I know, you just came here to berate me for this headline – but hear me out.
As we all know, the world can currently not
escape get enough of Taylor Swift. Her tour, her BFFLS, her feuds, her music, her music videos, her controversies, her haters, her lovers – it’s seemingly all Taylor all the Time.
And with this – dare I say – over saturation, has come the inevitable backlash. Our once loveable girl from PA whose family moved to Nashville to write her feelings into anthems has turned into a finely tuned pop-music machine. And you know what? Good for her. She’s a savvy business woman who has wisely navigated the obstacles of pop-music to take her career to new heights. But let’s get one thing straight – she is no longer the underdog. Not by a long shot.
Enter: Justin Bieber. Bieber – who once stood proud atop a mountain of screaming tween fans. Who was birthed by said fans on YouTube; a case study for what it means to be a pop-star in the internet age. And who, quickly after hitting puberty, saw his public image crumble. He became the butt of every joke, a troubled youth who couldn’t make a right decision to save his life – with some even calling for his deportation.
But now we are entering a new phase of Bieber-dom. Bieber as underdog – filling the void that was once occupied by Taylor. He is creating entertaining, catchy music (I won’t hear arguments on that one, you may not like pop music, and that’s fine, but What Do You Mean is a good solid pop tune). He is opening up to his fans in a way that feels genuine (see: crying on stage at the VMAs), he’s returning to his roots by reminding us that he has been crushing drum sets since he was a tiny toddler. He’s even singing live. And…it seems to be working.
I feel the tide turning on Bieber. As a long-time fan – yes I wear that badge proudly – I’m starting to see the haters cautiously change their tune. This poor kid who didn’t know what to do with his insta-fame, is starting to figure it out. He’s learned that his flaws can be his biggest stepping-stones to greatness, in a way Taylor did in the early days, i.e., when she wrote about being told she couldn’t sing in “Mean.” And unlike Swift who is sitting pretty for the first time atop the pop-music throne, Justin has been there before. He knows what it means to be on top, and so I don’t think he’ll chase it as narrowly, or as methodically, as Taylor has been these past few years. And I think that will only mean longer endured success.
So I ask you – is Justin Bieber the next Taylor Swift? Has pop music found its new underdog? Only time will tell, but this “Baby” loving twenty-something is betting big on the Biebs.
Look the week is basically over. In fact, if you’re on the East Coast, it is over. But before you get your weekend pippity poppin’, do yourself a favor and watch the final round from last night’s episode of Lip Sync Battle. Everyone’s favorite dreamboat and executive producer John Krasinski, takes on future auteur, Pitch Perfect 2 boss, and Twitter queen Anna Kendrick. Let me give you a list of the highlights in no particular order:
- Tear away clothes
- Hilarious height discrepency
- John Krasinski in drag
- A slideshow of Emily Blunt’s face
- Hands free microphones
- Jennifer Lopez serving
- LL Cool J & Chrissy Teigen (yeah I know they’re in every ep, but whatever, it’s the most baller host combo ever
- Anna Kendrick looking absurdly hot and being like, a really good dancer
So Happy Friday! Now watch these goddamn videos.
Listen, we all gotta make a living. We wake up everyday, and get to grindin. GET, GET, GET THAT PAPER. Amiright?
Well here in Los Angeles, one gentleman discovered another gentleman selling what else, but LOBSTER on the side of the road. For 5 dollars. That’s a goddman steal!
Our host spends about 4 minutes admiring (as anyone would) the fact that a man selling lobster on the side of the raod even exists, then veers towards the metaphysical and deep at the end…but as he says “We gotta make that money…what a life.”
We all know that Reddit is a place where you can find just about anything. Makeup tips, photos of Gene Wilder, spoilers and in-depth analysis for pretty much any show that has ever been on television, the list goes on and on.
But what you might not know is that amongst all of this internet-ness, lies a sub-reddit called Thomas The Dank Engine. This sub-reddit is a location for one thing and one thing only, remixes of the theme song to Thomas The Tank Engine. Yes, that Thomas The Tank Engine. The kids show that features trains with eyes and mouths who talk and go places on tracks.
Even more impressive than the mere existence of such a thing is that what started as a small online community has now grown to a sub-reddit with 25 thousand users. Simply put, that is a fuck-ton of Thomas the Tank Engine Remixes – ranging from Childish Gambino, to Biggie Smalls, to Queen. Don’t see the remix you want? Request it. Someone will likely post your jam shortly.
So enjoy this weird and wonderful corner of the Internet, and good luck getting the theme song out of your head ever again.
(Full disclosure here – I do marketing for SPIN, so am not approaching this with any kind of un-biased journalistic integrity, but hey – this is just a blog, so I think I’m in the clear.)
Last week, SPIN responded to South Park’s episode that featured Stan’s father Randy Marsh, subbing in for Lorde at a birthday party (that is a very poor man’s description of the episode, watch it in full here). The article was somewhat less than well recieved by South Park fans – who were up in arms, feeling that SPIN had completely missed the joke – which, to be fair, they sorta had.
Well, in last night’s episode “The Cissy” – SPIN got what was inevitably coming to them. In case you were unaware – South Park has a remarkably quick turnaround time between episodes (as seen in Six Days To Air), which means if you slight them on a Thursday, you better be ready to reap what you sew the following Wednesday. But here’s the thing – regardless of how much SPIN may have to deal with some hurt feelings, the episode was awesome. Maybe one of the best I’ve seen in a while. So hey, if one article missing the mark means an episode of TV landing it sqaure between the eyes, I think we as a society have still benefitted. Plus, I think SPIN handled the episode like a champ.
Dear Katy Perry,
Today a friend instructed me to listen to your new single “This Is How We Do.” Seeing as this friend and I almost always see eye to eye on all things pop, I happily obliged. While I am sure that I will end up singing this song ad naseum for the next few months – upon reaching the end of the track, I found myself with more than a few questions for you in regards to this song. I would be more than grateful if you are able to provide me with answers to any of the below:
1) First and foremost – is this really how you do?
2) What exactly do you mean by “all my girls vintage Chanel baby?” Are your girls vintage? Are they Chanel babies? Please clarify.
3) Just so we’re all on the same page – you know you’re a white girl, right? Like, dated and collaborated with John Mayer white.
4) What exactly is “no big deal”? The song? Your life? The various popsicles featured in the video?
5) Could you please elaborate on how you, Katy Perry, “straight stunt?” Gymnastics? Shooting hooops? Driving cars off of cliffs?
6) No question, just wanted to give props for somehow working in La Super Rica into a song. (Side note: Now I wantttt itttttt)
7) Have you yourself ever used rent money to pay for bottle service?
8) Who was this song written for originally?
9) Are you absoultely, positively sure you would like the beat back?
10) And finally, where can a girl get a pair of those pizza earrings???
Your timely response is greatly appreciated.
Shout out to Death and Taxes for this one.
Bet ya thought that the voice of the OS in Spike Jonze’s Her couldn’t get any sexier. Bet ya thought the voice could never be a hunk. Well, ya thought wrong…ya dingus. Swap out ScarJo and replace her with lil Stevie Brule, and you get a hilarious version of the Her trailer. Personally, I would be willing to watch the entire film again with Dr. Brule as the OS, wouldn’t you?
DENNY GET ME SOME CHIPS.