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Spotify just released this year’s most-streamed artists and they’re all male

The top five most-streamed artists of 2018 are all maleImage: Lorne Thomson/Redferns/Prince Williams/Wireimage/mashable composition If you want to be one of the most streamed artists on the planet, there’s one thing in particular that you apparently need. That thing is a penis.  Every holiday season, Spotify releases its end-of-year stats, and we get to have a good look at both our own music habits with personalised top tracks-lists, and the lack of gender diversity in the music industry at large.  SEE ALSO: Ariana Grande’s ‘thank you, next’ just broke YouTube…

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Beyonc displayed her rap skills at Global Citizen: Mandela 100

Beyonc Knowles-Carter: rapper.Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 The voice of Beyoncé has once again made the world stand still. At the Global Citizen: Mandela 100 festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, commemorating what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z performed parts of their On The Run II tour. But this was not Beyoncé’s ordinary phantasmagoric explosion of talent: a highlight came when Beyoncé, vocalist of a generation, absolutely murdered her rap verses on the couple’s single, “Apeshit.”  SEE ALSO: Every artwork…

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‘First Man’ composer Justin Hurwitz on setting Neil Armstrong’s otherworldly journey to music

How can a movie capture an experience that everyone in the world has heard about, but only an extremely privileged few will ever get to have firsthand?  Well, for starters, it’s got to have the right music. That’s the task composer Justin Hurwitz faced when he signed up for First Man, director Damien Chazelle’s telling of Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon. But while reading Josh Singer’s script, Hurwitz was most struck by how alienating the trip must have been for Armstrong. “I really responded to this idea in the…

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Lady Gaga shares the devastating personal story behind the final song in ‘A Star is Born’

Warning: Contains *huge* spoilers for the ending of A Star is Born. Anyone’s who seen A Star is Born will know that the final song in the movie is by far the most gut-wrenching and emotional moment.  Lady Gaga sings “I’ll Never Love Again” — a song written about her by her late husband Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) — in tribute to him. It’s a powerfully moving moment that reduces you — and everyone else in the cinema — to a sobbing wreck.  Lady Gaga has shared a personal story about the…

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Kanye West seems confused about what the 13th Amendment is

Then President-elect Donald Trump standing next to one of his fans, Kanye West.Image: Drew Angerer / Getty Images Oh no. Kanye West took to social media on Sunday to tell everyone that he supports the messages of Donald Trump while wearing a MAGA hat. In the same tweet, he wrote that he wants to abolish the 13th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America — the one that abolished slavery. SNL musical guest @kanyewest says the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, should be repealed. Yes, the 13th…

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Shawn Mendes and Jimmy Fallon can’t get karaoke lyrics wrong or they’ll be sprayed in the face

Are you one to make up your own weird lyrics to pop songs? You can’t make any dumb errors in these karaoke lyrics, or you get sprayed in the face. Pop star Shawn Mendes and Jimmy Fallon karaoked for their lives on The Tonight Show on Thursday, attempting to nail every single word for fear of being blasted right in the face with water. Wearing not-so-protective eyewear for segment “Slay It, Don’t Spray It,” Mendes took a mad gush to the eyes for messing up Cardi B’s “I Like It,”…

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Joy Division inspired me to write but could I write about their music? | Sophie Mackintosh

Man Booker longlisted author Sophie Mackintosh explains how writing a short story based on Unknown Pleasures led her back to the music that made her want to be an author Two years ago, I received an email inviting me to contribute to a short-story anthology on Joy Division. It would be a literary reimagining of their 1979 debut Unknown Pleasures the only Joy Division album released during singer Ian Curtiss lifetime with each author assigned one of the songs and left free to interpret it however they liked. I was…

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We made that scene from ‘The Shining’ a lot less scary with bad foley

White Ring is here to cast a witch house music into a renaissance.Image: Courtesy of White Ring The internet can be a deeply unsettling place, especially when you stumble upon videos that you probably should’ve left alone. But, if you were like me in 2011, you sought out the weirdest of websites and the creepiest of pastas, then shared your intel with all your post-emo friends. By 2016, I was surfing the internet for some quality spooky material during my college years when I stumbled across something called witch house.…

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Bono lost his voice in the middle of a U2 concert and had to cancel

Lead singer of U2, Bono, performing in May.Image: jason kempin/Getty Images If you break a guitar string or bust a drumstick in half, that’s a pretty quick and easy fix for a live performer — just grab a replacement. If you lose your voice and singing is your entire job, that’s a whole different story. During a concert in Berlin on Saturday night, U2 cut its set short after just five songs when lead singer Bono’s voice became noticeably strained. SEE ALSO: Missy Elliott very much approves of this cover…

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Fans are stanning Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson after listening to *that song* on ‘Sweetener’

Iconic.Image: GC Images If you weren’t already convinced of the sheer adorableness that is Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson, well, buckle up, because you’re in for a hell of a ride.  After Ariana’s much-anticipated album Sweetener dropped, fans took to social media to gush over the song entitled “pete davidson“. A song in which Ariana calls the SNL cast member her “soulmate.” SEE ALSO: Ariana Grande predicted she would marry Pete Davidson back in 2016 Get a load of these lyrics: I thought you into my life, woahLook at my…

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Fairness Win: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Is Removing Every Musician Who Used Marijuana To Help In Writing Their Songs

Rock music has captured America’s imagination for decades, but there is a longstanding underbelly of the industry that no one ever seems to want to talk about. But now one major institution is opening a dialogue and righting a major wrong: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is removing every musician who used marijuana to help in writing their songs. “Marijuana can make the human brain over 100 times more likely to realize how beautiful the universe is, or how we all need to put down our guns and…

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‘A Brexited flatland: Peter Gabriel hits out after Womad stars refused entry to UK

Festival co-founder urges government to make it easier for international artists to perform in Britain The musician Peter Gabriel has expressed alarm over UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at artists declined invitations to perform at Womad, with many citing the difficulty of entering the country under the automated visa system that first created issues for the festival in 2017. Whether their perceptions are real or inflamed, the reality is that artists are deciding that the hassle and cost of entering the UK…

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Bowing Out: Justin Timberlake Has Retired From Singing After Realizing That You Can Just Work In An Office

One of pop music’s most iconic superstars just announced that he’s stepping away from the microphone for good. Earlier today, Justin Timberlake issued a statement letting the world know that he’s retiring from singing after realizing you can just work in an office. Wow. This is truly the end of an era. Timberlake’s shocking message goes on to describe dozens of other reasons why he finds working in an office far superior to being a pop singer, including an anecdote of how he recently learned that in offices you’re allowed…

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Passengers Wont Stop Complimenting This Uber Drivers Music, So He Reveals How He Sorted People Into 11 Categories

After TJ’s initial tweet racked up 260K likes back in February, people have been flooding their feed with compliments and requests. From “white dudes who look like [they] like rap” to “quiet ppl”, Jones has a playlist for everyone. With the encouragement, the Spotify playlist virtuoso decided to create more collections and is now a professional playlist curator. Scroll down below to check out the story for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments! Meet TJ Jones (who uses they/them pronouns) whose Spotify playlists went viral…

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A virtual reality David Bowie exhibit is coming to your mobile

An exhibition about David Bowie's life is being made available in VR.Image: RALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images The “David Bowie is” exhibit may have come to an end, but it sounds as though it’s going to live on … through a VR smartphone experience. The exhibit, which toured cities across the world over the last six years, allowed access to the legendary singer’s personal archives as a means of exploring his creative journey. SEE ALSO: 13 Apps for the Best Glastonbury Festival Experience On Monday, the official David Bowie site announced that…

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