Cardi B Creates a Twerk Haven, and Ariana Grande Finds Happiness in Spending

Yes, but do not watch this at work: City Girls, “Twerk,” feat. Cardi B (video) - Ass appreciation is the obvious centerpiece here, but also note the impressive feline body paint, which made a Jezebel staffer comment that Cardi B should’ve starred in Cats. Is this a way of reclaiming the music-video aesthetic of male…

Normani and Sam Smith Wanna Dance With Strangers, and Bhad Bhabie (Sorry) Does It Again

Overall yes, with a couple of caveats: Sam Smith and Normani, “Dancing With a Stranger” – I haven’t stopped listening to this since this morning, which is a testament to two things: How good Normani sounds on this R&B dance number, and the catchiness of the hook. Regardless of whether it’s Normani or Sam Smith belting,…

Pitbull Samples Toto's 'Africa' (Yes), and Ariana Grande Slows It Down on 'Imagine'

Sure: Pitbull, “Ocean to Ocean,” feat. Rhea - On paper, the concept of this song is a travesty. Why is Pitbull sampling Toto’s “Africa”? Why is it for the Aquaman soundtrack??? But it is the holidays, and I’m in a giving mood, and this song is actually good. “They tried to get rid of me/But from ocean to ocean, they…

Robyn Covers 'Last Christmas,' Another Drab Zayn Song, and Some Satanic Beatboxing

Y: Natti Natasha, “Me Gusta” NATTI NA. Everyone is really trying to finish the year off on a strong note, huh? I see you! Natasha is the kind of talent that will creep up on you if you’re not paying attention. I get the feeling she’s a perfectionist, and honestly I don’t mind waiting for new music from her if this…

Miley Cyrus Possibly Finds Her Place, and Kelly Rowland Talks Her Shit

Unabashedly, yes: Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus, “Nothing Breaks Life a Heart” - It seems Miley has finally found her place (as opposed to all the other places she’d like to appropriate, excuse me, occupy) and guess what? It’s not bad! In fact, it’s really good! A pop song with country twang and her affecting…

Zayn and Nicki Minaj Can't Handle Liars, and Katy Perry Gifts Us a Cheap Christmas Song

Will pass: Zayn Malik and Nicki Minaj, “No Candle No Light” - Nicki Minaj tends to spread herself thin with collaborations, but there used to be a time when it was worth it. This Zayn track is what would play if you were running through a forest in search of your long-lost love. Notice it has a similar squeaky,…

J. Lo and Bad Bunny Have Incredible Swag Together, and Shawn Mendes Did Something Kinda Good

Y: Jennifer Lopez and Bad Bunny, “Te Guste” – At some point, my hot mom decided it would be cool and cute to collaborate with my boyfriend, and honestly I’m not even mad. Yes, when he says things like “Tu tienes un tesoro debajo del zipper,” aka You have a treasure behind your zipper, I get a little uncomfortable, but…

Scenes From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's District on Election Night 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old Latina who ran an unabashedly progressive campaign and unseated a powerful incumbent, officially became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. That’s the national context. But closer to home, Ocasio-Cortez represents the district where I grew up, and her victory is the…

Cardi B Does a Quirky Freaky Collab With El Alfa, Carly Rae Parties Solo, and Is That D'Angelo?

Si, si, si, si, I’m dyingggg!: El Alfa feat. Cardi B, “Mi Mami” - Acolytes of Dominican dembow, the best music in the entire world (Cardi agrees), are well familiar with El Alfa El Jefe, one of the genre’s most charismatic figures who has for years lent his baby-voiced dirty missives to a string of relatively massive…

John Mayer Bores Us, Jason Derulo Tortures Us, and Lauren Jauregui Does a Solo Ballad

Nope: John Mayer, “I Guess I Just Feel Like” – John Mayer sighs a heavy sigh at his breakfast table, dropping his copy of the New York Times Sunday edition into his lap. His orange juice sits before him. His bowl of Wheaties barely touched. It’s another day of terrible headlines as the global world order begins to…