Michael Diamond: After the success of Licensed to Ill, a bunch of individuals thought they knew precisely what our future ought to appear to be. After we parted methods with Def Jam, we began assembly with different labels and ultimately signed with Capitol. In the music enterprise of the late 1980s, fortunes might nonetheless be […]

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In October 2017, St. Vincent launched her fifth album, Masseduction, a critically acclaimed assortment of artwork rock with a pop sheen courtesy of producer Jack Antonoff. Now, a 12 months later, she has put collectively a companion piece, MassEducation, made up of quiet piano variations of the identical songs. St. Vincent walked us by the […]

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September 9/9 Emma Portner, through 9/10, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Dancer and choreographer Emma Portner, whose ferocious style incorporates elements of hip-hop and tap, performs highlights from her upcoming Hubbard Street Dance Chicago commission, with original music by Blood Orange’s Devonté Hynes. She’ll also share snippets of a new duet with Anne Plamondon and screen […]

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This summer, just about every A-list musician released an album. In less than three months, we got releases from Drake, Kanye West, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Eminem, some more Kanye West, Ariana Grande, and some other things connected to Kanye West, among many, many others. If we learned anything from the experience, it’s that we are […]

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Yoko Ono is a visionary. She imagines and reimagines. In October, she’ll release Warzone, which reprises 13 songs from her past albums. Spookily, or comfortingly, or depressingly, or rousingly, they are as applicable to the world today as they were when Ono wrote them. That same month, she’ll reimagine Imagine in a 320-page book on […]

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For the past dozen years, Arctic Monkeys songwriter Alex Turner has reigned as one of pop’s best lyricists, from his band’s early records, on which he sardonically documented after-hours pub life in Sheffield, England, to its new one, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, a concept album about a resort on the moon. Backstage before a […]

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Country Music Hall of Famer Harlan Howard famously boiled the philosophy of country songwriting down to a simple phrase: “three chords and the truth.” The meaning of the oft-repeated slogan may seem self-evident, but there’s more than meets the eye behind those five monosyllabic words. Howard made half a dozen albums between the early 1960s […]

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Growing up is hell. Your body changes so quickly you can almost sense it happening. Your hormones trip off thoughts you can barely manage or understand. In adolescence, before we settle into the people we are going to be, pop music serves a dual purpose: It is a beacon for teenage friendships and romances. It […]

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Taylor Swift has entered Chicago. Pedicabs swirl around Millennium Park blasting her hits as thousands of midwestern pop-music fans make their pilgrimage to Soldier Field, where they will be treated to glittery flights through the air, towering inflatable snakes, and an exploding mansion. But before they can see all that, they’re going to see Charli […]

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For a few seconds, Shawn Mendes is off the clock. It’s a sweltering afternoon in a Hollywood parking lot, and he’s slouched into the backseat of a 1965 Ford convertible, in which he’s just had his photo taken, with eyes closed. Today’s already been a marathon: Mendes, 19, woke up at six for an early […]

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Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger are the co-hosts of a podcast called Who? Weekly, a guide to “everything you need to know about the celebrities you don’t.” Rita Ora. Blac Chyna. Colton Haynes. Zendaya. Bella Thorne. A Wholebrity (or just a “Who”) is the kind of celebrity — or “celebrity” — whose name makes many […]

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You could tell Cardi B was going to be a huge star long before the history-making Billboard chart run that’s turning her into a household name. Her early Instagram videos roasting scammers, haters, lazy lovers, and gossip blogs exhibited a no-nonsense personality and flawless comedic timing. She was a joy to watch on Love and […]

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