Memorable Album Covers of 2014: The Self-Portraits

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

In 2014, musicians once again demonstrated that album cover art still matters -- even as album sales continue to drop. The album cover remains a powerful way for artists to visualize their music and their personalities. According to analyst Mary Meeker, we upload and share 1.8 billion images a day. ...

Ellen DeGeneres, the Oscars, and the Era of the Visual Storyteller

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The defining moment of the 2014 Academy Awards happened in the audience and on Twitter. While the Oscars ceremony lumbered along with the usual moments of awkward onstage patter and stars showcasing their plastic surgery, Ellen DeGeneres snapped the selfie that was seen around the world: a joyous moment of ...

How the Grammys Help Fans Create Visual Stories

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards sparked laughter, controversy, eye rolling, and a lot of conversation in our living rooms, pressrooms, and social media worlds. Beyoncé’s risqué performance raised eyebrows, and Lorde's dance moves caused some serious head scratching. Pharrell's gigantic Smokey the Bear hat generated instant parodies and its own ...

Why Every Year Is the Year of Miley Cyrus

Monday, January 13th, 2014

It's time for the Miley Cyrus bashers to wake up to a stark reality: Miley Cyrus ain't going away. Not in 2014. Not anytime soon. Why? Because when you peel away the layers of twerk-inspired controversy, Miley Cyrus is creating good pop music. And with a major North American tour ...

The Making of a Star: Jermaine Dupri, Leah LaBelle, and “Sexify”

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Being sexy ain’t the same as being skanky. Just ask Leah LaBelle, who sings about all the ways she turns on a guy in her hook-filled song, “Sexify.” This song really moves with a hard beat, and the word play lives up to the title. “I just want some hanky-panky,” she ...