1. friendships
    Justin Bieber Is Out Here FaceTiming Kacey Musgraves Without Warning“Anyway. New friend.”
  2. k-pop
    BTS Doesn’t Want to Keep Singing in EnglishBut the band’s label president said BTS was “mindful of the company’s needs” by recording fully English songs.
  3. endings
    After 45 Years, the Emerson String Quartet Is DisbandingA virtuosic run will come to an end in 2023.
  4. the r. kelly trial
    R. Kelly Tour Manager ‘Concerned’ About Aaliyah Relationship But Didn’t Stop It“They were more than friends from the very beginning.”
  5. vmas 2021
    Doja Cat Is Hosting the VMAs, Get Into It (Yuh)She’s also set to perform, and is nominated for five awards.
  6. tributes
    Ringo Starr, Elton John, and More Remember Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie WattsMick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood also paid tribute to their bandmate.
  7. the r. kelly trial
    R. Kelly Accuser Testifies That He Made Her Lie to Gayle KingIn her third day of testimony, the woman accused Kelly of forcing her to fabricate letters defending him.
  8. book excerpt
    ‘Never Call Me Your Drummer Again’The full story of the time Charlie Watts punched Mick Jagger, excerpted from Sympathy for the Drummer.
  9. god does it feel so good
    Good 4 Paramore, Who Are Now Credited on Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘good 4 u’All those mash-ups were onto something.
  10. the law
    The Nirvana Baby Is Now a Nirvana-Suing Man, Claiming Nevermind Art Is PornHere we are now, litigate us.
  11. remixes
    Megan Thee Stallion Cleared to Drop ‘Butter’ RemixThe rapper claimed that her label was blocking the song’s release.
  12. vulture lists
    14 Charlie Watts Stories That Prove He Was the Rolling Stones’ RockLike that one time he punched Mick Jagger for calling him “my drummer.”
  13. remembrances
    The Simple Genius of Charlie Watts in 6 Classic Rolling Stones SongsDiscover or rediscover the best of the late drummer’s consistent focus on substance over flash, and his belief that less was more.
  14. obit
    Charlie Watts Held the Rolling Stones Together for Half a CenturyRemembering the legendary drummer, without whom the greatest rock and roll band in history might’ve crumbled.
  15. switched on pop
    What’s Your Best Music-Festival Moment? Switched on Pop Listeners Swap Stories“Suddenly everything coalesces and ratchets up, and everyone’s kind of flying.”
  16. r.i.p.
    Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Dead at 80Watts recently backed out of the band’s No Filter tour, because he was recovering from a medical procedure.
  17. tiffany blue ivy
    Tiffany & Co.’s New Campaign Stars Two Works of Art and Also Jay-ZBasquiat, sweetie, I am so sorry.
  18. happy birthday!
    Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock Welcome Not Two, But Three Babies“We asked for a miracle, we were given two.”
  19. music videos
    Olivia Rodrigo Filters Out the Noise in the ‘Brutal’ VideoDirected by Petra Collins, sponsored by Apple.
  20. spacey kacey
    Kacey Musgraves to Get Spacey on New Album star-crossedListen to the title track and watch the trailer for the upcoming film ahead of the album’s September 10 release.
  21. summer jam 2021
    DaBaby Makes New Apology in Live Return Before Calling Critics ‘Crybabies’Hot 97 Summer Jam marked his first performance since the fallout from anti-AIDS and -LGBTQ comments at Rolling Loud Miami.
  22. new music
    The Moon Compelled SZA to Release New Music TodayThree! New! Songs!
  23. r.i.p.
    Don Everly, of the Everly Brothers, Dead at 84Don and his younger brother Phil’s harmonies helped define the sound of popular music.
  24. happy birthday
    Demi Lovato’s New Single Is a Break-Up Song for Melons“Watermelon Sugar” is trembling.
  25. explainers
    What’s Up With Those Britney Spears–Jason Trawick Secret-Marriage Rumors?It’s probably not what it looks like.
  26. way too close reads
    All the Solar Power Lyrics That’ll Make You Go ‘Oh, Lord(e)’Blink three times and feel the Solar Power lyrics kicking in.
  27. new kung fu kenny?
    Kendrick Lamar Says He’s Working on ‘Final’ Top Dawg Entertainment Album“I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years,” the rapper wrote in a new message.
  28. the law
    R. Kelly’s Trial Is Already Headed Down a Weird, Weird PathAnd we’re only on the third day of testimony.
  29. one great story
    The Reintroduction of Lorde, Reluctant RoyalSolar Power seems anxious to shatter our expectations, to communicate that Lorde isn’t and maybe never was the figure many assumed she was.
  30. the videodome
    You Can Be Justin Bieber’s Mona Lisa in His ‘Don’t Go’ Music VideoAlso, Skrillex is in the museum.
  31. cancellations
    BTS Officially Cancels Their Map of the Soul World TourCiting “changing circumstances” because of the coronavirus.
  32. my single is dropping
    Young Thug Drops ‘Tick Tock’ as Time Ticks Toward New Album PunkAlthough it’s not exactly a punk track.
  33. superlatives
    The Best and Most Existential of Switchfoot, According to Jon Foreman“That crisis of meaning, purpose, faith — it absolutely keeps me up at night.”
  34. re-releases
    Revisit Aaliyah’s Iconic Second Album, One in a MillionThe streaming release of her catalogue has finally begun.
  35. solar power
    Lorde Takes a Poser to Task on ‘Dominoes’“Must feel good being Mr. Start Again.”
  36. my album is dropping
    Break Out Your Crystals, Lorde’s Solar Power Is Here“Won’t take the call if it’s the label or the radio.”
  37. r. kelly trial
    R. Kelly Accuser Testifies: ‘He Wanted Me to Dress Like a Girl Scout’Testimony has entered its second day.
  38. the streaming wars
    The Academy of Country Music Awards Are Heading to Amazon Prime VideoMarking the first award show to go streaming only.
  39. my single is dropping
    Ed Sheeran to Complete the Equation With New Album =Hear new single “Visiting Hours” off the album, out October 29.
  40. the videodome
    John Mayer’s New Music Video Is Like If Mark Knopfler Got Really Into VaporwaveZero complaints from us.
  41. vmas 2021
    VMA Performances Include Another Lil Nas X Shocker and Olivia Rodrigo’s DebutLorde, Machine Gun Kelly, and Camila Cabello are also set to perform on the MTV show.
  42. crime
    Country Singer Sam Hunt Pleads Guilty to Nashville DUIAll but 48 hours of his 11-month sentence will be suspended.
  43. yeezy season
    Kanye West Bringing His Donda Release Show Home to ChicagoThe third release event for his allegedly forthcoming album takes place on August 26.
  44. tiny desk (home) concerts
    Give It Up for the Isley Brothers’ Tiny Desk ("Between the Sheets") ConcertOn what would have been Marvin Isley’s 68th birthday.
  45. ink
    Anderson .Paak’s New Tattoo Has a Pretty Specific MessageTell us how you really feel about posthumous releases!
  46. new music
    1999 Called — It Wants Its New Santana–Rob Thomas Collab BackMove almost kinda sounds like smooth if you squint your ears.
  47. obits
    Chucky Thompson, Member of Bad Boy Records’ Hitmen, DeadThe producer was behind Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa” and Mary J. Blige’s My Life.
  48. essay
    The Smith Family Legacy Was Built for WillowWillow Smith is an oddity in music, and not just because of the pedigree.
  49. music videos
    Lorde Satirizes Spirituality in Her “Mood Ring” Music VideoJust like a Scorpio (probably).
  50. switched on pop
    The Beauty and the Horror of Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the JuggalosConverted fan Nathan Rabin explains the appeal of a group once derided as a “magnet for ignorance.”
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