Roth's Lana Del Rey Rape Scene: 'So Sick, It's Been Locked in a Vault'

[Updated] In 2013, Eli Roth, director of gore and anxiety-horror films like Hostel and Grindhouse, directed a characteristically sick video for Marilyn Manson that featured Lana Del Rey in a rape scene. Because the footage was "so sick," it was "locked in a vault for over a year," Roth told Larry King, but has now… » 11/20/14 12:30pm Thursday 12:30pm

Nicki Minaj Can't Be All Things to All People, Let Alone Herself

Nicki Minaj is by no stretch of the imagination a simple being. She is at once taunting the patriarchy and adhering to its rules; spouting boss lyrics and apologizing for follower moves; boasting sexual independence and releasing a track where her two "friends" talk about how much they'd like to sleep with her as if… » 11/19/14 11:50am 11/19/14 11:50am

A Conversation with Beyond the Lights Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

At its core, Beyond the Lights is a story about what happens everyday with pop stars. The movie makes an especially firm statement about women in music. For her first film since 2008's The Secret Life of Bees, writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood zooms in on an industry where identity, money, power and family are… » 11/14/14 3:10pm 11/14/14 3:10pm

Watch Azealia Banks' Great New Video for 'Chasing Time'

Azealia Banks' debut album Broke With Expensive Taste, which she surprise-released last week after easing out from under her Universal deal, is excellent—so much better than skeptics might have assumed, considering the hit that landed her the deal in the first place dropped a billion years ago. ("212," and it was… » 11/13/14 3:30pm 11/13/14 3:30pm

This Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar Mash-Up Is Impossible to Hate

Now that you've found the strength to admit you might actually like Taylor Swift, the next step is to make her an even more inescapable part of your existence. Here's something to help—"Backseat Shakeoff." The Hood Internet fused Swift's "Shake It Off" with Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle," an electric track… » 11/11/14 11:00pm 11/11/14 11:00pm

Meet Riff Raff, the Hip-Hop Social Experiment I Can Support

Riff Raff's "Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz" video has arrived and I… don't know how to feel as an intelligent black woman who has spent a decade as a music critic. On one hand, dude's entire package is a joke based on black culture; on the other, dude is like an In Living Color skit gone terribly right—he's hilarious. » 11/11/14 7:45pm 11/11/14 7:45pm

Jenny Lewis Brought Her Confident, Easy-Breezy '70s Vibe to Late Night

Jenny Lewis—former frontwoman of Rilo Kiley and patron saint of the perfect bangs—brought her laid-back '70s-style jam "She's Not Me" to Late Night with Seth Meyers last night. The performance was effortless, with Lewis (dressed in her now-signature "graffiti Gram Parsons" suit) owning the room with a confident strut… » 11/11/14 2:10pm 11/11/14 2:10pm