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Ariana Grande Drops Epic Music Video for Feminist Anthem “God Is a Woman”

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Ariana Grande Drops Epic Music Video for Feminist Anthem “God Is a Woman”

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Ariana Grande Drops Epic Music Video for Feminist Anthem “God Is a Woman”

Just hours after she released “God Is a Woman,” a sultry, subtly reggae-infused slow jam from her forthcoming album Sweetener, Ariana Grande has dropped an epic music video for the single. The clip finds the singer hula-hooping with the Milky Way, fingering the eye of a hurricane, and deflecting misogynist epithets, a visual embodiment of her declaration that “I can be all the things you told me not to be/When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing/And he sees the universe when I'm in company/It's all in me.”

Katy Perry Gets Her Game on in Star-Studded “Swish Swish” Music Video

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Katy Perry Gets Her Game on in Star-Studded “Swish Swish” Music Video
Katy Perry Gets Her Game on in Star-Studded “Swish Swish” Music Video

Katy Perry has finally released the long-awaited music video for “Swish Swish,” a diss track rumored to be a response to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”—a song many believe was written about Perry for allegedly stealing Swift’s backup dancers. Heavy stuff, right? The basketball-themed video, directed by Dave Meyers, is decidedly less serious than all that—and, disappointingly, less queer than Perry’s drag-ball performance of the song on Saturday Night Live earlier this year. Katy plays “Kobe” Perry, the team captain of the Tigers, who go head-to-head with the Sheep, led by Game of Thrones’s Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson. The star-studded clip also features Molly Shannon as the Tigers’s inept coach, Stranger Things’s Gaten “Tragic Johnson” Matarazzo, the ladies from GLOW as cheerleaders, and, of course, Nicki Minaj, who headlines a fierce halftime show.

Janet Jackson Gets Back to Basics in New Music Video for “Damnn Baby”

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Janet Jackson Gets Back to Basics in New Music Video for “Damnn Baby”
Janet Jackson Gets Back to Basics in New Music Video for “Damnn Baby”

There’s an implicit comma in the title of her new single, “Damnn Baby,” from last year’s Unbreakable, but ticketholders for Janet Jackson’s world tour were likely muttering the phrase—sans punctuation mark and superfluous “n”—when the singer revealed she would be postponing the remainder of the dates so she and husband Wissam Al Mana could “[plan] our family.” (If her choice of words seemed ambiguous, yesterday a source confirmed that Janet, who turns 50 this month, is indeed pregnant.)

Review: Missy Elliott Drops New Single & Music Video “WTF (Where They From)”

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Review: Missy Elliott Drops New Single & Music Video “WTF (Where They From)”
Review: Missy Elliott Drops New Single & Music Video “WTF (Where They From)”

Pop culture abhors a vacuum, and in the 10 long years since Missy Elliott’s last album, The Cookbook, there’s been no shortage of female rappers—Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks—trying to snatch the crown from hip-hop’s erstwhile queen. Aside from a string of under-performing singles from 2008, and a cameo appearance in Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance last year, Elliott has been largely absent from the public eye, reportedly battling Graves’ disease. But the rapper has begun setting the stage for a comeback in recent months, appearing on Janet Jackson’s new album, Unbreakable, teasing her new single, “WTF (Where They From),” during Monday Night Football in October, and premiering the Pharrell-assisted song and music video in full this morning. “WTF” pairs Pharrell’s paint-can beats with deep, sinuous 808s, and if the track lacks an obvious hook, it makes up for it with sheer swagger. Of course, Missy doesn’t miss a beat, spitting rhymes like it’s 2005. Directed by Elliott and longtime collaborator Dave Meyers, the video is initially less “out there” than much of the pair’s past work together, but there’s plenty of eye candy, from the MC’s mirrorball tracksuit and matching lipstick, to twerking and street-dancing marionettes. Watch the clip below: