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Ava Max's "Kings & Queens" Video Is a Royal Empowerment Party

The pop star's new visual reminds us that all you need to be a queen is the right attitude.

Ava Max just keeps getting stronger.

The ascendant pop star is best known for being "sweet but psycho," but she's still fit for the crown. She proves her royal worth in the new music video for "Kings & Queens," the first official single from her debut album, due later this year. (Read our interview with the singer here!)

The pompous visual depicts Max as an all-ruling monarch, albeit on her own terms. Her lavish dinners are accompanied by copious amounts of champagne while her army is equipped with electric guitars. Her palace is the place to party, but as Max struts and flaunts her sword, the Isaac Rentz-directed clip boosts "Kings & Queens"' empowering message: "To all of the queens who are fighting alone / Baby, you're not dancing on your own," she belts in the chorus, which matches the robustness of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name." As Max tells it, being a queen isn't reserved for just one woman; each of us can sit on our own thrones.

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Bon Jovi is Inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi fans are no longer Livin' On a Prayer, this band's on their way to Cleveland!

No high school dance I attended was ever complete without a group dance-a-long to "Livin' On a Prayer," where everyone sang along to every lyric almost thirty years after the song was released.

The longevity of Bon Jovi, the little rock band that could from New Jersey, speaks for itself. Now, their work is being rewarded with a long-awaited inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. They'll be joined in their inaugural class by the Moody Blues, the Cars, and Nina Simone. They're also the only artists who started their group in the 1970s in this years bunch.

Bon Jovi rose to fame in the 1980s with the release of their 1986 album, Slippery When Wet, which went on to achieve global attention with singles like "You Give Love a Bad Name," and "Livin' On a Prayer," which I mentioned before. A record that earns its name from a visit to a Vancouver strip club went on to take these guys from a bunch of dudes from New Jersey to legitimate rock stars across the globe.

While the band was not always critically acclaimed, usually getting more attention for their clothing and hair choices than for their rock music, but their impact remained. In their hay-day, they became the first band to be officially and legally sanctioned by the Soviet Union, yet their album was the first to be legally released in the U.S.S.R. They acoustic concerts performances have also been attributed to greatly influencing the creation of MTV's Unplugged TV program.

These rockers were never without controversy, but whatever trouble they caused, their fans never stopped swooning for their songs exploring love, life, and the average American plight of decoding it all. No wonder high schoolers are still dancing to these tracks. Our problems haven't changed that much.

The band reacted to the news of social media after finding out, excited for the much deserved accomplishment. Sure sounds like a great early holiday present for these guys. Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi even shared a video with fans. See some of the band's tweets below!

Congratulations to Bon Jovi, and thanks once again for all of the hits, all of the heartstring pulled, and most importantly, all of the hair our parents so greatly admired. Here's to hoping it will be broken out with some animal print clothing when they perform at the ceremony this spring!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions will take place April 14th, 2018 at Cleveland's public hall.

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Popdust Presents | LARRY DVOSKIN tells stories about the Songwriters Hall of Fame

INTERVIEW | Why is the Songwriters Hall of Fame better than the Grammys?

Tonight will mark the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in NYC, and this year is possibly their biggest yet!

Music producer and author, Larry Dvoskin, joined us at Popdust to share his experiences with the organization and the legends that attend! Larry speaks to Popdust about all the celebrity details.

Talk about a big night for music lovers! This year our inductees include Jay Z, the first rapper ever to be inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame since its founding in 1969, Max Martin, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Berry Gordy, Robert Lamm, and James Pankow. Receiving the "honoree" award this year are superstars Ed Sheeran, Pitbull, and Caroline Bienstock!

"Add in award presenters including Jon Bon Jovi, Usher, mega manager Irving Azoff, Benny Blanco, Whoopi Goldberg and many others this makes the Songwriting Hall of Fame induction dinner THE hottest ticket, and music's hottest summer night in New York. This array of stellar talent takes the Songwriters Hall of Fame to a new level in my opinion alongside the Grammys."

- Dvoskin tells Huffington Post.

In our interview Larry tells me a CRAZY story about a time he encountered James Brown at the induction ceremony, plus he even gives me advice on how to sneak in to the show [menacing laugh]. While Larry has a ton more stories that we hope to share soon, the thing he emphasizes most is how magical and powerful songwriting is, and what a fantastic organization the Songwriters Hall of Fame is to honor those who dedicate their lives to the craft.

There's no doubt that tonight is a huge night for music and as a New Yorker, I'm proud that it's hosted here. Larry will be live tonight at the event so make sure to follow him on social media and experience the most important music awards ceremony of the year with him!

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- by Brent Butler