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In one sense, the word alternative captures a sound, just as a style or genre has a unique musical character. Used in this way, the term can call to mind a specific era or maybe that specific band that first helped us feel like we had our own distinct corner of the world. In another […]

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‘Sour’ becomes the third album in RS 200 history to top the chart for six weeks. For more, check out: (Source)

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Four years ago, this column posed a question: “Can WizKid Conquer The US Pop Landscape He Helped Create?” At the time, American pop music was sounding increasingly African, in no small part thanks to the smash success of Drake’s chart-topping WizKid collab “One Dance.” With “One Dance” and a handful of other tracks on his Views album, Drake — always savvy about interjecting himself into whatever trends he sees popping off — incorporated elements of the Afrobeats sound (not to be confused with Afrobeat), a catchall term for a network of seemingly infinite subgenres that thrives in cities like Lagos, Accra, and London. WizKid —- born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun in Lagos 31 years ago — has long been a superstar in West Africa and throughout the diaspora, and he was a natural choice to lend “One Dance” an air of authenticity.

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“Stay” becomes the third song in RS 100 history to spend seven straight weeks at Number One. For more, check out: (Source)

Ed Sheeran’s ‘=’ enters at Number Two. For more, check out: (Source)

Single appears on Redd’s expanded edition of new album ‘Trip at Knight’ For more, check out: (Source)

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As Kanye West’s new album Donda keeps getting delayed, there’s been some speculation that Kanye is trying to line up the release date with Drake’s long-delayed Certified Lover Boy, which Drake has said will be out by the end of the summer, recreating his infamous 2007 “clash of the titans” release date battle with 50 Cent.

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The first time I heard Dan + Shay, I was certain I was hearing contemporary Christian music. It was the spring of 2018. I had been “hiking” with my wife and kids at a state park in Illinois. (I use airquotes because when you’re with two children under three, it’s more like short-form stop-start meandering.) Afterwards, I found myself in the gift shop, where I heard an adult contemporary ballad that set soft tenor vocals against even softer piano chords bathed in faint angelic light. The song traced a familiar inspirational chord progression as it built toward reverie. A string section entered. There were multiple references to the Bible. I could almost picture an arena full of believers closing their eyes and emotively raising their hands skyward. Then I noticed the lyrics as the chorus achieved liftoff: “But when I taste tequila…”

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XXXTentacion, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert are among collaborators on Pegusus follow-up For more, check out: (Source)

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No collection of a musicians is more impactful outside their band than blink-182. If there is, it’s tough to think of who. Despite the multi-platinum records and countless sold out shows, the sum of blink’s parts might be better than the whole.  Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker (Matt Skiba is great too, but […]

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