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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and musician Demi Lovato. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

What Ted Nugent and Demi Lovato can do for Trump and Clinton

When a celebrity runs for president, do celebrity endorsements matter? A survey of likely voters shows how tricky it can be to mix celebrity and politics.
The music video for Justin Bieber’s Sorry is one of the contenders at Sunday’s MTV Music Video Awards. Justin Bieber Vevo/Youtube

Friday essay: From Bowie to Bieber – the under-appreciated art of the music video

The MTV music video awards will be held on Sunday, putting this under-rated genre in the spotlight. Videos are inseparable from music in the digital age and the best examples deserve to be taken seriously as works of art.
Beyonce’s baseball bat wielding spree in Lemonade, left, bears more than a passing resemblance to the work of Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist. Left, still from Lemonade (2016), right, still from Ever is Over All (1997)

Friday essay: the quest for legacy – how pop music is embracing high art

From Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Kanye and even Rihanna, pop royalty is crazy for high art. Is this a phenomenon worth celebrating or are pop stars mining the art world to gain credibility?
Beyonce performing at the Super Bowl. Larry W. Smith/EPA

Why Beyoncé matters

Her visual album Lemonade is important for more reasons than you might think. Pop may never be the same again.
Beyonce’s new activewear clothing line, Ivy Park, is selling consumers a better lifestyle. Screenshot from promotional video.

Beyoncé and the cultural lure of sweat

Activewear is a booming industry and Beyoncé is the latest celebrity to launch a new line of fitness apparel. But there is a difference between looking gym-ready and being active.
Beyonce struts onstage in her concerts as a kind of warrior goddess while the word ‘feminist’ lights up in colossal letters behind her. Reuters/Robert Hanashiro

‘Bow down, bitches’: when celebrity feminism goes wrong

They claim to be new-age feminist, but pop stars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift have – even if unintentionally – reinvented feminism as "getting paid" and "being sexy".
What’s in a name? A whole lot of booty, and some Latin, as it happens. asterix611

Beyoncé is a fly … but why?

Late last week CSIRO announced that a new species of horse fly had been named after pop diva Beyoncé’s bottom. The story generated a real buzz across traditional and social media both in Australia and…
Celebrities Jay-Z and Beyonce called their newborn child Blue Ivy. But can the rest of us get away with less orthodox names? AAP

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, baby Blue Ivy and the art of naming

American rock band Modest Mouse’s song Black Cadillacs (2004) has a particularly wonderful opening: And it’s true we named our children / After towns that we’ve never been to Inside a song filled with…

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