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When Olivia Rodrigo took over the world with “drivers license” at the top of 2021, critics like me scrambled to point out reference points for the trembling piano ballad, which simultaneously felt traditional and in step with the bedroom-pop zeitgeist. But Rodrigo herself did not cite the influence of Phoebe Bridgers, Billie Eilish, or even her self-professed idols Taylor Swift and Lorde. Rather, she said the song was directly indebted to minor, the 2020 EP from Gracie Abrams. “It was so great,” Rodrigo told Pandora. “I was so inspired. I literally just drove around my neighborhood listening to it for like an hour, and I was so moved that I went home and I wrote this song, which I really love, that is very much inspired by her style of songwriting.”

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Mariah Carey has already solidified her holiday legacy with “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” which likely will climb back up to #1 on the Billboard charts just like last year. And she has embraced her role as the patron saint of Christmas songs. Last year, she put together an Apple TV+ event called Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas, which came with a new track, “Oh Santa!,” that featured Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson.

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Rapper and gospel singer finally pair Space Jam: A New Legacy single with new visual For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

The soundtrack to the original Space Jam was quite a big deal, spawning two top 10 Hot 100 hits with R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and Seal’s Steve Miller cover “Fly Like An Eagle,” and featuring contributions from D’Angelo, Monica, Quad City DJs, and more. The soundtrack to the sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy aims to have a similar impact. “We knew that with the soundtrack for this one, that whole idea of making a soundtrack for this generation, but still having that melting pot, was something we all really wanted,” Spencer Beighley, head of film at star LeBron James’ production company SpringHill, said in a feature for Billboard.

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The team behind the hottest soundtrack of the summer, including 24kGoldn, Big Freedia, and Kirk Franklin, discuss how they came together For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

The Newark rapper Mach-Hommy switches between languages a lot — not just verbally, but musically, too. Consider the case of “Au Revoir,” a song that appears near the end of Mach’s new album Pray For Haiti. The production comes from DJ Green Lantern, a mixtape legend, but “Au Revoir” doesn’t sound like mixtape music. Instead, it’s hazy and drumless. A psychedelic guitar twinkles expansively. A synth drones away. A wordless half-chanted backing vocal returns again and again. A wispy flute occasionally bubbles up. The Brooklyn singer and flutist Melanie Charles sings with great longing in Haitian Creole, and Mach, half-singing himself, repeats the same phrase again and again, like a koan: “Au revoir, pussy n***as, goodbye.” It’s gooey and hypnotic, and it doesn’t sound much like rap music.

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Soundtrack arrives July 9th, one week before LeBron James-starring film premieres July 16th For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

The first Space Jam soundtrack was, in retrospect, a wild ride. The 1996 film where Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny played basketball against cartoon aliens also had a tie-in album with R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and Monica’s “For You I Will” and All-4-One’s “I Turn To You” on it. It had Seal singing the Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle.” It had the Spin Doctors and Biz Markie doing KC & The Sunshine Band’s “That’s The Way (I Like It).” It had Chris Rock and Barry White covering Cheech & Chong. It had D’Angelo and Quad City DJ’s and a Bugs Bunny rap song ghost-written by Jay-Z. It had a posse cut where B-Real, Method Man, Coolio, LL Cool J, and Busta Rhymes pretended to be the bad-guy aliens from the movie. Merely looking at its tracklist will make you feel like you’re having a stroke.

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Gospel legend performs from Uncle Jesse’s Kitchen with his choir and band For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Peter Cottontale, the Chicago producer and keyboardist, has been working with Chance The Rapper ever since Chance released his debut mixtape 10 Day in 2012. These days, most of us would recognize Cottontale as a member of Chance’s band the Social Experiment. (He’s the guy with the afro.) But Cottontale also makes his own music, […]