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Kanye West’s Donda Debuts At #1

Kanye West’s new album Donda has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. It had 309,000 equivalent album units, which makes it the year’s biggest week for any album so far, beating out Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, which notched 295,000 units in June. The 27-track album was released on a Sunday, which means that there were only five days of activity during its first chart week instead of the usual seven.
Tags: Music, News, Kanye West, Donda, Olivia Rodrigo


Beyoncé Has New Song Featured In King Richard

Beyoncé has a new song featured in the closing credits of King Richard, the new Will Smith-starring biopic about the father of famous tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. Per The Los Angeles Times, reporting from the Telluride Film Festival where the movie just premiered, a new Bey song called “Be Alive” plays during the closing credits. Beyoncé co-wrote the song with the Roc Nation signee DIXON.
Tags: Music, Beyonce, News, Will Smith, Richard, Serena Williams, Los Angeles Times, Venus, Bey


What Gets Lost In Opera Livestreams?

We were lucky to have access to livestreams from across the world in 2020. But: “Although the streamed productions I later saw live had flashes of revelation, those moments were few and far between in what was, on balance, limited by the medium: the subjective and inevitably narrow perspective of the camera, the engineered flattening of sound.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, 09.03.21


Noah “40” Shebib Defends R. Kelly Credit On Drake’s Certified Lover Boy

One of the tracks on Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy has an R. Kelly songwriting credit. (R. Kelly is currently in the middle of a federal trial for sex trafficking and racketeering.) The inclusion of Kelly has, understandably, attracted criticism. Longtime Drake producer Noah “40” Shebib offered an explanation in an Instagram comment as to why Kelly has a credit on “TSU.”
Tags: Music, News, Noah, Drake, R. Kelly, Kelly, Noah '40' Shebib, Shebib, Kelly Credit On Drake


Watch Dave Grohl Join Guns N’ Roses On “Paradise City” Until BottleRock Unplugs Them For Breaking Curfew

Guns N’ Roses headlined BottleRock on Saturday night in Napa, and the band brought out special guest (and former adversary) Dave Grohl to close out the show with “Paradise City.” The festival ended up unplugging them by the end because they went over curfew, something the organizers have done before when bands go over their allotted time. Watch Grohl join GNR below.
Tags: Music, News, Dave Grohl, Napa, Guns N' Roses, Bottlerock, Grohl, GNR


Black Fashion At It’s Finest! Maxie J’s Ellaé Lisqué Fashion Show Brings Out Watch Jazzy, Sevyn Streeter, Malaysia Pargo & More

Designer Maxie J of Ellaè Lisquè, brought her 34th birthday in with a highly anticipated fashion show for the debut of her “Birthday Collection."
Tags: Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Culture, Jazz, Chris Brown, Happy Birthday, Live Performance, Maxie, Sevyn Streeter, Girl Boss, Seen on the Scene, Black Girl Magic, Red Carpets & Events, Christian Combs, Clermont Twins


‘1 Year Down, Many To Go!’ Jordyn Woods And Karl-Anthony Towns Discuss About How They Went From Friends To Booed Up

Karl-Anthony Towns was a special guest on Jordyn Woods' Instagram series "Regular-ish" to discuss how their relationship started and their secret to keeping it going strong.
Tags: Reality TV, Entertainment, Models, Jazz, Arts & Entertainment, Athletes, Celebrity News, Karl-Anthony Towns, Karl Anthony, Did You Know, For Your Information, For Your Viewing Pleasure, For Discussion, Ballers, Coupled Up, Jordyn Woods


Seen On The Philly Scene: Megan Thee Stallion, Latto & Lil Baby Perform At Jay Z’s ‘Made In America’ Festival

Day one of Made In America is in the books and despite previous days of record-breaking flooding, thousands attended the first major music festival in Philadelphia amid sunny skies. As previously reported this year's fest is benefitting the ACLU of Pennsylvania and a portion of net proceeds will also support the efforts of the REORM Alliance. Since 2012 the inaugural two-day concert has generated $135 million in economic impact for the city of Philadelphia. Amid COVID-19 concerns, festival at...
Tags: News, Jay Z, America, Pennsylvania, Aclu, Jazz, Bia, Philadelphia, Kehlani, Young Thug, Philly, Philadelphia Inquirer, A$ap Ferg, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Roc Nation, For Your Information


Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding Dead At 39

Sarah Harding, from the UK pop group Girls Aloud, has died at 39. Last year, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her death was announced in an Instagram post from Harding’s mother Marie.
Tags: Music, UK, News, Harding, Sarah Harding, Girls Aloud


Mother Of Nick Cannon’s Twins, Abby De La Rosa, Says Her Pregnancy With The N’Credibly Fertile Father Was ‘Planned’

It's very rare that we get to hear from the women who have watered the seeds of the infamously fertile father Nick Cannon, but last week one of the star's baby momma's finally opened up to fans about her journey to motherhood with the 40-year-old Power 106 FM host.
Tags: Newsletter, Jazz, Celebrity News, Nick Cannon, Celebrity Seeds, Celebrity Kids, Abby De La Rosa, Nick Cannon and Abby De La Rosa Twins, Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir, Mother Of Nick Cannon


Twin Admission: Abby De La Rosa Says Her Baby Zillion & Baby Zion Pregnancy With N’Credibly Fertile Father Nick Cannon Was ‘Planned’

It's very rare that we get to hear from the women who have watered the seeds of the infamously fertile father Nick Cannon, but last week one of the star's baby momma's finally opened up to fans about her journey to motherhood with the 40-year-old Power 106 FM host.
Tags: Newsletter, Jazz, Celebrity News, Nick Cannon, Celebrity Seeds, Celebrity Kids, Abby De La Rosa, Nick Cannon and Abby De La Rosa Twins, Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir


We Love To See It: TikTokers Flood Texas Abortion Whistleblower Website With Shrek Porn & Other Spam

TikTok users decided to spam a Texas pro-life organization's website with Shrek porn and other deliberately false information.
Tags: Texas, News, Jazz, For Your Information, For Your Viewing Pleasure, Pure Comedy, What The Hell, Really, Hate It or Love It, TikTokers Flood Texas Abortion Whistleblower


#FantaBility: Investigation Finds ‘High Probability’ That PA Police Killed 8-Year-Old Black Girl At Football Game

The preliminary investigation into a shootout at a high school football game determined a "high probability" that police killed 8-year-old Fanta Bility and wounded 3 others, including her teenage sister.
Tags: Jazz, Fanta Bility


André 3000 Responds To Kanye West’s Leaked Drake Diss: ‘Two Artists That I Love Are Going Back And Forth’

Unfortunately for 3 Stacks, Drake leaking this song got him involved in a situation he likely never wanted to be a part of, so, he issued a statement about it following the song's release.
Tags: Music, News, Newsletter, Kanye West, Jazz, Drake, Andre 3000, SMH, For Your Information, Hip-Hop Beef, For Your Viewing Pleasure, For Discussion, Really, Life of the Party, Hate It or Love It, Stacks Drake


The Gym-Rat Maestro

Lorenzo Viotti is working on snagging young music fans via his workout, and shirtless, social media posts. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 09.03.21, Lorenzo Viotti


Watch Brandi Carlile Cover Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”

Brandi Carlile is a big fan of Joni Mitchell. She once covered Blue in its entirety at a concert that Mitchell ended up attending. She’s done “River” on tour and “A Case Of You” with Kris Kristofferson at Mitchell’s 75th birthday celebration a couple years ago. (She also sang “A Case Of You” on Colbert a few months ago.) And now Carlile has added a new Mitchell classic into her repertoire: “Woodstock,” which appeared on her 1970 album Ladies Of The Canyon. She’s done it at a handful of shows so ...
Tags: Music, News, Colbert, Joni Mitchell, Mitchell, Carlile, Kris Kristofferson, Brandi Carlile


"Coffee-pot groups were groups of poor black teenagers, who performed on street corners and tried to reproduce the sounds of the lush records they heard on the radio, using… well..."

"... using the equipment they had to hand. For string parts, you’d play ukuleles or guitars or banjos, but for the horns you’d play the kazoo. But of course, kazoos were not particularly pleasant instruments, and they certainly didn’t sound much like a saxophone or clarinet. But it turned out you could make them sound a lot more impressive than they otherwise would if you blew them into something that resonated. Different sizes of container would resonate differently, and so you could get a pret...
Tags: Music, Podcasts, Law, History, Thornton, Andrew Hickey, Jerry Leiber, Benny Goodman, Feminine Beauty, Ann Althouse


Sarah Harding, singer with Girls Aloud, dies aged 39 from breast cancer

Bringing charisma to the hugely successful band, Harding was diagnosed in August 2020 and wrote a memoir during her illnessThe pop singer and TV personality Sarah Harding, who had 21 UK Top 10 singles as a member of Girls Aloud, has died aged 39 from breast cancer.In a post on Instagram, Harding’s mother Marie said: “It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Reality TV, UK, Television, Musicals, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Stage, Sarah, Harding, Marie, Sarah Harding, Girls Aloud


Afghan musicians silently await their fate as Taliban’s ban looms

Amid upheaval across the country, it remains unclear whether a new government will forbid music as it did 25 years agoThe shutters have been down all along Kharabat Street, the storied heart of Afghan musical life, since the Taliban swept into Kabul in mid-August.Musicians have taken their instruments home, or crammed them into store rooms, waiting to see if the group will do the unthinkable again, and ban music as they did 25 years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, World news, Afghanistan, Culture, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Kabul, Kharabat Street


Miriam Margolyes: It was my duty to tell truth about Du Pré’s death

Veteran actor has no regrets about controversial claims that tragic cellist died from lethal injection in assisted suicideMiriam Margolyes has defended her controversial decision to reveal what she believes is the truth about the early death of the great British cellist Jacqueline du Pré. In her new memoir the actor claims that a mutual friend was responsible for secretly assisting the suicide of 42-year-old Du Pré, who was suffering the serious effects of multiple sclerosis.It is, Margolyes arg...
Tags: Music, Culture, Classical Music, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline, Miriam Margolyes, Margolyes, Du Pre


‘The 90s seem like yesterday’: Saint Etienne on 30 years as pop auteurs

Sarah, Bob and Pete talk about recording their mesmeric new album via Zoom, the reality of the 90s and the oddness of pop parenthoodIn the concrete balcony bar of the BFI Southbank on a late summer’s afternoon, three old friends are sitting on mid-century seats, talking about the passing of time. Thirty years ago this month, Saint Etienne – Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and Sarah Cracknell – released their debut album, Foxbase Alpha, which stitched together samples from Dusty Springfield, the Four Top...
Tags: Music, London, James Brown, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Electronic Music, Britpop, Camden Town, Springfield, Pete, Jon Savage, Etienne, Saint Etienne, BFI Southbank, Sarah Cracknell



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