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Legendary jazz engineer Rudy Van Gelder has died aged 91
 

On the Charts: Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Soars to Number One

Frank Ocean‘s much-anticipated new LP Blonde soared to Number One in its debut week as the album formerly known as Boys Don’t Cry sold 276,000 in its debut, earning it the third-best opening sales week of 2016 behind Drake’s Views and Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Related [...]

Drake may have just confirmed a collaboration with Kanye West via a billboard in LA

A billboard has appeared in Los Angeles with the words “Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi” printed across it. The mysterious message was accompanied by the logos for Drake’s record label OVO Sound and Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music. This potentially confirms a collaboration between the two, especially as Calabasas is home to both rappers, as Pitchfork reports. Plus, earlier this month [...]

Legendary jazz engineer Rudy Van Gelder has died aged 91

Rudy Van Gelder, an eminent sound engineer, has died aged 91. Born in Jersey City, NJ on November 2, 1924, Van Gelder (pictured above, third on the left, with the Roger Dawson Septet) became a well known name in the jazz world, working extensively in the 50s and 60s for labels such as Blue Note, Impulse and Prestige. Artists that Van [...]

Pete Wentz says Fall Out Boy are working on new music

Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has told the crowd at Reading that the band will be “back with new music.” Confirming that their performance at the festival is “the last one for the [American Beauty/American Psycho] cycle,” Wentz then said that the band would return with new material. The four-piece also paid tribute to David Bowie during their set, with visuals [...]

Idris Elba says there’s a "big chance" of Luther returning

Idris Elba has hinted that Luther could be returning with new episodes, after responding to a fan question on Twitter. The detective drama returned after a two-and-a-half year hiatus for a pair of hourlong episodes last December. Before that, four episodes aired in 2013 and 2011, and six were broadcast when the series debuted in 2010. The fan asked Elba, “what’s the [...]

Watch as Lady Gaga joins Tame Impala for impromptu festival performance

Lady Gaga joined Tame Impala during their performance at FYF Festival last night. The singer made a surprise appearance and joined the band as they neared the end of their performance. Greeting the crowd and hugging Kevin Parker, she then performed ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’ with them. Lady Gaga recently announced her new single, ‘Perfect Illusion’ which was produced by Tame [...]

Watch Thor Explain ‘Civil War’ Absence in Hilarious Short

A burning question that come out of Captain America: Civil War was the whereabouts of Thor, the hammer-wielding superhero who didn’t appear in the latest Marvel blockbuster. In a hilarious short film that premiered at Comic Con – but was finally unveiled to the public at large today – Thor explains his Civil War absence: He took some “me” time [...]

Has Drake just unveiled his second billboard of the week?

A billboard has appeared in Los Angeles with the words “Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi” printed across it. The mysterious message was accompanied by the logos for Drake’s record label OVO Sound and Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music. This potentially confirms a collaboration between the two, especially as Calabasas is home to both rappers, as Pitchfork reports. Plus, earlier this month [...]


On the Charts: Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Soars to Number One

28 August 2016

Frank Ocean‘s much-anticipated new LP Blonde soared to Number One in its debut week as the album formerly known as Boys Don’t Cry sold 276,000 in its debut, earning it the third-best opening sales week of 2016 behind Drake’s Views and Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Related [...]

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Drake may have just confirmed a collaboration with Kanye West via a billboard in LA

28 August 2016

A billboard has appeared in Los Angeles with the words “Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi” printed across it. The mysterious message was accompanied by the logos for Drake’s record label OVO Sound and Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music. This potentially confirms a collaboration between the two, especially as Calabasas is home to both rappers, as Pitchfork reports. Plus, earlier this month [...]

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Legendary jazz engineer Rudy Van Gelder has died aged 91

28 August 2016

Rudy Van Gelder, an eminent sound engineer, has died aged 91. Born in Jersey City, NJ on November 2, 1924, Van Gelder (pictured above, third on the left, with the Roger Dawson Septet) became a well known name in the jazz world, working extensively in the 50s and 60s for labels such as Blue Note, Impulse and Prestige. Artists that Van [...]

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Pete Wentz says Fall Out Boy are working on new music

28 August 2016

Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has told the crowd at Reading that the band will be “back with new music.” Confirming that their performance at the festival is “the last one for the [American Beauty/American Psycho] cycle,” Wentz then said that the band would return with new material. The four-piece also paid tribute to David Bowie during their set, with visuals [...]

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Idris Elba says there’s a "big chance" of Luther returning

28 August 2016

Idris Elba has hinted that Luther could be returning with new episodes, after responding to a fan question on Twitter. The detective drama returned after a two-and-a-half year hiatus for a pair of hourlong episodes last December. Before that, four episodes aired in 2013 and 2011, and six were broadcast when the series debuted in 2010. The fan asked Elba, “what’s the [...]

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Watch as Lady Gaga joins Tame Impala for impromptu festival performance

28 August 2016

Lady Gaga joined Tame Impala during their performance at FYF Festival last night. The singer made a surprise appearance and joined the band as they neared the end of their performance. Greeting the crowd and hugging Kevin Parker, she then performed ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’ with them. Lady Gaga recently announced her new single, ‘Perfect Illusion’ which was produced by Tame [...]

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Watch Thor Explain ‘Civil War’ Absence in Hilarious Short

28 August 2016

A burning question that come out of Captain America: Civil War was the whereabouts of Thor, the hammer-wielding superhero who didn’t appear in the latest Marvel blockbuster. In a hilarious short film that premiered at Comic Con – but was finally unveiled to the public at large today – Thor explains his Civil War absence: He took some “me” time [...]

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Has Drake just unveiled his second billboard of the week?

28 August 2016

A billboard has appeared in Los Angeles with the words “Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi” printed across it. The mysterious message was accompanied by the logos for Drake’s record label OVO Sound and Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music. This potentially confirms a collaboration between the two, especially as Calabasas is home to both rappers, as Pitchfork reports. Plus, earlier this month [...]

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Two people have been arrested following the death of a teenager at Leeds Festival

28 August 2016

Two 17-year-olds from Greater Manchester have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences following the death of another 17-year-old at Leeds festival this weekend. Lewis Haunch, also 17 and from Greater Manchester, passed away in the early hours of this morning after taking an “unspecified substance”, the Guardian reports. Haunch collapsed last night (August 27) at Leeds Festival and was taken to [...]

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Watch Eddie Vedder Perform With Elvis Costello, X at Ohana Festival

28 August 2016

The inaugural Ohana Music Festival in Hawaii kicked off Saturday night with a headlining set by Eddie Vedder, but the Pearl Jam singer made his presence felt all over the fest. During Elvis Costello‘s set, Vedder popped out to lend his vocals to “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?” Related [...]

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Watch Lister and co fend off space beings in the new trailer for ‘Red Dwarf XI’

28 August 2016

Craig Charles puts aside his funk records and the robots to appear in a brand new series of Red Dwarf, which premieres next month. In this eleventh series the main characters, Dave Lister (Charles), Cat (Danny John-Jules), Arnold Rimmer (Chris Barrie) and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) find themselves in a parallel universe, at the bottom of a moon ocean and battling mid-life [...]

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AC/DC perform ‘Live Wire’ with Axl Rose on the ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour

28 August 2016

AC/DC were joined by Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose last night (August 27) for the first night of their 10-date ‘Rock Or Bust’ US tour together. During the show in Greensboro, North Carolina, the American rockers played the song ‘Live Wire’, which is the first time AC/DC have performed the track live since 1982. ‘Live Wire’ originally appeared on the band’s [...]

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Flea says Fox News host calling Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘worst band on the planet’ ‘doesn’t faze’ him

28 August 2016

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has reacted to a Fox News host’s negative comments about the band. The controversial US news network made the announcement on its show” The Five after showing an item about Flea playing bass with a gorilla called Koko. After the report, anchorman Greg Gutfeld said: “As most musicians know, this is a vast improvement over [...]

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Watch AC/DC Dust Off ‘Live Wire’ With Axl Rose in Greensboro

28 August 2016

Quickly after completing the North American leg of Guns N’ Roses‘ Not in This Lifetime tour, Axl Rose was back onstage Saturday night – this time with AC/DC – in Greensboro, North Carolina for the first of 10 rescheduled Rock or Bust U.S. shows with Rose filling in for Brian Johnson. Related [...]

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‘On The Other Side’ (‘S one strane’): Film Review

28 August 2016

Croatia’s official Oscar contender is an enigmatic chamber drama about the lingering psychological scars of a family torn apart by war two decades before. A melancholy fog of family and national trauma hangs over On the Other Side, recently nominated by Croatia as its official Oscar entry in the [...]

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Rhymefest Films Mistreatment by Police While Reporting Robbery

28 August 2016

Chicago rapper Rhymefest tweeted about being robbed at gunpoint Saturday and later documented with cellphone video his mistreatment by police when attempting to report the robbery. “To the young brother that put the gun to my head this morning took my wallet. You don’t know how you just damaged your community,” the Kanye West protégé tweeted. Related [...]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea says playing old songs make him feel like his ‘cock’s gonna fall off’

28 August 2016

Red Hot Chili Peppers’s Flea has spoken about the frustration of having to play the same songs over and over again. Speaking to NME ahead of the Californian band’s Reading Festival headline set, the bassist said he thinks of the fans when he gets tired of certain songs. “Has there ever been a night where I’ve been like ‘If I play [...]

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‘The X Factor’ opening night viewing figures are even lower than last year

28 August 2016

The X Factor returned yesterday (August 27) to what is understood to be the show’s lowest opening night ratings since 2005. The ITV singing contest pulled in an average of 6.8 million viewers and a 34% share of the audience between 8pm and 9.30pm, enough to make it last night’s most-watched show, the Radio Times reports. While these figures will increase once [...]

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Jack White leads his own team in a celebrity baseball match

28 August 2016

Jack White took part in a celebrity baseball match at the University of North Alabama on Friday (August 26). The former White Stripes man led his own Third Man Records squad in a multi-team competition organised every year by local Alabama designer Billy Reid. White played at first base and also showed off his batting skills, Rolling Stone reports, though [...]

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Beyoncé is reportedly planning a surprise performance for tonight’s MTV VMAs

28 August 2016

Beyonce is reportedly planning a surprise performance at tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in New York City. The ‘Lemonade’ singer is this year’s leading contender with 11 nominations but in the run-up to the event MTV has not announced that she will be performing. However, the LA Times reports that Beyoncé has been in “top secret rehearsals” and Billboard says [...]

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Watch the second trailer for the surprise new ‘Blair Witch’ movie

28 August 2016

A second trailer has been released for the new Blair Witch movie which was surprise-announced at Comic-Con last month (July). Scroll down to watch. The original The Blair Witch Project movie was released in 1999. A “found footage” horror film directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, it went on to become a huge commercial hit and is now acknowledged as [...]

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Calvin Harris reportedly being lined up for ‘X Factor’ role after ‘settling Simon Cowell feud’

28 August 2016

Calvin Harris is reportedly “in advance talks” for a role on the new series of The X Factor. The Scottish DJ-producer famously stormed the stage with a pineapple on his head while comedy contestants Jedward were performing on the ITV talent show in 2009, but Simon Cowell is now said to have forgiven him for mocking the show. Harris is now being [...]

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Rudy Van Gelder, Renowned ‘A Love Supreme’ Engineer, Dead at 91

28 August 2016

Rudy Van Gelder, legendary jazz engineer and operator of the Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey studio where classic LPs by John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy and Wayne Shorter were recorded, died Thursday at his home. Van Gelder’s assistant confirmed his death to the New York Times. He was 91.  Related [...]

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Timothy B. Schmit on Glenn Frey: ‘He’s Dead. It’s Unbelievable’

28 August 2016

Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit opened up about the death of bandmate Glenn Frey in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “He’s dead. It’s unbelievable,” he says. “It didn’t happen that long ago. Everybody is still processing it. But part of processing it is carrying on.” Related [...]

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The Last Word: Jeff Bridges on Dylan, the Dude and Surviving Box-Office Duds

27 August 2016

In the six years since he reunited with the Coen Brothers for a brilliant remake of the classic John Wayne western True Grit, Jeff Bridges has struggled to connect with audiences in multiplexes, releasing little-seen flicks like R.I.P.D. and Seventh Son. But right now he’s starring in one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of the year, the neo-western Hell or [...]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea says he wants to visit Reading Festival funfair and ‘vomit on everyone’

27 August 2016

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has threatened to visit Reading Festival’s on-site funfair after the band’s headline set tonight (August 27). Speaking to bandmate Anthony Kiedis during the band’s performance on the main stage, Flea said: “I want to ride the spinning ride after the show and vomit all over myself and everyone.” The on-stage banter grew even saltier from there, [...]

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Does Stormzy really want to be an ‘X Factor’ judge?

27 August 2016

Stormzy has apparently offered to become an X Factor judge, but not until 2018. Earlier this evening (August 28), the grime star evidently saw some tweets about Honey G, a wannabe rapper who was shown auditioning on tonight’s episode of the ITV singing contest. When Stormzy tweeted “Who is Honey G and why do I need to collab with him/her ?”, the [...]

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Jack White Plays in Alabama Celebrity Baseball Game

27 August 2016

Baseball enthusiast Jack White took part in a celebrity baseball game at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama, leading his Third Man Records team against the Texas Playboys, Alabama Slammers and other squads taking part in Florence-based designer Billy Reid’s annual Shindig, AL.com reports (via Pitchfork). The university itself confirmed that the rocker graced their field Friday. [...]

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Biffy Clyro: ‘We’ve paid our dues at Reading and Leeds festivals’

27 August 2016

Biffy Clyro have said they feel as though they have “paid our dues” at Reading and Leeds festivals over the years. The Kilmarnock trio headlined Leeds last night (August 26) and will headline Reading tomorrow (August 28) in what is their 10th appearance at the festivals – and the second time they have headlined. “To be asked [to headline] before was such [...]

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Listen to The Avalanches’ brilliantly varied Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1

27 August 2016

The Avalanches have shared their two-hour-long Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. The Australian band’s varied choices include tracks by Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, the Stooges, the Pointer Sisters, Sun Ra, Frank Zappa, Thurston Moore and the Grateful Dead. Listen to it here via BBC iPlayer. The Avalanches returned earlier this summer with a new album called ‘Wildflower’, their first since 2000’s [...]

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Watch Imagine Dragons cover Blur’s ‘Song 2’ at Reading Festival

27 August 2016

Imagine Dragons treated fans at Reading Festival to a Blur cover earlier tonight (August 27). The Las Vegas band performed ‘Song 2’ midway through their 13-song set at Little John’s Farm, which took place on the main stage immediately before headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers. Though Imagine Dragons covered the classic Blur hit frequently in 2013 and 2014, this is only [...]

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See Faith No More’s Frenzied 1986 Concert With Singer Chuck Mosley

27 August 2016

Faith No More recently reissued their 1985 debut LP We Care a Lot as a deluxe edition complete with new mixes, demos and a pair of recordings from the band’s 1986 concert at San Francisco’s I-Beam. To further commemorate the reissue, the group has shared live footage of the entirety of that I-Beam concert, which featured original vocalist Chuck Mosley. Related [...]

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‘Star Wars’ actress Daisy Ridley says fans face a wait to find out the new film’s title

27 August 2016

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has predicted that the next film’s full title won’t be announced for “a while”. Ridley is reprising her role as Rey in Episode VIII, the follow-up to last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is due in December 2017, after this year’s spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. “I heard a title [for Episode [...]

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‘Inbetweeners’ stars are reuniting with the show’s co-creator for a new BBC sitcom

27 August 2016

The Inbetweeners stars James Buckley and Joe Thomas are teaming up with the show’s co-creator Damon Beesley for a new BBC sitcom set in ’80s Essex. Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick will star in the six-part series as a cocky double-glazing salesman called Vincent, with Buckley, who played Jay in The Inbetweeners, and Thomas, who played Simon, appearing alongside him. The show, [...]

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Slaves dedicate cover of ‘Shutdown’ to Boy Better Know during Reading secret set

27 August 2016

Slaves dedicated their cover of ‘Shutdown’ to Boy Better Know during their secret set at Reading tonight (August 27). The Tunbridge Wells duo had performed on the Main Stage earlier in the day, but appeared again on the BBC Introducing Stage at 7:15pm to play a handful of older songs. “This last song is for Boy Better Know,” guitarist Laurie Vincent [...]

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A War on Ticket Bots, With Mixed Results

27 August 2016

Even if Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda eliminates every electronic “bot” that scoops up thousands of tickets and helps shady brokers resell them at insane prices, he’s unlikely to make a dent in the scalping market. Stung by reports that one bot sold 20,000 tickets to the popular Broadway show earlier this year, and that scalpers made $15.5 million by [...]

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You Me At Six surprise fans with secret set at Reading Festival

27 August 2016

You Me At Six have surprised fans with a secret set at Reading Festival this afternoon (August 27). The band’s secret set was never officially announced, but had been rumoured since earlier in the day after BBC Radio 1 spotted a “TBC” slot on The Pit Stage’s Saturday bill. *SET TIMES* for The Pit Stage at #ReadingFestival today @OfficialRandL Whooo could it [...]

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Watch a tense new teaser for Marvel’s latest Netflix series ‘Luke Cage’

27 August 2016

A new teaser for Marvel’s latest Netflix series, Luke Cage, has been shared on YouTube today (August 27). Cage, played by Mike Colter (Million Dollar Baby), was first introduced to viewers in another Netflix show, Jessica Jones, in November 2015. The NYC-based character is a former convict with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin who fights crime. The 13-episode Luke Cage series, [...]

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Slaves to play secret set at Reading Festival today

27 August 2016

Slaves are to play a secret set at Reading Festival today (August 27). The duo have travelled to Reading from France, where they performed at the Rock en Seine Festival in Paris yesterday, and will perform on the BBC Introducing stage at 7.15pm. The secret set has just been announced on the Reading Festival app and by the band on Twitter. BBC [...]

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Slipknot to Perform ‘Iowa’ in Entirety for First Time at Knotfest

27 August 2016

Slipknot will perform their 2001 second LP Iowa live in its entirety for the first time during the band’s set at their annual Knotfest, which takes place September 24th and 25th at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. “To this day, [Iowa] has never been performed in its entirety. That is about to change,” Slipknot [...]

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Britney Spears reveals which part of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ she found ‘awkward’

27 August 2016

Britney Spears has revealed that she found one aspect of filming Carpool Karaoke with James Corden “awkward”. The singer’s instalment of Corden’s popular Late Late Show segment debuted late on Thursday night (August 25) and has already attracted over eight million views on YouTube. The 10-minute skit sees the pair duet on Britney hits like ‘Oops! I Did It Again’, ‘Womanizer’ [...]

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Weekend Rock Question: What’s the Best Music Video of 2000s?

27 August 2016

The MTV Video Music Awards will be held on Sunday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The big confirmed news of the night is that Britney Spears will perform on the VMA stage for the first time in nine years and Rihanna will receive the Video Vanguard Award (and have her own set of performances). But there will also [...]

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DJ Khaled says he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election

27 August 2016

DJ Khaled has announced that he’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election. The endorsement for the Democrat White House hopeful came as the Major Key rapper sat down for an interview with Yahoo anchor Katie Couric to discuss his new album. But when talk turned to politics, Khaled was quick to praise Hillary in his own trademark style, [...]

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Chance The Rapper reveals career advice from President Obama

27 August 2016

Chance The Rapper has revealed that President Obama gave him some wise words of advice when the pair recently met at the White House. In an interview with GQ Magazine, the rapper spoke about how he had joined the likes of Alicia Keys and DJ Khaled at The White House in April to discuss the My Brother’s keeper initiative, a mentoring [...]

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Batman Cosplay Suit Sets World Record With 23 Gadgets

27 August 2016

A mind-blowing Batman cosplay costume sporting 23 functioning gadgets – including smoke bombs, a grapnel gun and a bat sign projector – has earned a spot in Guinness World Records’ 2017 Gamer’s Edition. Irish special creature effects expert Julian Checkley designed the intricate suit around the Caped Crusader’s outfit in video game Batman: Arkham Origins. Related [...]

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Listen to Jack Ü’s collaboration with Florence and the Machine after it debuts at Reading Festival

27 August 2016

Jack Ü debuted their anticipated collaboration with Florence and the Machine during their set at Reading Festival last night. The EDM duo, consisting of Skrillex and Diplo gave the track, which is believed to be called ‘Constellations’, its first airing as they headlined the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage. Taking to the mic shortly before the song was dropped, Diplo told the crowd: [...]

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Drake congratulates Rihanna’s MTV VMAs success with giant billboard

27 August 2016

Drake has toasted Rihanna’s success at the MTV Video Music Awards by hiring a giant digital billboard that features a congratulatory message for the singer. Rihanna will pick up the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard at tomorrow night’s ceremony, which is a lifetime achievement gong that has previously been bestowed on the likes of Kanye West, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake. But she’s [...]

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Usher Announces New LP ‘Hard II Love,’ Drops Two Tracks

27 August 2016

After dropping a string of singles throughout the year, Usher announced on Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live that his new album Hard II Love, the follow-up to 2012’s Looking 4 Myself, would arrive September 16th. Related PHOTOS: 45 Most [...]

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Presidential Nominees Ignore Women of Color at Their Peril

27 August 2016

Heading to the polls on Election Day has always been a must for Glynda C. Carr, who grew up in Connecticut with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Related The GOP’s Stealth War Against Voters [...]

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See De La Soul Document New LP’s Creation in ‘We’re Still Here (Now)’

27 August 2016

To celebrate the release of De La Soul‘s long-awaited, crowd-funded LP And the Anonymous Nobody on Friday , the hip-hop legends premiered their 33-minute short film We’re Still Here (now)… a documentary about nobody. Related Inside De La [...]

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