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Beyoncé was among the speakers for Barack and Michelle Obama’s YouTube “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation ceremony today. During her commencement address, she discussed the protests surrounding the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Watch her entire speech below. “Thank you for using your collective voice and letting the worlds know that black lives […]

A teenager was injured Wednesday night (June 3) after gunfire rang out during the filming of a music video in Atlanta, the city’s police said. Rapper YFN Lucci, whose real name is Rayshawn Bennett, was filming the music video in an apartment complex in the southeastern part of the city, Atlanta police told WGCL-TV. READ MORE Here […]

Also stream new releases from Melkbelly and Rod Wave With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums and mixtapes from Yves Tumor, […]

Adam Schlesinger didn’t just understand what made a perfect pop song tick; he could map its genome and replicate it like a mad scientist. From his early hits with Fountains of Wayne to his work in TV and film and for outside artists, he had a chameleon-like ability to apply his musical understanding to any context. “On […]

Without even realizing it, Carole King wrote the ultimate social distancing anthem almost 50 years ago. The iconic singer/songwriter did her part to remind people to stay home and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday when she reworked her 1971 Tapestry classic “So Far Away” with some updated lyrics that perfectly capture these strange, strange days. “So […]

Album release week felt a little different for the 5 Seconds of Summer guys this year. Instead of running around the country performing tracks from their new LP, Calm (which arrived March 27), each of the 5SOS guys were at their respective Los Angeles homes, quarantined as part of the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. “It’s definitely […]

Alan Merrill, co-writer and singer of the original version of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” has died at age 69 from COVID-19, according to his daughter, who shared the news on social media. “The Coronavirus took my father this morning,” Laura Merrill wrote on Facebook on Sunday (March 29). She continued: “I was given 2 […]

The music community is reeling from the news that John Prine has been hospitalized following symptoms from the coronavirus. In an effort to provide hope and prayers for Prine and his wife, Fiona, Joan Baez shared a performance of “Hello In There” live from her home. “I want to sing a song for John Prine, who is a friend […]

In the fall of 1999, Warner Bros. signee and former professional wrestler Chad Brock released a cover of Hank Williams, Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive.” As this point, he was a known Nashville quantity, having reached No. 3 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart with “Ordinary Life” in April. The song boasted […]

Lauren Jauregui is finding the silver linings in being cooped up at home, as we all keep our distance and try to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “I’ve been on a super creative stint, so I’ve been writing songs like every day,” the singer/songwriter tells Billboard‘s Pop Shop Podcast (listen to the full interview below). It’s […]

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