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Rapper's $200K Donation to Hungry Kids Is Rejected

Tekashi 6ix9ine, convicted of involvement with 13-year-old, says it's 'cruel'

(Newser) - Fresh out of prison, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine is getting a lot of attention. He's set an all-time record for a Instagram live stream with more than 2 million viewers; the music video for his new song "Gooba" became the fastest by an American artist to reach 100 million... More »

Fallon Pulls Off 'Under Pressure' With a Toaster

Brendon Urie, the Roots help out in 12-part performance

(Newser) - Give yourself an excuse to shout, "Let me out!" with Jimmy Fallon and Panic! At the Disco's Brendon Urie. The pair joined the Roots in remixing Queen and David Bowie's classic, "Under Pressure," on Tuesday's at-home episode of The Tonight Show. Fallon covers... More »

Bob Dylan Makes Big Announcement

His first original album in 8 years arrives next month

(Newser) - Bob Dylan dropped his third original song in a little over a month Thursday and left no doubt about when his first original album in eight years would follow. Dylan announced his first album of original songs since 2012's Tempest would be released June 19. The 10-song album Rough ... More »

Bad Company Lead Singer Dead at 66

Brian Howe, also a solo artist, suffered cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Brian Anthony Howe, the former lead singer of rock band Bad Company, has died at 66. Howe suffered cardiac arrest Wednesday and died either at his Florida home or on the way to a hospital, a relative tells TMZ . The singer also suffered a heart attack in 2017. Howe replaced... More »

No Way the Met Pulled This Off. No Way.

The Metropolitan Opera makes beautiful music as it battles a $60M shortfall

(Newser) - Javier Camarena was at his home in Zurich singing an aria from Bellini's Il Pirata when the screen for the video feed split, and he was joined by Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Montreal and general manager Peter Gelb in New York, the AP reports.... More »

No One's Gotten a Pitchfork '10' Since Kanye in 2010. Until Now

Fiona Apple's new album gets first perfect score from music industry pub in almost a decade

(Newser) - Fiona Apple has been mostly out of the public eye for eight years, but the reclusive artist just came back with a big bang. So big, in fact, that Pitchfork felt compelled to give her new album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, a perfect score—its first in nearly a decade,... More »

Fallon Picks Perfect Sting Song for a Quarantine Remake

Used in the making of this 'Don't Stand So Close to Me' video: sneakers, scissors, and Connect 4

(Newser) - Like many late-night hosts contending with the coronavirus, Jimmy Fallon has been fulfilling his Tonight Show duties from the comfort of his own home , daughters and dog by his side. And like many Americans getting cabin fever, the 45-year-old is desperately seeking a bit of cheer amid the more sobering... More »

He Gave Us a Virus 'Anthem.' Now He's Gone

Soul singer Bill Withers of 'Lean on Me' fame was 81

(Newser) - Legendary soul singer Bill Withers died of heart complications this week at age 81, reports the AP . The three-time Grammy winner, known for 1970s classics like " Lean On Me ," " Ain't No Sunshine ," " Lovely Day ," and " Just the Two of Us ," was... More »

His Music Made This Scene Terrifying

Krzysztof Penderecki has died at 86

(Newser) - Krzysztof Penderecki, an award-winning conductor and one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical music composers whose works have featured in Hollywood films like The Shining and Shutter Island died Sunday. He was 86. In a statement emailed to the AP, the Ludwig van Beethoven Association said Penderecki had... More »

With 'Oprah's Bank Account,' a Record for Drake

Canadian rapper has his 208th song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

(Newser) - The cast of Glee had a good run, but Drake's now taking over. The AP reports that the Canadian rapper's latest single, "Oprah's Bank Account," performed with Lil Yachty and DaBaby, debuted at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his 208th... More »

To Make a Point, Eilish Sheds the Baggy Clothes

Singer critiques commentary on her body in world tour kickoff

(Newser) - Billie Eilish chose the kickoff of her world tour to address comments about her famously oversize clothes, and the body underneath. The singer, who turned 18 in December, has previously found issue with comments praising her clothes as a statement about the sexualization of women. Indeed, she's said such... More »

Last Member of the 'Classic Quartet' Is Dead at 81

McCoy Tyner's full-blooded playing gave post-bop its signature piano sound

(Newser) - McCoy Tyner is no more. The nimble and innovative jazz musician—called by one critic "the most influential pianist of his generation"—died Friday at home in Bergenfield, NJ. He was 81. Tyner will always be associated with John Coltrane's "classic quartet," which erupted in... More »

Taylor Swift Is, Literally, 'The Man'

Singer transforms in self-directed music video about gender inequality

(Newser) - Taylor Swift's new song "The Man" is a no-nonsense take on sexism, in which the singer envisions how life would be different if she were male. "If I was out flashin' my dollas, I'd be a b----, not a baller," she sings. As a man,... More »

Elvis Held This Record for 60 Years. Bieber Just Broke It

The Biebs claims 7th No. 1 album as solo artist at age 25; Presley was 26 when he did the same

(Newser) - Nearly six decades ago, Elvis Presley won bragging rights to an impressive feat: In 1961, with his Blue Hawaii album, the 26-year-old King became the youngest individual to have seven No. 1 albums on the US charts. The late legend's record just got smashed, however, at the hands of... More »

Rapper, 20, Murdered Days After Album Drops

Pop Smoke shot and killed in apparent home invasion

(Newser) - Up-and-coming rapper Pop Smoke was murdered early Wednesday in what TMZ describes as a home invasion in the Hollywood Hills. The rapper, born Bashar Jackson, was shot and killed around 4:30am when masked men broke into a home where a gathering had taken place, the outlet reports, citing law... More »

Exhibit on Ocean Pollution Leads to Big Shock for One Woman

German woman spots mixtape she lost 25 years ago—and it still works

(Newser) - If you're in your late 30s or older, you likely remember the unique joy that accompanied creating what we olds call a "mixtape." A German woman is now reliving that elation after she stumbled upon a mixtape she lost 25 years ago while on vacation in Spain.... More »

Loretta Lynn: They've Killed Country Music

But 'I'm here to start feeding it,' says 87-year-old

(Newser) - Country music is dead, according to a legend of the genre. "I think it's dead. I think it's a shame," Loretta Lynn tells fellow country singer Martina McBride on the latter's podcast Vocal Point , per People . "I'm getting mad about it. I am.... More »

'Game-Changer' Upends Old Story About Beethoven

The classical music giant could actually hear a little

(Newser) - Ludwig van Beethoven composed masterpieces while totally deaf, right? Well, hold that thought. New research into his so-called "conversation books" suggests Beethoven had a little hearing in his left ear until soon before he died in 1827, the Guardian reports. "This is going to send everybody scurrying to... More »

Spotify for Dogs Is Now a Thing

Music streaming service now offers podcasts, custom playlists for dogs, cats, and other pets

(Newser) - The real question is: Will the fish be able to hear it? If you've ever worried that your dog or cat might get lonely while you're at work, Spotify has come up with an official solution, per Reuters : pet-geared playlists and podcasts. After the company's research revealed... More »

Another 'Huge Honor' for Billie Eilish

18-year-old is youngest artist to record James Bond theme

(Newser) - Billie Eilish isn't done making history. The youngest person to be nominated in the four main Grammy categories in a single year, also the youngest to be named Billboard's Woman of the Year, is now the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme... More »

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