Girls' Generation have proven once again that they're still the biggest girl group in the world by hitting 100 million views on YouTube for their "I Got a Boy" music video.
It's another huge achievement for the clip, which already picked up the Video of the Year honour at last year's first ever YouTube Music Awards.
This is the second Girls' Generation music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube so far; the first, "Gee," reached the milestone over a year ago (it now stands at 123 million views). The ninesome's 2011 hit, "The Boys," should also get there soon, as its currently at 96 million views and counting.
To put all of this into perspective, Girls' Generation is currently the only girl group besides The Pussycat Dolls to have more than one music video with over 100 million views. The only other act to achieve the same numbers with just one video is Japan's AKB48 with "Heavy Rotation," while 2NE1 and Little Mix are close behind with 95 million views for "I Am The Best" and "Wings," respectively.
In other words, Girls' Generation is still about ten steps ahead of the competition. It's gonna be a long time before any other group can even come close to GG's current success.
After posting cryptic messages on her Instagram story, it's clear that many of Azealia Banks's behaviors were a cry for help.
Content warning: This article contains depictions of suicidal ideation.
Eight years ago, Azealia Banks was positioned to be the next big thing in hip-hop.
The Harlem rapper's debut single, "212," had spread through the Internet like wildfire. Banks was only 20 years old at the time and had just left her record label, XL Recordings, due to creative conflicts. Despite being strapped for cash and admittedly depressed, Banks released "212" as a free download from her website. The unforgettable hip-house track would reinvigorate her tumultuous music career.
Back when the Pussycat Dolls were on top of the charts, it was common to hear complaints about Nicole Scherzinger fronting the group while the other members had to settle for roles as glorified backup dancers. It may have seemed unfair at the time, but Nicole was the head of PCD for a reason: not only is she stunningly beautiful, she's also an extremely talented singer -- the latter being something that the other Dolls lacked.
The Dolls' shortcomings in the vocal department couldn't be any more apparent than in Ashley Roberts' new solo single, "Woman Up."
The song sounds a bit like a cheaper --yet surprisingly better-- version of Cheryl Cole's "Crazy Stupid Love" thanks to a shared retro pep between them, but it's ultimately dragged down by a weak and gutless vocal performance from Roberts.
"Woman Up" is the kind of bop that's built for someone like Ariana Grande, Little Mix, or PCD's Melody Thornton. Roberts definitely has the looks and the moves, but with her voice the song just falls flat.
If only she could dig up an old Britney b-side, then she'd really be in business.