The colorful and joyful ceremony didn’t feel like a crisis-era bureaucratic procedure.
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The insurrectionists have been sold a fiction, and their costumes warp the works that inspired them.
As pop stars time-warped back to the ’70s and most nightclubs remained closed, dance music’s tensions felt oddly relevant.
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Evermore, the singer’s second surprise folkie album of the year, sees the cringes-to-chills ratio move in the wrong direction.
The pop star’s career is a case study in courting public expectations by rebelling against them.
As Keeping Up With the Kardashians nears its 20th and final season, its family of influencers has lost the capacity to balance relatability and spectacle.
As the president shimmies to The Village People, he crystallizes the way that even sincerity and irony have become politically polarized.
The vocalist flaunted her personality, not her pipes—in an assertion that her stardom is bigger than singing.
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Stars are focused less on candidates than on democracy itself this year, and using their own past indifference as a tool.
Fans are rallying to liberate the singer from her father’s control. But emancipation narratives from Mariah Carey and other pop stars show how complex independence can be.
The acclaimed singer was once famous for mythologizing the U.S. Now his “bossy and bitchy” new album expresses discomfort with the country.
A decade ago, Katy Perry’s sound was ubiquitous. Today, it’s niche. How did a genre defined by popularity become unpopular?
The recent scandal at her talk show suggests that the host’s smiling facade covers up something dark—and hints at why that facade had to be created in the first place.
The rapper is pitching his presidential run as a way of disrupting the two-party system. But his bid is caught in the same fights that characterize any election year in America.
The comedian’s employees say that fame has enabled callousness and abuse on her show. The warm testimonies of her superstar friends highlight their point.
Folklore, the singer’s surprise eighth album, gorgeously and empathetically challenges the public’s voyeurism.
America’s biggest hits right now aren’t particularly sunny, but what does popularity even mean during a pandemic?