Katy Perry Kind of A Pussy for Reneging on “Swish Swish” Lyrics

Though Katy Perry might not have technically made the declaration, “Don’t be tryna double back, I already despise you/All that fake love you showin’ couldn’t even disguise you,” with her own mouth, the sentiment was nonetheless established by her cohort on “Swish Swish,” Nicki Minaj. And surely, the duo worked …

Beyoncé Announcing Twins’ Birth on Father’s Day Weekend is the Most Beyoncé Thing Ever

Is there nothing Beyoncé can’t do without perfectly timing it? From the surprise release of her self-titled 2013 visual album to the surprise release of Lemonade, Beyoncé is nothing if not, to use a word Taylor Swift hates, “calculated,” when it comes to intuiting the perfect moment for effect. The birth of …

“Papa Don’t Preach” Speaks to the Complexity of the Father-Daughter Relationship

Quite possibly more than any other piece of pop culture, musically speaking, Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” speaks to just how intense and often contentious the father-daughter relationship can be. Based on an actual conversation between a group of high school girls that songwriter Brian Elliot heard outside his studio in …

Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar” Video Channels Lameness In Its Shock Value

Selena Gomez has probably “shocked” more expertly with other music videos of hers in the past, like the Alek Keshishian-directed “Hands to Myself” or even the obsequious “Good For You.” Her latest single, “Bad Liar”–supposedly about The Weeknd, who seems far closer to Lana Del Rey these days–seems to be …

The Beatles Were Wrong: The Love You Take Is Not Equal to the Love You Make

The Beatles are wrong about very few things. Collectively, they were practically infallible (just look at Sgt. Peppers). Individually, well, they were all hot messes. And yet, for the most part, in their art, there were no untruths. With just one exception: “The End.” In keeping with its incorrectness, it …

2D’s Brain on Drugs Showcased in “Sleeping Powder” Video

2D may have been kidnapped into Gorillaz, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t liable to break out on his own musical stylings upon occasion–a new song called “Sleeping Powder” being the prime example. Ribbing off the “your brain on drugs” commercial from the 90s that Rachael Leigh Cook recently felt …

Taylor Swift Gets Another Point in the “Bad Blood” Column Between Her and Katy Perry

Though Taylor Swift does her best to play the innocente, her vitriol was obviously peaked in the wake of Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” “diss track” aimed at achieving recompense for Swift’s 2014 “Bad Blood.” While Swift attempted to downplay who the song might be about in an interview with Rolling …

We Have No Choice But To Hear You: Alanis Morissette Writes Broadway Musical Incarnation of Jagged Little Pill

Stop getting attached to the idea that any element of pop culture is sacred, least of all any album that helped you survive a trying time in your life. Even the very people that have created their own masterworks are willing to bastardize and/or taint them for the right price/venue. …