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...
Why I Think About Kelly Rowland

Why I Think About Kelly Rowland

I have a thing for sidekicks. I consider myself a Rhoda, not a Mary, and, furthermore, I prefer it that way. Maybe that’s why I find myself wondering so much about the second-in-commands, the slightly-blurry-but-not-totally-forgotten portions of big pop acts....