Archive for January, 2009
After years of mediocrity, it seems that the Grammy Awards are finally getting their act together. Long abandoned by most serious music listeners as a legitimate source for the best music of the year, they had become more of an awards show for your parents’ favorite music of the year. “How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” the craptastic latest U2 disc won best album in 2005, and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” a mediocre Green Day track won best record. The Dixie Chicks had the best album honor in 2006–get where I’m coming from?
Has this page been a common sight for anyone else recently? You’re definitely not alone if it has. Facebook users have been experiencing various problems with the much-beloved social networking website, and the issues seem to be affecting every user on the site. SU students and other blogs are reporting being locked out of their account due to “site maintenance,” bugs where links on the site just aren’t clickable, problems with Facebook Chat, and general slow speeds.
10. Tha Carter 3 – Lil’ Wayne
“Tha Carter 3″ gave Lil’ Wayne his first #1 with the sugar sweet “Lollipop,” and the success of that song led this album to garner the strongest first-week sales of any other 2008 LP. The cleanest-produced Wayne album yet, he teams up with world-class producers, vocalists, and rappers like Kanye West, Babyface, and Jay-Z to create a perfect piece of urban pop. Chopped up raw rap tracks like “A Milli” fit right in with more R&B fare like “Comfortable” with ease, and downright weird tracks like “Phone Home” give the album even more character. Despite the fact that it suffers from a common hip-hop flaw (the album is too long, with unnecessary filler), the standout tracks by themselves would make an entire album, and a pretty damn good one at that.