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So this is perfect.
Joe Adalian just tweeted an update with MTV VMA ratings and they are flat out bad. The show dropped from 12.4 million last year to 6.1 million this year. The lack of stars and excitement may have something to do with it, as might the DNC convention and Obama, but Adalian calls out the move to Thursday as a specifically bad move.
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Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
Rise Against, “Ballad of Hollis Brown”
Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side”
Gym Class Heroes, “The Fighter”
K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, “Is Anybody Out There?”
Lil Wayne, “How to Love”
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”
Regina Spektor, “All the Rowboats”
Of Monsters & Men, “Little Talks”
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Watch the Throne, “Otis”
A$AP Rocky, “Goldie”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Watch the Throne, “Paris”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Say what you will about Punk’d, it requires strong improvisers and comedic actors to pull off its stunts. Just ask Bill Hader, Dax Shepherd, BJ Novak, and Steve Rannazzisi.
This wonderful oral history of the golden era of MTV is out today, and I suggest you buy it. Pitchfork has an excerpt on its front page today. If you’re around tonight, the authors are doing a little forum/Q&A thing at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble at 7pm with me, DMC and Ed Lover, along with whichever of the early execs decides to drop in. It should be interesting, but I’ll be honest: it will definitely be less sexy and drugsy than much of the goings-on in the book.
Anyway. Get your copy here and say goodbye to your weekend.
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