At this point, it’s safe to say Taylor Swift has mastered the element of surprise. Her last two albums — 2020’s Folklore and Evermore — were both released either on the same day or within the week were reported online. Then, in February, she broke the world wide web with the announcement she was re-recording her 2008 album Fearless. Now, on Wednesday (April 7), Swift gave..

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While the United States struggles to accelerate vaccinations sort in attempt to beat back relentless COVID-19 surges in states like Michigan and New York, New Zealand is out here safely having 400-seat theater concerts — say and not to mention the tens of thousands who've packed in to be able to see Kiwi acts like Benee and Six60 within the past few months. On March 31, as segment o..

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By Da'Shan Smith First thing’s first: “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” is another bona fide banger from Lil Nas X. Right now, let’s briefly address the controversy surrounding the song’s music video. Gay Black artist slides down a pole to hell immediately after being sentenced for a steamy makeout session with an alien snake? Check. That artist happens to be wearing androg..

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Violence against Asian Residents of the United States has risen dramatically within the past year. The coalition Stop AAPI Hate has tracked nearly 4,000 incidents of discrimination within the past year alone, as NPR reported earlier this month, though experts and advocates stress that the particular number is likely much higher. In March 2021 alone, a gunman in Atlanta killed six girl..

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If there was any doubt that Lil Nas X is one of the primary pop stars on the planet, look to the sequence of events that's taken place within the past 72 hours to alleviate it. On Friday, he dropped "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," a rather personalized song about queer love that he wrote was "very scary" to release. "People be mad, they are going to mention I'm pushing an agenda," ..

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Any time Lil Nas X rewrote the rules of the game with "Old Town Road," it only made sense that the viral hit's eventual video could be a blockbuster. Nevertheless the artist's hard pivot from meme-maker to cinematic visionary has been at least a little bit unexpected, while definitely most welcome. The target of "Holiday," "Rodeo," and "Panini" was only matched by their respective rea..

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By Hilary Hughes An eponymous album marks a major moment in an artist's career. For females, owning one's work, body, and artistry can be especially powerful, even political. While in Women's History Month, MTV News is highlighting some of those iconic statements from some of the hugest artists on the globe. This is Self-Titled. Beyoncé is queen of the epic entrance (as anyone who ..

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By M.T. Richards Think back to the fourth season of HBO’s sui generis crime drama The Wire. It’s all about the finer points of Baltimore machine politics. Mayoral hopeful Tommy Carcetti, a loquacious, know-it-all councilman from the city’s South Side, visits the parish of a kingmaking West Side minister. Carcetti scans the church carefully, unsure quite what to do with himself...

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By Rob LeDonne Trigger warning: This interview discusses sexual assault and drug addiction. Any time Demi Lovato approached director Michael D. Ratner about a docuseries on her life, the singer was clear: the aim was to be as sincere as possible. The result is Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, a warts-and-all four-part look at the tumultuous, complex personalized life of the actr..

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Last Sunday night noticed Justin Bieber picking up his second-ever Grammy, a notable accolade given the song it accompanied: "10,000 Hours," the country-pop team-up between Biebs and Dan + Shay. Considering Bieber's first Grammy win was for the EDM-pop "Where Are Ü Right now with Diplo and Skrillex, his latest win five years later is a testament to not only his versatility, yet his c..

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By Ashlee Mitchell It’s finally Rosé’s time to shine, and she’s willing to receive her ferns. The New Zealand-born, 24-year-old singer is a quarter of iconic K-pop girl categorize Blackpink, although she delivers enough for four on her first official solo effort. The main vocalist proves herself more than capable of holding her own with her two-song debut, R, which includes e..

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By Erica Russell Love is the “röd tråd” — literally, “red thread,” a Swedish expression meaning throughline — on Zara Larsson’s new album. Whether it’s toxic infatuation, heartache, self-love, or the bliss of burgeoning romance, love serves because the thematic connective tissue at the heart of Poster Girl, the Swedish singer’s sophomore full-length record, out to..

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