Prince Harry's friend, singer Joss Stone has been criticised for defending the niqab — a face-covering veil worn by some Muslim women. The 32-year-old posted a picture of herself wearing a pink one while on tour in Saudi Arabia. 'The women here are strong and exercising their choice to be free, wear what they want and do what they want,' she wrote. Her fans' disapproval flooded in, with one fuming: 'The niqab is not a symbol of a free, powerful woman, it is one of oppression. Western liberal progressives and feminists are falsely portraying it as something beautiful and powerful.'
Two weeks ago, The New York Times Magazine published an explosive report detailing hundreds of thousands of recordings that Universal Music Group believed were lost in a 2008 warehouse fire at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, unbeknownst to the artists themselves. The vault in question stored master tapes for a tragic number of the 20th century's most popular musicians, from Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin to Tupac Shakur and Nirvana. The list of the warehouse's contents was sourced from UMG's own internal documents tracking the extent of the damage, for the purpose of insurance settlements and a lawsuit against the warehouse's then-landlord NBCUniversal. Today the magazine published an expanded
A 16-year mystery isn't ending well for someone.
This version of the frenetic metal song will have you humming along.System of a Down's "Chop Suey" turned into "happy acoustic" song: Watch Spencer Kaufman
SALT LAKE CITY — Robert Downey Jr.'s time as Iron Man might be over, but his legacy has left a major impact on younger generations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with A.V. Club, Jon Favreau — who directed the first two “Iron Man” films and appears as Happy Hogan in "Avengers: Endgame" — said he would like to see Downey step behind the camera as a director and mentor, a role he already fills in an "informal" capacity. “He has such great knowledge, and when he's on a set as an actor he's not just being an actor,” Favreau said. “Maybe he would take a shot and help mentor some younger actors throughout. He already does it informally off screen, but to be a director, too, I think
After just a year in business, Billy Blue Records scores a major coup in the bluegrass community by signing the legendary Doyle Lawson, Billboard has learned exclusively. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver make their bow on the label with Live in Prague, Czech Republic, due Aug. 30. The 14-song set was recorded live before a sold-out crowd at Dlabacov Hall in downtown Prague. “It's a pretty good way to celebrate a one-year anniversary,” says Billy Blue A&R/creative director Jerry Salley, who launched the label on June 13, 2018, in partnership with Daywind Music Group. “Doyle and I have been dear friends for nearly 30 years. He's a legend. He's in the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame,” Salley says. “It absolutely
In the world of modern French house music, Philippe "Zdar" Cerboneschi wasn't just a key player -- he was the headmaster of the movement. The producer made tragic headlines last week when it was reported he accidentally fell out of the window of a Paris building and died on June 20. Sadder still is that he was only a couple of days away from one of the biggest weekends of his career, involving the release of a new LP from his longtime outfit Cassius called Dreems, as well as an anticipated appearance as part of a French music festival in Central Park. Zdar had another reason to celebrate this past weekend, as it marked the release of the excellent new album from Hot Chip, A Bath Full of Ecstasy, with which he played a key role as co-producer alongside future-soul astro traveler Rodaidh McDonald (the xx, Sampha).
Beatles-lovers, earmuffs. Because Drake has just achieved one of greatest feats of his career, and has clocked in more top 10 songs in Billboard's Hot 100's than the Fab Four. Yup, coming out at #7 for this week of Billboard's Hot 100's, Drake's new song “Money In The Grave,” featuring Rick Ross, is Drizzy's 35th song to make the Top 10, sliding passed The Beatles' 34. See also Drake released the song, as promised, after the Toronto Raptors historic championship win. And perhaps most impressive? This means that Drake officially has the second-most Top 10 songs of any other artist since the Hot 100 began six decades ago, bumping The Beatles down to #3. Madonna sits in the #1 seat, with 38. Here's
MySpace workers abused a company tool called 'Overlord' to read users' messages and even see their passwords about during the platform's heyday, a new report reveals. The tool was originally developed to moderate the platform, help comply with law enforcement, and execute copyright take-down. But according interviews with former employees of the platform, published in Motherboard this week, it was misused in the mid-2000s. One Myspace employee described the tool as the 'entire backdoor to the Myspace platform.' In certain cases, that misuse involved spying on exes according to one anonymous former employee interviewed by Motherboard. 'The tool was used to gain access to a boyfriend/girlfriend's
The wait is just about over for The Black Keys. Five years after releasing Turn Blue, the no frills rock duo is ready to unwrap their 9th studio album Let's Rock. The title seems straightforward enough for a band that creates music with fuzzy, distorted guitars and tight grooves, and it is a good description of what lies within. But there's a story behind the title and album art, which features an electric chair. Frontman Dan Auerbach says the concept was inspired by the last words of a convicted murderer who was executed in Nashville as the band started working on the album. Auerbach read about it online and the story stuck with him for months. “It's just absurd enough that it works, especially
Straight out of the heart of South Africa comes an emerging male hip-hop artist 21 year old Joss Austin. He's recently signed a deal with TMS Entertainment which is founded by Sashin Govender, better known as The Millionaire Student. Despite only meeting each other in 2019, founder and CEO of TMS Entertainment identified with Joss's South African history and furthermore couldn't deny his musical talent. Originally from Durban, South Africa, Joss has been slowly breaking into the music scene since his teen years. Though he started out pursuing pop music, he's now fully transitioned into a unique rap and hip-hop style of music, making it his own. Joss has been compared to Post Malone, but truthfully,
Alongside a new content update for patch 9.30, Fortnite's new event--14 Days of Summer--is now live. Despite the name, it runs for three weeks and, among other things, consists of new challenges being introduced each day for the first two weeks, for a total of 14. The first of these can now be completed, and it asks players to dance at different beach parties. It's a simple task on the surface, because it simply involves going to a location and performing an emote for a brief moment. But as is often the case with this style of challenge, Epic Games provides no in-game guidance on where the beach parties are located; they're completely new and not listed on the map, and there's no real rhyme or
CHRISTOPHER Meloni has segued from “Happy!” to the dystopian bleakness of “The Handmaid's Tale.” Wednesday's episode of the Hulu drama series, entitled “Household,” introduces Meloni's alter-ego, Commander George Winslow, one of Gilead's most powerful men who's based in Washington, DC with his wife Olivia (Elizabeth Reaser) and their six “children.” Winslow takes a shine to Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), who travels to DC with his wife, Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski), to negotiate the return of their “daughter” Nicole — smuggled out of Gilead to Canada with help from her birth mother, June (series star Elisabeth Moss). “You are now going to be introduced to the chain of power and
Separately, Ozuna and Anuel AA have gone through difficult situations, giving them good reason to join forces and work on a new song called "Cambio," released Tuesday afternoon (June 25). The new single is divided into two parts. First, it starts as a trap song in which Ozuna and Anuel send a clear message through a lyric that talks about the people from the past who approach them because they have fame and money. But suddenly, the song takes an unexpected turn and becomes a danceable reggaeton tune that leaves behind all drama and describes how they enjoy life. "It's always a pleasure to work with my bro, Anuel," Ozuna tells Billboard. "Cambio was born from our personal experiences and today