Head west and drive south towards the Gulf of California and leave the highway and keep driving towards the flattest expanse. Here is the land you seek. Sand lays thick on the desert plain, a layer of rust extending to the horizon. The only hint of border is a distant mountain range. This is the desert where those birthed at the shift of the century have come to give into their thirst. Very few made it out of the ‘90s and into the 21st century alive with their integrity, hits, and full head of hair, in tact. It is said that nothing can survive out here. Except for [...]
Good morning! The MTV Video Music Awards happened last night, and if you missed them and would care to catch up on the performances (Kanye, Drake, 20 minutes of Timberlake with 1 minute of N*SYNC, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and of course, Miley) you can stream them all here, or alternately watch this 13-year-old video of Britney Spears performing "Satisfaction/Oops I Did It Again" at the awards show and speculate about when the pop pendulum might swing away from "clumsy white appropriation of black culture" (although: has it ever?) and back towards ladies who can work it out on a good old-fashioned [...]
In 2008 I started a single topic Tumblr that never went anywhere. It was called I Dream of Britney, and the idea was that readers would submit their celebrity-laden fantasies and nightmares (no one ever posted but me, though). At that point, Tyra Banks was my subconscious’s most frequent famous guest star. Those dreams usually involved some sort of America’s Next Top Model scenario in which she was judging me and finding me insufficiently fierce and overly dumpy.
Though the Tumblr was named for Britney Spears (and she’s apparently a very common dreamscape fixture), I had never had my own dream about her until this past Saturday. [...]
I know it’s totally not cool for a woman to hold a grudge against a teenager, but I’ll admit that I had a more than tiny one against Selena Gomez until very recently. Before you judge me, let me explain myself. I had valid reasons for my distaste, I swear! One, Gomez is the reason that I can no longer Google the Real Selena by just typing “Selena” in the search box, and that is deeply offensive to me. Two, she was the star of a TV show that was a blatant ripoff of Harry Potter. Girl messed with two things that are very dear to me. Not to [...]
The other day, after Rihanna's new video for "Pour It Up" came out (embedded below, NSFW), we started chatting about it on Twitter. There was too much to say. Here, we discuss why Rihanna is better than Miley, why Rihanna is better than Nicki, and why Rihanna is better than Jesus.
This conversation took place in a Google Hangout and has been condensed and edited.
Sarah Nicole Prickett: Hii, does this work?
Ayesha Siddiqi: Yes! I see you both on here.
SNP: So this Rihanna video is AMAZING, but let's start from Instagram. Riri’s instagram is how I know she's a girl's girl and it's why I love her. When I started following [...]
The sultry and vulnerable-voiced LA-based singer Banks has only released four original tracks to date, but each song has been strong, and this latest is the strongest. "Waiting Game" was produced by the great SOHN, who pushes buzzing industrial-strength synth up against Banks's dark, delicate vocals; it makes perfect sense that she's touring with the Weeknd this fall.
Also, if a mash of A$AP Rocky's "Thuggin' Noise" with Britney Spears "Everytime" sounds like it's up your alley (it is the dictionary definition of my alley) here's the newly released, purely delightful "It's Hemsworth, Bitch" edit, and for old times, the very rare "Born To Make You Bling" remix [...]
Wow. Britney and her real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick star in an unexpectedly violent and transfixing five-minute short film about crime and passion. He's got a few too many hilarious fake tattoos (does his chest say "Goose"?), and she puts on an astonishing amount of perfume, but otherwise, A+, could not be better.
Welcome to the new week and a welcome crop of fresh music! NPR's First Listen has some great stuff streaming right now. First is "Seasons of Your Day," Mazzy Star's low-key return after 17 years of influential absence. Second is the self-titled debut from San Fermin, whose single "Sonsick" I'll just never shut up about; third up is the first full-length from CHVRCHES, called "The Bones of What You Believe." I saw them on Saturday, and when the audience was yelling compliments at lead singer Lauren Mayberry (a tiny Jenny Lewis-style heartbreaker), she very sweetly said, "I'm sorry! I can't hear you [...]
Over at Grantland, Molly Lambert methodically walks us through the Amanda Bynes saga in the most matter-of-fact tone possible, and the effect is appropriately disquieting:
Those under a 5150 hold are promised "dignity, privacy, and humane care," but in the case of stars like Spears or Bynes, the first two are almost always breached. Another witness, who says they saw Bynes's arson and made a 911 call, claimed that Bynes was "creating a makeshift explosive" by placing a burning cloth over the mouth of the gas tank. The fire department put out the flames before the gas tank had a chance to explode. A normal 5150 lasts 72 hours, [...]