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PledgeMusic Sucks at Paying Employees, Too: Report

The crowdfunding website PledgeMusic's collapse continues as Variety reports that the company has shrunk to a "skeleton staff" and has stopped paying its remaining U.S. employees. The news follows months of…
Tosten Burks / March 25, 2019

Watch NAO’s Tiny Desk Concert

London R&B singer NAO visited NPR's Tiny Desk to perform four songs from her excellent sophomore album Saturn. She brought along a six-member band that rearranged digitally inventive LP cuts like "Bad Blood"
Tosten Burks / March 25, 2019

Sheck Wes Avoids Criminal Charges for Domestic Violence

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office has declined to pursue criminal charges against "Mo Bamba" rapper Sheck Wes due to "insufficient evidence," Pitchfork reports. The inquiry involved allegations of physical abuse…
Tosten Burks / March 25, 2019

This Is Not Why Women Rappers Are Less Successful on Streaming Services

There are several odd arguments and assumptions in this Rolling Stone report exploring why men still dominate hip-hop on streaming platforms, even while more women gain ground on urban radio…
Tosten Burks / March 22, 2019

Open Mike Eagle’s Comedy Central Series to Feature MF Doom, Danny Brown, and More

Los Angeles rapper Open Mike Eagle's forthcoming Comedy Central series The New Negroes with comedian Baron Vaughn will premiere on April 19, the network has announced.
Tosten Burks / March 22, 2019

These Frank Ocean Songs Are Fake But Not Bad

This month, several new songs credited to Frank Ocean appeared on YouTube. One of the videos, a 31-second clip titled "Frank Ocean - My Weekend (Teaser)," is clearly not…
Tosten Burks / March 22, 2019

Stream DJDS and Burna Boy’s New EP Steel & Copper

Nigerian vocalist Burna Boy has partnered with Los Angeles production duo DJDS (formerly DJ Dodger Stadium) on a new EP titled Steel & Copper. The surprise four-song release pairs the Afropop…
Tosten Burks / March 21, 2019

Bruce Hornsby – “Cast-Off” (ft. Justin Vernon)

Americana veteran Bruce Hornsby has released "Cast-Off," the second single from his forthcoming solo album Absolute Zero. The slow burner features Hornsby on piano and trading lines with Bon Iver's…
Tosten Burks / March 21, 2019

13 People Whom Donald Trump Has Wished Happy Birthday Other Than His Son Barron

13. Ronald Reagan 12. Billy Graham 11. Lee Greenwood 10. Vince McMahon 9. Ivanka Trump 8. Jack Nicklaus…
Tosten Burks / March 20, 2019

Minnesota Timberwolves to Give Away Exclusive Prince 7-Inch

The Minnesota Timberwolves will by giving away an exclusive seven-inch featuring Prince's "Rock and Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives in Minneapolis)" from his 1995 album The Gold Experience to all…
Tosten Burks / March 20, 2019

Woodstock 50 Lineup: The Killers, Dead & Company, Jay-Z to Headline

Woodstock has announced the lineup for its 50 anniversary edition in August. The Killers, Dead & Company, and Jay-Z are scheduled to headline each of the…
Tosten Burks / March 19, 2019

Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Hundreds More Sign Letter Protesting BBC Radio Cuts

Earlier this month, BBC Radio 3 announced that beginning this fall, the station will no longer broadcast two of its jazz programs, reduce a world music show's run time in half, and cut…
Tosten Burks / March 19, 2019

Rap Monthly: Kari Faux Says Fuck It, Plus DaBaby, B. Cool-Aid & More

Spin's new Rap Monthly column interviews an artist making waves, reviews selections from the past month, and holds some lame shit accountable. Nobody writes…
Tosten Burks / March 19, 2019

Spotify to Host Songwriter “Town Halls” to Discuss Paying Them Less Money: Report

This month, Spotify, Google, Amazon, and Pandora announced plans to appeal the Copyright Royalty Board's historic decision to increase songwriters' cut of streaming revenue. The board's ruling would increase…
Tosten Burks / March 18, 2019

Former Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Bernie Tormé Dead at 66

Guitarist Bernie Tormé died on Sunday (March 17) at the age of 66, Variety reports. Tormé briefly toured with Ozzy Osbourne in 1982, played on four albums by Deep…
Tosten Burks / March 18, 2019

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