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  1. https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8062757/why-tinashe-is-one-of-2017s-most-daring-artists Billboard's got jokes
  2. Taylor Swift, reputation. After a yearlong hiatus Swift resurfaced with a near-perfect pop album. She still likes to settle scores ("This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" was immediately scrutinized for references to Kanye West) but she was also focusing her songwriting genius on relatable detail-rich love songs. The album bolstered an already superstar reputation. Ed Sheeran, Divide. Demi Lovato, Tell Me You Love Me. The Disney alumni found her voice on her sixth album, blasting haters with sassy gospel ("Sorry Not Sorry") and owing her sexuality over slow-burning R&B ("Ruin The Friendship"). Lorde, Melodrama. On her second LP the precocious New Zealander sang about the thrills of youth with a millennial's you-only-live-once mindset, but her meditations are often wiser and shrewder than her 21 years. Kesha, Rainbow. The wild child released her first album since 2012 - she's been embroiled in legal issues for years - with her colorful spirit still strong. Rainbow, a mix of outcast anthems and party starters, was a personal and artistic triumph. Little Big Town, The Breaker. P!nk, Beautiful Trauma. Unfiltered and unleashed, the enduring pop diva sang about domestic life, both good and bad, and the country's domestic mood (bad) on this cathartic seventh album. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. Jay-Z, 4:44. SZA, Ctrl. The R&B newcomer (pronounced "Stzza") scored five Grammy nominations for her acclaimed debut. Ctrl - "control," as in the keyboard command - is a soulful set of confessions about sex, love and insecurity. Do you agree with this list? Do you think anyone is missing? Thoughts? Source:
  3. TIME's Top 10 Albums of 2017

    Getty Images (4); Photo Illustration by Kim Bubello By Raisa Bruner 12:50 PM EST 2017 may in future be seen as the year that marked a major shift from the primacy of pop to the ascent of the new R&B and hip-hop superstars. Youth in particular reigned supreme; of our top ten albums of the year, eight are from artists who are 30 years old or younger, many on just their first or second bodies of work. But across the board, from intimately emotional pop (Lorde, Taylor Swift) to moody, atmospheric groups (LCD Soundsystem and The xx); from individuals standing for something beyond just their sounds (Kesha, Perfume Genius, Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar) to fresh faces stealing the spotlight (Khalid, SZA), it was easy to find something to love. In honorable mentions, it’s worth noting that this year also brought a number of exceptional works by artists more weathered by music’s cycles: JAY-Z’s introspective 4:44, Kelly Clarkson‘s soulful exuberance on Meaning of Life, the pop-rock sensation of Divide from Ed Sheeran, the sly funk spirit of Bruno Mars’s 24K Magic and Demi Lovato‘s full-throated pop on Tell Me You Love Me. But the final selection represents a group of artists who are reaching forward, stepping outside of comfort zones and creating new pathways for music to follow. 10. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream DFA Records/Columbia LCD Soundsystem earned a cult following throughout the ‘00s thanks to their dry humor and lo-fi production — until band mastermind James Murphy announced the project’s retirement in 2011, even playing a hyped farewell show in New York. But the break didn’t stick: The group came back this year for a reunion record that’s both tongue-in-cheek and confessional, finding new space for sincere reflection. There’s sorrow, disdain and reckoning, like on the ‘80s-leaning synth pop of the sweet “Oh Baby” and meditative nine-minute chant of “How Do You Sleep?” (“You warned me about the cocaine,” he shakes his head, “then dove straight in.”) American Dreamproves some acts are better together. Buy it on iTunes 9. Taylor Swift, Reputation Big Machine Records A lot was at stake on Swift’s hotly-anticipated sixth studio album, which she suggested would be edgier than the superstar’s previous fare. But Reputation turned out to be surprisingly relatable: an investigation of what it means to be vulnerable in love, placed against the context of a scrutinizing public. The biggest pop bangers find Swift clapping back at detractors, as she’s done before, but she shines in quiet moments of introspection, providing a peek into the challenging world of an artist for whom fame is a double-edged sword. “Delicate” sees her at her most winningly anxious, while “New Year’s Day” is as haunting a ballad as she’s made, and throughout Reputation ties in many of radio’s current favorite sonic threads, from gospel-EDM to soft trap and ’80s layers. The result is a record that feels so intimate—even as it became the best-selling album of the year. Buy it on iTunes 8. The xx, I See You Young Turks The xx is a British group known for coolly restrained alt-pop, and on I See You they explore musical territory that’s warmer and richer than before. Though their sound is as moody as ever, their voices are brought to the fore—as on the lovely “On Hold,” with its bright beat and ambiguous sentiment. There’s no act better equipped to chart the intersections of happiness and melancholy. Buy it on iTunes 7. Kesha, Rainbow Kemosabe Records As a late-aughts pop star, Kesha was the life of the party. But after a protracted legal battle with her producer Dr. Luke—who she accused of sexual assault and harassment—she’s returned as the fine songwriter she was all along, clear-eyed and playful. Lead single “Praying” is a wrenching paean to self-love; the sparkly “Spaceship” is a psychedelic journey through the universe; and rollicking rock jam “Woman” takes us back to those wild nights that she knows so well. This is her party now, and it’s great to be invited. Buy it on iTunes 6. Harry Styles, Harry Styles Columbia Records Harry Styles was the de-facto front man of One Direction, the boy band that launched him to stardom, and his self-titled solo debut proves that he is capable of standing alone. Inspired by glam-rock superstars like David Bowie and Queen, Harry Styles is vibrant, spunky and soulful. Styles pivots effortlessly from sweet balladry (“Meet Me in the Hallway”) to straightforward rock (“Kiwi”), succeeding at all of them. This album isn’t crowded with guest features, and it’s not on-trend; instead, it’s a swingingly retro sound that puts him in a lane all his own. Buy it on iTunes 5. Lorde, Melodrama Lava Records Three years after her precocious debut and viral hit “Royals,” the dreamy New Zealander Lorde returned with a more grownup perspective on Melodrama, a textured and stirring document of self-exploration. At times lush and wild, at times confessional and contained, it maps a deeply felt journey to early adulthood, complete with growing pains and poignant lessons. Buy it on iTunes 4. Khalid, American Teen Right Hand Music Group, LLC/RCA Records If anything sums up the youth culture of the year in sonic form, it’s Texan breakout singer Khalid. His sound is buoyant but relaxed alt-R&B, musing on the joys and pitfalls of first love, tech-fueled communication and dealing with parents. Hit single “Young Dumb & Broke” displays it best: “What’s fun about commitment when we have our life to live? / Yeah, we’re just young, dumb and broke, but we still got love to give.” On American Teen, Khalid proves himself thoughtful and self-aware beyond his years. Buy it on iTunes 3. Perfume Genius, No Shape Lava Records Perfume Genius knows how to subvert expectations. The musical project of idiosyncratic Pacific Northwest musician Mike Hadreas has always been an indie favorite, but on No Shape, he moves past outright darkness, finding shiny melodies and pouring out feeling in his nimble falsetto. Hadreas explores queer identity and tests sonic boundaries with experimental compositions, but there’s more than just sadness here—there’s a lot of love, surprising and delicate. Buy it on iTunes 2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. Top Dawg Entertainment California rapper Lamar came through with the most scathing—and necessary—hip-hop of the year on the insistent, incisive DAMN. “Humble.,” the album’s biggest hit, is raw and repetitive, but that minimalism is what sets Lamar apart; he doesn’t need gimmicks to elevate the power of his art. With blistering social commentary and deep introspection, Lamar harnessed his remarkable energy into songs that struck a chord with his biggest audience yet, earning DAMN. double platinum status and top Grammy nods. Buy it on iTunes 1. SZA, Ctrl Top Dawg Entertainment From relative obscurity, New Jersey artist SZA (pronounced like the cutting implement) rose to prominence with witty songs marked by gorgeously sparse R&B production and ironclad melodies; there’s a reason stars like collaborator Rihanna and labelmate Kendrick Lamar are fans. Her takes on hookup culture and the pursuit of an authentic life are vividly articulated, too. Like all the best artists, her experience is so specific that it rises to the level of universality: She may be one of a kind, but she’s speaking the truth of a whole generation. http://time.com/5034987/best-albums-2017/
  4. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5140251/Pink-reveals-raising-children-gender-neutral.html
  5. He's obsessed with her She should Taylucifer SUEwift him and get a restraining order whilst she's at it.
  6. This is tragic. She said this to billboard: Sis needs to stop pretending people are dumb. This answer is rubbish, she’s just avoiding the fact SHE IS WORKING WITH A KNOWN RAPE SUPPORTER AND ABUSER. “The universe works in interesting ways”? That’s all she can say? I thought she was better than this. She should have dropped him the moment she got word of his rape stuff.
  7. Pitchfork, critic Vrinda Jagota attacks pop queen Taylor Swift, who is currently promoting her new album, "Reputation." Swift, Jagota argues in "On Loving Taylor Swift while Being Brown," has white privilege, didn't vocally support Hillary Clinton, and favors people who don’t have brown eyes. We didn’t realize that as a white woman, [Swift] could weaponize her position as a victim when she felt wronged by people of color. Back then we didn’t have the language, let alone the life experience, to really understand how Swift’s racial privileges affected her music. Now Jagota is “woke” and sees just how Swift “weaponizes” her music. Swift has had the gall to criticize black artists Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. She also was silent during the last election. By not denouncing Trump, it seemed to many people that Swift was tacitly condoning him. This emboldened right-leaning Swifties, including white supremacist fans and publications, who have since adopted Swift’s lyrics on social media and labeled her their 'Aryan Goddess.’ The article even says, Like all people of color, I don’t have Swift’s privilege of remaining quiet and thus neutral about white supremacy, particularly at this tense moment in time. This is fucking stupid. This is coming from a black person. there is a thing called freedom of speech, it is not mandatory to speak about issues. In fact I don't even talk about anything race related on social media, remaining quiet isn't a privilege smfh. SJWS https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/on-loving-taylor-swift-while-being-brown/
  8. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5088007/Nicki-Minaj-says-Beyonce-artist-level.html
  9. HotNewHipHop The New York Times
  10. Billboard 21 under 21 2017 list of the most successful and influential artist under 21 years old is here and Shawn Mendes (19) "tops" the list, in second place is Lorde (20) and in third place is Khalid (19). The list include other artis like Camila Cabello, Lil Yatchy, Hailee Steinfeld, K-pop group TWICE ,Zara Larsson, Alan Walker and Becky G. http://www.billboard.com/photos/7980786/21-under-21-shawn-mendes-lorde-khalid-camila
  11. The 30 Sexiest Music Videos of All Time From the risque to the raunchy to the banned, we count down the hottest, kinkiest, most talked-about clips from Beyonce, Prince, Madonna and more By Maura Johnston 2 days ago 4. Britney Spears, "I'm a Slave 4 U" "I think if you keep challenging yourself to do something different," Britney Spears told the UK's Observer in 2001, "people will see that and like that. But it's up to me to change." The video for "I'm A Slave 4 U" – the first single from that year's Britney, a laser-gun pop-funk track produced by then-on-the-rise duo The Neptunes – showed how far Spears was willing to go, at least in terms of potential dehydration. It's a sweaty romp in a dance club that looks fashioned out of a sauna, where Spears and her backup dancers fall under the spell of the song's skeletal beat. Source
  12. Selena's Impact

    Women Who Are Changing The World: Selena Gomez Covers Time Magazine "Gomez is being honored for becoming the first person to reach over 100 million followers on Instagram. The accolade feels awkward, because she joins the likes of Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Ava DuVernay, and 27 other women who also scored their own Time magazine covers for their accomplishments as pioneers – women that change the world for the better. That's the journalist in me speaking. The stan in me is screaming 'what kind of legend?!'" http://www.breatheheavy.com/women-who-are-changing-the-world-selena-gomez-covers-time-magazine/
  13. The Huffington Post published an article regarding Taylor Swift's trial, you can find it HERE. I would like to open a dialogue about some of the most pressing issues discussed in it. It was underlined how Taylor's trial for sexual assault was met with complete silent by all of the people/feminists who got outraged for what Kesha had to go through. I quoted parts of the article regarding Taylor's treatment. The article also throws consistent shade towards Demi Lovato, I quoted the parts regarding her. The conversion I'd like to start is simple. Why do you think that Taylor is not being given the same support shown to other sexual assault victims who speak out against their abusers? Do you think that feminists like Demi Lovato shouldn't have stayed silent about this?
  14. About Bangerz & Dead Petz eras About feeling sexualized during Bangerz era She also wants to be a role model Read more here: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a10290838/miley-cyrus/ Stole this from atrl thoughts?