Historians confirm that “Hit Me Baby One More Time” sounds weird, unromantic

Britney Spears’ 1998 breakout hit “...Baby One More Time” is so deeply embedded in the cultural consciousness of its era that it’s almost impossible to remember what its lyrics actually mean. Britney’s loneliness is killing her, yes, and she has a lot of thoughts on babies, but what, exactly, is going on with the…

Britney Spears’ flower painting raised $10,000 for the Las Vegas shooting victims 

Britney Spears’ oil painting video made the internet rounds about a month ago, capturing the public’s imagination with its use of a sprightly Mozart piano sonata as a score, her flamingo pose while painting what appeared to be a Lisa Frank-inspired work, and the painting’s own strange, bifurcated composition (why keep…

Russian hackers are lurking in the comments of Britney Spears’ Instagram

Nothing’s safe from Russian hackers these days—not democratic elections, nor even our celebrities’ social media accounts. Those carefully curated feeds draw a staggering number of eyes on Instagram, which is on track to hit a billion users this year, so naturally they’re now under threat from miscreants and malware.…

Britney Spears’ “Toxic” without Auto-Tune may surprise you

We’re going to go right out and call “Toxic” Britney Spears’ best-ever song, as it uses an insanely evil and addictive hook to tell the story of that person you should give up but you know you can’t. Spears released “Toxic” on her fourth studio album, In The Zone, in 2003, even before she met Kevin Federline, making…

From Justin to terrible: 21 unfortunate cinematic pop-star vehicles

If you are a successful pop star, conquering the movies appears to be the next logical step. After all, it worked (kind of) for Elvis. And Justin Timberlake! But it turns out that Elvis and JT are the rare exceptions. Most times, when movies are crafted around a particular pop star who’s new to film, the results are…

People’s Choice Awards confirm that America still loves Tom Hanks, Ellen, Johnny Depp

CBS’s annual People’s Choice Awards are one of the few big-name award shows in which average citizens get a voice, with online voting determining the winners of the ceremony’s 64 categories (ranging from Favorite Movie all the way over to Favorite YouTube star). As such, the PCAs present a somewhat different picture…

Take a trip back through some of South Park’s best pop culture references

From its earliest days, South Park had a tempestuous relationship with pop culture, at once skewering the speed of American discourse and generating its own, flashbulb-quick catchphrases. It’s the type of show that would bring on one of the world’s most famous actors and relegate him to performing a dog’s yips. As the…

Saint West as Jesus, and other surprise pairings of tabloid pics and fine art

The Twitter account TabloidArtHistory sets out with a pretty clear mission: pair tabloid snapshots with the pieces of fine art they most clearly resemble. It’s only been around since Sunday and already found 58 such pairings, but the results so far are consistently incisive. The easy argument here would be to…

Read This: The loud, flashy world of YouTube slot-machine videos

Like most large internet platforms, YouTube is home to any number of strange, esoteric subcultures whose ways might seem incomprehensible to newcomers or outsiders. Writer Kelli McDonald explores just such an eccentric group in a piece for The Daily Dot called “Inside YouTube’s Neon Hive Of Vegas Slot Machine Videos.”…

Read This: The hairstyles that defined the rise, fall, and rise again of Britney Spears

Britney Spears releases her ninth studio album, Glory, today, marking 17 often-contentious, massively profitable years in the public spotlight. And while the folks over at Lifetime are getting ready to make a little bank of their own by peddling Spears’ life story to the masses, sans blessing or authorization, true…

Britney Spears’ latest comeback is getting the Lifetime biopic treatment

Allowing us to finally talk about Britney Spears and Robert Durst at the same time—outside of a discussion of people who notably belched on TV—Lifetime has announced that it’s signed on for a biopic of the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” singer, to go along with all the other projects it ordered up today. It’s not clear…

Stevie Wonder joins Madonna in tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards ceremony was held last night, and saw Adele and The Weeknd take turns taking the stage to accept most of the awards. It also featured Madonna’s tribute to the late, great Prince, of which few details had been made available. Everyone was pretty sure it would feature Prince’s signature royal…