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In Brief Praise Of “Sometimes,” For The Birthday Of Britney Jean Spears

On this day in history in 1981, Britney Jean Spears was born. There’s no need to parse out her best moments or her best leaks or the best times she made you feel not like a girl and yet, not quite a woman, either. You could do that any day of the week. In celebration of Britney’s… More »


“Happy Birthday” Can Now Be Sung Freely On TV And In Film

The song “Happy Birthday to You,” long avoided with creative alternatives by filmmakers and restaurant employees alike, is now open for public use. Music publishing giant Warner Chappell has held for decades that they own the rights to maybe the most commonly-sung song in America, after buying Birch Tree Group, which had previouslyMore »


14 Year-Old Amy Winehouse Sings “Happy Birthday,” Kills It

See the clip from the upcoming documentary “Amy.” More »


Happy 40th Birthday Jared Leto, You’re Still A Fashion Nightmare

Well Jared Leto, try as you might, you’ve made it to 40. That’s not very rock star of you, of course, but here we are — a 40-year-old man wearing sunglasses indoors and strutting around in pleather and sequins like it’s no big deal. It seems, Mr. Leto, that you’re primed to be America’s next Steven… More »


R. Kelly Sings “Happy Birthday” — To Himself

Oh damnit. It was R. Kelly’s birthday and we totally forgot to send him a singing telegram! No worries. The man took care of it for us. … More »


Do You Believe In A Birthday Greeting Hierarchy?

Way back in the stone age when I was a kid, there were only a handful of popular ways you could wish someone a happy birthday. There was the face-to-face method. There was the tried and true phone call. And there was the always-thoughtful greeting card. These days, with email, text messaging, e-cards, and social… More »