Charli XCX and Rita Ora showed off their rowdy robber sides in the “Doing It” video, which dropped today (January 20). But prior to its release, our favorite divas have tousled and gotten messy in the desert to achieve some pretty iconic videos over the years!
It goes to show that females can also be badasses in the Wild Wild West just as much (or even better than) the boys. In the gallery above, revisit ten of the best desert-themed music videos from ladies like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and more! More »
Back in the mid-’90s/early ’00s, S Club 7 and Spice Girls were both incredibly huge acts. But the recently-reunited pop band states they never felt any pressure to live up to the legendary girl group’s success. Band member Jo O’Meara told Digital Spy, “It was a completely different thing. They were all girls and we were mixed. It was a completely different vibe and different music.”
Bradley McIntosh also jumped in, saying “I think, for me, I felt proud to be under the same wing as a band that successful. It felt amazing. I was saying to my mates: ‘We’re with the ex-Spice Girls manager mate, whey!’” Simon Fuller, the Spice Girl’s former manager, is responsible for brainstorming the idea of S Club 7 in 1997 the day after he got fired from the girl group.
It’s been over sixteen years now since Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice!) famously left The Spice Girls at the height of their popularity in 1998, and Mel B is still recalling the bitterness in the group that followed her unexpected exit.
During an interview with Larry King, Scary Spice — who just wrapped up her latest stint as an America’s Got Talent judge — revealed that their “5 year plan” for the group got cut short to 3 years after Geri suddenly quit the band due to ongoing pressure she was dealing with regarding body image and depression. “When Geri left the group, it was bad,” she told King. “She left on my birthday and didn’t tell anybody. She just didn’t show up. We had the rest of the tour, the American part of the tour,” she explained. (Also, it appears Larry is just now learning that Geri left the group.)
Was there bitterness? “Yeah, for a long time,” she revealed. “I’m still reminded of it. I saw her a couple weeks ago and said ‘Remember when you left on my birthday?’” she laughs, sounding a bit irked. (We were too!)
While nothing will ever top the Spice Girls at their peak, it’s nice to see that the girls have all gone on to do great things for themselves as individuals nearly two decades later. Besides — we will always have girl power. (And Spice World.) More »
Did You Hear?
:: Madonna is getting behind the camera again. The budding auteur will direct a movie called Ade: A Love Story. It’s a coming of age tale about growing up in an interracial and mixed faith family. [Billboard]
:: If you’re old enough to remember the ’90s this news will literally make your heart flutter. Backstreet Boys have hinted at a joint tour with the Spice Girls. None of us are ready for this double dose of nostalgia! [MTV]
:: Elton John‘s extravagant Las Vegas show Million Dollar Piano will be shown in theaters for one night only in 40 different countries around the globe. Sounds like a fun night at the movies. [Rolling Stone].
:: Interest in Gwyneth Paltrow‘s split with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is so great that her GOOP website crashed last night. There was no explanation for the site’s meltdown on the actress’ Facebook page. [Gossip Cop]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
If you’re a young British girl group who are traveling down the tried-and-true road paved by the Spice Girls
, and you’ve been commissioned to record the official Sports Relief charity single, then you’d best enlist Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm
for at least a cameo in the music video. And actually, that’s exactly what Little Mix
did for their “Word Up”
visual. The song is a cover of Cameo
‘s 1986 funk-pop classic, and the video is a virtual camp fest that finds the quartet aerobicising and creating all-around chaos while several well-known faces flash by the camera, including Olympic gymnast Louis Smith
, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
actor Chris Barrie
and, of course, Mel C.
Watch above as Sporty Spice does one of her famous “Say You’ll Be There” high-kicks all in the name of charity…and girl power! More »
Danish songbird MØ
will release her debut LP No Mythologies To Follow
on RCA in March, and ahead of that she’s done the one thing that’s guaranteed to get her name out there amongst the pop enthusiast set: A Spice Girls
cover. The 25 year old chose the UK girl group’s 1997 (or 1996, depending on which country you live in) confection “Say You’ll Be There”
to re-work as an electronic slow jam. Despite this being a completely different arrangement from the original, there is what sounds like a sweet guitar-sample solo in the middle bit, and MØ pulls off the “I’ll give you everything, on this I swear / just promise you’ll always be there!” shout-rap with aplomb.
Hear her take on this Spice gem below. More »
Sporty Spice Girls songstress turned solo star Melanie C turned out several of the best pop records of the ’00s (you can say whatever you like, but Northern Star was great), but after quietly releasing several solo albums on her own label, the songstress says that she’s ready to get back in the studio.
“I’ve missed working as a solo artist,” she said in an interview with Metro, “and [I] miss my band so I want to work on a new album.” And that’s that! More »
Every new girl group
has visions of becoming the next Spice Girls
(although for my money, Little Mix
are the likeliest to take that crown with their new single “Move”
), but it’s not every day that an actual, honest-to-God Spice Girl endorses your performance of their song — and yet, that’s precisely what happened to X Factor
songbirds Fifth Harmony
(better known as Fifth Harmonslay in certain corners, like our office), who won praise from Mel B
when they covered Spice’s “Wannabe” last night during a concert.
Their performance of the track was plenty lively (and they’re tough to beat vocally, as they proved during a live session at Idolator a few months back), but the real coup came after the performance, as Mel saw video of the set and sent some praise their way. More »
In 1998, Bill Clinton was President, Monica Lewinsky was the most famous intern on the planet, the world had come down with Titanic
fever and a show on MTV called Total Request Live
was about to alter the sound of popular music. One such superstar who rose up through TRL
‘s glittery ranks was Britney Jean Spears
, a then-16-year-old performer who had last been seen as a series regular on Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club
To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Britney’s debut single “…Baby One More Time” — a three-and-a-half-minute dose of pop-funk that put Spears on the fast track and cemented songwriter/producer Max Martin as a music’s go-to maestro — we took a deep look in the mirror, realized how old we were and began sobbing uncontrollably. Then we composed ourselves and whipped up a fairly pop-filled playlist that is guaranteed to give you an accurate depiction of what radio sounded like in 1998.
So head below to get an earful of what people were listening to while checking their pagers and worrying about the Y2K Bug. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Miley Cyrus enlisted Mike WiLL Made It to produce her new single “We Can’t Stop” (out June 3), and now she’s returning the favor. Cyrus is featured on Will’s forthcoming “23,” along with Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. [2 Dope Boyz]
:: Ever wonder how things are different at SNL when Justin Timberlake preps to host as opposed to when Justin Bieber does it? Bill Hader, now a former cast-member, opened up about working with the two, and said JT shows up by himself, whereas Biebs shows up “with like 20 guys” catering to the star’s every need. [Gossip Cop]
:: When news broke that Paris Hilton had signed with Cash Money, Twitter nearly exploded. Remember, Paris has basically been a non-entity since the advent of Twitter, so tweeters were hungry for the chance to post about her in 140 characters or less. Your friends probably had some good reactions, but not as good as the ones compiled here -> [Vibe]
:: There’s an official Daft Punk racecar. While it seemed more apt to do it during their Tron soundtrack days, the French duo’s label, Columbia, is a partner with Team Lotus F1 and have designed a Daft Punk-emblazoned Formula One car. [Stereogum]
:: Scary Spice spent most of the ’90s with her mouth agape. It’s science. [BuzzFeed]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »