Sex Scandals Involving Children Mean Different Things for Different Artists

Sex Scandals Involving Children Mean Different Things for Different Artists

The new documentaries focusing on the accusations levied against both Michael Jackson and R. Kelly over the years have raised questions once again about how the music of an artist who has allegedly committed sexual abuse against children should be handled. Some radio stations have stopped playing songs by both, but streams and music sales are telling something very different about the public’s perception. When one hit wonder Gary Glitter was facing similar charges several years ago, the reaction on both sides was much different – is that because he didn’t have a catalog of material as beloved as Jackson and Kelly?

I did a piece for The Daily Times which touched on the subject.

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Live Review: James Bay Returns to Boston

Live Review: James Bay Returns to Boston

Following the unexpected cancellation of his fall 2018 North American tour, James Bay is back at it with a bunch of rescheduled dates. Last night was Boston, and my review is up over at Vanyaland.

Check it out here.

Also, it’s worth revisiting what drew me to Bay in the first place, back when he killed it on SNL in 2018 with “Pink Lemonade”:

‘The Dirt’: What We Hope to See – and Not See – in the Upcoming Mötley Crüe Biopic

‘The Dirt’: What We Hope to See – and Not See – in the Upcoming Mötley Crüe Biopic

One month from today, the Motley Crue biopic The Dirt lands on Netflix. Over at Ultimate Classic Rock, I broke down some of the stories we hope to see from the 2001 book and ones that we would rather not.

Check it out here.

Also, it’s a good a time as any to revisit a cautionary tale by the Crue on falling in love at too early an age:

[Some of] The Best Music of 2018

[Some of] The Best Music of 2018

‘Twas a good year for music 2018, and after the jump are 28 songs from the year that I found myself spinning over and over. There’s a good bit of electronic-tinged music in the mix like Carpenter Brut, Kingswood and Chromatics as well as stuff from the heavier end in Turnstile, The End of the Ocean and Black Heaven. Then there’s just some solid songwriting from the Charlatans, Soccer Mommy, Mitski and Snail Mail.

I hope you like some of it as much as I did.
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