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Kesha has been all but out of the spotlight since she filed a lawsuit against her former producer Dr. Luke last October accusing him of sexually abusing her. Now, unable to perform, the once-popular singer has fallen from the public eye. Hashtag campaigns like #freekesha are a testament to the loyalty of her fans, but are not enough in the face of the cold shoulder that the music industry has given her. No one will work with Kesha for fear of being sued by Sony music or Dr. Luke for interfering in an ongoing contract. Read More
Grimes has seen many shifts in her short career over the past few years. From the Montreal Noise Scene to Jay Z’s artist management company, Roc Nation, the artist has been around the tinsel-towny block of electro-pop. Grimes is not shy about calling out power imbalances across gender—her Tumblr is semi-infamous for blasting sexism and her transparent use of social media has garnered a significant following. “Women feel pressured to act like strippers, and it’s okay to make rape threats but it’s not okay to say you’re a feminist,” she writes. Read More
Put on this sweatshirt. $48 from Sub_Urban Riot   Put on a pair of jeans.   Take off your jeans.   Take a nap.   Wake up from your nap.   Don your kneepads. $19.99 from Footlocker   Move your legs side to side. Read More
 c/o: TaylorSwiftVEVO Ever since Taylor Swift entered the music industry, there has been a running joke in the media about her being a serial dater, emotional and, of course, if a boy breaks up with her, she will write a song about it, dammit. In her new video for “Blank Space,” directed by Joseph Kahn, Swift appropriates the persona created by the media and personifies her lyrics, “Darling, I’m a nightmare/dressed like a daydream.” Swift has shed her bouncy curls and Love Story-era dreams and owns this cray personality and takes matters into her own hands. Read More
If you haven't heard by now, singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has called out fellow performer Beyoncé for not being a "true" feminist. In a September interview with PrideSource, Lennox stated:  “I would call [Beyoncé]  feminist lite… It's tokenistic to me. I mean she's a phenomenal artist... but I'd like to sit down (with her)... and hear what [she] truly think[s]. I see a lot of it as [artists] taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism... Read More
Music is a very male-dominated industry, and when women do rise to prominence they are often pitted against and compared to each other, despite the fact that each queen is a unique snowflake and should be treated as such. But once in a blue moon, all the stars align and three or more female powerhouses collaborate to create a club-banger that reminds the boys that these divas are not only fierce, but borderline superhuman when they work together. You better work, ladies. Read More
Lana Del Rey has opened up about a particular song from her album Ultraviolece. "Fucked My Way Up to the Top" is the 9th track on the most recent album, and the song hinges on the narrator’s pursuit of stardom and using sex to achieve it. Read More
“Something Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood should be on in the background as you read this piece. Something bad has been happening in country music, and as usual, it’s hurting the ladies. It seems that booze, parking lot parties, and getting laid are what it is all about nowadays. Recently, country music has been dominated by men with a very specific agenda. Artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Lee Brice seem to dominate the charts with songs explicitly dehumanizing and objectifying women. Read More
The so-called feminist magazine, Playboy, recently published an article written by a dude who argued that Neko Case is, “too smart—and frankly too old—to be one of those shiny young pop starlets who sing about love with superficial life-or-death stakes."  Earth to everyone; she is not a commercial pop star. So, why compare her to the likes of Katy Perry or Beyoncé?     The problem with the article is that it places women into one generalized category. Read More
Universally-renowned violinist Hilary Hahn, at only 33 years old, is on top of the classical music world. With the release of her latest album, out today, marks a classical music first: an album entirely composed of original encores. Hilary recently spoke with BUST about her new record, "In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores" and beyond. Check out our chat to find out about her process, her current Netflix-obsession, and why she just doesn’t have time for sexism! Your new record is unprecedented in a lot of ways: both in terms of your work and the work of other musicians. Read More