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Do It Well: 5 Baddest Girls in the Music Biz

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When you flip through music's history book, there is no contesting that women reign supreme. However out of all the leading ladies, there have been a select few, a special breed, who set their sights on something else--iconic success through infamy.

With as much praise as the cookie-cutter It girl receives, there has always been something alluring about the bad girl. Some have tried to obtain her image, but an edgy style and aggressive song does not add up to a bad girl. In fact, it barely scratches the surface. It takes more; something from within. Guts, sex, nonchalance, controversy, and even a little crazy. For all of these traits, there is a bad girl who not only possesses it, she has built a brand around it.

Check out the baddest girls of the biz who do it exceptionally well. -- Christopher Lowery

Guts.

Since the beginning of her career, Madonna has made it very clear that she marches to the beat of her own drum. Whether its her risque image or bold, unwarranted statements, Madge has become a permanent fixture in Pop culture all for expressing herself. All the artists on our lists have been the subject of controversy, but Madonna invented it. I mean, how many artists can say they offended the Vatican, media, and had their music videos banned from several countries?

Sex.

As if posing in that now iconic spread eagle position on her debut album wasn't enough, Kim made scandalous behavior a regular routine time and time again. Her raunchy lyrics and readiness to pop off made her not only one of hip-hop's most thorough MCs, but a femme fatale who's outlandish behavior is still unrivaled today.

Nonchalance.

It's essential to any badass image, and Rihanna's got enough of it to fill the Georgia dome. Since the release of her third album Good Girl Gone Bad (could it be any clearer?), RiRi has personified the phrase "if you thought that was bad, wait until you see this!" Whether she's spending quality time with Mary Jane or showcasing her decision to rekindle her love affair with Chris Brown, the 23-year-old rebel is give no you-know-whats about going where none of today's Pop divas are, not even King B.

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With less than two years in the game, this has become a fixture in Azealia Banks' brand. Not a solo album to her name, and Miss Banks is already a professional ish starter. She's initiated tension with Lil' Kim, Nicki Minaj, Perez Hilton and Angel Haze, showing no signs of slowing down. It is getting to the point where you have to wonder how many bridges can Azealia burn? But when you're the Queen of Isle de la Controversy, who gives a damn?

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Crazy.

She was never a typical mainstream artist and that's how she earned her edge. Tie that into a tough Sri Lankan upbringing and a will not to conform, and M.I.A might be the biggest rebel on our list. You have to be badass to flip the bird on one of the most viewed broadcasts in the world. And to do that in a country that you're not from (during a time of intense Middle East tension)? That shit cray.

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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