Lots of things happen in the music business and on the internet every week. This is an attempt to make sense of them. OK, here we go.

  • A couple weeks ago, we told you all about the sad news that British entertainment retailer HMV has entered “administration,” which is basically like filing for Chapter 11 but in England, so, you know, fancier and with better publicly funded television. This week the company fired 190 employees. As Gawker points out, one of those employees actually live-tweeted the event, which isn’t exactly notable, except that the person live-tweeted it FROM THE HMV ACCOUNT. Someone hire that person immediately or give them some sort of social media medal.

  • Imagine: It’s Friday afternoon, and you are United States congressman Paul Ryan. You’ve just finished another long, hard day of fighting back against the encroaching socialist revolution, and you’re sitting back in your desk, munching on a specially designed Power Bar forged by a team of Heritage Foundation interns, squeezing a gold-plated stress ball given to you by one of Mitt Romney’s sons (you can’t really remember which—maybe the creepy one?) and looking to take some quality “Ryan-time,” which is what you call relaxing because remember: You are Paul fucking Ryan. You open up your computer and think, “Damn, I could really go for some Spotfiy!” And then… “GAH WHAT THE FUCK WHY DOES THE HOUSE BAN SPOTIFY ON ITS SECURE NETWORK.” You decide to take a nap instead.

  • Macklemore is still a thing that exists, and he shows no signs of slowly seeping back into the earnest, patch-covered knapsack from which he crawled. So instead we’ve all had to make some sort of amends with his cool haircut and his shapely jaw because he now has the No. 1 song in America. That song is called “Thrift Shop,” and you may have heard it at an unfortunate social gathering or at an unfortunate retail space. It turns out, not everyone is a fan of Macklemore. In fact, it seems that some people think he kinda sucks, and I’m inclined to agree. Listen to this and then decide for yourself:

  • Red Bull continues its gradual takeover of the music industry with the introduction of a new video series called “H∆SHTAG$,” which sounds like the name of a Red Bull video series in a parody of a Red Bull video series, but it actually seems pretty interesting. The first one is all about the current state of R&B, and you can check it out below.

  • If there’s one thing the internet has taught us, it’s that your self-worth is directly proportionate to the amount of traffic you can generate. And this week the good people over at Queerty pointed out that it seems like Lady Gaga’s internet star is waning. They’ve got a neat graph to back them up. Also, how come no one told me there was a Meat Dress 2?

  • News So Old It’s Not Worth Trying To Make A Joke About: Chris Brown and Frank Ocean got in a fight over a parking space.

  • The Week In Grohl: Every week we like to check in with music legend and T-shirt enthusiast Dave Grohl and see what’s Grohl-ing on. Sorry. Anyway, his Grohliness played a show with Stevie Knicks, Slipnot frontman Corey Taylor, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Rick Springfield and a bunch of other people that apparently owe Dave Grohl a favor. It sounds pretty neat. Also, Grohl-zilla directed a music video for Soundgarden’s “By Crooked Steps,” and it has Deadmau5 in it because Dave Grohl’s life has become a MadLibs game at this point. Watch it below.


  • This weekend is the Super Bowl, and Beyoncé will be performing at halftime. You can be sure that she will give a powerful, professional performance that will have certain corners of the internet comparing her to some real Touched By An Angel shit while other corners of the internet will try to emphatically explain that Beyoncé is, “like, the product of corporate America, maaaaannnn,” as if the entire Super Bowl isn’t some screeching capitalist nightmare. Meanwhile, I’ll be at my apartment, being like, “Hey, remember when Mankind fought the Rock in an empty arena during halftime of the Super Bowl?” So, yeah, watch this, and have a good weekend.