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You’ve Never Heard Little Simz Like This

The rapper breaks down every song on her career-redefining new album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.
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The Never-ending Story of Glitter, 20 Years On

How 9/11, MTV, and Y2K-era celebrity culture continue to complicate one of Hollywood’s most notorious flops.
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Kacey Musgraves Further Divorces Expectation on star-crossed

Her fifth album suggests the intention was never to leave country behind but rather to devise a more balanced and varied approach to it.
  1. good 4 her
    Good 4 Olivia Rodrigo, Who Had Her First Live Show on SaturdayIt was so hardcore that a fistfight broke out during ‘drivers license.’
  2. covers
    Joyce Manor Covering ‘Helena’ at Riot Fest Is Emo PerfectionTo tide us over until My Chemical Romance headlines next year.
  3. my single is dropping
    We’d Buy What Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Have in the ‘Love for Sale’ VideoOff their upcoming album of the same name, Bennett’s last.
  4. videology
    Do We Even Need to Tell You How Gay Lil Nas X’s ‘That’s What I Want’ Video Is?It’s a Brokeback Mountain pastiche with Durex-condom product placement!
  5. my single is dropping
    Taylor Swift Makes Your ‘Wildest Dreams’ Come True, Drops ‘Taylor’s Version’She’s rereleased the 1989 song to answer fan demand on TikTok amid the rollout of Red (Taylor’s Version).
  6. the group portrait
    The Emerson String Quartet’s Coda BeginsA long good-bye after four decades of ensemble stardom.
  7. babies
    It’s an Album! Lil Nas X’s Debut, Montero, Is HereCongratulations to the happy parent!
  8. my music video is dropping
    Kanye Takes Flight in New Visual for Donda Track ‘24’The song features the Sunday Service Choir.
  9. the law
    T.I. and Tiny Will Not Be Charged for Sexual-Assault and Drugging ClaimsBecause of the statute of limitations.
  10. health
    Elton John Won’t Be Back on the Yellow Brick Road ’Til 2022 Due to InjuryThe pop legend will undergo surgery and physical therapy after hurting his hip in a fall.
  11. backstories
    You’ve Never Heard Little Simz Like ThisThe rapper breaks down every song on her career-redefining new album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.
  12. classical music
    Jaap van Zweden to Resign As Music Director of the New York Philharmonic“So much has changed because of COVID.”
  13. mixtapes
    Mac Miller’s Faces Will Be Released on Streaming Platforms October 15Watch the new video for 2014’s “Colors and Shapes” now.
  14. we swear this isn’t a rickroll
    Rick Astley Covering the Smiths Is Lowbrow BrilliantHe really was “This Charming Man.”
  15. my single is dropping
    Worship at the ‘Altar’ of Kehlani and Her New SingleArriving a day after the announcement of her third album, Blue Water Road.
  16. my single is dropping
    Snail Mail’s Return Is a Bloody Celebration in ‘Valentine’Leading off Lindsey Jordan’s second album, out November 5.
  17. verzuz
    Ashanti Beat Fat Joe and Ja Rule at Their Own VerzuzNot that the two New York icons were keeping score, anyway.
  18. #freebritney
    Britney Spears Is ‘Taking a Break’ From InstagramSpears tweeted that she’s going offline to “celebrate my engagement” after deactivating her Instagram account.
  19. switched on pop
    John Carpenter’s Influence Is Inescapable on Chvrches’ Screen ViolenceThe synthpop revivalists even got the horror master to remix one of the songs on their new album, which prods the dark depths of online abuse.
  20. album announcements
    Kehlani Serves Drama for Their Next Album, Blue Water Road“coming this winter.”
  21. respect the classics
    Todd Rundgren Wants to Warn Us About ‘Dilettante’ Kanye West and We’re GiddyTheir Donda collaboration went very wrong.
  22. covers
    Jason Isbell Actually Made That Georgia Covers AlbumGeorgia Blue is out October 15, featuring Brandi Carlile, Julien Baker, Brittney Spencer, and more.
  23. the festival circuit
    The Highs, Lows, and Whoas of Pitchfork Festival 2021HIGH: Big Thief played like no one was watching. LOW: The number of rappers. WHOA: Yves f*cking Tumor.
  24. das good
    Jimmy Fallon Came for the Wrong German Jazz King“We both know that the world is full of ignorants and stupidos.”
  25. surprise surprise
    Rihanna Stuns in Balenciaga at Met Gala, ObviouslyAlong with A$AP Rocky.
  26. the r. kelly trial
    R. Kelly Accuser Says She Witnessed Him Sexually Abuse Aaliyah at 13This appears to be the earliest known incidence of Kelly’s alleged abuse of Aaliyah. The witness was also a minor at the time.
  27. records on records
    Every Song on Drake’s Certified Lover Boy Is a Certified Top-40 Hit“Way 2 Sexy” leads a record nine songs.
  28. respect the classics
    Hello, It’s Todd Rundgren, Who Won’t Attend His Rock Hall InductionBut he may “acknowledge the award.” Maybe.
  29. where’s the beef?
    Drake Won the Kanye Beef by a Mile on the ChartsCertified Lover Boy earned the best debut since folklore — and nearly double Donda’s last week.
  30. breakfast at beyoncé’s
    Beyoncé and Jay-Z Sell Love, Tiffany Diamonds in New AdBey covers “Moon River” in an homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
  31. respect the classics
    Phil Collins Says He Can’t Play Drums Anymore“I’m kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating.”
  32. it’s called fashion sweaty
    Doja Cat Serves Pupation, Available Seating, at VMAsFive looks, each more dazzling than the last!
  33. vmas 2021
    Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo Lead 2021 MTV VMAs With Three Awards EachHere’s the full list of winners.
  34. vmas 2021
    The Foo Fighters, MTV Global Icons, Honor Charlie Watts at the VMAsBillie Eilish presented the band with the first-ever Global Icon Award.
  35. vmas 2021
    Normani and Teyana Taylor Left the VMAs Stunned With ‘Wild Side’ CameoIn her Janet Jackson–inspired performance.
  36. vmas 2021
    Chlöe Annihilates the MTV VMAs With ‘Have Mercy’ PerformanceWe were not ready.
  37. vmas 2021
    Justin Bieber Acknowledges ‘This COVID Thing’ in VMAs Acceptance SpeechHe won Artist of the Year over Megan Thee Stallion, Ariana Grande, and more.
  38. vmas 2021
    Lil Nas X’s Steamy ‘Industry Baby’ Performance Heats Up VMAsSpoiler: No pants were split.
  39. vmas 2021
    Olivia Rodrigo Brought Lisa Frank Realness to the VMAs With ‘good 4 u’Before winning Song of the Year!
  40. vmas 2021
    See Every Red-Carpet Look From the 2021 MTV VMAsDoja Cat, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, and more arrive on the red carpet.
  41. duets
    Watch Angel Olsen Perform with Sharon Van Etten at Pitchfork Music FestivalChartreuse vibes.
  42. flops
    The Never-ending Story of Glitter, 20 Years OnHow 9/11, MTV, and Y2K-era celebrity culture continue to complicate one of Hollywood’s most notorious flops.
  43. bennifer
    The Complete 19-Year Timeline of the Bennifer SagaIncluding their sexy, sexy red-carpet return at Venice Film Festival.
  44. album review
    Kacey Musgraves Further Divorces Expectation on star-crossedHer fifth album suggests the intention was never to leave country behind but rather to devise a more balanced and varied approach to it.
  45. family ties
    Kendrick Lamar Keeps the Cousinly Love Going on Baby Keem’s ‘Range Brothers’The rapper also contributes to “Vent,” off Keem’s album The Melodic Blue.
  46. the law
    Why Does Britney Spears’s Dad Suddenly Want Her Free?Experts say Jamie’s heel turn this week to now petition to end his daughter’s conservatorship is likely too good to be true.
  47. my music video is dropping
    Chlöe Is a Sorority Siren in Solo Debut ‘Have Mercy’ VideoAhead of her VMAs performance.
  48. my music video is dropping
    Blackpink’s Lisa Makes Her Solo Debut With LalisaThe project also includes the song “Money.”
  49. my music video is dropping
    Travel Back to ‘simple times’ in New Kacey Musgraves Music VideoAnd by that we mean go to the mall.
  50. the r. kelly trial
    R. Kelly’s Lawyer Tries to Discredit Alleged Victim With … Chinese FoodThings are weird and sad again.
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