We were saddened to hear that Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett passed away over the weekend, after a long battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Aphlett and her bandmate Mark McEntee shot to fame over their early ’90s ode to masturbation, “I Touch Myself.”
“Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity,” said her husband Charley Drayton, in a statement. “She always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength, she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”
“I Touch Myself” was one of the few pop tracks that blatantly referenced masturbation, and certainly was one of the most popular. It reached number one in Amphlett’s native Australia, and climbed to number four on the American pop charts. Not to mention, the video for the song was everywhere when it first came out.
In more recent years, Amphlett had focused her attention on her ailing health, but also took time to star as Russell Crowe’s mother in an Australian stage production of the musical “Blood Brothers.” After the jump, a playlist dedicated to Amphlett’s forwarded-thinking, sexually open hit track.
It’s hard times for Wheelchair Jimmy, you guys. The rapper Drake — also famous for his role on the Canadian teen show “Degrassi” — may be at the top of the rap game, but he’s having a hard time with the ladies. In his newly released track, “Girls Love Beyonce,” Drake, with help from singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy sampling Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” bemoans his lady troubles: Keep reading »
Last week, Samantha Malson was arrested for pushing and chocking her boyfriend Lars Hansen after a drunk Hansen refused to stop singing the song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore. Sure, “Thrift Shop” is a great song, but hearing anything over and over again is going to be annoying.
Poor Lars is hardly the only person to suffer for a song. Read on, for more tales of music murder and mayhem. Keep reading »
One of my favorite songs on Justin Timberlake’s just released album, The 20/20 Experience – which is growing on me! – is “Mirrors,” which also happens to be the latest single. Justin released the music video for the song yesterday, which he dedicated to his grandparents William and Sadie. The video — which doesn’t even feature Justin until towards the end — tells the story of his grandparents’ 63-year marriage and, damn, if it didn’t make me get a little teary. I’m still waiting for Justin to bring sexy back again, but tugging at my heartstrings will do for now.
“If I’m gonna write songs about my exes they can write songs about me. That’s how it works. I’m not gonna complain about it. I’m not gonna sit there and say, ‘I’m the only one who can write songs about this relationship.’ It’s fair game.”
– I’m not the world’s biggest Taylor Swift fan, but I totally stand by her right to write catchy-as-fuck songs about her personal life, including those romantic relationships that have gone wrong. Go to bed with songwriters, wake up to the latest pop hit being written about you. And Taylor has now made it clear — in an interview with InStyle UK — that this deal goes both ways. How soon till Harry Styles attempts to call her bluff? [InStyle UK]
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It’s hard out there for a pop star nowadays. Can you imagine being on stage in front of 10,000 people, singing and dancing your heart out,Â andÂ trying to give good FACE at the same time? For the average person, that would be impossible. I can barely manage to look normal in my “What Are We Wearing Today?” photos. For the most part, pop stars like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Miley Cyrus pull this off with epic fierceness, but occasionally — occasionally! — the camera catches them at the most amazingly unflattering moment. Here are 13 reminders that they’re only human…
“How can you hate Beyoncé? She’s changing the world. She stands for people of colour and women everywhere succeeding in a stifling patriarchy without compromising her morals. And she makes challenging, interesting art. She’s always positive. She is everything good. And the fact that she is hugely successful is not a shitty thing. It’s an important and amazing thing and she clearly works hard for it.
And yet I know very few adult males who consider themselves serious ‘music guys’ who don’t laugh when I say I like Mariah Carey. Why? Because she’s beautiful and people like her. Therefore she must be selling sex, right? So obviously her music is terrible, right? Ugh. The first time I heard Mariah Carey it shattered the fabric of my existence and I started Grimes.”
– Awesome electro-pop musician Grimes, expressing her solidarity with and appreciation for other female artists. I love this sentiment, because people who travel in hipster and indie music circles often write off artists that have had mainstream success. [Pitchfork]
Not familiar with Grimes? Check out her video for “Oblivion” after the jump. It involves dudes in a locker room. You’ll love it.
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