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Movie-music giant Gary LeMel dies
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Detroit freeway to be named after Aretha Franklin
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Jay Z partners with cannabis company
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After backlash, Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia concert
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Miranda Lambert and new husband goof off in NYC
Loving life! Miranda Lambert and her husband, Brendan McLoughlin, were all smiles in New York City on Monday, July 8. The couple beamed as they made their way through the city streets hand in hand. The 35-year-old county singer looked cute and casual in gym shorts, a gray tank top and a baseball cap, while McLoughlin sported an NYPD T-shirt. Lambert and McLoughlin also rocked pink and blue wedding rings, respectively, during the outing. The twosome tied the knot in January after a whirlwind romance. The Grammy winner announced the news in a sweet Instagram post the following month. “In honor of Valentine’s day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched!” Lambert wrote on February 16. “My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for … Me. #TheOne.” An insider told Us Weekly earlier this month that the pair moved to Nashville after their nuptials. Lambert and McLoughlin are often spotted in NYC, however. The Staten Island native welcomed a son with his ex days after he met Lambert in November 2018. It’s unclear if McLoughlin’s son resides in New York, but the “House That Built Me” songstress expressed her enthusiasm for her new role as a stepmother in June. “My stepson is amazing,” Lambert told Extra. “I’m loving that whole phase, and I’ve raised a million dogs, so I feel like I’ve got that part of my womanly/motherly thing full, so this is a whole new journey. It’s great. … I was like, ‘Hey, I got the dogs, you got the kid, we can mix and mingle.’” Scroll through to see the sweet snaps:
Bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto mourned
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Stevie Wonder to undergo kidney transplant
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Detroit-based rapper Tiny Jag pulled out of a Detroit, MI music festival this week after she learned that white concert-goers would be charged a higher price than people of color. Jag, also known as Jillian Graham, told the Detroit Metro Times that she found out about AfroFuture Fest’s pay model when a white friend reached out to her and sent her a screenshot via Instagram that outlined the pay difference. The early bird POC (“people of color”)…
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Since his early days as musical sensei of the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA has been one of the sonic pillars of the hip-hop community. Whether they changed the game via sampling or using their unique musical vision to craft something out of the most obscure and eclectic pieces, without producers, hip-hop wouldn’t have the universal drive it has. In honor of RZA’s birthday this week, we share our list of the 25 best hip-hop producers of all time.
Flashback: Hendrix on iconic Woodstock set
Just one month after closing out Woodstock with a searing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Jimi Hendrix went onto The Dick Cavett Show to explain why he decided to reimagine the song. It’s seen today as one of the greatest moments of his career, but at the time some American were offended that his take on the song — which used squelching feedback to simulate the sound of exploding bombs — was a means to protest the Vietnam War. “I don’t…
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UPDATED: One thing is clear from both the lead-up and the aftermath of the firestorm that has followed Scooter Braun’s acquisition of Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records and Taylor Swift’s back catalog: None of those people do anything without a motive — and usually several motives. Several agendas were revealed in the wake of Sunday
10 Artists and Bands Who Own Their Master Recordings
Recording artists and bands across genres might be taking a hard look at their contracts these days, in the wake of Taylor Swift’s conflict with music manager Scooter Braun. The pop star recently railed against Braun on Tumblr after he bought Big Machine Label Group, including her back catalog of master recordings. “For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in,” Swift wrote in the post. “I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, [Big Machine founder] Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums.” Swift explained in the post that her “worst case scenario” was that her back catalog would be sold to Braun, claiming that Braun had encouraged his famous clients to bully her over the years. “When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them,” she continued. “Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.” The “You Need to Calm Down” singer does, however, have ownership of the masters she has recorded since signing with Republic Records in 2018. Scroll down to see other artists and bands who have the rights to some or all of their master recordings.
LAPD opens internal affairs inquiry in Nipsey Hussle case
Los Angeles police have opened an internal affairs investigation into why the woman who drove the getaway car in the aftermath of rapper Nipsey Hussle’s killing was sent home when she tried to turn herself in during the manhunt for the shooter.
Gary Duncan, guitarist for Quicksilver Messenger Service, dies at 72
Gary Duncan, guitarist and vocalist of the influential San Francisco psychedelic rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service, has died at the age of 72. The band confirmed Duncan’s death on their Facebook page. According to Best Classic Bands, Duncan died Saturday in Woodland, California after suffering a seizure and falling into a coma. Born out of the same San Francisco scene that fostered the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Steve Miller…
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