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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has shared a cover of John Lennon’s protest song “Gimme Some Truth.” Originally released on the Beatle’s 1971 solo album Imagine, the song was later covered by Generation X in 1978. Armstrong says the Generation X version was the first one he heard, and that his rendition lands “somewhere in […]

By Matthew Strauss Bronx rappers A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Don Q have shared a new song featuring Lil Uzi Vert. The track, “Flood My Wrist,” arrives with a music video directed by Picture Perfect. Watch below. A Boogie released Artist 2.0 earlier this year. Lil Uzi Vert featured on the album’s “Luv Is […]

The BET Awards not only reimagined what a virtual performance can be, but what award shows could look like even post-pandemic. In April, BET aired a special called Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort, which was the network’s first foray into producing and airing a show under pandemic conditions. “At that point, even […]

On Sunday night (June 28), the 2020 BET Awards didn’t skip a beat, even after being forced to go the virtual route due to the global pandemic. With host Amanda Seales quarterbacking the three-hour festivities, a slew of Black celebrities punched in splashy performances and stirring speeches as if they were center stage at the […]

John Harold Olson · Special Education Teacher Lou Gramm had health issues, ranging from substance abuse recovery to treatment for a brain tumor, which affected his pituitary gland. His health issues slowed his career and these days is living a quiet semi-retirement from which he does occasional shows and Christian recordings.

Amy Christa Ernano · lifelong rock & roll fan, sometime singer I assume “band” means “artist”, so I nominate Pat Benatar. How the hell is she not in there yet? My childhood wouldn’t have been my childhood without Pat. She was an inspiration to girls of my generation: a petite, 5′0 rock and roll powerhouse […]

Andrew Smith · Former Music Staff Member and On-Air Talent at WNDY, 91.3 FM, Wabash College Radio (1985–1989) U2’s fourth album, 1984’s The Unforgettable Fire, was a noticeable departure from their previous three albums. Their first three albums were produced by Steve Lillywhite; they had no synthesizer or keyboard treatments (save a digital piano on […]

Ely Matawaran · Writer – Artist (1982–present) “Eleanor Rigby” In a 1967 interview, Pete Townshend of The Who commented: “I think ‘Eleanor Rigby’ was a very important musical move forward. It certainly inspired me to write and to listen to things in that vein.” This was a unique, fully formed sound and very distinctive. A […]

6/26/2020 by Jason Lipshutz Billboard’s First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond. This week, Blackpink gives us something we really like, Megan Thee Stallion flips a classic beat […]

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