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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?

Ranking Member Mel Watt Makes a Bold First Step in Freeing Creators From the Government's Heavy Hand

Chris Castle | Posted 09.30.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

I've been writing about -- well, OK, a blaringly vocal advocate -- for getting the government out of the music business for quite some time.

Remembering The First 3 Albums I Ever Owned

Tom Cramer | Posted 11.22.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

For as long as I can remember, I have been a music lover. Mom would break out her John Gary and Nat King Cole records, and although I wasn't crazy about either artist, it was hard to miss how happy she was while listening to them.

50 Years Of Guitar Solos In One Epic Video

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.20.2013 | Arts

In this trip down memory lane, brought to you by cdza, Mark Sidney Johnson charges through the history of the guitar solo using 28 songs from over the...

Billboard's Music Video Problem

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

While the "controversial" music video have been around since the beginning of the music video era, these videos are now become even more influential.

From Two Lines to 'Blurred Lines'

Amanda Magee | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

Things change as you move further from Baby Bjorns and lovies and closer to Top 40 and first loves. You are reminded again that you are making all this stuff up as you go, that there was no formal training in parenting,

How Britney Spears Stole Everyone's Thunder

Justin Hernandez | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
Justin Hernandez

In a time when people have become over sharers on social media it's odd when someone does the exact opposite, yet that is exactly what Britney Spears is doing. And this shrouding in mystery is what's keeping everyone guessing.

What Miley Cyrus' Video Would Have Looked Like In The '50s

Sarah Barness | Posted 09.04.2013 | Entertainment

Regardless of any controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus and her summer hit, "We Can't Stop," it's hard to deny that the song is incredibly catchy. Well,...

The 4 Liquor Brands That Dominate Music

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 08.30.2013 | Business

If popular music is any indication, liquor brands like Patron tequila, Hennessy cognac, Grey Goose vodka and Jack Daniel’s whiskey are doing incredi...

Reflections on Miley Cyrus's 'We Can't Stop'

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Is Miley America's young, waiting to be devoured? Is she our new Princess of Pop, or is she a princess waiting to be popped? Or is Miley all of us, all of us in our toiling, immature machinations of narcissism?