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BACKSTAGE WITH MARIAN
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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

My Articles

MY PICKS
CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

MERCURY REVIEWS
Art: The New Art of India
Bar: Boswell's
Book: Jill Scott
Club: Forum
DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

SICK SITE
Earth and Sun Kiss

MY PLAYLIST

1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES
  • Billboard Charts
  • Encyclopedia
  • iticket.com
  • Moviefone
  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
  • VH1

  • BLOGROLL
  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Berkeley Blogs
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
  • BLT's Parry
  • Crayone: the trials and tribulations of a graffiti artist
  • Dan Gillmor : Grassroots Journalism
  • Dat Phan : Last Comic Standing season 1 winner
  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
  • Davey D: Hip Hop Daily News
  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
  • Jeff Chang: fellow Asian hip hop writer
  • Joe Grimm : Ask the Recruiter
  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Pacific Standard: Bay Area hip-hop
  • Pop And Politics
  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Tuesday, December 21, 2004

    Usher and Naomi split up, plus naughty Lindsay Lohan

    In the news, Naomi Campbell dumped Usher, reportedly saying his entourage was too controlling, expecting her to show up for pictures with him at every awards ceremony. They apparently had a tiff after she failed to show up at the Billboard Awards with him. I guess the model wanted to be more than eye candy.

    In other news, Lindsay Lohan may be topping the charts at No. 4, according to Soundscan, but that popularity isn't doing anything for her little brother. Last weekend her 8-year-old brother Cody went backstage and asked for pop-punk band Good Charlotte's autograph. Singer Joel Madden wouldn't give it unless Lindsay publicly apologized to Hilary. This made her little brother cry and exclaim that pop punk band Simple Plan was much better, reports MTV on their site.

    Also in a vote for "Naughtiest People of 2004" by Heavy.com Lindsay Lohan (41%) was voted worse than Osama Bin Ladin (26%). After Lohan was caught lip-syncing on "Good Morning America" earlier this month, she fared even worse than celebrity starlet Paris Hilton (25%). Michael Jackson got 22% and Scott Peterson got 12%.

    In other Lohan news, the rising star said she wouldn't pose naked for Playboy -- see, she isn't that naughty ... at least not yet.


    1 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Marian. =)

    *waves*

    6:21 PM  

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