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EVERYTHING THAT WENT DOWN ON NICKI MINAJ’S INSTAGRAM LIVE?

The queen of rap has returned. After a short Twitter hiatus and the birth of her new son (whom she affectionately calls Papa Bear), Nicki Minaj has finally come back to release a new project — sort of. She put up her first mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty on streaming services for the first time, and as the cherry on top it comes with three new songs: “Fractions,” “Crocodile Teeth (Remix),” and “Seeing Green” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne, bringing the Young Money crew together for the first time in nearly three years.

To announce it all, the rap legend herself hopped on a quick Instagram Live where she updated the Barbz on everything from the details around her new release, to Papa Bear, and her actual next new album. And because they both love the drama, Drake even hopped on the call for the last five minutes to congratulate her on the re-release and send his love.

Below, here’s everything that went down on her Instagram Live.

NEW SONGS

As we mentioned above, the re-release of Beam Me Up Scotty arrived with three new tracks. On her Live, Minaj added more context to the songs. She revealed “Fractions” was made on an old Jay-Z beat, and announced that original song “Seeing Green” would see the Young Money crew reunite again.

“Fractions,” has caused some on social media to point out one troubling bar that seems to be referencing her husband’s accuser. “Ayo, I’m the one who run the city where they armed and vicious/ Accusations on them blogs and they all fictitious,” she raps at the top of her verse. One Twitter user wrote in response, “I just can’t imagine ruining my empire/legacy for an abusive man.”

NEW ALBUM UPDATES

Ms. Petty also provided some updates on her forthcoming album, but only to say that she’s still working on it, and that it’s “coming soon,” along with her six-part docuseries with HBO Max.

She revealed that she’d been suffering some writer’s block while working on the album. It wasn’t until Drake sent her the beat to “Seeing Green” that her creative flow was reignited. “He single handedly got me out of my writer’s block,” she said.

DRAKE & NICKI REUNITE

Speaking of the Champagne Papi, Drake joined Nicki for the last five minutes of her IG live. He called in from a random street and congratulated her on the re-release and urged her to return to music. “I love you with all my heart and I’m glad that you got in your bag for this re-release, but you know what time it is now,” he said.

Nicki shared her own praise of the Toronto rapper, continuing their long-lived “will they or won’t they vibe,” by calling him a “f*cking genius as a musical artist but also as a human.”

For the layperson, an Instagram follow may not mean much. But for celebrities — particularly those of the musical variety — an Instagram follow can sometimes mean so much more. When two artists follow each other out of seemingly nowhere, it often means they are gearing up for a future collaboration. So naturally, the internet has been set ablaze ever since word got out that Nicki Minaj and Rihanna recently followed each other on Instagram.

 

Could it be a new hit single on the horizon?

For Rihanna fans, this would be big news, as the once chart-topping artist has seemingly abandoned music for greener pastures in the lingerie, fashion, and beauty space. The Barbadan queen hasn’t released a new solo single since shaking the world with her career-best album Anti in 2016 and hasn’t offered a feature since 2017, when she appeared on Future’s “Selfish,” DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty” in quick succession.

On the other hand, Nicki Minaj has kept her fans sated in recent years: Though the rapper’s last album, Queen, came out in 2018, she has dropped a slew of one-off singles including the instantly iconic hits “Megatron” in 2019 and “Yikes” in 2020. She has also offered guest verses to some of the past years’ most memorable tracks, including Karol G’s “Tusa,” Ty Dolla $ign’s “Expensive,” Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer,” and, of course, the chart-topping “Say So” remix with Doja Cat.

Nevertheless, can anything compare to a collab with Rihanna?

I’ll save you the time of thinking — the answer is no.

Of course, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are no stranger to collaborations. All the way back in 2010, Nicki Minaj appeared on Miss Robyn Fenty’s Loud single “Raining Men.” And just a few weeks later, Rihanna returned the favor by hopping onto Minaj’s Pink Friday track “Fly.”

Maybe 2021 is the year they finally try to recapture that 2010s magic?

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There’s always the possibility that, in the case of Rihanna vs. Nicki Minaj, a follow is just that: a follow. Maybe these old friends finally chose to make it Instagram official? Maybe they’re getting together for something else, entirely non-music-related? Who can ever know? But for the sake of my inner-Barb-x-Navy heart, I’m holding out hope.

Give me the music!

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This Year, Music Videos Had a High-Fashion Revival

While music videos truly reached their height back in the ’90s and early 2000s, 2020 has been a banner year for the medium. It’s not to say music videos ever disappeared, per se—but the scale and flashiness of them has certainly decreased in the digital age, where TikTok, Instagram Reels, and other video mediums have diluted the power of a big video.

But this year, with big-stadium concerts put on pause and many live performances kept to a minimum, artists were left with new material but nowhere to showcase it—and many of them channelled all of their energy into traditional music videos again. Videos became a refreshed opportunity for artists to bust out a fashion moment and unleash their wildest imagination. And thank god for it—it kept us entertained!

One of the biggest and splashiest was Beyoncé’s visual album, Black Is King, which featured several different music videos—each equipped with high fashion. In “Already,” for instance, the singer sports a custom cow-print Burberry corset designed by Riccardo Tisci and a crescent-print bodysuit from Marine Serre. We also saw this incredible range of looks from Lady Gaga in Chromatica’s “911”, in which she declares a fashion emergency wearing surreal ensembles by Alexander McQueen, Diego Montoya, and more. And no list of 2020 music videos would be complete without discussing Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP.” The bodycon looks by Nicolas Jebran and Mugler made the rap diva’s hit a visual feast. (Plus, who could forget that unexpected Kylie Jenner cameo in head-to-toe leopard print?).

It wasn’t just music’s finest leading ladies leading the style charge, either. Harry Styles continued to bring his fashion A-game. In his “Watermelon Sugar” video, he sports a groovy assortment of exciting menswear brands, including Gucci, and Bode. BTS also delivered the fashion drama in their “Dynamite” video, complete with a colorful (and coordinated) wardrobe.

Below, all that and more of this year’s most-stylish music videos.

“Already” — Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer

“XS” — Rina Sawayama

“Do It” — Chloe x Halle

“Midnight Sky” — Miley Cyrus

“Dynamite” — BTS

“WAP” — Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion

“911” — Lady Gaga

“Hit Different” — SZA feat. Ty Dolla $ign

“TKN” — Rosalía and Travis Scott

“Therefore I Am” — Billie Eilish

“Watermelon Sugar” — Harry Styles

“How You Like That” — BLACKPINK

“Levitating” — Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby

“Yo Perreo Sola” — Bad Bunny

“Positions” — Ariana Grande

“Cardigan” — Taylor Swift

“Own It” — Rico Nasty

“La vita nuova” — Christine and the Queens

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THE MOST MEMORABLE MUSIC VIDEOS OF 2020

THE WEEKND FT. DOJA CAT – “IN YOUR EYES” REMIX

The Weeknd reached his apotheosis with After Hours, but it’s his video for the “In Your Eyes” remix that has really stayed with me. Directed by Sundance-winning animation wunderkind Jeron Braxton, the video is a surreal Rainbow Road-core, tech dystopia. Braxton’s signature disjointed bodies and cheeky critiques on consumption, police brutality and the surveillance state are littered throughout. Pulsing billboards simply advertise “M❤️NEY” while KKKPD cars burn into the night. The Weeknd grabs a can of liquid peyote from a soda dispenser, and facial recognition software immediately labels him a threatening Black male. It’s a new world order, but some things never change. Remember Braxton’s name, watch his work, and thank me later.

ARIANA GRANDE – “34+35”

Ariana Grande has and will always be a theatre kid at heart, and her best visuals are when she makes that known. Much like how she paid homage to the iconic teen film canon that raised her in her music video for “Thank u, next,” she presents a bimbo-fied version of women in STEM in “34 + 35,” a song that solely exists to spotlight her high sex drive. She teeters around on platform boots, decked out in a lab coat with a clipboard in hand, until she and her fellow scientists are changed into sex kitten Austin Powers fembots. More women in STEM, indeed!

“YO PERREO SOLA” – BAD BUNNY

In an alternate timeline, we would have been shaking our asses to “Yo Perreo Sola” in crowded, dimly lit parties all summer long. Even though that didn’t pan out, Bad Bunny still brought the party with the music video. The rapper is a visionary who’s constantly pushing boundaries, this time with some stunning big titty drag looks and total saturated euphoria.

“KYOTO” – PHOEBE BRIDGERS

Bridgers shot the entire video for “Kyoto” on a green screen and really went for full-throttle irreverence. She flies over the ocean, surfs the Japanese railway, and fights Godzilla. And duh, she does it all in her now-infamous skeleton suit. It’s a hyper-silly and totally charming take on the otherwise dull quarantine video genre.

 

SZA – “HIT DIFFERENT” FT. TY DOLLA $IGN

SZA takes this sultry bop to a junkyard for a low-key yet mesmerizing dance video that does, in fact, hit different.

RICO NASTY – “IPHONE”

In the video for her 100 gecs-produced track, Rico Nasty terrorizes screen after screen with chaotic avatars and an Instagram Face so uncanny valley, Jia Tolentino might write another essay about it.

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER – “I DON’T LOVE ME ANYMORE”

Oneohtrix Point Never’s glitchy prog-rock single got the karaoke treatment, with assistance from director Dasha Nekrasova. Featuring footage from How To with John Wilson videographer Leia Jospe, the out-of-context and tender clips of New York City’s debris and idiosyncrasies are full of heart, and make me ache to sing my heart out with my friends more than I already do.

ARCA – “NONBINARY”

Arca is the unofficial queen of the spooky avant-garde. “Nonbinary” naturally has its freak flag at full-mast, presenting us with eerie plastic surgeon visits and a cyber take on The Birth of Venus that without a doubt would’ve made Sandro Botticelli drop dead from a heart attack.

DOJA CAT – “SAY SO”

Doja Cat’s video for “Say So” is a glittery, candy-colored ’70s fantasy. There’s nothing self-serious here — just dialed-up flirtation and a sweet homage to the TikTok dance that made the track the hit it is.

RINA SAWAYAMA – “XS”

Rina Sawayama’s talent for crafting immaculate pop is one thing. She also has a good sense of humor. Thankfully, we get to see both in the video for “XS.” Sawayama transforms into an HGTV-adjacent host, shamelessly shilling toxic goo with promises of a youthful glow. She commits to the part, and it’s so fun to watch.

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BILLIE EILISH’S DOC TRAILER TEASES A FRONT ROW SEAT TO HER METEORIC RISE

Billie Eilish’s rise from your average Gen Z teenager to one of the world’s biggest pop stars happened with lightning speed. But despite her deluge of awards and magazine covers, the singer is still a pretty mysterious figure in the realm of celebrity. Apple Music is hoping to show a new side to Eilish in the forthcoming documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, and released a new full trailer today.

 

The project was made headlines back in late 2019, when it was revealed that Eilish landed a fat check from Apple for $25 million for exclusive documentary rights. It eventually became The World’s A Little Blurry, and the streaming giant announced that director R.J. Cutler was attached to the project.

The film covers Eilish’s meteoric rise, including rare concert footage, tender moments with brother and collaborator Finneas, and her domination at the 2019 Grammy’s for her debut record When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? There’s also intimate behind the scenes footage that serves as a reminder that Eilish is still a kid, like gleefully dancing after scoring her driver’s license, life chats with her mom, and sheepishly admitting she’s still afraid of monsters at night.

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry lands on Apple TV+ on February 26, 2021. Watch the trailer below.

 

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Hot Gal Megan Thee Stallion Just Dropped The News

 

 

It’s been a long time coming, but Megan Thee Stallion has finally released her excellent studio debut, Good News. And let’s face it — 2020 could use all of that it can get.

While it hasn’t all been calm seas and smooth sailing for the Hot Girl rapper this year — her highly publicized and speculated on saga with Tory Lanez proved how contentious being at the top of the rap totem pole can still be — the young Houstonian nonetheless experienced some massive, well-earned highs. There was “WAP,” her juicy and inescapable joint feature with Cardi B, which was literally the talk of the entire country at one point; her first ascent to the top of the Billboard 100, thanks to a helping hand from Beyoncé for the “Savage” remix; and even a cogent New York Times Op-Ed thrown in the mix. All other signs have pointed that she’s at the top of her career — and Good News proves that from here, she can go anywhere else she’d like.

 

From rapid-fire freestyles and old school hip-hop to balmy dancehall and even sparkling, capital P Pop, the 17 tracks on Good News prove that Miss Stallion is no one-trick pony, and that she can excel at whatever melody, genre, or sound she puts her bars to. Below, five excellent tracks from the record that deserve your attention, and show off her curious versatility.

 

Unlike Tory Lanez, Megan Thee Stallion doesn’t have all day (or all album) to dwell on private, legal affairs. So every morsel of testimony she serves on “Shots Fired” — her direct and only response to the whole incident on the album — is sharp, succinct, and focused on the point. Over a ringing, stark beat, Megan’s storytelling ability, clear-eyed delivery, and general charisma as a rapper as she tells her side of the story take center stage, even as the content of what she’s saying falls back to the wayside. After all, does it really matter what you say if you don’t know how to say it (i.e. Lanez’ rambling and exhausting Daystar)? The points moot now anyways as Megan’s got the last word: “Imagine me entertaining you fuckin’ goofy-ass n*ggas and you fuckin’ goofy-ass b*tches.” —Steffanee Wang

 

“CIRCLES”

My mind flashes back a good decade once “Circles” starts to play, thanks to a sample from Jazmine Sullivan’s “Holding You Down (Goin’ in Circles).” While Sullivan’s original version is a sad song about not being able to let go of someone who keeps doing her wrong, Megan refuses to go that route. Instead, she flips the track into one of her signature bad b*tch anthems, making you forget about “goin’ back and forth with the lil’ boys” and realizing your true worth. —Maria Bobila

“FREAKY GIRLS” (FT. SZA)

New Orleans bounce, Miami raunch, and Megan Thee Stallion’s confident H-Town energy coalesce on this full-throttle bop about bussin’ it open and often. The Juicy J-produced standout features a beautiful (and, let’s be honest, toxic) hook courtesy of SZA, along with a throwback-inducing sample of Adina Howard’s equally promiscuous “Freak Like Me.” Wrap all that up with some classically wild bars from Thee Stallion herself — “Freaky bitch, I do this, suck it like I’m toothless” — and you have yourself a classic. —SW

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MEGAN THEE STALLIONS BRINGS THE GOOD NEWS

Finally some good news! Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion is dropping her debut album Good News on November 20.

Megan began teasing the announcement on November 11, posting collages of newspaper clippings with headlines noting her fashion, music, and advocacy for black women. “Hotties, I first want to say thank you for riding with me, growing with me, and staying down with me since my first mixtape Rich Ratchet!” she wrote on Instagram. Through this rough ass year we’ve all been having I felt like we could all use a lil bit of good news.”

 

 

The Houston native has had a hell of a year. Along with dropping EP Suga, Megan was part of two of the biggest hits of the year, the raunchy “WAP” with Cardi B, and her own explosive single “Savage,” and its remix with fellow Houston Hottie Beyoncé.

Megan also recently performed on Saturday Night Live, where she made an impassioned speech regarding Black lives, specifically the protection of Black women. “We need to protect our Black women. And love our Black women,” she said. “’Cause at the end of the day, we need our Black women. We need to protect our Black men and stand up for our Black men because at the end of the day, we’re tired of seeing hashtags of our Black men.” Following the performance, she launched her “Don’t Stop” scholarship fund and penned a New York Times op-ed titled “Why I Speak Up for Black Women.”

 

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FENTY SKIN’S FIRST CAMPAIGN VIDEO FEATURES LIL NAS X, A$AP ROCKY, AND MORE

After months of rumors and much-anticipation, the arrival of Rihanna’s Fenty Skincare collection is just days away. In true Rihanna fashion, she’s holding nothing back for the launch, and in a video peek at some of the first products, she brought along some famous faces, including Lil Nas X and A$ap Rocky, to help her celebrate.

Before the line’s official July 31 launch, Rihanna shared a video introducing fans to three of the products. A zoomed in shot of the goods — packaged in clear and purple bottles – feature items called Fat Water, aTonal Cleanser, and a purple bottle with no markings. There’s no word on whether these three will each be available come July 31, but the products aren’t the only thing worth getting excited about it.

 

The moment Fenty Beauty fans have been waiting for has arrived. After forever changing the world of makeup with Fenty Beauty’s line of inclusive foundations and dozens of must-have products, Rihanna is expanding into skincare with the launch of Fenty Skin.

It’s been a whirlwind few hours for Fenty fans, as rumors of a possibly imminent launch started when social media users spotted a newly verified Fenty Skin Twitter account. Thankfully, followers didn’t have to wait long for details, as the beauty mogul that apparently never sleeps later launched an official website for Fenty Skin on Tuesday, July 14, morning.

 

 

According to the newly created website, Fenty Skin will debut on July 31. However, fans can sign up through the website to get early access on July 29. Along with a newly unveiled Twitter account, the website also points to a Fenty Skin social media presence that spans TikTok and Instagram. So far, the accounts remain empty.

Only mere days stand between Fenty followers and the launch, but rumors of Rihanna’s skincare expansion have long been circulating. Initially filing a trademark for a skincare launch in 2019, Rihanna later hinted at the products in a more recent interview.

Speaking with British Vogue for its May 2020 issue, Rihanna shared her thoughts on what makes a successful skincare line. “Skincare, it’s the truth. It either works or it doesn’t. There’s nowhere to hide,” she said. The piece had also confirmed that Fenty Skin was in the works.

The interview didn’t include Rihanna touching on any possible products, but Page Six reported that Rihanna’s trademark filings had included “medicated and non-medicated skincare, soap, body care and personal care products (excluding color cosmetics, perfume and other fragrance-only products), and related accessories such as kits, tools and applicators.”

 

Rihanna’s return to music may remain an eternal mystery for now, but the star hasn’t shied away from sharing her beauty secrets. The Fenty Beauty founder returned to her role as YouTube MUA, creating a new tutorial that gives you the lowdown on wearing Fenty’s newly released Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick.

During the most enjoyable two minutes you’ll have this week, Rihanna walks viewers through two new shades from the launch. Beginning with a rosey mauve hue named Goji Gang, Rihanna explains that the product is intended to make lipstick application a breeze. She talks up the comfortable, lightweight formula, and then puckers up for a complete application of the color.

 

Taking a minute to admire her handiwork, she explains that the color can just be worn as is, and doesn’t necessarily need the addition of lip liner. “It looks a little glossy, but it has more pigment than a usual gloss,” she says of the product.

Moving on, she applies the shade Glazed, which she describes as a “perfect topper.” She compares the peach coloring to the brand’s universally flattering Gloss Bomb, saying, it can be used on top of any color, by itself, or with a liner.

Before declaring an official wrap on the tutorial, Rihanna notes her confidence that many Fenty fans will be wearing the product. And naturally, she sends you off with a few final poses in the finished look.

Announced back in May, the Slip Shine Lip Stick is available in ten shades, and features a super nourishing formula. Both shiny and sheer, the $22 product is available through Sephora and Fenty Beauty. The release follows other new products from Rihanna’s beauty brand, including the Cheeks Out Collection and the return of a limited-edition Body Lava Body Luminizer.

Enjoy the two minutes you can spend learning from Rihanna, below.

 

 

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THESE IG CREATORS ARE KEEPING ’90S AND ’00S HIP-HOP FASHION ALIVE

Nostalgia is currency at this point. Hollywood is constantly churning out remakes and reboots. Fashion designers are tapping into their archives. Bands are reuniting to pay homage to their throwback hits. Everything that happened before — specifically in the ’90s and early ’00s — is happening again, to the point where it feels like we’re living in a constant state of deja vu. And nothing has helped push this obsession with the past to the forefront more than social media.

There are hundreds of nostalgia-driven accounts on Instagram today — some being as niche as tracking down the outfits on Living Single or documenting Princess Diana’s most memorable fashion moments. “I think it’s a trend now,” Brooklyn White says of their popularity. “People know that it’ll get engagement.” White started archiving images on Tumblr back in 2014. Her first post, she recalls, was a still from Missy Elliott’s “Beep Me 911” music video, which premiered in 1998. “I wasn’t trying to make a huge statement, I just wanted to share some visual inspiration,” she explains. Now, she posts throwback images on her personal Instagram account, in between selfies and photos of her baby girl.

Missy Elliott
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It’s not that hard to become a digital archivist these days; almost anyone can throw their Von Dutch hat into the ring. “You used to have to buy magazines and books,” White says. “Now there’s so much online.” And perhaps because of that, these accounts can feel repetitive after a while, like you’re seeing the same posts — and the same people — over and over again. What tends to stand out, though, is the fashion of the ’90s and early ’00s; perhaps because it’s the most daring (or some might say the most divisive), and much of it was ushered in by the popular musical artists at the time.

Take the looks from Elliott’s “Beep Me 911” video, which includes a divine gold robe moment, as well as pink patent leather bustier tops and dresses. There’s also the iconic color-coordinated outfits from Lil Kim’s “Crush on You” video that have, in recent years, become popular Halloween costumes. Outside of the small screen, red carpet fashion was just as memorable. From Aaliyah’s crop tops and baggy jeans to the constant presence of rhinestones and mini skirts worn by the likes of Beyoncé during her Destiny’s Child days and a young Mariah Carey. Their style set a precedent worth marveling over, and many looks have received modern-day updates across Gen-Z-friendly retailers and brands.

Destiny's Child
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When Sharifa Wilson started bringing her archived content from Tumblr to Twitter, she didn’t do it for clout or likes. Instead, she did it to highlight celebrities who are often forgotten by history or overlooked by other nostalgia accounts. She mostly archives anything that centers black women, be it in TV shows, movies, or music videos. “You either get to remind people of an unappreciated moment in pop culture or introduce a younger generation to something they didn’t know about before,” she says. “The posts are like quick little history lessons for the moments of the past that were not highlighted the way they should have been and, at the same time, you’re able to pay tribute to those overlooked pioneers.”

While most accounts might use Google or Getty Images for their content, there are a handful of accounts that still do their image sourcing the old school way. Rashida Reneé of @howtobeafuckinglady, for instance, started posting on Tumblr in 2011 before switching over to Instagram. She’s been saving every inspiring photo or video she’s come across over the past 12 years. “A lot of it is either photos from now-inactive forums or scans from a magazine I’ve bought from eBay,” she says. “If I can’t find something of good quality online, I will try to buy it from eBay.” Mecca of @hiphopurbanpop has a similar method. She’ll post things she finds online from time to time, but for the most part, she’s diving into her own trove for nostalgic gems to post. “I have a very extensive archive of images, video clips, and magazine scans that I’ve gathered over the past 10-plus years,” she says. Her digging brings us gems like Foxy Brown in a quintessential early ’00s all-blue number and a barely recognizable Jhené Aiko.

As far as which celebrities tend to be the most popular, Wilson says fashion looks from the ’90s and early ’00s get the most engagement, “especially when it comes to video vixens and actresses in popular sitcoms.” Mecca says the Smith family, 3LW, Raven-Symoné, and Lil’ Bow Wow get the most likes. Everyone “eats up” any Naomi Campbell content, as well as looks from “dramatic French couturiers” like Christian Lacroix, Thierry Mugler, and Jean Paul Gaultier, according to Reneé. Bri Malandro of @theyeehawagenda posts everyone from Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and a very young, very smiley Zoë Kravitz and notes that Kelis is a favorite among her followers. “I think everyone knows how ahead her style and artistry was and will never get tired of looking at her,” she says.

3LW
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Speaking of style, the trends that were popular during the ’90s and early ’00s — even the questionable ones — have also seen a resurgence. Both Baby Phat and FUBU have staged comebacks within the last year, and there were even rumors of a low-rise jeans return. “Fashion is recycled and always comes back around,” says Mecca, who also runs an e-commerce site selling vintage T-shirts emblazoned with celebrities like Lil’ Kim, Sade, and Brandy. Reneé says she’s noticed celebrities and stylists using her archival finds as a resource for their own fashion looks, which, she says, can be frustrating. “Sometimes I’ll buy something vintage and post a runway picture or video of the same look and I’ll see it on a celebrity days later,” she says. “They don’t even give me a chance to be inspired by my own mood board.”

But, at the same time, she understands the societal obsession. “It’s just human nature to cling to nostalgia, especially in chaotic times like these; the past is comforting for people.” As Wilson adds, “Nostalgia usually tugs on people’s heartstrings.”

That’s not to say everything that happened before today was perfect. I often think of the way the internet reacted to Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s brief (staged?) exchange that happened backstage at the 2020 SAG Awards. Rooting them on, hoping for a reunion, while at the same time forgetting that this is the same man who publicly broke her heart. So, no, the past isn’t perfect, but moments like these act as a temporary salve from the unending news cycle; reminding us of everything else that happened around that time.

It’s hard to imagine looking back on the past couple of weeks (and years), when anxiety and uncertainty permeates most people’s everyday existence, with any kind of longing. So, instead, we look behind, rather than ahead, at what has already happened, at what now appears to be simpler, easier times — Steve Madden shoes, belly button piercings, velour tracksuits, and all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Biggest Music Releases To Get Excited About In 2019

While very few artists have confirmed concrete plans for releases next year, the musical projects most buzzed about online are enough to spark hope in even the most jaded cynic’s heart. While Rihanna has been busy taking over pretty much every industry other than music, she’s also rumored to have been finishing up R9, and even assured an impatient fan that music would be coming oh so soon.
If you need more than Rihanna to be convinced that 2019 is going to be a stacked year of releases—first of all, how dare you—the new year promises a handful of long-awaited returns, including the likes of now-elusive pop darling Sky Ferreira, as well as Vampire Weekend. Plus, we have new work set to come from the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, Dua Lipa, Avril Lavigne, and so many others.

Rihanna

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It’s been a hot minute since we’ve had new Rihanna music (three years next month!) so R9 couldn’t come soon enough. Back in September the singer slash beauty and lingerie mogul teased that new music is on its way.

 

Sky Ferreira

 

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Winter is coming, and so is new music from Ferreira. This album has made lists of most-anticipated forthcoming releases for *checks watch* quite some time now, so we aren’t holding our breath (but, please be this year).

 

Marina  

Solange 

 

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Fall came and went with no music from Solange, but the singer ensures that it will be coming soon and is bound to “make your trunk rattle.” Sign me up.
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