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Former Nickelodeon actress turned pop star, Ariana Grande, has been a hot topic lately. This young woman has quickly risen to fame due to her cute face and her ridiculously good singing voice that has the ability to do crazy high-pitched runs. (People have even been comparing her to Mariah Carey!) Ariana performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival this weekend, including an impressive duo performance with Nicki Minaj of their song “Bang Bang," and tickets are on sale for her first headlining tou... [Read more]

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Cringe-Worthy Song Lyrics (And the Woman Who Hates Them)

November 26, 2013
Offensive lyrics are so ubiquitous that they've come invisible. [Read more]

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Are You a Cheat?

October 4, 2013
Pearls before swine. It has become somewhat fashionable to attack Miley Cyrus on this blog in recent weeks, and who am I to buck a trend? It seems Ms. Cyrus, who serves as high-octane fuel for the Disney juggernaut, is determined to go all the way to Mentaltown. She's festooned across all media as ever, not necessarily for the right reasons. Her post-Hannah digital presence is directly related to high-profile drug use, simulating sex with 37 year old men, and those twerking dwarf slapfest anti... [Read more]
You might think you've peeked the scene You haven't, the real one's far too mean The watered down one, the one you know Was made up centuries ago It may just sound all whack and corny Yes, it's awful, blasted boring Twisted fiction, sick addiction Well, gather 'round, children, zip it, listen! - Nicki Minaj As Lindsay and her mother Dina Lohan sped away from Manhattan’s Electric Room in the back seat of their SUV, one can only imagine the conversation that ensued. Early reports sug... [Read more]
With the unparalleled certainty of a mathematical equation, it’s a given that any time anyone in the hip hop world starts to shine it’s guaranteed that shade throwers will materialize to do what they do best. In the words of one particular larger than life artist who has been thrown under the bus by the lot, “Everybody I know from the hood got common haters.” Like petty thugs who mock the clothes, the hair and most importantly the work of the players grinding it out in the trenches, these cyni... [Read more]

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After more than 500 entries, the winner of Ticket Liquidator's Summer Concert Sweepstakes was Peter Dale from Graham, Washington. Dale was selected at random today, May 14, 2012, and the winning submission was for signing up for the Live Toast RSS feed on April 17. So, not only does Peter get $350 towards any event of his choice, he gets great content from the Live Toast blog in his feed! Check out what Peter Dale had to say about winning Ticket Liquidator's Summer Concert Sweepstakes below: ... [Read more]

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Buzz artists unite! Mark Foster and Isom Innis from Foster the People moonlighting as Smims & Belle made a slick remix of Lana Del Rey’s "Blue Jeans" with Azealia Banks parachuting in for a verse about gangsters: Read more...
While it would be easy for me to sit here and mock the 2012 NBA Dunk Contest as the worst ever (and I certainly will), there were far worse things that occurred this past weekend. Things that make me truly believe the Mayans were right and 2012 will be the apocalyptic end of the world, namely Nicki Minaj’s All-Star Weekend performance and Kobe Bryant saying he is the second-best basketball player of all time. Of course, there were some good things that happened this weekend as well, like the b... [Read more]

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(or A Superbowl/Grammy Post-Mortem on How Nicki Minaj Managed to Sidestep America’s Parochial Sensibilities to Grab the Freak Baton from Madonna) In the midst of Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime performance which at different times honored the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, the pagan deity Baphomet, football, America, gospel and of course L-U-V Madonna herself, Nicki Minaj stood off to the side shaking her ass and her pom-poms, doing “The Bump” with Madonna when appropriate and generally following the... [Read more]

The Weekly Toast 2/3/12

February 3, 2012
THIS WEEK: Material girlz...Homerleaks...prison rules... • Madonna took the whole Super Bowl thing quite literally in this video for the first single from her new album. Doing things like using her Super Bowl money to hire two of the biggest hype women in the game is why Madonna is still relevant. • Lizzie Grant a.k.a. Lana Del Rey put all the haters to rest by topping the iTunes charts with her debut album Born to Die. • All in the same week reports came in that future Hall of Fame q... [Read more]
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