Long before Kim’s #BreakTheInternet Paper magazine cover —when hashtags were just pound signs— magazine covers were a whole lot simpler. In that mythical time known as the 1990s, our favorite artists like Fiona Apple, Janet Jackson and Beck posed with unironic joy, donned pleather outfits, and were surrounded by vague references to “hi-tech” things. We took a stroll down memory lane and picked up 35 of the splashiest ’90s covers from alt-rock to hip-hop on the covers of Rolling Stone to Spin.
I’m HitFix.com Oscar blogger and ‘A League of Their Own’ superfan Louis Virtel. In this episode of Madonna Dearest, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Madge in a candlelit dungeon to discuss her feelings about Oscar nominees like “Boyhood” (She loves it), “Interstellar” (She loathes the missed potential), and “Into the Woods” (Don’t ask).
Die-hard fans claim that music has saved their lives in troubled times. While we’ve totally been there, today we’re taking it a step further with instances when musicians have literally saved lives or otherwise contributed more than their musical talents to the common good. Some are in the right place at the right time when disaster strikes. Others use their vast cultural influence to make a difference.
It’s February 11th, 2013. Only a month prior, Justin Timberlake had announced his first album release in seven years, a move that sparked shrieks and trembles in the homes and offices of fans worldwide. But on this particular night we learn something new about Timberlake’s plans as he takes the stage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Of course, we’d seen the signs with “Suit & Tie” the record’s lead single that seamlessly melded a booming horn-filled section with modern hip-hop. But we weren’t prepared for a slick-haired Timberlake, looking like a long lost member of the Rat Pack, crooning in the spotlight over an 18-piece band. Only then did we, the fans, realize—this is not a one-time epic performance to land his name back on top of the music world. This is a new era of our beloved JT. This era lasted until January 2nd, 2015, the final date of his 20/20 Experience World Tour.
It’s been a full two decades since “Macarena” topped charts all over the world and brought with it the dance of the decade. Everyone who was sentient in ‘95 remembers dutifully doing the simple arm movements to the Los del Rio one-hit wonder, and blushing each time we had to shake our butts at the end. But the impossibly joyful mega-hit overstayed its welcome, and suddenly the whole world was kind of embarrassed about getting a little too into it. So to celebrate the Macarena’s big 2-0, we’re looking back at 12 more flash-in-the-pan dance crazes that—no offense—need to sit down.
The world is anxiously awaiting the return of our favorite bad gal. With 13 number one songs under her diamond-encrusted belt, Rihanna is currently tied with Michael Jackson as the third act in history with the most number 1 hits. The duo are preceded by Mariah Carey and Elvis Presley with 18 number ones apiece and the Beatles with 20 chart-toppers.
Oh, hello there…and welcome to the “Madonna Show”. Today we’re going to discuss how to become one with the universe!
First and foremost, thank you all for supporting #MadonnaDearest. It just warms my blood valves that so many of you have taken an interest in the Queen….as you should. Respect the throne. Anybody who doesn’t, point them out. I’ll have them burned at the stake. Speaking of burned, I had to pour something flammable in my eyes after seeing the untouched photos of J. Biebs’ Calvin Klein ad. Whomever accessed Adobe Photoshop to make him anatomically correct should get a Nobel Peace Prize for miracles.
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Music videos can be frustrating sometimes. Why? Because your favorite artists like Eminem, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga don’t read your tweets when they conceptualize their music videos with directors, cinematographers and stuff. It’s quite rude of them, really. But they have the deepest connection to the song, so we suppose their visual interpretation is what we must enjoy and not the versions that we create in our brains. Still, it’s the worst when a song is so super awesome that you sing it all day long, and then its video premieres and it sucks.
Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I spent the holiday season turning up…As I always say: TURN DOWN FOR WHOM? At any rate, many jesters have been on my case about thr recent #RebelHeart promo pictures on my Instagram. I only have one thing to say to them: Bitch, I’m Madonna. I do as I please. If you don’t like it, don’t let the doorknob hit you where the good Lord split you. Yeeeeeah!
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Now excuse me…someone stuffed my stockings with a “Cheek to Cheek” album and I have to go put it where the rest of the leftover food goes….the trash!