Watch Fiona Apple Slam Grammy President With ‘Kneel, Portnow’ T-Shirt
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Fiona Apple joined several women in music slamming Grammy president Neil Portnow for his comment that female artists need to “step up.” Last week, several female music industry executives called for Portnow’s resignation. On Saturday, Apple wore a T-shirt with the words “Kneel, Portnow” emblazoned on it while she attended and performed with Garbage’s Shirley Manson at Girlschool L.A. music festival at Bootleg Theater, Variety reports. The pair appropriately sang an emotionally charged, “You Don’t...

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Super Bowl LII: Watch Pink’s Powerful National Anthem
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Pink delivered a strong rendition of the National Anthem ahead of Super Bowl LII Sunday night despite battling the flu. The singer, a self-professed Philadelphia Eagles fan, is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, which is about 30 miles outside Philadelphia. Flanked by members of the military and an American flag, the Beautiful Trauma singer started with a smile and the disposal of her chewing gum. With striking power, she hit the notes without strain and completed the song in just under one minute and...

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Ndugu Chancler, Drummer on Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean,’ Dead at 65
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Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, a prolific jazz drummer, producer and session musician who played drums on Michael Jackson’s classic “Billie Jean,” died Saturday at age 65. His wife, Brenda, confirmed Chancler’s death to Rolling Stone. A cause of death was not immediately revealed. Over the course of Chancler’s six-decade career, the drummer collaborated with or performed live alongside jazz legends like Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Weather Report and Hugh Masekela, singers like Frank Sinatra, Lionel...

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On the Charts: Migos Back at Number One With ‘Culture II’
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A year after Migos’ Culture debuted atop the Billboard 200, the Atlanta trio repeated the feat as their Culture II opened at Number One with 199,000 total copies sold. However, of Culture II‘s 199,000 total copies sold, only 38,000 were from traditional album sales, with streaming equivalent albums (SEAs) responsible for 150,000 copies. With a 24-song track list, the album seems specifically engineered to amplify streaming totals, which it did successfully: Culture II had the Billboard 200’s most opening-week streams...

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Watch LCD Soundsystem Showcase ‘American Dream’ on ‘Austin City Limits’
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LCD Soundsystem made their Austin City Limits debut Saturday with an hour-long episode. The concert, filmed on November 1st at Austin’s Moody Theatre, featured eight of the dance-rock act’s songs, including five tracks from James Murphy and company’s comeback LP American Dream, one of Rolling Stone‘s 50 Best Albums of 2017. 50 Best Albums of 2017 Taylor Swift clapped back, Kendrick Lamar got personal, Lorde threw a high-concept party and more “When LCD played their ‘last show’ at Madison Square...

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Watch Dua Lipa Bring ‘New Rules,’ ‘Homesick’ to ‘SNL’
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Dua Lipa made her Saturday Night Live debut on the show’s Natalie Portman-hosted episode with a pair of tracks from the breakout British singer’s self-titled 2017 album. The 22-year-old singer opened her musical guest spot by showcasing her “New Rules.” Later, Lipa delivered the ballad “Homesick,” co-written by Coldplay’s Chris Martin. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Lipa labeled her music as “dance-crying.” “It’s a thing!” she said. “Lyrically, it’s really...

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Orlando Police Thwart Lana Del Rey Kidnapping Threat
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Police in Orlando, acting on a “credible threat,” arrested a man outside of a Lana Del Rey concert Saturday night on charges that he planned to kidnap the singer. Michael Hunt, a 43-year-old man from Riverview, Florida, was arrested a block from Orlando’s Amway Center – where Del Rey was scheduled to perform – on charges of aggravated stalking and attempted kidnapping after Hunt made threatening posts and videos involving Del Rey on social media. At the time of his...

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