Pop Music

6 Pack Band – Hum Hain Happy [VIDEO]

1.2 million views in 48 hours. Pink News reports: India’s first trans pop band has released its début single. Hum Hain Happy is a Bollywood inspired cover of Pharrell Williams’ ridiculously catchy 2013 hit Happy. The band, who sing in Hinglish – a blend of Hindi and English – is comprised of six trans women from Mumbai, who were selected ...

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Coachella Announces 2016 Lineup

It’s a year of reunions for the headliners. Via Billboard: Coachella announced its official lineup for 2016 on Monday (Jan. 4), with headliners Guns N’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris atop the bill. The two-weekend festival is scheduled for April 15-17 and 22-24. A Guns N’ Roses reunion for the event had previously been confirmed to Billboard via multiple ...

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Singer Natalie Cole Dies At Age 65

Well, damn. Via the New York Daily News: Chart-topping R&B singer Natalie Cole, who followed her legendary father into the music business with hits like “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and “Unforgettable,” died at age 65. “Natalie Cole, sister beloved & of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace,” tweeted the Rev. Jesse Jackson on New Year’s ...

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Aretha Franklin Brings Down The House In Kennedy Center Honors Tribute To Carole King [VIDEO]

All hail the Queen of Soul! Hail, yeah. Carole King’s reactions are priceless. Vulture recaps: Aretha Franklin graced the Kennedy Center Honors stage to pay tribute to Carole King, one of six honorees this year. Aretha received that same honor more than two decades ago, but if you think she deserved it then, hoo boy, just look at her now: ...

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Spotify Hit With $150M Class Action Royalties Lawsuit

Vocativ reports: Spotify is facing a $150 million class action lawsuit—led by David Lowery, the frontman for the band Cracker—arguing that Spotify hasn’t been securing the proper licenses for all of the music it offers, and hasn’t been paying royalties to all deserving parties. Using his own tracks as examples, Lowery claims that Spotify has been willfully operating in this ...

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The Three Degrees – TSOP / Dirty Ol’ Man [VIDEO]

Backed by a full orchestra, 70s disco divas The Three Degrees performed a medley of their hits last week at the Max Proms in the Netherlands. The group is due to release a tribute to Philly soul/disco which includes covers of hits by The O-Jays, The Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and more. Their lineup ...

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Motörhead Founder Lemmy Dies At Age 70

Via the Guardian: Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer. The band announced on their Facebook page that Lemmy learned of the disease on 26 December, and was at home when he died. Lemmy, born Ian Fraser ...

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The Beatles: Now Streaming [VIDEO]

Long-awaited news for mop-top fans via Rolling Stone: The Beatles have announced they’ll activate their famous catalog on every on-demand streaming service, from Spotify to Apple Music, as of midnight on December 24th and the record business has one overwhelming reaction: What took them so long? “It’s surprising they didn’t do it this time last year,” says Terry McBride, manager ...

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Postmodern Jukebox – Last Christmas [VIDEO]

“Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox are ringing in the holidays with an Andrews Sisters-style cover of Last Christmas, the 1984 pop hit from English duo Wham! The video, which features vocalists Sara Niemietz, Cristina Gatti, Ariana Savalas and tap dancer Melinda Sullivan, can be seen below.”

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SYDNEY: Kylie Minogue Holiday Flash Mob [VIDEO]

Australians still love their flash mobs. Via the Daily Mail: Thousands flocked to Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach on Saturday to escape the searing heat, but were instead treated to a Christmas flash mob – hosted by two gloriously confident drag queens. Dancing to the tune of Kylie and Dannii Minogue’s latest single ‘100 degrees,’ bare-chested men and bikini-clad women wearing ...

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Steve Grand: All I Want For Christmas Is You [VIDEO]

Billboard interviewed Grand about the new single: Singer/songwriter Steve Grand delivered a last-minute Christmas gift on Monday (Dec. 21) with his new song and sexy video — a cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Grand — whose debut album All American Boy bowed at No. 3 on the Independent Albums chart earlier in 2015 — ...

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Adele: I Can’t Wait To Meet My Son’s Boyfriend

In her cover story interview with TIME Magazine, Adele looks forward to meeting her toddler son’s future girlfriend OR boyfriend. From the interview: Releasing the biggest album of the year comes along with a demanding promotional schedule, but Adele says having her son Angelo, 3, along for the ride actually helped. “The other day I was saying, ‘Oh God, I’m ...

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Squeeze – Cradle To The Grave [VIDEO]

Yes. Squeeze. Via Pop Matters: Legendary English pop band Squeeze released a new album, Cradle to the Grave, on November 27th and it’s their highest charting UK release to date, entering the charts at #12. Just goes to show that pop masters’ talents never dim and the record displays the band’s patented combination of memorable melodies and clever lyrics. “Cradle ...

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Sleater-Kinney – Rock Lobster [VIDEO]

Last night at Manhattan’s Terminal 5, Sleater-Kinney vocalist Carrie Brownstein brought out her Portlandia costar Fred Armisen to perform Fred Schneider’s parts in their terrific cover of the 1979 B-52s classic, Rock Lobster. More from Stereogum: Armisen took the role seriously, banging on a cowbell and wearing a salmon-colored sport coat and falling to the floor and pretending to swim ...

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Shirley Bassey & BLAKE- The Christmas Song [VIDEO]

“Dame Shirley Bassey & vocal trio BLAKE release their unique festive single ‘The Christmas Song’ on December 18th.”

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Cyndi Lauper – Hard Candy Christmas [AUDIO]

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hearing Cyndi Lauper perform this Dolly Parton classic at her annual Home For The Holidays concert for homeless LGBT kids. Cyndi has now released the track. Rolling Stone reports: While recording her upcoming country album in Nashville, Cyndi Lauper’s hotel featured an inspirational phrase above the artwork. In lights, it said, “What Would ...

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Twisted Sister Turns On Trump

A couple of weeks ago Twisted Sister granted Donald Trump permission to use their 80s anthem We’re Not Gonna Take It at his campaign rallies. Now lead singer Dee Snyder is rethinking things in the wake of Trump’s proposed Muslim ban. “What’s going on now is really making me question allowing the song to continue to be used,” Snider said ...

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Madonna Sings Imagine In Paris [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Madonna stepped off the stage after her Paris concert on Wednesday night and headed to another performance. But unlike her sold-out show at the AccorHotels Arena, this one had just a small crowd of onlookers, swaying and snapping photos with their cell phones. It started with an announcement the Material Girl sent to fans on Twitter, inviting them ...

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Pharma Douche Spends $2M On Rap Album (Because Nobody Else Will Be Able To Have It)

He really loves being America’s most notorious douchebag. Pitchfork reports: Last month, reports emerged that Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, had been sold for “millions.” Now, Bloomberg has revealed the buyer’s identity: Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli. Shkreli is the former hedge fund manager (and Collect Records associate) who made headlines this year for increasing ...

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Swag Tuesday: Encyclopedia Madonnica 20

For today’s Swag Tuesday, my buddy Matt Rettenmund has provided us with three copies of the 20th anniversary updated edition of his smash 1995 book, Encyclopedia Madonnica. From the description: Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 by BoyCulture.com’s Matthew Rettenmund is the 20th-anniversary revision of the definitive book on all things Madonna. Covering everything from birth to “Bitch I’m Madonna,” the 584-page, full-color ...

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