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What is Lady Gaga's Chronic Pain? Fibromyalgia Explained

It's been an incredibly tough month for mother monster, Lady Gaga, who has very recently opened up about the battle she's facing with a chronic pain …

Pain

U2 cancels St. Louis concert after protests lead to dozens of arrests

After violent protests erupted in St. Louis Friday night, U2 has announced they've canceled a Saturday night performance in the city.<p>The St. Louis …

Policing

'Deeply Saddened' Bono on St. Louis: 'Is This 1968 or 2017?'

U2 singer quotes Martin Luther King Jr. after band's Saturday night concert in city canceled due to safety concerns<p>Bono has issued a statement …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Cash Me Outside" Girl Danielle Bregoli Signs With Atlantic Records as a New Artist

Move over Cardi B, there's a new girl looking to take the music industry by storm! Danielle Bregoli — aka the "Cash Me Outside" girl — is about to …

New Music

Juggalos marched on Washington, DC (pics)

When <b>Insane Clown Posse</b> set this weekend’s date for a March of the Juggalos back in January, immediately following the worldwide Womens’ Marches, I …

Activism

Why the juggalos marched in Washington

Fans of the Detroit-based hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse — known as juggalos — gathered on the National Mall Saturday to protest the FBI’s 2011 labeling of the group’s fans and its recording label, Psychopathic Records, as “a loosely-organized hybrid gang.”<p>The eight-hour long event, which follows a …

Crime

Bootsy Collins - Disciples of Funk music video

YouTube

Alice Glass - Without Love (Official Video)

Wearable Tech

Rae Sremmurd’s Perplexing Pegasus: a Laser Quest codeine nightmare

Also this week: Alice Glass fails to pack the necessary punch, while Liam Gallagher is all plaintive and, well, quite nice<p><b>TRACK OF THE WEEK</b><p><b>Rae Sremmurd</b><b><br>Perplexing Pegasus</b><p>They call themselves the Black Beatles, but the Fab Two are so much better than that. For a start, instead of She Loves You, they …

Liam Gallagher

The leisure principle: why dance music is slowing down

Slow-mo hip-hop, drugs and the state of the world have altered dance’s bpm<p>For years commercial dance music has been hyperactive, its standard beat per minute (bpm) – punctuated by the success of Calvin Harris et al – resting around 128. Influenced by slow-mo hip-hop acts such as Rae Sremmurd, a …

Calvin Harris

11 Scientific Facts That Will Change The Way You Listen To Music

Attention music lovers: The M&M’S spokescandies are starting a band and need you to help them create a bite-size beat. Visit bitesizebeats.com to create a beat that could be featured in an upcoming TV commercial.

Classical Music

Study: Those Who Get Goosebumps Listening To Music Have Different Brain Structures Than Those Who Don’t

You know that feeling when the drop is just too good, and the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end? When the rise lasts for minutes, just …

The Brain

Ethiopia’s government is cracking down on the country’s biggest pop star

Addis Ababa<p>Ethiopians of all stripes have found something they can agree on: the government’s treatment of Teddy Afro, the country’s biggest pop star, is woefully misguided.<p>On Sep. 3 police stopped the best-selling singer, whose real name is Tewodros Kassahun, from holding an album launch in a …

Africa

This music production tool is the reason why all new music sounds the same

Imagine music as a recipe. Would you be able tell whether it had been made with artificially engineered ingredients or fresh produce from the farmer’s market? Canned tomatoes might work just fine—but maybe you wouldn’t know what you had been missing until you tried the same dish with heirlooms, …

Guitar

Chuck D Clears the Air About That Flavor Flav Lawsuit

After reports surfaced last week that Flavor Flav was suing Chuck D over unpaid royalties, it seemed like the drama surrounding the two Public Enemy …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A Brief History of Artists Rapping About Poop

A lot of rappers talk about "dropping shit," but not all of them mean it literally. Join us as we analyze them, from Big Boi to Biggie.<p>Rappers can be really obsessed with poop. I'm not talking about MCs using various phrasings of "dropping shit" to denote how they're spitting some niceness into a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

J. Cole's Dreamville Just Signed EarthGang

Dreamville Records is adding EarthGang to its roster. EarthGang made the signing official on Thursday, with Dreamville sharing the good news with …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Advertising Week: How Four Key Agency Music Supervisors Find the Perfect Song

As Advertising Week descends upon New York this week, Billboard puts a spotlight on four notable music supervisors and agencies making songs and …

Advertising

John Abercrombie obituary

Leading jazz guitarist whose work always retained lyricism, narrative shape and the distant heartbeat of the groove<p>Since hipsters appropriated the word “cool” in the 1940s, it has come to mean anything from cutting-edge musical insight to sartorial style – a catholicity that spilled over into jazz …

Jazz

The Unbearable White Womanhood Of Taylor Swift (2017 Remix)

Look what we made her do. She's blaming us. She's blaming the fact that we saw behind the curtain<p>When Taylor Swift posted a teaser clip from her new music video for the single “Look What You Made Me Do,” she got instantly and extensively dragged for a particular image’s close similarity to …

Taylor Swift

tricky sandman (Run-DMC vs. Metallica)

Run-D.M.C.

It's Not Just Reggae, Says Chronixx: Call It 'Black Experimental Music'

The artist Chronixx, born Jamar McNaughton, is 24 years old. But he's already been hailed as the leader of Jamaica's roots revival moment: an island-wide return to old-school reggae.<p>He's not so sure, though, that what he plays should be considered <i>purely</i> reggae. His debut album, <i>Chronology</i>, released …

Reggae

Brooklyn Raga Massive Tribute to 'Prince' in Raga Pahadi

The Isley Brothers on hiring Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Juggalos Are Mad as Hell and They're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

After feeling harassed even at their annual Gathering, Insane Clown Posse fans are prepared to march on DC to demand respect.<p>As the Gathering of the Juggalos arrived last month in Lost Lakes, a waterpark and music venue in Oklahoma City, you would think that something terrible was about to happen. …

Crime

Lil Peep’s new music video is a lil gift to all the cry babies out there

Good morning, cry babies<p><i>Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video — maybe you have a deadline, a hungry</i> …

My Chemical Romance

Think Pieces

When rock and roll emerged from Mississippi or Georgia or Tennessee or Illinois sometime in the early nineteen-fifties, it was a lawless mishmash of musical institutions, some ancient, some new. Its unruly roots—the incongruous coupling of the sacred and the profane—came to determine much of the …

Jerry Lee Lewis

Queens of the Stone Age's 'The Way You Used to Do' is a Satanic Fever Dream: Watch

<b></b>tapped Jonas Åkerlund <b></b>for their fleet-of-foot yet dark-of-soul video for “The Way You Used to Do,” which arrives in full though an exclusive on Apple …

Queens of the Stone Age

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