Today’s brash and illicit images in the media have completely desensitized the minds of music lovers. Nicki Minaj‘s overtly sexual “Anaconda” art cover sparked initial shock but quickly blew over once people realized seeing a person’s butt wasn’t anything new. The same goes for rockers dressing in drag, singers getting caught lip syncing and the occasional sex tape scandal. Is it sad to say that in 2014, controversy is not as controversial anymore? Well, yes and no. It’s still a big deal when Rihanna shows up to a red carpet basically naked in a sheer dress but we’ve seen Cher do that at the Oscars more than 20 years ago. Check out original controversial music moments that paved that way for outrageous moments today.
Katy Perry earns a whopping number of MTV Europe Music Award nominations, Snoop Dogg comes under fire for insensitive Instagram post, Panic! At The Disco performs incredible “Bohemian Rhapsody” cover and more on First Dibs.
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.
Rita Ora leaves mid-interview once asked about Calvin Harris, Amy Winehouse gets honored with a sculpture, Fergie gushes about being a mommy and more on Last Lap.
Pete Wentz goes blonde, Killer Mike writes another powerful Op-Ed on the situation in Ferguson, the NFL asks musicians to pay to play at the Super Bowl and more on Last Lap.
We’ll admit it: we were a little skeptical when The Monster Tour was first announced. Sure, Eminem and Rihanna made passionate musical fire on 2010’s “Love The Way You Lie” and last year’s “The Monster.” But did they have enough in common to sustain a full collaborative tour? Slim Shady’s aggressively animated raps and Riri’s coolly detached pop/R&B club hits just didn’t seem very cohesive on paper. Yet once they took to the stage at New Jersey’s Metlife Stadium on Saturday, the combination sparked middle finger-raising magic as fans rocked to a monster sized 50-song set list.
Last Lap is here to give you a rundown of today’s music news. Two of R&B’s biggest stars might hit us with a huge collaboration, Justin Bieber shows some love for the Lord, and J. Cole pens a track in the wake of a controversial shooting.
In its tenth year at Chicago, Lollaplooza welcomed over 100 bands, hundreds of thousands of fans and a number of surprises over the course of three days. As the festival continues to expand into a more mainstream affair with Perry’s tent — no longer a tent but rather a stage that has helped usher in EDM and hip-hop acts — and broad appeal headliners, which have included major pop acts and classic rockers, there’s still room to shock or shake things up. This year was no different as Eminem brought out Rihanna, President Obama’s daughter was spotted in the crowd, and Nas and Outkast relived the ‘90s.
Hopefully you’ve never been cheated on, and will never be cheated on. But it happens — so often in fact, that even our favorite stars aren’t immune to falling victim to adulterous ways. Everyone from Beyonce to Rihanna knows what it’s like to feel the sting of a cheater, and all have songs not only to prove it, but to help you out when you find yourself in the same awful position. From Blu Cantrell’s “Hit Em Up Style” to Cee Lo’s “F–k you”, there’s a song to suit every mood as well.