Stella McCartney: Its not like Im here for an easy life

The fashion designer talks about her latest collection, the creative frustrations of eco sequins and why shes not a fan of washing her bra I am standing in the Paul McCartney music playing on repeat, as Stella explains when I meet her in a private room on the top floor. Limited-edition versions of her clothes hang all around us, saved for favoured customers who make it into this locked zone. Inspired by the Beatles: highlights from Stella McCartneys new All Together Now collection. Photograph: Daniel Benson/The Observer Indeed, it turns out that the rocks have been shipped down from Pauls farm on the Mull of Kintyre, where mist rolls in from the sea the mist now rolls into his daughters …

Why cultures queerbaiting leaves me cold

From Taylor Swifts new video to M&S sandwiches everyone is capitalising on Pride. Is it cause for concern? When Taylor Swift released her video for news site the Onion that delivered the funniest and most poignant response: Taylor Swift Inspires Teen To Come Out As Straight Woman Needing To Be At Center Of Gay Rights Narrative. The video, directed by Drew Kirsch and Swift herself, was designed to make a statement: it sees the musician parade around a campsite with a bunch of celebrity LGBTQ+ friends. Theres a same-sex wedding, a drag pageant and a food fight a parade of out and proud behaviour provoking the videos redneck protesters who hold placards with slogans such as Adam and Eve not …

Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

At this point, thinking sober thoughts about a new Taylor Swift song is painfully predictable. It's a here we go again exercise that think-piece writers and social media pundits have come to dread and celebrate in equal measure. Yet, no matter how formulaic the Swift responses are, the internet must be fed. Luckily for all involved, her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down," is irresistible hot-take fodder: It's been hailed as revolutionary, slammed as queerbait, praised as inclusive, and condemned as intolerant. The lyrics and music video nod to Swift's many celebrity feuds, but also include a GLAAD endorsement and a petition to ratify the Equality Act. There is homophobia, and also a food fight. It's a Tayfecta of …

Not OK, computer: how it feels to have your music leaked

When Radiohead were held to ransom by hackers, they shrugged and put 18 hours of unheard material online for free. But for other artists, having music leaked can be devastating In 1997, Radiohead imagined a future in which technological dependency and out-of-control consumerism had merged to form a dark, digital void. OK Computer, the bands third album, painted prescient pictures of riot police at political rallies and anxious lives lived in suburbs surrounded by endless motorways. The digital advances promising to bring us together, it seemed to warn, would instead corrode and cause chaos. Last weeks big Radiohead news wouldnt have sounded out of place on that albums technosceptic vision of tomorrow. The band had been hacked, Tuesday, and 18 …

‘It’s ghost slavery’: the troubling world of pop holograms

Dead stars from Whitney Houston to Maria Callas are going on tour again. As Miley Cyrus explores the issue in a new Black Mirror, we uncover the greatest identity crisis in music today In the star-making Disney Channel switcheroo Hannah Montana,Miley Cyrus played a teenage girl who is able to metamorphose from regular eighth grader to pop icon, simply by donning a streaked blonde wig. Most of the show seems quaintly dated now, but one moment taps into a very 2019 pop anxiety. On foam-finger humper to The episodes trailer ends with Ashley Too acquiring potty-mouthed sentience, screaming for her owner to get this [USB] cable out of my ass! Holy Shit! Specifics are under wraps, but the episode seems …

Russia cuts Rocketman scenes citing ‘homosexual propaganda’ law

Elton John biopics gay sex and kissing footage edited out in effort to play down singers sexuality A Russian media company has reportedly cut all scenes featuring gay sex and men kissing from the Elton John biopic Rocketman because of laws banning homosexual propaganda. An estimated five minutes of footage have been cut from the film in an attempt to play down the sexuality of one of the worlds most famous gay celebrities for a conservative Russian audience. The cuts were first reported by Russian journalists after the films 30 May release in Moscow. Anton Dolin, a popular Russian film critic, wrote on Facebook that all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut out The …

Drake’s Toronto superfandom: annoying, ludicrous and completely understandable

The rapper has spent the last six weeks making the Raptors playoff run about him rather than the team, but celebrity fans are part of the NBAs heritage To get the most obvious controversy out of the way first, the debate over whether Drake Of course Drake is annoying. Whether flailing his arms about in celebration of the most humdrum layup, counter-productively trash talking Players You Should Not Piss Off like Kevin Durant or Draymond Green, Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) DRAKE GIVES NICK NURSE ANOTHER SHOULDER RUB EXCEPT NOW THE RAPTORS ARE GOING TO THE NBA FINALS May 26, 2019 Weve come a long way since the days of Jack Nicholson in his shades at the Great Western Forum, grinning conspiratorially …

Rihanna’s Fenty label aims to rip up fashion industry rules

Singers new clothing line, on sale this week, has ditched traditions such as catwalk shows A corseted Japanese denim minidress ($810), a cotton canvas blazer belted with a coordinating bumbag ($1,100), oversized sunglasses ($460) and a brass-and-crystal earcuff ($420) will go on sale at a pop-up boutique in the Marais district of Paris on Wednesday evening, when Rihanna launches her luxury fashion house, Fenty. Rihannas arrival in the luxury fashion space is a defining moment. Until now, celebrities who have tried their hand at design have faced the judgment of an industry that has held the power to endorse success or condemn a label to failure. Fenty clothes will go on sale at a pop-up in Paris. Photograph: Youtube the …

After sex on the damp sheets, we passed out the worst moments from Mobys memoir

Natalie Portman has disputed the musicians account of their relationship. But fear not: his new book has plenty more steamy stories You can tell a lot about Mobys second memoir, the follow-up to his 2016 effort, Porcelain, from its title: Then It Fell Apart. You can tell even more from its preface, about how it came into being: After finishing the book, rather than go to therapy, I kept writing. Then It Fell Apart, charting Mobys lost decade, is a globe-spanning morality tale (so the publishers say) with so many dropped names that the index, if it had one, would make the book half as long again. Although it was published earlier in the month, this week it made headlines …

Madonna says giving her children mobile phones ended their relationship

The singer says her childrens lives became dominated by the technology Its a daily bane of modern parenting that even Madonna appears to have got hung up on: how to keep a childs attention once you give them a mobile phone. Madonna has complained of losing a link to her children after giving them mobile phones at a relatively young age, to the extent that she has prevented her 13-year-old son from having one. I made a mistake when I gave my older children phones when they were 13, said the mother of six, who has previously talked about feeling like Billy-no-mates while living in Lisbon in Portugal, where she said she spent most of her time doing the school …

Taylor Swift’s ME! is a musical-inspired return to her happily uncool brand

The first single from Swifts seventh album is a defiant reassertion of her positivity a rabidly upbeat ode to individualism Pretty much every artist who has released an album in the past 18 months has found themselves battling pops new glass ceiling: namely the unyielding chart dominance of the soundtrack to Taylor Swifts seventh album would Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour, the first single from TS7 is an unabashed slab of Showmancore: a rabidly upbeat ode to individualism, wide-eyed to the point of camp. (That would also explain Swifts one presumes intentionally trs mauvais Frawnchaccentat the start of the video.) It is (as the snake exploding into butterflies at the start of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg-meets-Reputation. On that record, she made …

Donald Glover, Adidas, Nike, and the Fight for Cool

Recently, in a group chat, I expressed excitement over an unlikely piece of work: a new short film from Adidas. The sportswear corporation, which now also counts Beyoncé as a "creative partner," had teamed up with Donald Glover to make a series of vignettes featuring him and the actress Mo'Nique trading comic tête-à-têtes. Directed by longtime collaborator Ibra Ake, the film embodies Glover's typical patchwork: It's wonky, narratively indeterminate, and crammed with wit and the occasional inside joke. Jason Parham Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV Jason Parham Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Already Encapsulates 2019 Jason Parham When Black Horror Consumes Us The film, of course, wasn't just creativity for creativity's sake; it is essentially one …

Nipsey Hussle: Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder pay respects as memorial draws 21,000

Friends, family and fans gather in Los Angeles as blogger reads letter from Barack Obama to crowd Nipsey Hussles legacy as a persistent rapper, community activist, uniter, a doting father, a protective sibling and a loving son were underscored at his public memorial service on Thursday, with deeply personal testimonies from those closest to the rapper, including his fiancee, Lauren London; collaborator and dear friend Snoop Dogg; and his mother, who said she was at peace with the death of her superhero son. Beyonce and Jay-Z were among the celebrities who attended the three-hour event in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, where the last celebrity funeral held at the concert arena was Michael Jacksons in 2009. The arena was …

Khalid: Free Spirit review streaming star crashes into cliche

After a meteoric social-media rise, the Gen-Z singers second effort is less original in spite of the big-name producers onboard Like that of Kylie Jenner shared Snapchats of themselves listening to his music that his career really took off. Now it exists in a realm where success isnt necessarily reflected in anything as last-century as chart placings: Khalids debut album, sold out two nights at Londons 5,000-capacity Hammersmith Apollo. Its easy to see why teens took to him. Eighteen when his first single, feature film to go with it. But it also leaves Free Spirit with a familiar problem. If youve risen to fame by documenting everyday teenage life, what are you going to write about when youre patently not …

Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

She captured Americas most tumultuous moments and its biggest stars. The great photographer relives her Rolling Stone years and the time she set fire to Patti Smith AHenri Cartier-Bresson, once stood to take his own ghostly grey picture of the Seine crossing. Leibovitzs homage to the great French photographer did not stop there. Her latest exhibition President Nixons inglorious departure from the White House by helicopter in 1974, to the extraordinary Democratic convention two years before, in which sessions lasted until sunrise. The landmark event, which took place in Miami, was the basis for Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72, the political classic by Rolling Stones resident gonzo journalist Andy Warhol to Ansel Adams to that ambush shot …

Billie Eilish: the pop icon who defines 21st-century teenage angst

With a gothic-horror aesthetic and a fearsome melodic flair, Eilish has inspired Nirvana levels of devotion among the worlds teenagers. So why doesnt she feel safe on stage any more? I cant even explain it to sound normal I was in love with him, says Justin Bieber, saying that obviously every girl her age shes 17 had a Bieber phase, but that hers was special. Everything about me was about him, and everything I did was for him. It was so miserable. Its not a good feeling to be in love with someone who doesnt know you exist. I would sob all the time because I loved him too much. Teenagers are already having their Billie Eilish phase. Ask anyone …