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Taylor Swift has just released the colourful explosion that is the You Need To Calm Down video, filled with LGBTQ+ icons and Easter eggs galore.

Her anti-homo/bi/queer/transphobia anthem has emerged in the midst of Pride month, and has divided fans online.

Some are claiming that a heterosexual, cis-white woman speaking for the LGBTQ+ community and profiting from the song is problematic.

Others are pointing out her recent activism and dedication to donating funds towards LGBTQ+ charities. (Almost $100,000, if we're counting)

The term 'queer-baiting' has been thrown around, which is basically a marketing technique in the entertainment industry which hints at same-sex relationships or gender queer relationships, but doesn't actually deliver them for the purpose of profit.

Is Taylor simply jumping on the 'Gays Are Great' bandwagon for the sake of her image, and upcoming album release? However, any visibility is good visibility, and she's giving members of the queer community a chance to shine in the video. 

So many celebrities showed their fierce personalities in the latest music video, with ALL of the Queer Eye 'Fab 5', Ellen DeGeneres, Hayley 'Lesbian Jesus' Kiyoko, Laverne Cox and Billy Porter flaunting their stuff. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, Taylor has never openly discussed her sexuality, and we can't make any assumptions, but fans have viewed her hair in the music video as a clue about her possible bisexuality.

As we all know, Taylor hides an array of meanings within her music videos, and her hair simply CANNOT be an accident. Her barnet is actually the colours of the upside-down bisexual flag, hello hint? 

The bi Pride flag features pink, purple and blue stripes, and bisexual Twitter has damn near lost their minds. Representation is incredibly important, and these fans definitely confirm that.

"I’m just gonna sit in the corner and point out that Taylor Swift’s hair is the colour of the bisexual pride flag," wrote one hyped fan.

Another used caps lock to a ridiculous extent;

"WILL I EVER SHUT UP ABOUT THE FACT THAT TAYLOR'S HAIR IS THE UPSIDE DOWN BISEXUAL FLAG PROBABLY NOT OKAY, RIP ME."

"It has to mean SOMETHING!" We have to agree with Mackenzie here, who appears to have been hyperventilating.

There seems to be plenty of gasping going on over at Twitter HQ…The excitement is palpable. 

Is Taylor a bisexual icon or just an ally supporting her pals at Pride?

She has previously discussed the difference between queerbaiting and ally-ship, so she definitely knows the difference.

Either way, for someone with a platform as big as Taylor's to give a nod to a marginalised community is hugely meaningful.

Visibility to heavily stigmatised groups of people will always be special, so we see nothing wrong with Taylor's music video.

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Well, well, well; those snakes have officially been BANISHED. That's right…Taylor Swift is back with a phantasmagorial bang.

Her new pastel-themed tune is called ME! and it's a beauty, as well as featuring the great Brendan Urie from Panic! At The Disco. 

Rumours are flying that ME! was supposed to actually precede Reputation, but when sh*t went down with the media regarding the Kardashians and Kanye West, she decided to show her dark side first.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Our pal Taylor has been dropping hints for weeks about her latest musical endeavour, and the pastel colours hint at a return to her 1989 roots. 

Fresh from her Time100 success, Swift's return show's yet another streak for mastering her personal marketing brand. 

The video is adorable, and features a Parisian aesthetic with the pop star even speaking French at one point. Très bien henny. There's also a nod to Mary Poppins in there too, randomly.

The gal loves Easter eggs, and there's plenty of hidden meanings in the Dave Meyers-directed video.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One thing's for sure…TS7 is going to be MAJOR.

Here are Twitter's most outrageous reactions to TayTay's new music video:

1. Fans have been #attacked.

2. Brendan Urie in suspenders

3. Spread the rainbow

4. This detective discovered a possible feature from the album;

5. Is she ENGAGED? Also we adore her kitty's cameos.

6. Her kitty fam possibly  just expanded

7. She has resurrected from the dead:

8. She's certainly changed her colour palette…

9. Reputation was dropping hints left, right and centre b*tches!

10. Swifties are incapable of remaining calm:

11. Is Taylor supporting Brie Larson's Unicorn Store?

12. She damn switched the light on:

13. Applicable to group projects, we think:

14. Her fans would die for her, but Instagram ain't having ih…

15. The feels are a little strong, to say the least:

At the moment, Taylor is currently on track to break the record for fastest music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube, after Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next and BTS' Boy With Luv.

It's surpassed 13 million views in just three hours, which is phenomenal.

Without further ado, here's Taylor's new video. Indulge in it, if you haven't already seen it. If you've already seen it, watch it again. It's worth it.

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Two more women have come forward to accuse R&B singer R Kelly of sexual misconduct, dating back to when they were 15 and 16 years old.

The latest allegations are the newest in a string of claims against the singer going back three decades, spanning child pornography to sexual, emotional and physical abuse and holding women captive in a sex cult.

The duo spoke out against the notorious artist at a press conference with infamous women's rights lawyer Gloria Allred yesterday.

Both women allege that the sexual misconduct happened in 1995 after they attended an R Kelly and LL Cool J concert in Baltimore, Maryland.

One of the ladies said she was just 16 years old and living in the city when her and a 15-year-old friend, the other alleged victim, attended the concert.

They went to an after-party at a nightclub, and Kelly pointed to the two girls and asked his staff to put them onstage. They were also offered drugs and alcohol at the party, they claim.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The woman said Kelly asked the two girls to meet him in his hotel suite, and that he entered the room wearing jeans and a white t-shirt, with his penis “out and over the top of his pants”.

Apparently, Kelly asked both girls to dance and he ended up lying on the bed with them, telling them they could be in his next music video.

Next, the singer began touching the young woman's breast and genitals, and asked the pair to engage in a threesome. Her friend said no and went to the bathroom.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The woman said Kelly requested oral sex from her, which she did, and then he had sexual intercourse with her.

She had been under the influence of alcohol and marijuana that had been given to her at the after-party, and alleges she “did not have the capacity to consent”.

In Maryland, the age of consent is 16. The two women never saw R Kelly again.

Despite the huge range of allegations against the singer, his lawyer Steve Greenberg denied all accusations against Kelly, saying he has never knowingly had sexual relations with underage women.

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There's no doubt about it: Ariana Grande is absolutely smashing the music industry right now.

From releasing two number one albums within six months and winning a Grammy to breaking records set by none other than the Beatles; she's achieved a huge amount in a short space of time.

She recently surprised adorable tween Filipino boy band TNT on yesterday's Late Late Show With James Corden, and opened up about her personal life.

Ariana has just broken an incredible record; Grande is the first artist since the Beatles to hold the number one album slot and Billboard Hot 100 top-three single slots at once, with 7 Rings, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored and Thank U, Next.

Corden rattled off the crazy statistics while Grande responded with humble graciousness and no less than 13 “sorrys,” “I’m sorrys,” and “I’m so sorrys.” It's the new "yuh".

Grande laughed along with the talk show host after the overwhelming achievements, and assured him, “I’ll take a break after this. I’ll go away for a little, I promise.”

Thank God, Corden spoke on behalf of us all when he responded with, “We don’t want you to,” but Grande was quick to reply, “I do! I’m tired of my voice.”

The 25-year-old star added that recently, “I usually don’t have anything to do …Personal life is still nonexistent,” and that she was planning on celebrating the Billboard records by going out to dinner with her mom or recording more in the studio.

The gal has an insane work ethic, and can do no wrong it would seem. 2019 is most definitely the Year of the Grande, and her tour starts in four weeks. We WISH we had tickets to see the queen perform in person.

Carry on slayin' the game Ari, we say "yuh" instead of "I'm sorry" because you should NEVER apologise for your hard-earned success. Get it, gurl.

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The internet has been steadily lusting over Noah Centineo ever since he debuted as Peter Kavinsky in To All The Boys I've Loved Before.

They essentially hired him as their boyfriend, and the heartstrings have been tugged at every turn and Instagram photo from the actor.

He certainly knows how to get a reaction, that's for sure. He recently uploaded a series of images from his Calvin Klein modelling shoot, and sent the social media site into meltdown:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Well, our gal Lily didn't waste any time. We don't blame her, she went straight in with the comment and struck GOLD with his reply.

The Love, Rosie actress wrote, "I never look that good when I lounge." We understand that on a spiritual level, but Noah disagreed and wrote back, "Oh please" and a FLAMES emoji.

A flame emoji translates to; "Gurl, you are a fine-ass honey and I want to trap that bee in her hive."  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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An eagle-eyed fan also spotted some love-heart emoji's being exchanged, which in 2019 basically means you're married. We don't make the rules, the online community do, okay?

Emojis appear to decide the fate of existence nowadays, but we truly hope these two can meet again in person and further give evidence of their romance.

They're both gorgeous-looking people, and would have stunner babies.

 Noah and Lily actually do know each other, after working together on a project when he starred alongside and directed her in ARTY's Save Me Tonight music video.

Noah wrote at the time, "I convinced @artymusic to let me direct the music video for Save Me Tonight and somehow Lily Collins agreed to star in it with a bunch of our friends."

Lily also said it was "an insanely fun day." Yeah it was, because Noah was there.

So the dating rumours don't exactly sound legit, but we're heavily enjoying their harmless Insta-flirting. They've got chemistry, don't they?

Long may the flanter last, in our opinion. Carry on, we'll be shipping them in the corner.

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The whole Ariana Grande 7 Rings tattoo debacle is honestly absurd, but yet it's STILL GOING. We're getting as bored of it as she is to be honest…

If you're puzzled about the reference, in summary our home-girl Ari tried to get a tattoo which translated to 7 Rings, her latest number one hit, but instead she accidentally got the Japanese symbol for a barbecue grill restaurant. Awkward. 

She then tried to fix it after consulting a supposed friend of hers who spoke the lingo, but her amendment translated the ink to say 'Japanese BBQ finger'. We're dead.

The Thank U, Next singer has gained a HUGE amount of attention online over the error, but now a certain tattoo removal studio has offered her some serious cash to have them laser it off for her.

TMZ has acquired an offer letter from LaserAway, a company who want to strike a deal with Grande that would offer her free laser removal of the tattoo in exchange for a photoshoot at LaserAway and one post per month for a year about her experience.

Also, ONE and a HALF MILLION DOLLARS. How do they even have that money to offer in the first place?

In response, Ari tweeted; "I'll give y'all a million to get off my nuts." to which we say; "Hear, Hear." This needs to end, stat.

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber's infamous manager, Scooter Braun, responded to the claims;

"I can't speak for Ariana as we have not received this letter, however, if they're willing to send me the offer, I'm sure I'd be happy to get a tattoo and then remove it real quick … for $1.5 million." Eh, WHAT?

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Braun continued; "Hopefully, we can make this deal before her album comes out next week…shameless plug."

The offer letter is signed by company president, Todd Heckmann, and genuinely concludes with, "Thank u, next tiny barbecue grill." We can't.

What a wild ride…we want to get off now, it's becoming a bit much.

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He sees it, he likes it, he wants it, he GETS IT. America's Next Top Model icon Nyle DiMarco, who is also an avid activist for the ASL community, has created his own version of Ariana Grande's 7 Rings music video in American Sign Language.

AND IT'S AMAZING. With DiMarco's assistance, the video was directed by Jake Wilson, and features a range of models absolutely slayin' the game to Ariana's number one hit song, alongside closed captions.

DiMarco was the second male winner and first winner who is hard of hearing to be crowned America's Next Top Model. He's been a public advocate for closed-captioning videos for the deaf community ever since.

He asked Grande herself via Twitter to request that her thank u, next video be available with closed captioning for the “466 million people with hearing loss” who want to view the art too.

"Deaf here and we do enjoy your music," Nyle added. He has been campaigning for representation for years, and has achieved some major milestones while he's at it.

He also reached out to Vevo, writing, "You earn more than $650 million per year and can't even add captions to Ariana Grande's thank u, next video."

"There ARE closed caption service that will cost you ONLY six dollars (or less) to instantly appeal to a wider audience," he added.

"There are 466 million people with hearing loss, thank u, next."

YAS HENNY. He's right, of course. The deaf community face struggles with music videos daily, with only a handful of major artists providing closed-captions on their video work.

Grande took notice of the criticism, and made sure that when her 7 Rings music video debuted this month, there were lyrics available to read onscreen

DiMarco has now released an ASL version of whole iconic music video, and he's looking INCREDIBLE in a diamanté fishnet top;

Him and his male model pals are killin' it in the video, recreating Ariana's girl power song with American Sign Language to boot. Fair play lads, fair play.

Representation matters, and we all have to play a role in encouraging the fight against albeism.

Nyle continues to break down the barriers for his community, we're so glad Ari took notice.

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Just two days after telling the world she'd drop the tracklist and cover art for her newest album, due February 8, Ariana Grande essentially said "F*ck it". And we love her for it.

She's only gone and posted them EARLY, sharing the iconic tracklist (Break up with your girlfriend, I'm bored is our fave) and debuting the cover art for Thank U, Next.

The cover is, of course, pink. Our homegirl Ari is also upside down, with spraypaint across her chest reminiscent of the 7 Rings cover.

The 25-year-old is maintaining her "Zero f*cks given" attitude following the release of the groundbreaking album Sweetener in August.

With 12 new tracks for us to obsess over, including Imagine and Thank U, Next, the work is sure to be a hit.

Grande is doing things exactly as she likes, whenever she likes, and the art is celebrating strong, empowered and SINGLE women.

Telling her fans, "This is my favourite album cover, I think. Brain painted me. Fredo shot me. Made with true, deep friendship and love, just like this music."

Adorable, she clearly has a wonderful support system of family and friends around her since her much-publicised break-up with Pete Davidson.

The singer has claimed she's stanning the single solo life in 2019, after being asked who she's dating now; "Spoiler for the rest of this year/probably my life: it's no one."

After Ari's upside-down Christmas tree, to embody her life currently being in an upside-down universe, she's brought that energy to her latest album artwork.

While her life remains topsy-turvy, Grande's here for it. "This time she kinda…f*cks with it." Damn right, she does.

2019 is going to be Ariana's year, we can feel it. If you need us we'll be blasting 7 Rings on our way to Tiffany & Co.

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Who knew that Kris Jenner was the queen of ad-libbing?

The Kardashian momager is a key cameo in Ariana Grande's iconic noughties-inspired Thank U, Next music video, and the blooper reel has just been gifted to us and all we can say is; God is a Woman.

That woman is Kris.

Blooper reels are undeniably traditional when it comes to 1990s romantic comedies, and Ari has also bequeathed the audience with a WHOLE DELETED SCENE from the Legally Blonde aspect of the video.

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The "I'm taking the f*cking dog" scene from the renowned Reese Witherspoon flick features Ari masquerading as Jennifer Coolidge's lawyer while confronting her ex-boyfriend.

Troye Sivan getting smashed into a locker multiple times also features ("she's gonna f*cking slam me, I just know it"), not to mention a GAS moment where Miranda Sings' water breaks while Ari (AKA Regina George) walks past her. 

The funniest part HAS to be Kris Jenner getting a little too into her cameo role as Regina George's mom.

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While in the audience recording her beloved 'daughter' performing the song, Jenner whispers to the woman beside her;

“When I was raising Ariana I always told her that if a guy ever f*cks with her, she should just say "thank u, next." I told her … if she ever had sex without a condom, she’d get chlamydia and die.”

Wow, now THAT is called good acting.

As well as Mean Girls and Legally Blonde, the acclaimed video also paid tribute to Bring It On and 13 Going On 30.

Check out the blooper reel below:

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Ariana Grande’s powerful and unique break-up hit thank u, next has been on loop in the SHEmazing office so it’s safe to say we’re excited about the music video.

The One Last Time singer has been teasing fans with behind-the-scenes and exclusive snaps from the music video for her latest hit and we are so ready for it.

The singer is set to pay tribute to some of the most iconic movies of every gals life, including 13 Going on 30, Bring It On, Legally Blonde and Mean Girls.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ariana took to Instagram last night to give fans a glimpse of her channeling her inner Regina George.

The singer shared three photos from the scene and fans completely lost it. In one of the shots, the singer is hiding behind her very own burn book that has ‘thank u, next’ on the cover.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In another snap, Ariana is lying on the bed with her burn book open. Fans were quick to spot the name Sean written inside a love heart in the book, which is a nod to her ex-boyfriend Big Sean.

We are itching to see the video for thank u, next and it looks like we may not have long to wait.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It is believed the singer has completed filming the video and she may be dropping it within the next week.

We are so ready to see Ariana recreate scenes from these iconic movies. Her inspiring and uplifting breakup song is revitalising pop music.

You go, Ariana!

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So, on Friday, the gorgeous Drake released the music video for his latest single, God's Plan.

Not to be overly dramatic or anything, but I cried like a baby through the entire thing. 

I mean, I happen to be a massive Drake fan, so I may be slightly bias – but OMG, he is a dream boat. 

For the video, Drake was given a budget of just over $9 million (real casual), but instead of having an obnoxious video – he gave ALL the money away. 

Yes, really! 

The video basically follows Drake running around Miami, giving money away to people that really need it. 

He gave literal wads of cash to families who were a bit behind on bills, donated large cheques to schools, and handed out a few cars to students in need. 

The singer also took a few mega-fans on fancy shopping sprees (jealous isn't the word, but sure look!)

The best bit? All of these donations seemed to be total surprises. 

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Everyone that Drake gave money to seemed genuinely shocked by his generosity – there were tears. 

Since Friday evening, the video for God's Plan has been viewed over 17 MILLION times (I'm probably responsible for at least 3000 of these). 

It is also the number one trending video on YouTube at the moment, and for damn good reason! 

Most rappers use music videos as an excuse to get super outrageous (and that's perfectly fine), but Drake just dances around in a hoody, giving people his money. 

Take a bow, fine sir. 

 

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Charli XCX's latest single, Boys, was released last week, and the music video offers a very important message about feminism.

The singer-songwriter told BBC Breakfast that one of the aims of the video was to “flip the male gaze” on its head and put men in the "stereotypical scenarios that girls are often seen in."

The video guest stars a number of male musicians, models and celebrities including Joe Jonas, Stormzy, Tinie Tempah and Will.i.am, posing seductively in various scenarios.

The 24-year-old said that while she is “totally happy” to discuss the issue and identifies as a feminist, she does not believe this mean she cannot dance or dress provocatively.

“Throughout my career I’ve been very vocal on my opinion about being a woman in the music industry,” she said, adding: “I get asked questions about feminism all the time … I’m not somebody who is worried about wearing revealing outfits or performing provocatively on stage – as long as that’s my choice I’m completely happy to do it.

“The second it is an instruction from a man or a record label then it’s not cool, but otherwise it’s good.”

The singer, real name Charlotte Aitchison, also spoke about her belief that female musicians have more creative control nowadays.

“I think a lot of females in the industry are so vocal about their opinions on feminism and their experience in the music industry and I think a lot of female artists and artists in general are so much more in control of their own career now.

“Audiences are more intelligent, fans are cleverer, they understand the marketing and putting together of the pop star and they want somebody who is real and genuine and fun. Not somebody who is built up, so I think artists have to take control and really run their own game to be successful.”

While the concept of the 'female gaze' isn't exactly groundbreaking, it's nice to see a young female artist make such an empowering statement. 

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