Hyper sexualization in pop music is nothing new, but in 2014 we saw the booty at the forefront of sexuality in performance. When Nicki Minaj is rapping about her butt and Beyoncé is getting drunk in love, it follows that that the stage wear for these performances match subject matter with its risqué, bare-all derriere and cleavage.
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We love us some R&B Divas. As glamorous and elegant as they are, they know how to let loose on stage, much more than their Pop Queen cousins. Case in point: one of our favorites, Mary J. Blige, is the queen of busting some unexpected and frighteningly unique moves when she’s performing. Likewise, Beyonce is the queen of bizarre rubber face when she’s in the zone.
This is an appeal to the NFL: Katy Perry absolutely must play the Super Bowl Half Time Show in 2015. She was born to do this, y’all. And this might ruffle a few feathers, but her stage show would be more epic, more explosive, more high energy than even Beyoncé’s. It seems that the biggest hurdle to having an artist like Katy Perry at the Super Bowl is the new “pay to play” policy the NFL is employing — an artist of Katy’s calibre certainly is not going to PAY SOMEONE ELSE TO LET HER PLAY.
Just because you’re a famous musician doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to do whatever you want. The power of a record contract keeps musicians in check, and sometimes forcing them to do things they’d rather not. From Van Morrison to the Strokes; David Bowie to the Rolling Sones; Marvin Gaye to Meat Loaf, some of the biggest musicians of all time have been forced by duty (and the risk of being sued!) to make albums to fulfil their contractual obligations.
Taylor Swift is no longer the country darling that she was at the start of her career. While her last album, Red signified the beginning of her cross over into pop, the album still had shades of Tay’s former country self. However, with the release of her latest number one hit, “Shake It Off”, she’s shaking off her country persona — and indeed her country sound — entirely in order to pursue traditional pop. With Taylor as our inspiration, we’re looking at not only her mid-career genre change, but at some of our other favorite musos who have done the same, and rating their transformations.
Whatever your belief system, your political affiliation or your education level, there’s one thing we must agree upon. Most conspiracy theories are simply bats**t crazy. The amount of time, elaborate connected dots, and passion that goes into a conspiracy theory, is phenomenal, sometimes saddening, and sometimes simply bemusing. And music conspiracy theories are usually really f***ing crazy. Read more…
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…
It’s rare that we like a remix of a song better than the original. Remixes can sometimes change our favorite songs to pumping club bangers that are more headache inducing than anything else, and can often destroy an already superior track with dub step breakdowns. But from time to time, a remix comes along that’s so good it puts a song on the map. That’s right: there are some unique instances where a remix has actually been better than the original song. Some of these remixes are even responsible for turning sleepers into iconic hit songs.
R. Kelly knows that a remix can keep a song hot and fresh out the kitchen. Britney Spears knows that a remix can drive you crazy. Jagged Edge knows that the power of Run DMC is life altering. Even Beyonce knows that to make a song truly flawless, sometimes a remix is the ticket. While not every remix of a song is a home run, read on to find out which remixed songs were so good they eclipsed the original.
In its epic 25-year lifespan, The Simpsons has embraced music into its comedy for some potently hilarious moments. And while the show has welcomed many iconic musical guests to join its ranks of star cameos, we’re talking about the original music moments — the songs that were written for and performed by Springfield’s unique citizenry — that are absolutely unforgettable.
If anyone knows what it’s like to attract hate, its musicians. For as much adoration as they receive, there’s a pretty high volume of people looking to tear them down. But the great thing about having music at your disposal is you can release an anti-hate track and have it bounce to number one, putting down the detractors and giving sage advice to us regular people dealing with our own beefs. Taylor Swift is the most recent to jump aboard the anti-hater train with her track “Shake It Off”, but everyone from Beyonce to 50 Cent has a song to sing for the haters.