Tones And I Is Turning The World Into “Dance Monkey” Junkies

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Tones And IThis year has already given us one Kevin Garnett “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” viral triumph by the name of Lil Nas X. You probably know that story by heart: A savvy young meme-maker who may or may not have built his online following by running a Nicki Minaj fan account heavily promotes his country-rap … More »

Don’t Take Tove Lo For Granted

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Tove LoOne of the best Onion articles ever is headlined like so: “Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-To-Door Trying To Shock People.” This was early 2001, more than a year after Manson became a scapegoat for the Columbine massacre and still several months ahead of 9/11. Despite a disputed election that introduced everyone to the … More »

Ciara Is Living Her Best Life But Not Making Her Best Music

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CiaraWith all due respect to her formative influences and one-time contemporaries Destiny’s Child, Ciara is a survivor. More »

Adele is making a drum ‘n’ bass record in spite of us all

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Adele is making a drum ‘n’ bass record in spite of us allAdele Fan Grammy Nominee

“30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you,” says Adele in a recent social media post.

However, nobody makes drum ‘n’ bass like the British, so even though she’s joking, Adele could probably cut a better dnb record than most. Who’s to say? Additionally, in a world where a rapper is topping the country charts and a teenage girl who gave Dr. Phil shit on TV once has a record deal with Atlantic, Adele going back to back with, say, Chase and Status barely sounds far fetched.

In a heartfelt note, the UK powerhouse singer/songwriter assured fans her highly anticipated next studio project 30 is underway, complete with a message of self-love after a personally tumultuous year for the legendary vocalist. Capped with a tongue-in-cheek joke about making a drum ‘n’ bass record (which probably already exists in an alternate universe), Adele officially announces her return, likely with another chart-topping LP up her sleeve.

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This is 31…thank fucking god 💀 30 tried me so hard but I’m owning it and trying my hardest to lean in to it all. No matter how long we’re here for life is constant and complicated at times. I’ve changed drastically in the last couple years and I’m still changing and that’s okay. 31 is going to be a big ol’ year and I’m going to spend it all on myself. For the first time in a decade I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once. Be kind to yourself people we’re only human, go slow, put your phone down and laugh out loud at every opportunity. Learning to REALLY truly love yourself is it, and I’ve only just realized that that is more than enough. I’ll learn to love you lot eventually 😂 Bunch of fucking savages, 30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you. Chin up eh ❤

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Pink’s Party Is Still Going Strong, It’s Just Taken A Maudlin Turn

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PinkPink has never fit in — so much so that not fitting in has become part of her personal brand. Despite spending two decades operating from deep within the mainstream machine, Alicia Beth Moore can believably tout herself as a pop star for the outsiders and the rebels. It’s a weird thing to say about … More »

Billie Eilish’s Time Is Now

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Billie Eilish - When We All Go To Sleep, Where Do We Go?“I have taken out my Invisalign, and this is the album!” Billie Eilish announces at the outset of her debut album. The 17-year-old singer then collapses into hysterical laughter with a male cohort — presumably her older brother, a fellow musician named Finneas O’Connell who’s been her close collaborator ever since … More »

The Post-Fifth Harmony Power Rankings

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Fifth HarmonyFifth Harmony were the reigning girl group of their era. Although they never came close to the success of their closest predecessors, Destiny’s Child, the group accumulated a rabid fan base of Harmonizers and contributed some sterling songs to the mainstream pop canon, among them “BO$$,” “Sledgehammer,” “Messy,” and their one top 10 hit, the … More »

Travis Scott, Big Boi to perform alongside Maroon 5 at 2019 Super Bowl

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Travis Scott, Big Boi to perform alongside Maroon 5 at 2019 Super BowlTravis Scott Live 2

It’s official: Travis Scott will be in “Super Bowl” Mode for Super Bowl LIII. After flirting with the possibility of a Travis Scott guest performance for several months, Super Bowl halftime show organizers have now confirmed that the Astroworld album-maker will appear alongside previously announced halftime headliner, Maroon 5. Fellow rapper Big Boi is also slated to join Scott and Maroon 5.

Scott’s Super Bowl booking comes after philanthropic collaboration between Scott and the NFL, who will collectively donate $500,000 to “social justice accelerator,” Dream Corps. “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement that followed formal announcement of his entertainment confirmation. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change,” Scott added.

A source close to the “Sicko Mode” artist told Billboard that Scott’s participation in the halftime show was contingent upon the NFL’s agreement to contribute a donation to Dream Corps. Many artists rejected the NFL’s Super Bowl 2019 halftime show bids, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Adele, and Cardi B, each of whom reportedly rejected the entertainment offer to show solidarity to prior San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in “protest against police brutality” in 2016. Storied and dedicated in his efforts to to bring attention to the issue of police brutality in the nation for many years preluding Kaepernick’s on-field opposition, JAY-Z supposedly attempted to dissuade Scott from accepting a halftime slot at Super Bowl 2019 prior to Scott’s confirmation.

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The 2019 State Of Pop Address

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Ariana GrandePop is dead; meet the new pop. More »

The most famous recording studios in the world

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most famous recording studios in the world

As a producer, it can be difficult creating a home studio. In an ideal world, a musician or producer would have a recording studio in their own living space. The goal is to get authentic, amazing sounding audio and minimize travel time. Looking at layouts for some of the most famous recording studios in the world might help. The infographic below shows the floor plans of studios responsible for recording some of the all-time greats: Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, The Beatles, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash.

It also contains techniques to create a recording studio at home, the sound science behind recording music, and some of the best albums recorded at home.

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