September 17, 2010
by Variance Staff
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In case you were on a vacation from the Internet this week, we've got you covered.
It's the weekend, baby. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the recap of all the stories that made ripples and waves over the last seven days!
From Oprah's Australian Adventure to a week without Facebook, this is your MashUp for the week ending September 18, 2010
Variance Magazine Announces Goo Goo Dolls as October Cover Story
Eminem, Jay-Z Bring Fans to Tears in Epic Stadium Show
Lady Gaga Sweeps the VMAs, Nabs Top Award
Twitter Gets Major Overhaul, Millions Waiting for New Features to Be Activated
Oprah Kicks Off Final Season with Bang, Taking Audience Members to Australia
Facebook CEO Zuckerburg Confesses to Controversial Instant Messages
Google to Combine Music Store with Online Storage
OnStar to Connect with Text Messages and Facebook Statuses
Music Shake-up at Warner Bros. as Top Exec Leaves
FCC to Pave Way for "Super Wi-Fi"
Starbucks Menu Changes Cause Stir
New in Theaters: The Town, Easy A, Devil, Never Let Me Go
Joaquin Phoenix "Documentary" is Not Real
Wal-Mart Announces Cheap Cell Phone Plans
Google to Make Core Products More Social
T-Mobile Sued for Blocking Pot-Related Text Messages
Barnes & Noble Expects $1 Billion Revenue from eBook Sales by 2013
Wildly Popular Music Service Spotify U.S. Launch May be Delayed Again
Kings of Leon Don't Want to Be "Too Popular"
President Obama Writes a Children's Book
Ellen DeGeneres Signs Second Artist to Her Label
UK Teen Banned from America After E-mailing Obama
Penn. College Tries Week Without Social Media
Android Gains Market Share on Competition
September 13, 2010
by Variance Staff
Formed during a time when American youth were adamantly rejecting everything about pop culture, the Goo Goo Dolls started with hopes of killing time and perhaps getting a few free beers. Having 13 Top 10 singles—something they later achieved—was nowhere in sight.
For many, this is how they see the Goo Goo Dolls: top ten singles, global tours, 10 million albums sold, and a lengthy career. But as front man Johnny Rzeznik points out, “you have to look at the facts.”
“We had been working for eight years [before ‘Name’ charted],” says Rzeznik in the October issue of Variance Magazine. “We traveled around in a crappy van before we actually hit.”
Nearly 25 years later, the Goo Goo Dolls are still just "regular" people. “We still take the trash out on Wednesday nights. We try to have as normal lives as possible. And I think that’s one of the things that’s held us together."
Perhaps that’s the reason many fans relate to the band. And it’s also one of the elements behind the new album.
“I think the Rest of Us is the most of us,” Rzeznik declares of their latest project,Something for the Rest of Us. “I think a lot of people are left out of the equation today. And we wanted to give them a voice. We're living in a tough time.”
In the latest issue of Variance, Rzeznik shares some heartfelt advice for other musicians who may be following in his footsteps, as well as the "biggest mistake" he ever made and his thoughts on the YouTube generation and changes in the music industry.