A Brief History of Pop Stars as Train Wrecks

A Brief History of Pop Stars as Train Wrecks

Does something about pop stardom cause folks to lose their minds? Most likely, yes — the pressures of continuing to produce hits, the recognition as an international sex symbol, the constant scrutiny. Is there something inherent in people who become pop stars that...
A Brief History of Pop Stars as Sex Symbols

A Brief History of Pop Stars as Sex Symbols

You can grumble about how “sex sells” “these days,” but the connection between pop stardom and sexiness goes back pretty much to the beginning of pop stardom. Pop stars are meant to inspire us, dazzle us, and bring a sense of otherworldly joy...

Britney’s Best Lost Songs

I fell down a particularly deep research hole this week when I started looking up unreleased Britney Spears songs — the woman has almost as deep a catalog of lost songs as she does released songs! And some of them are just as good as her best available work, though on...
Demi Lovato’s Cocaine Admission, Drugs, and Disney

Demi Lovato’s Cocaine Admission, Drugs, and Disney

With recent revelations from Joe Jonas about smoking up with Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus while a Disney darling, and now Lovato’s admission that she was addicted to cocaine — not to mention Cyrus’ on-stage lighting up — I thought I’d revisit this...