Ice Cube, Janet Jackson, Q-Tip, More Pay Tribute to John Singleton

Pioneering filmmaker John Singleton died today in his hometown of Los Angeles. He was 51. Dozens of artists have paid tribute to the writer and director behind…
Tosten Burks / April 29, 2019

Recording Academy Launches Campaign to Hire More Women Producers and Engineers

A diversity task force launched by the Recording Academy in the wake of outgoing president Neil Portnow's dim comments about women has announced a new campaign encouraging…
Tosten Burks / February 1, 2019

Watch Common Perform “The Day Women Took Over” on Colbert

Common was the musical guest on the latest episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he performed the song "The Day Women Took…
Rob Arcand / December 1, 2018

Common Brings Out Chance the Rapper at Chicago’s Mamby on the Beach Festival: Watch

Common performed at Chicago's Mamby on the Beach festival and during his set, the Chicago native brought out another local hero, Chance the Rapper. Together,…
Rob Arcand / June 24, 2018

Watch Vic Mensa, Miley Cyrus, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and More Perform at the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington

Many musicians performed at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington DC today: Vic Mensa, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Jennifer Hudson, Common,…
Rob Arcand / March 24, 2018

Vic Mensa, Miley Cyrus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and More to Perform at March for Our Lives Rally in Washington D.C.

Vic Mensa, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Common, and more will perform at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. today. Organized…
Rob Arcand / March 24, 2018

Oscars 2018: Watch Andra Day and Common Perform “Stand Up For Something”

Andra Day and Common took the stage at the Oscars to perform their song "Stand Up For Something" from the film Marshall. The energetic performance…
Winston Cook-Wilson / March 4, 2018

Oscars 2018: Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens, Jonny Greenwood, and Common Earn Nominations

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and among the actors, directors, and technicians who stand to win the film industry's most prestigious award are…
Jordan Freiman / January 23, 2018

Taylor Swift, Sufjan Stevens, and Common Contend for Academy’s Best Original Song

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released a list of 70 songs eligible for nomination in this year's best original song category. Contenders include Mary…
Tosten Burks / December 18, 2017

Chance The Rapper & Jeremih Releasing Expanded Merry Christmas Lil Mama With Common & Lena Waithe

Chance The Rapper and Jeremih blessed us last Christmas season with a surprise collaborative mixtape called Merry Christmas Lil Mama. Today the Chicago stars announced they’ve…
Chris DeVille, Stereogum / December 16, 2017

Stream the Simpsons’ Hip-Hop Episode Featuring Beyoncé, Spike Lee, RZA, Common, More

If you missed it on Sunday, you can now stream the hip-hop-themed, Great-Gatsby-parodying Simpsons double-episode "The Great Phatsby" via Fox and Hulu. The episode…
Winston Cook-Wilson / January 17, 2017

The National, Common to Play Planned Parenthood Benefit in D.C. During Inauguration Weekend

On the Friday before Donald Trump’s inauguration, The National and Common will perform at a benefit for Planned Parenthood at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club.
Taylor Berman / January 10, 2017

Video: Common Releases Black America Again Short Film Executive Produced by Ava DuVernay

Common has released a new short film to go along with the release of his 11th album, Black America Again. The mostly black-and-white flick is a beautifully…
Brian Josephs / November 4, 2016

New Music: Stream Common’s Latest Album Black America Again

Common's new album Black America Again is now out and available to stream or download. The 15-song collection includes the Stevie Wonder- and Esperanza Spalding-featuring title track,…
Anna Gaca / November 4, 2016

Common Will Produce a Sitcom Focused on Struggling ’90s Rapper

Nicki Minaj's ABC Family sitcom has been postponed, and Heems's TV show Eat Pray Thug didn't make it to air. And yet, Common isn't dismayed: Deadline reports that he's teaming…
Brian Josephs / October 20, 2016
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