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2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class: Cher, Mary J. Blige, Ozzy Osbourne, A Tribe Called Quest

The incoming 2024 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class includes superstar acts such as Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Mary J. Blige, A Tribe Called Quest, Dave Matthews Band, Foreigner, Peter Frampton and Kool & the Gang. Fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Lionel Richie and Ryan Seacrest announced the inductees Sunday during American Idol. […]

Review: On ‘Tortured Poets,’ Taylor Swift Continues to Spill Her Own Tea (and the Flavor Is Mostly English Breakfast)

If the song title “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived” doesn’t say it all, wait until you hear the lyrics.  “Were you sent by someone who wanted me dead?/Did you sleep with a gun underneath our bed?/Were you writing a book? Were you a sleeper cell spy?/In 50 years will all this be declassified?,” Taylor […]

Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready to Die,’ Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ Join National Recording Registry

Classics like Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, Green Day’s Dookie, Gene Autry’s “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” will join the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on Tuesday announced that 25 recordings are entering the prestigious club this year, including Patti Page’s “Tennessee […]

Roc Nation Producing Docuseries on Classic Rucker Streetball Tournament (Exclusive)

Roc Nation, EverWonder Studios and 3 Legends Productions are teaming up to produce a documentary series about the Entertainer’s Basketball Classic, the infamous streetball tournament in Harlem also known as the Rucker. The film will include never-before-seen footage and will highlight the beating heart of basketball culture, the stars of the historic era and the […]

Can Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ Overcome Country’s Bias?

Beyoncé’s knack for dominating the music scene in multiple genres is nothing new. Months after the 2017 release of her flavorful Lemonade, she made history as the first artist to garner Grammy nominations in the rock, rap, R&B and pop fields in the same year. The only genre not to recognize her, despite the category-appropriate […]

Luke Combs, Tracy Chapman, Morgan Wallen Score ACM Award Nominations

“Fast Car” continues to drive Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman to the top — this time, at the 2024 Academy of Country Music Awards. Combs is the top contender this year with eight nominations, competing for entertainer of the year as well as single and song of the year with “Fast Car.” He shares the […]

Missy Elliott to Launch First-Ever Headlining Tour This Summer

Missy Elliott is ready to get her freak on her first-ever headlining tour. The 52-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will launch OUT OF THIS WORLD — The Missy Elliott Experience on July 4. The 24-city trek will visit cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta and Brooklyn, and will wrap on Aug. 22.  Her longtime […]

#MeToo’s Tarana Burke on Diddy Allegations: “The Zeitgeist Has Changed and People Are Ready to Believe the Survivors”

For years, people have “heard grumblings and whispers” — as #MeToo founder Tarana Burke puts it — about the questionable behavior of Sean “Diddy” Combs. “But I think the question,” Burke adds, “was there ever going to be any level of accountability?” Five months ago, Combs’ life dramatically changed. Singer Cassie, the music mogul’s former […]

Travis Kelce on Kelce Jam and What He Learned From Taylor Swift About Live Events: “Enjoy the People”

Travis Kelce is following his back-to-back Super Bowl wins with the return of his music festival Kelce Jam. Lil Wayne, Diplo and 2 Chainz will perform at the May 18 event taking place at The Azura Amphitheater in Kansas City, Kansas. Fans can register online at for presale tickets, which start at $49.99 and […]

Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ Boosts Streams for Black Country Acts on Spotify (Exclusive)

Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter is galloping on Spotify and bringing other Black country-based artists for the ride. Since the album’s release on Friday, the number of first-time listeners for acts like Brittney Spencer, Reyna Roberts and Shaboozey — who all appear on Cowboy Carter — has increased in the past week. Spencer saw an uptick of […]

Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Lawyer on Raids: “There Was a Gross Overuse of Military-Level Force”

Sean “Diddy” Combs’ lawyer says the music mogul cooperated with authorities after his homes were raided by federal agents, but adds that “there was a gross overuse of military-level force” used when the raids occurred. A month after Combs was sued for sex trafficking and other allegations, agents raided the Grammy winner’s homes on Monday […]

Victoria Monét Reflects on Historic Win as First Black Woman to Earn Best Engineered Album Grammy

While much of the focus of Victoria Monét’s triple-Grammy haul was on her best new artist win, another trophy represents a historic victory that could help break down more barriers for all women in the music industry — her win for best engineered album. The white-hot singer-songwriter is the first Black woman to win the […]