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… »Wednesday 4:40pm11/25/15 4:40pm


Ryan Adams Compares Taylor Swift To Shakespeare

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Ryan Adams, pop musician and Taylor Swift cover artist, compared the blonde-mopped scribe of hits such as “Bad Blood” and “Our Song” to Shakespeare himself. This is sweet of him, and his comparison feels hyperbolic yet utterly genuine; he goes on to emphasize how much her music… »10/25/15 10:30pm10/25/15 10:30pm

Grace Jones: Miley, Rihanna, and Nicki Do Not Challenge the Status Quo

In a recently published excerpt of Grace Jones’ upcoming memoir (cheekily titled I’ll Never Write My Memoirs), the legendary musician shares her criticisms of today’s current pop stars, asserting that many of them attempt to claim originality and subversiveness, while really only copying her style and playing it safe. »9/10/15 4:55pm9/10/15 4:55pm

DJ Earworm's Annual Pop Mashup Hits, Reminds Us That 2014 Kinda Sucked

Every year, DJ Earworm releases a mega-mashup of the top 25 pop songs of the last 12 months, and every year I approach it with disdain and consternation, only to be completely pleased with the end results. Mashups are generally the worst genre of music in existence, especially in the '10s, because they tend to exhibit… »12/03/14 4:30pm12/03/14 4:30pm

Prince, Madonna, and Michael Jackson Singles, Ranked

Prince, Madonna, and Michael Jackson were born within three months of each other in the middle of 1958. (Kate Bush was also born during this time period.) During the ‘80s, they redefined the way we consume pop music, and the cults they spawned predicted the rabid fandom that we see around most current pop superstars.… »9/19/14 5:41pm9/19/14 5:41pm

Lana Del Rey Wishes She Was Dead And Is Somehow Mad About It

Lana del Rey has been doing a flurry of press in recent weeks to promote the release of her (excellent) latest album Ultraviolence, and, in typical Lana del Rey fashion, the press tour has been characterized by Lana del Rey saying ridiculous shit. The latest round of Lana vs. The World involves an interview with a… »6/20/14 4:40pm6/20/14 4:40pm

Ke$ha Dances Around in Her Laundry Day Outfit in the ‘Dirty Love’ Video

Last night, as you were doing whatever is you crazy kids do to celebrate Pope Gregory XIII's calendar meddling, your favorite drunk friend Ke$ha uploaded a video for her song "Dirty Love" off of her sophomore album, Warrior. Glitter, of course, makes a very important appearance, but it plays second fiddle this time… »1/01/14 1:00pm1/01/14 1:00pm

The New Beyoncé Album Just Got All These People Pregnant

Somewhere between the pussy-eating sex jam "Blow" and feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's cameo on Flawless, I thought to myself, "Holy shit, this new Beyoncé album is getting me pregnant." I took to Twitter to express this, only to discover that the new Beyoncé album is apparently getting a lot of people »12/13/13 4:20pm12/13/13 4:20pm

Paul Rudd, One Direction’s Most Shameless Adult Fan

The guileless Paul Rudd sells his One Direction fanhood so hard that it almost doesn't seem creepy for him to mill around outside of a concert with the boyband's legion of young girl fans, exchanging gossip, braiding hair, and asserting his primacy as the most ardent and shameless of all the One Direction fans in the… »12/08/13 12:00pm12/08/13 12:00pm

Katy Perry Says She’s Basically the Last Non-Naked Pop Singer

A lot of people (ahem, Rashida Jones) have a lot of opinions about what lady pop singers are wearing these days, harumph! Whatever these doggone flappers are wearing, it’s not enough, at least not for the likes of Jones and the most tasteful and modest pop singer of them all, Katy Perry, who is starting more and more… »10/27/13 11:10pm10/27/13 11:10pm