We twittered, shared and reposted all these stories ad nauseum in 2010--for a good reason. This year, trashy viral videos made more of an impact than the Grammys, and Antoine Dodson was more memorable than Beatles songs finally getting on iTunes. So the line blurring of talent and fame is more negligible than ever. Who cares? As long as you retweet it...right?
10. Avenged Sevenfold drummer's cause of death
James Owen Sullivan, AKA The Rev, died on Dec. 28, 2009, in Huntington Beach at the age of 28. The Avenged Sevenfold drummer was found in his condo; he was first reported to have died of natural causes. On June 9, the cause of death was revealed to have been an acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of oxycodone (OxyContin), oxymorphone (a metabolite of oxycodone), diazepam (Valium), nordiazepam (a metabolite of diazepam) and alcohol.
9. Kanye West discovers Twitter and uses it as a soap box
When Kanye West signed up for his Twitter account on July 28, no one knew it was going to be everyone's direct line to West's most intimate feelings. Well, that, and his shopping list. We all found out that he thought people from Bonnaroo were "squid brains," that he's used gold-encrusted goblets, and that he had beef with the Today show in 140 characters or less.
8. Sublime with Rome 'reunion'
It's one thing to have a band reunion when all your members are still alive--portly, but alive. It's another to pluck a 22-year-old lead singer who is a dead ringer for, well, your dead singer (vocally, anyway) and perform all the songs that made you famous 15 years ago. It just seems wrong. Maybe when they write some new songs?
In May, the New York Times published a not-so-favorable profile of M.I.A. by writer Lynn Hirschberg. In it, M.I.A. was revealed as a hypocrite for leading a contradictory lifestyle--taking about terrorism and Sri Lankan politics while living in an ultra-rich LA neighborhood with a billionaire husband. Then M.I.A. refuted these allegations by releasing her tapes of the actual interview, forcing the NYT to issue a correction!
6. Tila Tequila vs. the Juggalos
Juggalos tried to kill Tila Tequila at the annual Gathering Of The Juggalos in Illinois last August. The Insane Clown Posse fans were so angry that Tequila was at their 'underground' Shangri-La that they threw eggs, poop, cans of Faygo, dildos and diapers at her. Tequila apparently continued performing once objects started flying, and kept shouting, "I don't give a fuck!"; she also pulled off her top before she got hit on the head and was carried away by security. Awesome.
5. Lady Gaga's meat dress
Lady Gaga wore a dress made of real meat at the 2010 VMAs in August. It did not look tasty, but it did become a popular Halloween costume.
4. The worst moment of George Bush's presidency
Another Kanye West entry! Well, why not? George W. Bush served two terms. He was president when terrorists crashed American airplanes into the World Trade Center and during Hurricane Katrina. And yet, Kanye West calling him a racist on national TV was the "worst moment of his presidency?" Wild.
3. The Dougie (and every other wannabe dance dujour that tried to ride on Cali Swag District's fame, such as the Bernie and the Wheelchair Shawty)
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Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" was like bubblegum, so we had to chew it. Apparently, the whole country felt the same way--from Justin Bieber to Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards--who did the Dougies on cornerback Darius Butler after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots. The downside? A bunch of ridiculous copycat dances, fromthe Bernie
(shuffle around like you're dead!) to theWheelchair Shawty
(dance like you're disabled and in a wheelchair!).
Who doesn't know Antoine Dodson
's story by now? A rapist climbed into the Dodson family's apartment in August, thus becoming a catalyst for the biggest viral video of 2010. Dodson's virulent tirade against the crime was broadcast on TV and auto-tuned into a song by the Gregory Brothers. Since then, the "Bed Intruder Song" feat. the Gregory Brothers and Kelly Dodson charted on iTunes' R&B/Soul Chart and turned Dodson into a bona fide celebrity, with a BET appearance, a hit Halloween costume and various celebrity endorsements.
1. Imperial Stars get arrested for stupid publicity prank, er...homeless children
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On Oct. 12, Christopher Wright, Paul Arabella (a.k.a. David Paul Hale) and Keith Yackey headed for U.S. Highway 101 and blocked three lanes of traffic at 10:20 a.m. to play one song atop a semi. The lead trio of the Garden Grove-based Imperial Stars played "Traffic Jam 101" for a captive Los Angeles audience--commuters who were stuck in the traffic jam they caused. Soon after the stunt, the California Highway Patrol came to arrest the trio and tow the semi; 24 hours later, the band members were released from jail and celebrated in Hollywood after posting $10,000 bail. In November, they were charged with conspiracy. No matter; they're doing a ton of press and "benefit shows"--not to mention they've been offered a TV reality show, so we really hope the homeless children are benefiting from their brushes with the law.