1. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and The Backstreet Boys are among the many pop artists whose songs have recently been banned by China’s Ministry of Culture for containing “vulgar content.” The offending tracks must be removed from Chinese websites by September 15, or their owners will face prosecution. [via Guardian]
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1. “Mission complete, Houston. After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history. It’s come to a final stop.” – Mission commander Christopher Ferguson welcomes home the Space Shuttle Atlantis, bringing an end to the NASA space shuttle program at 5:57am this morning. Watch a video of… Read More
Well, friends, it’s happened: the Lady Gaga fans have declared war on the Katy Perry fans. (Apparently, these are not the same people.) The beef? Only a few weeks after Gaga appeared as Yuyi the Mermaid on French TV and news spread that the character would featured in her next music video, Katy Perry tweeted a photo of herself dressed as Ariel. So the mermaid feud is on (minus, it would seem, the interest of either pop star). Now, here at Flavorpill, we’re big fans of our finned friends and will take all the pop-culture mermaids we can get. In fact, we’ve collected 40 of our favorites after the jump.
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Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of their favorite looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!
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Today at Flavorpill, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Labyrinth by listening to “Magic Dance” on repeat and watching a behind-the-scenes documentary on the beloved Jim Henson film. We were happy to see that some of our favorite spots (Greenlight Books! Politics and Prose!) made this interactive list of the best… Read More
1. The Smoking Gun has unearthed Katy Perry’s 45-page concert rider, which in general is kind of boring (hates carnations, likes egg chairs), but also includes this misspelled gem for any of her drivers: “DO NOT STAIR AT THE BACKSEAT THRU THE REARVIEUW MIRROW.”
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Editor’s note: Each Friday, our internet-savvy friends over at BuzzFeed curate a post for us that’s filled with links to some of their favorite items on the web that week. Enjoy!
The final week of March has come and gone, spring is in the air, and for some that means it’s time to have sex in public. No, really. The week began with Community star Donald Glover Tweeting these candid shots of a couple getting intimate inside of a Bank of America. [Insert tasteless joke about "making a deposit" here.] Three days later, this other couple was spotted smooshing parts on a rooftop somewhere on the University of Southern California campus.
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Katy Perry’s back! By now, it seems like Teenage Dream came out 100 years ago, but apparently Perry isn’t done publicizing it yet. This week, she’s got a new video out, for her Kanye West-featuring sci-fi bodice-ripper “E.T.” And, like most of what Perry’s done, we can’t shake the feeling that we’ve seen much of this video before. From True Blood to Lady Gaga to witch house (hey, she did spend a good amount of time in the Fader Fort at SXSW), we break down who the California Gurl is ripping off this time, screencap-style, after the jump.
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After shrugging off early comparisons that pegged them as France’s answer to M.I.A., Yelle proved far more spritely and hook-oriented on their debut album, 2007′s Pop Up. The trio, fronted by Yelle herself (nee Julie Budet), went on to achieve international success, despite recording songs exclusively in French. This month brings the follow-up to that much-loved first release, Safari Disco Club. As the frontwoman explains, it’s a more grown-up effort, laced with hints of melancholy amid the tales of dancing animals and late-night glamour.
In our exclusive interactive video interview, Yelle (pronounced “yell”) talks about creating the new album, working with Katy Perry and Robyn, her love for designer Jean Paul Lespagnard, and why she’d like to hit the studio with Damon Albarn and Depeche Mode. Control the interview yourself by selecting the questions; just click any one for an instant response.
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As Jon Pareles recently observed in the Times, pop has been pretty profane lately, from Cee-Lo Green to Pink to Eminem. So, what’s a good, Christian music fan to do when the radio is a minefield of sin? Make up a new, squeaky clean, perhaps even devotional version and then guiltlessly rock out with your, uh, glock(enspiel) out. In fact, for every deadly sin-ridden pop song, there is now a Christian parody that will have you back on the road to righteousness. Watch the devoted cure everything from wrath to envy — with varying degrees of success — after the jump. Thanks to the incredible Christian Nightmares for pointing us toward many of these.
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