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25 More Recordings Deemed a Key Part of Our Soundscape

Music by Louis Armstrong, Janet Jackson, Nas will be inducted to National Recording Registry

(Newser) - Janet Jackson's socially conscious album Rhythm Nation 1814, Louis Armstrong's jazzy When the Saints Go Marching In, and Nas' debut release Illmatic are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Patti LaBelle's song "Lady Marmalade" and...

Cardi B, Candace Owens Just Got Into It (Again) on Twitter

Things got wild after Owens criticized the rapper on Fox

(Newser) - Cardi B and conservative commentator Candace Owens have clashed on Twitter before , but this time, they say they're going to sue each other. Owens specifically says she plans to sue the rapper for posting a Photoshopped tweet suggesting Owens' husband cheated on her with her own brother. Yes, really....

Daft Punk Says Goodbye After Explosive Video

French duo's lucky streak ends for good after nearly 30 years

(Newser) - Monday morning on Facebook , a strange message came down the feed from Daft Punk: a link to an eight-minute YouTube video entitled "Epilogue," an excerpt from the French duo's 2006 sci-fi film Electroma, per Pitchfork . The clip, which also popped up on the group's website , shows...

She Was One-Third of 'Most Iconic Female Singing Trio'

Mary Wilson of the Supremes dies suddenly at 76

(Newser) - Mary Wilson, a founding member of the legendary Motown group the Supremes, died suddenly Monday. She was 76. Friend and publicist Jay Schwartz said she died at her home in Las Vegas, but did not provide a cause of death. "She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be...

The Blows Are Coming Fast for Morgan Wallen After Racial Slur

Morgan Wallen recorded using racial slur over the weekend

(Newser) - Hundreds of radio stations have dropped one of country music's biggest stars after he was recorded using a racial slur over the weekend, and now his label has suspended him. TMZ has the video, filmed by one of Morgan Wallen's Nashville neighbors, in which the singer arrives home...

Top 10 Songs of the Year
Top 10 Songs of the Year

Top 10 Songs of the Year

Keedron Bryant's "I Just Wanna Live" leads the way

(Newser) - Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu has compiled the top 10 songs of the year for 2020. Young Keedron Bryant gets top honors. The list, with links to the videos:
  1. Keedron Bryant, "I Just Wanna Live." The 12-year-old's powerful performance about being a young Black man in

Rapper's Surprise Release Includes an Apology

He says sorry to singer Rihanna

(Newser) - Eminem's surprise album, which was released Thursday night, includes a apology. In a track titled "Zeus," the Detroit rapper seeks to atone for a line from a decade-old song in which he endorsed singer Chris Brown's 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. That song—which...

Taylor Swift Isn't the Only One Full of 2020 Surprises

Eminem drops 2nd album of year, a companion to January's 'Music to Be Murdered By'

(Newser) - It's been a year of curveballs from Marshall Bruce Mathers III. The 48-year-old (aka rap star Eminem) has spent 2020 pulling off unexpected performances at the Academy Awards , granting rare interviews , popping up on SNL , and now, coming out with yet another surprise album at midnight, Taylor Swift-style . The...

Taylor Swift Has Another Midnight Surprise
Swift: 'I've Never
Done This Before'

Swift: 'I've Never Done This Before'

Singer announces 2nd surprise album in 5 months

(Newser) - Well, that was quick. Just five months after releasing her eighth studio album , the well-received Folklore, Taylor Swift is out with another. Evermore, which Swift describes as a "sister record" to July's Folklore, will be released at midnight Wednesday. Swift made the surprise announcement in a tweet Wednesday...

2 Legends Collaborate on Anti-Lockdown Single

Van Morrison, Eric Clapton say struggling artists need help

(Newser) - Van Morrison is keeping up his anti-lockdown sentiments, now with help. Eric Clapton performs a new single, "Stand and Deliver," written by Morrison, which will be released Dec. 4 in support of Morrison's "Save Live Music" campaign, per Variety . Morrison, of Northern Ireland, has already released...

After Grammys Controversy, Drake Calls for 'Something New'

Artist notes famed awards 'may no longer matter'

(Newser) - "What once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter." That's what Drake has to say about the Grammy Awards after The Weeknd, expected to be the king of 2021 nominations, was excluded altogether . In posts on his Instagram Stories, Drake—who received two nominations—...

Guitar Center Files for Bankruptcy
Guitar Center:
It's Bankruptcy Time

Guitar Center: It's Bankruptcy Time

The nation's biggest musical instrument retailer files for Chapter 11

(Newser) - The Guitar Center filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Saturday as yet another US retailer revealed its pandemic financial woes, Reuters reports. In a bankruptcy filing , the 61-year-old company said it plans to stay afloat with up to $165 million in fresh equity investments and a debt reduction of nearly $800...

'I Don't Know It': Mom With Dementia Plays Beethoven

For Elaine Lebar, 92, 'life makes sense' at the piano

(Newser) - Elaine Lebar may have dementia, but she still knows her way around a keyboard—and hasn't forgotten the third movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," TMZ reports. A video of the 92-year-old playing the piece recently became a hit on TikTok. "I don't know it,...

NY Philharmonic Performs 7th-Grader's Composition

Grace Moore took part in the Very Young Composers program

(Newser) - A Brooklyn composer has had the pleasure of hearing her music performed by the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra—and she's in seventh grade. Grace Moore looked on as members of the orchestra premiered her original piece last month. The 12-year-old—who fell in love with music when her mother...

Techno-Blasting Nightclubs in Germany Just Got Good News

Federal court determines techno is indeed music, giving clubs tax break

(Newser) - Parents often shake their heads at what their kids listen to, proclaiming, "That's not music!" If you're a young person in Germany who loves techno, you can now confidently shoot back: "Oh, yes it is!" That's because the country's financial high court...

World's 'Fastest Girl Drummer' Is Gone
World's 'Fastest
Girl Drummer' Is Gone

World's 'Fastest Girl Drummer' Is Gone

Viola Smith has died at 107

(Newser) - The "fastest girl drummer in the world" is gone. Viola Smith, a swing musician who fought for female inclusion in the big-band era, died Wednesday at home in Costa Mesa, Calif., the Washington Post reports. She was 107. At a time when jazz giants like Artie Shaw and Benny...

Death Lyrics in 'American Pie' Not Just About Buddy Holly

Don McLean, still cagey, suggests his father's death is in there, too

(Newser) - Don McLean has remained famously cagey about the meaning of the lyrics of his 1971 song "American Pie" over the years, though he appears to reveal a bit more than usual in an interview with the Guardian . He recounts how at the age of 15, he had a premonition...

7 Years After His Death, Teen's Song Is Back at No. 1

Zach Sobiech's 'Clouds' is tops on iTunes thanks to new movie

(Newser) - Seven years after he died of cancer at age 18, a Minnesota singer-songwriter has returned to the top of the iTunes chart with his inspirational tune, per the AP . The Star Tribune reports that "Clouds" by Zach Sobiech took over iTunes' No. 1 slot from Justin Bieber on Sunday,...

John Legend at Billboard Awards: 'This Is for Chrissy'

Emotional performance came amid calls to vote, big wins for Post Malone

(Newser) - Walking into the show with 16 nominations, Post Malone won nine honors at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, where John Legend gave a heartfelt performance that was dedicated to his wife. From the piano, Legend told viewers "this is for Chrissy" before singing "Never Break," which includes...

Oddly Soothing TikTok Video Resurrects Song From 1977

Skateboarding, juice, and Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' seems to be formula for viral success

(Newser) - In 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" was climbing the charts, eventually making its way to the No. 1 spot. Now the song is back in the spotlight, thanks to a somewhat bizarre viral video that's catapulted the song to its best streaming week yet. Per the Los Angeles ...

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