These days, we’re not running short on girl power anthems. Our favorite pop starts from Katy Perry to Beyoncé are proclaiming the power of women, and bringing feminism to pop music in exciting new ways. However, it’s not all girl love in the world of pop. Competitiveness, arguments over men, jealousy and slut shaming are still sneaking their way into music… and the music of women. For a generation of females who claim to be liberated, there’s still a lot of girl-on-girl resentment going on, and we’ve put together a list of 20 songs, sung by women, that express blatantly anti-feminist sentiment.
In 1998, “As Seen on TV” compilation albums received an unexpected makeover. Instead of a mix of classics from the ’80s, smooth R&B jams or the Motown’s aging hits, Universal Music Enterprises offered fans something more fresh and of the moment: Now That’s What I Call Music! Just before the release of the iPod, mixed CDs represented a way fans could listen to all the hits without all the filler. Thanks to Now, those who couldn’t burn their own mixes could just pick up one for $15.99. And as music tastes and the way fans consumed music evolved, so did the compilations. They managed to capture the trends of that year, highlighting some of the best (and worst) in popular music. Sixteen years later, the 50th edition of the compilation is hitting stores on May 6. In honor of that landmark achievement, VH1 ranked all 50 compilations from the very worst to the very best.
Music videos in the ’80s and ’90s were full of struggling thespians grateful for a bit part and a day’s work. But now some of those actors and actresses are MAJOR A-list stars in the Hollywood galaxy. In many cases they’re role is the most famous part of the video! From Oscar winners like Angelina Jolie and Benicio Del Toro, to TV king (and queen) pins like Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul and Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks, music vids gave these folks their first big exposure to a mass audience. They might be a little embarrassed of these first steps , but for the rest of us they’re like adorable naked baby photos (you know what we mean), and acts as a fascinating glimpse into their early days. Read on for more!
It’s that time once again. Another year has flown by, and we’re sitting here in New York City on a frosty winter eve taking stock of the year 2013 as it pertains to music videos. It was not only a year in which stars transformed into superstars (we’re looking at you, Bruno Mars and Miley Cyrus), but one where newcomers like Lorde, Imagine Dragons and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were able to flip the script and dominate their seemingly unstoppable peers. So sit back and enjoy the ride as we count down VH1′s Top 40 Videos Of 2013!
Some of Eminem‘s biggest hits haven’t just featured his incredible rhymes, but the smooth vocals of some of the best female singers in the business. His new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, drops today and boasts five collaborations with five very different chanteuses. So who are the women who’ve got Em by the literal hook? We’ve got the inside scoop on 10 women who’ve worked with Eminem.
Miley Cyrus, who released her album Bangerz this week featuring the hit song and video “Wrecking Ball,” isn’t the first artist to sing about balls in popular music. Hell, she isn’t even the first performer to sing about wrecking balls; Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen all beat her to the punch. But whether used as a noun, a verb or a turn of phrase, whether they be wrecking balls, balls of fire, crystal balls or the type of balls that men do their best to protect, balls figure prominently in a number of classic songs. So without further adieu, here are 10 of the biggest songs ever written about balls.
Movie star and SNL frequenter Justin Timberlake sold a lot of albums (who knew?), while P!nk finally got herself another #1 song (with some help from Nate Ruess of fun.). Here’s a look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales figures: