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Adam Lambert debuted the lead single from his first major-label album, "For Your Entertainment." As remarkable and unique as his voice is, he seems to be relying far too heavily on his sexuality post- American Idol. If it shocked you before, now it's at least old news, if you're not banging your head against the wall with every picture that you see of Lambert "shocking" us all by making out with a naked woman.

There are certain things you'll remember for your entire life. For me, Michael Jackson's death is one of them. I was in Times Square when the news was flashed across the signs on ABC's studio. The world stopped. Everybody stared. Mouths dropped open. Men and women cried. The King of Pop was as dead as a door-nail, weeks before he began a concert engagement that was supposed to yet again rejuvenate his career.

Whether it's the handclap-laden single ‘If You're Wondering if I Want You To (I Want You To)' or the possibly pedophilic love song ‘I'm Your Daddy', get your Top 40 charts ready, because Weezer are trying their hardest to climb to the top on their seventh studio release, Raditude. The ultra-clean, synth-laden album is either 10, 12, or 14 tracks of unabashed pop, depending on whether you purchase the standard, deluxe, or international version.

This week the head of the National Endowment for the Arts announced that he wants to explore giving government funding to the hip-hop culture, including rap music. A lot of people are outraged, claiming that the hip-hop genre is overall offensive and vulgar and therefore, undeserving. These people have probably never heard of the C-4 movement.
C-4's new album, "Prepare 4 the C-sons" is proof that not all hip-hop music is about "slappin' a hoe" or living some kind of thug life. C-4's lyrics are refreshingly intelligent. These guys are not afraid to take a point of view on the world and challenge listeners to do the same.

"You kids…you've got the internet, and Facebook, and YouTube" were the quizzical words of Jesse Malin, the punk-rock poseur openers and apparent Luddites who went on to explain to a packed but uninterested audience that "rock ‘n roll is president, punk rock is president", which, could have been an attempt at a political statement, but it's blandly enigmatic message proved to be a perfect backdrop for the egoism of the group.

You may think the chocolate-chip scones offered at "Pura Vida" are the only UK influence in your life right now, but you are greatly mistaken. Rising in recognition, a movement known as transatlanticism describes an integration of English culture resounding on the daily. Ranging anywhere from the 1960's hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand" to Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," a long line of foreign tunes are marked among the greatest of US nostalgia.