Thursday, July 18, 2019

Miley Cyrus Acknowledges Her ‘Privilege,’ Apologizes For Past Comments About Hip-Hop

Two years ago, in a cover story for Billboard, Miley Cyrus shouted out her love for Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" by contrasting it with what she perceived as the themes of modern hip-hop. "I also love that new Kendrick song: 'Show me somethin' natural like ass with some stretch marks,'" she said. "I love that because…

Why BTS and Western Pop’s ‘Asian Explosion’ Are Here To Stay

By Josh Calixto By now, BTS's perpetual success in the U.S. has become a familiar routine: They break a longstanding chart record or two; they win a major award; they make TV appearances on shows that seemed untouchable just a few months ago; they sell out their world stadium tour; they draw comparisons to the…

Joker Trailer Gives Us A Chilling First Look At Joaquin Phoenix’s Clown Prince Of...

Forget what you may have heard: Todd Phillips' Joker isn't what you're expecting. "It's a tragedy," the director told attendees at this year's CinemaCon on Tuesday (April 2) before debuting the very first teaser trailer for the DC Films flick. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as failed stand up comedian Arthur Fleck — before he becomes Gotham's resident Clown Prince…

20 Years Ago, Missy Elliott’s ‘She’s A Bitch’ Video Redefined What Hip-Hop Could Look...

By Emily Reily Though it’s more commonly known as an insult to offend and degrade, in Missy Elliott’s capable hands, “bitch” means something far more positive: a freedom of expression and a symbol of empowerment. Elliott, who’s wielded the term like a jackhammer in her raps and throughout her career, pries the contentious word open…

Zayn And Zhavia Ward Recreate A Classic Aladdin Duet

The magical duet "A Whole New World" was the high point of Aladdin when the animated film came out in 1992. The intertwining romance of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine as they kindled feelings for each other — as well as the exploration of new experiences and realms — made it endearing. With the new live-action Aladdin…

How Thank U, Next Showed The Real Ariana Grande

The memory of Mac Miller looms over Ariana Grande's album Thank U, Next, even if he's only explicitly mentioned once. The album was recorded in the space of a few weeks following the release of Sweetener last August and the September death of Miller, whom Grande dated between 2016 and 2018. She calls to him…

Maggie Rogers On Giving Yourself Permission To Still Be Processing

By Sara Radin Maggie Rogers was not prepared nor planning for fame. In fact, one could say it’s something that happened to her, all thanks to a viral video from 2016 of Pharrell Williams delightfully listening to her song “Alaska.” At that time, Rogers was a senior attending New York University's Clive Davis Institute of…

‘Old Town Road’ Becomes Even More Invincible With New Young Thug, Mason Ramsey Remix

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" has been at No. 1 for so long — it recently reached 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 — that it's important to remember the song began as a complete underdog. But its narrative changed from "chart-jilted outsider viral hit" to "unbeatable juggernaut" so rapidly…

Wallows Grew Up Going To Coachella — Now They’re Playing It

By Kat Bein Imagine growing up in southern California and heading to your first Coachella as a high-school freshman. You're a snot-nosed kid with indie-rock dreams jamming with your best friends, and at the malleable age of 13, you see The Strokes, Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, and more. You fantasize for the next seven…

The 9 Biggest Surprises From Ed Sheeran’s Collab-Powered Album

Sheeran and Stormzy go back a ways, having previously collaborated on a remix of Ed's behemoth hit "Shape of You." Here, he and the London grime rapper make a shockingly stellar team, with Stormzy arguably outshining every American MC on this project. The most startling moment of this track, though, might be when Sheeran brags…
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Syria: SDF militia predicts ISIL’s last fight to end imminently

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Baghouz is as good as over, with the armed group facing imminent defeat. Thick black smoke rose from the ISIL-held encampment on Wednesday, as air strikes and mortar fire pounded Baghouz for a third…

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