On Songs For You, Tinashe Takes Matters Into Her Own Hands

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Tinashe - Songs For YouThere was a time when Tinashe’s momentum felt unstoppable. “2 On,” the R&B singer and dancer’s 2014 breakthrough single, was one of those hits so contagious that Drake couldn’t stop himself from dropping an unofficial remix. Aquarius, the major-label debut album that followed, generated rave reviews. Despite the trendy Mustardwave pops and snaps … More »

Billie Eilish, Chance The Rapper, Green Day, & Cardi B Did Jimmy Kimmel’s Latest ‘Mean Tweets’

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Green-Day-on-Mean-TweetsOne of our finer recurring late-night comedy bits is Mean Tweets, the Jimmy Kimmel Live series in which cameras capture celebrities’ reactions as they read less-than-flattering comments about themselves from the Twitter masses. This thing is still funny, even though the participating stars now often come off like they’re trying very … More »

The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

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Drake-and-Future“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

Cardi B & Ozuna Cast In Fast & Furious 9

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Ozuna-Cardi-BOver the past 19 years, the Fast & Furious franchise has given prominent and often recurring acting roles to the following musicians: Ja Rule, Tyrese, Ludacris, Bow Wow, Tego Calderón, and Don Omar. The series has also had plenty of cameos from famous music types, including Jin, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, T-Pain, and Romeo Santos. More »

Is A Rap American Idol Even Possible?

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Rhythm-And-FlowTwelve years ago, someone from MTV called me and asked me to come into their office. I went. I met Ashton Kutcher in the lobby. It was weird. More »

The Revolving Door Between Country And Pop Keeps On Spinning

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Marshmello & Kane BrownPress play on the year’s biggest country album and you might wonder if you’re listening to a country album at all. Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road is the genre’s only release to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this year and enjoyed the biggest debut streaming week ever for a country album, with … More »

Watch Cardi B, Chance The Rapper, T.I., & Also The Highwomen On Ellen

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TI-Chance-The-Rapper-Cardi-B-EllenThe following people were guests on today’s edition of the daytime talk show Ellen: Cardi B, Chance The Rapper, T.I., Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby. That is a lot of musicians! Many of them are musicians who would probably not have any particular reason to be in the same place at … More »

French Montana – “Writing On The Wall” (Feat. Post Malone, Cardi B, Rvssian) Video

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French-Montana-Writing-On-The-Wall-VideoCan you imagine how Manhattan might smell if a 500-foot-tall version of Post Malone showed up and plunked his ass down in the middle of Times Square? The video for the new song “Writing On The Wall” raises fascinating philosophical questions like this. More »