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Mention Jeff Bridges to almost anyone and they immediately can reference their favorite Bridges’ character, whether it’s the innocent alien in “Starman,” the burnt-out DJ in “The Fisher King,” the mediocre jazz musician in “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” the valiant president in “The Contender” or the now iconic Dude from “The Big Lebowski.”
With “Crazy Heart,” Bridges has added another unforgettable character to his remarkable 40-year career. In the film, out Dec. 16, he plays Bad Blake, a once-successful country singer who’s traveled thousands of miles down dark, bad roads. At the bottom of a downward slide, he drives from gig to gig in his old, beat-up Suburban, a shadow of his former self, but the music is all he has. Bridges so completely inhabits the role and received so much acclaim as the movie played the festival circuit, the decision was made to move up the release date in time for Bridges to be in Oscar contention. If nominated, it will be his fifth acting nod.
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See how your favorite ranked
It’s official: Taylor Swift is Billboard’s Artist of the Year. The music industry Bible tallied album sales and Hot 100 song ranking to come up with the list of the top artists of 2009.
As you’ll see (and as the Grammy nominations last week reflected, it was a very good year for the ladies). Swift’s album, “Fearless,” has sold more than 4 million copies, while her music, most notable singles “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me,” have been crossover, multi-format smashes.
The lingering question, however, is if Billboard had allowed catalog titles on the Billboard 200, would that have made a difference? Would Michael Jackson’s astronomical posthumous sales been enough to propel him into the Top 10? Billboard made the change to include catalog titles going forward in late November--too late for both Jackson and the Beatles.
How did Gnarls Barkley and James Blunt fare?
Here’s a list you don’t want to top: The decade’s top one-hit wonders chart. We at Hitfix will bring you plenty of our own lists -- some of them, like Daniel’s great countdown of his favorite TV shows of the decade, have already started.
But in the meantime, as Drew did earlier today, we’ll link to some of our favorites from other sites.
Billboard has a great listing of those folks whose song you couldn’t escape for months -- and then you never heard from them again.
Here’s the top 10, but we think you should check out the whole list. It goes to 50. Sit play and play, “Oh yeah! What ever did happen to them?”
Daniel Powter, “Bad Day”
Terror Squad, “Lean Back”
Crazy Town, “Butterfly”
Mims, “This is Why I’m Hot”
D4L, “Laffy Taffy”
James Blunt, “You’re Beautiful”
Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”
Blu Cantrell, “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)”
Bo Bice, “Inside Your Heaven”
Dream, “He Loves U Not”
Is your favorite on the list?
1. Kings of Leon, Only by the Night
3. Lady Gaga, The Fame
4. Taylor Swift, Fearless
5. Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
6. The Essential Michael Jackson
7. The Fray, The Fray
8. Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3
9. Eminem, Relapse
10. Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
Singer appears after a decade-long absence. Did you miss her?
Billy Corgan laments the child he never had
Listen to it and decide for yourself