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  • Posted 2/19/17 at 9:22 PM

Christina Grimmie’s Family Releases Another Song by the Late Singer

Though it’s been eight months since Christina Grimmie was shot and killed at a concert in Orlando, The Voice star’s family continues to release recordings by the singer. In addition to the treasure trove of music videos that was put out as a four song EP last September, her family released the new upbeat song “Invisible” on Friday. According to Billboard, her brother, Marcus Grimmie, promoted the song earlier in the week on a radio show and announced an upcoming foundation in her name. Grimmie was 22 when she died. Hear the song below.

Airplane Passenger Reportedly Called Police After Feeling ‘Not Comfortable’ Sitting Next to Mykki Blanco

Queer rapper, poet, and performance artist Mykki Blanco was reportedly subject to a bizarre homophobic incident on Friday when traveling from Toronto to Detroit on a Delta Airlines flight. Jezebel reports that upon landing in Michigan, Blanco was awoken by a police officer; a seatmate had called the authorities to express concern over sitting beside Blanco on the short flight. “I just took a flight from Toronto to Detroit, Michigan and when I woke up the gentlemen sitting next to me had the police called,” Blanco explained on Twitter. “He said that he was not comfortable and did not know how @Delta allowed ‘someone like me’ to board the plane with him and sit next to him. This is REAL @Delta.”


Madonna Posts Video of Her New Twins Singing and Being Adorable

Music makes the people come together, and that includes Madonna’s newly adopted 4.5-year-old twins, Stella and Esther Mwale. In an Instagram video the pop icon posted Saturday night, the pajama-clad twins sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” with great gusto while accompanied by a grand piano. Because if you’re going to sing a lullaby before bedtime, you gotta do it up right. Last week, Madonna confirmed she had finished the adoption process for Stella and Esther. The twins are from Malawi, as are Madonna’s children Mercy James and David Banda.

Want to Hear Bob Dylan Cover Another Timeless Frank Sinatra Tune? Then It’s Your Lucky Day!

Bob Dylan loves Frank Sinatra. How much does he love Frank Sinatra?! So much so that he has already released two albums consisting of traditional Sinatra pop-standard covers, and he’s going to do the exact same thing next month with the arrival of his newest cover album Triplicate. (Who knows, maybe he even has a poster of From Here to Eternity on his bedroom walls.) The undoubtedly melancholy album will consist of 30 more Great American Songbook entries, and in anticipation of its release, Dylan has unveiled his newest smokey-ized Sinatra tune, “My One and Only Love.” Noble Prize, Schnoble Prize. Nothing can top Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Mariah Carey Is Still Feeling ‘Victimized’ By Her New Year’s Eve Performance

By now, you’re well aware of Mariah Carey’s infamously disastrous live performance on New Year’s Eve — how could you not be! It was all anyone could talk about while ringing in 2017, frankly. Carey was quick to speak out about the “horrible” performance many times while also waging a war against the producers of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest in retaliation, claiming that the producers of the show purposely set her up to fail. The whole snafu looked to be in the past, though, with neither side publicly speaking about it for over a month, but now Carey is back on the offensive regarding that “wreck” of an evening, clapping back at her critics. “I don’t know what they want me to do! It’s like I’m the only one that has to make five million comebacks,” she told the AP in a new interview. “For me there’s different rules, I don’t know why. I don’t know why it’s not okay that I was just like victimized and vilified by the situation.” Carey also explained that if people “got a little laugh” out of the performance, then that’s totally fine with her, too: “As long as I didn’t ruin anyone else’s holiday, then I’m good.” Since her performance, Carey has channeled her inner hurt by releasing a new breakup ballad.

Lana Del Rey Returns With Characteristically Dreamy New Song ‘Love’

Absenting a Weeknd collaboration or two, Lana Del Rey hasn’t released new music since 2015. Well, that changes now, and, alas, the intervening years have done nothing to alleviate the ethereal space goddess of her hypnotic ennui. Her new track, “Love,” is another sad (duh) love song, not that the thematic consistency makes it any less of an absorptive lull. Give the prototypically dreamy tune a listen over on iTunes.

  • Posted 2/18/17 at 12:09 PM
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Aaron Carter Reportedly Attacked By Fellow Musician for Racist Remark

Aaron Carter was reportedly attacked during a gig on Friday night after a dispute with a fellow musician escalated when Carter allegedly made a racist remark. According to TMZ, Carter had a member of opening act ILL State kicked out of the venue for filming Carter and otherwise engaging in distracting behavior during Carter’s performance. As security was removing the Latinx musician, Carter reportedly yelled after him, “Bye Felipe,” a stereotypical play on “Bye Felicia.” In response, TMZ says the musician reentered the bar and attacked Carter, damaging his computer and a speaker and ultimately sending Carter, bloody, to the emergency room. Police are looking into the incident.

Fleetwood Mac Has Blessed Us With a Previously-Unreleased Song

Nothing like a nice sonic treat to jump-start the weekend. Fleetwood Mac has decided to unearth a previously unreleased early version of the group’s 1987 toe-tapper “Seven Wonders” for the general public, and it’s a delightfully breezy good time. (And, as Rolling Stone notes, the high-fidelity song moves at a much steadier pace than what ultimately ended up on its album, Tango in the Night.) The Stevie Nicks–performed tune comes in advance of Tango in the Night being reissued for its 30th anniversary, a release which promises even more previously unheard recordings. Macheads, rejoice! Enjoy it below.

How ‘Classic Man,’ One of the Best Music Cues of the Year, Ended Up in Moonlight

In the second-to-last scene of Moonlight, the lead character takes a car ride with the man he loves. It’s a simple setup, but in Moonlight it’s one of the most plainly intimate sequences of the film. It’s taken the hero Chiron (at this point in the movie, he’s rechristened himself as “Black”) an entire movie to figure out how to be loved, so his dinner with his childhood best friend Kevin is an especially meaningful climax — Black (played by Trevante Rhodes) wants desperately to let himself be loved by Kevin (André Holland), but he’s not sure how.


Jidenna’s The Chief Is Smart, Fun, and All Over the Place

“Classic Man” was something else: lead single as political Trojan horse, music video as ideological calling card. You’d have to go back as far as Tyler, the Creator’s “Yonkers” to find a song that maps out the artist’s aesthetic so cleanly for a casual listening audience on a first pass. Tyler’s rager explained Odd Future’s teenage riot in a single blast of disdain for self and others, but Jidenna’s single pulled off a more nuanced feat, sneaking revolutionary rhetoric into the margins of what seemed to be an innocuous pop jam while presenting a vision of black pride and self-sufficiency in its visual component. If you listened close, there was a verse about what to do about police brutality. If you didn’t … that beat!


Solange Remembers Late Funk Legend Junie Morrison, the Inspiration Behind Her Song ‘Junie’

Funk legend Junie Morrison, the multi-instrumentalist member of the Ohio Players and musical director of Funkadelic, died on Saturday at age 62, his daughter announced on Thursday. History will remember Morrison for his experimental songs like “Funky Worm” and contributions to P-Funk (he co-wrote Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under a Groove”), but his cultural influence was reintroduced to a newer generation just last year. Solange named “Junie,” one of the best songs on her tribute to black art A Seat at the Table, after Morrison. At the time, Morrison praised the unexpected callback — which Solange surprised him with days before releasing the album — saying of Solange: “This young person has a whole funk load of talent.”


Mick Jagger Wrote a Crazy Memoir, and We’re Likely Never Going to See It

You can’t always get what you want, especially if that thing you want is a tell-all memoir written by a certain man named Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger. In a piece for Britain’s Spectator, publisher and rock historian John Blake has revealed that despite Jagger being vocal throughout his entire life about not having a desire to write down his extraordinary life experiences, he had, in fact, written a “75,000-word manuscript” in the early 1980s that Blake is currently in possession of. As the story goes, Jagger was approached in the 1970s to write a memoir with a massive monetary advance, but his interest gradually waned and he walked away from the project. In the 1980s, though, Jagger ultimately decided he wanted to pursue the memoir, and wrote a “pristine typescript” that has still not seen the light of day. “So far as I have been able to ascertain, a publisher rejected the manuscript because it was light on sex and drugs,” Blake explained. “In the early 1980s, when it was written, shock and awe was a vital part of any successful autobiography. Read now, however, it is a little masterpiece. A perfectly preserved time capsule written when the Stones had produced all their greatest music but still burned with the passion and fire of youth and idealism.”


The Weeknd Makes Nice With Drake in Cameo-Filled ‘Reminder’ Video

The Weeknd turns 27 today, and to celebrate inching closer to maturity, he’s decided to let bygones be bygones and pretend to hang out with Drake in his new video for “Reminder.” Loads of other famous people pop up — A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, French Montana, Bryson Tiller, you name it — all of whom seem likely enough candidates to just be randomly kicking it with the Weeknd on a night out. But Drake’s another story: The two have had an on-again, off-again-relationship that appeared to turn icy after Drake gave the Weekend features on Take Care and then the Weeknd repaid him by signing with a major label instead of Drake’s OVO, helping him become almost as famous as Drake. (The Weeknd also later insinuated that he was responsible for the bulk of the work on Take Care.) As time has passed, the two have taken turns saying vaguely supportive things like “that’s my guy”; now all seems tepid up north. And who says two Canadian pop stars can’t get along?

Beyoncé and Sturgill Simpson Predictably Snubbed By the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominations

In a week that has already seen Beyoncé denied Album of the Year at the Grammys, the hits just keep on coming. The Academy of Country Music has announced the nominees for its annual awards show — the oldest of the many, many country award shows — and two big, deserving names didn’t make the cut: Both Beyoncé and Sturgill Simpson have been snubbed. Shake your fist at the establishment. We’ll wait. Beyoncé’s very country “Daddy Lessons” — both the original and Dixie Chicks version — was eligible, but, alas, like the Grammys this year, apparently not deemed fit to qualify. (Just what will they make of Lady Gaga’s wide-brimmed hat tricks next year, hmmm?)


Camila Cabello Clarifies Why She Left Fifth Harmony: ‘We Didn’t Write Our Records’

Ever since Camila Cabello made the abrupt decision to quit Fifth Harmony, questions about the split have dogged the young, newly solo singer. Rumors fueled by her own former group mates suggested that Cabello wasn’t forthright with the other four and ducked out on group therapy sessions meant to help save the band. The remaining 5H members said Cabello had her reps inform them she was quitting; Cabello said they always knew she had one foot out the door. In a new Billboard cover story — her first alone — Cabello is now doubling down on her explanation for why she exited 5H, and why the split wasn’t as inharmonious as it looks. “The easiest route would [have been] to shut my mouth, sing the songs, wear the clothes and keep going, you know? I mean, [we were] at the peak of our career. It’s definitely not the safe option,” she explains. Still, she says she took the risk for her own artistic integrity:


The Roots Wrote a Basketball Musical Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jidenna, and Daveed Diggs For The NBA All-Star Game

Because we never got the Like Mike follow-up we deserved (this one doesn’t count), the Roots made a basketball-themed musical for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. The original NBA-themed musical, called The Evolution of Greatness, follows the history of the league from the 1950s to the present day. Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Michael B. Jordan, Jidenna, and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels all participated in the musical, according to Billboard. The All-Star Game airs at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. They’re playing basketball, we love that basketballllll

Selena Gomez Ends Music Hiatus With Some Help From Kygo

Last August, Selena Gomez announced she’d be taking some time off from music to focus on health issues related to her lupus, ending a tour in support of her latest album, Revival, in the process. She then took a sabbatical from social media and the public eye and entered a rehab facility to treat her mental health. In November, Gomez returned to the spotlight at the AMAs, giving an inspired speech about the power of self-care. Now, it’s a new year and her music career is back in full swing: She’s released her first new song since Revival (save for Cashmere Cat’s “Trust Nobody,” recorded before her break) and it’s yet another EDM detour, this time on Kygo’s “It Ain’t Me.” While the song is not exactly celebratory — you’re head-bopping to a tune about a toxic relationship torpedoed by alcoholism — be glad to know that Gomez hasn’t skipped a hit-making beat in her absence. Brace yourselves for Justin Bieber’s review.

Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Allegedly Criticizing Her Weight

In Kesha’s ongoing quest to be freed from her recording contract, the singer has released emails from Dr. Luke that she believes support her claims that the producer emotionally and mentally abused her throughout her career. According to the emails obtained by the New York Post, Dr. Luke sent messages to Kesha’s manager, Monica Cornia, in 2012 defending his invasive criticism of Kesha’s weight. “We were having a discussion on how she can be more disciplined with her diet. There have been many times we have all witnessed her breaking her diet plan,” he allegedly wrote. “A-list songwriters and producers are reluctant to give Kesha their songs because of her weight.” Kesha has been public about being in recovery for an eating disorder.


Martin Shkreli Was Going to Host a Wu-Tang Listening Party, But The Venue Dropped Him

Well, this is awkward. On Monday evening, infamous pharmaceuticals price gouger Martin Shkreli announced via his Facebook page that he would be hosting an event at New York City’s Webster Hall that would serve as a combination listening party and public policy discussion. The Eventbrite listing for An Evening With Martin Shkreli said Shkreli would “discuss investing, healthcare and politics in a presentation/lecture format for one hour and will take questions.” He also promised to pose for photos with attendees and play tracks from his “unreleased music collection,” which includes the Wu-Tang album he purchased at the end of 2015. Just two days later, however, Pitchfork is reporting that Webster Hall will no longer house the event, with a rep saying, “Officially, it is not happening.” The Eventbrite link is still live, though the location of the event has been removed, and tickets are available. So an evening with the guy who threatened to beat the hell out of Chris Evans could still be happening at another venue. Shkreli confirmed the turn of events on his Facebook page, saying, “Webster Hall has cancelled the 2/20 event,” and “It’s sad that a couple of threats can cancel a 500 person event people wanted to go to …”


The Grammys Night Diary of First-Time Nominees Sofi Tukker

Dance-pop duo Sofi Tukker made their first trip to the Grammy Awards on Sunday as nominees for Best Dance Recording for their song “Drinkee.” Since this was the group’s first awards show and first red-carpet experience, we asked the band, composed of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, to document the evening and give us a firsthand perspective on what it’s like to make your inaugural trip to music’s biggest night. “Drinkee” may have lost the trophy to “Don’t Let Me Down” by the Chainsmokers, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying the whirlwind of being Grammy VIPs.



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