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Frisky Rant: The Real Problem With Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Cover Art & Her “Black Jezebel” Brand

Frisky Rant: The Real Problem With Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Cover Art & Her "Black Jezebel" Brand

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 »

Frisky Rant: On The Great Robin Thicke Feminist Knee-Jerk Fiasco Of 2013

Frisky Rant: On The Great Robin Thicke Feminist Knee-Jerk Fiasco Of 2013
Rejected Robin Thicke Songs
Robin Thicke & Paula Patton Announce That They’re Separating
Songs about Paula Patton that did not make the cut, unforch. Read More »

The first time I really listened to the lyrics of “Blurred Lines,” I was like, “This is my JAM!” It only took a few minutes of Googling and reading my favorite feminist blogs, though, before I started becoming horrified and dismayed at the feminist community’s reaction to the song. The Daily Beast kicked off a knee-jerk party by calling it a “rape song,” and from there it was over. Feminist blog after feminist blog started jumping on the bandwagon, then the fervor spread to major news outlets, and all summer I was mired in language that made me feel excluded from a community into which I’ve invested not only my time and energy, but also my identity.

Let me be clear, Robin Thicke as a person seems like a giant douchenozzle and his latest album is pathetic. But I looooove “Blurred Lines.” The accusation that it’s “rapey” is unfounded if you look at the entire song in context: It’s about two sexually expressive people flirting. That’s it. At no point in the song does the male narrator imply that he’s willing or going to bypass consent. The idea that it’s about the “blurred lines of consent” was projected onto it by people who came to the song with prior hangups. The “blurred line” he’s referring to is the line of knowing or not knowing if the person you’re flirting with is into you. Like, “I’m pretty sure I know you want it, but you haven’t expressly said so, so we’re still in this hazy flirting territory.” He doesn’t say — at all, ever — “I know you want it, and whether or not that’s actually true, I’m going to take it.” But nonetheless, that’s what it was made out to be. Keep reading »

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Fever, Blast J. Lo’s Latest & Watch The “True Blood” Premiere

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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Robin Thicke’s Paula Track Listing Revealed — And It’s A Little Nutty

Robin Thicke's Paula Track Listing Revealed -- And It's A Little Nutty

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 »

The Beyoncélogues: Actress Reads Beyoncé Lyrics As Dramatic Monologues

The Beyoncélogues: Actress Reads Beyoncé Lyrics As Dramatic Monologues
"You MUST not KNOW ... about me."

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 »

10 Pop Artists That’ll Make You Feel Like A Tween Again

10 Pop Artists That’ll Make You Feel Like A Tween Again

Last week, we introduced you to some awesome up-and-coming indie bands you should start listening to STAT. This week, we thought we’d take a look at the pop charts and see what artists might achieve superstar status over the coming months. Some of the picks are sugary sweet (Rixton) and others are downright dirty (Brooke Candy); regardless, all of them make for a killer summer playlist that’ll improve any BBQ, pool party or heat wave-induced brown-out. Keep reading »

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Listen Up: Nicki Minaj’s New Ballad, “Pills N Potion,” Will Give You Life

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]

Lana Del Rey Is A Two-Timing Vixen In New Video For “West Coast”

Lana Del Rey Is A Two-Timing Vixen In New Video For “West Coast”
"Ooh, baby, ooh, baby, I'm in love..."

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 »

New Arcade Fire Video Features Andrew Garfield In Drag (Plus, Loads Of Other Music News!)

New Arcade Fire Video Features Andrew Garfield In Drag
Lookin' Good, Andrew Garfield!

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 Puts Duct Tape & Mud On Her Boobs In Artsy, S&M-Inspired Video

Miley Cyrus Puts Duct Tape & Mud On Her Boobs In Artsy, S&M-Inspired Video
Watch "Miley Cyrus: Tongue Tied"!

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!

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