The High Note star had pick between her Fifty Shades of Grey co-star and his alter ego while playing a game of "Would You Rather" during her virtual visit to Stir Crazy with Josh Horowitz, where she was asked who she'd enlist to join an erotic book club with her. … [Read more...] about Watch Dakota Johnson Choose Between Jamie Dornan and Christian Grey in Game of “Would You Rather”
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Did it, though? That was the question on my mind at Radio City, and leading up to the tour all signs have pointed to yes — Gaga seems to be running with this “Damn, she really can sing” thing. Her latest video to make the rounds online is not one of, say, a performance artist vomiting on her (March 13, 2014) or a demonstration of “Volantis, the World’s First Flying Dress” (November 11, 2013) but … a clip of her singing “La Vie en Rose” in a pink dress at the Hollywood Bowl. I’m sure plenty are happy to see her so-called gimmicks fall by the wayside, and I have to admit there’s something thrilling about watching one of the biggest pop stars of the past decade make such a sudden artistic pivot. But must she give up those attention-grabbing spectacles once and for all in order for us to take her seriously as a “real” artist? Perhaps a little selfishly, I’m worried about what might happen if Gaga … [Read more...] about Lady Gaga Goes to the Middle
As Lincoln Center flowered, so did the competition. The Park Avenue Armory began staging operas in its immense Drill Hall, an assortment of tiny venues in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn nurtured contemporary music, and the Shed came online — all of them competing for audiences, artists, and philanthropic dollars. But Moss was astute at identifying and cultivating like-minded artists. “A lot of my favorite projects grew out of relationships with people like Esa-Pekka Salonen [who conducted Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde along with slo-mo videos by Bill Viola], Mark Morris [who created his Mozart Dances for the Mostly Mozart Festival], and Peter Sellars [who directed mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in a moving performance of two Bach cantatas].” Even as she gave stars plenty of creative freedom, Moss also reached out to younger performers and fledgling ensembles like ICE — the International Contemporary Ensemble, founded by flutist Claire Chase. Over time, … [Read more...] about Jane Moss, Lincoln Center’s Artistic Director, Is Stepping Down
It’s worth recalling how we first met Katy Perry, back in 2007 — 150 years ago, approximately, in pop-culture space time. That November, Perry released her debut single “Ur So Gay,” a send-up of emo girlie-boys that was offensive not so much for its homophobia as for its dreary eagerness to give offense. (Opening couplet: “I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf/While jacking off listening to Mozart.”) “Ur So Gay” didn’t crack the Billboard Hot 100, but it did its work anyway, prompting a few stray think pieces decrying Perry’s gay-baiting, thereby putting her on the map. What the song’s critics failed to notice was the key word in the title: not gay, but that SMS speak ur, which baldly telegraphed the marketing strategy, Perry’s hard-sell appeal to the Children of the Internet. The video, accordingly, was cutesy-quirky. There were Barbie and Ken dolls, shown checking out each other’s … [Read more...] about Jody Rosen on Katy Perry’s Half-Baked
Stan wars raged out of control in May. Taylor Swift fans tried to cancel Burger King for a tweet poking fun at her songs about ex-boyfriends. Barbz called for Usher’s head when he downplayed the prospect of a Verzuz battle between Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim, calling the Young Money chart-topper a “product” of the Bad Boy pioneer. Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande fans united against Tekashi 6ix9ine for the suggestion that their collaborative No. 1 single “Stuck with U” cheated its way past his comeback track “Gooba,” which landed at No. 3. Doja Cat caught smoke from every direction throughout the long Memorial Day weekend for dalliances in nebulous internet chat spaces and cavalier use of slurs popularized by racists on forums. Lana Del Rey got lit up by a coalition of Nicki, Beyoncé, and Cardi B fans last week for an Instagram post expressing frustration about the feeling that she isn’t allowed the same leeway for self-expression … [Read more...] about Stan Culture Is Due a Reckoning. So Are the Celebrities They Worship.