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Battle of the Sexists: 'Blurred Lines' VS. 'Rude'

Em & Lo | Posted 09.18.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

With "Blurred Lines," you know you're getting a sexed-up, sexist song -- there's no hiding it. With "Rude," its retro sexism is hidden under layers of romance and love, which makes it more insidious.

One Direction Star May Or May Not Be Kissing A Male Friend In This Vine

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Living in the public eye is the story of Niall Horan's life, but the latest influx of rumors about the pop heartthrob? He may not just swing "One Dire...

Lady Gaga Takes Tel Aviv and Leaves Monsters Wanting More

David Duran | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
David Duran

Although the actual stage show wasn't as elaborate as some might have anticipated, the lights and sound, in addition to Gaga's energy was enough to keep the crowd on their feet for the entire set.

The Best Singles of the 1990s That Missed the Top 50, Part 2

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.04.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

If some of these are unfamiliar, take a listen -- they might just change your life for the better as they did mine twenty some years ago.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Streaming and Dreaming

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Oh. My. God. Oh. My. God. Omgid Omigod Omigod. I am so embarrassed. I'm a grown woman and I just got the equivalent of a time out.

Catey Shaw's New Release Proves She's Not Some Hipster Gimmick

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment

Earlier this summer, Virginia-born singer-songwriter Catey Shaw released a video called "Brooklyn Girls," celebrating her new home and the women who r...

The Antidote for 'Anaconda' and Minaj

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.29.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.

The Best Singles of the 1990s That Missed the Top 50, Part 1

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.29.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Today, many of these tracks have fallen into obscurity, but they deserve another listen, as they still sound incredible. In alphabetical order, here are my picks for the 90's best singles that missed the Top 50 (with accompanying video links).

In the Days of Sam Smith, We Rediscover Sam Sparro

Stephen Grant | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
Stephen Grant

His impressive debut album, "In the Lonely Hour" delivers solid power pop ballads while also getting soulfully smooth as heard in the latest single "I'm Not the Only One."

You've Never Heard 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' Like This

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.21.2014 | Women

Chances are, you know the words to Cyndi Lauper's iconic hit, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" like the back of your hand -- and, chances are, the song has...

Deaf Singers Introduce Us To An Entirely New 'Happy' Dance

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

A group of teenaged campers is proving you don't need to hear "Happy" to feel it. The ASL interpretation of Pharrell Williams' mega-hit song, filme...

This Iggy Azalea Cover Trades In Beats For Banjos

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.15.2014 | Entertainment

It's pretty rare for a rap song to get a makeover that trades its beats in for banjos -- but, as it turns out, it can be amazing. You may know The ...

Russian-American Duet: How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

How do you keep the music playing in a chaotic political climate where the only music being played is a dissonant duet with counter-melodies that never resolve, but instead contradict the common theme?

SNL's Jeff Richards' Delivers 2014's Strangest Electro-Dance Comedy Greatest Hits Album

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.26.2014 | Comedy
Xaque Gruber

There's a lot more to Jeff Richards than people realize. Over the past decade, the SNL and MADtv alum has been unleashing a series of experimental comedy electro-pop E.P.s accompanied by bizarre and hilarious music videos that harken back to the golden age of MTV when acts like M, Barnes & Barnes and Miss Julie Brown ruled the roost.

Is This What You Actually Thought These Song Lyrics Were?

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.24.2014 | Entertainment

We've all done it before. You're in your car, blasting a song, belting out the lyrics -- or, at least, what you thought were the lyrics -- only to fin...

Why Shawn Mendes Is Not Just the Flavor of the Month

Anjali Joshi | Posted 09.21.2014 | Entertainment
Anjali Joshi

Times were simpler in the 90s. There were really only two all-American boy bands, and if you were a teen girl, you picked a side. You were an 'Nsync'er or a Backstreet girl.

Tired of Taylor Swift? Marie Miller Is Just What You Need

Hugh McIntyre | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Hugh McIntyre

While Ms. Swift may be very talented, sometimes you just need something new. If you've spun your copy of Red an embarrassing number of times and if you're tired of dancing alone in your room to "You Belong With Me," don't fret.

Why It's Time To Start Taking Fifth Harmony Seriously

Jamie Gleklen | Posted 09.16.2014 | Teen
Jamie Gleklen

"Bo$$" screams female empowerment. The artwork for the cover alone makes it clear that Fifth Harmony is ready to be taken seriously as a group.

The No. 1 Song This Summer

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

There is one way to ensure the music of the summer reverberates into the fall and beyond. It is by discovering the song of the soul. The No. 1 hit will not be found on Billboard's charts or iTunes but inside of you and is waiting to be sung. It is music that will last forever.

Move Over, Katy Perry: 'Brooklyn Girls' Are Taking Over

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.16.2014 | Entertainment

Move over, "California Gurls": Catey Shaw's "Brooklyn Girls" are here to take over. Shaw's video, like Katy Perry's clip for her 2010 single, is a ...

Fifth Harmony Reveals What Makes Demi Lovato A 'Real Boss'

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.11.2014 | Teen

The ladies of Fifth Harmony have some serious words of appreciation for Demi Lovato. The breakout girl group, which formed on season two of “The...

No Genre: An Introduction to Jon Bellion

Ahmad Khan | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Ahmad Khan

Jon knows such dreams and ambitions are likely to elicit sneers of disapproval from those who believe such statements and thoughts are bred from arrogance rather than inspired by confidence.

How To Make An Even BETTER Hit Pop Song

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.07.2014 | Comedy

A couple weeks ago, comedian Brett Domino had us laughing when he taught the world how to make a hit pop song. Plus, his hilarious insights earned him...

LA-LA-LA: 10 Songs With Music's Favorite Catch Phrase

Stephen Grant | Posted 08.31.2014 | Entertainment
Stephen Grant

It's a simple phrase heard in music all the time. The famous la-la-la has crossed genres and is sung by nearly every singer from Minnie Riperton to Blue Oyster Cult. Using Spotify, I compiled a 10-track playlist with music's favorite catch phrase. Who do you think sang it best?

This Pop Song About J-Law Should Be The Hit Of The Summer

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 06.27.2014 | Comedy

Want to know how to create a hit pop song? Comedian Brett Domino has some hilarious ideas. In this satirical short, Domino gives us some tips about...