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Rihanna And David LaChapelle Settle 'S&M' Lawsuit

Posted 12.20.2011 | Arts

Although Rihanna has crooned "it feels so good being bad," it looks like she got a small taste of punishment for her 'S&M' music video this week, and ...

Opportunistic Allies: The Use and Abuse of Gays by Rising Pop Culture Icons

Seth Merkin | Posted 12.06.2011 | Home
Seth Merkin

After Katy Perry dropped her newfound questioning of sexuality as quickly as she had adopted it, America was ready for a committed rebel against sexual norms. They were ready for Gaga.

Same (but Different) Vibe as Sean Paul Returns With New Single and Mohawk

Jon Chattman | Posted 12.03.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Pop dominance has assured a lot of things for the Jamaica native -- among them -- random acts of awkwardness. When asked if he sings and dances literally to the beat of his own drum, the singer admitted wholeheartedly -- yes: "It's kind of whack."

Happy 60th Birthday, Sting! Relive His Best Musical Moments

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.02.2011 | Fifty

Sting may be turning 60 on Oct. 2, but the self-professed "King of Pain" shows no signs of slowing down. The Police's former frontman is ringing in t...

PHOTOS: Band Breakups That Shook The World

Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty

The Sept. 21 breakup of R.E.M. shook '80s music fans to the core, with many calling the announcement "the end of the world as we know it" in reference...

Elton John Biopic

Posted 11.22.2011 | Arts

There have been scores of movies made about musicians over the years, but Elton John has taken the extra step to produce his own. The film, titled "Ro...

Pop Music Is Human Nature

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Barry Kaufman

I've got a proud confession to make: I'm a pop music junkie. Drizzy Drake, Britney, Adele, Nicki, Ke$ha, you name it. I love it. But I've got to admit...

After Aesthetics: Gabriel Kahane's Where Are The Arms

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 11.12.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

On September 13, the composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane unleashes what is typically considered one of the trickiest of musical creatures -- the sophomore album.

Typography According To The Beatles, Amy Winehouse And Coldplay

Simon Garfield | Posted 11.07.2011 | Books
Simon Garfield

It's a godawful small affair, typography, especially these days with those tiny images you get when you buy an album track on iTunes. The joy of speculating about what an intricately designed and carefully chosen set of letters may reveal about the innards have long gone.

BYU Study: Pop Lyrics More Sexualized Than Ever

Posted 11.07.2011 | Arts

Pop music lyrics are more sexualized now than they were in 1959, according to a recent BYU study of Billboard Hot 100 songs from 1959 to 2009. That me...

The Snap-Cracklin' Pop of the Wellingtons

Eric Williams | Posted 11.06.2011 | Entertainment
Eric Williams

In his boisterous directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!", Tom Hanks's record-executive character Mr. White makes the following request: "I want something peppy, something happy, something up-tempo. I want something snappy." Mr. White would have loved the Wellingtons.

What China's Culture Ministry Really Thinks Of Lady Gaga

Economic Observer/Worldcrunch | Wang Jun | Posted 11.01.2011 | World

BEIJING - Lady Gaga, the goddess of oddness, super sexy Beyonce, Taiwanese singer Lin Yu Jia, hot American band Owl City, evergreen Japanese R&B singe...

When Songs Attack: Assaulted by Muzak in the 21st Century

James Napoli | Posted 10.30.2011 | Media
James Napoli

In deference to the overall awesomeness that is Trader Joe's, the fact is we can barely go anywhere anymore without being assaulted by a feel-good music mix. The mall, a restaurant, a waiting room. And it isn't always feel-good.

Selena Gomez and Christina Grimmie: Bright Stars, Different Shades

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 10.28.2011 | Celebrity
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

On a hot August Saturday afternoon, bright sun beating down on a crowd of over 20,000, my young daughter and I had our attention focused intensely on ...

On the Rise: The Natalia Kills Experience

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.26.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Rising pop star Natalia Kills isn't just being compared to female pop superstars. She's actually keeping company with them. The West Yorkshire native has already opened for Ke$ha, Kelis, and Robyn and Katy Perry.

Jason Gilbert

Boyz II Men Member: 'In The Next 10 to 15 Years, All Music Is Going To Be Free'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Gilbert | Posted 10.24.2011 | Technology

"In the next 10 to 15 years, all music is going to be free," Nathan Morris, member of stalwart R&B group Boyz II Men, told HuffPost over the phone. It...

Demi Lovato, Under Construction and More Popular Than Ever

Sam Lansky | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Sam Lansky

2011-08-22-Screenshot20110821at8.25.08PM.jpg Demi's relationship to scandal is an extraordinary case study in public relations legerdemain -- in how to maintain, and even build, popularity instead of notoriety.

Kia Makarechi

House Invasion: How Club Music Sneaked Into Mainstream Pop

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.11.2011 | Home

On a July night, the ground at New York's always-crowded, never-clean Webster Hall was quite literally shaking under the bass pouring out of the DJ's...

In Praise of Teens: A Playlist for "Teen Choice 2011"

David Wild | Posted 10.06.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Think that you don't like anything that teenagers like? Well then open your mind and embrace your inner teen. Here are some songs that I think are worth a listen by anybody of any age.

Lady Gaga To Release Photography Book (VIDEO)

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.27.2011 | Arts

NEW YORK — Lady Gaga will release a book of photographs with fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Grand Central Publishing announced Thursday t...

Arab Leaders to Youth: You Cannot Find a Job, but You Can Go to a Concert

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 09.24.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

There are real problems that not even the A-list Lebanese singers can address. Leaders should lead by creating jobs, not throwing parties and becoming concert promoters.

Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle Tackles Stateside Fame

Sam Lansky | Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment
Sam Lansky

"Sweetest High" is a very canny new direction; the single is palatable to American listeners in a way that Girls Aloud, with its distinctly English everything-but-the-kitchen-sink madness, never was.

Adele and Eminem: Singing the Same Digital Song?

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 09.15.2011 | Entertainment
Marcia Dawkins

The artists seem to be a pair of space bound rocket ships aiming for the moon. But soaring success in cyberspace is not all they share. A closer look reveals they might be singing different versions of the same song.

A Darwinian Evolution: Introducing Darwin Deez

Taryn Haight | Posted 09.12.2011 | Entertainment
Taryn Haight

It's a treasure to see musicians earn their rank by living, changing and ripening into their talent organically, even sometimes painfully. To see someone like Darwin Deez is a truly refreshing phenomenon.

(Re)introducing Támar Davis

John Gascot | Posted 09.06.2011 | Entertainment
John Gascot

In 2006, Támar Davis' much-anticipated debut album was suddenly canceled. But the charismatic songstress has taken the wheel and is re-introducing herself with a solid (new) debut album.