VH1 Vintage: Janet Jackson Reveals Inspiration for Rhythm Nation 1814

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This week we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, the 1989 album that cemented Janet Jackson‘s reputation as one of the era’s premiere female artists with it’s messages of sexual empowerment and era-defining new jack swing sound. However, did you know that it was actually a concept album about social injustices and was also accompanied by a 30-minute long form music video? Read more…

Former R&B Stars That Are Now Instagram Famous

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By Christopher Rosa 

Instagram works wonders, people. It can turn our favorite singers from the late ’90s and early 2000s into superstars all over again. Don’t believe us? Check out these nine former R&B stars who now rule Instagram. From va-va-voom bikini bods (hey, Ashanti) to rock-hard pecs (yes, you Craig David) these singers are setting the web on fire with their glorious #grams.

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Miss Jackson If You’re Nasty: What Are Janet Jackson’s Most Sexually Empowering Albums?

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Janet Jackson began her solo musical career more than 30 years ago as the fresh-faced baby sister of her famous older brothers. But starting with 1986′s Control and reaching full flight with 1989′s Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, Janet matured into an artist equal to any elder Jackson and a grown women in full command of her status as a budding sex symbol. Read more…

“Smelly Cat,” Ross’ Sound And The 20 Most Memorable Musical Moments From Friends

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No one ever told you life was going to be this way: that moment when you realize it’s been 20 years since Friends first aired.  You can still remember exactly where you were the first time you watched an episode. You have vivid memories of taking a photo of a young Jennifer Aniston to the hairdresser and asking for “The Rachel,” or adopting the phrase and precise intonation of Chandler’s catchphrase “Could this BE any more…” You remember when Joey’s “How you doin’” was the pick up line du jour, and hoped some day you and your siblings would be as tight as Monica and Ross. And you found yourself humming the tune of “Smelly Cat” on regular occasion. Actually, let’s face it, you still know all the lyrics. Read more…

Rock N’ Roll Outlaws And Iron Horses: 15 Badass Photos Of Rockers On Motorcycles

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Here it is Wednesday morning and you’re no doubt suffering PTSD from another nail-biting and horrifically violent episode of everybody’s favorite biker drama, Sons Of Anarchy. But way before SAMCRO brought 1%er culture into people’s living rooms, rock n’ rollers were scaring norms and singing tomes to badasses and their two-wheeled death machines. From Steppenwolf‘s ode to getting out on that highway, “Born To Be Wild,” to Motörhead‘s Hell’s Angels tribute “Iron Horse/Born to Lose,” outlaw rockers have always had a great affinity for outlaw bikers and some of them have been known to mount a steel horse from time to time as well.  Read more…