The Last Billboard
is a 36 foot long rooftop billboard located on the corner of Highland and Baum
in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Each month a different individual is invited to use the billboard. The custom designed billboard consists of a rail system with heavy wooden letters that are changed by hand.
posted by frimble
on Jun 17, 2014 -
A journalist gets fantastic access to Lorde before she tops the charts around the world. The long article
gives the backstory to the precocious 16 year old and explains how she was instrumental in creating her well-received
debut album Pure Heroine
posted by meech
on Nov 2, 2013 -
DJ Earworm has released his annual "United State of Pop" mashup of the year's 25 most popular songs according to Billboard's charts: Shine Brighter
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Dec 20, 2012 -
120 years of Billboard data.
Eternally curious blogger Andy Baio starts a three-day analysis of the data in the Whitburn Project, "a huge undertaking to preserve and share high-quality recordings of every popular song since the 1890s. To assist their efforts, they've created a spreadsheet of 37,000 songs and 112 columns of raw data, including each song's duration, beats-per-minute, songwriters, label, and week-by-week chart position." It all happens on good ol' Usenet--here's a FAQ
posted by dbarefoot
on May 15, 2008 -
"I've hidden myself and covered myself for too long. Now I want to show myself fearlessly, even though I know my body arouses repugnance. I want to recover because I love life and the riches of the universe. I want to show young people how dangerous this illness is."
French Comedienne Isabelle Caro
, 27, an anorexic who weighs just 68 pounds, was displayed on Milan billboards (NSFW)
for fashion designer Nolita
as the city celebrated fashion week. The prevalence of eating disorders within the fashion industry
have only recently been addressed
officially, however Georgio Armani
has complained that since Caro isn't a model herself it proves "even people who take no notice of fashion get anorexic."
posted by miss lynnster
on Sep 30, 2007 -
A graphical dissertation
' "This Is Why I'm Hot
". Consider the reasoning, first, of just "I'm hot 'cause I'm fly":
Mims is hot because he's fly. But it raises the question: Does being hot guarantee one's being fly? "You ain't 'cause you not" would seem to clear that up:
It would appear that fly and hot are interchangable. If you are one, you are both; if you aren't at least one, you are neither.
posted by four panels
on Apr 23, 2007 -
of Atlantic City Boardwalk from R.C. Maxwell. Photographs taken to give client's an idea of the traffic that would see their billboards, provide a record of the people who have thronged to the boardwalk since the early 1900's.
posted by tellurian
on Sep 13, 2006 -
Girl looking for husband in Nashville, TN, puts picture on billboard. "I just want one man driving by this billboard who wants to marry me." Is this a Red state thing?
posted by metaforth
on Nov 25, 2004 -
Live From Nowhere Near You
is the name of a benefit CD created in the Northwest by Kevin Moyer and over 75 musicians. Professional contributors include Mike McCready and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, director Gus Van Sant (singing/guitar), Squirrel Nut Zippers and more.
Might make a great Christmas present.
See also related Billboard story
posted by Twang
on Oct 31, 2003 -
"Before the invention of modern billboards, sign painters used to paint advertisements and company names directly onto building walls. These gradually fading painted signs are known as ghost signs
posted by dobbs
on Oct 8, 2003 -
tracks mentions of consumer brands in songs in the Billboard Hot 100
. It's interesting to see which products get mentioned the most; Mercedes is currently on top with 29 mentions so far in 2003. (This week, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, and Li'l Kim all give props to the Benz.) Burberry and Puma round out the top three. Question: is this typically admiration of the product, projecting an image, or product placement
? (Via Slate.)
posted by Vidiot
on Apr 4, 2003 -
A great music editor passes on.
Timothy White, editor-in-chief of Billboard Magazine
, died suddenly of a heart attack today. He was a fixture of music journalism. He and his bow-tie will be missed.
posted by aeiou
on Jun 27, 2002 -
For the first time in forty years, there is not a single UK act on the Billboard top 100 singles chart
. A lot of people argue that it's because manfactured crap is interchangable, so there's no need to import it, but plenty of American artists still make it in the UK, so I'm inclined to believe there's something else at work here. Any ideas as to what that something might be?
posted by aaron
on Apr 24, 2002 -
Jiminy Cricket! It's our Corporate America Flag billboard!
Once upon a time (quite recently, in fact), the good people of Adbusters received a call from a production assistant for a movie being made by Miramax, a Disney corporation. It seems the new film needed an establishing shot of Times Square in New York City. But something was in the way.
Jiminy Cricket! It's our Corporate America Flag billboard!
Disney gave us three options. We could (a) take the billboard down for a week or two; (b) cover up the billboard; or (c) change the billboard's corporate logos back into stars. Flag Picture
posted by Niahmas
on Feb 2, 2002 -
Nick Hornby reviews the Billboard Top Ten.
Quote: We have been told often enough that to disapprove of gangsta rap is pointless, middle class, and smug, like disapproving of modern urban life itself. Nevertheless, one is entitled to feel queasy about the enthusiasm for and endorsement of the gangsta life audible on "The Saga Continues . . ."
posted by acridrabbit
on Aug 21, 2001 -
Highway to Hell
billboard depicts Satan giving McVeigh his lethal injection. This is an advertisement for the same Dallas radio station that employs the DJs responsible for the recent Spears/Timberlake car-crash rumor. What's the difference between political propaganda and savvy demographic pandering? Via davezilla.com
posted by johnnyace
on Jun 18, 2001 -
Is the Boss really in charge?
Tucows is -- supposedly legally -- posting tracks from his early album, "Before the Fame" (though that sounds like a title applied after the fact to *me*).
posted by baylink
on Jun 16, 2000 -