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Serena Williams Makes Cameo Appearance In Beyoncé Lemonade Video

Tonight’s much-anticipated but mysterious HBO program Lemonade has proven—we think—to be Beyoncé’s upcoming album in longform video. One track (Update: now that the tracklist is out it appears to be titled “Sorry”) featured Serena Williams as a featured dancer; here it is, with lyrics (via closed captioning) below.…

Prince's 1991 MTV Video Awards Performance Is The Maybe The Sexiest Thing Ever Aired On TV

The 1991 MTV Video Music Awards marked a major turning point for the direction of music. Not only did a so-called “alternative” group (R.E.M.) sweep most of the awards, but the other nominees—ranging from Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” to Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”—helped stage the music promotions business for almost a…

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14 Times Jay Z Got Owned By Another Rapper, Usually On His Own Song

Sorry, but the Jay Z you all worship might not be as good as you think. Or maybe it’s just that he’s easily dwarfed by the guest verses on his own tracks. These days he’s more or less abandoned making new music, instead busying himself with buying up companies and brands and streaming services or, in his latest jape,…

Was Banning Tyler, the Creator, the Victory International Feminism Needed?

On Sunday, August 23, Tyler, the Creator, was riding through France on the nicest tour bus he’d ever rented—a giant TV screen, a circle couch, extra beds—and heading towards the end of what was meant to be a month-long tour of Europe, reveling in the amenities his hard work had afforded him. The 24-year-old Los…

The Riff In "Where Are Ü Now" Is Actually Justin Bieber's Voice

The New York Times has a neat feature on the making of the song “Where Are Ü Now,” a single, or really the single off Diplo and Skrillex’s collaboration Jack Ü. It’s a catchy song, and the melodic flute-like riff that the song hinges on has been pretty much everywhere this summer. The compelling part of the producers’…