• Master composers used to handwrite their music. Some were complete slobs.

    Today, the treble clef appears printed on composers' notepaper or preloaded on computers. In the past, even the greatest musical geniuses often had to write out the treble clef themselves. Musical geniuses ... trying to draw a treble clef.

    Vox.com
  • The Weeknd & Fifth Harmony Hit Chart Highs on Social 50

    Plus: Fifth Harmony reaches the top five for the first time

    Billboard
  • 'Hit The Quan' Hits Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    The latest viral dance craze, @iHeartMemphis’ “Hit The Quan” took only four weeks to reach the top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It climbs 15-8 (chart dated Sept. 12), with airplay, digital sales, and streaming numbers up across the board. Over on the Billboard Hot 100, it bounds 41-23 in its second…

    Billboard
  • David Bowie pens music for SpongeBob stage version

    David Bowie, known for the intellectual bent of his music, is penning music for what will likely be lighter fare -- a musical based on cartoon character SpongeBob. Chicago's Oriental Theatre announced that the English rock icon and artist is leading an array of top musicians in composing the score…

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  • Epic Doug The Pug Music Video Compilation Is Giving Us Lyfe

    This is proof that every music video ever needs Doug the Pug. The compilation features the adorable social media star in everything from Katy Perry's "California Gurls" to Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." While we've seen Doug's videos before, watching them all together has reaffirmed…

    Huffington Post
  • Track of the Day: 'Here Come tha Police'

    If you weren’t living in Minneapolis in 2007, chances are good you never heard this song, from the local band Vicious Vicious. I was lucky enough to be an arts-and-entertainment editor in the Twin Cities at the time, and this song (along with the album that featured it) was a favorite of our local…

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  • Skylar Spence Premieres New Single 'I Can't Be Your Superman': Exclusive

    Skylar Spence debuts his new single "I Can't Be Your Superman" in anticipation of his debut album 'Prom King.'

    Billboard
  • Audiocassettes are making a comeback

    They probably owe a lot to hipsters.

    Fortune
  • Borns Prepares for October Album Release Following Amex AIR Concert

    Garrett Borns, who performs under the name Børns, grew up in Michigan surrounded by the arts. As a teenager he studied visual artists and filmmaking, but soon discovered that music was his true passion.

    Billboard
  • See It First: Decker. Debuts Dramatic Video for ‘Patsy’

    Sedona, AZ-based Brandon Decker is the songwriting troubadour at the core of the folk ensemble decker., having offered up a new album, Patsy, full of soulful narrative earlier this year. His live show is ever-changing, as he tours with a rotating band of four to eight musicians, delighting…

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  • Power, pot, and the presidency: breaking down Kanye's VMA speech

    Jamieson Cox: Kanye West was in rare form at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. After being handed the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award by benevolent monarch Taylor Swift — a neat flip of their interaction on the same stage six years ago, when West stormed up to defend Beyoncé’s work at…

    The Verge
  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Aug 21, to Thursday, Aug. 27, via Facebook, ...

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    ROYAL EMPRESS

    Music video by Ras Cleva performing ROYAL EMPRESS. 2015 YOUTHBLACKFAITH

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  • The Politics Of N.W.A. And Hip Hop Feminism

    "Straight Outta Compton," the biopic of hip-hop group N.W.A., seems to have struck a nerve amid a steady stream of highly publicized police violence toward black men. The film frames the group as political artists who verbalized an experience that had yet to be articulated; Ice Cube has called…

    Huffington Post
  • Rick Ross Announces New Album 'Black Dollar' Will Drop This Week, Shares First Track 'Foreclosures'

    Rick Ross is getting on the surprise album bandwagon -- he just announced his next project 'Black Dollar', due out Sept. 3 (as in, Thursday). Ross also shared the album's first track, a melancholy, reflective tune called "Foreclosures," which you can hear below.

    Billboard
  • OZY Presents: Powerdove

    An ethereal, on-the-fly street performance by avant-garde artist Annie Lewandowski, aka Powerdove.

    Ozy
  • JPMorgan Ups Vivendi From Sell To Buy On Streaming Music, Less M&A Risk

    Vivendi (VIVHY) is lower along with much of the market today, but JPMorgan is singing a very different tune about the stock. Analyst Marcus Diebel and his team upgraded the shares from Underweight to Overweight, citing two main factors. First, they believe that its music division, led by Universal…

    Barrons.com
  • Where Were the Good Songs of Summer?

    Back when songs had creative lyrics and tunes were memorable, we turned up the volume on our record players and cassette tapes and sang along with the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, and The Beatles. Most of the summer hits from our childhood are still popular today, and the melodies linger like…

    Huffington Post
  • Janet Jackson Opens World Tour With New Song Featuring Missy Elliott

    Janet Jackson launched her world tour in Vancouver Monday night, and though her set was reportedly a hit-heavy 32 songs long, the show opened with a new Unbreakable track featuring Missy Elliott. A fan-shot video captured the opening moments of the show, which featured a Hitchcockian intro video…

    Rolling Stone