They’ve been Forbes’ highest-earning celebrity couple for the past two years (banking an estimated $95 million in 2013), but Beyonce and Jay Z’s reign in the pop culture world is about so much more than money.
On the first full song ("Influence") of Jurassic 5’s major label debut (2000’s “Quality Control”), the group claimed they could “rock shows with no rehearsal.” Recently, the L.A. hip-hop outfit—which fans know actually has six members—has taken that declaration to the extreme, reuniting after a six-year hiatus without missing a step.
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Kendrick Lamar's festival-closing Pitchfork set -- lifeless at times and a bad impression of a neo-soul concert at others.
It's not as if you really can hear what Meredith Graves is saying on Perfect Pussy's debut album "Say Yes to Love." But during Sunday afternoon's Pitchfork set (which was the same length as its 23-minute album), the New York band suffered from such sound issues that sometimes Graves couldn't be heard at all.
R&B singer SZA is keeping good company these days. Her latest EP, “Z,” features appearances from labelmate Kendrick Lamar and Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper, and recently she decamped to a studio with Coldplay singer Chris Martin, recording what she termed “beautiful sounds” for a project that’s still TBD.
Artists should only bow after a performance if they've earned it. Saturday night at Pitchfork, St. Vincent [bleeping] earned it.
Perhaps in a reference to Earl Sweatshirt's composed energy during his earlier set, Schoolboy Q made it clear that his show would be a chill-free zone by announcing, "This ain't gonna be one of these cool guy sets. I'm here to turn it up!"
American soul singer Fontella Bass, who topped the R&B chart in 1965 with the so...
American soul singer Fontella Bass, who topped the R&B chart in 1965 with the song "Rescue Me," died in St. Louis. She was 72.