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Lil Yachty Joins Jimmy Fallon and Questlove for Simpson Primer

Lil Yachty performs with Jimmy Fallon and Questlove on the ‘Tonight Show’; Photo: NBC Lil Yachty‘s album Teenage Emotions may have been a flop, but that hasn’t stopped the Atlanta-based artist from keeping his name […]

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RIFF’d: Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’

Lorde‘s second studio album Melodrama captures the many ups and downs that come with a shattered relationship. Through various modes of pop she frames the stages of her recovery — from anger and denial to acceptance. […]

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Despite Vocal Cord Disorder, Shania Twain Returns with ‘Life’s About to Get Good’

The cover art for Shania Twain’s new single, ‘Life’s About to Get Good’; Photo: Mercury Nashville  Shania Twain has not released an album since her 2002 album Up!, but she’ll be releasing a new album, Now, September 29, reports […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Kool Keith

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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Yoko Ono Will Get a Songwriting Credit on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

John and Yoko play ‘Imagine’ on the official video for the 1971 song; Photo: YouTube   For years, people have blamed Yoko Ono for breaking up The Beatles, citing her and husband John Lennon‘s relationship […]

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Lyricapsule: Nirvana Drop ‘Bleach’; June 15, 1989

Most of Bleach, Nirvana‘s major label deflowering, dropped on this day in 1989, was crunchy grunge fodder dressed up that way because there was this movement called grunge, and Sub Pop put on the pressure […]

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Did Bob Dylan Plagiarize His Nobel Lecture, or is He Just Sticking it to the Man?

Bob Dylan flipping lyric cue cards in the iconic video for ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’; Photo: Bob Dylan/Vevo/YouTube The Nobel Prize-winning singer-songwriter Bob Dylan may have lifted passages from the SparkNotes for Moby-Dick for his Nobel lecture, reports […]

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Nas and Jack White Re-Imagine ‘One Mic’ in Rare Acoustic Performance

Nas and a band studded with Jack White on the keys perform ‘One Mic’ for BBC Music; Photo: BBC Music/YouTube The original recording of Nas‘ “One Mic” from his 2001 album Stillmatic samples Phil Collins‘ […]

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Lyricapsule: Alanis Morissette Drops ‘Jagged Little Pill’; June 13, 1995

Before Alanis Morissette‘s definition of “Ironic” confused a generation of young students of English, the abrasive alt-rock starlet wasn’t abrasive at all — she cut her teeth as a child actor, dabbling in teen pop in […]

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RIFF’d: Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’

Katy Perry‘s Witness is a feeble and altogether pathetic attempt at reinvention. She’s pining to be the next Madonna, but instead of tapping into that special space that makes each artist unique she adopts the familiar […]

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