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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In the latest confirmation that we live in the strangest, most confusing time, today’s damning testimony in the impeachment hearings against President Trump hinge, at least in part, on A$AP Rocky. Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified in front of the House committee on impeachment that there was, in fact, a quid […]

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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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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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Get your requests ready: The Kelly Clarkson Show announced that it’ll return for the 2020–21 season, meaning another season full of the Kellyoke covers that captivated us in the first place. The daytime show, syndicated in 100 percent of the country, earned its early second-season renewal by ranking as the top new daytime show, and […]

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Taylor Swift and her former label Big Machine Records have reached a compromise when it comes to her contentious performance at the American Music Awards on November 24, where she’s being honored as Artist of the Decade. She can officially perform whatever songs she’d like, including those bought by Scooter Braun earlier this year. “The […]

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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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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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Mary Magdalene is the New Testament’s most enigmatic figure. The gospel of Luke introduces her as a woman who, cured of possession by seven demons, would go on to help finance the disciples’ ministries. Matthew places her at the scene of the crucifixion, and Mark has her in the party that discovers the open tomb […]

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Kanye West often tells his life story through songs about driving. The College Dropout’s “Thru the Wire” recounted the aftermath of the near-fatal car crash that gave the rapper-producer a fractured jaw and a powerful sense of purpose. Late Registration’s “Drive Slow” recalled old friends and beat-up rides, and feeling prideful for having something not […]

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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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Gordon Klein isn’t the only fancy train boy anymore. After taking more than two decades to perfect the rugged skyscrapers, the beaten-up warehouses, the cabooses, and a whole lot of choo-choos, Rod Stewart has unveiled his massive model-train set to the public. And we are floored. The low-key locomotive enthusiast granted Railway Modeller the exclusive […]

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Hollywood, CA – Luh Kel has shared his two cents on who rightfully deserves the “King of R&B” title. During a conversation with RealStreetRadio, the 17-year-old singer said Justin Bieber‘s talent is unmatched. Initially, Kel shot down claims there even is a “King of R&B.” The Tennessee native stated he shouldn’t look at others in […]

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4-IZE and Señor Kaos, two fixtures of the Atlanta Hip Hop scene, have teamed up as Ultra Beast. The duo has released a new album, United, featuring production by Don Cannon, Da Beatminerz, E. Jones, Illastrate, D.R.U.G.S Beats and Spitzwell. “Ultra Beast is about me and 4-IZE channeling our talents and resources to become twice […]

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Evidence has dropped an instrumental tape on the heels of his surprise album Secrets & Escapes with Brother Ali. The 26-track Squirrel Tape Instrumentals Vol. 1 is a collection of previously unreleased beats crafted by the Dilated Peoples member. The veteran rapper/producer’s latest release continues a series of beat tapes that began with 2003’s Yellow […]

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Philadelphia, PA – AR-Ab has built a steady following in the Philadelphia area on a foundation of hard-hitting gangsta rap, earning the respects of Drake, Swizz Beatz and Birdman along the way. But evidently, his lyrics weren’t all talk. On Tuesday (November 19), federal jurors convicted AR-Ab — real name Abdul West — and three members […]

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Lakeith Stanfield’s beef with Charlamagne Tha God has resulted in a diss track. After the radio host gave the star of Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You the “Donkey of the Day” for criticizing The Breakfast Club last week, the 28-year-old actor responded by taking aim at Charlamagne in a song titled “Automatic.” The Charlamagne […]

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AzChike looks like a rockstar. Walking into Culver City’s Undergrind Café, his shimmering Rich & Ratchet chain instantly jumps out, outshined only by the diamond-encrusted gauges on both of his ears. Of course, his affinity for the party is well documented, and his music is the soundtrack to that party. Add in the fact that […]

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