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  • Hear Kaytranada's Dreamy Remix of Rihanna's 'Kiss It Better'

    Kaytranada debuted a dancey, bubbly remix of Rihanna 's "Kiss It Better" on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show. The Canadian producer released his debut album 99.9% earlier this month. Kaytranada's version of the track speeds up the more languid, guitar-driven funk-soul track and transforms it into a…

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  • 'Young Hodor' Actor Pens Stirring Tribute Ballad 'Hold the Door'

    Sam Coleman, the 19-year-old actor who played Young Hodor on recent episodes of Game of Thrones , immortalized Bran Stark's beloved caretaker in a simple ballad posted to SoundCloud . Spoilers ahead. Titled "Hold the Door," Coleman posted the track a few days after the heartbreaking fifth…

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  • Darius Rucker Fronts All-Star Show for St. Jude: The Ram Report

    For the seventh straight year, Darius Rucker will provide the unofficial kickoff to CMA Music Fest with a star-studded show at downtown Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon. Billed Darius Rucker and Friends , the June 6th event will feature performances by Charley Pride, Hunter Hayes, Drake White,…

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  • Hear Jack White's Theme for Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Variety Series

    Jack White  has penned and produced a funky instrumental theme song for Maya Rudolph  and Martin Short 's new NBC variety show, Maya and Marty . Along with White — who handles drums on the track — the Maya and Marty theme features Third Man Records musicians Dean Fertita on organ, Dominic…

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  • Blake Shelton's 'Honest' Album Is Number One Country Seller

    Blake Shelton's If I'm Honest is the week's top-selling album in America in terms of physical product, with more than 153,000 copies sold. Released nearly one year after a very public split from ex-wife Miranda Lambert, the album rounds up a new batch of songs that deal with heartbreak, healing...

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  • Surfer Blood Guitarist Thomas Fekete Dead at 27

    Surfer Blood  guitarist Thomas Fekete died Monday after battling a rare, aggressive form of cancer, his wife, Jess, wrote on the musician's GoFundMe  page to cover medical expenses. He was 27. "Even as his body failed him, his mind and spirit soldiered on," Fekete wrote. "Never was there a day…

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  • See Sam Hunt's Blissful 'Single for the Summer' Video

    If Sam Hunt appears in the "Single for the Summer" video, he's very hard to find — a blurry shape who occasionally darkens the edge of the frame, perhaps, but never visible in the foreground.  Unlike the brooding figures from " Take Your Time " and " Break Up in a Small Town " or the...

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  • Kraftwerk Lose Copyright Case in German High Court

    Germany's highest court has ruled against Kraftwerk  in a 19-year copyright case involving a two-second sample used in a song by rapper Sabrina Setlur, Agence France-Presse  reports. The ruling favors the use of sampling and concludes that if a sample does not significantly impact the usage…

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  • Snoop Dogg Slams 'Roots' Remake, Calls for Boycott

    Snoop Dogg  slammed the new Roots miniseries , which premieres Monday night on The History Channel, and called upon his fans to boycott the four-part series based on Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. "I'm sick of this shit. How the fuck are they going to put Roots on, on Memorial…

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  • Questlove Pens List Explaining Why Prince Was 'Hip-Hop Pioneer'

    Questlove  has penned another tribute to Prince , this time a humorous Instagram post that lists 40 reasons why the legendary artist was a "hip-hop pioneer." Inspired by the Prince-dedicated issue of The Source , the Roots drummer broke down what made Prince such an influential artist and cutting…

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  • How Beatles' Game-Changing 'Paperback Writer' Paved Way for 'Revolver'

    In the annals of Beatles  singles, we have what we might think of as a game-starter in "Please Please Me," a game-ender in something like "Let It Be," and a host of game-changers, the most important of which is rarely discussed as one of the band's top efforts. And yet, "Paperback...

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  • N.W.A Reflect on 'Efil4zaggin,' 1991's Most Dangerous Album

    "When we broke up, the group was Number One on the Billboard chart," N.W.A 's DJ Yella, says. "I mean, groups don't break up at Number One. They break up at Number 1,000." "It was, like, shit – all good things come to an end," says bandmate MC Ren. N.W.A issued their...

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  • Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet Celebrate 'Surf' Anniversary With Unreleased Track

    Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the release of Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment's Surf , the collective's acclaimed LP that heavily featured Chance the Rapper . To celebrate the occasion, Trumpet unveiled "The First Time," a seamless, 10-minute mix of unreleased material from…

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  • Billy Joel: Donald Trump's Campaign 'Very Entertaining'

    At Billy Joel 's concerts over the past year, the singer has often dedicated the performance of his 1974 single "The Entertainer" to Donald Trump , with one such shout-out occurring Friday night at Joel's monthly gig at New York's Madison Square Garden. While there is debate whether the dedication…

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  • Skrillex Refutes Justin Bieber Lawsuit: 'Sorry But We Didn't Steal This'

    Skrillex , who was named in the lawsuit filed against Justin Bieber over the hit "Sorry,"  has responded to the copyright infringement allegations. "SORRY but we didn't steal this," the producer tweeted alongside a video of how the songwriters crafted, and not sampled, the "Sorry" vocal hook at the…

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  • Hear Joey Bada$$' Resilient New Single 'Devastated'

    Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has dropped his latest single "Devastated," which the Pro Era MC first debuted during his Coachella set in April. The uplifting, resilient cut finds Bada$$ singing on the radio-friendly chorus, "I used to feel so devastated / At times I thought we'd never make it /…

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  • Hear Red Hot Chili Peppers' Minimalist Funk on 'The Getaway'

    Red Hot Chili Peppers  unleash atmospheric funk on "The Getaway," the title-track of their 11th studio album, out June 17th. "Take me to the future," frontman Anthony Kiedis croons over Flea's minimalist bassline.  "The Getaway," available now on all major download and streaming services ,…

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  • Watch Arcade Fire's Surprise DJ-Percussion Set Outside Louvre

    Arcade Fire 's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne delivered a quirky DJ set this week during French street artist JR's exhibition "JR at the Louvre," held at Paris public garden Jardin des Tuileries. The husband and wife duo were joined by live percussionists as Butler spun tracks by David Bowie ("Oh!…

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  • See Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann's Summer Fantasy Video 'Little More Love'

    Lee Brice was busy collecting songs for his I Don't Dance follow-up when he stumbled across "A Little More Love," a summertime anthem written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Natalie Hemby and Kristi Neumann. Something about the song's brotherly bounce made him reach out to Jerrod Niemann.…

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  • Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Tom Petty Deep Cut?

    Tom Petty  kicked off an American tour this month with his old band Mudcrutch, but don't buy a ticket to the show expecting to hear "American Girl," "Free Falling" or any of his other big hits. This is a Mudcrutch tour, and they're doing Mudcrutch songs with the possibility...

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