Artists love their music, they love their fans, but they usually don’t have much love for the music business itself. As a loose confederation of small recording studios gave way to the lucrative music industry of the mid-20th century, shrewd moguls began scamming money out of over-eager musicians via unfair recording contracts. These pinned most of the label’s expenses on the artist while most of the profits ended up in the pockets of greedy label execs. Plenty of musicians have been screwed by the business, but what are some of the worst disputes involving artists and crappy contracts?
In honor of Video Vixens Month, the women of VH1 reveal the ever-so-sexual hunks in trunks that first caught their eye. Yes, we’re guilty of being completely envious of stars like Katy Perry, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears who have rolled around and had all sorts of fun with our favorite male models, but recalling the details of these steamy videos makes us feel like we were part of the action. What? A girl can dream…
Tomorrow’s MTV Video Music Awards will feature 2014’s hottest performances. However, if history has taught us anything, it’s that artists can bring down the house while making egregious fashion fails. Miley Cyrus twerked her way toward infamy last year, yet her forgettable ensemble looked like it came from a retailer’s discount bin. In the `90s, Marilyn Manson disturbed us with leather and mesh, while Paula Abdul doubled down on using rhinestones.
The MTV Video Music Awards never fail to provide us with a vast array of WTF?! moments. For example, Miley Cyrus‘ foam finger and twerking combo will forever be ingrained in our minds. And between her controversial “Like a Virgin” performance in 1984 and her threesome kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in 2003, Madonna is a VMA legend. Tragically, these moments often overshadow slightly less insane (but still totally nutty) incidents. What about those other crazy escapades that didn’t get as much headline love? Some folks may have forgotten, but we have not.
Chris Brown puts his own spin on Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me,” Kanye West fires his DJ, Karen O will be holding concerts in people’s living room and more on Last Lap.
For 47 years, music fans have looked to Rolling Stone as the primary source for edgy and flamboyant reporting that pushes limits and goes where no other publication dares. The articles are always challenging and thought-provoking, but it’s their bold and often-controversial covers that are forever burned into our memory.
From outlandish illustrations to stark portraits, these images comment on sensitive subjects like presidential elections, terrorism, drugs, and (of course) nudity. They’ve put the nails on the “good girl” coffins of stars like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus. They’ve pinned rap superstars Kanye West and 50 Cent against each other, and sexualized teen shows like Glee and Gossip Girl. They’ve put the spotlight on monsters who have hurt this country, and those who have been sacrificed to help it.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have been making the media rounds promoting Cheek To Cheek, the joint jazz LP they’re dropping in September. While it’s clear the singers come from different eras in popular music, just precisely how big is the age difference between the two stars?
Nothing’s new. We know this. All of our favorite artists have inspirations, but the genius is in flipping the style and making it their own! Iggy Azalea, formerly Amethyst Amelia Kelly (seriously, she could’ve used this as her stage name), is the queen of “borrowing” from the luminaries that preceded her. Some are obvious; i.e. her Gwen Stefani influence is massive. Others are a bit more surprising — Traci Lords? Really? But the style-shifting Australian emcee has managed to make each of their signature looks her own.
After numerous delays, it looks like Cheek To Cheek, Lady Gaga‘s long-awaited album of jazz classics with Tony Bennett, is about to become a reality. The disc is set for a September 23rd release date, not long before the pop queen is due to wrap up her six month ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour. Will the swingin’ duo take their act on the road anytime soon? Last night we got word from Mother Monster herself!