tracy chapman

Nicki Minaj to Pay Tracy Chapman $450,000 in Copyright Settlement

Nicki Minaj will pay Tracy Chapman $450,000 to settle the copyright infringement claims over the tune "Sorry," which sampled Chapman's 1988 single "Baby Can I…
Katherine Turman / January 8, 2021

The 35 Best Albums of the Last 35 Years

Let’s face it: With most "Best Albums" lists, you know the broad strokes of the ranking before you even click. Part of that…
SPIN Staff / December 6, 2020

Tracy Chapman Gives Rare Performance of ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution’ on Late Night

Tracy Chapman rarely plays live anymore. But on the night before Election Day, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter performed for the first time in five years with…
Emily Tan / November 3, 2020

Neil Young: Our 1988 Interview

This article originally appeared in the June 1988 issue of SPIN. Down by which river did you shoot your baby? The…
Scott Cohen / September 29, 2019

Tracy Chapman: Our 1988 Interview

This article originally appeared in the July 1988 issue of SPIN. It's not easy to pay Tracy Chapman a compliment. Try to tell…
Billy Altman / August 18, 2019

Nicki Minaj Does Not Want to Pay Tracy Chapman for Sampling “Baby Can I Hold You”

Nicki Minaj has responded to Tracy Chapman's lawsuit accusing the rapper of infringing on the copyright of Chapman's 1998 single "Baby, Can I Hold You." Minaj, whose unreleased…
Tosten Burks / February 26, 2019

Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj Over “Baby Can I Hold You”: Report

TMZ reports that Tracy Chapman is suing Nicki Minaj over her song "Sorry," which Chapman says interpolated her classic "Baby Can I Hold You" without…
Will Gottsegen / October 23, 2018

Nicki Minaj – “Sorry” (ft. Nas)

In the buildup to her new album Queen, Nicki Minaj was forced to push back the album's release date multiple times, in part due to…
Rob Arcand / August 12, 2018

Nicki Minaj Tweets About Sample Clearance Issue With Tracy Chapman

Nicki Minaj took to Twitter last night to publicly ask Tracy Chapman to allow the release of a song on Minaj's upcoming album, Queen, which features a…
Winston Cook-Wilson / August 1, 2018

Our Review of 1997’s Lilith Fair, Featuring Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Paula Cole, and More

"JUST A SECOND, just a second now," said Canadian performer Kinnie Starr as she abruptly swung her electric guitar down and stepped off the tiny…
Evelyn Mcdonnell / April 26, 2017

Justin Bieber Plays Lounge Singer on Beatles, Drake, and Tracy Chapman Covers in Toronto

Having re-conquered the pop universe, Justin Bieber can afford to play the occasional quaintly intimate acoustic show for contrast's sake whenever he gets sick of…
Andrew Unterberger / December 8, 2015

Sam Smith Slows Down Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ for BBC Live Lounge

If Sam Smith is upset after being called a "chubby fuck factory" by RiFF RAFF, the British singer isn't letting it affect his performance. He…
Dan Reilly / September 4, 2014