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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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Stairway to heaven: Jimmy Pages castle is his home

The founder of Led Zeppelin shows off Tower House, his beloved 13th-century Gothic castle in London Growing up in London, there was a house I was fascinated by. It looked like a mini castle with a tower; red-bricked and handsome, a portal to another time with its stained-glass windows. Back then, I had no idea who lived there. Later, I discovered it belonged to the guitarist and music producer Led Zeppelin. I knew I had no hope of ever stepping inside. But life can throw some crazy stuff at you…

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Beyonc and Jay-Z’s ‘Apesh*t’ inspired a new Louvre art tour

Have you ever seen regular old museum attendees go apeshit? No? Well, thanks to the Louvre, now you can! The Paris museum — home to famous works like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and more recently, the music video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s song, “Apeshit,” off the album EVERYTHING IS LOVE — now offers a guided tour that will retrace the steps the power couple took when creating their visual masterpiece. SEE ALSO: Unchill Stan Twitter turned Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Mona Lisa’ moment into a meme The tour will examine…

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One Sentence With 7 Meanings Unlocks a Mystery of Human Speech

Ruth Nall is a talented talker. Always has been. When she was a child, her mother taught her to enunciate her words when she spoke, which she did often and at length. So wordy was she that, in grammar school, her friends nicknamed her "Yakky Roo," partly for her ace Yakky Doodle impersonation, but also for her loquaciousness. I know this because Nall, who these days teaches high school kids, told me so, in a pleasantly wide-ranging conversation about her participation in a study led by UCSF Health neurosurgeon Edward…

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The Cure’s Robert Smith: ‘I was very optimistic when I was young now I’m the opposite’

The singer and songwriter has been curating the Meltdown festival, and is planning to record the first Cure album in 10 years. But will it be fuelled by magic mushroom tea? The first thing Robert Smith does is apologise for the makeup. He hasnt worn it since his last concert with the Cure, in December 2016, but he has a photoshoot today at the Royal Festival Hall and thinks his features are too indistinct without it. To be honest, I would be disappointed if he wasnt wearing it, along with…

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Weezer finally covers Toto’s ‘Africa,’ bringing closure to teen fan

On Tuesday morning, Weezer dropped a cover of Toto’s epic 1980s anthem (and top 10 karaoke jam) “Africa” to stream across a variety of places or to buy on iTunes.  SEE ALSO: It’s gonna take a lot to drag you away from this Shiba Inu dancing to ‘Africa’ But this goes beyond just a tidy cover of a popular ’80s tune. No, this particular song brings to a close a nearly six-month-long campaign by an Ohio teen to get the band to cover “Africa.” The online drive picked up a…

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The cellist heard around the word at the Royal Wedding is just 19-years-old

Image:  Lars Borges/Kensington Palace via Getty Images It seemed like the entire world tuned in on Saturday to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. While all eyes were on the happy couple, ears were dazzled when 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason took the stage to perform for the wedding’s guests.  SEE ALSO: We defy you not to sob uncontrollably at these photos of Harry and Meghan getting married The one and only best thing about that wedding was this kid’s performance. I’ve…

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Bohemian Rhapsody: first trailer of Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic released

First footage goes online of long-in-development film about big-selling British rockers, starring Mr Robots Rami Malek The first full trailer of the long-gestating Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been released onto the internet. Starring Mr Robots Rami Malek as Mercury, the bands exuberant lead singer a short teaser on Queens official Youtube channel. The film has been in the works since at least 2010, when it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen was to play Mercury; however, calling Baron Cohen an arse. Eddie the Eagle director Dexter…

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How should white people talk about Kanye West?

There are good reasons to be concerned about the very harmful comments that Kanye has been saying. But theres one catch you arent black, and Kanye is As the entirety of the internet seems to be discussing Kanye Wests most recent ass-hattery and all of black Twitter seems to be heartily enjoying #IfSlaveryWasAChoice shenanigans, you, a concerned non-black person may be wondering how do I join in this discussion? Maybe you were a big fan of Wests music and now you feel personally let down by how hard hes trying…

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Rage Against the Machine beats X Factor’s Joe to Christmas No 1

After an Facebook campaign against Simon Cowell's chart domination, music fans celebrate their victory In recent years, it had become as predictable as elections in North Korea singer wins X Factor, singer’s debut single goes to No 1. So when Joe McElderry won the TV talent contest, he was no doubt confident he would celebrate Christmas at the top of the charts. Alas for the 18-year-old from South Shields, it wasn’t to be: a song almost his own age denied him the top spot after a successful online campaign. Killing…

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Abba announce first new songs for 35 years

Swedish four-piece take to Instagram to announce two releases that will form part of an avatar tour project Abba have announced that they have written and recorded their first new songs since they split in 1983. The Swedish four-piece, who had nine No 1 hits in the UK between 1974 and 1980, and who have sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide, in Brussels earlier this week. The centrepiece is the two-hour TV show co-produced by NBC and the BBC, which will see the band perform as computer-generated avatars. Ulvaeus…

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