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To be an R&B fan in 2015 was to be delighted, bewildered, mind-blown and overwhelmed. Before the year even began, D’Angelo released Black Messiah, his endlessly anticipated follow-up to 2000’s Voodoo, almost by surprise. The album's accolades and swirling brain-drain were well-deserved—but it was also a waving flag that signified a very good upcoming year for the genre. It certainly didn’t hurt that Jodeci, the forefathers of R&B’s rap-hybridization, announced only a week later...
R. Kelly is one of the greatest living R&B singers. He is also a sexual predator. We have seen the evidence. We have read the testimony, not just from the women who accused Kelly, but from Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jim DeRogatis, who broke the story and continued to report on it for fifteen years. We know. Whether or not he's been convicted of the numerous, predatory crimes against young women of which he's been accused,...
On Monday, Lena Dunham was interviewed by Marc Maron for his WTF podcast (listen to the entire, excellent interview here), and the two spoke about the recent allegations against Woody Allen, and also about the larger issue of whether or not it's possible to ever separate art from its creator. This interview comes directly on the heels of new accusations of sexual misconduct against photographer Terry Richardson, an Ethicist column in the New York...
Last week, we analyzed and shared results from a map depicting the bands and musicians that Americans love as organized by state. New York came out looking pretty cool because we happen to love British musician James Blake so much, but others, like Wisconsin and their love of Hinder, were not so lucky.  Accordingly, someone on Tumblr had to respond. Engineer Randal Cooper used Spotify to figure out which artists each state hated/ignored by cross referencing a...

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