Is "Royals" racism or just a number one hit song?
The debut single "Royals" is the top song on Billboards Hot 100 chart, #1 on Spotify, and the most shared song in the U.S. this year.
But the New Zealand artist Ella Yelich-O'Connor, also known as "Lorde" is under fire after a prominent feminist blogger criticized the 16-year-old for singing racist lyrics.
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In a post on the prominent feminist blog feministing.com, writer Veronica Bayetti Flores took issue with the song's lyrics, in which Yelich-O'Connor sings that "every song" is about gold teeth and Maybach luxury cars - both fixtures of hip-hop music videos - before concluding "we don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams."
"While I love a good critique of wealth accumulation and inequity, this song is not one; in fact, it is deeply racist," wrote Bayetti Flores. "Because we all know who she's thinking when we're talking gold teeth, Cristal (champagne) and Maybachs. So why s*** on black folks? Why s*** on rappers?"
Outfront: AJ Hammer, host of HLN's "Showbiz Tonight."
Warner Brothers announces that it will release a new film series based on the Harry Potter series.
— Warner Bros Pictures (@wbpictures) September 12, 2013
The new movies will not focus on Harry himself, instead, it follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, the hero of another wizard book by J.K. Rowling called, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
J.K. Rowling is set to write the movie scripts, saying, "[The new film] will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years... Newt's story will start in New York..."
Erin Burnett has more OutFront.
When actress Valerie Harper revealed she had terminal brain cancer earlier this year she said, "death is out there for all of us. There's other ways to handle it than just sit on the couch and accept."
CNN's Nischelle Turner is OutFront with the story.
An electronic music festival was cut short this weekend after two party-goers died, apparently from using a drug called Molly, a powdered form of ecstasy.
The drug has been around for decades, but with the new name Molly, it's become the hot new party drug.
Even performers like Kanye West, Rick Ross, Two Chains and Miley Cyrus have mentioned it by name. The word "Molly" was even bleeped during Miley Cyrus' VMA performance last week.
And use of the designer drug is surging.
OutFront: Dr. Howard Samuels, Founder and CEO of the Hills Treatment Center.