Madonna

25 Songs That Perfectly Capture the Female Experience

A few months back, with what we intended to be a wink, Flavorwire brought you a playlist of misandry anthems that explored some of the stronger reactions to the patriarchy through song. Of course, not every song written from the female perspective qualifies as such, or, indeed, factors in men at all. Some aim to explore what it means to be a woman in a relation to other women, be it our friends or mothers or children. Many take society’s expectations, beauty standards, and double standards to task. Through these 25 songs, we explore just a few facets of what it means to be a woman navigating the… Read More

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Israeli Man Arrested In Connection With Madonna Hack

In late December, half-finished demos of Madonna’s latest album, Rebel Heart, were leaked online in a security breach. The leak… Read More

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Music’s 40 Greatest Style Icons, Ranked

Imagine if The Beatles never wore those collarless suits, or if Madonna never wore a tattered wedding dress on MTV. What if David Bowie had never thought to transform into Ziggy Stardust, or Cher had never worn that glittery body stocking under a leather jacket on the Navy ship? No meat dress for Gaga, no ruffled shirt for Prince, no cape for James Brown, no trash bag jumpsuit for Missy Elliott. Fashion changes our perception of artists, particularly those who routinely get up in front of thousands to perform. If musicians so choose, style choices can reflect and support their artistic choices. Many of the 40 icons of personal style on this ranked list have used clothes in a conscious, specific… Read More

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Madonna, Can You Not?

New year, new groan-worthy posts Madonna made on social media. In promotion of her forthcoming album, Rebel Heart, Madonna has been pushing a recent Twitter and Instagram meme that places other people’s faces into her album cover. This sort of thing is fairly typical in way of digital promotion. In 2013, David Bowie offered up a Facebook app that allowed fans to “Bowie-fy” themselves in the make of his The Next Day cover; Arcade Fire did something similar for their interactive “Reflektor” video that same year.

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The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ Highlights, Jodeci’s Domestic Violence Single

Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean new music is on lockdown. Give these a listen if you’re recovering from Christmas music and/or year-end lists. … Read More

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David Fincher Is Also Making an HBO Comedy About the Music Industry in the 80’s

Shocking as it may sound (given David Fincher’s marriage to clinical camerawork and unrelenting tension), Deadline reports that Fincher is currently… Read More

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Bad Feminist: A Conversation With Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink has just woken up. I can hear it in his voice and incomprehensible greeting. It’s Monday morning, 10.30 a.m. on the West Coast. A few hours earlier, Pitchfork published an op-ed from Joanna Gruesome singer Alanna McArdle titled “Ariel Pink’s ‘Joke’ Isn’t Funny Anymore.” I’m sure Pink hasn’t seen the piece yet yet, but it doesn’t stop him from referencing McArdle’s claim that he’s just trolling us. Oh, yes — he has many thoughts on this topic, which he volunteers without me even having to bring it up. In fact, that’s the theme of our conversation: Ariel repeats the nasty things others say about him before I even say a word. It’s a classic bullied-kid trick. … Read More

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The 20 Worst Made-for-TV Biopics About Musicians

Historically, television hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to making biopics about musicians. Biographical films chronicling a celebrity’s life (musician or otherwise, on television or film) are always going to be hard to do correctly, and will inevitably be subjected to intense scrutiny. Add in TV’s tendency to water down and rush through real-life stories, and it’s nearly impossible to find a made-for-television biopic that’s worth watching. And yet, TV keeps trying — Lifetime will air its ill-advised Aaliyah movie this weekend — and it keeps failing. Here’s a look at 20 of television’s worst musician… Read More

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Last Week Was a No-Good, Very Bad Week for Misogyny in the Music Industry

Six months ago, Future was on the top of the world: a son on the way with fiancée Ciara, sophomore album Honest garnering critical praise, and a new song with Kanye in which he brags about both. “I Won (Trophy)” positioned Ciara and Mrs. West herself, Kim Kardashian, as trophy wives to be shown off for their physical assets, rather than their numerous professional or personal accomplishments. It was gross, though the fuckboys I saw praising it on Twitter didn’t seem to think so. Flash forward to last week, when Future emerged with an even grosser ode to female anatomy, “Pussy Overrated.” … Read More

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