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Future’s Early Contender for Song of the Summer Finally Gets the Flashy Video It Deserves

Future released his Monster mixtape way back in October, and an immediate standout was the BMF anthem "Fuck Up Some Commas." Since then, the song has seen major play in (strip) clubs down South and is finally starting to pick up some steam elsewhere. And here's the appropriately cameo-filled, lavish video to match. Copy editors, this one's for you!

  • Posted 3/27/15 at 3:02 AM
  • Records

Kendrick Lamar Tops Billboard Chart With First No. 1 Album Featuring ‘Pimp’ in Its Name

Here's a double dose of good news for Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly is his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200; it's also anyone's first time getting the word pimp to the top of the chart. The next-highest-charting album with pimp in its title was Pimp C's Pimpalation (No. 3 in 2006). As Billboard pointed out, the word butterfly is much more well acquainted with the top, thanks to Mariah Carey and Bob Carlisle, which just proves the ancient adage: It's hard out there for pimp.

  • Posted 3/26/15 at 12:24 PM
  • Music

Rihanna’s New Song Is Ratchet Heaven

This is not a drill! Rihanna's new song "Bitch Better Have My Money" is finally here. After a few teases on a mobile app, iHeartRadio has premiered the latest single off her upcoming album (which is still probably called #R8), and it's a slice of ratchet heaven with Rihanna rap-singing lines like "ya wife in the backseat of my brand-new foreign car." It's nice to have you back, RiRi.

  • Posted 3/26/15 at 11:17 AM

Brian Wilson on His New Album and Biopic

To Beach Boys fans, Brian Wilson is a god, but this is not true. Brian Wilson is a songwriting genius and a national treasure, but he’s more like your dad than a god. He's awkward, gracious, loves oldies-but-goodies, doesn’t listen to Kanye West, and really wants his kids to think he’s cool. Vulture caught up with him via phone this week to talk about his 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure, which comes out on April 7, and the upcoming Bill Pohlad–directed biopic, Love & Mercy, starring Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, and Paul Giamatti. He didn’t regale us with legendary anecdotes or throw shade at Mike Love, but he was pretty chill. Here’s our conversation. Pregnant pauses have been deleted.

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  • Posted 3/25/15 at 6:28 PM
  • R8

Rihanna’s New Single, Bitch Better Have My Money, Is Coming Tomorrow

Many people looked at the Instagram below and figured that Rihanna would be dropping her much-anticipated eighth album tomorrow. However, careful sleuthing revealed that the Frida Kahlo–inspired cover art was actually for Rihanna's new single. Slightly disappointing, but still good! The Braille on the left side reads "Bitch Better Have My Money," a reference to the debut album from early '90s rapper AMG, who just got slightly richer.

Oh God, Oh God, Oh God, Zayn Malik Is Leaving One Direction

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction, as announced by the band's official Facebook page. "I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight," he writes, a reasonable follow-up to the recent news that he was dropping out of the band's remaining tour dates. We were right to be worried! Now 1D will lose one fifth of the squad, and they still have to make another album. Their contract with Columbia and Simon Cowell's Syco demands five albums (four of which they have already released) plus one Greatest Hits. More solo time for Louis? Sure, but we're going to miss the dark-haired tenor. Get ready for mass teenage panic. 

  • Posted 3/25/15 at 11:20 AM

Jay Z’s New Music-Streaming Service, TIDAL, Isn’t for ‘Everybody’

The average listener probably doesn’t know when he or she hears high-fidelity music. TIDAL, the latest and most expensive streaming service to enter the market, isn’t for the average listener. The company plans to appeal to audiophiles and others by offering lossless, 1,411 kbps, 44.1kHz/16-bit sound, curated editorial features and interviews, commercial-free music videos, a sleek design, and a stamp of approval provided by none other than Jay Z. The problem is, at $19.99 a month, competing against the more well-worn services like Spotify and Rdio, which cost half as much, is going to be difficult.

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Ludacris’s Favorite Rom-Com Is The Devil Wears Prada, Duh

Elle thankfully asked Ludacris what his favorite New Year's Eve–esque film was (that's the 2011 Garry Marshall flick he appeared in with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi), and without pause (we assume), he went with The Devil Wears Prada. "Come on," Elle questioned, pretty rudely. "I'm dead-ass serious," Luda answered. "I love that movie. It's not even so much a chick flick. It's the definition of a chick flick. It's about a fashion magazine. It's about leadership and focus. That's one of my favorite movies of all time, honestly. Period." Correct answer. 

Every Rap Song That Mentions Monica Lewinsky

During her very well-received TED Talk last week, Monica Lewinsky mentioned that she’s been referenced in almost 40 rap songs by artists like Beyoncé, Eminem, Lil B, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Jeezy.  

The Cut discovered that some variation of her name has been dropped in about 128 songs. »

Who Did the Best Talking Heads Cover at Last Night’s David Byrne Tribute?

Every year, Knitting Factory/City Winery founder Michael Dorf hosts a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall benefiting music-education programs. And the honoree of this year’s 11th annual show was a true (honorary) New York legend: David Byrne. Featuring performances from the likes of CeeLo, Amanda Palmer, and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, it was a night of yelpy singing, jittery dancing, and at least one comically oversize suit. Here’s a rundown of the night’s highs (high high high high hiiiiighs … sorry) and lows.

Who invited O.A.R.? »

  • Posted 3/24/15 at 1:59 PM

Fwends Forever: How Miley Cyrus and Wayne Coyne Became BFFs: A Timeline

In January of last year, Miley Cyrus tweeted a birthday message to Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne. “happy birthday to one of my favorite artists OF alllllll time @waynecoyne,” it read, followed by a string of celebratory emoji. What happened next no one could have imagined: A very unlikely, very bizarre friendship was born. It has been strange — maybe even a little bit creepy — to observe the relationship between Coyne and Cyrus blossom into full-on BFF status. Coyne is 54, 32 years Cyrus’s senior. Fans of both artists have watched with skeptical amusement over the last year. The friendship, while very weird, appears to be the genuine article. Over a year after Cyrus sent that initial tweet, the two pals are still at it, gushing about each other online and during interviews. Earlier this month, Cyrus shared a new video of her singing in the studio, presumably working on the first official full-length Flaming Lips–Miley Cyrus collaboration. Their friendship may be unorthodox, but it was apparently built to last. Here’s a brief timeline charting its odd yet entertaining evolution.

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Florence and the Machine’s New Video Is a Tearjerker

Florence and the Machine have a new album coming out, which means we're currently being gifted with one stunning new video after another. Their latest is for a wrenching new song called "St. Jude," dedicated to the patron saint of lost causes — fitting for a cinematic visual that's a continuation of the band's video for "What Kind of Man." It finds Florence Welch doing some intense soul-searching after parting with a lover. Some stunning imagery coupled with Florence's lovelorn expressive dancing makes for one hell of a tearjerker.

J. Cole Stages a Slave Uprising in Powerful New Video

If you heard J. Cole's "G.O.M.D." (off his new album) and immediately thought of a slave uprising, then props to you. In one of the better music videos we've seen this year, Cole takes Kanye's line in "All Day" ("like a light-skinned slave, we in the motherfuckin' house") to literal extremes, playing a house slave who stages a mass rebellion against his owners — with the surprising help of one of massa's daughters. Things don't get nearly as violent as Django, but the revenge is just as sweet.

Jack White, Robert Plant Teamed Up for a Cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Lemon Song’

Jack White surprised Lollapalooza Argentina concertgoers with a Robert Plant duet this weekend, welcoming the Led Zeppelin vocalist onstage to perform "The Lemon Song." The dynamic duo let their pipes wail shoulder-to-shoulder, while White shredded his axe and Plant did his best air guitar. This appearance reportedly marks the first time Plant's performed the song since 1995, but hopefully it won't be the last, as Plant and White are scheduled to appear at Lollapalooza Brazil this weekend. (There's also been talk of the two joining forces for a recording in the near future.) Unrelated side note: It's unclear what Plant says at the end of this clip, but it kind of sounds like "Jack Black and Salmon."

Robyn Will Host a Women’s Tech Festival

Robyn, friend of robots, is now also a friend to young women interested in technology. She’s partnered with the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden’s leading technical university) to host Tekla, a one-day festival of workshops and motivational speakers dedicated to promoting women in technology. In her words, it's a chance for girls "to sample different areas of future technology in what I believe will be a fun and imaginative environment.”

The university once made an actual Robyn Robot. »

  • Posted 3/20/15 at 2:19 PM
  • Covers

James Murphy and His Glockenspiel Covered David Bowie

Besides writing new songs for the soundtrack to Noah Baumbach's upcoming While We're Young, James Murphy also made an instrumental cover of David Bowie's "Golden Years." Your favorite Cool Dad has a new ringtone.

  • Posted 3/20/15 at 10:26 AM

Sorry, Taylor: For the First Time Ever, Music Streaming Made More Money Than CDs Did Last Year

Looks like Taylor Swift may have won the battle in record sales last year, but streaming won the war. The RIAA is reporting, for the first time in the music industry's history, that streaming services pulled in more revenue than CD sales in 2014. Last year streaming earned $1.87 billion, while CD sales took in $1.85 billion. (The industry made $6.97 billion overall, which is slightly down from 2013.) And while the numbers are still relatively close, streaming services coming ahead of CD sales for the first time represents a growing shift in the way people consume music. According to the report, streaming rose by 29 percent in just the last year, which probably explains why high-profile names like Jay Z are starting to invest in the streaming business.

2015 looks to be no different for streaming, either. In just the first three months of the year, Drake and Kendrick Lamar have broken Spotify's single-day streaming record — Kendrick beating out his own record of 9.6 million streams set on Monday with 9.8 million streams on Tuesday. So while Spotify might still be too "experimental" for Tay, there's no denying where the money's at. (Whether or not artists will ever see any of that money, though, is a different story.)

Kurt Cobain Documentary Montage of Heck Will Get a Theatrical Release

Brett Morgen's Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck documentary will enjoy a Stateside theatrical release, Billboard reports. Before its May 4 HBO roll-out, the film will hit big screens in L.A., Seattle, and New York beginning April 24. Heck will also reportedly be shown in 72 countries, beginning April 10 — all of which means the movie can qualify for a potential Oscar bid. "Within 90 days, the whole world will have access to the film," Morgen said at SXSW, adding that Nirvana fans can then expect a November DVD release. For the U.S. theatrical run, exact showtimes and locations are still being figured out (stay tuned) — but get ready, this is the authorized Cobain doc we're talking about here, a.k.a. not a drill.

Justin Bieber’s Egging Victim Is Suing for Emotional Distress, Spitting

Justin Bieber's former neighbor has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $25,000 in damages for assault and battery, emotional distress, and trespassing claims, according to the Associated Press. Jeffrey Schwartz says that over the course of Bieber's stay in his gated Calabasas, California, community, the pop singer took advantage of neighbors by hosting loud parties, smoking a lot of pot, and having his bodyguards intimidate naysayers. The Biebs also allegedly spit on Schwartz two years ago, after a confrontation about reckless driving. At the time, Bieber apparently was under the impression that he was either a camel or that the world and its inhabitants were his personal spittoon. Tragically, neither were true, but that didn't stop the bad behavior. Bieber then egged the man's house. Afterward, the singer was charged with vandalism and had to pay the family $80,000 in restitution.

Schwartz is so mad he could spit. »

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