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Paul McCartney: Little Richard Taught Me Everything I Know

There’s no hyperbole in stating that Little Richard changed rock & roll as we knew it when he broke into the music scene. Look no further than the countless artists who’ve paid tribute to Richard after learning of his passing on Saturday, including Bob Dylan himself. Now, arguably the biggest pioneer of pop-rock music, Paul McCartney, has gone on the record to claim Little Richard taught him “everything he knows” and more. McCartney memorialized Richard with a lengthy tribute on Twitter, essentially crediting Richard for paving the way for The Beatles. When the Fab Four were busy playing residencies at small, McCartney looked to him for inspiration and guidance. “I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style,” he wrote. “From ‘Tutti Frutti’ to ‘Long Tall Sally’ to ‘Good...

Slowthai Turns His NME Awards Drama Into New Song “ENEMY”: Stream

Slowthai loves to get up to no good, and now he’s ready to immortalize one of his most egregious actions in a new song. Presenting “ENEMY”, a single the UK rapper released this weekend that digs deep into his controversial speech from this year’s NME Awards. To understand what he’s getting at on this new track, you must first revisit what went down at the awards show. Back in February, Slowthai was primed to have a big night at the NME Awards. He opened the evening by performing his excellent Mura Masa collaboration “Deal Wiv It”, which went swimmingly until he decided to get cheeky by mooning the crowd. Things somehow got worse. When Slowthai accepted his fan-voted award for Hero of the Year, he harassed host and comedian Katherine Ryan by propositioning her. One audience member was so re...

Fans Pick Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber’s ‘Stuck With U’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music

The pop duo’s new song brought in 75 percent of the vote. Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber‘s “Stuck With U” struck a chord with music fans this week. The pop superstars soared to the top of this week’s favorite new music release poll, which was published Friday (May 8) on Billboard, with their new song. “Stuck With U” was the fan favorite, totaling more than 75 percent of the vote. All sales and streams of the track support the First Responders Children’s Foundation to fund grants and scholarships for kids of healthcare workers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, police officers and firefighters. In second place came Kehlani‘s It Was Good Until It Wasn’t album, followed by Young Thug and Chris Brown‘s collaborat...

5 Highlights From Sony Music Latin-Iberia’s ‘Made in Casa’ Virtual Festival

Sony Music Latin-Iberia’s ambitious virtual music festival #DesdeCasaConMusica featured more than 50 Latin artists from different pockets of Latin America serenading music fans on Sunday (May 10). As fans listened and watched from the comfort of their homes, they also had the option of donating to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The festival’s goal was to unite music lovers at home while reinforcing and supporting messages of social distancing and prevention to help fight COVID-19. Back-to-Back Performances While the variety festival included workout sessions and pep talks from artists, music was the main event, lasting nearly eight hours and featuring major artists like Gerardo Ortiz, who sang “Más Caro Que Ayer.” &#...

The 10 Best Moments From ‘Disney Family Singalong: Volume 2′

Less than a month after the first Disney Family Singalong on ABC, the network returned for an encore on Sunday night (May 10). This time, the hour-long special treated fans to performances from Halsey, Katy Perry, Keke Palmer and, of course, welcomed the return of Derek Hough, Hayley Erbert and Julianne Hough for another high-energy, visually stunning clip. And while the singalong aimed to offer kids — and their parents — a much needed distraction, it also honored all the moms at home and on the front lines doing what they do best amidst the ongoing pandemic: taking care of everyone. The show kicked off with a special introduction from Kermit, who dialed in Seth Rogan. Rogan told everyone’s favorite frog: “I’m kind of getting a little lonely. I just can’t stop think...

Taylor Swift Shares Sweet Mother’s Day Message & Childhood Home Video: Watch

Every day with her mom is “The Best Day” for Taylor Swift. The pop star, who dedicated a track to her mother on her Fearless album in 2008, penned a touching note in honor of Andrea Swift for Mother’s Day 2020. Accompanying the loving tribute to her mom was a childhood home video of an adorable baby Swift at 10 months old, learning how to say her numbers and fun words like “macaroni.” “My conversations with my mom have always been and will always be some of my favorite memories – from when I was 10 months old in this video from October 1990 to now talking every day on the phone,” Swift wrote on Instagram Sunday (May 10).. “Our talks are everything to me. Myyyyyyyy goodness I love you Mom. Happy Mother’s Day. “ She added: “PS...

Deadmau5, Dillon Francis, and Steve Aoki Take Over Fortnite’s Party Royale

While many have adapted to virtual concerts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for more than a year, Fortnite has been a driving force in the simulated concert world. Last year, Epic Games’ behemoth flagship product hosted the most ambitious video game and music crossover to date in the form of a giant interactive performance from Marshmello.  Fast forward one year later and EDM fans were treated to performances from not one, but three of the genre’s biggest stars. deadmau5, Steve Aoki, and Dillon Francis took the helm for the newest in-game concert experience, “Party Royale,” and the video game publication IGN captured footage of the entire event and shared it for all to enjoy. During the virtual concert, a giant floating screen was placed ...

Watch Porter Robinson’s Reaction After Hearing Lil B’s “Porter Robinson Based Freestyle” for the First Time

Fresh off his wildly successful virtual music festival Secret Sky, Porter Robinson is already getting a little nostalgic. One of the highlights of Porter’s set from the fest was the unexpected debut of a new track featuring the vocals of infamous Bay Area rapper Lil B. EDM Twitter was aflame with theories, and most fans speculated that it was an unreleased collaboration between the two. Porter, however, took to Twitter today to reveal the story behind the song, which he unveiled is actually a simple freestyle demo by Lil B. Titled “PORTER ROBINSON BASED FREESTYLE,” the track was sent to Porter by Lil B as a Christmas present after one of the former’s friends tracked down the latter and was able to secure a freestyle. Porter shared a video of the first time...

Eric Prydz Announces Pair of Upcoming Cirez D Releases

The audiovisual maven Eric Prydz announced that a pair of new singles from his Cirez D side project are on the way. On Twitter, he shared a teaser video for the pair featuring some of his world-famous visuals alongside text announcing the names and release date of the tracks. While the video doesn’t reveal much, we can hear a steady beat and climbing bassline perfect for releases under his techno alias. Fans have uncovered that “The Raid” is a long-sought-after ID first premiered during his performance at Lollapalooza in 2019. Now’s a good time for the Prydz community as back in January, he teased a different Cirez D song—with the mysterious Acki Kokotos—which is yet to be released. “Valborg” and “The Raid” by Cirez D are set t...

Be Like Mike: How Michael Jordan Built His Iconic Brand

It’s been over 20 years since Michael Jordan won his final championship. A Basketball Hall-of-Famer, six-time MVP, and the leader of two three-peats, Jordan remains a larger than life figure from the way he soared to his superstar status. To imagine a world in which the icon never existed is to wonder what would have happened if Bugs Bunny finally did take that left to Albuquerque. With the airing of ESPN’s 10-part docuseries The Last Dance—which recounts the Chicago Bulls’ final title run with MJ—fans have been reminded of the basketball-great’s importance and brilliance on the court. However, another enthralling component to the weekly event is his Airness’ significance as a global icon off-the-court Need proof? Log onto Twitter while The Last Dance is airing. The only trending topics on...

Dave Grohl Compares Next Foo Fighters LP to David Bowie’s Let’s Dance

Whenever we get to hear Foo Fighters’ upcoming, already finished 10th album, we should expect a sonic departure. In a recent video interview with Los Angeles radio station ALT 98.7, frontman Dave Grohl compared the project to David Bowie’s 1983 dance-rock foray, Let’s Dance, highlighting an emphasis on “groove.” “It’s filled with these anthemic, huge sing-along rock songs,” he said. “It’s weird because it’s almost like a dance record in a weird way — not an EDM, disco, modern dance record … It’s got groove, man. To me, it’s like our David Bowie’s Let’s Dance record. That’s what we wanted to make — we were like, ‘Yeah, let’s make this really up, fun record.” Grohl, who admitted the as-yet-untitled LP does have some “dark corners,” expressed disappointment at having to postpone the...

Jay-Z, Roc Nation Send Letter Demanding Justice For Ahmaud Arbery

Source: Sean Rayford / Getty The cold-blooded murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has angered the culture. Seeing the jig since it took months for his killers to be arrested, Jay-Z and several Roc Nation artists have penned a letter to Georgia officials demanding justice. By now you should at least be aware of the details. The 25-year old Arbery was simpy jogging in Satilla Shores, Georgia when he was stalked and killed by a father and son duo, and maybe more since there just happened to be video. It wasn’t until said footage was leaked, and a national uproar, that the perpetrators were arrested and it took another day or so before they were even charged with murder and aggravated assault. Team Roc has penned an open letter addressed to Georgia elected officials demanding that this case isn...