The Failure of Lady Gaga's Patriotic Rebrand
Now that we've had time to live with Lady Gaga's all American persona, can we all agree the pivot wasn't the best career decision?
Can Pop Music Thrive in Trump's America?
Ten days away from Donald Trump's inauguration, we consider the effects of a bigoted administration on popular culture.
Oops, She Did It Again: How Britney Spears Revived Peak Era Britney with Her “Slumber Party” Video
Her latest vid is an uncanny throwback. But is she rehashing the past or simply reclaiming her crown?
This Guy Is Teaching Syrian Refugees in Greece How to Make Electronic Music
We meet Gavin and his refugee collaborators in the camps in Ritsona to find out how making music with Ableton is making life a little better.
Girls Against: These Teens Formed a Group to Fight Sexual Harassment at Shows
Getting groped at gigs is not OK. We talked to the girls taking a stance against assault, victim blaming, and the culture of complicity. And they're actually getting somewhere.
Britney Spears's Instagram Is the Most Joyful Thing on the Internet
Next month Britney will release her first single in a year, but in the meantime we've been enjoying unfiltered Insta-Brit—smudged mascara, inspirational quotes, pics of corn and all.
Thinkpieces And Shit
Spread ‘Em, Ladies: How 90s Chairdancing Liberated the Female Crotch
The manspreading once reserved for dudes in music videos has been reclaimed over the years by female pop stars.
Madonna Pulls Girl's Top Down on Stage, Reveals Double Standards
When male singer's grind up on fans no one says a thing, yet after one slip of the hand Madonna's (again) labeled "a dirty old woman."
What I Learned About Style…
What I Learned About Style From Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious"
The year is 2001, the pants are sitting far too low, Destiny's Child are still matchy-matchy, and yet Bey still crushed it with her foreshadowing of trends to come. Happy #FBF
The Changing Face of the Male Pop Star Heartthrob
What women are after, at least in their pop idols, isn’t the fantasy of a perfect body, but rather the articulation of the complicated language of emotion. And talent.
How We're Failing Kesha
The court’s rejection of Kesha’s injunction against Dr. Luke is a cold reminder that sexism in the music industry is deeply institutionalized.
Misogyny and Mr. West: Why I'm No Longer a Kanye Fan
There are much more crafty, interesting ways to be provocative than by trolling victims of rape, or attacking Taylor Swift or Amber Rose.