're Beautiful' Was 'Annoying'

    It's one thing to be a one-hit wonder. No shame in that game — it's one more than most artists get. But it's another thing to be a one-hit wonder whose one hit is, well, kind of annoying. That's what happened to singer James Blunt and he's trying to come to terms with it.

    James Blunt (Samir Hussein/WireImage)James Blunt (Samir Hussein/WireImage)The "You're Beautiful" singer recently spoke to Hello! about the 2005 tune that was "force-fed down people's throats" (his words, not ours). "It became annoying," he said. "And then people start to associate the artist with the same word."

    His frustration didn't end there. "I think, at the end of the day, I was marketed by a record company to appeal to women during Desperate Housewives commercials and you lose 50 percent of the population in doing so," he added.

    That's a tough comment to decipher, but if we're reading the tea leaves correctly, Blunt seems to feel that lovelorn dudes should have liked the song more. Damn that Felicity Huffman!

    Blunt also took issue with the way his breakout hit was marketed. It

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  • Kesha Sues Producer Dr. Luke for Abuse, Forced Drug Use; He Countersues

    Dr. Luke and Kesha file lawsuits against each other.Dr. Luke and Kesha file lawsuits against each other.

    In a stunning series of allegations, Kesha claims that her producer, Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald), abused her sexually, emotionally, verbally, and physically for over a decade.

    Her bombshell lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday and obtained by Yahoo, features many disturbing details, including a claim that Dr. Luke, 41, made sexual overtures toward the pop star when she was 18 and bullied her into taking drugs and booze to lower her inhibitions. The suit paints Dr. Luke as a predator, who convinced Kesha, now 27, to drop out of high school, leave her family, and move to Los Angeles to become a star.

    In a statement to Yahoo, Luke pointed out that she attempted to break her contract and insisted her lawsuit was riddled with "scurrilous and false statements." He has filed a countersuit.

    For her part, Kesha, who completed a stint in rehab last March to treat an eating disoder, paints a disturbing picture of her life in the music industry.

    [Related: Kesha Opens

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  • Surprise! Nicolas Cage's Son is a Metalhead!

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Weston Cage and Nicolas Cage attend the UK premiere of 'The Frozen Ground' at The Vue Leicester Square on July 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Weston Cage and Nicolas Cage attend the UK premiere of 'The Frozen Ground' at The Vue Leicester Square on July 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

    Yep, that's Nic Cage's son.

    The 23-year-old Weston Cage sat down for an interview with Noisey, a music site run by Vice Media. Buckle up, kids — this is a wild ride.  

    The hard-rocking Cage spoke about his musical aspirations, his strained relationship with his mother, and how his Oscar-winning pops encourages him to keep his integrity (BTW, Nic Cage's latest film — Left Behind — opens in theaters this weekend).

    [Related: Left Behind Could Be Year's Worst-Reviewed Film]

    Cage describes his music as "ghost metal." What does that mean, exactly? Cage told Noisey that his goal is "to introduce the chills. I incorporate a lot of ancient instruments now, like the bouzouki, to invoke that ghostly feeling."

    He plans to release his first solo album this year, but when it comes to performing, Wes has been around the block. Eyes of Noctum, a band he started, released a well-received album while he was still a teen. The band has since split over creative differences.

    "I used to have a very

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  • Jaden Smith’s New Tune Sets Twitter on Fire

    On the snark-heavy Internet, few celebrities are bigger targets than Jaden Smith. Though he's only 16, Smith has long been the subject of mockery in the blogosphere. Which is sad. Because he's a kid. And, you know, kids do silly stuff like, oh, for example, releasing a seven-minute wackadoo tune titled "Blue Ocean V19."

    Where do we begin? The song about falling in love at the Coachella festival is a bizarre hybrid of rap, New Age, and a few other genres we were not previously aware exisited (echo-mumbles?).

    Now, we aren't ones to poke fun of people for embracing their creativity — putting stuff out in the world is a good and brave thing — but one has to wonder if Jaden knew the hilarious feedback (both negative and positive) he'd get over his newest creation.

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  • Justin Bieber Responds To Overalls Critique

    photo: Justin Bieber's InstagramJustin Bieber got an earful from the online peanut gallery after wearing overalls to a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week. Now, Bieber's fighting back.

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  • Marvin Hamlisch, Celebrated Composer, Dies at 68

    photo: Duffy-Marie Arnoult / WireImageAcademy Award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch died at the age of 68. In addition to his Oscars, Hamlisch also won multiple Emmy awards, four Grammy awards, a Tony award, and even a Pulitzer Prize. Hamlisch, who composed the scores for "The Sting," "A Chorus Line," and "Sophie's Choice," was one of only two people to win those major awards plus a Pulitzer. The other was Richard Rodgers of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame.

    Hamlisch was as prolific as he was talented. All told, he composed the scores for dozens of films, including "Ordinary People," "The Way We Were," "The Informant!," and 007's "The Spy Who Loved Me." His scores for "The Sting" and "The Way We Were" may be his most memorable.

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  • Crisis Averted – Willow Smith’s Tongue Ring Is Fake

    photo: InstagramDid Willow Smith really get her tongue pierced? The 11-year-old actress/singer/designer posted a photo of herself showing off what looks to be a medal stud on her tongue. But hold onto your outrage, folks — it isn't real.

    The photo inspired a slew of responses on Twitter. Few folks thought the tongue ring was appropriate. One person wrote, "Willow Smith got her tongue pierced at 11 years old. When I was 11, I was making sure my tamagotchi didn't die, not getting piercings." Another wrote, "Willow Smith is 11 and has a tongue ring. WHERE ARE HER PARENTS?" Still one more wrote, "Willow Smith has a tongue ring. Yo...I'm out. Bye. PS: Never having children."

    Following the uproar, Willow Smith responded with a post of her own. She updated the Instagram photo with a new caption. It now reads: "It's fake…Sorry." So, there ya go.

    We first saw the photo at E! Online. The photo appeared on Instagram, the popular photo-sharing site. Willow appears with another young girl in the photo. Hashtags

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  • John Waters Picked Up Hitchhiking by Indie Band Here We Go Magic

    source: TwitterWe don't advocate picking up hitchhikers (they might have hooks or axes or really bad breath), but this story about a rock band picking up a happy (and famous) traveler is too cool to ignore.

    Indie band Here We Go Magic were traveling through Ohio in their van when they came across a hitchhiker on the side of Interstate 70. The man looked a lot like legendary film director John Waters. So, the band turned around and took another look. Turns out it was John Waters, the icon behind the groundbreaking "Pink Flamingos," as well as "Hairspray" and "Cecil B. Demented."

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  • Donna Summer’s “Love To Love You Baby”: The Story Behind The Song

    Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, has died at the age of 63. The five-time Grammy Award-winning artist had been battling cancer.

    Summer became an icon in the 1970s, when disco music was all the rage. Even after disco was declared dead, Summer adapted to a changing musical environment and found pop success. Her string of hits included "Hot Stuff," "Last Dance," and "She Works Hard For The Money." However, of all her hits, "Love To Love You Baby" might have the most interesting backstory.

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  • Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fun. Pay Tribute to MCA of Beastie Boys

    The death of Adam Yauch, also known as MCA of the Beastie Boys, inspired awesome tributes from bands around the world. Yauch was 47 and had been battling cancer for years. The tributes were in the spirit of MCA -- fun and raucous.

    First, Coldplay performs "You Gotta Fight for Your Right (to Party)." Singer Chris Martin tickles the ivories and does a slow and mellow version of the party anthem. Sounds like a disaster, but Martin pulls it off. Special props for his ever-so-polite delivery of the line "Mom, you're just jealous -- it's the Beastie Boys."

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