By Danielle Chelosky A couple years back, a burgeoning underground pop star worked as a receptionist at a hair salon in St. Louis, Missouri. “I wasn’t the perfect employee,” the 24-year-old Slayyyter, who more formally goes by Catherine Slater, tells MTV over the phone in early April. “My music began to blow up and I was so preoccupied with that. I would just sit at my desk a..

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By Carson Mlnarik To understand the impact of Paris Hilton’s debut pop single “Stars Are Blind” — a top-20 hit that recently soundtracked Promising Young Woman’s beloved rom-com montage — you have got to rewind to the summer of 2006. A charcoal-haired crooner named Taylor Hicks just won American Idol, the clubs were sweating to a Soft Cell sample in Rihanna’s “SOS,”..

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Last month, Katy Perry sat down to meditate with a special companion — Pikachu. The video for her booming latest single, "Electric," took the pop star and her Pokémon pal to the best of the Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu to sing about finding the light within and following your dreams. The meaning is clear — the clip ends with the structure's massive beam glowing brightly as..

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Billie Eilish is back, blonde, and bringing fresh new tunes. On Wednesday (June 2), the 19-year-old pop star released the latest single off her forthcoming album Happier Than Ever, “Lost Cause.” The track is a low-key empowerment anthem in the vein of TLC’s “No Scrubs” or Dua Lipa’s “New Rules,” in which Eilish tells off a would-be partner who “ain’t nothing altho..

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a couple of weekends ago, on May 15, 2021, Ariana Grande got wedded. In a private ceremony at her residence in Montecito, California, Grande tied the knot with her partner, Dalton Gomez, wearing a dress described by Vogue as "a custom lily-white silk charmeuse empire waist column gown accented with a sculpted neckline, an exposed bra strap closure, and also a plunging back." It was a..

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Immediately after sliding down a stripper pole to hell, then seducing and dethroning Satan in the music video for “Montero (Call Me by Your Name),” a flamenco-rooted banger that sent the world wide web and conservative pundits into chaotic frenzies for its controversial imagery, Lil Nas X is back with another cinematic visual. And this one’s his most personalized yet. On Friday..

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By Jack Irvin As Bebe Rexha settles into a Zoom call from her Los Angeles house, I preface our interview by letting her know it’s “for Rexhars and Bad Bitches only,” referencing a 2017 viral clip in which the pop star yells at “perverts” telling her to “take [her] clothes off” in the comments of a Instagram Live chat. “Yay! Finally,” Rexha says, unwrapping a Reese..

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By Gabriel Aikins As soon as an artist takes a long break between albums, listeners tend to sustain them in amber at the moment of their last release. If that project came while in the listeners’ formative teenage years, the effect is amplified. Yet no one stays the same over time; both artists and fans learn and bloom and evolve. Millennials who came of age in the late 2000s know ..

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Few people have had as good a year as Olivia Rodrigo. The singer-songwriter and star of High School Music: The Musical: The Series created 2021's first big hit in "Drivers License," a No. 1 coming-of-age heartbreak tune that explores the backstreets before revving up to a shout-along coda — the sort of built-in drama that understandably inspired a TikTok trend. Right after, she we..

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Girl in Red has seen your sapphic TikToks using her name to pick up ladies, and frankly, she thinks it’s “iconic.” Zooming with MTV News from her bedroom in Oslo, Norway, the artist place on Earth Marie Ulven grins ear-to-ear any time If I say her unexpected internet virality. Soon after a tongue-in-cheek song written by a fan called "Do You Listen to Girl in Red?" made the rou..

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When's the last time you were happy? If you're struggling to find an answer, here's some good news: Billie Eilish's new album is reportedly due out July 30. At least you know right now that this summer will be full of joy! On Tuesday (April 27), Eilish revealed on social media that the follow-up to her globe-quaking 2019 debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is titled Happie..

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As it pops up near the end of The Weeknd's moody fourth LP After Hours, synthpop ballad "Save Your Tears" feels maybe the most suitable to the album's title of any of its tunes. It's more hangover than party, though its gorgeous, funky sonics (and eventual robotic vocalizations) create the sort of pop turn producer Max Martin has made a career out of. It makes sense, then, for Ariana..

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