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This Haunts Me: Justin Timberlake’s Diss Track About Prince

Justin Timberlake's ego really made him think he had license to write a verse about … Prince

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It wouldn't be hyperbolic to say that Prince is one of the most influential musicians of all time.

Beyonce credits Prince with taking her to the next level as an artist by recommending she learn how to play piano. Lianne La Havas had tea parties with him. Frank Ocean, despite his own almost mythical status, was rendered starstruck just at the sight of him. And countless artists credit his performances and his iconic catalogue as major inspirations.

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End Times Update 5/22: John Mulaney, Billy Porter, and UFOs

One clone's perspective on pop culture.

Each week one of Popdust's disposable clones — grown in a vault deep beneath the Mojave desert — is exposed to the outside world through a relentless feed of news, pop culture, and social media.

The arduous process accelerates their dissolution back into an amorphous clone slurry. But before they go, they leave behind a document of what they've absorbed and what they've learned — a time capsule preserving a single moment in the slow-motion collapse of civilization. We call these, End Times Updates...

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Culture Feature

9 Times Conservatives Proved They Love "Cancel Culture"

Boycotts and blacklists are tools conservatives perfected — they just don't like it when the tables are turned.

I don't want to alarm anyone, but...THE LEFT IS CANCELING MR. POTATO HEAD THEY'RE CANCELING DR. SEUSS, AND NEXT THEY'RE GOING TO CANCEL YOU!

It turns out that the political Left in the US is actually made up of various literary estates and multi-national toy corporations that are intent on destroying your cultural values by erasing the biological sex of a plastic potato and ending the publication of racist caricatures in some obscure books you were never going to read. But these are just the latest instances of what the Right-wing outrage machine has identified as a violent attack on free speech.

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Justin Timberlake Apologizes to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson: "I Know I Failed"

The apology follows the Framing Britney Spears documentary.

In light of the new FX and New York Times-produced documentary Framing Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake has issued an apology about his general past behavior, specifically concerning Spears and Janet Jackson.

Timberlake continues to receive a swarm of backlash in regards to the music video for his 2002 hit, "Cry Me a River," which is believed to have been written after his breakup with Spears, and vaguely accuses her of cheating. Framing Britney Spears also touches on the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during Timberlake's performance with Jackson at the 2004 Super Bowl, after which the latter was ridiculed while Justin was largely congratulated.

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11 Football Movies Better Than the Super Bowl

"This is for Rudy, Coach." *sobs*

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The Super Bowl is upon us, which means millions of people will be emotionally investing in the man-on-man performance of football.

Despite being a child of a die-hard sports fan whose identity hinged upon the successes and failures of his favorite organization (the Cleveland Browns, I sh*t you not–can you imagine an entire lifetime of being fanatical over the Cleveland Browns?), I don't understand the hype around football.

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The 10 Best Super Bowl Half Time Shows of All Time: Ranked

Remember when Lady Gaga literally jumped off the top of the stadium?

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If you watch the Super Bowl for the football, then we don't have much to talk about.

But if you watch the Super Bowl for the spectacle of the half time show and the commercials? We could get along. There are few performances in a musician's career with stakes as high as the Super Bowl half time show. It's live, the whole thing needs to be assembled in the length of a commercial break, and the whole country is watching and judging your performance.

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