Susan Boyle

When Viral Music Ad Campaigns Go Wrong

There’s no such thing as bad publicity, goes the old Madison Ave truism. But is it actually true? Boards of Canada’s epic album-announcement promotion stunt got them a whole lot of coverage in various publications that don’t normally go in for cerebral electronica, so in that respect it was presumably a success — but let’s be honest, it was also kind of a pain in the ass, especially for fans who’ve been waiting eight years for a new album and don’t appreciate being teased on top of that. Internet marketing is an inexact science, and when artists get it wrong, the results can be at best irritating and at worst counter-productive. Like this lot, for instance.

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we wondered if the world is really ready for an Aqua comeback. We laughed out loud over some of these Masterpiece Theater “missed connections” from David Hart at McSweeney’s — particularly “MY HEART SAYS YES BUT MY STATION SAYS NO.” We checked some emotional baggage. We got… Read More

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Death by Buzz: Remembering Musicians the Hype Machine Killed

Hype is the most polarizing force in today’s music world. The internet has made it incredibly easy for listeners to streamline their new music exposure and stay on top of emerging acts, but hype encourages erratic attention at best from consumers. These days, the ears of the masses are always hungry for the next big thing, an honor often bestowed on the strength of a single song, by blogs, aggregators, viral videos, and sometimes even commercials, rather than real criticism.

Over the years, hype has encouraged the bandwagon to move in many positive directions, but what about when hype fails? After the jump, we unearth some of the bigger misses of the last ten years. Sorry, guys — we haven’t forgotten. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Lou Reed has directed Susan Boyle’s music video for her cover of his song “Perfect Day” — the same track that he was wrongfully accused of refusing to allow her to perform on America’s Got Talent. [via Vulture]
2. Hugh Jackman was asked to host this year’s Academy Awards, but he… Read More

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A Guide to Fall 2010’s Best (and Worst) Music Reads

In the publishing industry’s sprint to the holiday sales home stretch, few books succeed quite as well as the salacious celebrity bio — be it compelling biography or self-indulgent memoir. Whether written by devoted scholars or the icon in question (usually with the guiding hand of a ghostwriter), these pop culture tomes make for appealing reading and easy gifts — especially when probing the gossipy private life of a public figure. With the roll out of this year’s high-profile music bios — a staple of the celebrity book genre — now well under way, here’s a guide to the season’s standout studies and tone-deaf duds. Because, let’s face it: not everyone is as exciting on the page as they are on the stage. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Susan Boyle’s now infamous TV audition — her performance of “I Dreamed A Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent — was auto-tuned. [via 9 News]
2. For reasons unknown Mission: Impossible 4 will not be called Mission: Impossible 4. And it won’t pick up where Mission: Impossible 3 ended. [via The… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It’s official: Conan O’Brien is gone after Friday’s show. But we don’t feel sorry for him: The deal with NBC is said to be worth around $45 million. [via USA Today]
2. Does anyone else find it strange that the same week Vampire Weekend hits No. 1 on the Billboard album chart,… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned a new sexual term: “chooching.” We laughed at the craziest fashion moments of 2009. We were confused by this marketing move by Hollywood — they do realize the teenage girl in The Lovely Bones dies, right? We were shocked and disappointed by the fact that Grace… Read More

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The 10 Most Fleeting Celebrities of the 2000s

As Andy Warhol said, everyone gets their 15 minutes. And some people’s 15 minutes are shorter than others’. We’re tracking the decade’s celebrities, internet and otherwise, who had the shortest staying power after making a huge splash in the cultural consciousness. You know, those people that everyone and their mother was talking about for weeks and then fell off the radar completely when the public eye got bored and turned elsewhere. Who? We know. We’ll remind you.

Our list is admittedly a little 2009-heavy, but the more prevalent the internet gets the easier it is to become an overnight sensation (or mockery). Plus, this year has been a really good one for attention junkies. Check it out after the… Read More

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