Charli XCX Made a Wonderful Documentary About Feminism in Pop

Just two minutes into Charli XCX’s documentary about feminism in pop, The F Word And Me, Charli is seen doing press before her set at the Glastonbury Festival in London . After a female reporter asks her which essential item she’d bring to a festival (“Vodka,” says Charli), it cuts to an off-camera male interviewer… »11/25/15 4:40pm11/25/15 4:40pm


Euros and Americans Get Fresh on the MTV EMAs Red Carpet

Sunday night marked MTV’s Europe Music Awards, held in Milan and featuring many famous musicians and a few I had to Google. (I do not know how I lived this long without knowing the identity of Stash Fiordispino.) As is typical with pop music awards shows, some attendees went all in, some went all out (too out), and… »10/26/15 4:55pm10/26/15 4:55pm

Bleachers Released an All-Female Cover Album of Strange Desire and It Rules

Forget Ryan Adams’s 1989, an album whose pleasures should be apparent to only Ryan Adams fans and interesting to a smaller cohort still. In terms of gender-flipped cover collections, what Bleachers just did in Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 is much, much livelier: it’s their debut album Strange Desire with a different woman… »9/28/15 11:40am9/28/15 11:40am

Charli XCX Nixes Plans to Market Branded Tampons Over 'Health Issues'

The best part of any live music show, you’ve got to admit, is the merch table: what, with its overpriced tokens of memorabilia and status tchotchkes available for purchase to prove to the world that You Were There when They Weren’t, even if your credit card bill outlasts that tour T-shirt you swore you’d wear forever. »5/26/15 4:30pm5/26/15 4:30pm

Watch Charli XCX, Tinashe & Ty Dolla $ign Perform With Dancing Kitties

I enjoy how Charli, Tinashe, and Ty's performance of "Drop That Kitty" at the MTV Movie Awards was literal, in that it included a chorus line of dancers booty-popping in pink kitten costumes. But still, it could have gone farther—were real cats unavailable? They are in Hollywood, there are definitely some trained… »4/13/15 12:30pm4/13/15 12:30pm

Here is Charli XCX Singing 'Boom Clap' in Japanese

How much does pop princesa Charli XCX know and love her fanbase? Definitely enough to try her hand at singing "Boom Clap," one of last year's biggest hits, in Japanese, for special release of Sucker on Warner Music Japan. Unsure how she fared as my Japanese is a little rusty, but at least two people in the always… »1/28/15 12:30pm1/28/15 12:30pm

Charli XCX and Rita Ora Go Full Thelma & Louise in New Video

Charli XCX and Rita Ora's new "Doing It" video is a spaghetti western of a bank robbery, two high-contrast pop stars bum-rushing a gas station and rolling around the desert in their pink trucks. It's not quite as fatalist or committed as Thelma & Louise, insofar that they do not die in the end. But Charli seems super… »1/20/15 3:15pm1/20/15 3:15pm

Here's Charli XCX's New Single 'Doing It,' Now With Extra Rita Ora

"Doing It" might be my favorite track off Charli XCX's excellent bubble-punk pop album SUCKER, and Charli just released a new version featuring everyone's favorite Who's That Girl, Oh Yeah, It's Rita Ora. Everything's exactly the same as the star-spangled original—I love the tense, sky-high whip of the chorus—except… »1/08/15 7:45pm1/08/15 7:45pm

The full tracklist for the Lorde-curated Hunger Games soundtrack is awesome, random: Lotta new Lorde

The full tracklist for the Lorde-curated Hunger Games soundtrack is awesome, random: Lotta new Lorde tracks, Raury, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Bat For Lashes, GRACE JONES and a Kanye remix. Lastly, there's an intriguing-sounding intro song by Belgian singer Stromae featuring Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, and Haim. It's called… »10/21/14 3:40pm10/21/14 3:40pm

Iggy Wants to Be America's 'One Rapper With a Vagina'

Iggy Azalea astutely noticed that America only has room for one vagina at time when it comes to women in rap, which sounds curiously like Hollywood’s penchant for identifying one woman each award season as the It Girl. Not saying we don’t like looking at ladies like Lupita N’Yongo in all of her fabulous outfits, but… »4/22/14 7:50pm4/22/14 7:50pm