The Only Good Thing On The Internet Is Britney Spears’ Instagram

You might not follow your mom on Instagram, but you should definitely follow someone else’s mom, that specific mom being Britney Spears, owner of the most joyful Instagram feed ever to exist.

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In Britney’s world, fame isn’t an evil, it just is. It is the background condition to her life. And so she’s opened up the process of pop manufacture in a way that’s bizarrely authentic. Before Jennifer Lawrence turned the concept of relatable celebrity into a competitive sport, there was Britney Spears.

pears’ Instagram first became a widespread object of fascination in 2017, when she posted a video of herself—ponytail perched high on her head, cleavage perched high on her chest—painting in her backyard, a non-diegetic Mozart concerto tinkling in the background. The caption? “Sometimes you just gotta play!!!!!!” (I remember approving her use of an even number of exclamation points since I think using an odd number is a minor—and annoying—act of aggression.)

And so while loving Britney Spears is, currently, a popular thing to do, it’s important to distinguish those professing their love for her sincerely from those doing so ironically. Those who love her ironically probably do so because it is easier to keep Spears at arm’s-length, lest they too fully realize how close to her they are. It’s a little bit like loving your mother, or an idea of your mother; you can’t help but worry that love will transform into becoming her, or that idea of her. It’s not—not really—very cool.

But if there’s one thing Spears’ Instagram can teach us, it’s that being cool is not a means to an end, nor is it necessarily the end itself. The reason Spears continues to dominate is because she is consistently, almost decadently, herself, and she is so in a way that feels liberating to witness, so difficult it is to be that way in our own lives. So as we struggle to make sense of who we are, who we want to be, who we’ll allow ourselves to become, it is nice to have an online oasis of sorts, a relief from the constant posturing that exists everywhere else, a place where we can’t help but be reminded that it’s boring to pretend to be normal, we should all just, as Spears reminds us, go back to being ourselves.

Lana Del Rey Is Apparently Venturing Into Country Music Now

 

“I Must Be Stupid For Being So Happy” and the other “Hey Blue Baby” with Antonoff.

 

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The singer performed two new songs during Jack Antonoff’s Ally Coalition benefit concert last night. “Me and Jack wrote a couple of country songs just for fun, so we thought we’d play them,” Lana announced to the audience, according to Billboard. Many think “just for fun” means they likely won’t end up on her new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell (which has a reported release date of March).

Apparently Lana Del Rey is venturing into country! The singer wrote a couple country songs with Jack Antonoff, which she performed on Dec. 5 at the Ally Coalition in New York.

“Me and Jack wrote a couple of country songs just for fun. So we thought we’d play them,” Del Rey said.

We’re totally here for experimenting, and maybe it’s just us, but country Lana sounds a lot like regular Lana. Just, like, with an acoustic guitar playing in the background. If this is what country is nowadays, we might have to listen to the genre more.

For those unaware, Antonoff is quite prolific in the music industry. He’s not only the Bleachers frontman, but he’s also written hits for stars like Taylor Swift and Lorde, as well as many others. He co-organized the event last night to raise funds for homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. Fun., Regina Spektor, and Taylor Swift were among performers at the benefit show.

Ariana Grande Reveals The Heartfelt Letter She Wrote To Manchester Victims

 

“When things were bad and everyone was heartbroken and tired and sad, we wished it to go faster. And now that it’s here, it’s horrible.”

 

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The series follows Grande through her 2017 Dangerous Woman tour and shows the lead-up to the Sweetener album. The fourth episode shows Grande’s devotion to meeting her fans and also addresses her One Love Manchester concert, which benefitted the victims of the bombing that happened at her concert. The episode does not show footage from that night but gives us a little insight into how she publicly dealt with the attack.

“It’s been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena. It’s impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part. May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life.

Grande then announced that she’d be returning to Manchester to honor and raise money for the victims of the attack and their families, sharing a link to the Manchester Evening News’ Just Giving partnership with the Red Cross.

The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy, and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives. Their love, strength, and unity showed me, my team, my dancers, band, and entire crew not to be defeated. To continue during the scariest and saddest of times. To not let hate win. But instead, love as loudly as possible, and to appreciate every moment.

The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity. ‘Like a handprint on my heart’…I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life.

“When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that… it is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from.”

Grande went on to explain that the tragedy taught her resilience and to not take life for granted.

Women Dominated The 2019 Grammy Nominations

The Grammy nominations always come with at least a few surprises, but in all the major categories, these 2019 nominations reflect an increased recognition of the extreme artistry and talent women brought to the music industry over the past year.

 

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The Grammy nominations always come with at least a few surprises, but in all the major categories, these 2019 nominations reflect an increased recognition of the extreme artistry and talent women brought to the music industry over the past year. They’ve always been contributing strong releases, no doubt, but the awarding-powers-that-be have been slow to take note. This year, women dominated the big categories—especially queer women, and women of color— to the point where the nominated men felt like more of an afterthought

Take, for example, Album of the Year. Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer; H.E.R.’s self-titled release; my lesbian country queen Brandi Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You; Kacey Musgraves’s Golden Hour; and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy are all clearly deserving and groundbreaking in their own unique ways, but their male counterparts?

Drake’s Scorpion and Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther are definitely strong albums (albeit, Scorpion was underwhelming compared to the rapper’s previous releases). But Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys feels more like a nod to his strong, dedicated fanbase, rather than the actual music, which pales in comparison to the social commentary and sonic masterpiece that is Dirty Computer; and certainly does not stand up to the steady stream of bops that built up to be Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy.

As the Grammys grapple with identity, some of the most popular names in music have opted out of the show, whose viewership dropped 24 percent this year to a nine-year low. In 2017, Drake, who has 42 career nods, was nominated for eight awards and won two, but declined to appear at the ceremony, saying later that he felt “alienated” from the institution. The next year, the rapper declined to submit his “More Life” project for consideration, following in the footsteps of Frank Ocean, and once again did not attend.

The “Best New Artist” category, which was the only category won by a solo female artist last year, had six female nominees: Bebe Rexha, Jorja Smith, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, and Chloe X Halle.

The recording academy said it had received more than 21,000 submissions across 84 categories; recordings released from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018, were eligible

Azealia Banks Calls Out Lana Del Rey For Criticizing Kanye

“Don’t use Kanye for your own vapid attempts to seem politically aware when there is SO MUCH MORE bootleg witchcraft you could be doing to TRY and take down 45.”

 

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Azealia Banks took time from ripping roosters to ripping songstress Lana Del Rey for the ‘High By the Beach’ beauty’s headline grabbing remarks on Kanye West.

That’s when Banks chimed in and said Del Rey is using West to make herself look like she’s in the political know. She also said the singer is involved in witchcraft.

West incited fury over the weekend after a lengthy pro-Trump rant saw him later call for the repeal of the 13th amendment (which abolished slavery in the United States).  The announcement caught the eye of Del Rey who, via open letter, scolded the rapper and called his controversial stance in need of “intervention ”

From there, Banks brought up fellow Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, who she accused of assaulting women. Rocky collaborated with Del Rey on more than one occasion and played her husband in the video for “National Anthem.”

Despite coming to West’s defense, Banks has long made her negative opinion on him be known. Two years after claiming the rapper ‘lost all credibility when he became a Kardashian,’ she followed up with a verbal attack earlier this year.

If that wasn’t enough, she refocused her attention on him just hours before coming to his aid by claiming he was a copycat.

Banks and Kanye have yet to collaborate, but it’s something the Harlem rapper clearly wants based on a separate message she sent. Banks also accused Kanye of stealing her idea of re-designing the MAGA hat.

Last week the “Life of Pablo” creator said that he made changes to the hat and brought “positive energy” to it. For her part, Banks created a version of the hat years ago but used the phrase “Make Azealia Great Again” instead.

“Kanye, I have already done it,” she wrote about the MAGA hat. “Stop lifting my ideas and come collaborate with me already. This is annoying now. The ideas I come up with aren’t half of what we could do with your resources. Let me give you original ideas please.”