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Lady Gaga Drops Derivative New Single "The Cure"

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Lady Gaga Drops Derivative New Single "The Cure"
Lady Gaga Drops Derivative New Single "The Cure"

Lady Gaga's last album, Joanne, felt like a forgery—a misguided bid to be taken seriously. This was curious coming from an artist who once refreshingly insisted that pop need not make any apologies. Joanne wasn't the sound of a singer who'd lost herself, but of one who never knew who she was in the first place. Gaga's new surprise single, which she premiered during her performance at Coachella last night, only further calcifies that impression. With “The Cure,” she abandons the middling singer-songwriter pap of recent single “Million Reasons” and abruptly shifts gears for a tropical house rhythm complete with a sped-up vocal sample reminiscent of Justin Bieber's smash “Sorry.” The lyrics are composed of generic pop platitudes about unconditional devotion that aren't worth citing here, rendered even more forgettable by a generic hook and a lifeless vocal turn by Gaga herself. If her intention was to make us realize just how much personality she imbued Joanne with, “The Cure” is a resounding success.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap Season 9, Episode 1, "Oh. My Gaga!"

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 9, Episode 1, "Oh. My. Gaga!"

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 9, Episode 1, "Oh. My. Gaga!"

Opulence! O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E! You'd think season nine of Rupaul's Drag Race would have it rough matching up to the show's still-ballooning legacy. Season eight maybe didn't mark itself as distinctive in many respects, but it at least afforded itself the chance to dance like Beyoncé in the end zone about reaching 100 episodes/100 queens. But the recent All Stars season truly elevated the entire Drag Race universe to new levels of sickening. Even fresh off the heels of Mama Ru's Emmy win, though, apparently World of Wonder still has something to prove on the runway. Why else would the franchise shantay its slot all the way from Mondays on Logo (the perfect time to commemorate the total evaporation of a weekend's worth of hangover) to Friday nights on VH1? (Cue the shade rattlesnake sound cue.)

Lady Gaga Reunites with Jonas Åkerlund for “John Wayne” Music Video

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Lady Gaga Reunites with Jonas Åkerlund for “John Wayne” Music Video
Lady Gaga Reunites with Jonas Åkerlund for “John Wayne” Music Video

Capitalizing on a wave of publicity in the aftermath of Sunday night's Super Bowl halftime performance, Lady Gaga has released the music video for “John Wayne,” a standout track from last year's largely forgettable Joanne. Gaga's short film-style clips for “Bad Romance,” “Alejandro,” and “Born This Way” helped reignite the music video medium, turning each new release into a bona fide event, but her recent output—especially the lackluster videos for “Perfect Illusion” and “Million Reasons,” the first two singles from Joanne—have failed to garner much buzz. “John Wayne,” however, sees Gaga once again plying a maximalist aesthetic, and returning to the outlandish costumes and, possibly, a storyline that began almost eight years ago.

Lady Gaga Gets Personal on New Single “Perfect Illusion”

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Lady Gaga Gets Personal on New Single “Perfect Illusion”
Lady Gaga Gets Personal on New Single “Perfect Illusion”

Even before a release date was announced for Lady Gaga's new single, “Perfect Illusion,” Mother Monster's minions were plotting to assure the song's success, launching an ill-conceived GoFundMe campaign and creating fake Twitter accounts to construct the illusion that soccer moms are breathlessly awaiting Gaga's new music. “Radio hosts hate homosexuals and stan twitters, it's a fact,” one not-incorrect, if overzealous, fan posted on a message board (yes, those things still exist).

Oscar 2016 Winner Predictions Original Song

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Oscar 2016 Winner Predictions: Original Song

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Oscar 2016 Winner Predictions: Original Song

We're repeatedly reminded that the Academy's music branch is supposed to be paying attention to context when selecting their nominees for best song, so that they don't simply wave five closing-credit ballads through, but actually select songs that function as part of the fabric of the film that surrounds them. All five songs nominated this year represent the sole nods for their respective films, two of which are documentaries and theoretically had favorable odds of at least getting nominated in that category. So concerns for context probably stand for very little, given the Academy's clear indifference to this group of films. They may as well be voting on which song they most like listening to while frantically typing “g” and “h” playing Leo's Red Carpet Rampage for the 12th time.

Madonna Releases 6 New Songs from Rebel Heart, Including Lead Single "Living for Love"

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Madonna Releases 6 New Songs from Rebel Heart, Including Lead Single "Living for Love"
Madonna Releases 6 New Songs from Rebel Heart, Including Lead Single "Living for Love"

Sometimes all you need is a little push. After weeks of leaked demos (including 11 new ones that started circulating earlier this week) and months of Instagram teases about her upcoming album, the Kingdom of Madonna has finally given official word on Rebel Heart, the singer's 13th studio album, due March 10th. The Queen of Pop has unexpectedly dropped six new songs, including the lead single, “Living for Love,” which she originally planned to release on Valentine's Day. The tracks are available when you pre-order the album on iTunes.

Music Video Review: Lady Gaga, "G.U.Y."

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Music Video Review: Lady Gaga, “G.U.Y.”
Music Video Review: Lady Gaga, “G.U.Y.”

Two months ago, after it became clear that the music video for “Do What U Want,” the second single from Lady Gaga's latest album, Artpop, was unlikely to ever see the light of day, the singer took to her fan forum to explain:

“[The video] is late because, just like with the Applause video unfortunately, I was given a week to plan and execute it. It is very devastating for someone like me, I devote every moment of my life to creating fantasies for you. All my my [sic] most successful videos were planned over a period of time when I was rested and my creativity was honored. Those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time and health and left me on my own to damage control any problems that ensued as a result.”

SXSW 2014: St. Vincent, Kelis, Rodney Crowell, Lucius, & Warpaint

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SXSW 2014: St. Vincent, Kelis, Rodney Crowell, Lucius, & Warpaint
SXSW 2014: St. Vincent, Kelis, Rodney Crowell, Lucius, & Warpaint

It was, to say the least, alarming when a series of frantic Tweets began to interrupt the steady flow of praise that had, for the last hour or so, greeted St. Vincent's midnight set at the NPR Music Showcase at Stubb's last night. The singer and guitar goddess, her shock of white-blond hair nearly set aflame by dramatic foot lighting to look like an electrocuted Helena Bonham Carter, held the packed crowd in a state of rapture while, just a block north of the venue, an allegedly drunk man in a stolen car careened down Red River Avenue, killing two and injuring 23 festivalgoers. The tragedy cast a discernable pall over the previously celebratory crowds flocking through the Red River district, home to a concentration of bars, clubs, and pop-up music venues that showcase hundreds of bands into the wee hours during SXSW.