Luke Combs, King Of The Country Music Average Joes

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Luke CombsThe thing Luke Combs wants you to know about him is that he’s extremely normal, regular, average. Combs, one of the biggest things going in country music right now, just released an album called What You See Is What You Get. He’s a burly, bearded North Carolina native who removes his ballcap about as often … More »

Here’s John Legend & Kelly Clarkson’s Woke “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Remake

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John Legend - A Legendary ChristmasThe holiday standard “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has come under fire in recent years. A common complaint against the tune is that its lyrics — which present a push and pull between a woman attempting to leave for the night and a man trying to convince her to stay — carry overtones of sexual harassment … More »

Dean Martin’s Daughter Slams John Legend’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Remake

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Dean-Martin-Baby-Its-Cold-OutsideIt’s the first full week of November — Halloween is over, and though Thanksgiving has yet to arrive, you’re going to start hearing Christmas songs all the time, everywhere you go, soon enough. You know all of those songs; you know “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a song penned by Frank Loesser in 1944. In recent … More »

Christmas On Halloween IV: New Holiday Albums That May Or May Not Sleigh

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The Molly Burch Christmas AlbumIt’s tradition: Every year, on Halloween, we publish a roundup of new Christmas albums and other assorted holiday music popping off this season. We did it in 2016, and again in 2017, and again in 2018, and we’re doing it again now. It’s … More »

For Better Or Worse, Post Malone Sounds Like Right Now

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Post MaloneTired: a Post Malone posse cut with Meek Mill and Lil Baby. Wired: a Post Malone posse cut featuring Halsey and Future. Inspired: a Post Malone posse cut aligning Ozzy Osbourne with Travis Scott. The blessing and the curse of Hollywood’s Bleeding is that it contains all three pairings and more. Every level of the … More »

The Highwomen Are The Country Supergroup This Moment Demands

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THE HIGHWOMENA widely publicized study this year confirmed what anyone paying attention to the industry has long known: Country music is a boys’ club. Back in April, USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative published its study No Country For Female Artists: Artist & Songwriter Gender On Popular Country Charts From 2014 To 2018, which found that … More »

We’ve Got A File On You: Common

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Common-2019We’ve Got A File On You features interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest appearances, random internet ephemera, etc. More »

Look Out America, Here Comes Lewis Capaldi

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Lewis Capaldi“I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved.” The sentence is simple; the sentiment is deep. Lewis Capaldi howls these words at the peak of his breakthrough hit, his coarse, hearty vocals lending gravitas to the maudlin piano figure at the song’s spine. “Someone You Loved” is a ballad about the pain of … More »

Mark Ronson’s New Breakup Album Is Really Good

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Mark RonsonWhere do you go after “Uptown Funk”? The only option is down — in Mark Ronson’s case, down in the dumps. More »

Songland Is The Voice For Music Nerds

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SonglandHere is the genius of Songland: It’s every music reality show you’ve ever seen, but it’s also every makeover show you’ve ever seen. Like the best minds in the songwriting industry it spotlights, the NBC series — airing Tuesdays at 10PM ET — has managed to distill lots of familiar ingredients into something fresh. There’s … More »