James Brown

Watch This Year’s Olympic Figure Skaters Perform to Beyoncé, U2, and Justin Bieber Thanks to a New Rule Change

After an International Skating Union rule change in 2014, 2018 is the first year that Olympic figure skaters have been allowed to perform to perform…
Rob Arcand / February 11, 2018

Listen to ‘Songs for Survival,’ Jay Z’s Playlist About Social Injustice

After sharing "Spiritual," an original protest song addressing police violence against African-Americans, Jay Z has returned to TIDAL with a curated playlist of activist music…
Anna Gaca / July 10, 2016

James Brown Biopic Spawns Trailer, Mick Jagger Interview

Today we get the first real taste of the upcoming Universal Pictures James Brown biopic, Get on Up, in the form of a full trailer.
Colin Stutz / July 18, 2014

D’Angelo to Honor James Brown at Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert

A year ago, we enjoyed footage of D'Angelo's stunning 2012 comeback set at Bonnaroo and his excellent cover of Prince's "My Summertime Thang." Now the…
Dan Reilly / March 19, 2014

SPIN’s 10 Best Music Books of 2012

James Brown's life was as deep and mythic as his celebrated groove. In the magisterial, rollicking biography The One: The Life and Music of James…
Kenny Herzog / December 19, 2012

Hear Quentin Tarantino’s Brash 2Pac-James Brown ‘Django Unchained’ Mind-Meld

Rappers have been rapping over James Brown samples basically ever since there's been rapping. Tupac Shakur did it while he was alive; according to producer…
Marc Hogan / December 11, 2012

Jagger’s Brand New Bag: Stones Frontman to Produce James Brown Biopic

Amid the flurry of 50th anniversary-spawned Rolling Stones movie news, Mick Jagger has signed on to produce a long-in-development James Brown biopic. According to Deadline,…
Kyle McGovern / October 23, 2012

New James Brown Bio Reveals Godfather of Soul’s American Revolution of Rhythm

The career of the 20th century's greatest American musician has been eclipsed by the wretched image of the final years of his life: an incoherent,…
Douglas Wolk / June 8, 2012

Friday Five: The Gipper Gets Got by Killer Mike, and One Funky-Ass James Brown Book

I've been meaning to talk about RJ Smith's The One: The Life and Music Of James Brown for a few months now. I guess it's…
Brandon Soderberg / May 25, 2012

Everyone Is Suing Universal Over Digital Royalties

Universal Music Group is fending off lawsuits from all comers over how it calculates artist royalties from digital downloads, according to the Hollywood Reporter. On…
Marc Hogan / November 3, 2011