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Lyricapsule: Madonna Fights for Her Right to ‘Material Girl’; September 6, 2011

Here’s a milestone in lyric ephemera — Madonna writes a high-heel skip of a pop jam in 1985 dubbed “Material Girl,” as we all know on that provocative second effort Like a Virgin. The Detroit suburbs […]

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Rolls-Royce is Officially the Most Mentioned Car in Music

Kodak Black stands next to his Rolls-Royce; Photo: Instagram If ever there was a vehicle that was the epitome of class, fortune, and fame, it’s a Rolls-Royce. And it is officially the most mentioned brand […]

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Taylor Swift Finds the Man of Her ‘Dreams’ in New Single, ‘Ready For It?’

The cover art for Taylor Swift’s forthcoming LP6, ‘Reputation’; Photo: Big Machine In Taylor Swift‘s blame-shifting single “Look What You Made Me Do,” she says, “I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams.” But […]

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Lil B Curses Lonzo Ball for Dissing Nas

Rapper Lil B (left), LA Lakers player Lonzo Ball (right); Photo: Facebook (left); Ethan Miller/Getty Images (right) Rapper Lil B is known for many things, one of which is his ability to dole out curses; not […]

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Answers Fan Questions Using Only Lyrics from the Musical ‘Rent’

Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton (left), a promotional image for a Broadway rendition of ‘Rent’ (right); Photo: Mark Seliger (left); N/A (right)  Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius — literally, according to the MacArthur Foundation. And he […]

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Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line Confused by ‘H.O.L.Y.’ Lyrics

Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys perform ‘H.O.L.Y.’ on CMT Crossroads; CMT/Yahoo It turns out the lyrics of the AOR smash, “H.O.L.Y.,” by Florida Georgia Line have confused some people, namely the Backstreet Boys […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Styles P

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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Coldplay Write Song ‘Houston #1’ in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Coldplay at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami; Photo: Coldplay/YouTube In wake of the fatal Hurricane Harvey that is wrecking Houston and the surrounding areas, Coldplay wrote a song to show support. At their concert […]

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RIFF’d: The War on Drugs’ ‘A Deeper Understanding’

True to its namesake, The War on Drugs‘ fourth studio album A Deeper Understanding is a thoughtful examination of the past and the profound affect that memories can have on the present. Adam Granduciel delves […]

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UMD Marching Band Nixes Pro-Confederate State Song

The Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band; Photo: Ken Rubin/Facebook The University of Maryland is no longer allowing its marching band to play the state song, “Maryland, My Maryland,” because it includes pro-Confederate lyrics, reports […]

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