Encyclopedia Britannicney: Get Nasty, Part One

The previous edition of Encyclopedia Britannicney ended with our songstress and savior performing OOPS! I DID IT AGAIN in a nude sequin getup; hence declaring her independence and womanhood to the world. In Get Nasty, we explore Britney’s transition from all-American teen queen to unadulterated badass.

Part One focuses on the promo leading up to the Britney album release, the Dream Within a Dream Tour, and Crossroads. Special guest professor Vince Rossi (of WINSLET) helps us elucidate on an epic Super Bowl, the ultimate MTV Diary, and what it takes to be the ultimate a pop snake (take notes from Banana, Tay Tay).

You can find your reading list here: Get Nasty Reading List

Halloween Special: Haunted Spookywood

In today’s lecture, the professors discuss celebrity ghosts and their favorite haunts. They also investigate the recent surge of crystal-related activity in Hollywood, Hannah’s feud with Food God, and how they were not …Ready for It (because it’s dumb).

Please be warned, this episode does include graphic descriptions of murders in addition to normal pop ramblings.

You can find your reading list here: Spookywood Reading List

Encyclopedia Britannicney: A Star Is Born, Part Two

In Part Two of “A Star Is Born,” we focus on Britney’s rise to superstardom, as well as her apparent clairvoyant skills, the many obnoxious interviews she was forced to sit through, and the fact that Beyoncé once opened for her (yes, that Beyoncé).

Please find your reading list for here.

PS- Pop U is happy to announce our first interactive event: The Justice For Blackout Pro-Britney March. It will be held on October 25 at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For more details, see our event on Facebook.

Encyclopedia Britannicney: A Star Is Born, Part One

In 1999 and 2000, Britney Spears went from being a little-known cootie patootie to the most influential pop star in the world. Her rise was rapid, and her promotional opps were plentiful. In today’s edition of Encyclopedia Britannicney, professors Hannah and Maddie are joined by visiting lecturer Marcus, who has seen Britney 40 – we repeat, 40 – times in concert.

Part One of A Star Is Born focuses on the Baby One More Time album and affiliated tour. Find your reading list here: Reading List

Pop Emergency: Kylie’s New Jenneration

Over the past few weeks, we’ve received several distressed notes from students requesting help understanding current events. With this week’s katastrophe, we decided it’s time for a Pop Emergency.

Kylie Jenner is pregnant. Hillsong Church is a networking hotspot. Mother! was a hoot. Taylor Swift aint sh**. We discuss these issues and more in today’s lecture.

Conspiracy Theories 1101: Kontrolling the Kardashians

Professors Hannah and Maddie examine the rise and perpetuation of the Kardashian Klan’s fame. Does their celebrity stem from a government plot? Could it be a purposed, extended Illuminati konspiracy? Or, is Kris Jenner truly the best hustler of all time? We weigh competing theses, and discuss Ray J’s thirst, copycat stardom, and why MKUltra needs to just quit it with the brainwashing.

Your reading list is here. Please note, many conspiracy theory sites are sketchy. Research at your own risk.

Encyclopedia Britannicney: Pre-Fame, Part Two

When class last left off, we were discussing Britney’s past with the girl band Innosense. In today’s lecture, we will continue to examine Britney’s early years, and will focus on her first single, tour, and album. Really: when. will. your. faves.

We are again joined by guest lecturer Sal, and have a VERY special introduction from a VERY special guest.

Encyclopedia Britannicney: Pre-Fame, Part One

On December 2, 1981, Godney was born in McComb, Mississippi. In addition to singing, dancing, and eating crawfish, little Britney Jean Spears was forging her path to the highest reaches of fame. With special visiting Professor Sal, Professors Lazer and Rowston explore Britney’s early years. This is part one of a two-part episode, and a never-ending series (#dealwithit, Falkor).

Your reading list is located here: Reading List

Conspiracy Theories 1101: Larry Stylinson & The Teen Choice Awards

The past few days have been an absolute whirlwind for your esteemed professors. Not only did they get credited by the likes of Breatheheavy, US Weekly and Bustle, but they also got discredited by ET. Just remember, students, the public scoffed at Galileo once.

In today’s lecture, the professors guide you through their experience at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards. While no one showed up, the professors (who are also spies) used their unique skill set to wander backstage and onto the red carpet. They report back on their findings.

Next, they examine the most important conspiracy theory of this decade thus far: the existence of Larry Stylinson.

Please find your reading list here.

Britmergency: JUSTNEY, PART TWO

We’re breaking some news from Timbaland himself regarding our favorite former pop couple – Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. This episode is presented in unofficial partnership with Unsolved Mysteries. #justney

Pop Emergency: Parks and Wrecks/ Halsey’s Weird Edition

Dear students: due to the profound and disturbing dissolution of Anna Faris’s and Chris Pratt’s marriage, we invite you to attend our office hours. We’d like to help you work through this confusing time.

We also draw your attention to an important issue: Halsey’s secret Harry Styles ~stan~ past. If you think we’re extra, just you wait.

Comparative Socialite Studies: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bro Posses, and the Conquest of P*ssy

In this week’s lecture, the professors examine an under-studied phenomenon: the rise of the male socialite. We unpack the events surrounding the Pussy Posse and its most notable member: Leonardo DiCaprio. Please note that headphones and a vape pen are required for this episode, as is a general disregard for women.

Comparative Socialite Studies: La Lohan and The Genius of Madness

Students, take your seats! This lecture’s going to be a doozy, as the time has come for us to study the one socialite to rule them all: Lindsay effing Lohan. La Lohan proved to be funner, crazier, and red hair-ier than the rest, giving her a special place in 2000s history and beyond. From Olympic-medalling sexual escapades to political aspirations, and a complex code-based language employed in her social media posts, Lindsay definitely knows more than you think.

We also discuss pressing matters such as James Franco’s pretension, 2005’s VMAs, and why Kanye West should deliver his State of the Union using the staging set-up from the Life of Pablo tour.

Find your reading list here: Lindsay Lohan Bibliography

Discussion Section: The Destruction of Brotherhood and the Resurrection of the Posse

In this week’s inaugural discussion section, we examine current events. These include the Drake Bell & Josh Peck feud, hygiene (featuring Bella Thorne and Scott Disick), Insta-stardom with an unwilling Hailey Baldwin, the Pussy Posse, and exclusive stories about Amanda Bynes and Miles Teller.

We also discuss why girls should shave their faces, and that guy who can’t spell in text messages.

Sabbatical Check-In: A Pop University Minisode

Your professors are busy traveling through Europe, but pop culture stops for no one! We break down several major events from the past few weeks while preparing you for our next lecture in Socialite Studies.

May 15 – May 21: A Pop Emergency Mega-Cast

On this week’s episode of Pop University, special guest Carlie Craig joins your professors to school you on a week gone wild. From competing song releases to bizarre TV shows and reignited celebrity feuds, we break down the weirdest week in a while.

We also examine why honeydew is lame, whether or not we are mean, and how to become lyrical geniuses like Liam Payne.


EDIT: This podcast was recorded before the tragedy in Manchester. Our hearts are with all concert goers, staff, performers, and their families.

Comparative Socialite Studies: Paris Hilton and the Dawn of a New Era

Welcome to your new course: Comparative Socialite Studies (Pop Culture – 2101). In today’s lecture, we cover Ms. Paris Hilton, the original celebutante! We examine her meteoric rise to fame, her alarming malice, and the genius that created an empire.

We also explore why Katy Perry is a Debbie, how insane it would be to bone the lead singer of Sum 41, and why we’re better than Brittany Furlan.

You’re reading list for this week is below, students!

Reading List: Paris Hilton, Comparative Socialite Studies

Ball, Gala, or Conspiracy? The Met Gala in the Wintour Years

Fashion: lay it on us. On this week’s episode of Pop University, we school you on the Anna Wintour era of the Met Gala. We remember the triumphs and tragedies of fashionistas past, and relish in the inane drama of the present. Several guest lecturers grace this episode, including Hiddlestoner Kelly, comedienne Carlie Craig, and a fashion expert who is not Rachel Zoe.

We also discuss Demi Lovato in LA dive bars, the ethics of being Elon Musk, and why everyone should follow Kenny G on Instagram.

This presentation will guide you through our magical haute journey.

MTV Spring Break: Humanity’s Greatest Achievement

Once upon a time on a beer-soaked beach, MTV’s cameras caught college students’ rowdiest moments, and paired them with iconically-weird pop performances. It was a golden age of cable, when you might catch a bare tit – either a 20-something girl’s, or Fat Joe’s – on daytime TV.

On this week’s episode of Pop University, we reminisce about the greatest parties we never went to. We also discuss a Lorde + Tom Hiddleston conspiracy theory, the spawn of Speidi, and JC’s seminal (pun intended) single, All Day Long I Dream About Sex.

POP EMERGENCY: Justney Lives?! Timbaland Trolls?!

Blooooop! Blooooop! Beeeeeeeeeeeep. The National Popstar Service is issuing a POP EMERGENCY on April 8, 2017 at 11:09pm. Trolling Timbalands have been spotted liking all things #justney, and Justin Timberlake is acting weird with his mom, Pharrell, and Danja. Could this be the Justin Timberlake/ Britney Spears collab our past selves have been pining for?

The JB Files: We Want to Belieb

When a Justin Bieber/ Justin Timberlake dance night invitation came across these professors desks, they had no choice but to commence their research. In today’s episode, we dedicate our gifted minds to unpacking everything Bieber. We also remind you about O-Town, Lindsay Lohan’s thirst, and why we prefer trolls to monkeys.

FEUDS! FEUDS! FEUDS!

In honor of Troll Murphy’s new show, FEUD, we have and old school lecture and new school discussion section detailing two blondes with extreme ambition: Courtney Love and Taylor Swift. We also delve in rope bondage, Vanessa Carlton, Julianne Hough, and the funky, funky beats of The Weeknd’s songs about cars and cocaine.

Rogue Britney: A Popstar Story

An extended study of Britney Spears: 2004-2007

After an appalling Lifetime Movie, professors Lazer and Rowston set the record straight. We cover less-studied biographical elements of Ms. Spears, such as her lost album, her lost musical, and her forgotten blogs. We also get into weird things that happened this week, and a glorious blind item.