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Neil Young’s New Streaming Service Shares Its Name With the Fictional One on Empire

The latest news about Neil Young's newest business scheme packs a real one-two punch. First off, following hints he dropped in an interview with Rolling Stone last…
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 21, 2017

SXSW 2017 Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Mazda Studio at Empire

From heavyweights Rick Ross and Mastodon to shining new artists like Vagabon and Diet Cig, the Mazda Studio at Empire was a hotbed of activity…
SPIN / March 20, 2017

‘Empire,’ Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: JFC, This Show

Apologies for missing last week’s episode. Your humble recapper was traveling on Thanksgiving eve, and to be honest, Empire isn’t a good enough show to…
James Grebey / December 3, 2015

‘Empire,’ Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: The Real Winner of the Rap Battle Was Pepsi-Cola

Credit where credit is due — a rap battle is the perfect high-stakes musical set piece for Empire, and the show largely pulled off Hakeem Lyon…
James Grebey / November 19, 2015

‘Empire’ Season 2, Episode 7 Recap: Wow, Massive Company Mergers Sure Are Easy

Empire, a show that’s about family, business, and the messy things that happen when they overlap, is really bad at showing the whole business part of…
James Grebey / November 12, 2015

Empire Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: Guess That Kidnapping Thing Is All Over, Huh?

Thanks to Lucious Lyon's (and Becky G’s) ruthlessness, Empire Records has had no problem dealing with Cookie’s upstart Lyon Dynasty label. Empire the television program,…
James Grebey / November 5, 2015

‘Empire’ Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: You Probably Coulda Skipped This One

This episode didn’t matter. Seriously. Because of Empire’s breakneck plotting, and the way it picks up and jettisons plotlines from episode to episode…
James Grebey / October 22, 2015

‘Empire’ Season 2, Episode 4 Recap: The Lyons Are Fed Up

Why do the Lyons keep hanging out with one another? Well, the answer is because it’s a TV show, and the scenes in which Lucious and…
James Grebey / October 14, 2015

‘Empire’ Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: Damn, Becky G, That’s Cold

In a show full of conniving characters who’ve never seen a back they couldn’t stab, we may have a new frontrunner for the title of…
James Grebey / October 7, 2015

Petey Pablo Was on ‘Empire’ Because Terrence Howard Owed Him $200

Petey Pablo, best known for his 2004 song "Freak-A-Leak" made a surprise guest appearance on the second episode of Empire this season as one of Lucious Lyon's…
James Grebey / October 1, 2015

‘Empire,’ Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Cookie and the Michael Scott Paper Company

The second episode of Empire’s sophomore season opens with what’s essentially a montage recapping an episode that... doesn’t exist. Armed only with cardboard boxes full…
James Grebey / September 30, 2015

‘Empire’ Season 2, Episode 1 Recap: The Lyons Come Roaring Back

The craziest thing about Empire (well, aside from the fact that its star thinks he’s reinvented math), is just how coherent the show is, despite the rapid-fire…
James Grebey / September 23, 2015

The 50 Best Fictional Songs of All Time

Writing a real song is easy; writing a fake song is hard. The fictional song has undergone something of a renaissance recently, thanks largely to…
SPIN Staff / September 22, 2015

Mary J. Blige Guest Starred on ‘Empire,’ Dropped Her Stunning ‘Doubt’ Video

Get ready to get weepy: after guest starring on last night's emotionally heavy episode of Empire — hear her duet with Terrence Howard, "Shake Down," here — Mary…
Brennan Carley / March 12, 2015