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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At midnight last night, Justin Timerlake finally confirmed what he was “ready” for — to release new music, after taking a bajillion year hiatus to “act.” Justin new single, “Suit & Tie,” features Jay-Z, and while my initial reaction was a little meh, I remembered how I felt watching Justin in “The Social Network” just that afternoon, and suddenly became pretty stoked. Seriously though, the single, after a couple passes, is pretty great, and I’m psyched to see what else he has in store. What do you think of “Suit & Tie”?
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles broke up, and you know what that means: Revenge. Single. And just in case you think we’re being melodramatic, check out the ominous tweet that Taylor posted yesterday. What caused the breakup? Well, if you believe this horrifyingly dumb article, the couple parted ways because Taylor is an asexual “Antiques Roadshow” addict and Harry is a cougar-chasing nymphomaniac. Obviously we won’t know the full thinly-veiled truth until Taylor releases the breakup song, but for now, let’s do some speculating, shall we? Read on for a few potential song titles and sample lyrics… Keep reading »
This morning, I told you that Justin Timberlake hinted he would be making a very very very important announcement this afternoon. And he did. He posted this video to YouTube and to his personal website which, like, basically features him talking about people wondering when he’s going to put out a new album and then blah blah blah, something about the creative process, and then: “I’M READY.” For what? He doesn’t say. Instead we’re shown a clock counting down till sometime on Sunday (I’m sorry, I can’t figure out exactly when, I haven’t had lunch yet) when another announcement will be made. So, basically, Justin’s big announcement was that another big announcement will be made on Sunday, presumably about what he’s ready for. If it’s not a new album, and is instead something to do with his involvement in MySpace or another shitty rom-com or a finger in his butt, I will throw a fit. Just saying.
For much of the mid-2000s I had a side gig playing records. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a DJ, in that I can’t scratch or really beat match, but some friends and I had a lot of fun DJ-ing a regular weekly party for a while. It was in Philly at a club that flaunted the smoking ban. We usually had a pretty packed house, and there was lots of dancing, usually started by me. This playlist is a ton of the songs that I used to play from that era, so feel free to play it for you own dance parties!
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Save some room in the time capsule for this YouTube video from Tasia Ann Thomas, who performs the best pop hits of 2012 in this nearly seamless mashup. Check it out above! [YouTube]
Ready for a mega musical flashback in mashup form? DJ Earworm combined all of the biggest hits of 2012 into one 4-minute song called “The United State Of Pop,” and the result is surprisingly–or perhaps predictably?–catchy. A quick word of caution: if your end-of-the-year goal was to finally get the chorus of “Somebody That I Used To Know” out of your head, well, you might want to skip this video. [YouTube via Rolling Stone]
Over the past few years, Taylor Swift has become the queen of love songs, writing lyrics about relationships that everyone seems to relate to — the good, the bad, and the teen angsty. To celebrate her 23rd birthday, we’ve chosen a Taylor Swift tune to suit every kind of relationship, pointing out why her lyrics may seem to hit so close to home. While some of her hits can get a little cheesy, we still love singing along when we’re into a new guy or just getting over someone. With songs that cover the initial butterflies, bitter breakups, sad endings, and forever devotion, here are 13 (of course) Taylor Swift songs for every relationship status. Read more…
All this month The Frisky is serving up holiday gift guides to help you pick presents for everyone on your list. Here, we’ve got gifts for the diva in your life…
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