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David Kenniston
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Writer of the Pop Music Blog VertigoShtick.com
Writer of the Pop Music Blog VertigoShtick.com

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"Can See Can Do" and the Politics of M.I.A.
Sometimes, when I need to check myself, I put on M.I.A. 's "Paper Planes." Popularized by the trailer to the stoner film Pineapple Express , it was the first big hit for the British dance artist (and for her producer and then-beau, Diplo ), peaking at #4 on...
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Let's Rate Some iTunes New Artist Spotlight Singles with Emoji
The Billboard Hot 100 is in one of its regular ruts at the moment. Seven of the current top ten singles are stagnant or on the decline, and the other three aren't much more inspired ( Maroon 5 , Taylor Swift , and barrel-bottom Pitbull ); meanwhile, Mark Ro...
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57th Grammys Have Actually Made Some Good Choices (So Far)
The Grammy Awards are...problematic. NEWS FLASH. Peer awards for an
intensely conservative, artistically sprawling industry about ten years
behind the times, with baffling voting procedures and no guild or
critics' awards to act as a check and counterpoi...
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Wagons! Who knew
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The Top 10 Katy Perry Songs of All Time
The Super Bowl is coming up, and Katy Perry is playing the halftime show. Maybe you've heard? It'll be her biggest audience ever, and while she's no Madonna or Beyonce , she's still done a few good things in her short career. Here is the definitive list of ...
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Katy Perry Kissed A Girl - Should We Like It?
. This piece was originally published on June 4, 2008 on the once wondrous but now defunct Gaywired.com, which was owned, as presumably this piece still is, by Regent Media, now Here Media. It is reprinted here without express permission because it's releva...
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The Vertigo Shtick Top 40 Pop Singles of 2014, Part Three
The best pop singles of 2014 were a motley crew, but slowly and surely we're getting to the best of them. The second tier is a collection of ten powerhouse jams from ten powerhouse women, some new, some shedding an old skin, some returning, and some legenda...
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