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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Already Encapsulates 2019

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" stuns. Literally. It wrenches the listener into a daze. Perhaps you'll wonder where you are, confused by its temperament: both familiar and strange to the ear. But "Old Town Road" is a nexus that pulls in everything with which it comes in contact, and by the fifth listen, with a faint surge of jubilance coursing through you, it feels like a feast. You want more. In the last month alone, the song, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week after…

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Guardian culture critics: ‘Art entangles itself with the raw reality of our world’

The Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones and its deputy music editor, Laura Snapes, discuss the life of reviewing in the digital age bad review of the Tower of London poppies that David Cameron ended up being asked about it at prime ministers questions, its a full and varied working life. And, obviously, a very fortunate one. How do you become a professional art critic? Having known a few, Id say we all stumbled into it. The bottom line, though, is that quality newspapers publish critics. And if they didnt, there…

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All the old dudes: Nicks and Jackson want more women in rock hall of fame

Musicians encourage women to join them as they are inducted alongside five all-male British bands As they were Fleetwood Mac but became the first woman to join 22 men, including all four Beatles, in being honoured twice. From the stage, she told of her trepidation in first recording a solo album. I know there is somebody out there who will be able to do it, she said. What I am doing is opening up the door for other women. In a four-song set, Don Henley joined Nicks to sing Leather…

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Dr Dre says daughter got into USC ‘all on her own’ then fans point out $70m donation

Dre deletes Instragam picture after fans remind him of donation to USC in 2013 to create academy for arts, technology and business Dr Dre has never been afraid to rap his own praises. He claimed on college admissions scandal, in which a number of wealthy parents, including Desperate Housewives actor Felicity Huffman, paid thousands of dollars to generate fake SAT scores and athletic achievements for their children so they could get into prestigious colleges. Many of those charged are likely to serve custodial sentences. Fans were quick to point out…

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Jenny Lewis: Its scary to share this stuff, but its true

Shes one of the worlds pre-eminent songwriters but Lewis didnt feel she could tackle the subject of her mothers heroin addiction until now I just had to blab it all out there, Jenny Lewis says, with a sigh. Right at the beginning. First interview. Blab, blab, blab. I regret it, but I put it out into the ether, and maybe Ill learn something. As Lewis began the promotion for her brilliant fourth solo album, Benmont Tench, Beck, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr. Lewis has been in showbiz for 40 of her…

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This is the Best Ever Live Footage of Queen but the Band Absolutely Hated It

In 1981, Queen—at their near peak—played two sold out shows at the Montreal Forum on November 24th and 25th. The shows were filmed and recorded in extremely high quality, however the shows were also rife with controversy. As lead guitarist Brian May explains: Saul Swimmer had the idea that he could film a Queen concert, in a very high quality 35 mm double anamorphic way. For a start, we were not on tour, so all the sound and lights and production and CREW had to be reassembled just for this…

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These Retro 80s Album Covers of Todays Pop Stars are Totally Radical

FULALEO is a graphic designer and illustrator originally from Colombia but currently based in Melbourne, Australia. In a series entitled The 2080s “Past is the Future” the artist designed a series of 80s retro LP covers, using contemporary pop stars. He even made up album names for each one! If you’re interested in prints, they are available here. For more from FULALEO, check out his work at the links below! FULALEO Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints FULALEO Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints FULALEO Facebook | Behance…

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Dido: Im actually loving getting older

The singer, 47, on binge-watching TV, creativity and the horse that almost killed her I cant remember a time before I played music. My first instrument was a recorder I found in lost property at school. If Id told my parents I needed one, theyd have asked What for? So I took it home and played it for hours. I had to keep it a secret, though. There wasnt a TV at home growing up, so Id cycle to my mates house on a Wednesday night to watch Dallas. Its…

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Solange releases new album, ‘When I Get Home’

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Solange has blessed us all by dropping her new album: When I Get Home. And let me tell you, it slaps.  It’s been around two and a half years since Solange dropped her utterly majestic, Grammy-winning album, A Seat At The Table, back in 2016.  SEE ALSO: Behold Kermit the Frog’s genius artistic interpretation of Solange’s ‘Cranes in the Sky’ The album features contributions from the likes of Gucci Mane, Pharrell, Sampha, Panda Bear, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, Playboi Carti, Dev…

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Weezer, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots cover ‘Take On Me’ with classroom instruments

Ed Sheeran‘s done it. So has Shawn Mendes, Metallica, and the Backstreet Boys. Now, Jimmy Fallon’s handed the banana shakers to Weezer. For one of The Tonight Show‘s most beloved recurring segments, Weezer joined Fallon and The Roots to perform a cover of A-ha’s classic “Take on Me” using classroom instruments.  We’re talking mini tambourines, wood blocks, kazoos — the works, all with that iconic animated overlay from A-ha’s music video. And huge respect for frontman Rivers Cuomo in particular, who hits those impossible high notes. It’s not the only…

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50 Years Ago The Beatles Played Their Last Live Gig on a Roof in Savile Row

On January 30th, 1969, The Beatles staged an impromptu performance on the rooftop of their record label, Apple, in Savile Row, London. The gig would last 42 minutes before being shut down by police and would mark the final time the band ever performed together live. The footage from that historic day would make its way onto the Let It Be documentary. The band played nine takes of five songs (Get Back, Don’t Let Me Down, I’ve Got A Feeling, One After 909, Dig A Pony). In an interview with…

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Kylie Jenner and others lose millions of Instagram followers due to bug

Yaaas, girl. Work that record breaking.Image: ethan miller/Getty Images UPDATE: Feb. 19, 2019, 9:46 a.m. PST This story has been updated to reflect Ariana Grande’s priceless reactions to the news via Twitter. Thank U, Next isn’t just dominating your playlist — it’s making music history.  According to Billboard, the success of Ariana Grande’s latest album earns her a number of major industry accolades. The most notable? By claiming the top three slots of this week’s Billboard Hot 100, Grande has achieved a triumph last held by The Beatles in 1964. …

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Lizzo’s latest single is a super pretty homage to ’80s exercise videos

Some music videos are just made to be transformed into GIFs. Take Lizzo’s latest single, “Juice,” a raw neon throwback to the greatest exercise videos of the ’80s (Jane Fonda, anyone?). It’s been over three years since Lizzo released an LP. Thank you, Lizzo, for kicking off 2019 in the most fluorescent way possible. Read more: https://mashable.com/video/lizzo-80s-exercise-video-song/

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Very cool handmade jukebox uses a card reader to play music

We can all appreciate a handmade gift, but this is on another level. Designer Chris Patty was challenged by his family to create something that wasn’t store-bought, and so he made a nifty jukebox for his dad this Christmas. SEE ALSO: 5 surefire ways to find the name of that song It’s no regular jukebox, obviously: To play songs, you pick a card — which features a song title and the artist it’s by — and swipe it in the slot on the box. Patty posted a video of the…

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