Ariana Grande Channels 1960s Fashion Icons in Empowering New Music Video for ‘Positions’

Ariana Grande is channeling fashion icons like Brigitte Bardot and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as she takes on the many different roles of 1960s feminists in an empowering music video for her new single “Positions.”

On Wednesday, the singer, 27, posted a series of Instagram photos showing off her ’60s-inspired glam and eight different retro looks she wore throughout the 3-minute video.

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Ariana Grande/Instagram

“what’s your favorite look from the positions video ? styled by @mimicuttrell 🤍 lmk and vote for Biden,” Grande captioned the post.

In the photos, the “7 Rings” singer is sporting a black peplum dress, a bright yellow skirt suit, a corset apron, Mod-inspired stud earrings, a thick white headband, a pillbox hat and, of course, her signature winged eyeliner.

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“I love them all, can’t choose,” one person wrote in the comment section. “Umm all of them!! @mimicuttrell DID that!! The 60s/presidential glam styling suits you so well 😍”

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Ariana Grande/Instagram

The video depicts Grande as the President of the United States, effortlessly balancing her personal life with her professional one. And from the outfits, to the hair and makeup, to the accessories, the star and her stylist, Mimi Cuttrell, perfectly captured an era marked by second wave of feminism.

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Earlier this month, Grande teased her upcoming album on Instagram with a cryptic video of herself typing the word “positions” on a keyboard.

Grande later launched two countdowns on her official website, which fans presume are for her new single and a full album. According to the two clocks, the single will arrive on Oct. 23 while the album will drop just in time for Halloween on Oct. 30.

The LP will be Grande’s sixth studio album, following 2019’s Thank U, Next.

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She initially teased the new music in a tweet that read, “I can’t wait to give you my album this month.”

Grande’s upcoming album has a tough act to follow, with Thank U, Next breaking multiple streaming records upon release.

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The album’s title track and “7 Rings” both debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 and “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” followed suit on the day of the album’s release.

The “Sweetener” singer scored four Grammy nominations for her work on Thank U, Next. The album itself was nominated for album of the year and best pop vocal album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, while its single “7 Rings” was nominated for record of the year and best pop solo performance.

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‘Toothpick Guy’ pieces together a band, creates music video

“See that guy over there? That’s the toothpick guy.”

The intriguing sentences are occasionally offered to newcomers at the few North Side taverns Wayne Kusy counts himself a regular.

He kind of loves the attention, unless he’s eating.

Building large, scale models of cruise ships out of toothpicks from his Lincoln Square apartment has led him to good things — television appearances, print write-ups, a sparks-flying conversation with a woman on a CTA bus that he regrets abandoning because his stop was called.

Toothpicks have been central to his identity since he fell in love with gluing them into boats during a fifth grade art project.

Kusy, 59, has been making toothpick boats ever since. A few are in museums. And though he occasionally sells smaller models for a few hundred bucks, an artist’s passion fuels him, not money — he gets paid through his day job as a web developer.

Why boats?

“Because they’re there,” Kusy said.

Faithfulness to floating objects, however, was put on ice two years ago when a radical idea burst into his brain: create a rock band out of toothpicks.

He crafted five musicians, called the group Wood Zeppelin (yes, a nod to Led Zeppelin) and created a stop motion animation music video with the help of a few friends and a green screen he set up in his living room.

He finished earlier this month and posted the video online at

Kusy, who plays guitar, used himself as the model for one of the characters — Birch Reynolds.

Each stands about a foot tall and took around 80 hours to make, often while watching “Star Trek.”

Kusy is single, lives alone, and has more time during the pandemic to devote to the project.

His other website — — features his model ships and includes a frequently asked questions portion.

One inquiry he regularly fields: Are you crazy?

His reply: “Yes, but only in a good way.”

Kusy is thinking his next project will lead him to make a series of toothpick characters to re-create dancing scenes from the popular television show “Soul Train.”

The models and set created for Wayne Kusy’s music video “I Think There For I Am.”

The models and set created for Wayne Kusy’s music video “I Think There For I Am.”
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Power of Women Music: Execs in Catalog, Operations, Management Thrive

The past few months has been such a dynamic time for this industry that it was a challenge to keep up with all the executive moves for women on this year’s report. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has accelerated change, disrupting business models and personal lives. Still, the women on Variety‘s Power of Women impact list have found ways to innovate, and many are hopeful for the future.

Among the women in music who are not just surviving, but thriving, in 2020 are executives from Interscope Geffen A&R, Capitol Music Group, Caroline, Universal Music Enterprises and Warner Chappell Music Publishing, as well as managers, agents, film music aficionados and tech innovators.

See the full list here.  

The women of Capitol Music Group 

  • Britney Davis, VP of artist relations, marketing & special projects, Capitol Music Group 
  • Cindy James, head of commercial marketing, Caroline Music

Davis arrived at Capitol Music Group shortly after Lil Baby signed there three years ago and worked on his double-platinum album, “My Turn,” as well as his powerful single “The Bigger Picture,” released after the killing of George Floyd, with proceeds partially benefitting Black Lives Matter. “He is a true storyteller,” she says of the artist. “He was speaking purely as a Black man of 25 — it was so emotional and raw and authentic.” As head of commercial marketing, James strives to build connections and create repeat listens. Beyond the reign of Lil Baby, who held the top album spot for five consecutive weeks, she’s pleased with the performances of singer-songwriter Clairo and Texas band Surfaces, two acts she’s been developing over the past year. During the second quarter, with lockdown measures in place, “paid subscription revenues grew significantly faster than they did in the first quarter,” James says of streaming services. “So that’s really encouraging.” 

Jane Gowen
EVP of product development & marketing, Universal Music Enterprises
Universal Music Group 

As U.S. head of A&R and marketing for the catalog division of the world’s largest music company, Gowen works with music’s top acts day in, day out. “In the past year there’s been projects from Bob Marley, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and Cat Stevens, and U2 and Elton John are coming up,” she says. “I’m very lucky.” In the streaming age, the sky’s the limit for catalog sales: “Now, it’s really about finding the story around a catalog,” says the Los Angeles-based U.K. transplant, who started her career at Virgin Records in London. Listening hasn’t dipped with so many people stuck at home. “In fact, it’s thriving.” 

Laura Karpman

Karpman won her first primetime Emmy for music in the documentary series “Why We Hate” in September and found ways to record orchestral film scores remotely during the pandemic, culminating in an operatic sequence for HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” Next up: Marvel’s animated “What If?” series for Disney Plus. The co-founder of the Alliance for Women Film Composers is also the first female music governor in the Motion Picture Academy. “When you do advocacy

Five best fashion moments from ‘Golden’ music video

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Harry Styles has released the music video for his fifth single “Golden” and, as expected, it’s packed with unparalleled fashion moments.

Taken from his second studio album Fine Line, the three-and-a-half-minute video for the single — which was shot in Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic — shows Styles running, driving, and swimming throughout the Amalfi Coast.

The summer vibe and golden-hour hue of the video is complemented by the singer’s sartorial choices which include a billowing white shirt, yellow fisherman hat, lace driving gloves and, of course, a lot of bare chest.

Gallery: Billie Eilish’s best looks (Espresso)

The looks, which were all conceived by his long-time stylist, Harry Lambert, are in stark contrast to the elaborate ruffles seen in Styles’ “Falling” video and the colourful 70s-inspired “Watermelon Sugar” wardrobe, with the singer instead opting for softer, subtler hues and timeless silhouettes.  

The video also sees Styles frolicking around the coast in his go-to brands, from Gucci to Éliou, as well as pieces from a British up-and-coming designer.

Click through the gallery above to see Styles’ best looks in “Golden”.

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BIGBANG’s G-Dragon Talks About What Music Means To Him, His Fashion Philosophy, And More

BIGBANG’s G-Dragon graced the November issue of Vogue Korea!

His elegance shone through the pictorial, in which he wore Chanel’s fall collection featuring Chanel’s signature pearls, 2.55 hand bag, and quilting. The photo shoot took place at an old recording studio in the Yongsan District.

The feature not only highlighted his ability to pull off various outfits, but also his thoughts on two of his well known traits – his style and songs. When talking about the concept of the photoshoot, G-Dragon explained that he “didn’t mean to break people’s stereotypes about Chanel as a brand.” He added, “When I style my jeans with Chanel’s tweed jacket or jewelry, it’s a playful combination. I like how I can look well-dressed but carefree at the same time.”

In an interview, he also briefly expressed his current views on music. Referring to the numerous songs he wrote in his twenties, he described, “They are like a diary because I tend to write about my personal experiences. If I hadn’t written about them, I’d have forgotten everything because I’ve been so busy. When I listen to my songs at a later time, I think to myself, ‘Ah, that was then.’ Or, I realize how my thoughts and perspective have changed over time. I also sometimes go through similar ordeals again.”

Here are more of the photos from Vogue Korea’s feature with G-Dragon:

The photos and videos with G-Dragon can be found on Vogue Korea’s official website, social media channels, and YouTube channel.

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Jennifer Nettles Was Honored for Fighting for Women in Country Music

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Jennifer Nettles is getting some hard-earned recognition for her fight for women in the country music industry. Last night at the 2020 CMT Music Awards, the Sugarland singer was presented with the first-ever Equal Play award, which recognizes Nettles’ ongoing advocacy to get women’s albums heard on country music radio stations the same amount as their male counterparts. Nettles has pioneered the path for Equal Play, and last night, she received a well-deserved round of applause from her peers.

After a moving tribute video in which fellow country stars Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, and Sheryl Crow expressed their gratitude for Nettles’ dedication to Equal Play, 2020 CMT Music Awards host Sarah Hyland presented Nettles with the award. The star thanked Hyland, made a joke about applying eyeshadow for the first time in a long time just for the virtual show (#relatable), and continued with a heartfelt speech.

“Thank you to all the fans, and especially my artists, my sisters out there who continue to burn the holy fire,” Nettles said.

“I am so proud to be a part of this legacy of women in country music with you, and I am so proud of the stories that we tell,” she continued. “We have more to do as soon as we can, and I can’t wait to do it alongside you, holding your hands. Thank you so very much.”

Last year, at the 2019 CMA Awards, Nettles made a bold statement when she wore a power suit and cape on the red carpet that read, “Play our f*@#!N records, please and thank you.”

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The singer’s pink and white ensemble was the talk of the night—and sent a clear message to country music radio: They need to step up their game. In response, in January 2020 CMT committed to a 50/50 split in airtime for women and men country artists.

Since then, Nettles has continued to lead the fight for Equal Play and work toward women representation in the music industry. We’re so happy Nettles was given the recognition she deserves for fighting this important fight.

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Music Superstar Lil Nas X And Fashion Trailblazer Christian Cowan Partner For Unisex Collection Supporting LGBTQ

There is no questions that designer Christian Cowan is a trailblazer when it comes to the tastefully (over-the-top) fashion design and a voice for the LGBTQ community. Mr. Cowan has a natural born instinct for business, matched only by a relentless ambition to create his contagious vision on so many platforms.

With a reach spanning fashion, art, nightlife and entertainment, Christian Cowan has expanded even further to take his namesake company to take on an even more colossal creative voice.

For his Spring/Summer 2021 collection during New York Fashion Week the brand partnered with Lil Nas, a Grammy award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter from Georgia. He rose to fame in 2019 when his genre-shattering hit song “Old Town Road” went viral and became the longest running #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Supporting the queer community is so important to me, but as a small brand, we don’t normally have the ability to donate a lump sum of money like this. Nas and I both saw the opportunity do something incredible together, as personal fans of the work Rachel Cargle does with the Loveland Foundation, it felt like a natural partnership. We are excited to be able to start a specific fund for black queer youth in the Atlanta community,says Cowan.

A partnership born through the development of a friendship following Nas’ sequined-viral moment wearing Cowan’s first ever menswear look at the 2019 VMA Awards, this collaboration channels the label’s signature opulence through Nas’ lens.

This modern-day era evokes similar feelings to the British punk movement of the 70’s. This combination is seen through the edgy, high glamour silhouettes that mix classic Cowan favorites, such as a check-print and bow-accented dresses, along with new designs including a Swarovski crystallized polka dot dress with feather accents.

Cowan will be partnering with Swarovski for the first time on the over 400,000 crystals used throughout.

“Working with Swarovski has been a dream of mine for my entire career. When the Swarovski team asked me to collaborate with them for my latest collection, the sky was truly the limit for what they enabled me to design and envision. The crystals and elements used not only bring an incredible luxe feel to the pieces, but also embody the spirit of the Christian Cowan brand; eye catching, innovative and iconic.” —Christian Cowan, designer

Filmed over three days in three different cities, New York, Los Angeles and London, Cowan and Nas tapped their friends, models, designers, singers, activists, and personalities, to showcase the collection in a fashion film and campaign.

“What I love about this collection is not only are the clothes super sick and show- stopping, but I’m also really proud of

Apple launched an MTV-style live-streaming channel featuring exclusive music videos and interviews

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  • Apple launched an MTV-style, livestreaming channel on Monday that features exclusive music videos and interviews
  • The service can be found on the Apple Music and TV apps and is free for users in the US.
  • The channel represents the tech giant’s first foray into music videos.
  • MTV popularized the music video channel concept in the 1980s, long before YouTube and Vevo became the go-to places to view them.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Apple is launching a 24-hour music video station that will be free for users in the US.

Apple Music TV will feature exclusives including new music videos and premieres, live shows, and events. It will also feature chart countdowns and guests, the company told Business Insider in an email. The station launched Monday with a “special” countdown of the top 100 most-streamed songs ever on Apple Music and plans to release new music videos every Friday.

On Thursday, the station will be playing music blocks of Bruce Springsteen’s greatest videos in an all-day takeover ahead of his upcoming release “Letter to You.” An exclusive interview with Springsteen and Apple Music 1 radio host and DJ Zane Lowe will also air on Thursday, signaling potential ties between Apple’s new station and the company’s existing music programming as Variety notes.

On Friday, Apple’s channel will release two exclusive new music videos by the artist Joji and their song “777” and SAINt JHN’s “Gorgeous,” according to the company.

The service can be found under a tab on the Apple Music and Apple TV apps. The tagline reads “the music will be televised. Watch now for free.”

The launch of the service represents Apple’s first foray into music videos, an arena that has largely been dominated by YouTube in the past decade as more and more artists and listeners turned online. Before YouTube hit the scene, it was the likes of MTV in the 1980s and 1990s, and later VH1, that popularized how people could watch music videos. 

Apple Music TV is yet another move by the company to set itself apart in the audio and video streaming landscapes. Apple unveiled its “Planet of the Apes” TV series in early 2017 as it was first rolling out its TV programs. And in late 2019, Apple launched TV Plus, a streaming service that put the company in the same ballgame as competitors like Netflix and Hulu.

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Noise-punk “supergroup” Brandy kills it on The Gift of Repetition | Music Review

A few years ago Matthew Hord, who fronts Chicago-based noise-punk mainstays Running (and played alongside yours truly in a handful of local bands over the years), moved to New York City and linked up with guitarist Jordan Lovelace and drummer Peter Buxton, both of whom had played a similar style of jumpy, blown-out garage rock in their band Pampers. The new trio gave themselves the confusing-on-all-streaming-platforms name “Brandy,” which makes them nearly impossible to Google and (according to at least one Instagram story) has resulted in disappointing showgoers anticipating a performance by the 90s R&B icon. They forged ahead with more overdriven noise rock, but staying on-brand didn’t mean stagnating—they stepped up their collective game by leaps and bounds. Brandy’s second full-length, the brand-new The Gift of Repetition (Total Punk), is an economical, abrasive eight-song blast that piles new sounds on top of the the glorious scuzz of the members’ past bands: the bonehead punk of the Spits, the minimal stomp of Coachwhips, even the catchy vocal interplay of the B-52s. Within Brandy’s relentless madness lie gems of pure pop genius: opening track “(Wish You Was) Madball Baby” cleverly ping-pongs its earworm vocals between Buxton and Hord (and even includes some wild harmonies), while the end of album single “UFO’s 2 Heaven” sounds like a twisted beach-party sing-along. The Gift of Repetition is easily the best thing anyone in this crew of dudes has put out, and its raw, cathartic fun beats the hell out of doomscrolling.   v

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Apple Music TV launches MTV-style to challenge YouTube

graphical user interface, application: Apple launches Music TV in an effort to challenge YouTube

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Apple launches Music TV in an effort to challenge YouTube

Apple has launched Apple Music TV – a 24-hour, MTV-style live stream of popular music videos featuring exclusive music premieres, live concerts, chart countdowns and guests.

Apple Music TV is free, although currently you’ll need to be a US resident to enjoy it – Apple has yet to confirm if Apple Music TV will launch outside of the States. The service can be accessed here: Apple Music TV. You’ll also spot it in the “Browse” tabs in the Apple Music and Apple TV apps.

The shiny new service launched earlier today (Monday 19th October) with a countdown of the top 100 all-time most-streamed songs in the US on Apple Music. 

Fan of The Boss? Variety reports that Apple Music TV will celebrate the upcoming release of Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You album with an “all day Bruce takeover” this Thursday. It’ll comprise Springsteen’s most popular videos, an exclusive interview conducted by Apple Music host Zane Lowe, plus a “special live fan event.”

Apple Music TV will devote Fridays to new music, too. For example, this Friday viewers will be treated to the premiere two exclusive videos at 12pm ET (9am PT): Joji’s 777 and Saint Jhn’s Gorgeous.  

Earlier this year Apple rebranded its 2015-launched Beats radio station as Apple Music in a direct challenge to Spotify. Now, it looks like Apple wants a platform to compete with the likes of YouTube and Facebook, which earlier this year unleashed thousands of music videos.

If all of this sounds familiar, that might be because MTV pioneered the concept of a 24-hour music video TV channel back in the ’80s. It boasted over 90 million viewers in its hey-dey but its output is now almost exclusively devoted to reality TV shows.


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