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The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016

Drawn from the 14,000+ titles in PW's Fall Announcements issue (available in full here), we asked our reviews editors to pick the most notable books …

A Gay Man Is Making the Most Anticipated Album of the Year

A few years ago, Frank Ocean was an anomaly. Now he's not.<p>In the video for "Formation," the lead single from this year's <i>Lemonade,</i> Beyoncé enlists the vocal ad libs of a New Orleans-based bounce musician named Big Freedia. "I came to slay, bitch!" she shouts, and you believe her.<p>Freedia would make …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Making 'Lemonade': Inside Beyonce's Collaborative Masterpiece

Songwriters and producers discuss roles they played on fiery surprise LP<p>Beyoncé's <i>Lemonade</i>, released on April 23rd, was a triumph of sound and …

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'Beyoncé at her best' – fans review the visual album Lemonade

Everyone is talking about Beyoncé’s new album and its celebration of black womanhood. What do her fans think?<p>Beyoncé’s imperious sixth studio album has got everyone talking as it focuses on her marriage, exploring infidelity in powerful visuals and music. It’s also been praised for its celebration …

Coachella Has No Female Headliners For the Ninth Year in a Row

Surprises are great, but having a diverse lineup is better.<p>On Saturday night, singer Kesha joined electronic music artist Zedd on stage in a surprise …

BET Announces Documentary Series About Hip-Hop Labels

BET has announced a new documentary series called "Inside the Label," which will tell the stories behind some of the biggest labels in hip-hop, <i>Billboard</i> reports. The eight-week series kicks off on May 17 with an episode on Uptown Records. Future episodes will focus on Grand Hustle, Loud Records, …

If You Hate Calvin Harris, You're Missing the Point

Reports of EDM's death have been greatly exaggerated.<p><i>All photos by Timothy Norris</i><p>Pro tip: Never sit down for a Calvin Harris set. I learn this the hard way while camped with a friend at the edge of the beer garden bordering Coachella’s main stage, a half hour before the DJ-producer would make his …

Calvin Harris

The resonating words of hip-hop: It’s not just for teens anymore

Hip-hop, that rhythmic, rhyming speech pattern that has become one of the most popular music forms worldwide, provided a way of life for the three …

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Entertainment

Punk Was Rubbish and It Didn’t Change Anything: An Investigation

It might have got record companies to finally wake up to a few grotty upstarts doing it for themselves, but the nothing in the real world changed.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey UK.</i><p>Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? A neat narrative seems to have sprung up around punk and been fed …

Indie Music

Last week I fell into a frigid puddle of grey rain...

Last week I fell into a frigid puddle of grey rain outside the subway. This didn’t stop me, though: I was on my way to resign for the third time that …

Brilliant Data Visualization Brings The History Of Hip Hop To Life

Rapid advances and innovations in digital information technology have given us the means to gather data and produce new information on a massive scale. How do we bring this information to people in ways that are both informative and easy to comprehend? Sophisticated data visualization is one …

Data Visualization

Rihanna’s patois and your misinformed memes

If you’re going to say something on the Internet, in a public forum, for anyone to see, it’s in your best interests to understand what you’re commenting on, so you don’t seem, at a loose best, willfully ignorant, or at worst, pretty racist. Over the past week people have – by criticising Rihanna’s …

Language

Uncool to use English: the rise of 'dialectical' rap

A fresh wave of hip-hop in Lagos is rejecting American cliches and fusing street slang with native dialect. Suddenly Nigerian rappers are talking in their own languages about their own experiences – and it’s hugely popular<p>Walking through the bus parks and street markets of my youth, between …

Kendrick Lamar Joins Compton Residents for Alright Rap in Grammys Video

Kendrick Lamar’s heading to Los Angeles for this year’s Grammys, where he’s up for 11 awards, but he returned to his hometown of Compton for a new …

As The 5th Wave flounders at the global box office, YA sci-fi faces endgame

In this week’s roundup of the global box-office scene:<p>• Search for successor to The Hunger Games continues, as ossifying formula gives latest YA franchise weak start • ‘Viagra comedy’ Dirty Grandpa fails to satisfy De Niro or Efron fanbases • Daddy’s Home hints at global expansion for comedy star …

David Bowie: the man who loved books

For a man who left Bromley Technical High School with just one 'O' level (in art), David Bowie ended up a remarkably well-read man.<p>Bowie, who died aged 69 on January 10 2016, said that "when I'm relaxed what I do is read" and described a good week as one in which he pored through "three or four …

Literature

Jarvis Cocker Shares Two-Hour David Bowie Mix

<i>David Bowie photo by Jimmy King</i><p>Today on his BBC Radio 6 program "Sunday Service," Jarvis Cocker spent two hours on the radio celebrating the late David Bowie. He played archival interviews with Bowie, alternate and demo versions of his songs, and much more. Listen to the entire thing here.<p>Watch …

David Bowie, as remembered by…

From Blondie and Kate Bush to the Broadway producer who watched Bowie struggle to make his final video, friends, collaborators and celebrity fans offer their insights into the extraordinary man behind the music<p>• Read Neil Spencer on David Bowie here<p>Deborah Harry and Chris Stein: ‘He showed up at …

Kot: Bowie transformed pop music, and pop culture

David Bowie entered the music world as David Jones in the 1960s, trained on a plastic saxophone. When he left that world Sunday at age 69, he had altered it profoundly with a string of albums, musical styles, personas and transformative images, from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke.<p>Bowie was …

Here's How to Join Emma Watson's Feminist Book Club

Emma Watson’s feminist book club now has a name and is open to anyone who wants to join. The UN Women Goodwill ambassador announced the club will be …

What Beatles' Streaming Decision Means for Music Industry

Former Warner Bros. digital-music executive calls move a "giant validation of streaming"<p>Now that the Beatles have announced they'll activate their …

Music Industry

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2015, the year in music: Adele, Drake and Kendrick Lamar

Continued poor album sales meant success this year was measured in downloads, free mixtapes and off-the-cuff singles<p>2015 will mostly be remembered as the year that <b>Adele</b> made an easy-listening album that sold nearly 1.6m copies in the UK in three weeks. In fact, the history books may record that the …

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Mike Skinner & Murkage Present: "Tonga Balloon Gang" (Official Video)

BBC Sound of 2016 longlist announced

With previous winners including Adele, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, the BBC's Sound of... polls have a solid track record in predicting the musical stars of the future.<p>Today, the longlist for the 2016 poll has been announced, with the 15 musicians named including Jack Garratt, winner of the recent …

Before The Hunger Games: How Young Adult Books First Became a Category

As the movie version of the last <i>Hunger Games</i> book, <i>Mockingjay, Part 2,</i> arrives in theaters Friday, the popularity of books and movies geared to young …

Literature vs genre is a battle where both sides lose

Literary fiction is an artificial luxury brand but it doesn’t sell. So nobody benefits by fencing it off from more popular writing<p>It’s always a problem when one of literature’s big beasts wanders off the reservation into the badlands of genre. The latest to blunder through the electric barriers …