MTV VMAs hit record-low viewership and ratings in 2018

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This year’s MTV VMAs viewership numbers dropped to a record low, breaking last year’s figures.

The Aug. 20 MTV Video Music Awards drew only 4.87 million viewers across eight Viacom-owned channels, compared to last year’s 5.36 million. Also plummeting is the awards show’s rating, which garnered only a 2.2 rating among young adults age 18-49. Last’s year’s awards show had a 2.6 rating.

The 2018 VMAs featured performances by Post Malone, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, and more. While dance music was low in representation this year, Avicii and Rita Ora’s “Lonely Together” won for best dance video. Other notable winners were Childish Gambino for “This Is America,” Cardi B‘s “I Like It,” and “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Has Politicians Cite Cardi B, Blink-182, Rita Ora As Reasons To Arm Kids

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Sacha Baron Cohen and his many disguises return to the airwaves tonight with his new series Who Is America? on Showtime. On the show, Cohen sets out to interview “the diverse individuals who populate our unique nation.” The show shared clip ahead of tonight’s premiere, in which Larry Pratt, Executive Director Emeritus of Gun Owners … More »

New Music Friday: Bebe Rexha delivers a straight-up therapybanger

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Notes on this week’s new releases:

  • I’m A Mess is Bebe Rexha‘s best song since 2015’s I Don’t Wanna Grow Up EP. The pre-chorus is a blinder — “everything’s gonna be alright, everything’s gonna be okay, it’s gonna be a good, good life, that’s what my therapists say” — but it’s the verse two line “nobody shows up unless I’m paying” that really hits the life-as-a-popstar nail on the head. Justin Tranter pops up in the writing credits.
  • Baby Ariel‘s Gucci On My Body is like Charli XCX from another dimension. Credits on this one include Kloe and Lauren Aquilina, a really exciting and creative pop songwriting partnership that’ll likely be 2019’s Tranter & Michaels.
  • Dotter continues to be amazing.
  • Four Of Diamonds‘ Name On It is 7x better than any launch single for an 8th place X Factor 2016 girlband has any right to be. We had a chat with Sophia from the band, which you can read here.
  • In ‘fucking hell let’s have some attention to detail’ news, Rita Ora and pals’ Girls has been remixed by a man because apparently there aren’t any women capable of doing remixes.
  • Bottom of the pile this week is Maroon 5. They’ve covered a Bob Marley song.

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Christina Aguilera’s New Album Is Pretty Good. Does Anyone Care?

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Christina Aguilera - LiberationAlong with her fellow ex-Mousketeers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera proved to be one of the most durable hit-makers of the Y2K-era teen-pop explosion. Long after most of their peers found alternate careers in show business or disappeared from pop culture entirely, these artists kept sending singles to the top 10. Spears survived … More »

Rita Ora – “Girls” (Feat. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, & Charli XCX) Video

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Rita Ora Girls VideoNow, after every single featured guest has either publicly apologized for or defended “Girls” in some way or form, the Rita Ora pop posse cut that just won’t go away has a music video to go along with it. Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha all get their time … More »

Rita Ora Opens Up About Avicii: ‘It’s Hard For Me To Sing Our Song’

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Back in 2017, Rita Ora teamed up with Avicii on his comeback EP Avicii (01). The EP was released just months before Avicii’s tragic passing. As Rita Ora was set to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Swansea, the vocalist opened up with an emotional tribute to Avicii. “I remember how amazing it was

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Charli XCX Addresses “Girls” Criticism

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Charli XCXRita Ora faced a lot of criticism after releasing “Girls,” a pop posse cut that finds Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha singing about exploring their bisexuality: “Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls/ Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls.” Kehlani, MUNA’s Katie Gavin, and openly gay pop … More »

Bebe Rexha Responds To “Girls” Backlash: “I Felt Disrespected”

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Bebe Rexha has weighed in on the “Girls” backlash. When Rita Ora announced her new single would feature Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha, “Girls” was shaping as a spectacular moment in pop. We’re talking about this generation’s answer to “Lady Marmalade,” a bona-fide hit and, just maybe, the Song of the Summer. But … More »

Cardi B Defends Rita Ora’s “Girls”

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Cardi-BOn Friday, Rita Ora released the pop posse cut “Girls,” recruiting Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha to join her. It’s a breezy track about making out with other girls, framing it as the sort of thing you might do when you’re drunk. The chorus is: “Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, … More »

Rita Ora Apologizes For “Girls”

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Last week, Rita Ora released the pop posse cut “Girls,” which featured Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha singing about how sometimes they want to kiss girls. Ora hyped up the song in interviews as this generation’s “Lady Marmalade,” and said it was modeled after one of her favorite songs, Katy Perry’s 2008 … More »