These Are 2018’s Songs of the Summer
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What makes a summer jam? Is it the sunniest chorus, the hottest beat, the most weeks on the charts? Do the lyrics have to be about beaches and barbecues, or is it a question of vibe? What if it’s a song on your summer playlist and no one else’s? We believe the answer is “all of the above.” This summer, Rolling Stone’s writers are celebrating the songs that are ruling each of their worlds – from huge hits to weirder,...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Watch Khalid’s New Throwback ‘OTW’ Video With 6lack, Ty Dolla $ign
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Khalid, 6lack and Ty Dolla $ign team up for some throwback romance in the new video for Khalid’s “OTW.” Directed by Calmatic, the visual features the trio singing in matching jackets and making choreographed moves as they coordinate to rendezvous with their love interests, who are in the midst of a slumber party. They connect the old-school way, with a call to a wired pink phone. The clip furthers its old school, slow jam vibes by featuring past tech, including...

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See Neil Diamond’s Passionate ‘America’ on New ‘Hot August Night III’
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In a 2012 performance at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, Neil Diamond introduced his immigrant anthem, “America,” by paying tribute to his grandmother who emigrated to the United States from Russia in the early 1900s. “She and her daughter, Rose, inspired me to achieve everything that I’ve achieved in my life,” Diamond said that night, holding a photo of her to the crowd. “Her courage will never be forgotten.” The Brooklyn-born singer then dramatically paced the stage as he sang about the...

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Foster the People on Their Surprise Comeback Hit ‘Sit Next to Me’
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Up until a few months ago, Mark Foster was facing the serious possibility of going down in history as a one-hit wonder. His group Foster the People still had an intensely loyal following and enough juice to land an opening slot on Paramore’s summer arena tour, but after exploding onto the scene in 2011 with their debut single “Pumped Up Kicks” they saw song after song fail to leave the narrow confines of the Alternative Rock chart and enter the Hot 100....

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James Blake Combats Depression By Saying ‘No’ to Constant Touring
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James Blake discussed depression and anxiety during Performing Arts Medicine Association’s (PAMA) annual symposium on Sunday, Billboard reports. During his talk, he opened up about his personal experiences with depression that led to “eventual suicidal thoughts” and encouraged others to not suffer in silence. “I was taken away from my normal life essentially at an age where I was half-formed,” Blake said during a panel called “You Got This: Managing the Suicide Crisis in the Arts Population.” He added...

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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Compose New Musical ‘Waves’
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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will compose the original score for director Trey Edward Shults’ new musical Waves, Variety reports. Waves will reportedly be a dramatic musical about contemporary teenage life, chronicling two young couples “as they navigate the emotional minefield of growing up and falling in love.” The film will be synchronized to music, with Reznor and Ross’ original score being paired with contemporary songs. The Waves cast has yet to be finalized, though Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea)...

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Ghost Ship Fire Defendants Accept Plea Deals, Prison Sentences
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The two men charged with involuntary manslaughter for the fatal “Ghost Ship” warehouse fire have accepted plea deals that will land them behind bars for nearly a decade. Derick Ion Almena – who converted the commercial warehouse in in Oakland, California into a DIY venue and living space without permits – will serve nine years in jail as part of his plea bargain, while Max Harris, the Ghost Ship’s “creative director” who collected rent and was the doorman on the...

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