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Spin Magazine Names Best 40 Albums of 2010

In: Donovan, Music

Spin Magazine just ranked their Top 40 albums of 2010. Even though the magazine has a tendency to skew more alternative-rock, the list includes several hip-hop and pop acts. In fact, the top spot goes to Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy“. Earlier this week, West’s opus also claimed the No. 2 spot on MySpace’s year end list. In an earlier album review, Spin called the album:

“a ballsy, self-aware admonition that luxuriates in its grandiose reveal as an Assholes Anonymous orgy that gets nowhere close to serenity.”

Homorazzi.com favorite Robyn also made the list. Surprisingly it was only her Body Talk Pt. 1 CD that made the cut. You would’ve thought Spin would’ve included all three parts of her amazing trilogy on the list. Unfortunately for the Swedish singer, she also didn’t receive a lot of love during this year’s Grammy nomination announcement. She received only one nod for “Dancing On My Own“. Check out what other albums made Spin Magazine’s cut below.

view Spin’s Top 10 Albums after the jump

Rihanna Sizzles In Bold “Interview” Pics

In: Donovan, Fashion, Music

For Interview Magazine’s December/January issue, a short red-haired Rihanna works it out for fashion photographer Mikael Jansson. Rihanna oozes sex appeal from a bygone decade. I’m thinking the 70s, given the styling choices. Those are some sexy shades she’s sporting on the cover. When I first saw her cover for the holiday issue of Marie Claire I loved it. But in light of these new pics, they seem rather boring when compared to Interview’s fashion editorial.

The Bajan beauty doesn’t only pose in fabulous couture for the issue, but she’s also interviewed by her labelmate and friend, Kanye West. Boy, did the record label score in killing two birds with one stone with this promotional effort. The piece Kanye did for Interview Magazine is titled “The Colorful Art of Being Rihanna“. As a writer/rapper/producer he is exceptional, as an interviewer… not so much. He doesn’t really ask anything profound and sticks to a color-by-numbers interviewing line of questioning. Given they are friends, I would’ve expected something a bit juicier. Perhaps Rihanna’s people put some really tight restrictions on Interview and Kanye before the interview.

view more pics from Interview Magazine after the jump

Too bad Jessica’s name didn’t start with a silent “K” and then the answer would be obvious. Stumped yet? The five celebrities along with a multitude of stars and talent will be participating in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For 84 years, the annual event has entertained families on the festive holiday. This year, more than 3.5 million spectators are expected to line the streets of Manhattan with an additional 50 million viewers nationwide watching NBC’s telecast.

Previously announced stars joining the festivities this year include India Arie, Big Time Rush, Betty Buckley, Ann Hampton Callaway, the casts of Broadway’s American Idiot, Elf, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, the Big Apple Circus, Miranda Cosgrove, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Gloriana, Michael Grimm, Arlo Guthrie, Eric Hutchinson, Juanes, Victoria Justice, Gladys Knight, Mannheim Steamroller, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, Power Rangers Samurai, Joan and Melissa Rivers, and Crystal Shawanda.

check out some cool facts and historical points about the parade after the jump

While AskMen.com isn’t exactly the be-all-end-all of polls and stats as far as the American man is considered, they do have a pretty good site and a high readership so I’m willing to give them some credit as they boldly proclaim the results of an extensive poll of over half a million of their readers, titling Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show”: The Most Influential Man. Running 14 years (god, I remember when it started; I am old), this once-college-campus gossiped about comedic news show has become a ratings bonanza, but more importantly it has garnered the trust of throngs of TV-viewers. To me, that’s the most important thing.

In a time where dozens of the world’s countries control the votes, the information released to and the lives of their people; where America itself is slowly becoming brainwashed by an ever-more watched, right wing controlled, propaganda machine AKA FOX News, it’s not just a breath of fresh air but a boon that’s maintaining the sanity of a nation in turmoil. It may sound a bit hyperbolic, but truly this man has changed the face of news in the US and set new standards for other programs to aspire to. And, it’s for that that this once stand up comedian and writer of basal skits has captured the attention of millions.

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Kanye West’s Runaway Video

In: Music, Patrick, Videos

Kanye West just released a 34 and a half minute video called “Runaway”, which incorporates nine songs from his new album. He debuted the film last night (which he directed) on MTV, MTV 2 and BET.

In the video, he encounters 27 year old Selita Ebanks as she crashes down onto earth (a “fallen Phoenix) in front of his car. She falls in love with him and he tries to show her his world, but she soon realizes that she doesn’t fit in to his world and she must return to where she came from. If you don’t recognize her from being a Victoria Secret supermodel, you may remember from Celebrity Apprentice last season where she made it to week 5 before being fired by Trump.

Just went you thought Lady Gaga’s videos were getting long, West went and trumped that with this mini-movie. But, just as Lady Gaga’s videos are beautifully shot and very artistic, so was this. He seems to be working extra hard this year after last year’s Taylor Swift incident. His recent performances on SNL were incredible, and this video is certainly worth watching too…

Watch the video after the jump…

As a big Taylor Swift fan (not even gonna closet that music-crush!), I was pretty unimpressed with Kanye West‘s antics last year at the VMAs as he trampled her big win and tried to award the trophy to Beyonce cause she “deserved it”. So, after a year of not paying attention to the diva’s (and I do mean Mr. West here) releases and newest videos, I allowed him to pop onto my screen while viewing October 2nd’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” and i was BLOWN away! We all love Katy Perry and her apparently huge boobs (thanks to last week’s episode for showing us that!), but her September performance on SNL was lacklustre and basically amounted to a shuffling of feet back and forth on stage… Kanye however (who was brilliant a year or so ago as he belted out in front of a huge lightbulb-filled backdrop) showed all past and future musical starts just how to do it. His performance was stunning, classy and over-the-top in all the right ways.

He performed twice (click through to see them both) but while “Runaway” was great, his act “Power” was jaw-dropping and gorgeous. Looking like a hugely-invested into opening to “America’s Next Top Model”, “Power” had the self-crowned Czar opening to a sea of blanket-covered models crowding the stage like a sea of undulating beauty as he descended a mid-stage staircase. Without boring you too much with praise of this piece and over-analyzing/describing the preciseness of choreography and styling, I do have to say that the man that created this masterpiece is a genius. Doing exactly what it was suppose to I’m currently hunting down everything this man has recently put out to have this number bompin’ on my iPod the next time I get in my car.

Click through to see “Power” and “Runaway”

I have a habit of putting things on repeat when I love them, and my music changes as quickly as my underwear. Even though I just jotted down a few good fall songs here last week, I got a good mashup, a good throwback, and a stellar track to make you move.

Get Outta My Teenage Dream – Katy Perry vs. Kylie Minogue

Okay I’m not usually this cheesy but this rules. If you remember, I HATE Katy Perry, but she has this demonic hold on me, (she’s the queen of the damned for sure). And well Kylie’s a goddess sent from heaven. So I think that balances me out a little. The beat and tune almost work better than the original, and I’ve listened to it more than a few times. It gets my stamp. I know Donovan loves his mashups, YOU’RE WELCOME.

Listen to this and other songs I have on repeat after the jump…

2010 MTV Music Video Award Photo Recap

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

The 2010 MTV Music Video Awards are officially in the history books. What will the footnote be for this year’s telecast… zzzzzzzzz snoozefest. . Seriously, I found myself fast-forwarding through a lot of it this year. Perhaps because, there wasn’t that one big water cooler moment, everyone would be talking about the next day, or maybe because host Chelsea Handler failed to make me laugh or was it the lackluster performances. Whatever it was, it just didn’t live up to the hype. Maybe I’m being a little harsh due to the fact I high expectations for the show. Regardless of the negative nelly overall opinion, there were a few memorable moments worth mentioning. As a side note, can you spot SYTYCD alums Mark Kanemura and Neil Haskell in the picture above?

relieve the evening via photos after the jump

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