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Meghan Trainor's single "All About That Bass" is currently number two on Billboard's Hot 100 and her music video has gotten a lot of attention for her commentary on "bass." As a piano player, I do not choose between, nor discriminate against, bass and treble, musically or body-wise. There is a lot of body shaming that goes on for all women due to photoshop, and one's ability to genetically produce a booty should not affect whether they are deemed beautiful. This ... Read More
Pope Francis, also known as Cool Pope or Pope 2.0*, has invited Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican Christmas Concert. News of the concert, also known as Popechella**, was announced via the Vatican blog, The Holy See***, which probably has more hourly page page views  than I’ll ever see. Patti Smith, who is known for being hella fucking rad, has been creating quite a stir in the Catholic circles. Her famous 1975 hit “Gloria” starts with ... Read More
  We are huge fans of Erykah Badu here at BUST, from her music, to her Twitter, and her adorable home videos with her family on Vine. In a new video she posted on Facebook this week, Erykah Badu sings "you don't have to try try try" with her daughters Puma and Mars. The original Colbie Caillat song, co-written by Babyface, is all about the pressures of being a woman and the importance of self-love and self-confidence. It sends the ... Read More
Comedians Jena Friedman and Greg Barris have put together a crazy-good lineup of New York musicians, stand-up comedians and more, all to benefit Doctors Without Borders (proceeds go to MSF International, Medecins Sans Frontieres) to help fight Ebola.  The show, at Irving Plaza (NYC, 6:30 PM) Nov. 19, will feature big names like Fred Armisen (Portlandia), David Cross (Arrested Development), Jim Gaffigan (Food: A Love Story), Janeane Garofalo, Ted Leo (Ted ... Read More
Still not sure about the technical differences between a remix and a rework, but Kanye has done the latter to Lorde’s first single off of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I soundtrack that she both contributed to and curated. The New Zealand teen’s sparky “Yellow Flicker Beat” that was released earlier this fall, has been reduced to “Flicker,” but the haunting synths are even more absorbing. I’d say it’s the ... 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 ... Read More
Street harassment reversal videos are killing the viral video market, and Miss Eaves is on trend.  If you’re not already a fan of her subject-specific raps, the time is now. Certainly her 2012 series (NPR, Snuggies) was clever, clip-art graphics and all. But her new single “Aye Girl” is pretty fucking cute. Charming Brooklyn gals turn the tables on a squeamish P. Kilmure (also the producer). As for Miss Eaves? Her song is pretty ... Read More
Science has spoken, and your adolescent tastes have been affirmed — the Spice Girls' “Wannabe” is the catchiest song in the UK.  “Wannabe,” released in 1996 on the album Spice, was quickly the best selling single by a female group.    The experiment was conducted by Hooked On Music, a research campaign with the Manchester Science Festival and the University of Amsterdam. Lou Bega’s “Mambo Number ... Read More
I’ve always believed artists are born to be just that, artists. It’s important to have training, a way to work, and whatever tools of the trade one needs. However, when it comes to talent, either you came in with it or you didn’t. Someone who definitely came in with it is Nika Rosa Danilova, aka Zola Jesus.  Nika is one of the reigning ‘Dark Ladies’ of music. No, I don’t mean Cher impersonators, but a new crop of female ... Read More
  There are many different ways to express and get hyped about sexuality. Knowing yourself, knowing your body, and knowing what feels gooooood is part of growing up, and it can be a never-ending process. Along with that process is the music you can jive to that uplifts you, boosts your confidence, and helps you realize, "oh, yeah, I like that." Whether you like your music fast, slow, dirty, or just beautifully honest, there is a bit of all of that here. Thanks ... Read More
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