Gwen Stefani is making a cartoon that looks like a Harajuku take on Bratz

The Barbie brand effectively dominates the doll market, but in the early 2000s, the Bratz line took the world by storm and put a significant dent in Barbie’s profits. Thanks to their fashion-forward style and weirdly off-putting design, the dolls offered kids a hipper alternative to Mattel’s career-minded competitor.…

Justin Timberlake just released his entry for “best Trolls-based summer jam ever composed”

Mad smile scientist Justin Timberlake has unleashed his latest lip-curling concoction, uploading a video for his new song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” onto the internet tonight. Featuring most of the cast members of Timberlake’s upcoming movie, Trolls (as in, the naked little dolls with the brightly colored hair)—it may…

Gwen Stefani goes her own way on This Is What The Truth Feels Like

It was perhaps inevitable that Gwen Stefani’s divorce from Gavin Rossdale would inspire her to write a breakup record. And so it’s unsurprising that on This Is What The Truth Feels Like, the No Doubt vocalist’s third solo album and first since 2006’s The Sweet Escape, she gets the occasional dig in at her ex.…

Gwen Stefani casts herself into the pit of grownup despair that is LinkedIn

LinkedIn is widely known across the internet as the place where careers are born and hopes and dreams go to die. But, as reported by Sadie Bell on Stereogum, the professional networking site could find its name inextricably linked with that of golden-tressed pop music superstar Gwen Stefani. The No Doubt chanteuse and …

From Loretta Lynn to Iggy Pop: Here’s what’s coming to record stores this March

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

No Doubt kinda, sorta replaced Gwen Stefani with the guy from AFI

Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young—a.k.a., the guys who’ve spent the last 25 years of their professional careers as “the dudes in No Doubt who aren’t Gwen Stefani”—have just announced a new side project, one which looks, strangely, a whole heck of a lot like No Doubt. In fact, if we’re going to get nitpicky, the…

Creepy dolls try to be cute in the first trailer for Trolls

You know those terrifying little troll dolls with the neon hair that sticks straight up? Haven’t you always wanted to see a bunch of them talking, singing, and doing the Whip/Nae Nae? No? That sounds like your worst nightmare? Too bad, because the first official trailer for DreamWorks’ Trolls—a film about the origins…

Does No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom still matter?

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. For this installment, we’re talking about No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, which celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this month.

“Weird Al” videobombed Gwen Stefani’s red carpet interview and it was great

Not since the halcyon days of Benedict Cumberbatch has there been a man more committed to giving you your red carpet entertainment. “Weird Al” Yankovic was at the Grammys this past weekend, and noticed singer and The Voice judge Gwen Stefani giving an interview. From there, he simply did what comes naturally. It lasts…

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton duet, win Fallon’s lip-synch battle

While promoting the newest season of The Voice, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton stopped by The Tonight Show for a lip-synch battle. Shelton did his best with props, tap dancing, and a nod to the trailer for The Skeleton Twins, though his face still said “Southern drawl.” Stefani was also unable to shake her performing…

TV excellence rewarded with Emmys, despite TV excellence being lesser than movie excellence

Last night’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards proceeded with such efficiency—too bad the whole “speed things up by giving all the drama awards to Breaking Bad” strategy will never work again—that it was difficult for any trends or themes to emerge. Nonetheless, there was a certain “throwback” atmosphere to the event, what…

With Tragic Kingdom, No Doubt gave ska a chance

In We’re No. 1, The A.V. Club examines an album that went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts to get to the heart of what it means to be popular in pop music, and how that concept has changed over the years. In this installment, we cover No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, which went to No. 1 December 21, 1996, where it stayed…