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Are the 1990s Back in Country Music?

With Tim McGraw hitting No. 1 (again), Garth Brooks about to release a new box set, and others like Joe Diffie and Marty Brown gaining new fans, we have to wonder: Is country music in the midst of a 1990s comeback?

11/25/2013

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No Sleep For Brooklyn: MTV VMAs Disrupt Neighborhood Surrounding Barclays

For the Brooklyn neighborhood of Prospect Heights, the VMAs at Barclays Center were one block party that caught residents very unaware.

08/26/2013

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Pitch Perfect’s ‘Cups': How a Traditional Folk Song Went Top 10

On this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Cups” reaches its highest peak yet, jumping one spot to No. 8 after finding a home on both pop and adult contemporary radio.

08/02/2013

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It’s Time For Jennifer Lopez To Retire Jenny From The Block

But in truth, the marriage of duel identities — Jenny from the block and a pop diva — has been messy and at times appeared disingenuous.

07/15/2013

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Jay-Z or Kanye: Who’s Got The Throne?

2013 turned into a rap battle ground when, just two days before the release of Kanye’s feverishly hyped ‘Yeezus,’ a commercial aired during Game 5 of the NBA Finals revealing details regarding Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail.’

07/09/2013

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DOMA, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Same Love’ And The Power Of Perfect Timing

Originally written in support of Washington state’s legalization of same-sex marriage, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” is posed to become not only the duo’s next big hit but also an anthem for marriage equality.

07/03/2013

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Taylor Swift Is A Feminist In Our Twitter Dreams

For those who feel Taylor Swift’s lyrics are a little antiquated in their view of romance, a new Twitter handle is giving them a feminist upgrade.

07/01/2013

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From ‘Get Lucky’ & ‘Blurred Lines’ To Future Hits, The Secret Comeback Of Pharrell Williams

How does a man, who turned 40 in April and has been in the business since the mid-’90s, stay relevant after all these years? His recent collaborators sound off.

06/28/2013

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Kidz Bop’s American Dream: Sanitizing Top 40, One Hit At A Time

So how did an indie label started by two lawyer dads with no hipster cred manage to get generation after generation of preteens to propel them towards the top of the charts?

06/24/2013

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Creative Control, Chicago Hate Culture & Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’

With his new album Yeezus, Kanye West evolves into an iconoclast who loves to hate.

06/18/2013

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Don’t Call It A Comeback, I’ve Been Here for Days

How hard is it exactly for a popular band to maintain the love with a new singer?

06/13/2013

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Queens Of The Stone Age, The One Rock Band We Can All Agree On

QOTSA mastermind Josh Homme is a rock and roll contradiction, combining heavy metal thunder with NPR intellectualism. After nearly dying during routine surgery, he may have just crafted his band’s finest full-length to date.

06/07/2013

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Nick Cave’s Blood-Drenched Exploration Of Murder Ballads

Cave has always been the morose man’s idol; a modern day Charles Bukowski who tosses off lyrics rife with darkness, despair and perversions.

06/06/2013

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