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On Beyoncé

Dawn Laguens | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Dawn Laguens

What decides whether or not I, indeed, am a feminist isn't the choices I make in my own life. It's whether I'm truly committed to empowering every woman to make whatever choices are right for her own life. So for me the question isn't whether Beyoncé passes that test -- it's whether her critics do.

Art and Music Are Professions Worth Fighting for

Blake Morgan | Posted 02.17.2014 | Arts
Blake Morgan

We artists and musicians have the right to expect from our profession what others expect from their professions. That through hard work and determination, perspiration and inspiration, we'll have the same fair shot to realize our dreams, answer our callings, support our families.

'Extraneous Lyrics 2013' Makes All Your Favorite Songs More Verbose

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Comedy

Do you find modern music sometimes lacks complexity and depth in terms of the lyrics? Do you ever wish that your favorite pop songs were a bit more ve...

We Can't Stop Dancing to Nonstop Pop 2013

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 12.10.2013 | Entertainment

Miley picked up a hammer. JT shrugged on his suit and tie. Drake started from the bottom. Now we're here. As we round out the last month of 2013,...

WATCH: Kurt Hugo Schneider Kills It With Acoustic 'Pop Medley 2013'

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Entertainment

The holidays are in full swing right now, and with the year slowly coming to an end, let's take a moment to reflect on this amazing and eclectic year ...

Ellie Goulding Reveals Body Image And Anxiety Issues

The Huffington Post | Hilary Miller | Posted 12.06.2013 | Celebrity

British songstress Ellie Goulding, 26, gets candid in Cosmo UK's January issue, in what the magazine says is one of their most revealing interviews to...

68 Song Mashup Will Make You Want To Dance

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.05.2013 | Entertainment

Daniel Kim is back with his annual mashup of all your favorite songs. It took Kim 180 hours to mix the 68 songs from 2013, but the payoff is pretty...

20 Most Overplayed Songs Of 2013 Played ... Again

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.02.2013 | Entertainment

Every year, there are a crop of songs that get played ... and then played again and again. Then, just when you think a song has become played out, it ...

This 19 Song Music Mashup Will Make It Seem Like Summer Again

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Entertainment

It may be chilly across most of the country right now, but memories of summer still linger in the form of some of the "hottest" pop music still playin...

The (g)A(y)MAs: Why We Love Our Pop Stars

J.W. Harvey | Posted 01.26.2014 | Gay Voices
J.W. Harvey

Pop stars have been known to occasionally elicit the emphatic support of the gays. But as social media show time and time again, unlike gay icons of the past generation, not one seems able to speak to the community as a whole. What makes gays get so defensive about their icons?

Arcade Fire's Religious Reflektions

S. Brent Plate | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

Mystical threads have always run deep through Arcade Fire's repertoire. Inversions, upside downs and inside outs emerge in "black mirrors" and the "darkness of light." Opposites are reconciled, and unification is at the core of life itself.

Pop Stars and the Miseducation of Feminism

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women
Valerie Tejeda

The word "feminism" is thrown around quite loosely these days, especially among chart-topping pop stars. Whenever one woman makes a "questionable" move, another woman quickly throws up her dukes -- looking for a fight, with some even calling it feminism. 

Lady Gaga's ARTPOP Falls Short

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

With Lady Gaga's new album ARTPOP, she continues to try to shock but it all somehow falls flat. In an age when Miley Cyrus and Nikki Minaj parade around in next to nothing, Lady Gaga's brand of "shocking" seems almost dated.

Sia's Dilemma: Does Working With Eminem Validate His Hate Speech Against Gays?

Keo Nozari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Keo Nozari

I wrote to Sia on Twitter and expressed my disappointment. I wasn't expecting a reply, but, to my surprise, she responded and thoughtfully listened, and we proceeded to have a lengthy (by Twitter standards) conversation.

I'm With Stupid: Unleash the Kraken (or at Least Her Terrifying Voice)

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Britney should instead be proud that her music, bad as it may be, is being put to good use in the global fight against terrorism and the struggle to establish justice and peace in our troubled world.

Watch Out, the World's Behind You: RIP Lou Reed (1942-2013)

Alex Koenig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Koenig

With the help of one man, a young New York city slicker named Lou Reed would learn to siphon his existential observations into a rock and roll art form; to write what he lived, and live what he wrote.

Katy Perry: Is it the Music or the Marketing?

Jim Joseph | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Joseph

Does her music measure up? Sure. But it's pop music, let's face it. We've "heard" "Roar" many times over from many a performer. The lyrics are familiar, as is the beat. Katy put her spin on it, but it's pop music -- the likes of which we've enjoyed for decades.

Pop Star Credentials: 2003 vs. 2013

The Huffington Post | Debra Lipson | Posted 10.23.2013 | Celebrity

Bubblegum. Sugary sweet. Catchy as all hell. This must be ... POP! Best known for stuck-in-your-head melodies and manufactured singing, pop music h...

Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Is Actually Pretty Good

Rock Genius | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Rock Genius

The last words of the album, "I've turned into someone else", perfectly ends the romantic arc, and also comments on her real life transformation. Now that Hannah Montana is gone, will Miley Cyrus succeed as a pop artist?

The Miley Cyrus Double Standard

Daniel Davidson | Posted 12.11.2013 | Entertainment
Daniel Davidson

Personally, I find Miley Cyrus' super-"sexy" image distasteful, as it sends a terrible message to young girls and women the world over, but I find the double standard people are promoting even less savory.

Interview: Rubylux on Their Newest Album The World Goes Quiet

Lydia Hughes | Posted 05.29.2014 | Entertainment
Lydia Hughes

As daunting as it is, we need to get it together. We've started writing already. We need to keep it going. Musically, we'll take it up another level...

Directing the Next VMA Winner

Oren Mendez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Director: So you're dancing there, all golden, and five completely nude dancers join you.

Swedish Pop Saved My Life

Gordy Grundy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Gordy Grundy

For several years now, the best American pop music has been coming from Sweden. These happy Europeans make me want to grow a beard. I want to look at blades of grass for hours on end. I don't have a care in the world. I may even wanna get a girlfriend again.

Latin-American Songwriter Creates 'App Song' and Takes it on Tour

Marty Lipp | Posted 12.04.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Taking the concept to the next stage literally, Drexler applies the technology to a live audience setting, picking audience members to come on stage and choose the parts of the songs, which he then has to sing in real time.

Ariana Grande Is a Robot

Harrison Goo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Harrison Goo

Like when Simon Cowell says "we've got a future pop star here," he literally means everything that Ariana represents. And that just shouldn't ever happen. I mean, there has to be a flaw somewhere, right?