Rick Ross Hospitalized After Caller Reported Him Unconscious
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Rick Ross was hospitalized early Thursday morning and is now connected to machines to help him breath and to assist his heart in functioning, according to TMZ. He is in the cardiac unit, which suggests that he suffered a heart attack. The site says he’s hooked to a form of life support that oxygenates his blood from the outside before being put back into his body. He was hospitalized after someone in his Miami-area home called 911 to report that...

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Watch Pink at Super Bowl, Backstage in New ‘Whatever You Want’ Video
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Pink goofs off backstage, dancing and rolling around on the floor, in the video for her Beautiful Trauma track “Whatever You Want.” Elsewhere in the clip, the blond-pompadoured singer rehearses dance moves, plays with her daughter and son, spends time with husband Carey Hart and walks the red carpet of awards shows, pulling off a few stunts along the way, for a candid look at the singer’s life, on and off the stage. The clip also includes footage of her...

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Hear Gucci Mane Team With Migos, Lil Yachty for Icy New Song ‘Solitaire’
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Less than three months after Gucci Mane released his latest LP, El Gato: The Human Glacier, the rapper recruits Migos and Lil Yachty for a new track titled “Solitaire.” The track is the first single off the prolific rapper’s upcoming album, Evil Genius. The two-minute trap track is also the first preview at what’s been teased as a mixtape-length collaboration between Gucci Mane, Migos and Lil Yachty, a tandem the Atlanta rappers have dubbed Glacier Boyz. “I was just sitting in the...

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Watch Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett Backstage, Talk Fast Friendship in New Doc
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Indie rockers Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett discuss how their friendship naturally blossomed into a musical partnership in Friends of Wonder, a new documentary filmed in part during the duo’s recent performance at the historic Lowe’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey. “I didn’t take long for us to click,” Barnett says of Vile. “I think our personalities are on a plane.” The 34-minute doc blends backstage interview footage with live performances of several songs, highlighted by a...

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Hear Dr. Octagon’s Raunchy, Fantastical New Song, ‘Area 54’
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Dr. Octagon, the time-traveling alien gynecologist persona of rapper Kool Keith, released a new song, “Area 54.” The emcee explores a futuristic sci-fi cityscape filled with UFOs, dinosaurs and elephants. Producer Dan the Automator blends dry drum grooves, sex sounds, chiming piano and saxophone honks, with DJ QBert weaving in and out. “Area 54” is the trio’s second song of 2018, following last month’s “Octagon Octagon.” Both tracks highlight their first LP in 22 years, Moosebumps: An...

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Review: Moby’s ‘Everything Was Beautiful’ a Lovely Image of World Falling Apart
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Producer-DJ-vocalist-raconteur-et cetera Moby’s most satisfying works in recent years have been those where he plunges into gloom headfirst. Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt, his 15th album, is another dip into the pool of melancholia. Lush and haunting, Everything applies the Moby ideal of soulful vocals and big beats to the not-all-that-farfetched idea of a post-apocalyptic landscape, its slow-burn compositions meticulously echoing the dread and despair that results from being human, with dub beats and Yeats lyrics...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Talk New ‘Hamilton Polka’
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Earlier today, Lin-Manuel Miranda fulfilled his ultimate childhood fantasy by releasing “Weird Al” Yankovic‘s “The Hamilton Polka.” The hysterical tune, which manages to cram all of Hamilton into a frenetic five-minute polka, is the latest installment in Miranda’s ongoing Hamildrop series, where artists like the Decemberists, Nas, Dave East and Aloe Blacc put their own spin on songs from his Broadway musical. He hoped to have “The Hamilton Polka” ready for February, but “Weird...

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Review: The Breeders Return to Dynamic Drama of Nineties Heyday on ‘All Nerve’
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On the fifth Breeders album, the songs are all cinematic movement – hiding, escaping, screaming in the meadow, running for the exit. Such is life as the Breeders’ Kim Deal, a rock genius with a powderkeg of bittersweet melodies and fearless emotions forever ready to blow, but often without a band to light the fuse. (This has been her own doing, at times.) On 2010’s Mountain Battles, Deal’s cry was “I can feel it!” and you could sense her reaching...

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Hear ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Breakneck ‘Hamilton Polka’ Medley
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“Weird Al” Yankovic put his trademark polka spin on a medley of Hamilton songs in “The Hamilton Polka,” the latest installment of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s monthly “Hamildrops” series. At a breakneck pace, Yankovic and his accordion turned the three-hour play into a five-minute medley, featuring Hamilton highlights like “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “You’ll Be Back,” “Wait for It,” “The Room Where It Happens” and “The Schuyler...

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Hear Logic Face Self-Doubt on New Song With Marshmello, ‘Everyday’
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Logic contemplates the meaning of success on his electronic-leaning new single, “Everyday,” a collaboration with DJ/producer Marshmello. “Now they know my name wherever I go/ Used to think that’s what I wanted, but now just don’t know,” the rapper admits over glitchy hi-hats and synths. “I’m trying to live my life, but am I doing it right?” The emcee showcases his wide range on the track, alternating between brisk triplet rhymes and tender crooning. “Everyday” is Logic’s...

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Hear Judas Priest’s Tribute to Soldiers, ‘Never the Heroes’
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Judas Priest preview their upcoming Firepower album with a track they call “a traditional Priest mid-tempo powerhouse, with a powerful message.” The song, “Never the Heroes,” finds singer Rob Halford taking on the viewpoint of a soldier in battle – “Never the heroes, we were made to fight/ Never the heroes, we were just sacrificed at war” – as his bandmates play typically heavy, plodding riffs leading to the guitar solo and bridge. “‘Never The Heroes’ is about the...

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Watch Alicia Keys, Jimmy Fallon Sing Shakira, DMX in ‘Whisper Challenge’
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Alicia Keys and Jimmy Fallon squared off in the supremely goofy “Singing Whisper Challenge,” on Thursday’s Tonight Show. The singer and host took turns singing famous pop song choruses while the other, wearing noise-canceling headphones, tried guessing the lyrics. Fallon opened with a snippet from Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” (“I’m on tonight/ You know my hips don’t lie”), which Keys misinterpreted as “I’m unstoppable like,” “baby starts light,”...

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Hear Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato’s English Version of ‘Échame La Culpa’
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“Despacito” star Luis Fonsi teamed with Demi Lovato for “Not on You,” the English version of their collaborative hit single, “Échame la Culpa.” The new take maintains the original’s catchy, Reggaeton beat and glossy production, with the singers exchanging harmonies. “I don’t really, really want fight anymore/ I don’t really, really wanna fake it no more,” Lovato belts on the pre-chorus. “Play me like the Beatles, baby – just let it be/ So come and put the...

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Watch Robert Plant Perform Hushed Rendition of ‘New World’ on ‘Corden’
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Robert Plant performed a meditative version of “New World…” on Thursday’s Late Late Show With James Corden. The former Led Zeppelin singer maintained a quiet tone while the bassline and electric guitars surged around him. His backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters, carried the song through a climactic instrumental section highlighted by a psychedelic guitar solo. Plant joined in on tambourine. “New World…” appears on the singer’s 11th solo album, 2017’s Carry Fire, which also features...

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Madonna’s ‘Ray of Light’ at 20: Celebrating Her Psychedelic Masterwork
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Rob Sheffield looks back at ‘Ray of Light,’ Madonna’s techno- and spirituality-informed 1998 masterpiece. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images Happy birthday to Ray of Light, the masterwork that introduced the world to Cosmic Psychedelic Madonna, 20 years ago this week. Ray of Light was the queen’s first proper album in four years, dropping on March 3rd, 1998, a week after she unveiled her new sound with the single “Frozen.” It was Madonna’s motherhood album, after giving birth to daughter Lourdes. It was...

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Hear DJ Khaled’s New Song ‘Top Off’ With Jay-Z, Beyonce, Future
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DJ Khaled recruits a superstar trio – Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Future – for the producer’s latest single “Top Off,” the first single of Khaled’s upcoming album Father of Asahd. Jay-Z’s verse features references to the imprisoned Meek Mill, the late Prince and Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman. “I do the whole dash with no seatbelt / Screamin’ ‘Free my nigga Meek Mill’ / Niggas can’t wheelie in this free world,” Jay-Z says, adding of Zimmerman....

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Warped Tour Unveils Lineup for Final Run
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Warped Tour has announced its 2018 lineup. The tour’s final cross-country run includes several bands that have performed over the tour’s past 24 years, including All Time Low, Simple Plan, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday and the Used. Last November, founder Kevin Lyman announced that 2018 would be the end of Warped Tour as a traveling unit, but he left the door open to celebrate the tour’s quarter of a century mark in 2019. “Today, with many mixed feelings, I...

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