Beyoncé-Worship Shows How Political Correctness Ruins Pop Culture

With the Academy Awards looming this weekend, it’s a good time to ask why the public even cares about awards shows anymore. Consider the ridiculous “controversy” that erupted at the recent 59th Grammy Awards when Beyoncé didn’t win each and every Grammy at the 59th Grammy Awards on February 12th. How could Dear Leader B, … Continued


Why Men Have Disappeared from Pop Music

It’s only been a week since Adele released her new album, 25, but the British soul singer can already claim to have the fastest-selling album in the United States of the last quarter century—and maybe of all time. The success of 25 and its lead single, the infectious power ballad “Hello,” are all the more … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Baby Mozart or Baby Adele?

Should parents expose young children to Adele or to Mozart? More broadly, should we try to form in our children an appreciation for worthy pop culture or for the classics of our civilization? The day Adele’s new single, “Hello” was released, I explained to our two-year-old daughter (as much as one can fruitfully explain anything … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Music, Parenting

What Adele Has that Other Pop Stars Lack: Class

Last weekend, millions of people heard the latest single from Adele, “Hello.” The aptly named track is the first release from the star after a nearly four year hiatus, and it might very well be her most powerful piece yet. The song’s debut caused a frenzy on Facebook and Twitter, with people all over the … Continued

Celebrities, Entertainment, Music

Stop Hating on Divas

Last week, Aretha Franklin announced the release of her latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics and the enthusiastic reception reinforced the world’s continued admiration for the singer. Within 48 hours, her cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” had earned more than 2 million views and a ranking of 58 among Amazon’s … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Adele’s Newfound Joy

Congratulations to lady-like singer Adele, who has just given birth to a baby boy. The 24-year-old crooner announced in June that she was expecting her first child with her “partner” Simon Konecki and now The Mirror reports she gave birth last Friday. But given that so much of Adele’s success has been based on people … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Music

Bond, Music and Gender

My earliest movie theater memory–in fact, one of my earliest memories at all–is of sitting with dropped jaw, thrilled by the brassy, guitar-driven theme song that opened Dr. No, the first in what would become the longest-running film franchise in history. The Bond theme is still my favorite movie music. Dr. No was released fifty … Continued

Entertainment, Movies, Music

The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Adele & Her Classic Soul Sound Win Big at Grammys–NY Times Adele’s Old World Beauty–Vogue Who Wore What on the Red Carpet–THR Watch Grammys 12 Best Moments–The Daily Beast RIP Whitney Houston–Rolling Stone Downton Abbey Recap (4 Engagements and a Funeral)–Speakeasy Romance Prevails: The Vow Woos Its Way to No. 1 at Box Office–WSJ


The Daily Pop Culture Scene

The Top Moments from the Mimi Alford Interview–The Daily Beast Was JFK Too Immoral to Serve?–Historian Robert Dallek Related: Most Shocking Part of the Alford-JFK Tryst?–Acculturated 10 Ways to Lose a Man: Lessons from The Bachelor—PJM Conservative Movies Outsell Liberal Ones–THR What Made Madonna Last?–NPR’s Monkey See 2.5 Stars for Madonna’s New Film, W.E.–Roger Ebert Is … Continued


The Daily Pop Culture Scene

The Inner Life Brad Pitt: The Cover Boy on Politics, Marriage, Religion—THR Faking ADHD Gets You Into Harvard—The Daily Beast Adele’s “21” Is Biggest No. 1 Hit in 20 Years—Billboard Charts Metrosexuals, RIP: Masculinity Is Making a Comeback—Moveline Related: Liam Neeson as Alpha Male in The Grey—Screenrant Makers of The Grey Confront Their Inner Beast—LAT … Continued

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