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|Thursday, October 14th, 2004|
Hey everyone! I'm Kerry. I was pretty bored so I was searching things and I found this communtity because I used to listen to dreamstreet non-stop. Now of course they broke up but I thought I would join this because it looked cool. Yeah so that's about it. Does anyone know what happened to the rest of dreamstreet besides jesse mccartney?
|Sunday, December 21st, 2003|
i just saw the trailer for chasing liberty for the first time. too cute! i can't wait.
the movie website has some mandy moore buddy icons, screensavers and wallpapers. and it has a section where you can write a question to Mandy. i haven't tried it yet. but i was wonder if anyone else has and, if so, did you get a response back?http://www2.warnerbros.com/chasingliberty/
<---is the website. Current Mood: calm
|Thursday, October 23rd, 2003|
|Monday, March 24th, 2003|
|Monday, February 3rd, 2003|
Russian lesbian teen duo top UK pop chart
As I continue to post thngs I crunk for the 3LW-RTA...this one comes from an email divaty
- A controversial Russian pop duo accused of targeting the "dirty old man market" with lesbian kisses and schoolgirl outfits, shot to the top of the British singles chart Sunday, the Official UK Charts Company said.
Tatu's debut single, "All the Things She Said," has already proved popular in the rest of Europe, claiming the number one spots in Switzerland, Italy and Spain.
In the music video Julia Volkova and Lena Katina wear school uniforms and kiss and cuddle. Child protection charity Kidscape accused the pair of "targeting the dirty old man market."
British daytime television hosts, husband and wife team Richard and Judy, branded their antics "pedophile porn" and called for them to be banned.
Ivan Shapovalov, the man behind Tatu, has admitted to various media that he came up with the idea after visiting pornographic websites. The band's name translates as "This Girl Loves That Girl."
In the United States, the single reached a new high of No. 36 in its sixth week.
Debuting at No. 2 this week was "Stole," the new single by Destiny Child's Kelly Rowland, with the next highest new entry, "Hey Ma" by Cam'ron featuring Juelz Santana, in at No. 8.
Last week's No. 1, "Stop Living the Lie" by made-on-TV pop star David Sneddon, winner of the BBC's "Fame Academy," slipped to No. 3.
U.S. hip hop star Jay-Z fell two places to No. 4 with "03 Bonnie & Clyde," featuring another Destiny's Child singer, Beyonce Knowles.
Rounding out the top five was "The Opera Song" by Jurgen Vries, which features Welsh teen opera sensation Charlotte Church using her initials CMC.
On the album chart, Justin Timberlake's "Justified" was tops for a second week, followed by Busted's self-titled release, Avril Lavigne's "Let Go," Christina Aguilera's "Stripped" and a Bee Gees hits package. Tatu's album, "200 Km/h in the Wrong Lane" jumped 14 places to No. 20. In the United States, it surged 57 places to No. 53. Current Mood: exhausted
|Sunday, February 2nd, 2003|
Christina Aguilera to be on Redman's album
Last one to post for tonight. And again, it comes from brituhknee
so props and big ups go to here. Can I get a WEEEEEeeeeeYAY!!! for this though!?!? Another XA / Redman calabo, SCORE!
Here's the track listing, its not official yet though.
Def Jam Records
01. If Ya Didn't Know (Intro)
03. Wild Man
04. The Three (feat. Erick Sermon & Keith Murray)
05. Damage Control (feat. Nate Dogg)
06. ABC N***** (Skit)
07. The Thing I Do
08. Future Thug (feat. Ludacris & Ghostface Killah)
09. Boo (Skit)
10. **** Your Head Up
11. War (feat. Sy Scott & Icarus)12. Shut Up (feat. Method Man. P.Diddy & Christina Aguilera)
13. '81 (Skit)
14. All 'Dem N*****
15. Rock Ruff
17. Return To Da Darkness
18. Critic (feat. 50 Cent & Erick Sermon)
19. Scum Bag
20. Soopaman Luva 6 Skit
21. Soopaman Luva 6 (feat. Eminem)
22. Wake Up
23. Outro Current Mood: ecstatic
Ms. Spears Goes to JRTs Birthday Party
Again from brituhknee
these are 2 lil articles about BS & JRT. If you wanna know where these were found you're gonna have to ask mah homie Britt.Article 1:
Justin Is Ok With Brit On The Side
Britney Spears snogging session with Colin Farrell obviously didn't bother her ex Justin Timberlake.
He still invited the tarnished pop princess to his 22nd birthday bash on Friday night.
She and Justin, who looked a bit of a scruff considering it was his birthday, happily rubbed shoulders together at the party in Dublin's Irish bar in Los Angeles. But Britney left the party alone, determined not to get in anymore trouble after she was caught kissing Colin at a party for the opening of his movie The Recruit.
Meanwhile Robbie Williams made friends with the outlandish Kelly Osbourne.
As you can see from my pictures, the former Take That star left clutching his freebie party bag as if his life depended on it.
Seems Justin Timberlake and his ex Britney Spears are still mates at any rate.
She turned up to his 22nd birthday party at a LA bar on Friday night. My man with the bottle of Bud told me: " Britney and Justin were laughing and joking and even danced together."
Other stars at the bash included Robbie Williams and Kelly Osbourne.
Last week I revealed Justin had been dating a British student known only as Sarah Jane. Current Mood: giddy
I don't even know WHAT news it is, I just never read this stuff when it comes through my emails on the RTA I stick it here for lalala-lata. This one comes from brituhknee
so rock on and thanks to her!!BRITNEY SPEARS: A BAD EXAMPLE FOR MALDIVIAN GIRLSww.haveeru.com.mv/englis...rch=&find=
Saturday, 01 February 2003
Exercise should be based upon the person’s weight, height, age, build, and should be maintained for lifetime. The trouble lies in that teenage girls start their own diet to become thin, without a doctor’s consultation, and without the slightest idea on how it should be done.
With the myth of ‘dieting equals starving’ in mind, they are further influenced by teen idols such as Britney Spears and their “super low,” hip-hugging jeans or trousers revealing tummies and highlighting bottoms.
The results should be obvious: sometimes, severe health problems arise, including trouble with muscles, and problems owed to bad blood circulation such as loss of quick thinking, reflexes and reaction.
“As a result of starving themselves when they need food most to grow, adolescent girls these days have stunted height and development. The most problems are apparent when they enter pregnancy,” says former aerobics veteran Shifa Mohamed.
“The image that being thin is being healthy is projected by today’s fashion world. This means that mature women do aerobics for health while the younger generation strives to be ultra thin.”
MATURE WOMEN CONCERNED ABOUT ABS; YOUNG WOMEN ABOUT THIGHS AND LEGS:
Maldivian women use the word ‘beauty’ in many contexts. For some, it means having a flat belly, and for them, exercise is the key.
“Most women focus on their abdomens, and usually they would be older women. Younger women give more attention to their thighs and calves, usually because they wear tight jeans,” said ‘Body Fusion’ proprietor and instructor, Nasheeda (Nashee) Mohamed.
Nashee believes that the proper curves would appear on a person who takes care of her body properly. This means that having a straight posture would lead to a better-looking body. For this purpose, the abdominal muscles, or ‘abs’ must be strengthened, as well as the back muscles.
When these muscles are weak, a person tends to sag.
WOMEN’S CURVES ARE DEFINED BY BODY FRAME:
Thinning one’s body to the extent of scrawniness is not regarded universally as beauty.
“Real woman have curves,” says Nashee, echoing the popular saying.
So how do women get their curves and shape?
“By fitting into the body frame,” Hinna’s says. “By maintaining one’s body according to its build and height, and by developing the muscles accordingly,” she adds.
A woman’s curves are defined by her muscles’ form. Shifa recommends a combination of weight training, toning, and sculpting exercises to achieve this end.
“Everyone has curves. Everyone can develop their existing curves to become better looking,” says Hinna. Current Mood: restless
|Saturday, February 1st, 2003|
Chris Trousdale ROXZ!
SOURCE: Dream Street Entertainment's song writers, Berny & Kevin
Amazing news - in his regents exams Chris got 96 for English and 89 for History! Proof that Private Tutoring WORKS! GO CHRIS!!!!!! Current Mood: enthralled
Blow Jive Up With Your Love (for JC)
This one I got from divaty
so props and big ups to her for finding it and sending it to the 3LW-RTA!JC Chasez From *NSYNC To Release His Solo Debut Album July 2003
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 31, 2003--*NSYNC's JC Chasez is finishing up his highly anticipated solo debut album for Jive Records.
JC is currently recording in Los Angeles with Grammy Award winning producer-songwriter Dallas Austin (TLC, Madonna, Boyz II Men), BT (Sarah McLachlan re-mix, *NSYNC, Tori Amos), Riprock 'n' Alex G
(*NSYNC, Christina Aguilera) and Rodney Jerkins (Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige).
JC recently released the single "Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)" from the soundtrack to the Twentieth Century Fox Film "Drumline." The single is currently being played on Pop, Urban and Rhythm Crossover radio, and will be commercially available February 25th. A video for the single, directed by Bryan Barber, has been a staple on MTV's TRL for the past 2 months.
JC Chasez's album, as yet untitled is expected in stores July 2003.
SOURCE: Jive Records
Today's News On The Net - Business Wire's full file on the Internet with Hyperlinks to your home page.
01/31/2003 07:00 EASTERN Current Mood: angry
XA & JRT Stuff, Because They're All Over The Place
I got these from brituhknee
so I'm not even gonna try and take credit. I'm lazy though so I'm storing them here so I can read later instead of keeping them locked up in my email. Or something...I think I actually READ this, I don't even remember.Article 1
Pop heartthrob Justin Timberlake's reported romance with Christina Aguilera is heating up - the couple spent all their time together in London recently.
Timberlake, who is about to go on tour with the "Dirrty" singer, enjoyed her company during a promotional tour in London.
The sexy pair stayed at the same hotel in the British capital, went out for romantic meals together and then took the same plane back to Los Angeles.
The couple who claim to be just friends tried to conceal they were together at all times by arriving and leaving separately everywhere they went.Article 2
MODESTY is clearly not one of Christina Aguilera's strongest assets.
The cheeky 22-year-old singer and her entourage took over Chinawhite in London on Wednesday night.
After a meal and much booze at Hakkasan the party continued in the Soho nightclub.
But rather than dance to the tunes of DJ Dominic Thrupp - who is engaged to Atomic Kitten's Jenny Frost - worse for wear Christina bounded up to Dom and ordered him to play her latest hit Dirrty.
He obliged only after making her say "please". Good lad.
She may be an international star but by the amount of security, you'd think she was a member of royalty. And when
Christina decided to powder her nose, it was a major event. Our source revealed: "Christina and her cronies were sat well away from everyone else and it was impossible to get to her. When she went to the toilet, her huge bouncers held everyone back." And she even had two aides with her in the cubicle.
We'd love to know what they do. Perhaps they make sure her more intimate piercings don't get hooked on the toilet.
Christina flew back to the States yesterday and sitting next to her was arch rival Britney Spears' ex boyfriend Justin Timberlake, fuelling rumours of romance. Especially after they had locked themselves away for an hour on Sunday in a room at the Mandarin Oriental hotel.
Last night a spokeswoman for Christina said: "They're just pals. Christina's a young girl, she hangs out with lots of people."
Also the front page of Daily Star says Film Hunk Dumps Britney as Ex Dates Christina Current Mood: amused
|Thursday, January 30th, 2003|
And weeee to Kate for posting in here :) Jen, if you want to post stuff in here you have to go to the user info and JOIN, not just friend it.
Taken from: March 2003 issue of Teen People Magazine
More than 5,000 votes were cast in our online poll.
Whatever "It" is, you think they've got it!
Shane West 17.4%
Brad Pitt 14.6%
Heath Ledger 10.6%
Johnny Knoxville 3.4%
Ashton Kutcher 3.3%
Jimmy Fallon 3.1%
BRITNEY SPEARS 16.6%
Reese Witherspoon 15.8%
Jennifer Aniston 13.0%
Christina Aguilera 11.3%
Gwen Stefani 8.6%
Avril Lavigne 6.7%
Jennifer Garner 3.8%
Brittany Murry 3.8%
Kirsten Dunst 3.7%
Looky Looky, it's Dream Street news
-Greg Raposo on Pop TV: The episode includes clips of Greg performing, an interview in which he discusses everything from girls to going solo, and some old clips of Greg with DS when they were on the show last year.
Check Pop TV Show[dot]com
for show times or to see if it airs where you live.
Also, you can also still enter to win a PopTV t-shirt signed by Greg at WIN THE GREG SHIRT
-The results for the Radio Disney Music Awards are in! Congratulations to Dream Street for landing fourth place in the "Best Dance Moves" category, with 13,180 votes, and Chris for landing the fourth place position for "Best Male Singer" with 208 votes. The award show will air on Radio Disney nationwide on January 25th at 8PM EST/5PM PST and again on January 26th at 10PM EST/7PM PST and you can check Radio Disney
to find the station in your area.
-M Magazine definitely knows how to keep it's readers! The March 2003 issue is jam packed with all you could ever look for about Chris, Matt, Jesse, Frankie and Greg! On page 13, in the "Truth or Rumor?" section, M clears up the rumors about Chris and Anais of Play dating, and on page 24, Greg can be found in the "Celebrity Bloopers" section. Page 41 features an "autographed" Jesse poster, along with a message from Jesse himself! Page 44 features a poem dedicated to Chris and Greg written by a fan, and if you turn the page to 45, you can find the fan mail address for Chris! In the "Star Scopes" section on page 49 there is a small picture of Chris. Page 57 is filled with fun and games, and you can find DS members mentioned in the "Stars' Middle Names!" word search (as well as a picture of Matt), as well as in "Find the Fake Links." Last but certainly not least, there is a picture of all five of the boys on page 60 and a brief article about them titled "From Tears to Cheers."
-Have you been to M Magazine's website lately? If you haven't, check out M Magazine[dot]com
and you'll find a bunch of cool things to keep you occupied!
First, head over to M Mag Polls
where you can vote for Greg in the "Favorite New Artist" category and Chris in the "Favorite Singer-turned-Actor" category. Show the boys all the support you can!
Then, when you're done with that, head back to the main page where you can click the link to see the Greg Raposo slideshow which features pictures from his October 13th concert as well as blurbs about and quotes from Greg himself! If you can't find the link on their page, head directly to The Greg Slide Show
. Have fun!
-Chris Trousdale is featured in the February/March issue of Girl's Life magazine as part of the GL Cutie Special! Turn to page page 48 to find a cute pic of Chris as well as an interview. He talks about the DS breakup and the girlfriend issue. Sounds like a must read!
-Greg Raposo's Official Website, Greg Raposo[dot]com
, was updated today with an updated Resume. Bring yourself up to date with Greg by checking that out at his resume page
While you're at his site, you can check out some other recent updates, including news
where you can find a link to a petition to get Greg on Slimetime Live, and more, as well as the merchandise section
which features a new item (a totally adorable Greg Raposo lucky charm bracelet). Be sure to see it all for yourself!
Now you have the latest and greatest updates on the boys of the [rip] group Dream Street and the boys. Enjoy! Current Mood: accomplished
Is it possible, Nick Carter can get praise?!
New York City --
The other day, I found myself staring at larger-than-life posters of Justin Timberlake and Nick Carter in a mega-music store window.
Staring lustfully at those shiny bodies, I asked myself a deep and meaningful question: "Which will be crowned the king of solo debut efforts?"
It's clear that in order to make it as solo artists, both will need to be propelled by the right promotional machine, just as they were in their boy-band days.
With their debut solo albums now on store shelves, I can see how the print media are going to promote these guys: together in adjacent windows, and on magazine covers.
The treatment has been evenhanded so far, as magazines have been equally gaga over Justin and Nick. And why shouldn't they be? Nick, with that baby-face innocence and blonde messy hair, is still, even at 22, a dream come true. And then there's Justin, who, when not wearing his hair in an Afro, is worthy of being named the Godiva of eye candy.
Television is on the same path, giving both young artists ample airtime. The music channels are rotating their guest spots between Nick and Justin on all primetime shows. A "news update" of Nick is followed by a "news update" of Justin. With TV, the promotion of the entire body hasn't been lost to both our protagonists, who have altered their images accordingly.
The "Nicky" days have been retired for Carter as he grows into a man of much desire. The sports jerseys, a staple of his younger image, have been replaced with a James Dean leather jacket complemented by dirty jeans and fresh-from-the-floor T-shirts.
Nick is the boy-next-door turned badass, with the Blackfoot Indian chain tattooed on his right arm, providing us some new and wild bedroom fantasies (personally, I'd love to be his Lone Ranger).
He speaks softly and shyly and refuses to indulge interviewers about his personal life (is he gay, bi, confused?), giving him a wholesome quality that we love.
Justin has changed his image less drastically. He still has that trendy pop/hip-hop look and has added the Michael Jackson glove effect, in the form of X-game half gloves. He tries to add street cred to his image by wearing some "bling-bling" and sporting cornrows from time to time.
You can see his P-Diddy influences. There's the slick talking style, the street lingo, the endless self-promotion.
In the end, the TV battle clearly goes to Nick.
His single "Help Me" is currently dominating TRL, because his image change is real and refreshing -- unlike Justin's imitations of others' past successes.
Radio airplay is a different story. Station managers continue to think familiarity is all listeners care about. No one in charge of radio has any balls. (Does one have to check the "I'm a pussy" box on their application to get hired in radio these days?)
Justin's single is getting three times more air than Nick's. Why? Because Justin's song is the same sound as N'Sync's, minus the other four. He hasn't changed his musical style. Radio stations love the status quo.
Nick has changed his sound -- it's rock n roll reminiscent of early '80s power ballads with drum solos and screaming guitar riffs. Since radio stations are the last to love a different sound by an established act, the radio battle clearly goes to Justin.
Looking at these three media outlets, it would seem like a tie. But radio airplay determines, in part, the Billboards, and chart longevity is the biggest factor in an artist's staying power. So, sadly, Justin will probably make it bigger as a solo artist.
Nick really deserves to be on top. He has reinvented himself without Justin's cheesy imitation of other stars. But to be honest, um: we wouldn't mind him on the, uh, bottom either. by:
--Earnie M. Gardner Current Mood: enthralled
Q & A with 'Beautiful' Actor
Sent in an email by divaty
to me, so I'm posting here now to clear out my mailbox and for others to enjoy.
Once you've gotten over the shock that two boys are making out in Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" video, you may notice the stunning drag queen who is their co-star. Meet Constance, a.k.a. Robert Sherman, one-time Robert Mapplethorpe model and still as fierce as ever.By Trent J. Koland
Drag queens are back in the national limelight, in part thanks to Christina Aguilera's latest music video, "Beautiful," now in heavy rotation on cabledom's many music channels. The fabulous drag queen featured putting on makeup and a wig in Aguilera's video is in fact Robert Sherman, who portrays both himself and his infamous alter ego, Constance. By telephone from Los Angeles, Sherman spoke to Advocate.com about his role in the shoot, his experience as a Robert Mapplethorpe model, and his future endeavors concerning his life "en drag."How were you approached to do this project?
I met the director. I work at [a local restaurant]; I'm the maitre d'. So I meet a lot of people. I'm in showbiz.Right. So how did the director, Jonas Akerlund, describe the project to you?
He said he wanted—what did he say?—he just said he wanted me to be in it. And I said yes. Oh, and the next day the casting people called and said I had to audition for it. And I said, "Oh, my God, that's mine." [Laughs]That's my baby, you can't take it away!
Yeah, they said I had to audition for Christ-ee-na. "She needs to see you."What exactly did Jonas say he wanted from you for the video?
Well, they wanted me to cry at the audition—on cue. And I did, which shocked me. I didn't really know I could do that when called upon. It was just kind of an emotional day for me that day, so it was rather easy, actually. But the song made it easy to do.I see. So do you think Christina is trying to reach out to the gay and lesbian community, or do you think this whole video was something to try to add to the rebellious, sexual persona she's trying to create?
Well, I think she wants people to see a deeper side of her during this song. You know, because that "Dirrty" stuff, it's on the same album but it's so different.Yeah, I've heard her CD, and "Beautiful" is the one song on the album that's like that.
Right, that's what I heard. I haven't heard it. But what I have heard from a lot of people is that we're getting a lot of recognition from the video. I've done many—I've done at least 12, but usually you're in a music video and you're lucky to be on for 15 seconds. And I got a full minute in this one, you know, all put together. And everyone is saying people who didn't like Christina before like her now. Well, they like her songs. Let's put it that way.So what was the filming of the video like for you?
Because most people don't ever get to see that "special secret" time when a drag queen is going from man to woman.
I know! Well, I had my own set. We just used it for my scene. It was all set up really nicely. But everything was, like, first take with him. There were no retakes. My part took about 45 minutes [to shoot], which is unheard-of in music videos. You're usually at music videos for 14 or 16 hours, just waiting around.I was mentioning to someone the other day that it's very rare to see drag queens putting on their makeup. They seem to guard that transformation, that secret, very closely. What was it like doing that on camera in front of millions of people?
It doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I'm writing a one-man show right now, and I'm going to put my makeup on as I'm performing the piece so they can see the transformation. Yeah, because it really is intimate and it's a big transformation. Especially for me, because I don't have any eyelashes or eyebrows. I have alopecia [a complete lack of body hair], which is a nervous condition. I actually lost all of my hair as a kid.Really? That's fascinating.
Yeah, that's why I started doing drag, actually. I made the bald and the drag work [together].So shooting the video was in and out?
Yeah, well, you know you had to audition because you had to know how to act. You had to know how to convey emotion without saying any words, and not everyone can do that. A lot of drag queens can walk into a room and be funny. But that doesn't mean they can convey emotion.Right. And I think you did that really well. Like in that last scene where you smile into the mirror—that was one of the most powerful scenes in that video for me. It had that kind of glow that said, I'm all right.
Well, thank you. That's what the director told me.Had you heard the song before?
No, but I heard it about 20 times that day. Because we had to lip-synch some of it, about three verses for the audition. And [the director] shot us lip-synching too, but he never used that footage. All the characters lip-synched, but he didn't go for it.You were also a Robert Mapplethorpe model.
Yeah, I'm 46 years old. I modeled for him from '79 to '84, and I did five photo shoots—the most famous one being of [African-American model] Ken Mooney and I—the [double] profile. It's his most famous work. It'll never go away. It always comes around.What is it like knowing you're immortalized like that?
It's great—I mean, what can I say? It's nice to know my image will be around for…forever, I guess.How are these two experiences, modeling for Mapplethorpe and the doing the Aguilera video, different for you?
Oh, very different! I mean, you know, I was modeling for a big S/M photographer. [Big laugh] And not knowing what he was going to do. I was young then. Now I'm older than everybody! I mean, I was young and green to New York City. And the leather scene was really not my scene. Although I was at a leather bar when he discovered me! [Laughs] I didn't own any—Fetishist equipment?
Yeah! I saw his photographs. And I said, "Uh-oh." And he said, "Don't worry. It's your head I want." He did do a complete nude of me, though. It's in a couple of his books. That was our first shoot together.Do you perform drag regularly?
No, I did several years ago. But those shows are over. I'm not performing, just writing that piece about the drag queen and waiting to see what happens with it.Well, we're all waiting with bated breath.
Ha, ha! Well, thank you. Current Mood: loved
Article about Christina Aguilera
I got this from KRiTT (the maker of this community) but I decided to post it here because I have a few articles to read and they're piling up in my AOL mail box...LOL!! I'll store them here and get to the lalalata!
it sounds anti at first, but it's not.In Defense Of Pops Proudest Slut: XXX-Tina
I know what you're thinking: the girl's a skank. And it's true that over the last year and a half, Christina Aguilera has offered up a truly spectacular example of what is, for a celebrity, the equivalent of a nervous breakdown — the image change gone horribly, horribly wrong. But God help me, I love her for it.
Once upon a time, she was was little more than Britney's alternate, the Barbie with skin a micron thicker, eyes a flash harder, voice a shade stronger. Her hit single "Genie in a Bottle" made the neatly multilayered demand that her lover "rub her the right way." She could dance. She hit the high notes. It was nice that she didn't claim to be a virgin. But she was oddly invisible: the latest dance-pop doppleganger, Booty Call Britney.
Well, at least she's not invisible anymore.
First came that "Lady Marmalade" video, in which Christina sported a look that might be described as Twisted Sister meets clown whore: fishnets, rotini corkscrews, Joker lipstick. A year later, her confessional album Stripped was released — or rather opened, Pandora's-box style, unleashing a thousand bits of misbegotten PR. Suddenly "Xtina," as she redubbed herself, was on the cover of every magazine, nakeder than any star of her caliber. On Rolling Stone, she clenched a guitar between Photoshopped thighs. In Maxim, she appears to have been dipped like chicken in a dark, oily coating, her hair dangling down in dingy quasi-cornrows. In pic after pic, she's been flaunting cleavage where most people didn't realize there was a crease. Mustard drips off her chin; her breasts are shrink-wrapped in terrifying macramé; her pelvis is thrust forward in a perpetual grind.
It was clear that the new image she had chosen was, well, porn. She was a kind of reverse Traci Lords, sloughing off layers of Mouseketeer with a photographic loofah. And just like that, she became a walking punchline. On Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey said that Xtina's video for "Drrrty" gave her TV set venereal warts. Everyone laughed, me included.
But someone's got to stand up for the girl! Yes, it's true that Christina's "Boy Toy" belt buckle lacks irony. Sure, she makes unfortunate, bragging remarks about rough sex to reporters. Yes, at times she comes off less like a "wild girl" than a girl-we-are-all-very-worried-about — the lost member of The Real World: Las Vegas. But in my eyes, at least, she's a more vulnerable version of that primordial skank, Madonna. There's a strange honesty to what she's doing.
Christina's message has always been less "Little me, a sexy singer?" and more "I don't care how many beauty pageant judges I have to blow, I'm getting out of this town." Her new image may seem like pandering, but it looks to me like the outburst of a girl who's been called a slut so many times that she's gone all third-wave feminist: Okay, then, I'm a slut! Hell, I'm SuperSlut! If you can love Peaches and Ani DiFranco, why not the new Christina Aguilera?
For one thing, she's all about grabbing her own sexual pleasure. This actually began with "Genie in a Bottle," which stated "Get me off first, then maybe we'll fuck" — perfectly decent advice for your horny teenage girl. Her new album is full of paeans to female orgasm. Like Madonna before her, she's begging to to be pushed over the borderline: "Put your hands on my waistline/want your skin up against mine/move my hips to the baseline/let me get mine you get yours." On "Dirrty," she moans, "Wanna get drrrty/It's about time for my arrival," and I don't think she's talking about train schedules.
In a world full of "Oops, I did it again," there's something to be said for an unmixed message. Christina's "Dirrty" world might be gritty and gross, but its portrayal of sexual gamesmanship rings true to the world she's hanging out in: nightclubs, twentysomething hookups, sketchy quasi-business relationships. The first song on Stripped is about dirty gossip, and it seems to be directed at Eminem, who famously turned Christina into a blowjob-dispensing blowup doll in a video: "If you look back in history it's a common double-standard of society/the guy gets all the glory the more he can score/while the girl can do the same and you call her a whore." In "Fighter," she thanks a betrayer who inspired her to "Make me that much stronger/Make me work a little bit harder." Most of the tracks are classic '70s-soaked R&B, but they're about wanting sex, not love, delivered with a slew of mock apologies: "Sorry I'm not a virgin!/Sorry I'm not a slut!/I won't let you break me/think what you want." After all, isn’t this really what being an ambitious teen product is about, deep down? Not doe-eyed yearning, but hard need. Not sorrow — rage.
And that rage doesn't come from nowhere. Christina has always been open in interviews about her screwed-up family and the general sheen of stripper-damage she radiates (it's what her soul sister Jen from Dawson's Creek once earnestly called "being sexualized way too early.") There's a dreadful number on Stripped about Christina's physically abusive dad: it's her version of Madonna's own awful "bad dad" song. But the rest of the album is solid. And although it may seem absurd that Christina's claiming her new music and videos are authentic self-expression (how can the real anyone look so fake?), Stripped actually seems like a genuine rebellion — at least, to the extent that a female pop star embedded in corporate culture can rebel. From all appearances, it was Christina herself who chose those clothes. This is what her idea of freedom is. Her record company fought her insistence that "Drrrty" be the first single from Stripped, and honestly, they had a point: no one likes a proud slut. Do theyIt ended there?? I don't know where the rest of the article is...LOL!! Sorry. Current Mood: naughty