Not since Prince scrawled "Slave" on his cheek has an artist generated the level and intensity of attention that pop star Kesha Rose Sebert did when she sued her producer, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, and record company, Sony Music, in 2014, to be released from her contract.
Being Rihanna must be exhausting. In America's estimation of the pop princess -- who was recently reported by research agency the NPD Group to be the most marketable brand spokesperson alive -- she exists on the languorous edge of Carefree Black Girlness, all Instagrams from Saint Barts and red carpet stunting and relaxed dismissals of thirsty men pretending to know her.
In the Spanish-speaking world, Prince Royce is already a brand-name superstar. He scored his first No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart with his 2010 debut at the age of 20. That song, "Corazon Sin Cara," was a soft-focus ode to unconditional love that established Royce as a bachata heartthrob whose silken tenor and warmhearted attitude fit perfectly within the genre's sentimental sound.
Style is more important today in pop music than it was even in 1991, when Mariah Carey dropped Emotions, but like the Elusive Chanteuse did back then, Ariana Grande is subverting it with cute, comfortable, and on-trend dresses with a feminine slant.