The icons ages of Madonna


"But I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around."

This was the Madonna that was launched upon an unsuspecting world in 1982. Her characteristic look – a melange of second-hand threads, dyed hair, often with a hat perched on top – accompanied a raft of dance pop songs (Everybody, Lucky Star, Holiday) that quietly revolutionised pop music for the next decade. There were hints, too, of something more underground. Madonna, by then 24, had spent the last few…

Rihanna makes history with new fashion label Fenty


"Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us."
Rihanna has officially confirmed she is launching her own fashion label with LVMH, with the same name as her popular beauty line, Fenty.

She will become the first woman of colour to lead a house under the LVMH brand, and the first woman to create an original brand for the group.
The 31-year-old singer has partnered with LVMH to create a new luxury fashion line called Fenty. The label will include shoes,…

Were Maroon 5 the most boring Super Bowl halftime entertainers ever?


"They had played small shows before but this was the first gig I'd seen where they were not only going to play in front of their parents but also, possibly more importantly, their friends. They may have also been slightly nervous knowing that I was there."

Early in Maroon 5's career, the Los Angeles band played a version of itself on the 8th season of television's “Beverly Hills 90210” in an episode that aired in September of 1997. The group went by the name Kara's Flowers at the time,…

R. Kelly documentary spurs authorities to seek information


"Please come forward. There is nothing that can be done to investigate these allegations without the cooperation of victims and witnesses."

R. Kelly could be facing an investigation in Georgia after the airing of a Lifetime documentary series that chronicled allegations of abuse, predatory behaviour and paedophilia against the singer.

Gerald Griggs, an attorney for the family of Joycelyn Savage, one of the women featured in Surviving R. Kelly, said the Fulton County District Attorney…

Jay-Z performs family Feud


"If you oppress certain people, everyone’s in danger "

In the interview, he connects 4:44 to his first album’s contents in ’96. Overall, he speaks about his current stride, “I like to do things that are honest and meaningful. If we’re not, then why are we doing it? Just edit. Edit your life.”

How Losing His Father Helped JAY-Z Escape A Hard Knock Life (Video)

Along the theme, Jay is asked about how he spends his free time. “Family, friends, music, and a lot of food.”…

How Ariana Grande defines a post Beyonce Coachella


"I wasn't sure whether to bring any guests out tonight."


When you're watching an unannounced Justin Bieber run up and down a catwalk to shrieks of applause, and receive nothing but adulation during another artist's headline set at a music festival, you have to take note of how much the cultural landscape has evolved in such a short space of time.
This weekend, Ariana Grande will become the youngest artist to ever headline the festival. She's also only the fourth woman to do so.…

Beyonce 'Homecoming' documentary comes with surprise live album


"She created an entire world to encompass the music that she's put out over the last two decades of her career. "

Beyonce fans staying awake to catch her documentary drop on Netflix, "Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce," were gifted another treat in the form of a huge live album.

Released at midnight, Queen Bey dropped the 40-track album with no advance warning. The majority of "Homecoming: The Live Album" takes fans track by track through her instantly iconic Coachella performance from last…

Justin Timberlake in the studio with Anderson .Paak.


Timberlake also teased the idea of a possible group name for the duo called "Ballin' Oats." Paak replied in the comments, "COMIN THRU WT THE HARMONIES!"


Anderson .Paak may be fresh off dropping two albums in five months, but he’s not resting just yet.

The Aftermath artist took to his Instagram story last night to post a video of him in the studio with Justin Timberlake. Considering JT has been working with Timbaland recently, there’s a chance a collaboration could end up…

Roc Nation's Angelica Vila & Nicole Bus


After highlighting chart surges from City Girls, Lil Tjay and YK Osiris last week on Emerging hip-hop, this week, a pair of Roc Nation stars get featured for their respective chart climbs.

Angelica Vila Pays Homage to Shyne With New Single "More in the Morning"

If you remember, Shyne had the hip-hop world on tilt with his late '90s single "Bonnie & Shyne," featuring reggae star Barrington Levy. On her new track "More in the Morning," Vila deftly samples the summer tune and injects the…

Skillet Announces New Album 'Victorious


"Victorious perfectly describes how the record makes me feel,” affirms lead singer John Cooper. “You wake up, face your own demons every day, and never give in. There’s an introspective side to it. We might’ve commented on the world explicitly on previous albums. This one is about looking inward. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve gotten a little older, and I’ve accepted struggle as part of the journey. When I listen to these songs, I want to fight for my life, I want to fight for who I…

Phantom Planet Returns With 'Balisong'


"It's exciting and it is a bit unexpected -- especially just how quickly this snowballed."

"It's cool people remember us and want to hear more from us. I have friends who when I brought up that we were gonna make a record they were like, 'Oh! F***in' finally!' They didn't want to bring it up before, but obviously they were hoping for it."

Of the song, which Greenwald told Billboard deals with his obsession with a butterfly knife, he added: “It’s something that is really easily…

Cher Performs 'Believe,' 'If I Could Turn Back Time'


Tonight’s event celebrated the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Art Costume Institute exhibition “Camp: Notes on Fashion. The evening was co-chaired by Lady Gaga—who had multiple outfit reveals during her red carpet entrance—Harry Styles, Anna Wintour, and Serena Williams. See what musicians wore, including Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Cardi B, Robyn, and more.

It’s not the first time Cher has taken on an ABBA classic – last summer, she launched ‘Dancing Queen‘,…

False facts about Elton John


No one’s saying Sir Elton John can’t throw a tantrum when the mood strikes. When his own husband David Furnish directed a documentary about him in 1997, its actual name was Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras. However, he’s not quite the unapologetic, insult-tossing diva that his numerous public feuds might make him seem. Yes, it all happened. But it wasn’t necessarily all him.

Everyone knows Sir Elton John, the artist: A talented pianist and charismatic performer whose penchant…

Grammys organization to name first-ever woman president


"Music and social justice are no strangers — in fact, they can work in perfect harmony,” Bono said in a statement following the announcement. “We’ll miss Deb at, but after helping the team raise more than $600 million for the fight against AIDS, she’ll always be part of the band and I look forward to seeing what she’ll do in her new role, cracking the ceiling and helping the Recording Academy crack open a new future in the process."
Dugan is the first female president of the…

Record Store Day 2019 releases - our top picks


More than 90,000 albums and singles were bought at last year's event - making it the biggest sales day outside Christmas for many shop owners.

Record Store Day 2019 is unofficially headlined by some of the most beloved soundtracks. 2003's Lost In Translation Soundtrack has been on the our reissue wishlist for over a decade. It set the bar for high-brow soundtracks with contributions from Kevin Shields / MBV, Sebastien Tellier, Squarepusher, Phoenix, AIR, Jesus & Mary Chain and…

Great New Albums Coming Out in April


Music headlines in April are always dominated by Record Store Day, and 2019 is no different. This year's edition is jam-packed with special releases from the likes of Queen, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Pearl Jam, John Lennon, Roxy Music and more.
Four times a year, we round up a list of albums that the Pitchfork staff is looking forward to in the upcoming season. These 22 releases, by everyone from Vampire Weekend to Lizzo to Holly Herndon, are either…

Michael Jackson's name has been taken out of Quincy Jones' show


The show was described as an exclusive world.

Quincy Jones appears to have removed any mention of Michael Jackson from the promotion and theme of his upcoming London show.

Earlier this year, the legendary producer announced that he’d be playing the classic Jackson albums ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’ back to back at a show at The O2 in London this June.

Music followers have been advised there can be back-to-back performances of three of Michael Jackson’s…

Drake's Game of Thrones shout-out at Billboard Awards


"Shout out to Arya Stark for putting in that work last week."

Drake showed his solidarity with Game of Thrones fans during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night. While accepting the golden microphone for the top Billboard 200 album (for his blockbuster double disc Scorpion), the “God’s Plan” emcee shouted out Arya Stark — the heroine from the epic Battle of Winterfell episode that aired on Sunday.

The "In My Feelings" rapper took home multiple honors at the 2019…

Pupils get a musical masterclass for Derry Jazz Festival


"It definitely is an older style of music and an older generation's style of jazz, but there's a recent growing movement of young brass bands mixing modern pop music into this kind of traditional jazz, which brings in a lot of youngsters with tunes that they already know."

Bronagh O’Neill, aged 14 who sits on the Youth 19 Young Peoples’ Marketing and Events Steering Group, and is involved in organising and delivering the events for the year said:

“I am really happy to be involved…

Lewis Capaldi: I don't think I'm a pop star


"Sometimes I want to talk about plunging a toilet; other times I have thoughts and feelings."

For a man with the biggest sad song of the year, some of Lewis Capaldi’s social media posts have been among the funniest.
There was the time when the Scots singer-songwriter – who topped the charts for seven weeks with Someone You Loved – filmed himself walking up and down Hollywood Boulevard in search of a plunger after having blocked his own hotel toilet.

Now, his forthcoming debut…

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