Possibly because I’m too old for it, I feel like Demi Lovato has always sat to the side of my pop culture radar. What I know of her is very basic, she just broke it off with Wilmer Valderamma (what is with that guy? Why does everyone date him?), she has drug and alcohol issues, she gets into random feuds with everyone, and she seems sort-of exhausting to follow. Maybe it’s a side effect of being twenty five.
Now I know from the ‘Tell me you love me’ music clip that Demi also has pipes. I have only ever heard ‘Cool for the Summer’ so this was a pleasant surprise. However remember how I mentioned ‘exhausting to follow’? This clip is six minutes forty seven seconds of Demi arguing with Jesse Williams. Two pretty people having marital problems for what feels like seven hours. If I wanted to watch couples fight about dumb things, I would stand outside Ikea instead.
The song officially starts at 2:47 if you want to skip past a prelude of domestic disputes.
If you’re over 25, there’s a good chance you’re asking: “who is a Cardi B?”
Cardi B got my attention when I saw somewhere that she knocked my girl Tay off number one on the Billboard charts with ‘Bojak Yellow’ – I went to go listen to it and it’s kind of catchy? You can’t sing it certainly, but I can see that people might dance to it at a club.
So she’s young and new, especially in comparison to Nicki, Bey, Taylor, Katy who have all been around for quite some time. And while she’s valued at $4m because of Bojak Yellow, I hardly think she’s rolling in cash. Continue reading
Let’s be frank, I’ve been quietly underwhelmed by T Swift’s Reputation so far – other than the Look what you made me do video. I mean I get it, she’s trying to do something different sonically, but what I want is an actual Taylor song without all the brahhhhhms and the blips blips and the shouting. All three songs (LWYMMD, Are you ready for it and Gorgeous) suffer from overproduction, which is fine for Gwen Stefani, but Tay is not Gwen and her musical power comes from her songwriting. If you overlay it with so much stuff, you lose the connection to your audience who are there for the patented Taylor Swift feelings-through-song and I think that’s whats creating this giant disconnect between the fans and the new material. Anyway. New video.
It’s a Joseph Kahn production, so of course it’s going to look stunning and because it’s Joseph Kahn, her videos seem to be moving in a direction that involve more robots and assassins and less pretty dresses on a landscape scenario. If you miss the visual simplicity of Mean or You belong to me – you should take your time to mourn them, because they are never, ever coming back (together).
The entire video seems to be an homage of sorts to Blade Runner with some Ghost in the Shell as flavouring, which I appreciated, but I can only imagine whole swathes of young T-Swift fans are positively scratching their heads at what it all means. I would love it if this whole time, TS was actually a sci-fi nerd who harboured a love of all things Star Wars. Naked robot Taylor is not going be constrained by your opinions anymore and she’s going to break free and watch whatever movies she wants to. If this video is truly representative of how she feels (and not just a pretty visual gimmick), then I’m glad she finally feels free to be herself. Can’t really ask much more than that after ten years in the spotlight. We do miss old Taylor, but I guess she’s dead right?
And this week, your gal Gaga is everywhere. She’s been very quiet about promoting Joanne and you get the feeling that she’s over wearing meat dresses and bubble costumes. She’s past it and onto singing the blues with Tony Bennett.
And hanging out with five former presidents. With the exception of awkward Bill in the corner, they all look exceptionally happy to be peaceing out with Gaga. I wonder if they’ve watched her Netflix special.
And on the other side of the terrifying spectrum (don’t say I didn’t warn you):
We have a Lady Gaga wax figure dominating the news cycle. I can see why. It looks like Gaga royally angered an ex-employee of Madame Tussauds and in return he/she built a melted version of Stefani Germanotta in their resentment. I can think of no other reason why that replica looks like that. For starters, ignoring the nose thing – One arm is clearly bigger than the other. And she’s bizarrely hunched over. Whatever your feelings are about Lady Gaga, the complaints are never about posture.
I like that Gaga is back in the spotlight, for just a little bit. Even when she’s not actively trying to be interesting, she’s still interesting.
All hail Queen Beyonce, who only ever resurfaces when she has something to say.
Beyonce is marking International Day of the Girl with this fan-tastic video of young girls around the world, lip-syncing and dancing to her song Freedom. You would think that conceptually this would be hokey, but these girls are ridiculously fierce. Maddie Ziegler needs to be worried about her career.
Of course it’s not just about the dancing but for a really good cause Global Goals which aims to help young women all over the world with objectives such as ending child marriage and sex trafficking . If you believe in the cause, help share the video, you’ll be doing a good thing.
It’s been an absolutely brutal week for everyone, so do you need a small spirit lift? How about Michelle Obama being adorable with Bruno Mars?
Let me count the things I adore about this photo.
1) Michelle Obama. I’m so taken with how happy she looks. When was the last time you saw her smile like that? Although I am fairly sure that I smiled like that when I was at his concert. He just has the most amazing energy when he performs.
2) She’s carrying a personalised sweatshirt. Aww, he made it just for her.
3) Bruno Mars is the king of the poses. But we all knew this already.
4) Bruno Mars’ dimple has broken so many hearts and will probably continue to do so in the near future.
Lastly, I love that the First Lady loves Bruno Mars, which song do you think is her favourite? I could really see her belting out Grenade or Uptown Funk. No-one can resist Uptown Funk.
There’s some talk that Justin Timberlake is finalising his spot as the halftime performer in this year’s Superbowl. I can see why. Justin is a great performer and his music has been fairly consistent up to that terrible Trolls song.
However, ye of such short memories, please cast your mind all the way back to 2004, when Justin and Janet were on stage for that Super Bowl. Do you remember that? It was thirteen years back, which was a lifetime and a Cameron Diaz ago. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me refresh you: Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were performing at the Super Bowl, and at the end of the show, Justin ripped off Janet’s top, so that her breast fell out on national TV. Janet copped all of the blame for that one, including making an apology video, and Justin just shrugged it off. It was a douche move.
So is thirteen years a big enough gap between scandals? The NFL seems to think so. Keep your paws to yourself this time Timberlake. I would suggest that you stay away from “Rock your body” altogether.