People Had SO Many Feelings About Selena Gomez’s AMAs Performance

November 20, 2017

When Selena Gomez finally hit the stage after a lengthy hiatus to perform “Wolves” at the AMAs, fans celebrated the triumphant return after the performer’s kidney transplant. While no performance is ever without its criticisms, AMAs viewers were quick to applaud the singer on social media, focusing on everything from her new hairstyle to the unique set design.

Selena’s performance was one of the most buzzed-about parts of the evening, especially when it was rumored that her back-on-again flame Justin Bieber might have snuck backstage to support her. Overall, Selena’s time onstage was empowering and definitive proof that she’s bounced back with a vengeance. Check out some of the passionate reactions below!

Taylor Swift Calls Out People Who “Scour Her Lyrics” For Clues, but There’s 1 Tiny Problem

November 11, 2017

Taylor Swift released her sixth studio album, Reputation, on Nov. 10. The adoring fans who preordered physical copies of the album were also treated to personal poetry from the singer, which included a heartfelt and revealing prologue to Reputation. In addition to covering our generation’s social media habits and the downsides of life in the public eye, Taylor gives a missive about the public speculation that will naturally follow once people listen to Reputation:

When this album comes out, gossip blogs will scour the lyrics for the men they can attribute to each song, as if the inspiration for music is as simple and basic as a paternity test. There will be slideshows of photos backing up each incorrect theory, because it’s 2017 and if you didn’t see a picture of it, it couldn’t have happened right?

Sigh. I’m going to stop you right there.

I’m tired. We’ve been doing this for over a decade. At some point, Taylor has to take responsibility for her role in the public interest in who her songs are about. She’s made a career out of writing hits about both current boyfriends and exes, a fact that dates all the way back to early hits like 2006’s “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Taylor is more than allowed to do this; she has the artistic right to express her creativity however she wants – but she has also played a large role in the constant conjecture about her personal life through her songs. I’d bet most of her fans would admit that half the fun of listening to her music comes from theorizing who those songs are about, whether it’s an ex-flame, an ex-friend, or one of her cats.

At some point, Taylor has to take responsibility for her role in the public interest in who her songs are about.

As far as “scouring the lyrics” goes: does Taylor really think her lyrics are that difficult to decipher? It wasn’t hard to deduce that a song called “Dear John” with references to an older man who played her with “dark, twisted games” was written about John Mayer. It was pretty easy for fans to pick up on the fact that a song titled “Style” would be written about Harry Styles. And what about “Bad Blood”? From veiled accusations in major publications to a star-studded video that paraded her famous friends, Taylor basically left us a trail of breadcrumbs leading straight to Katy Perry’s door. Did Taylor not also write damn near an entire album about a blink-and-you-missed-it romance with Jake Gyllenhaal and literally leave clues for fans to decode in her liner notes? We didn’t ask to be let in on such small and intimate details of Taylor’s personal relationships, but we were – by Taylor. She can’t keep pretending that she hasn’t fed the beast.

Taylor’s claim of lyric-scouring also implies that this is some sort of phenomenon that only happens to her – as if music fans haven’t been speculating about who their favorite artists are crooning about in love (and breakup) songs since the beginning of time. As if audiences weren’t curious to learn that Eric Clapton wrote “Layla” about Pattie Boyd or riveted by Justin Timberlake’s Britney Spears clone in the “Cry Me a River” video or spent damn near four decades trying to figure out who Carly Simon thought was “so vain.” While some artists have made it easier than others to speculate about the content of their music – take Adele, Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Beyoncé, for example – it certainly isn’t a new concept. Music fans will always have some level of interest in the inspiration behind their favorite songs. And in her own ways, Taylor has encouraged it.

Let me say it again, louder for those in the back: this is Taylor’s game, and we’re all just playing along.

11 People Whose Lives Were Changed After Taylor Swift Released Reputation

November 10, 2017

Taylor Swift finally released her sixth studio album, Reputation, on Friday, and the occasion was nothing short of monumental for fans. Seriously, “shook” doesn’t even begin to describe the emotions that rained down on Twitter from people who listened to the album from start to finish, on repeat, maybe all night. Keep reading to see all the people whose lives have been changed forever.

Jennifer Lawrence Accosts People on the Street and Begs Them to Name 5 of Her Movies

November 3, 2017

Jennifer Lawrence took over guest-hosting duties for Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night, and during her opening monologue, the Mother! star took to the streets of Hollywood to find out just how many people could name five of her films . . . on the spot, while standing right in front of her. It was surprisingly hard for the individuals she accosted – one woman just went on and on about how much better Jennifer Aniston is – although she did start getting some answers once she launched into charades mode. “I’ll just go f*ck myself,” she said after trying to dole out clues. Watch the hilarious video above now.

11 People in Kate Middleton’s Top-Secret Squad

November 3, 2017

When the Duchess of Cambridge isn’t running after Prince George and Princess Charlotte, enjoying a quiet night in with Prince William, or catching up with her family, who does she choose to spend her time with? So much of her life is up for public consumption, but her friends are usually kept firmly out of the spotlight. Glossier than the posters in a hair salon window, more fiercely protective than big cats with cubs, and more interwoven than 1,000-thread-count Egyptian cotton – we bring you the lowdown on Kate’s top-secret friendship group.