To kick off the new year, here's a massive bunch of links for y'all. Get ready.

You might have heard about this New York Post feature from last week that gushes about Columbus. Skip to the article's second page to read the Post's blurb about why a trip to Columbus should be on everyone's travel agenda this year.

This is straight-up insane. In order to obtain Hannah Montana tickets, a girl wrote an essay about how her dad died in Iraq. Except he didn't.

MSN has a link to Radiohead's New Year's Eve webcast.

The Wire returns to HBO Sunday, and Suburbs is celebrating by devoting the rest of the week to the show.

In The New York Times, Kelefa Sanneh remembers the year in rap and analyzes where the genre is going in light of shrinking sales figures.

Status Ain't Hood counts down its favorite music videos of the year, which seems like as good a reason as any to post this video again:

Much more after the jump...

To kick off the new year, here's a massive bunch of links for y'all. Get ready.

You might have heard about this New York Post feature from last week that gushes about Columbus. Skip to the article's second page to read the Post's blurb about why a trip to Columbus should be on everyone's travel agenda this year.

This is straight-up insane. In order to obtain Hannah Montana tickets, a girl wrote an essay about how her dad died in Iraq. Except he didn't.

MSN has a link to Radiohead's New Year's Eve webcast.

The Wire returns to HBO Sunday, and Suburbs is celebrating by devoting the rest of the week to the show.

In The New York Times, Kelefa Sanneh remembers the year in rap and analyzes where the genre is going in light of shrinking sales figures.

Status Ain't Hood counts down its favorite music videos of the year, which seems like as good a reason as any to post this video again:

Much more after the jump...

AV Club has an interview with Paul Thomas Anderson.

Stereogum counts down its 30 favorite concerts of 2007. They also mashed up the year in singles for ya.

Idolator recounts its 20 most popular stories of the year. And don't forget their Top 40 List of Awesomeness, which is topped off here.

Bill Simmons delivered a motherlode of links last week, including these:

•Here's a list of the top 100 TV catchphrases.

•Here's a scene from The Wire with a laugh track.

•Here's how to cheat at online scrabble.

•And here's video of Dolph Lundgren fighting Oleg Taktarov in Russia. Simmons: "That's right, Ivan Drago in a real-life Russian boxing match!!! This almost made my head explode. It's not even entertaining to watch. It's just crazy."

•Oh, and someone actually escaped from prison Shawshank Redemption-style.

Pitchfork published its first readers' poll and rounded up the news it missed during its holiday break.

Donewaiting has two more year-end music lists, one from Wes Flexner and another from Andrew Patton.

EW is list-happy too. They count down 10 breakout stars of 2007, eight faces to watch in 2008.

Similarly, E!'s Watch With Kristin counts down the top 10 shows of 2007 and picks out what to watch in 2008. They also have a list of premiere dates for winter shows.

Slate explains how to have the first baby of the year.

David Cross has been taking a lot of crap for appearing in Alvin and the Chipmunks. He has duly responded to said crap.

Want to see YouTube's top videos of the year?

Newsweek has an Amy Adams profile.

Pop Candy has a Tracy Morgan interview.

Finally, can you say Lost Web promotions? Only 29 days, people!