Rihanna became the latest pop star to show off their naughty side with a stripper-chic music video for “Pour It Up.” The raunchy vid features her expert pole dancing skills, acquired from lessons with a pro pole-choreographer. Although just a beginner, Riri took charge like a champ! The video got us thinking about other artists who’ve taken to the pole over the course of their career. From Britney Spears to Beyonce, we’ve chosen ten of the very hottest. Head down below and see how they rank!
Ahhh, the double album. It wasn’t always just for greatest hits packages and live releases. Yes, there was a time when these twin-plates were the format of choice for musicians with a lot of material and a lot to say. The results were usually sprawling opuses, packed to the brim with epic tracks. Sure we record buyers had to shell out a little extra cash, but we didn’t care. In fact, we felt spoiled: We were being treated to TWO new records by our favorite artist instead of just one!
No one is born a star. Even if someone is born with a killer voice, they still have to toil away for years. They’ve got to hone their chops and await their big break. Thankfully, obscurity doesn’t mean the same thing as invisibility. The 10 stars on our list all have early moments caught online that they might not want us to see now.
Nevertheless, we think it’s important to remember that Lady Gaga used to perform at New York open mics in simple cotton dresses, or that Kanye West once toiled in the studio trying to impress Jay-Z, or that Ed Sheeran gleefully stuffed marshmallows into his mouth for no good reason at all.
Flashing your midriff to stir up controversy? That went out with Gwen Stefani‘s bindi. Showing some sideboob to lure the lenses of the paparazzi? That’s even more common than finding a copy of Fergalicious at the used record store. So, how is a musician to keep themselves at the forefront of popular culture in 2013? Well, in addition to, you know, actually making good music, the answer is clear: UNDERBUTT.
Sure, two hours of dancing and high-note hitting is bound to work up an appetite. But there’s a time and place for snack time, people! Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, St. Vincent and Marilyn Manson don’t seem to care where they are (or what they’re eating) and have decided to make a meal of their music equipment. Check out the full gallery of 25 musicians so hungry, they’re trying to swallow their microphones whole… or so it seems. Read more…