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The 12 greatest albums about Los Angeles, California

LA albums
Los Angeles has been a hugely significant breeding ground for a diverse number of genres over the years. Many a musician has found their muse, enjoyed their big break or delivered a career-defining moment while holed up in the bright and shining metropolis on the West Coast. The City of Angels has had a huge bearing on the development of modern...

The 10 most iconic headline sets in Reading & Leeds festival history

The story of Reading and Leeds festival is an intriguing one. It's the longest-running popular music festival on the planet, appearing first in 1961 and weathering just about every trend music has thrown at it. In the '70s and '80s, British rock and metal (Whitesnake, Yes) reigned supreme. In the '90s, the US dominated as some of their biggest exports...

Stream the Beyoncé-curated ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album

Beyoncé has released ‘The Lion King: The Gift’, an album inspired by Disney’s new remake of the 1994 animated classic, The Lion King. The 27-track record was curated and executive-produced by Beyoncé, who voices Nala in the film. The LP features the previously released single ‘Spirit’, as well as appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Tierra Whack,...

New study claims listening to heavy metal can cause bad driving

Corey Taylor of Slipknot
A new study testing the effects of driving while listening to music claims that heavy metal can cause bad driving. Read more: 100 greatest heavy metal albums Ran by IAM Roadsmart and motor magazine Auto Express, the experiment set out to analyse driver behaviour and safety while listening to various types of music. The study compared tracks from Slipknot ('(sic)'), Taylor Swift ('Shake It...

Kendrick Lamar signs new long-term deal with BMI

Kendrick Lamar live
Kendrick Lamar has signed a new performing rights deal with BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc). The US rapper, whose last full-length album 'DAMN' was released in 2017, was previously signed to publishers Warner/Chappell Music. Now, he's confirmed a long-term deal with the huge performing rights organisation – who also represent the likes of Rihanna and Post Malone. BMI released a statement yesterday (April 29)...

New Kendrick Lamar snippet appears to hear him take shots at Big Sean

A snippet has surfaced online that appears to hear Kendrick Lamar taking shots at Big Sean. Rumours of a rift between the two have existed for quite some time. Whether it was Kendrick's highly lauded verse on 'Control', where he shared the stage with Sean but threw friendly jabs at him and half of the industry, or the lyrical content on 'The...

Here’s what Beyoncé, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and more look like as reimagined ’80s music stars

Cardi B / Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar
An Instagram illustrator has earned viral acclaim for his inventive style of music-themed artwork, which imagines the likes of Beyoncé, Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar as '80s stars. Born in Colombia and based in Melbourne, Australia, Fulvio Alejandro Obregon started his 'The 2080s: Past Is The Future' series at the turn of the year, and has been posting the results on his...

Kendrick Lamar and SZA won’t perform at the 2019 Oscars

SZA and Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar and SZA have decided not to perform their Oscar-nominated song 'All The Stars' at this Sunday's Academy Awards. The Black Panther-featuring track is one of five songs up for consideration in the Best Original Song category, with the likes of Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson also being nominated. Traditionally, the five nominees in the category are invited to perform...

Glastonbury 2019: headliners rumours, bookies odds and everything we know so far

Glastonbury
Glastonbury 2019 is set to take place from June 26-30 2019. With all tickets now sold out (the April re-sale's your last chance, folks), we've rounded up all the rumours, confirmed slots and more, for your essential guide to what to expect. What's the latest? The Cure and The Killers top the bookies' odds as favourites to headline Interpol, Childism...

Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and Drake reportedly turn down performances at 2019 Grammys

Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Childish Gambino all turned down offers to perform at the 2019 Grammys, it has been reported. The annual music awards ceremony will take place on Sunday (February 10), with all three up for numerous awards. Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, however, told the New York Times that, despite having nearly 20 nominations between them, all three stars...