Alicia Keys Namedrops Nietzsche in Wild PR Conference for Jay Z's Tidal

TIDAL, Jay Z's illuminati zone for streaming internet music, launched today, and the press conference might well have been absurdist performance art, some kind of corporate-monied Fluxus play, down to the noodling saxophone soundtrack that seemed piped straight from John Zorn's brain. Or, alternately, Alicia Keys… » 3/30/15 5:50pm Yesterday 5:50pm

L. Ron Hubbard Chic & Rihanna in Money Green at the iHeartRadio Awards

There is nothing more boss than singing a song about getting money wearing a kelly-green muppet fur jacket and an emerald Versace nameplate necklace, but we can't all be Rihanna. At Sunday's iHeart Radio Awards, music stars and those peripherally related as such used the opportunity to dress baller-casual, plus the… » 3/30/15 5:10pm Yesterday 5:10pm

Fifth Harmony Boss Up In Their 'Worth It' Video

Fifth Harmony is about their business in the video for "Worth It," a song that falls somewhere in the lineage of Beyoncé's "Ego" and Alicia Keys' "A Woman's Worth." » 3/30/15 12:50pm Yesterday 12:50pm

Fall in Love With Elisha Cuthbert in This New Little Brutes Video

"Make Our Own Way" by Los Angeles duo Little Brutes has been on heavy personal rotation since their Desire EP dropped in January: it's gumption and self-determination interpreted through simple pop lines, minimal handclaps and tambourines. It's also on heavy TV rotation, as the theme song for the new NBC sitcom One… » 3/30/15 10:10am Yesterday 10:10am

Iggy Azalea, Deciphered

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a short Vine clip of Iggy Azalea rapping in her very own special language, lost footage apparently from a 2013 concert called Live Splash. A full version of that video floated across our timelines today and honestly, I'm not sure why people are having such a hard time deciphering it. » 3/27/15 1:50pm Friday 1:50pm

Y/N: McDonald's Sells Artificial Love Via Ne-Yo

Weekly-ish, a pre-approved, snap-judged music guide based on our very scientific, non-subjective Yes/No rating system. There's really no debating this, come on, stop. » 3/26/15 7:50pm Thursday 7:50pm

Rihanna FINALLY Premieres 'Bitch Better Have My Money'

Rihanna's new single has finally dropped, and it's great. (Rihanna would never make us wait this long for something that wasn't.) "Bitch Better Have My money" is probably going to be your new summer jam/drunken club turnup anthem. » 3/26/15 1:30pm Thursday 1:30pm

Rihanna Tricked Us.

After all the hoo-ha, Rihanna hath unleashed but a snippet of "Bitch Better Have My Money," the new single we all stayed up past our bedtimes to cop. Annoyingly, you must download the app Dubsmash, from iTunes, to get about ten seconds of the song's Intro and Outro—the latter of which has Rihzus singing "moo-la-la"… » 3/26/15 9:52am Thursday 9:52am

Freedom Song: A Conversation About the State of Black Liberation Music

In the lyric pamphlet to Black Messiah, D'Angelo's third album after 14 years away from the spotlight, the soul-savant explains his reasoning behind its title and sudden release: "Some will jump to the conclusion that I am calling myself a Black Messiah," he begins. "For me the title is about all of us...It's about… » 3/25/15 4:34pm 3/25/15 4:34pm

Ester Dean Combats Ain't-Shit Dudes On Her New EP

The opening song on Ester Dean's new EP, Miss Ester Dean, is a jam about stealing a crap dude's ex-girlfriend. "How he let a bad motherfucker like you go?" she wonders. It's a good question. Not only is it bigging up a quote-unquote "cold ass bitch," it's also Ester showing off her mack prowess by floating off with… » 3/24/15 9:30pm 3/24/15 9:30pm

Watch Goapele's Breathtaking Video Tribute to Abused Women

Goapele's video for "Stronger Than Glass," a song written by Estelle, is a testament to fortitude in the face of domestic violence. » 3/24/15 11:30am 3/24/15 11:30am

Watch FKA twigs Do a Legendary Magic Trick From Her Womb in New Video

For brand-new single "Glass & Patron," House Mother-in-training FKA twigs brings some real-deal voguing into her zone, perhaps the first instance of real-deal voguing in a mainstream video since Madonna's "Vogue." (The occasional suicide dip in the odd Lady Gaga or Christina Milian video doesn't quite grapple up to… » 3/24/15 10:45am 3/24/15 10:45am

MIA On Diplo Trying To Control Her Early Career: 'He Was Just Jealous'

This week marks the ten-year anniversary of MIA's Arular, an album which quite literally changed pop music and presaged the way the internet would create an avenue for marginalized genres across the globe to thrive outside their communities. Of course, part of this is due to MIA's collaboration with Diplo, who only… » 3/20/15 1:50pm 3/20/15 1:50pm

Nile Rodgers' Chic Drops 1st Video in 20 Years, Starring Karlie Kloss

Nile Rodgers' legendary disco-soul band Chic has reunited, but "I'll Be There," the group's first single and video in 20 years, is like they never left. Pulling Kimberly Davis and Folami's super-slick vocals over that indelible, driving disco lifeforce that is Rodgers' guitar style, the group is clearly making good on… » 3/20/15 12:50pm 3/20/15 12:50pm

Here's Definitive Proof that J.Lo is the Queen of the Universe

Last night on American Idol, judge Jennifer Lopez debuted her new song, "Feel the Light," from the soundtrack to the animated kid's film Home. It's an inspirational ballad that demonstrated that the vocal coach from her HBO special should probably get a raise. J.Lo began with a piano accompaniment and a gorgeous,… » 3/20/15 10:30am 3/20/15 10:30am

Tokyo Fashion Week is Ruling My Entire Life Right Now

Just a few days in, and Tokyo Fashion Week has already totally inspired me to throw out my entire closet and start dressing like a '70s woodland nymph, or a gothic fox, or a happy yellow lamb. It is like a self-refilling candy dish and its contents get you your life. There was so much more superlative excellence on… » 3/19/15 11:01pm 3/19/15 11:01pm

Y/N: Can You Get Through Watching This Meghan Trainor Video?

Weekly-ish, a pre-approved, snap-judged music guide based on our very scientific, non-subjective Yes/No rating system. There's really no debating this, come on, stop. » 3/19/15 10:45pm 3/19/15 10:45pm

We Suffered Through the Drake Concert Documentary That Drake Hates

Perhaps to be a famous rapper these days is to invariably end up a punchline. Kanye, Wayne, Rick Ross, Big Sean; entire subgenres of humor, Twitter memes and jokes are attached to all of them. Fame requires celebrities to possess more emotional stamina than the rest of us on a good day, but I don't think any of these… » 3/19/15 4:45pm 3/19/15 4:45pm

Hear Two New Songs by Rihanna; Glorious, Glorious Rihanna

Rihzus Godsend Fenty has been doing the press rounds of late promoting Home, the animated children's film which cast her as the voice of the main character and forced her to be in the same room with Jim Parsons. She's also been slowly releasing the songs that she recorded for the soundtrack, which I present to you… » 3/19/15 2:10pm 3/19/15 2:10pm

Bluesy Kelly Clarkson Covers Tracy Chapman's 'Give Me One Reason'

Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" has never lacked grit or soul so it seems only natural that Kelly Clarkson—with just the perfect amount of roughness in her voice—would transform the song into a blues number that would feel right at home at your local county fair. » 3/19/15 12:00am 3/19/15 12:00am