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Several sources have confirmed that Beyoncé will grace the cover of Vogue’s upcoming September issue—and the Lemonade superstar will be bringing with her the magazine’s first-ever black photographer to shoot a cover story, reports The Huffington Post. Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief, has also never before given a cover star this kind of control over the magazine. “The publication is contractually obligated to give Beyoncé full control over the cover,” Yashar Ali writes in the Huffington Post. Bey will choose her cover art and many of the photographs inside. Instead of a traditional...
It’s been a year since Miss Eaves’ music video “Thunder Thighs” went viral, but this multi-talented feminist rapper has so much more to give. Her new EP, ME AF (a follow-up to last year’s Feminasty) comes out on August 3rd, and honestly, thank god. My "don’t f*ck with me, I’m a goddess" playlist needs some updating. Miss Eaves is a certified badass: not only is she an an up-and-coming rapper who directs her own music videos, she’s also a graphic designer and the founder of the Every Body...
New York powerhouse Fiona Silver releases her new single, "Thunder and Lighting" and we’re so stoked to premiere it. Silver’s sultry vocals, combined with her rock and blues rhythms, create a timeless sound that constantly captivates her audience. We sat down with Silver to talk about her new single, her upcoming tour with Gary Clark Jr, and the process behind her passionate music. Photo by Cortney Armitage Tell me a bit about this new single and how it has evolved from your other music. "Thunder and Lightning" is...
Santigold is back with new music, and we couldn’t be more excited. Today the songwriter dropped the single “Run The Road" off her new album I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions, released today, July 27th through Downtown Records. I Don’t Want is the product of a spontaneous 10-song recording collaboration between Santigold and Dre Skull, the Mixpak Records producer and DJ. The two bonded over a mutual love of reggae and Afro-Caribbean music, and the album reflects those genres and incorporates themes that shed...
Rap gets a bad, well, rap for misogyny—but just like with any other music genre, the truth is that it all depends on the artist. Some rappers are feminist superstar goddesses who came to shatter injustice with empowerment and self-love and melt the faces off of anyone who said they couldn’t. Here are 11 rappers whose music celebrates womanhood, heritage, queerness, Blackness, intersectionality, and more. 1. Princess Nokia"Tomboy" by Princess Nokia. Princess fucking Nokia. There is so much to say. She’s outspoken about celebrating her Afro-Latina...
  To celebrate BUST’s 25thanniversary, we’re bringing some of our favorite cover stories online. Here’s our interview with Hayley Williams of Paramore from our December/January 2014 issue. By some measures, Hayley Williams, the lead singer of the pop-punk band Paramore, seems like a fairly regular 25-year-old. She crafts her ass off, shops at thrift stores, and loves to experiment with hair dye. In fact, despite her hordes of Twitter followers (around 3.5 million at last count), the numerous Web sites devoted to her opinions and outfits, and...
Today, Russian punk-protest band Pussy Riot released two new tracks condemning the Russian law enforcement system and demanding reform. The first song, “КОШМАРЫ / NIGHTMARES,” comments on Russian prison conditions and demands the release of Oleg Sentsov, a political prisoner. (Strobe warning). Sentsov is a Ukrainian filmmaker and vocal opponent of the Russian invasion of Crimea. In 2014, he was arrested by the Russian secret service on dubious charges and sentenced to twenty years in jail despite a lack of any evidence that he’d committed the...
L.A.-based singer-songwriter Meg Myers' dark pop sensibilities shine on her sophomore album, Take Me To The Disco (out 7/20, 300 Entertainment), one of BUST's picks for this week in feminist-friendly entertainment. Here, Meg shares her track-by-track notes with BUST exclusively. Listen to the album via Spotify below and see Meg's upcoming tour dates here. 1. "TAKE ME TO THE DISCO" This was the first song Christian “Leggy” Langdon (the producer of Take Me To The Disco) and I wrote together for the album. It’s about how in the end, it...
Visionary pop-culture icon Erykah Badu has been breaking barriers since her debut neo-soul album, Baduizm, became a phenomenon in 1997. Here, she reflects on music, motherhood, and living at a higher vibration. Erykah Badu proclaimed “I stay woke” in her song “Master Teacher” a decade before #staywoke became one of the movement mantras of Black Lives Matter, and later, the Trump-era resistance movement. As one of the most influential vocalists of the past 20 years, this 47-year-old iconoclast is also a producer/songwriter/actor/DJ/doula/activist who resides in the spaces between,...
  You won't want to miss Chilean singer Pascuala Ilabaca perform with her band, Fauna, tomorrow night in Brooklyn. Praised as a pioneer of Chile’s emerging new music scene and the South American folk movement, Pascuala Ilabaca’s music fuses traditional folk melodies with jazz, pop and rock influences. Since getting her start 10 years ago, Ilabaca’s soulful singing and groundbreaking performances have landed her the 2013 Best Album award in the World Beat Independent Music Awards and tours across Chile, Europe, and the U.S. Pascuala Y Fauna...