Wow, 2011 sure went by fast. And while our most popular posts had all the elements that make up the Interwebz (cats, Kreayshawn and Lil Wayne all made the list) we found that our biggest hits are made up of solid news coverage. Read on to see our most popular posts of 2011!
10. Music Reviews of Selena Gomez and Ryan Adams
Selena Gomez performed at the Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fair this summer, and her slideshow easily averaged about 200,000 page views. Ryan Adams' San Diego stop didn't allow for photographers, but hand-drawn drawings led to a mention on Ryan Adam's Facebook page!
9. Avenged Sevenfold Names Arin Ilejay as New Drummer
Huntington Beach-based Avenged Sevenfold suffered a loss in December 2009 when drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan passed away at age 28.
When Avenged Sevenfold named Arin Ilejay (formerly of defunct "metalcore" band Confide) as their newest member right before they went on tour with with Stonesour, Hollywood Undead and New Medicine, on the "Nightmare After Christmas" tour, people were nostalgic for the Rev, but lauded the fact that the Huntington Band was moving on.
8. The History of 'Mahna Mahna': From a Swedish Sex Film Soundtrack to the Muppets and Beyond!
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7. Rapper Gillionaire: 'I tatted gwas across my chest--that's swag in reverse... so hoes can see that shit in their rear view mirrors.'
6. Anything Coachella!
From surmising the reason Coachella sold out in six days (blame the Mexis!) to fake lineups, the two-weekend festival just kept getting clicks.
5. Frances Bean Cobain's Engagement
Via judicious Facebook stalking, we broke the news that 19-year-old grunge heiress Frances Bean Cobain was engaged to OC band the Rambles' frontman, Isaiah Silva.
4. That Monster Massive fiasco
Monster Massive, an annual Halloween mega-rave, advertised that their 2011 event--featuring Armin van Buuren, Erick Morillo and Moby--was going to be held at Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado. Apparently, this was news to Oak Canyon Ranch's event planner, James Events, which said Monster Massive will not be held there, despite counter-statements by the event's promoters. After we broke that news, sources told us Go Ventures, Monster Massive's organizers, did not have a contract with any venue, and that they misled van Buuren into thinking the event was going to push through. The event was (as expected) canceled days before it was supposed to be held.
3. Lil Wayne Rips Apart Kreayshawn's 'Gucci Gucci' on His New Mixtape
2. Ten Album Covers Improved by Cats
Not only did this post generate a Tumbler copycat, I got people from all over the world sending it back to me and saying "congratulations." Uh, for what? For acknowledging that cats rule the Internet?
1. Five Music-Related Things Kids Today Will Never Have
Lest we forget--Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge's column "3hree Things" is consistently one of the most popular blog entries every week. If you haven't read them all, do it today!