This Space for Rent | News | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

This Space for Rent 

Pin It

Product placement in music videos is nothing new, and brand names are casually dropped in pop all the time (I can’t wait for R. Kelly’s 32-part anthology about his new iPhone). But Black-Eyed-Pea-turned-Gwen-Stefani-tribute-act Fergie has taken it to a whole ’nother level: She’s the first major singing star to contract in advance to shill in her music, and it only took $4 million from teen-skank clothiers Candie’s. “With record sales in decline, you must find novel ways to make money out of the music. The trick is to make the brand part of the song, so that it slips down easily rather than chokes the fan,” a record weasel from Fergie’s label told London’s Sunday Times. “Candie’s will reach teens, but it has no say over exactly what Fergie will sing, or when. Fans might think she’s just singing about candy. But it’s got to work in the song. Fergie does not sing jingles.” Sidebar: If you would like to see Fergie die a horrible death'at least on film'please rent Poseidon (drowned) and Grindhouse (ripped apart by zombies).

The End of Days, Part 2: Last week, Nebraska’s Shilling Bridge Winery & Microbrewery introduced Git-R-Done Beer in honor of home-state hero/comedian/trucker-hat enthusiast Larry the Cable Guy. Brewery owner Mike Shilling said the light beer has more “flavor and body” than standard corporate suds, because “rednecks love quality, too.” Reached for comment, Mark Alston of Salt Lake City beer emporium The Bayou said he’ll be “rushing right out to get some'but a light beer? That’s annoying.” As far as mind-altering substances go, Git-R-Done Beer is probably better than Carlos Mencia’s Beaner Brau or David Crosstops.

They’re not supposed to be officially announced until July 19, but this year’s potential Emmy Awards nominees were leaked over the weekend'yes, it is that slow of a news week. According to, the Drama finalists are Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, House, 24, Dexter, Rome and The Sopranos; in Comedy, it’s down to Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, My Name Is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, 30 Rock, Two & a Half Men, Entourage, Extras and Weeds. Looks like no love for polygamy drama Big Love'HBO really should have submitted it as a comedy.

As irregular bloggers ourselves here at City Weekly, we’re always on the lookout for even less active local media blogs than our own at (if only we posted as often as we plug it, eh?). We have a winner/loser: The Salt Lake Tribune’s Plato’s Cave, wherein “Tribune editorial writers weigh in on the issues of the day.” The last day that happened was Monday, Jan. 1'over six months ago. We don’t really feel so badly about ours now. And that Name the City Weekly Blog contest is still open, FYI. Way open

Pin It

More by Bill Frost

  • Get Happy!

    Happy! brings the weirdness to Syfy; Fuller House further erodes 'Merica.
    • Nov 29, 2017
  • Available Jones

    Eight great achievements by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert during eight years in office.
    • Nov 29, 2017
  • Thanks for Nothin'

    Eight things you just don't want to hear from family this Thanksgiving.
    • Nov 22, 2017
  • More »

Latest in News

  • Climate Gods

    What role can Utah's legislators play in addressing climate change?
    • Jan 16, 2019
  • This Poll's for You

    Utahns have another avenue to vent their liquor frustrations, but it only goes so far.
    • Jan 9, 2019
  • Ghosts of Olympics Past

    Stars of Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Games: Where are they now?
    • Jan 2, 2019
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Wild Things

    With habitats shrinking, local wildlife call urban areas home.
    • Aug 9, 2017
  • Inmate Blues

    Lifers at the Utah State Prison find sanctuary through music.
    • Jul 5, 2017

© 2019 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation