Crappy things that have happened today:
- The water main by my apartment was being worked on with no notice, so I had to book it to a café to work so that I could pee during my work day
- The café totally forgot that I paid for food and a drink
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Just last week, Carrie Underwood released her new single “Something In The Water,” but unlike most of her newly-released tunes, it wasn’t exactly met with open arms. Carrie’s song, which affirms her belief in God, conversion and baptism, focuses on the strength she found from Christianity, which has left some of her atheist fans less than thrilled. But despite the criticism, Carrie told Glamour that she’s not sorry for singing about her personal faith, and she’s certainly not planning on changing her tune.
“Country music is different. You have that Bible Belt-ness about it. I’m not the first person to sing about God, Jesus, faith [or] any of that, and I won’t be the last. And it won’t be the last for me, either. If you don’t like it, change the channel.”
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Is it fair to say that Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” is the female counterpoint to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”? The song samples heavily from the original track, while the video released this morning features scenes that reference Mix-A-Lot’s original lyrics, like Nicki dressed like ’80s workout-era Jane Fonda. Plus, there are more (jiggly, bouncing) round things in your face than I can actually count. Maybe there’s more to parse here, but well, I’m sprung.
Add Pharrell to the list of famous singing men who want to assure women of all colors, shapes, sizes and ages that NOT TO WORRY, we are beautiful, HE PROMISES. His new video for “Come Get It Bae” kicks off with an all caps message: “BEAUTY HAS NO EXPIRATION DATE.” Thanks, Pharrell! I was worried. The video features a bevy of racially diverse women having a blast dancing, one by one, while Pharrell films them with a handheld camera. It’s totally fun and silly and all of the women featured — with the exception of Miley Cyrus, who makes a cute, not-twerking cameo — are pretty, but in a normal-ish way, not a Miranda Kerr way. So I like it! Truly! But I remain irritated by dudes like Pharrell and John Legend doling out unsolicited stamps of approval on our physical attractiveness. (P.S. Bae is a term of endearment that means “before anyone else.”) [NYMag.com]
Last month, we previewed Jenny Lewis’ long-awaited comeback track, “Just One Of The Guys,” which featured a photo carousel of the singer wearing her now-signature rainbow suit—the one that also graces the cover of her new album, The Voyager, which is out July 29.
To celebrate the album’s upcoming release, Lewis has put out an official video—which she directed herself!—for the single. The clip is sort of a play on Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love” set-up, but with a gaggle of the singer’s famous female cohorts standing in for the tube-dressed drones. The video stars Kristen Stewart, Brie Larsen and Anne Hathaway as Lewis’ white suit-wearing and barefoot backup band. (I also think I spy Tennessee Thomas, former member of The Like and owner of NYC boutique The Deep End Club, on drums, but I can’t be totally sure.) Keep reading »
I’m generally pretty meh on John Legend’s music because it’s basically 24/7 lovemaking music, which is nice and all, but not really my daily jam. I am, however, really digging the new music video for his song “You And I (Nobody In The World,” which follows in the footsteps of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” and Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts,” with the intention of spreading positive body image and self esteem. “You were fine in my eyes, a half and hour ago,” Legend sings. While I’m inclined to be a little irked by a dude telling women that they’re good enough, but the message is bolstered by the casting for the video, featuring women of all ages, races, body types and backgrounds, looking at themselves in the mirror and showing a wide range of emotions. Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen is in the video too, but I was especially thrilled to see actress and trans rights activist Laverne Cox from “Orange Is The New Black.” Overall, cool stuff. [Idolator]