‘You smart, you loyal’: how rap culture embraced the meme

It all began for Khaled when he released the video to his 2014 single Hold You Down, featuring a mid-song interlude where he tells a baffled-looking woman: “You smart. You loyal. You grateful. I appreciate that,” before handing over wads of cash and showing off his headphone range to her. The video was eyelid-clawingly awful, […]

How Bossa Nova Is Infiltrating Rap and R&B

In Dranoff’s view, the latest bossa fusion boom-let is an extension of a long-running dialog between musical hemispheres. “Bossa started in Rio in 1958, but the international boom was a big concert at Carnegie Hall here in 1962,” he says. “[Antônio Carlos] Jobim came; Joao Gilberto came. And after this Carnegie Hall night, this thing […]

Spotify, Warner Music Group renew partnership, helps Indian users get wider catalogue

“Spotify and Warner Music Group are pleased to announce a renewed global licensing partnership. This expanded deal covers countries where Spotify is available today, as well as additional markets. The two companies look forward to collaborating on impactful global initiatives for Warner artists and songwriters and working together to grow the music industry over the […]

Epidemic Entertainment? Livestreams from Keith Urban, Morgan Wallen and Dierks Bentley Keep Cooped-Up Country Fans Amused

Hankering for some hang time with your best girlfriends? This newbie threesome, who share an apartment, offer the perfect virtual substitute. Sami Bearden, Savana Santos and Sam Backoff’s music — and sublime harmonies — mostly come in snippets during this show, but their banter, teasing and easy camaraderie are just plain fun to watch. Memorable […]

Country star Mel Tillis recovering from digestive disease

Tillis’ publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, says in a statement that the 84-year-old was hospitalized in Nashville a year ago with diverticulitis and later underwent colon surgery. Grubb says Tillis is recovering at his home in Ocala, Florida, “where he is being cared for by nurses as needed” and getting physical therapy.

Little Big Town, Ingrid Andress Cover Dixie Chicks for Women in Country Campaign

While the world waits patiently for the much-anticipated return of the Dixie Chicks, a new trio — or at least a temporary one — is here with a version of the classic Chicks hit “Wide Open Spaces” to fill that harmonious void. Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild, along with Ingrid Andress, recorded […]

​Vietnam copyright watchdog insists hotel TVs infringe on music copyrights

Pho Duc Phuong, director of the Vietnam Center for Protection of Music Copyright (VCPMC), says that while the center cannot prove that a guest is exposed to music on the TV in their hotel rooms, “hotels still owe copyright fees for music consumed via TV.”

Pop music lured me from west Africa all the way to the United States

Shortly after arriving in France, I decided to go to America because, as a young man I was still hungry for more adventures. I was attracted by the country’s pop music and rock’n’roll: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and many more. So I saved my money, which I earned working in a factory in […]

Pink Slams Grammy President’s ‘Women Need to Step Up’ Remark: We ‘Owned Music This Year’

“It has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level,” he said, adding, “[They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome.”

Lizzo Sends Lunch to ER Workers Around the Country Fighting COVID-19

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for all that you’re doing during this pandemic,” the Detroit-born singer and rapper says in the clip. “It’s definitely not easy, and you guys are putting yourselves on the front lines.”