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Zane Lowe’s Interview with Harry Styles is a Must-See For Fans of His Latest Album, "Harry’s House"

Harry’s House is Harry Style’s third album and it’s his most honest yet. So is this interview via Apple Services

Zane Lowe has been called “Pop’s Unofficial Therapist” by the New York Times, and his recent Apple Music Interview with Harry Styles solidifies that status.

The Apple Music DJ’s interview series has profiled all the biggest names in pop music. The Zane Lowe Interview features a number of intimate questions and is a prime example of the best of Apple Services — the giant’s entertainment hub for streaming and organic content. From Apple Care, Apple Card, to Apple One, Apple Services helps you get the most out of your beloved devices with high‑quality content and services. Award‑winning series and films, amazing music in spatial audio, world-class workouts and meditations, trusted news publications, superfun games — even the ways you pay for things. Like Zane Lowe’s revealing show, they’re only on Apple.

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Harry Styles’s New Song, The Vibe Shift, and How to Be a Person Again

“As It Was” is a sad-disco dance track that encapsulates this moment of manic nostalgia and hyper-longing

Harry's Home Album Cover, Out May 20

I’m trying to be a person again.

I don’t know exactly what that means, however. There’s no roadmap for the latest new normal. The old normal — now obsolete, apparently — was pre-pandemic life, which we’ll never return to. As offices open back up and many places discard mandates and restrictions, people are still getting Covid. And many of the lifestyle adjustments we made during the pandemic are permanently ingrained — permanently altering our relationships to work, ourselves, and others.

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What is Yassification? How to Yassify Yourself

Yassification is the latest meme to emerge from the pop culture hellscape . But does it signify something larger?

Try explaining “Yassification” to anyone who hasn’t noticed the ridiculous illustrations whirling about social media and you’ll be hard pressed to make your translation understood.

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Harry Styles, TikTok Boys, and the Exciting Evolution of Men's Beauty

Brands are finally realizing that Gen Z is not here for archaic gender roles

Look at him. We love him.

Harry Styles has done it again.

Gracing the cover of Dazed magazine, Harry has gone viral for his gender-fluid outfits and his full embrace of eccentric fashion choices. This comes as he launches Pleasing, his beauty brand that celebrates individuality and beauty through nail polish and skincare.

This is not the first time Harry has tested the boundaries of gender norms in clothing. Since his departure from One Direction in August 2015, Harry's solo career has been one defined by curiosity and color. No longer constrained by his 1D image, the "Watermelon Sugar" singer is flaunting the freedom to explore his own tastes and identity beyond any boundary he can break.

Naturally, this has opened him up to much media speculation — especially about his sexuality — all of which he's managed to expertly brush off with the ease of someone who is used to the scrutiny of fame. His sartorial boldness has earned him many fashion fans — including Anna Wintour — who cast him as co-chair of the 2019 Met Gala and made him the first man to appear solo on the cover of Vogue.

Boundary Pushing Has Been A Long Time Coming

Harry's constant boundary pushing follows in a long line of performers who exploit their aesthetics to push the boundaries of what's considered socially acceptable. Often, these have been queer and/or BIPOC artists who weren't accepted by the mainstream anyway and therefore were able — or forced — to shatter its expectations.

Think: Prince, whose widespread appeal doesn't stem from cheap theatrics or musical cliches. Prince was actively political, actively experimental, and fearlessly unapologetic. In a similar vein, Bowie and Freddy Mercury also used media such as music videos and record covers to play with gender norms — while wearing bold makeup on stage as part of their personas.

Harry isn't the only one following in the path of these status-challenging footsteps. Contemporary artists like Jaden Smith, Yungblud, and Jesse Rutherford are among other artists playing with contemporary perceptions of maleness.

In hip hop, Lil Nas X, Yung Thug, and Lil Uzi Vert are pioneering a new type of rapper, one inspired by rock music and alternative aesthetics, therefore advancing notions of Black maleness beyond mainstream constraints.

Now, it's common to see male stars sporting colorful nails and more traditionally "feminine"tailoring. A lot of these emergent aesthetics mirror looks that Mr Styles has sported — Shawn Mendes's turn to jewelry and short shorts, Tom Holland's GQ cover flared pants. And we love to see it.

The Mainstream Adoption

This increased visibility of gender non-comforming options for self-expression has made its way down from the upper echelons of artists and celebrities to the masses. In small ways, masculine dressing is shifting to something more playful.

For example, boys in crop tops and nail polish are pretty much ubiquitous on college campuses and TikTok. Male jewelry is also popular — with beaded and pearl necklaces appearing as common accessories on young demographics.

Lots of this is influenced by social media as much as it is by celebrities. TikTok beauty standards encourage young boys to wear rings, have longer hair, pierced ears, and painted nails. It also encourages a less rigid attitude that shuns archaic definitions of gender and revels in the playfulness of stepping outside of social norms.

This is no surprise considering Gen Z — who are spearheading this normalization, are more queer-identifying and more accepting of LGBTQ communities — bringing them from the fringe into the mainstream.

Big Brands are Taking Notice

Companies and brands have caught on that the same bland, binary, hetro-normative images and products do not work for this new generation.

On the cutting edge, companies like Meloway Makeup are responding to customer demands for more diversity.

Meloway Makeup, a thrilling beauty brand that believes that makeup can be versatile tools of self expression. Instead of being fussy or overly complex like some brands, Meloway wants to enhance your natural beauty in simple ways. Although their line is simple it packs a punch.

Here are our favorite products for any gender:

  1. brow creation gel ($20): No matter who you are, your brows frame your face. They're the unassuming, make-it-or-break-it feature which have more impact on your looks than you think. While horrifying trends like overplucking or over-filling are behind us, we can embrace a more natural shape — just enhanced!
  1. your way eyeliner + remover ($22): Everyone loves a two-in-one! This revolutionary eyeliner pen lets you easily apply the perfect cat-eye, but also remove it if it smudges mid-application. Forget those overly-complex TikTok hacks for the perfect wing — this is all you need.
  1. ready set primer ($22): Meloway is committed to innovating makeup just as much as it's interested in pushing boundaries. This primer does both: providing thicker lashes even before you apply mascara. Say goodbye to flimsy falsies or too-thick coats of mascara with this silky solution.

We're excited to see where the democratization of beauty takes us. Hopefully, it's in the direction of more brands like Meloway and more stars like Harry.

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Everything We Know About Harry Styles' New Brand, "Pleasing" — Popdust

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Get your wallets ready, Harry Styles will be Pleasing you soon.

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The 16 Hottest Male Celebrities Categorized by Type

Usually those unexplored multitudes are just daddy issues and a preference for foot stuff, but the joy is in the journey of finding out.

You may not be able to define in words what exactly makes a person attractive, but you know it when you see it.

Of course, there is a huge difference between what makes Justin Beiber hot and what makes Bill Nye the Science Guy hot (don't judge, we don't kink-shame in this household). For those of us who find men attractive—god help us—the question of attractiveness is particularly complicated. Why Matt Bomer is hot is a simple enough question (he looks like a naughty Ken Doll who has more than plastic beneath his trunks), but things get more nuanced when you consider why leagues of real human beings with eyes find Benedict Cumberbatch attractive or why women regularly throw their panties at Post Malone.

To help you through the haunted, endless maze of human sexuality, Popdust has broken down all the types of hot a man can be. Chances are, every man you've ever been attracted to falls into one of these categories.


"Want to Build a Life With Him" Hot

Example: Randall Park

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This is the kind of guy you want to take home to your mother. Sure, the sex is only okay, but what does that matter when you wake up every morning to homemade pancakes? This isn't the type of guy you fantasize about f**king on the kitchen floor, this is the kind of guy whose eyes you picture filling with tears when you buy your first home together. He's not exactly a daddy, but he would make a great literal daddy.

"Church Boy" Hot

Example: Tom Holland

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Something about this guy's small-town haircut and innocent, sunny smile makes you want to corrupt the sh*t out of him. He always looks a little shocked when you make a dirty joke, but you just know that with some intervention from the devil (you) you'd have that perfectly gelled hair mussed in no time. But also...some small part of you wants to let him make you a better person??? A very small part. Mostly, you just want to ruin his life.

"Rearrange My Guts" Hot

Example: Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa hot

You don't want this guy to take you to a nice dinner at a trendy restaurant—you want him to eat take-out off your ass and throw you around like a rag doll. Sure, he probably has thoughts in his head and a personality and interests and blah blah blah LOOK AT THOSE ARMS. This is the kind of guy you want to spend 72 hours in bed with every 4-6 months but otherwise never see. This is the kind of guy you agree to go camping with despite hating the outdoors because you just love watching him pitch a tent (yes, that was a double entendre, you filthy minx).

"Got Your Teenage Sister Pregnant, but You Kind of Get It" Hot

Example: Norman Reedus

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Okay, not literally!!! (maybe literally). But you know that kind of smarmy guy who works at the gas station and says borderline-inappropriate things to you every time you see him? But for some reason, you just can't summon feminist rage about it and instead sorta giggle and blush and wonder what his tobacco-stained fingers would feel like pulling your hair? Yeah, that guy. He's a good-for-nothing, uneducated, creepy, grungy, loser...and that kind of works for you.

"You Knew He Would Be Weird in Bed" Hot

Example: Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

So he's super hot in all the traditional ways, from facial structure to swagger, but there's also something a little...extra. Something about him that's...unhinged. Some kind of mad twinkle in his eye that speaks of unexplored multitudes. In most cases, those multitudes are just daddy issues and a preference for foot stuff, but the joy is in the journey of finding out.

"Burnout" Hot

Example: Vince Vaughn

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He's not a bad looking guy—maybe a little chubby, maybe a little bald—but there's something about him that makes it clear he led his high school football team to the state semi-finals in 1984. That thing is that he brings it up...constantly. He still has the overblown confidence of a muscle-bound 18-year-old but with none of the muscle or youth.

"In Context" Hot (e.g. like a high school women's lacrosse coach)

Example: Beto O'rourke

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In most situations, this guy isn't going to turn many heads. But put him on a public school field with 23 hormone-ridden 16-year-olds running laps, and you've got yourself an absolute sex magnet. Alternatively, put him in a political race populated by old, saggy, white people, and suddenly his ability to tuck in his shirt over his gut seems exceptional.

"Ugly" Hot

Example: Benedict Cumberbatch

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This is a broad but important category that this reputable publication has dwelled on seriously for quite some time. An ugly hot guy has an appearance that falls outside the boundaries of conventional attractiveness. Maybe he has a weird horse face or limbs that flail like a carwash's inflatable man in heavy wind (think Pete Davidson). But if you take all of his objectively unattractive features and put them together, somehow, it just works.

"Ascot/Take Me on a Yacht" Hot

Example: Patrick Dempsey

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This is better than just being rich—it's looking rich. This is ascot hot. This guy's actual God-given looks are largely irrelevant because money made him his own God. He has the money and time to ensure his hair, skin, and clothes are flawless in a "Who me? I just rolled out of bed like this…" kind of way. If this is your type, it's fine, we get it. There's something about being attracted to a Republican that feels so deliciously...deplorable.


"Ready To Risk It All" Hot

Example: Idris Elba

Idris Elba

This is the kind of hot you leave your husband for. This is the kind of hot you leave your wife for. This is the kind of hot you sell your house for. This is the kind of hot you pretend to like his DJ set for. Is the sex good? It literally doesn't matter, just look at him.

"Party Boy" Hot

Example: Colin Farrell

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Does he have a substance abuse problem? Probably. Is he reliable? Not at all. Do any of his values align with yours? Absolutely not. Is he a great f**king time? Oh yeah. This guy probably has one of those annoyingly hot side smiles, maybe a kind of hard-to-understand accent, and the sex is probably kind of like being mauled by a drunk bear but in a good way. He probably has an earring he doesn't remember getting but kind of pulls it off. It goes without saying that your Dad hates him.

"Baby" Hot

Example: Timothée Chalamet

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This is a complicated category. He makes your uterus ache, but you can't tell if that's sexual arousal or your biological clock ticking. You can't decide if you want to take a bath with him or give him a bath. Either way, you definitely wanna smooch that sweet lil face.


"Artist/Vegan" Hot

Example: Harry Styles

harry styles hot

He is comfortable with his feminine side, and he wants you to know it. You wanna argue with him about the fallacy of placing the responsibility for climate change on the shoulders of individuals when a handful of corporations are ultimately responsible—but he has those puppy dog eyes, so you just give in and agree to give up plastic straws. His slam poetry competitions are cringe-worthy, but he just looks so good in ripped Levi's and a beanie.

"Wouldn't Be Surprised if He Turned Out to Be a Serial Killer" Hot

Example: Rami Malek

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He speaks, acts, and behaves like a robot who has heard about the behavior of human beings but never actually seen it. There's something magnetic about his strangeness, and suddenly the legacy of Ted Bundy makes sense to you. Everything about him is subtly unsettling, but personality disorders aside....he could get it.


"Stoner" Hot

Example: Seth Rogan

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He only chuckles at your jokes but cries laughing when his gamer buddy says something about farts. He always needs a haircut, has stains on his shirt, and probably smells faintly of Doritos. Still, something about his anti-establishment,"being handsome is mainstream" attitude does it for you.

"Garbage" Hot

Example: Post Malone

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This one comes with a lot of justified self-loathing. Just do better.