When the stars and planets align, MTV’s writers and critics assemble to weigh in on new hotness, chart trash, and glimmers of hope in the pop-music landscape. This week’s roundtable includes Doreen St. Félix, Meredith Graves, Ira Madison III, Charles Aaron, David Turner, Hilary Hughes, and Simon Vozick-Levinson.
Graves: “I’m drunk enough to admit that I’m mad you continued living and enjoying yourself after our breakup” — usually I’m here for this so long as it’s a pop song and … read more

By Meredith Graves
Last night, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast dropped by The Daily Show With Trevor Noah to discuss, among other things, her involvement in the public dialogue surrounding Life or Death PR founder Heathcliff Berru’s alleged history of sexual assault. To recap: In January, Berru was outed on Twitter by Amber Coffman, a member of the band Dirty Projectors, as allegedly being a disgusting garbage man who, in her words, once “rubbed [her] ass and BIT [her] hair in a bar.” Soon … read more

The CEO of a PR firm representing many popular musicians—including Of Montreal, Killer Mike, GZA, and D’Angelo—has stepped down amid allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault from numerous women. New York Magazine reports the allegations against Heathcliff Berru of Life and Death PR started earlier this week, when Amber Coffman of the band Dirty Projectors tweeted that Berru groped her butt and bit her hair at a bar a number of years ago. “Dudes overlook it and keep hiring him,” Coffman … read more

The hipster music scene is rarely a hotbed of scandal. But the Brooklyn coterie is being rocked by a series of accusations made by female musicians against a top publicist. [email protected] broke the news online that Heathcliff Berru stepped down as CEO of Life or Death PR and Management after a slew of artists spoke out on social media. After Amber Coffman, singer and guitarist for veteran Williamsburg band Dirty Projectors, tweeted Monday night that Berru had “rubbed her ass” at a bar a couple … read more

If you’re an avid follower of entertainment media, you’ve probably been inundated with Best of 2015 lists recently. They’re everywhere! And they’re a lot of fun. But here’s the thing: We’ve always been a little dubious of lists like that. Because no one is capable of watching every TV show or movie, or reading every book, that comes out in a year. And everyone has their own subjective taste. What does it even mean for one movie to be the best of the year? 
So we’re trying something a little different. … read more

Actors like Jack McBrayer, Jane Krakowski and Judah Friedlander made “30 Rock,” the seven-year-long hit on NBC, what it was. You can’t imagine a sassy Liz Lemon without her hilariously narcissistic parter or the overly passionate page that never aged. But you also can’t imagine music videos like Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body” and The Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl” without them either. Instead of an actress who covered up her age, Krakowski was the wife that covered up her murderous … read more

Women in music face a number of different challenges, with everyone from Beyoncé to Taylor Swift calling out the unfair treatment they face and the need for equality. And Bethany Cosentino, one half of Best Coast, is no exception to the growing line of musicians who are women looking for change. On Friday, Bethany took to her Instagram and Twitter accounts to address a concert review that reduced Best Coast’s live performance to Bethany’s appearance. “But to do justice to the huge let-down … read more