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Five years ago Christina Aguilera’s controversial album ‘Bionic’ was released: A look back at her turbulent year

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Christina Aguilera photographed for “Bionic”.

Christina was returning from a four year absence in the public eye and was determined to reclaim her place in pop music from Gaga. They were both strong willed, and that is where all the trouble began. Five years ago Christina Aguilera and her team were prepping for what they believed would be a legendary rollout for album number four, Bionic. It had been a while since Aguilera had released any new music after 2006’s Back To Basics. In the eyes of Aguilera, her label and managers, there was no doubt Bionic would return her to a throne that she had never quite ascended to.

In a Billboard magazine cover story profile, Aguilera came off as cocky, if not a little uninformed of her place in pop music in 2010. “There’s no proving element to me,” she adds at one point in the lengthy interview. “At this point in my career, I’m over any and all weird comparisons or negativity.”

Those “comparisons” were unfortunately to Lady Gaga. In 2010 there was no pop star more provocative, shocking and talented than Gaga. She rewrote,for a short period, how pop stars should act in order to win fame. For three years there was no one who could touch Gaga’s place. In Aguilera’s absence, many other pop stars had come into music quite suddenly. Katy Perry, Kesha, Marina and the Diamonds, were all on the verge of something very big in the summer of 2010. The future was bright and pop music as a whole was dramatically changing. These girls were a new brand of pop: weird and sexy. Critics and fans embraced them.

Christina Aguilera was not so lucky.

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For $100,000 Ansel Elgort can take you to prom

Prizeo campaigns are a really expensive way to possibly hang out with your favorite celebrity in exchange for donating some money to charities. Prizeo understands that the average teenager probably doesn’t care about people dying of thirst in Africa, but they DO care about meeting the latest teen heartthrob Ansel Elgort. And this campaign has probably the most absurd option possible: for $100,000 you can have Ansel Elgort as your date to prom. ONE HUNDRED. THOUSAND. DOLLARS.

LISTEN, I know Ansel is cute and I also know that is a hell of a lot of money going towards charity–which is much needed–but I don’t think I could bear to tell my friends how much my parents paid to buy my prom date. And as this is Hollywood, God knows the date would probably be overseen and meticulously planned by Prizeo and Ansel’s management. He’s not just going to show up at your house with a corsage and watch Black Beauty with you after the dance. But on the other hand, whoever’s parents does pay this amount will get the honor of having their child’s face plastered all over Ansel’s Instagram and receiving life threatening Tweets from TFIOS fangirls.

Prizeo is a really wonderful way for celebrities to draw attention towards charities and social issues in the world, but for the love of God, do you really have to make everything SO EXPENSIVE? A signed photo for any campaign is $100. When I was seventeen I wrote celebrities all the time and got signed photos back for free because I included a self-addressed stamped envelope. If you want a celebrity to shout you out on Twitter? That’s $500. Nevermind that Ansel does a pretty swell job of keeping up with fans on Twitter anyway.

I suppose the way I see it is, Prizeo could possibly lower the prices to make these campaigns more accessible to fans who are more….middle class. The charities are a great thing, but really who the hell has $100,000 laying around to give to Prizeo so Ansel Elgort can take their daughter to prom?

If you want to read more of what you are donating to, then read Ansel’s statement below:

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Gigi Gorgeous is my new Vlogger obsession

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Gigi and her puppy

Don’t let Gigi Gorgeous fool you. On first glance she might seem like your typical beauty vlogger who fades into the background of the queens of YouTube, but she is incredibly bright, intelligent and hilarious. I found Gigi by chance while watching a GloZelle video. “RECOMMENDED FOR YOU: My Vegas Sugar Daddy Experience” kept popping up in every damn video I watched. “What are you trying to tell me, YouTube?” I thought. I finally gave in and clicked the link.

Gigi, recounting her experience of dealing with a man who wanted to pay her for sex, came across as brazen and strong. She’s funny and candid. And she knows her self-worth; something she pushes onto her viewers whenever she gets a chance. What I found most intriguing about Gigi is that she’s transgendered and does not filter herself to appeal to the YouTube masses. She’s a wonderful alternative to LGBT YouTubers who are parodies of themselves and the gay community.

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New album spotlight: Dawn Richard’s Blackheart, a wild and experimental ride

I was not prepared for the new Dawn Richards record “Blackheart.” The album is described by Dawn herself as darker, experimental and “too risky” for mainstream labels. “Blackheart” dropped yesterday and I’ve been listening to it all night trying to gage a feel for it. I was intrigued by the simplistic and stunning cover art, but then was immediately drawn in by the second track “Calypso.” It’s a work of her own, for sure, and something I was not expecting. Dawn has been flying under my radar for years, and I was never aware that she had recorded another record titled “Goldenheart” which begins the Heart trilogy.

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