The surprising history behind Britney Spears’ iconic VMA snake performance

Britney Spears uses the VMA stage to shock. Over the course of her career, she's taken MTV's Video Music Awards as an opportunity to strip down to a nude-colored ensemble, kiss Madonna on the mouth, and—in her most iconic performance—carry a giant albino python. The giant yellow snake, wrapped around the shoulders of…

What the videos for 'Shake It Off' and other Max Martin pop hits should really look like

Taylor Swift’s kiss-off to country, “Shake It Off,” basically won, forever, in a music industry that’s long gone south: the song’s gone five times platinum in the U.S., a feat no one has managed in years. So this Sunday, Taylor will likely pick up one or all of the Grammys for which the song is nominated this year:…