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  1. old town road
    How Long Will ‘Old Town Road’ Stay at No. 1?So far the Lil Nas X disruptor has denied Taylor Swift, Drake, and Ed Sheeran a No. 1 hit. Here’s how it might be stopped.
  2. stand-up
    Go Ahead, Post These Comedians’ Sets on InstagramIt’s common for A-list comics to lock up fans’ phones — but many up-and-comers see the benefits of being recorded.
  3. r kelly
    8 Disturbing R. Kelly Revelations Detailed in New BookIncluding harrowing details from the Aaliyah annulment and infamous “pee tape,” plus why the current Chicago case might fall apart.
  4. r kelly
    R. Kelly Reporter Jim DeRogatis Never Wants to Hear Another ‘Pee Tape’ Joke“To see it reduced to a joke when you have this 14-year-old being violated …”
  5. estates
    Aretha Franklin’s Handwritten Wills Are Detailed, Funny, and Legally MessyIncluding the revelation about the paternity of her eldest son, what happens to her gowns, and some shade for her employees.
  6. gift guide
    Game of Thrones Gifts for the Obsessive in Your LifeThe show may be over, but your fandom can live on.
  7. backstories
    An Oral History of Game of Thrones, As Told By Its Bit Players“Do you know how they keep cattle? That’s sort of how they keep us.”
  8. glossaries
    The Secret Lingo of the Best TV Writers RoomsFrom “Jeffing” to “kid pepper” to “the biggest crabs.”
  9. wine country
    Paula Pell Is Ready to Be a Movie Star, Sort OfThe Wine Country star on watching her friends get famous, going topless at Rachel Dratch’s 50th, and the last bastion of comedy: fat.
  10. say the wrong thing
    We’ve Been Mispronouncing Lloyd Dobler’s Name From Say Anything This Whole TimeBut don’t worry, John Cusack started it.
  11. tribeca film festival
    Sarah Silverman Says Her Bedwetter Musical Will Open Sometime Next YearPlus other things we learned from her chat with Mike Birbiglia at Tribeca.
  12. tribeca film festival
    The Simpsons Creators and Stars Reveal Their Dream Guest Stars at TribecaHarry Shearer also offered an idea for a Simpsons spinoff series.
  13. her smell
    How Her Smell Dug Deep for Its Fake ’90s Album Covers With Elisabeth MossDirector Alex Ross Perry and artist Teddy Blanks explain the references and Easter eggs in the fake album covers they created for the movie.
  14. beefs
    A Recap of the Week the Kid Mero Mercilessly Dragged Tucker Carlson FansIn a three-day span, the Desus & Mero co-host hilariously picked fights on behalf of Chris Hayes.
  15. yeehaw culture
    Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Was Destined to DisruptA guide to the country-trap song that’s baffling the music industry.
  16. the case against adnan syed
    The 7 Biggest Takeaways From The Case Against Adnan SyedThe finale of the four-part HBO mini-series contains multiple revelations that raise even more questions about how Syed’s case was handled.
  17. music
    8 Songwriters on the Line Between Inspiration and Theft“You sing something and you’re like, I’m sure this exists. I’m stealing, right?”
  18. music
    A Brief History of Song Copying, From Handel to PharrellWe don’t know when the first accusations of borrowing were levied, but we have this timeline of some of the most famous, often ridiculous, examples.
  19. true crime
    Watch an Exclusive Clip From HBO’s The Case Against Adnan Syed FinaleCould DNA evidence potentially exonerate Adnan?
  20. leaving neverland
    Why Michael Jackson’s Estate Is Suing HBOIt all comes down to a single clause in a 27-year-old contract between Jackson and the cable network.
  21. leaving neverland
    The 8 Biggest Takeaways From Oprah’s After Neverland SpecialWhat we learned from Oprah’s conversation with Wade Robson, James Safechuck, and director Dan Reed.
  22. leaving neverland
    The 11 Most Disturbing Michael Jackson Allegations in Leaving NeverlandThe HBO doc claims that Jackson sexually abused two underage boys for years, and even held a pretend “wedding” with one of them.
  23. leaving neverland
    Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Is Proving Hard to SellEven with a price cut of $69 million, it’ll be hard for buyers to ignore the notoriety.
  24. oscars 2019
    Terence Blanchard Talks About the Toughness of Scoring BlacKkKlansman“Your heart just feels like it’s ripped open.”
  25. vulture investigates
    How Death, Dismemberment, and Jesus Helped ‘Baby Shark’ Become a HitThe kids love it, but who actually wrote it?
  26. surviving r kelly
    Crisis and PR Experts Are In Agreement About R. Kelly’s FutureThe Pied Piper of R&B needs to shut up, according to the pros.
  27. stand-up
    17 Comedy Bookers on Whether They’d Put Louis C.K. Onstage“If enough people can make money, he’s going to have a fantastic career.”
  28. amazon prime day
    9 Amazon Alexa Products for Lazy Entertainment LoversGreat gadgets for Prime Day.
  29. All 19 Star Wars-Themed Sketches Produced By Saturday Night LiveFrom Bill Murray’s lounge singer in 1978 up through Donald Glover’s bit about diversity in a galaxy far, far away.
  30. vulture lists
    The Stoner Canon: 101 Trippy Movies, Albums, Books, TV Shows, and MoreThe ultimate guide to experiencing the high.
  31. The Secret Music of S-Town’s John B. McLemoreThe focus of the hit podcast remixed an artist’s ambient work, and it’s great.
  32. The Perfect Star Wars Gift for Every Room of the House101 semi-essential basics (or however else you’d classify a BB-8 nutcracker).
  33. How Late-Night Hosts Discussed Louis C.K. (If at All)Colbert spent the most time on it, while three of them avoided the subject.
  34. vulture lists
    Freaks and Geeks, Serial, and 7 Other Influences on American VandalThe creators explain how they synthesized movies, podcasts, TV, and their own personal experiences.
  35. let's go crazy
    The Fight Over Prince’s Estate Continues to Be a Purple-Tinged NightmareIt’s more convoluted than ever, so let’s break down the players and stakes.
  36. most anticipated of 2017
    The 37 Albums We’re Ready to Stream on Loop in 2017The conversation starts and ends with Taylor Swift, but there’s room for everyone from Beck to Little Big Town, too.
  37. the strategist
    Star Wars Your Entire House With This 6-Room, 72-Item Home-Makeover GuideMay the Force, and also a Darth Vader showerhead, be with you.
  38. lost classics
    A Plea for Radiohead to Finally Release the Song ‘Lift’The Bends-era tune that will hopefully one day appear on a studio album.
  39. vulture lists
    11 Leonard Cohen Songs That Eerily Anticipated Today’s WorldThe late singer-songwriter had a knack for predicting the future.
  40. behind the scenes
    How Hacksaw Ridge Became Gibson’s Goriest MovieWe asked the director about his approach to orchestrating carnage and where, or if, he draws the line.
  41. still the 80s
    The 50 Best Modern Songs That Sound Like the 1980sMusicians are embracing the sounds of that decade in the same way other artists repurposed the blues, classic ‘60s rock, and ‘70s punk.
  42. history
    Bob Dylan’s Uncomfortable History With Accepting AwardsHe’s not exactly the “thank you” type.
  43. new yorker festival 2016
    Springsteen ‘Afraid’ of Trump’s Impact on USA“When he was just a big sort of bloviating New York billionaire, he could be highly entertaining and funny, but he’s not funny as a presidential candidate.”
  44. vulture lists
    ‘Oldchella’ by the Numbers: The Total Ages, Awards, Fees, and MoreThe lineup can boast of 73 platinum albums and 14 divorces.
  45. cracking the voice
    Which Oldchella Headliners Can Still Hit Their High Notes? Listen and Find OutCompare audio clips of the six headliners singing their most vocally demanding songs on recent tours to clips recorded decades ago when their throats were younger and in better shape.
  46. podcasts
    Missing a Murderer: In the Dark Is Not Your Typical True-Crime PodcastIt’s what happens when a cold case suddenly gets solved during the recording of the show.
  47. the making of
    How Car Seat Headrest Wrote ‘Not What I Needed’Years of rewrites and an illegal sample contributed to Teens of Denial drama.
  48. htmhell
    The 19 Worst and Weirdest Official Celebrity WebsitesHonestly, just use Twitter.
  49. summer selections 2016
    21 Songs, Albums, and Artists to Listen to at the Beach, as Chosen by MusiciansHand-picked by A-Trak, Greta Kline, and YG.
  50. music
    Breaking Down Bob Dylan’s Longstanding Love of Cover SongsWhat he sings when he doesn’t sing his own songs.
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