‘We’re So F-cked!’ Inside Industry’s Long, Slow Embrace of Streaming Music
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In 2009, Rolling Stone contributing writer Steve Knopper published Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age, a book that tracked the rise of digital formats in the record business – starting with the development of the CD in the 1980s – and laid out the myriad ways in which the major record labels contributed to their own struggles during the 2000s.  Knopper found that the innovation-averse major labels repeatedly took the wrong approach to digital...

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6 Reasons To Ditch The Summer Fling This Year
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We all love Grease but let’s be honest, summer love is SO overrated – it’s a blast, but happens far too fast (in the wise words of Sandy). Summer is the perfect time to focus on the important things, like your tan, your Instagram flow, and having fun with your girl friends. Why bother with a short love affair when you have vacations to plan, cities to explore, and goals to accomplish? Click through for a few reasons your summer will be...

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Selena Gomez Defends ’13 Reasons Why’ as Honest Depiction of Teen Suicide
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Selena Gomez is finally speaking at length about Netflix’s controversial 13 Reasons Why – and the multi-hyphenate, who was a producer on the series, says that if the show is grim, it’s only because many teens’ realities are too. “The content is complicated, it’s dark and it has moments that are honestly really hard to swallow,” the singer and actress said during an interview with Elvis Duran on The Morning Show on Monday. “I understood that we were going into something that...

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Public Hotel Opens With A New York Bang
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If you’re anyone who’s anyone in New York, there was nowhere else to be last night but the opening of Ian Schrager’s latest hot spot hotel, Public. From the 350-person VIP dinner party to the intimate performance by New York icon, Patti Smith, it was a building-wide bash to remember, and certainly the right way to unveil a concept that declares “Luxury for all!” Models, DJs, artists, and influencers toasted to the downtown hub, which features not one, but two...

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Hear Glen Campbell’s Heart-Rending New Song ‘Arkansas Farmboy’
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Saying goodbye is never easy, but no one’s ever said it quite the way Glen Campbell has. Following his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2011, the country legend made it his mission to muster every last ounce of himself to bid his fans adieu, first with his Goodbye Tour and accompanying documentary I’ll Be Me, and now with his final LP, Adiós. With that album due to be released this week, Campbell has given a peek at one of its most personal...

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Ricky Skaggs, Brad Paisley Unveil Bill Monroe, Jimmy Dickens Statues
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With CMA Music Festival about to begin in Nashville, a handful of country and bluegrass stars stopped by the Ryman Auditorium Wednesday morning to honor two of the genres’ most iconic artists, Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe. The ceremony took place on a sunny morning in the plaza outside of the auditorium, and happened as part of the Ryman’s 125th anniversary celebration. WSM disc jockey Bill Cody emceed the event, which culminated in the reveal of two new outdoor...

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Have Millennials Killed Serendipity?
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No, I am not talking about the whimsical cafe on the Upper East Side that serves the world famous frozen hot chocolate – on the contrary – millennials keep that place alive and running.  I am talking about the noun, which is most closely understood as “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way” as defined by Oxford Dictionary.  Serendipity used to play a quintessential role in the romance of past generations. Chance encounters, fateful run-ins...

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Woodstock Festival Location Becomes Official Historic Site
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The location of the 1969 Woodstock festival is now an official historic site. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Bethel Woods Center for the Arts – a cultural nonprofit in Bethel, New York – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, CBS News reports. Cuomo called the festival a “pivotal moment in both New York and American history.”  The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was described by the promoters as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of...

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‘The Mummy’ Review: First of ‘Dark Universe’ Reboots Is a Monster Fail
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How meh is The Mummy? Let me count the ways. For all the huffing and puffing and digital desperation from overworked computers, this reboot lands onscreen with a resounding thud. Tom Cruise should have played the Mummy – that way his face would be swathed in bandages and his fans wouldn’t have to see him sweat so hard to get this lumbering loser off the ground. In a gender flip, the title role originated by Boris Karloff in 1932 is...

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‘America’s Got Talent’: Watch Deaf Contestant’s Stunning Performance
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Singer Mandy Harvey delivered a touching performance on the Tuesday episode of America’s Got Talent, earning her a standing ovation from the audience and a firm stamp of approval from judge Simon Cowell. The Florida native took to the stage in a bright red dress and black tights, looking a bit uncertain as she stood before the four judges with her ukulele. During the pre-performance back-and-forth, Harvey revealed that she was deaf, and the woman standing next to Cowell was...

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Watch World’s Most Dangerous Rope-Free Climb Ever
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On Saturday, June 3rd, Alex Honnold became the first climber to ever free-solo Yosemite’s El Capitan – meaning he ascended the wall using no ropes, harnesses or gear whatsoever, except for a bag of chalk and his shoes.  The 31-year-old climber made the historic climb with National Geographic film crew shooting his ascent up El Capitan’s nearly 3,000-foot granite wall for an upcoming documentary about him and his climb.  It’s a feat that big-wall climber Tommy Caldwell told Men’s Journal...

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Meet R.Lum.R, Classical Guitarist Turned Spotify R&B Playlist Sensation
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R.Lum.R achieved a neat trick with his single “Frustrated. The track lurches and heaves like an old power ballad, but it’s gussied up with enough modern knickknacks – buzzing synths, pitch-shifted vocals – to stand next to the rock or electronic music you encounter on the airwaves today. The song has been embraced by R&B listeners on Spotify, amassing more than 15 million streams. “It was one of those songs we came across and a lot of us loved it,”...

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Sheila E. Remembers Private Life With Prince, Wild ‘Purple Rain’ Parties
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The day before Prince‘s birthday, there’s an audible crackle in Sheila E.‘s soft voice. The legendary drummer said she’s been up all night polishing her new cover of “America” so it would be ready in time for what would have been Prince’s 58th birthday. “Prince wrote the song in response to America bombing Libya,” Sheila E. (real name, Sheila Escovedo) said with sadness in her tone. “America” was Prince’s response to Reagan-era paranoia over nuclear war during the...

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See Brent Cobb’s Breezy ‘Diggin’ Holes’ on ‘Conan’
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Brent Cobb performed “Diggin’ Holes” on Conan last night, making his network TV debut less than 48 hours after wrapping up a sold-out European tour in Amsterdam. “This is a different version of the song as you will see!” he promised in a pre-show tweet, sent from the studio floor during the middle of soundcheck. He delivered on that promise several hours later, kicking off “Diggin’ Holes” – a short, sweet highlight from last year’s Shine On Rainy Day –...

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Watch Mogwai’s Apocalyptic, Slow-Motion ‘Coolverine’ Video
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Mogwai released a haunting, apocalyptic video for “Coolverine,” the lead single from their upcoming LP Every Country’s Sun. Mogwai: Louder Than Life Some things you won’t find on the band’s record: lyrics, versuses and choruses. What you will find: some of the most exciting music being made today Hand Held Cine Club directed the slow-motion, black-and-white clip, which alternates between one man’s enraged screaming and shots of people and objects (chess pieces, coffee cups, cars) drifting into the sky....

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The Best Museum Restaurants In America
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What goes great with a bit of modern art or ancient history? Food, of course! (Mostly because food pairs well with everything.) But seriously, after a long day of exploring the hallowed halls of a renowned museum, some rest and refueling is always in order. Luckily for us, some of our favorite museums across the country have ditched the typical food hall in favor of elevated eateries worth traveling to. Click through for the dining experiences that rival the learning...

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Hear Kelsea Ballerini’s Wistful New Song ‘Legends’
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After four hit singles from her 2015 debut album The First Time, country-pop performer Kelsea Ballerini released the first new music from her upcoming second album on Wednesday. The single “Legends” is a mid-tempo ballad reflecting on a past love, though Ballerini also views the song as a message to her fans. “I wrote it from the perspective of a breakup,” Ballerini told RSC. “Now I’m in such a different place in my life that, to me at least, it’s a love...

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Flashback: A Random 78 Minutes of MTV From June 1982
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A little under a year ago we got tremendously excited when we learned that VH1 Classic was going to be reborn as MTV Classic. Visions of Remote Control marathons filled our heads along with the chance to finally see if lost classics like The State, The Ben Stiller Show, The Tom Green Show and The Andy Milonakis Show lived up to our memories. The MTV vault was overflowing with half-forgotten gems and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to see...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017
Hear Ice Cube Slam Police Brutality in New Song ‘Good Cop Bad Cop’
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Ice Cube released a brassy, battering new single titled “Good Cop Bad Cop” on Tuesday. “Good Cop Bad Cop” is one of three new songs that will accompany the 25th anniversary reissue of Cube’s famous Death Certificate album on June 9th. The core of “Good Cop Bad Cop” is a brute-force horn loop and stomping drums. Ice Cube raps breathless lines about police brutality and abuse of power: “Black Lives Matter, it’s not chit chatter/ Cause all they wanna do...

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Watch Jerry Seinfeld Deny Kesha a Hug Three Times: ‘I Don’t Know Who That Is’
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LAST NIGHT @KeshaRose found out @JerrySeinfeld is not a #Hugger — Is it hard to be a non-hugger in 2017? pic.twitter.com/92OoMFCNkd — Tommy McFLY (@TommyMcFLY) June 6, 2017 Jerry Seinfeld is a friendly comedian, but he’s still got his boundaries. At the David Lynch Foundation’s National Night of Laughter and Song at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. June 5th, he crossed paths with one very excited Kesha, who moved in to give him a hug – the only problem...

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