Last week, Nicki Minaj released the artwork for her new single “Anaconda,” featuring the rapper in a squat position with her large posterior aimed directly at viewers. The image was met with mostly support from fans and critics but some questioned if the image was “too racy.” In response to those criticisms, Minaj tweeted several Sports Illustrated photos with White swimsuit models in similar poses and the message “angelic” and “acceptable,” hinting at society’s racial bias that does not treat Black bodies with the same respect as White ones — a statement that was met with more controversy. Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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Speaking of “apology tours,” Robin Thicke has released the track list for his upcoming album, Paula — named after his estranged wife Paula Patton — and it is a sad, obsessive mess. We already have heard the single, “Get Her Back,” and the majority of 13 other songs on the album, title-wise at least, seem to be referencing Thicke’s quest to do just that: Keep reading »
Ever tried (and failed!) to sing Beyoncé at karaoke? I have! And so has actress Nina Millin, whose terrible attempt at warbling Bey inspired her to try performing some of her songs as dramatic monologues instead. So far, she’s tackled “Irreplaceable” (above), “Mine” and “If I Were A Boy” (after the jump), all of which work perfectly as theatrical monologues. I would really love to see Millin and an actor friend do “Drunk In Love” as a dramatic scene next. I wonder if she takes requests… [via Jezebel] Keep reading »
I’ve always been a little meh on Nicki Minaj, but today the rapper dropped a ballad that is knocking my socks off. “Pills N Potion” is an uplifting, but not-even-remotely cheesy love song directed at her haters and will be featured on Nicki’s upcoming album The Pink Print. “Swearin’ on the Bible that they love you but they’re no different from all your rivals / but I don’t wish death on ‘em, I just reflect on ‘em,” Minaj raps on the pared-down track, giving fans a taste of what they can expect from her next effort. I LOVE it. Listen below! [Rolling Stone]
Seems like Lana Del Rey has traded her signature hair-sprayed bouffant for a headful of relaxed beach waves in the video for “West Coast,” the first single off Ultraviolence, her much-anticipated sophomore album.
The primarily black-and-white clip features Lana frolicking on the beach with a couple of gutter punks intercut with footage of the pop singer lounging with a MUCH older man in the back seat of a convertible. Directed by Vincent Haycock (Florence Against The Machine, Calvin Harris), the video then ends with overlapping color video of Lana being burned alive while wearing what looks to be a red Jessica McClintock, scalloped, off-the-shoulder prom dress. Keep reading »
There was so much music-related news hitting the interwebs today, that we decided to just gather it all into a quick roundup. Where to start…
- Arcade Fire offers up 20-sec. video teaser for “We Exist,” which features “Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield, wearing a long, blonde wig and walking through the crowd at Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival. So, there’s that. [Pink Is The New Blog] Keep reading »
Miley Cyrus has been laying low these last few weeks, due to a recurring illness and a bad reaction to meds forcing her to cancel a bunch of tour dates. But there’s always more Miley to be had. She just released “Miley Cyrus: Tongue Tied,” an S&M-inspired video filmed for her tour by fashion photographer Quentin Jones, featuring the singer in various states of undress, her nipples covered by duct tape and, at times, being slathered in mud. I actually think it’s really beautiful and cool-looking, especially the moments where it looks like flower petals or feathers are exploding from her eyes. Neato. Watch above!