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Wedded Bliss: Bat For Lashes On Becoming ‘The Bride’


by Hazel Cills 6/27/2016 On a cool night in June, a crowd has gathered at Music Hall of Williamsburg to witness a holy matrimony. We’ve been instructed to dress in proper wedding attire; a few attendees comply, wearing vintage wedding dresses, flower crowns, and boutonnieres pinned to their suits. Tiny …

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Rihanna Is In Full Ballad Mode On New Song ‘Sledgehammer’


by Sasha Geffen 6/27/2016 The summer of Rihanna keeps rolling in. This time, she’s back with a powerful new ballad for the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack. On “Sledgehammer,” Rihanna flexes those vocal chops we heard at her Billboard Music Awards performance. She’s in full-blown ballad mode courtesy of Sia, who …

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Alicia Keys Was A One-Woman Band At The BET Awards


by Sasha Geffen 6/27/2016 Alicia Keys doesn’t need a backup band. She’s got her whole live set under control all by herself. At the BET Awards last night (June 26), Keys performed her new single, “In Common,” without a backup musician in sight. [Note: BET and MTV News are both …

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Harry Styles Apparently Just Signed A Solo Record Deal


by Sasha Geffen 6/24/2016 Though it’s rumored that Niall Horan will be the first member of One Direction to put out a solo album, his bandmate Harry Styles might not be too far behind. Billboard reports that Styles has inked a solo deal with Columbia Records, the same label that …

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Kid Cudi Samples An Iconic Tupac Line For His Latest Release


by Adam Fleischer 6/24/2016 With two albums reportedly planned for this year, Kid Cudi has been whetting his fans’ appetites with occasional, surprise one-off releases. In March, Cudder dropped “The Frequency” and followed that up the next month with the Mike Will Made It–produced “All In.” Overnight, he continued the …

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