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Our Obsession With Violating Celebrities’ Privacy Is Destroying Our Own

In many ways, celebrities are the ultimate manifestation of the American dream: the idea that you can start out an ordinary person and become a Star. Fittingly, then, a burgeoning obsession with celebrity was perhaps the defining feature of 20th-century American culture. The very idea of “celebrity” didn’t really exist in 1900; by 2000, you could visit a remote Himalayan village or go and hang with the bushmen of the Kalahari and you’d still find someone who loved Michael Jordan or told you how much you looked like Brad Pitt. And today, those same villagers and bushmen are probably marveling over how Solange attacked Jay Z in an elevator. … Read More

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30 Best Celebrity Instagrams From the 2014 Met Gala

Last night was the glitziest, most glamorous evening in the fashion universe: the Met Costume Institute Gala. Also known as the Met Ball or “Fashion Prom,” the Gala brings Hollywood and the fashion industry together to celebrate the opening of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibit. This year’s exhibit is a retrospective on Charles James, known for his structured aesthetic and glamorously elegant gowns. Most of last night’s ball gowns didn’t stray far from a classic style, but as the Met Gala is known for experimental fashion (remember Kim Kardashian’s wearable Givenchy garden from last year?) there were a few outliers. Namely, Rihanna (who stunned in Stella McCartney), Cara Delevingne (also in Stella), and everyone who wore Prada — including the normally flawless Lupita Nyong’o, who was some kind of mermaid trapped in a fishing net? I guess? … Read More

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Famous Paintings Improved by Beyoncé and Jay Z

Because America simply does not have a saturation point when it comes to all things Carter, some brilliant Tumblr user has created Carter Family Portraits — a gallery of famous paintings with Beyoncé and Jay Z Photoshopped in place of the original figures. We first spotted them on Beautiful Decay, which pointed out that while some of the Carter-implantations are ***flawless, others essentially look like they were created on FACEinHOLE. … Read More

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Gabriel García Márquez on Shakira and 5 Other Authors’ Fascinating Rock Star Profiles

“The most amazing thing about the Shakira phenomenon is the craze that has gripped masses of children.” The late Gabriel García Márquez wrote that in his 2002 profile on Shakira for The Guardian. Even when covering one of the biggest pop stars in the world, the Nobel Prize winner’s music writing doesn’t rank anywhere near his classics like One Hundred Years of Solitude or Love in the Time of Cholera, but it does earn a spot alongside a few of our other favorite rock star/writer pairings. … Read More

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Record Store Day’s Oddest Releases: the Good, the Bad, and the Huh?

Record Store Day will be upon us this Saturday (April 19), and with it we await the glorious multitudes of limited-edition exclusive releases that’ll be sure to leave people in a blissful music-coma for days following. Serious vinyl fans likely read various publications’ guides to

These trax seem as good a place to start… Read More

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Keeping Up with the Carters: Ranking Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Collaborations

Yesterday, Page Six reported that Beyoncé and Jay Z will be bringing their Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour to arenas this summer. The LA Times followed up the report last night, citing its own inside sources, which claim that the tour will run from June to August. Reps from both Carters have neither confirmed nor denied. So it’s likely there’s at least a little something in the way of a live show brewing between music’s most famous couple. … Read More

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10 Must-See Coachella 2014 Moments You Can Watch Online

Just like that, the first weekend of Coachella 2014 has come and gone, and now all we have left are a few hipster jokes and the lingering sensation that there’s a feather headband out there biding its time until next year (or next weekend). The three-day music festival featured 169 performances by bands, solo artists, and DJs, but through the massive lineup of acts, there are a few moments that stand out. Don’t worry if you weren’t there — you can watch them online, sans dust and… Read More

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Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Shaolin’ Museum Tour Could Change Music Culture

Yesterday, iconic rap collective Wu-Tang Clan announced, in Forbes of all places, that they’d be releasing only one copy of their new album, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in ShaolinThat one copy could fetch up to multiple millions of dollars, a price tag reflected as much by the LP’s container as by its rarity: it comes in an engraved silver-and-nickel box that took three months to carve. As Wu member RZA eloquently phrased it, “This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.” Now, this might sound like Nipsey Hussle’s $100 mixtape strategy on steroids, or another example of hip hop as pop culture’s most financially aspirational artform. But it’s not, because the millions this double album will fetch are not nearly as interesting as what Wu-Tang Clan will do with Once Upon a Time in Shaolin before it heads to auction. … Read More

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