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Taylor Swift Releases New Song ‘Gorgeous’

Where in the world is Taylor Swift? Well, recently she was spotted in London looking like we made her do another music video. And now, here she is again, back to set the internet ablaze with a new song, “Gorgeous,” an ode to a man so beautiful it hurts. A guy so apparently out of her league, he makes Taylor wanna take an early retirement to cat lady life. (But who?) Teased earlier today with some baby talk and synths, this is the third song (following “Look What You Made Me Do” and “…Ready for It?”) from her looming album Reputation, which we still know next to nothing about. A select few diehard fans got invited to hear the album this week alongside Taylor, and a “source” claims the album gets mighty petty about the people who’ve crossed Taylor. Reputation arrives November 10, so consider this the (relative) calm before the storm and take cover while it’s still safe.

Katy Perry Got Stuck Midair During a Concert, Reminding Us of That Time She Fell Over and Over Again

As sure as climate change, stage mishaps happen. They happen particularly when you have elaborate stages and enjoy floating in the air above your audience as one Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson does. Last night at the Nashville stop on her Witness tour, Katy Perry was sitting on a little planet soaring through the air when she got stuck. You may be thinking: Is this yet another “joke” where Katy Perry is “not feeling so well” and has to be “carried offstage?” No. We can say this because the whole thing is slow and awkward and Katy Perry cannot stop talking about it. The planet has to slowly descend to the ground, where she has to enter the audience by, like, flopping into them.

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5 Best New Songs of the Week

Every week Vulture highlights the best new music. If the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year’s best music.

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  • Posted 10/18/17 at 11:45 PM

Michelle Williams Was Battling With Depression During Destiny’s Child

This Wednesday, while guest-co-hosting on The Talk, Michelle Williams opened up about her past experiences with depression. Adding to a discussion about Demi Lovato’s openness with her mental-health struggles, the R & B singer revealed that she had suffered from the condition while in Destiny’s Child. “For years I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time suffering with depression,” Williams said. “When I disclosed it to our manager at the time — bless his heart — he was like, ‘y’all just signed a multi-million dollar deal, you’re about to go on tour, what do you have to be depressed about?’”

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  • Posted 10/18/17 at 4:02 PM

Springsteen Reportedly to Extend Broadway Run, Giving You More Chances to Miss Out on Tickets

Christmas is rapidly approaching, which means the Dad in your life will soon be in need of a gift. New Jersey’s patron saint Bruce Springsteen is here to lend a hand, as Variety reports that the Boss’s one-man show, Springsteen on Broadway, will have its run extended from the original end date of February 3 to an unknown later in the spring. (It may even run as late as June.) Vulture’s Craig Jenkins praised the show, calling Springsteen on Broadway  “a poignant reminder that in spite of the myth and legend, Bruce Springsteen is made of the same blood, muscle, and bone, and motivated by the same fears and desires, as the rest of us.” This would be the second extension of Springsteen’s shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre; the first run of shows sold out in just one day. At least the illusion of being able to score tickets will live on.

  • Posted 10/18/17 at 1:52 PM

Beck’s Colors Has a Few Good Ideas and Some Bad Ones Too

Beck winning the Album of the Year Grammy for Morning Phase was like Denzel Washington winning the Best Actor Oscar for Training Day. Neither work ranks highly among the artist’s best; both wins felt like shrewd acknowledgment of the other times the Academy ought to have handed them the honor but settled on another artist. Still, Beck’s win over Beyoncé’s self-titled album at the 2015 ceremony is remembered as a triumph for rockism, a pop-music apostasy. (Irony of ironies: Beck fans felt the same sting in 2001 when Steely Dan’s Two of Nature won over Midnite Vultures. Both upsets elicited a the same irate “Who?” from young music fans lacking an understanding of the winner’s appeal to older audiences. You live to become the thing you dread.)

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Pussycat Dolls Say Former Member’s ‘Prostitution Ring’ Claim Is False

Following former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones’s claims last week on Twitter that the group was a front for a “prostitution ring” and they were regularly subjected to abuse, the rest of the girl group has released a joint statement disputing her accusations. “We cannot stand behind false allegations towards other group members partaking in activities that simply did not take place,” they said. “To liken our professional roles in The Pussycat Dolls to a prostitution ring not only undermines everything we worked hard to achieve for all those years but also takes the spotlight off the millions of victims who are speaking up and being heard loud and clear around the world.” Other past members of the since-disbanded group include Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, and Kimberly Wyatt. Their statement continues that, while the group can’t vouch for what Jones says she experienced, it “can firmly testify that we were not privy to any misconduct taking place around us.” The group also defended its founder Robin Antin, whom Jones alluded to being a “den mother,” saying that both she and the group support female empowerment; Antin previously denied the allegations.

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  • Posted 10/18/17 at 12:36 PM

Remembering the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie

It may seem hyperbolic to say that no non-Canadian can truly understand the importance of Gord Downie, because it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Downie, who died last night at 53 after a protracted and public bout with brain cancer, was the lead singer of the Tragically Hip, a band that is iconic in Canada and mostly known outside of Canada for being iconic in Canada.

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  • Posted 10/18/17 at 11:58 AM
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Tragically Hip Front Man Gord Downie Dead at 53

Gord Downie, the lead singer of Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, died last night after years of living with brain cancer. “Gord knew this day was coming,” his family said in a statement. “His response was to spend this precious time as he always had — making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived.” Downie, 53, was diagnosed with the disease in December 2015, and made his diagnosis public in May 2016, after which the Tragically Hip released a new album and launched a tour that concluded with an emotional farewell concert that August. Downie and the band released 14 studio albums over the course of their careers and won 16 Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. Downie’s death was mourned across the country; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a longtime fan, was moved to tears when discussing Downie.

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  • Posted 10/18/17 at 11:00 AM

Vulture Festival L.A. Lineup Is Here!

We’re going to California, baby! Our convertible and sunglasses are rented, and we’re ready to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, just like Don Draper, the wind no match for the mid-century pomade in our hair. Because on November 18 and 19, Vulture Festival is coming to Los Angeles! After four sensational years in New York, we felt it was time to bring the pop-culture extravaganza to the City of Stars. Live from the Hollywood Roosevelt, expect two days of reunions, screenings, interesting conversation, laughs, love, and more, all presented by AT&T!

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Demi Lovato’s New Documentary Reveals the Severity of Her ‘Breaking Point’ With Addiction

The last time Demi Lovato made a documentary, she was high on cocaine. Now sober, she confesses to this at the start of the latest documentary about her: Simply Complicated. In her first doc, 2012’s Stay Strong, we followed Demi’s recovery after a stint in rehab at 18 for drugs, self-harming, and an eating disorder; she’d been admitted after publicly assaulting her backup dancer. But unbeknownst to almost everyone around her, as well as the people who watched the film at the time, she wasn’t clean while filming it. “I was either craving drugs or on drugs,” Lovato now admits.

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  • Posted 10/18/17 at 9:40 AM

Your Guide to the 2017 Boy Band Renaissance

Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to enter a golden age: a triumphant musical revolution full of screaming fans, earworm melodies, and harmonizing. Lots of harmonizing. A generational rite of passage since the days of Beatlemania and continuing into the ’80s with New Kids on the Block, the ’90s with the Backstreet Boys and ’N Sync, and more recently, the multi-pronged One Direction phenomenon, the stars are aligning and singles are rising to signal another burst of American boy bands to soothe a weary world. “It just feels like the right time,” points out producer Savan Kotecha, a self-described 39-year-old-in-a-teenage-girl’s-body. Kotecha, who came of age during the glory days of Backstreet Boys, has been at the forefront of the niche genre for the past decade. (Most notably, he helped turn One Direction into a global musical force in 2009 after co-writing their debut smash “What Makes You Beautiful.”) “Not to generalize too much, but teenage girls are teenage girls,” Kotecha notes. “One generation has their heartthrobs, and then they grow up. When the next one comes along, they get theirs as well.”

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This Trick May Have Gotten Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ to No. 1

This week, Cardi B’s run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 abruptly came to an end. Not because Taylor Swift launched a sneak attack with a new song, and not because Logic’s suicide-prevention anthem went viral. Rising above them all this week is perhaps the least likely contender: Post Malone and 21 Savage’s sedated “Rockstar,” the first No. 1 hit for both rappers. Despite a tepid response from critics (some who believe the song takes questionable liberties with its Southern trap influences, given Malone is white), the track has proven to be a winner for Malone. But, as Fader now reports, his label is reaping most of the benefits.

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  • Posted 10/17/17 at 4:22 PM

Will Smith’s New Song Is Absolutely Absurd

In certain ways, the ultimate dream for a rapper is to reach a point where they can stop rapping altogether. Whether it’s branching out into business ownership, fashion design, or movie stardom, there’s never been a shortage of successful hip-hop artists eager to trade on their poetic capital for extra-poetic ends. Shaping words is hard work, and there’s only so much one artist can say; the retirement age in rap is low, and it’s important for even the most gifted to have a backup plan.

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  • Posted 10/17/17 at 4:12 PM

Wu-Tang Clan’s The Saga Continues Is a Return to Form

Of all the great ensembles in rap music, the nearly quarter-century-long career of a group of MCs and DJs from Staten Island and Brooklyn called the Wu-Tang Clan has proven to be the most vibrant, entertaining and perplexing. Like the midlife revivals of rappers like Jay-Z and Nas, their continuing relevance also upends the theory that hip-hop has no truck with longevity.

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Liam Gallagher on His New Album, Noel’s New Single, and Why He Forgot the Words to ‘Come Together’

What tends to get lost in the extremely justified excitement over Liam Gallagher’s fantastic ongoing press tour is that its alleged purpose is to promote a new solo album, As You Were, which is also very good. The former Oasis singer called me last week from his home in Highgate, London, to discuss As You Were, his vocal regimen, his brother Noel’s latest single, Be Here Now’s tarnished legacy, and why even a guy who once claimed to be John Lennon reincarnated occasionally forgets the words to the Beatles’ greatest hits.

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Björk Describes ‘Paralysing’ Sexual-Harassment by Danish Director Following Lars Von Trier’s Denial

Björk is standing by her story. After Lars Von Trier released a statement on Monday denying that he is the unnamed Danish director Björk says sexually harassed her, the singer has responded, once again without naming the accused. Lending her voice to the #MeToo campaign started by Tarana Burke and echoed this week by Alyssa Milano to encourage women to share their stories of abuse in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Björk has elaborated on what she says happened to her. She claims that the unnamed Danish director frequently touched her inappropriately after takes on the film and once broke a chair on set after she publicly refused him, “like someone who has always been allowed to fondle his actresses.”

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  • Posted 10/16/17 at 10:07 AM

Why Don’t We Talk More About St. Vincent’s Guitar Skills?

Classical mythology is malleable. Take the origin of Athena. Was it Prometheus, Ares, or Hephaestus who cleaved open Zeus’s head, thus allowing the patron goddess of Athens and future inventor of the flute to spring forth? As usual, it depends on who’s telling the tale.

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Is Ed Sheeran Our Most Injury-Prone Celebrity?

Ed Sheeran has broken his arm in what he’s described as a “bit of a bicycle accident” that may affect his current tour, once again adding to the wild history of Sheeran’s difficulty staying out of harm’s way. Just this year, Sheeran revealed that he once got so drunk he accidentally “cracked” Justin Bieber’s face with a golf club in a dare gone awry, as most dares do. Wherever he goes, the inevitability of injury seems to haunt Sheeran. If you thought his royal bloodshed was bad, that was just the tip of the sword. As part of Vulture’s plea to keep Sheeran safe, below we revisit just how injury-prone the man has become.

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Pink Picks the 5 Best Songs She’s Ever Written

Pink has to thumb through a Wikipedia page on her phone detailing her album credits to remember all the songs she’s written. After 17 years and seven albums — each of which she’s written or co-written nearly every song — it’s hard for her to keep track. “Oh fuck!” she exclaims, recalling writing one. “Nope, not that,” she says, wanting to forget another. “This is gonna take awhile. What have I done?” she exhales the longer the list keeps going.

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