Britney Spears

The 50 Greatest Crush Songs Ever

This week, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O releases her debut solo album, and it happens to have a very specific theme that caught our attention here at Flavorwire HQ: songs about crushes. But Karen O’s oftentimes sad, solemn songs only represent one side of the experience of having a crush. So we got to thinking: what songs about longing stick with us after the thrill of the chase turns into something deeper? Which serve as a salve when you find out that your crush isn’t mutual? What about the ones that give you the nerve to try and steal your crush away from someone else? Or how those that capture the thrilling promise of something new? All of these oh-so-complicated scenarios are represented here, in our unranked list of the 50 greatest crush songs ever… Read More

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Divas Being Leaders and Blowing Things Up in the Desert: A Music Video Treasury

Are you a badass lady with either an impressive vocal range, enviable rap flow, or some flashy couture you’ve been dying to wear under the oppressive heat of a thousand suns? Does your song have a sick beat? Do you want to prove your absolute, unassailable diva-hood by leading troops of loyal followers through the desert, then standing alone in a wide shot, sand and chaos swirling about you, while you remain calm as ever in the eye of the storm? Alternately, do you like music festivals and fluorescent colors? … Read More

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20 Underrated Pop Albums From the Last 20 Years

By its very nature, pop is the least underrated genre of music — if you define underrated-ness by commercial success alone. Sure, a pop star may not live up to sales projections and be dubbed a flop for selling hundreds of thousands of copies, but there’s also the critical side of this specific coin. So ‘underrated’ is a complicated idea. All interpretations of it are on display in this list, which focuses on the last 20 years of pop and covers everything from Charli XCX to Matchbox… Read More

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10 Teen Pop Songs With Decidedly Disturbing Lyrics

Alice Bolin recently wrote an excellent essay for The Toast about just how disturbing Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” is if you really stop and think about the lyrics. Not the chorus, specifically, or the weird pseudo-religious video — no, just the air of loneliness and sadness that surrounds the lyric in general. It evokes the sort of desperate hunger of teen love, which is appropriate enough given that Spears was only 18 when she sang it. But anyway, its catchy tune belies its generally depressing lyrics — and really, when you think about it, there are plenty of pop songs that fit this description. Here’s a selection of the most disturbing. … Read More

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The Untold Stories Behind 10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Threesomes

There are lots of rock songs about sex, but a whole lot fewer about menages à trois, and you can see why: the ones that do exist are almost universally terrible. This seems like a blot on the music industry’s collective copybook, so we figured there might be some merit in investigating the circumstances behind a bunch of famous threesome songs. You’ll never believe what happened next! … Read More

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20 Forgotten Movie Roles of Our Favorite ’00s Pop Stars

Thanks to Justin Timberlake’s prominent roles in Inside Llewyn Davis, Friends With Benefits, and The Social Network, we’ve grown used to seeing the once peroxide-blonde ‘N SYNC star acting with aplomb on the big screen. No one else from the Billboard charts of the 2000s has made it to Timberlake’s level of feature-film success. But even JT started somewhere — namely, with the made-for-TV prince-and-pauper redux Model Behavior (2000). As it turns out, tons of other pop stars tried to earn their own “/actor” crowns in movies you may (The Aviator) or may not (Carmen: A Hip Hopera) have seen. In celebration (and in memoriam) of these forgotten career detours, we bring you 20 films that — surprisingly — feature pop stars from the beginning of the… Read More

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The Unexpected Lessons of Growing Up With Britney Spears

We took a break from analyzing dead British authors to talk about Britney Spears in English class my sophomore year of high school. I don’t remember what was said, exactly, but I can tell you for certain that we took the conversation seriously. The teacher, a brilliant guy with a radical bent who viewed such issues through a decidedly second-wave feminist lens, wanted us to think about what it meant to have a singer basically the same age as us twirling around on MTV in what amounted to a naughty schoolgirl uniform, singing, “Hit me, baby, one more time.” … Read More

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Why Do We Talk About Britney Spears Like She’s Not a Prisoner?

I’m a bit behind on this, but I came across Jody Rosen’s review of the new Britney Spears album over at Vulture, and I cannot stop thinking about it. His review begins with, “Let’s be honest: Britney Spears may be the most boring person on the planet,” explains that by way of, “She has been in the public eye for two decades and has never evinced anything in the way of a personality,” and then adds, for good rhetorical measure, that, “She’s antimatter in a belly shirt.” … Read More

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