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Normani And Megan Thee Stallion Just Dropped A Remake Of Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend’ And We STAN

It’s Megan Thee Stallion‘s first big single since “Hot Girl Summer,” and Normani‘s first appearance post-“Motivation” craze, the pair just released The ‘Birds of Prey’ soundtrack. The video for ‘Diamonds’ updates Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” and we STAN. 

Ahead of the upcoming DC Comics Harley Quinn spin-off film, Birds Of Prey, Megan Thee Stallion and Normani shared “Diamonds,” the song that will be featured on the soundtrack for the Margot Robbie-starring film.

After weeks of both artists teasing the single with screenshots and behind-the-scenes pics, the highly-anticipated track and music video were finally released Thursday. It immediately set the internet aflame, and for good reason. Sampling the melody of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic rendition of “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend,” “Diamonds” is a modern-day take on what has become an iconic number.

The song’s music video features exclusive footage from the Margot Robbie-led film, out February 7th alongside the soundtrack.

The soundtrack, which will accompany Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), also includes contributions from Halsey, K.Flay, Doja Cat, CYN and Charlotte Lawrence. The soundtrack features brand-new tracks from Summer Walker, Lauren Jauregui and Black Canary, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s character in the film.

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Robbie as supervillain Harley Quinn…

Alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis, the supervillains re-claim their power in an all new female empowerment super-hero film. The film was directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson based on characters from DC Comics.

The music video is full of Birds of Prey imagery

It’s set in an eerie fun house, the artists carry a mallet and baseball batt (Harley Quinn’s signature weapons), and their attire is an even darker and sexier spin on Harley’s ragtag, colorful wardrobe. Of course, footage from the film itself intercuts with scenes of Megan and Normani performing and fighting bad guys.

’Diamonds’ pulls from a number of iconic music videos.

Pulling inspiration from classic sources including Marilyn Monroe’s performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Howard Hawks’s 1953 comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as well as Madonna’s “Material Girl” video (directed by Mary Lambert)—which also directly references the Monroe’s iconic scene—Normani and Megan are updating the Marilyn moment.

For Diamonds”, Normani riffed off a scene that has been hyper-analyzed by scholars of Hollywood (and music video) history. 

And it works, because rather than present herself as a simple Marilyn Monroe simulacrum, Normani samples and remixes the original source material with the robust choreography that made her a star in the first place. And, of course, she’s reinforced by the fierceness and fearlessness of Megan Thee Stallion.

The video is all about girl power

Case in point: The “Diamonds” video from Normani and Megan Thee Stallion are full of fashion tributes to some of the industry’s most powerful women, but if you only watch the video once, you might miss them. In addition to Meg’s furious new rap verses and Normani’s husky hook delivery, the track’s flashy accompanying music video adds another layer to the song’s original meaning. Meg is furiously fighting off tuxedo-ed men, and for most of the visual the dynamic duo is seen on the run in a fabulous escape, à la Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in “Telephone.” Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but they no longer need to be gifted by a man.

Normani and Thee Stallion’s unforgettable looks, are throwback to statement-making women.

Marilyn Monroe remains an icon for her performance of “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” from 1953. Celebrities including Madonna, Nicole Scherzinger, and Kylie Minogue have recreated the scene in their own performances, but Normani gives you a 2020 take on Monroe’s dress with a leotard and matching satin pink gloves, all while being iced out from neck to toe. Plus, her dancers even got a sailor moon version of the original “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” video.

Birds of Prey is slated to arrive in theaters on February 7, 2020.

Bad Bunny’s ‘Yo Perreo Sola’ Music Video Has Drag, Female Empowerment, And Artistic Styling That Is World-Class

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Bad Bunny’s ‘Yo Perreo Sola’ Music Video Has Drag, Female Empowerment, And Artistic Styling That Is World-Class

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Bad Bunny is known to push gender norms and supports the LGBTQ+ community. His music videos are artistic expressions of the world he wants to live in. His latest music video for the song “Yo Perreo Sola” is catching everyone’s attention for several reasons including the trapero singing and dancing in full drag.

Bad Bunny starts his “Yo Perreo Sola” music video in a hot red leather drag outfit.

Like, dayum. The Puerto Rican trap star did not hold back. His look was everything as he gave us some “Oops…I Did It Again” dominatrix vibes. The fans were not prepared for this but it seems that most of them are all for Bad Bunny pushing boundaries even further in Latin trap.

The imagery is literally being celebrated for its strong statement for the LGBTQ+ community.

Bad Bunny was very outspoken about Alexa Negrón Luciano, a trans woman who was murdered in Puerto Rico and misgendered in media reports. The singer was on “The Late Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and used the moment to protest the treatment of Luciano’s legacy. Bad Bunny wore a shirt that read in Spanish, “They killed Alexa, not a man in a skirt.”

Bad Bunny fans were ready to defend their fave and his new music video.

To many, Latin trap is still a place where homophobia and misogyny fester in lyrics by some of the top performers. Bad Bunny is one artist that has been fighting against that culture from within. He has bent gender norms in music videos and it has set his career apart from other Latin trap musicians.

And they are all celebrating the anguish of straight men who listen to Bad Bunny and have social hang-ups.

The same homophobia in Latin trap is reflected within the community. Bad Bunny’s unapologetic willingness to take gender and flip it on its head is just one thing fans love about the trapero.

You can watch the full video below.

Bad Bunny never disappoints, does he?

READ: Bad Bunny Is The Modern Icon The Queer Latino Community Needs And Deserves Right Now. Here’s Why

Someone Turned Cardi B’s Coronavirus Rant Into A Remix Now It’s On The Billboard Charts

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Someone Turned Cardi B’s Coronavirus Rant Into A Remix Now It’s On The Billboard Charts

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Who knew Cardi B’s rants could be music to someone’s ears.

If you haven’t already heard, Cardi B went one very long Instagram rant about the Coronavirus pandemic and its global repercussions. Last Wednesday, the Dominican rapper posted a 46-second video on Instagram airing out her fears and grievances about the disease. Towards the end of the clip Cardi B delivered the lines “Coronavirus! S*** is real! S*** is getting real!”

Now it’s Billboard hit.

Over the weekend, the Brooklyn-based DJ iMarkkeyz chopped up the soundbite and released a track called “Coronavirus.” The bit has Cardi B’s rant on loop as a trap beat plays beneath it. It didn’t take long for “Coronavirus” to take off– the song we mean. The song broke into the pop charts internationally in Bulgaria and Brazil over the weekend and eventually began to climb the ranks of iTunes. By Thursday the song was top 10 in the United States iTunes chart.

You might think the song’s virality is just another schtick but uh uh.

Cardi B and iMarkkeyz have pledged to donate proceeds from streams and downloads to go towards those affected by Coronavirus.

According to Billboard “As preliminary reports indicated, the remixed tune ‘Coronavirus’ sold 3,000 copies in the week ending March 19, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The sales total prompts a No. 9 debut on Billboard’s Rap Digital Song Sales and a No. 13 start on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales charts dated March 28. In addition, ‘Coronavirus’ picked up 626,000 U.S. on-demand streams in the same period”

Check out the new hit below!