There’s nothing better than strong women tapping into their power. We’ve seen it with Shonda Rhimes causally mentioning how she owns Thursday nights (and with her move to Netflix, she’ll soon own the remaining six). We’ve seen it with Serena Williams both owning her greatness on the court and embracing her black girl magic (soon to be black girl motherhood) outside of the court. We’ve seen it with the revolutionary release of Beyonce’s Lemonade–a love letter to black womanhood and a stunning memoir to forgiveness.
This does not include Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do”—an incongruously peppy single from her upcoming new album, reputation, that aims for scalding pettiness but lands on blandly pitiful.
It's one thing to dress up as a ghoulish monster or your favorite TV character for Halloween, it's a whole other thing to embody them mind, body and soul. And yet that's what Kelly Clarkson did this Halloween with her scary-good cover of Sia's "Chandelier" in a live Facebook video on Sunday.
I’m glad I’m not Jay Z.
Though I would commit felonies for access to his half-billions, I don’t envy the husband who has to buy a gift befitting of Sasha Fierce’s 35th birthday. Or the man whose alleged infidelities inspired Beyonce’s instantly iconic Lemonade visual album.
In the wake of the Orlando's horrific mass shooting, it’s been difficult to continue regular life, which includes diving face-first into entertainment and fangirling about it here. When my personal life gets difficult, I seek refuge in the universes of my favorite shows, however, with a tragedy so devastating, doing so can feel selfish.
While it’s important to stay woke, protecting your own mental and emotional health is also vital.
Thankfully, a newly redheaded Christina Aguilera reminds me that entertainment, especially music, can be healing and cathartic when she took her website on Thursday night to announce that her new single, “Change,” will be dedicated to the victims of Orlando, and proceeds from all American downloads will be donated to the victims’ families through The National Compassion Fund.
She writes: “The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind. I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately.
We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated. And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate…We all have the choice to spread love, encourage individuality and make a difference to others – we are all in this together, as one, united in love.”
Written by Aguilera and Fancy Hagood, Flo Reutter, the ballad resonates with full body goosies and maybe a few tears. It is a sonic, visceral and healing representation of our helplessness, our grief, and our hope. "Change," with its deeply personal lyrics, simple production, and powerful vocals, is Aguilera’s “Man In The Mirror.”
Utilizing her legendarily soulful voice, Xtina sings: “Who you love or the color of your skin/ Or the place that you were born and grew up in / Shouldn’t decide how you will be treated / 'Cause we’re all the same when everybody’s breathing / Waiting for a change to set us free / Waiting for the day when you can be you and I can be me / Waiting for hope to come around / Waiting for the day when hate is lost and love is found.”
She also shared a lyrical video, which features pictures from Christina’s childhood.
Watch below, and don’t forget to buy from iTunes. You can also donate directly to The National Compassion Fund.
Leave it to Justin Timberlake to find entertainment in the everyday. As promised, JT released the official video for his shiny new single "Can't Stop The Feeling" on Monday night.
The video finds JT groovin' his way through breakfast, grocery shopping and an impromptu dance-off with a giant inflatable man! The whimsical video, which also features regular people dancing like nobody is watching, captures the party in the plain and the funky vibrance of his first new song in three years.
Of course, the nine-time Grammy winner has plenty of reasons to celebrate. "Can't Stop The Feeling" is his fifth solo No. 1 Single on Billboard's Hot 100, and will be featured in upcoming animated movie, Trolls, also starring Anna Kendrick.
Watch the video below, crank it up and get your dance dance dance on (even if you’re at work)!
It's rare that May blooms without the hint of an official summer song. How are we supposed to get our summer jam on without a fresh banger?
Like a musical superhero, nine-time Grammy winner Justin Timberlake swooped out of his hiatus to debut his a new single, "Can't Stop The Feeling,” late Thursday night. Just like that summer is saved!
Over the past few days, DJs and producers across the country have been tweeting their love for the new Timberlake joint that will be featured in the upcoming animated movie, Trolls, starring Anna Kendrick, James Corden and Timberlake himself. Music curator and producer Scott Vener described it as "dance MJ meets BILL WITHERS disco," in a tweet.
And he’s not wrong. Not unlike the Oscar-nominated “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” is charged with an effervescent, adorable fun, powered by child-friendly lyrics, an infectious, funky edge, and Timberlake’s soulful voice. The addictive song ensures that it’ll be played endlessly at summer cook-outs, graduation parties and roadtrips.
EOnline.com reports that Timberlake’s new album—his first since 2013’s The 20/20 Experience—will be released later this year.
What do you think of “Can’t Stop The Feeling”? Listen below or buy on iTunes, and sound off below.
The music gods may have just answered our Timber-prayers. Justin Timberlake might be making music again!
On Thursday, the nine-time Grammy winner incited a social media frenzy by sharing a black and white snap of him in the studio with The Voice judge, uber-producer and friend, Pharrell Williams along with the mysterious caption: “Currently…” The picture received a blazing 250,000 Likes in a matter of hours as fans gushed over the prospect of a fourth JT LP.
Break out the sequins, confetti cannons, and bizarre mash-ups, because the 58th Annual Grammy Awards are back tonight at 7/8c! Lady Gaga, Adele and Taylor Swift and more are all slated to take the stage and probably a few golden gramophones. Grammy performances traditionally are tweetable mix of swagger, sexiness and sangin’. Let’s take a look back at some of the most unforgettable Grammy performances from P!nk, Michael Jackson and more...
The Super Bowl has always been testament to American competition, spectacle and one-upsmanship. And Super Bowl 50 brought plenty of all three.
Lady Gaga’s sparkly ensemble and operatic national anthem made for a unique and spangly start, however, the true competition was found on the field—and I’m not talking about the Denver Broncos beating the Carolina Panthers for the win. Beyonce and Bruno Mars absolutely slayed during their halftime performance of the newly released black empowerment anthem “Formation” and 2015’s instant dance hit, “Uptown Funk.”
Oh yeah, Coldplay was there too.
The head-scratching collaboration of Coldplay and Beyonce released the music video for "Hymn For The Weekend" on Friday, and it broke the internet in all the wrong ways. The admittedly captivating video features frontman Chris Martin exploring the beauty of India and the band rocking out with locals while being pelted with color powders used in the Indian celebration of Holi. Queen B appears in interwoven vignettes as a Bollywood star dancing in front of wall of flowers in traditional Indian attire and with henna and headpieces.
The video's premise, especially Beyonce's attire and choreography, instantly sparked an online debate of whether or not Coldplay and Beyonce appropriated Indian culture.
Cultural appropriation is essentially a dominant culture "borrowing" customs, attire and histories from minorities often for profit, according to RaceRelations.About.com. A modern day example would be Miley Cyrus co-opting the twerk at her infamous 2013 VMA performance--a dance that was popular in the '90s party scene long before she was born and has centuries old roots in West African culture.
The social media response to the video was instant, decisive and incredibly varied...