The 62nd Annual Grammy Award nominations were unveiled on Wednesday (November 20). While Lizzo, who leads the nominations with a whopping eight nods, celebrated her epic milestone, there are a few artists who presumably aren’t feeling the love. Noticeably missing from the Best Rap Album category are Rapsody’s EVE album and Freddie Gibbs’ Madlib-produced masterpiece Bandana, which […]

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Washington, D.C. – A$AP Rocky oddly became a small part of presidential history on Wednesday (November 20). U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland mentioned Rocky — who was imprisoned in Sweden this past summer — multiple times during his testimony at the impeachment hearings for Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. In Sondland’s opening […]

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If you woke up this morning compelled to punch the air, chances are you’re Taylor Swift. The Grammys announced its nominations for the 2020 ceremony bright and early on Wednesday and, per usual, it’s a mixed bag of delightful acknowledgments (Michelle Obama! Nipsey Hussle!), oddities (see: whatever’s happening in the rock field), and puzzling omissions […]

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When Janet Weiss announced her exit from groundbreaking rock band Sleater-Kinney ahead of the group’s new St. Vincent–produced album, The Center Won’t Hold, fans began to speculate about behind-the-scenes drama. In her first interview since the news, the celebrated drummer confirmed many of the rumors. She told drummer Joe Wong on his podcast The Trap […]

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Los Angeles, CA – The nominations for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards are in. Leading the charge is Lizzo with eight nominations in all major categories, including Record of the Year (“Truth Hurts”), Album of the Year (Cuz I Love You) and Song of the Year (“Truth Hurts”). The 31-year-old artist, who is currently overseas […]

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An embattled Taylor Swift dropped her new Cats song at exactly 12:01 a.m. Friday morning. As previously reported, “Beautiful Ghosts” isn’t sung by Swift’s character, Bombalurina. Instead, it will be sung by Francesa Hayward’s Victoria in the film and then reprised by Judi Dench’s Old Deuteronomy before being sung over the credits by Swift. The […]

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The first time Dickinson creator Alena Smith imagined Emily Dickinson walking angrily through the Amherst woods, she heard Kendrick Lamar rapping. Smith was writing the pilot for her genre-busting Apple TV+ series in which she uses recent scholarly research to erase the image of the famous writer as a fragile, virginal recluse. Smith’s Emily is […]

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Photographer and filmmaker Robert Freeman, the artist behind the Beatles’ seminal early album covers, has died at the age of 82, Rolling Stone reports. The band’s official Twitter account also posted about Freeman’s passing on Friday, as did Ringo Starr. Initially a photographer for Britain’s Sunday Times, Freeman was commissioned for a portrait of the […]

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On June 30, news broke that Scooter Braun, the megawatt music manager who’s guided the careers of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, had acquired Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group and, with it, Taylor Swift’s catalogue, for over $300 million through his Ithaca Holdings LLC. It’s a business move that’s commonplace in the industry — […]

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Have you ever stared into an auditorium at 6:30 p.m., at an audience bathed in blue light, with every third seat occupied by a child and the rest by parents who know not what to expect but only to be breathlessly expectant? BABY SHARK LIVE, the marquee outside had read. Larger people in puffer jackets […]

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Nobody wants a Taylor Swift career-retrospective AMA performance that consists solely of tracks off Lover and a few, uh, stirring bars from “Beautiful Ghosts.” But as we learned from Swift’ss Notes-app statement yesterday, label executives Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta are allegedly barring her from performing pre-Lover tracks for her Artist of the Decade Award […]

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The last time I heckled a musician at a concert, I was visiting a friend in Maine while in college in New England. We picked up tickets to see Tool on the Lateralus tour at the Civic Center in Augusta to make the most of the trip. I was 20, and a smart-ass, and a […]

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Fans, prepare to mobilize. The 2020 Grammy nominations are upon us, set to be announced on November 20 by Alicia Keys and Bebe Rexha. Which can only mean one thing: It’s that time of year to argue about how the Recording Academy did [insert your fave here] dirty. Will Taylor Swift be snubbed two albums […]

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The row between Taylor Swift, Scott Borchetta, founder of her old record label Big Machine, and Scooter Braun, who purchased Big Machine this summer and acquired the masters to the singer’s earliest studio albums in the process, is ugly and getting uglier. Last we heard from the two camps, they were accusing each other of […]

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R.E.M. broke boundaries, first as an upstart ’80s indie-rock band equally indebted to folk-rock acts like the Byrds and hook-smart post-punk stars like U2, and later as the model for considerate rock stardom and political and humanitarian activism that the figureheads of the ’90s alternative-rock boom would often look to for guidance. They were a […]

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When news broke that Daniel Johnston, cult musician and visual artist, died of a heart attack on September 11, 2019, at his home in Waller, Texas, tributes from fans and fellow musicians flooded in. The lo-fi, homespun humanity of his songwriting, immortalized in Jeff Feuerzeig’s 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, had touched mainstream […]

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Wow, you hear that? It’s the sweet, sweet music of dreams coming true. The 2020 Grammy nominations are here! While the actual awards are super sad for the losers, everyone’s a winner at the nominations. Well, everyone except those on the west coast who woke up at five in the morning to watch the live […]

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Could you?Could you? Could you …… Believe Pink would give anything other than an emotional awards-show performance? Okay, so part of us wanted Pink to dramatically throw off her poncho to reveal silks that would hoist her up into a beautiful country-tinged aerial number during her performance of her ballad “Love Me Anyway” at last […]

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