So Much Good Real-Life Style at the Brit Awards

I am constantly hammering this point because it's true: British fashion right now is, on the whole, so much more creative and interesting than American fashion. That's certainly true on the runway, but it's also true on the red carpet, even moreso with musicians, because on the whole British women aren't as bananas… » 2/25/15 10:04pm Yesterday 10:04pm

Teen Who Inspired 'It's My Party' Speaks After Lesley Gore's Passing

Following Monday's sad news about the passing of Lesley Gore, Judy Solash (née Gottlieb)—a woman who, as a teen in 1963, threw a tantrum that inspired her father, a restaurant owning, songwriting hobbyist, to write "It's My Party"—talked about the party meltdown that led to one of Gore's biggest radio hits. » 2/18/15 6:10pm 2/18/15 6:10pm

The Evolution of R&B Drake

As early as 2010, Drake publicly fantasized about releasing an R&B mixtape titled It's Never Enough. The first song that materialized was "I Get Lonely Too," his weepy remake of TLC's FanMail intro. The original is hardly a showcase of vocal acrobatics. Still, Drake's version is terribly clumsy, like a drunken karaoke… » 2/18/15 5:10pm 2/18/15 5:10pm

Tink Embraces Being a Feminist, Says She's 'Not the Ideal Pop Star'

Plenty of female pop stars have actively avoided the label "feminist." The sad but somewhat valid fear is that it carries too much weight. So it's refreshing anytime an artist—especially a new one—outright embraces it, like Tink does in her cover story for the Feb/March issue of The Fader. » 2/17/15 11:35pm 2/17/15 11:35pm

TT The Artist, Baltimore's Finest, Toughens Up in New Video

The genre known as Baltimore club music remains one of America's greatest cultural inventions, thank you Baltimore for that, and B'more rapper TT the Artist is a key part of its freshest, most recent incarnation. In " Thug It Out," from the Art Royalty EP, she lobs bullet-powerful lyrics with the authority of a don… » 2/17/15 9:30pm 2/17/15 9:30pm

Dear Britain, Please Continue Sending the US Your Former Skins Stars

It has been announced that two of the most beloved stars from the third generation of Skins, the best-ever British teen show, have been cast in ABC's new drama Recovery Road. Those teens are Jessica Sula, who played Skins' prim beauty Grace, and Sebastian de Souza, who was the brooding loner Matty and makes me feel… » 2/16/15 7:45pm 2/16/15 7:45pm

Kanye, Sia, and Vic Mensa Get Weird on SNL's 40th Anniversary Show

Sunday night's three-and-a-half-hour long Saturday Night Live anniversary show was, in many ways, an exercise in convention: the resurrection of 40-year-old jokes for old time's sake, no matter how awkwardly they fit in 2015. (Thinking most particularly of Dan Aykroyd's bass-o-matic bit—who even uses blenders… » 2/16/15 10:50am 2/16/15 10:50am

Fifth Harmony Assumes Their Anointed Girl-Power Position

A few times a week, I get an email update from my close friends TLC about their upcoming album, the one that's funded through Kickstarter. Since I contributed $15 to the cause—which now that I think about it, wasn't enough; I'm a horrible friend—they've sent me 11 Project Updates, all with the same subject line:… » 2/12/15 6:40pm 2/12/15 6:40pm