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Miley Cyrus Channels Elvis in “Younger Now” Music Video

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Miley Cyrus Channels Elvis in “Younger Now” Music Video
Miley Cyrus Channels Elvis in “Younger Now” Music Video

The first single from Miley Cyrus’s new album, “Malibu,” sparked a flurry of think pieces that both doubled down on the criticism that the singer has received over the years for her cultural appropriation of hip-hop signifiers while also rebuking her for abandoning it. That Miley adopted a more mellow pop-rock sound and traded grillz and twerking for a more squeaky-clean image and frolicking in a country meadow, respectively, was seen as proof that hip-hop was nothing more than a costume.

Madonna Wrangles Beyoncé, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Chris Rock, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, & More for “Bitch I’m Madonna” Music Video

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Madonna Wrangles Beyoncé, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Chris Rock, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, & More for “Bitch I’m Madonna” Music Video
Madonna Wrangles Beyoncé, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Chris Rock, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, & More for “Bitch I’m Madonna” Music Video

After two singles highlighting the cardiovascular half of Madonna’s Rebel Heart project, the singer is unleashing her so-called rebellious side for the album’s third single, “Bitch I’m Madonna.” The first glimpse of the star-studded new music video for the track, inspired by a high-octane performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, came courtesy of the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, who posted a behind-the-scenes clip from the shoot last month on Instagram. Coyne wasn’t the only celeb on set though—but he’s certainly the weirdest. Despite the song’s title, the clip, which premiered exclusively on Tidal this morning, makes room for a litany of guests, including Chris Rock, Rita Ora, Diplo (who produced the track), fashion designer Alexander Wang, and the Queen of Pop’s two sons, Rocco and David. Other cameos—like a pose-striking Beyoncé, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Miley Cyrus—were beamed in via green-screen, giving the video a slapdash quality that’s rare for the music video pioneer. The apparent moral of the story? We are all Madonna. So grab your grillz and start humping the nearest wall.

Music Video Review: Avril Lavigne, “Hello Kitty”

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Music Video Review: Avril Lavigne, “Hello Kitty”
Music Video Review: Avril Lavigne, “Hello Kitty”

The last vestige of Avril Lavigne’s “punk” bona fides, however thinly veiled and market-tested they were in the first place, evaporated the day she released the bubble-gum cheerleader anthem “Girlfriend” back in 2007. So the singer’s de-evolution into total parody on the techno-punk nightmare “Hello Kitty,” the latest single from her album Avril Lavigne, isn’t necessarily worth lamenting on its own, dubstep-marred (de)merits. It’s a Miley Cyrus world, after all; the rest of us are just living in it.

Miley Cyrus Gets Between the Sheets in “Adore You” Music Video

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Miley Cyrus Gets Between the Sheets in “Adore You” Music Video
Miley Cyrus Gets Between the Sheets in “Adore You” Music Video

The music video for “Adore You,” the third single from Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz, appeared a day earlier than planned, prompting the pop singer to publicly call out the “fuck face” who leaked the clip on Christmas Day. The video for the tasteful, string-laden midtempo ballad finds Cyrus frolicking in flesh-colored panties, biting herself, stroking her belly, rubbing her lips, licking her hand, slipping her fingers between her legs, sucking her thumb, peeking out behind sheer fabric straight out of a Playboy video, and videotaping the whole exhibition like a sex tape. Part of a new generation of female pop stars whose so-called sexual agency seems more like auto-objectification (see Rihanna’s recent video for “Pour It Up”), Cyrus continues to mold herself in the image of the straight-male porn fantasy, complete with infantilism. Check it out below!

Watch Slant‘s 25 Best Music Videos of 2013

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Watch Slant’s 25 Best Music Videos of 2013
Watch Slant’s 25 Best Music Videos of 2013

For a medium that’s supposed to have become irrelevant years ago, the music video was surprisingly central to the way we thought about music in 2013—for better and for worse. This was the year that clips for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” spawned 1,000 think pieces, the year that we ran around our cities trying to find a place to watch Kanye West project his face onto the side of a building. It was the year that artists from Arcade Fire to Bob Dylan continued to push the boundaries of what a music video can be, and it ended with the surprise, Internet-breaking release of Beyoncé’s self-titled “visual album,” which included a whopping 17 videos. If it’s all not quite enough to declare a new golden age, it’s certainly cause to be eager for what lies ahead.

10 Ridiculous GIFs of Lady Gaga Performing Live

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10 Ridiculous GIFs of Lady Gaga Performing Live
10 Ridiculous GIFs of Lady Gaga Performing Live

Earlier this week, MTV posted an oddly optimistic take on the underwhelming performance of Lady Gaga’s new album, Artpop, which, though it debuted at #1 with a respectable 258,000 copies, not only scanned 75% less than 2011’s Born This Way did in its first week, but posted smaller opening numbers than both Katy Perry’s Prism and Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz. Writing for MTV, which has little business reporting on music these days to begin with, Gil Kaufman rightly suggests that touring is where the real money is in 2013, but claims that Gaga is “a born performer with a killer stage show” and is “capable of selling out arenas across the globe.” It remains to be seen whether Gaga is the global touring juggernaut Kaufman and others claim: The Born This Way Ball did well in most markets, but tickets sold for half price in South America, and the then-26-year-old was forced to cash in her insurance policy in February and cancel the remaining 21 shows of the tour reportedly due to a hip injury.