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Why Concert Photographers Were Offended By The Killers’ On-Stage Pledge To “Take Care Of” Their Photographers

The Killers are among the acts who now only let their own photographers shoot their shows, one of many recent challenges facing the profession.
Dave Brooks/Billboard | December 12, 2017 - 4:24 pm

2015 In Review

Getting The Drop On Us: The Year In Surprise And/Or “Surprise” Releases

Here in the future, we now know Andy Warhol was right about everyone getting their 15 minutes of fame, but it comes with some unexpected…
Chris DeVille | December 29, 2015 - 11:23 am

2015 In Review

The Year Pop Stars Invaded Our Dating Apps

Jasmine stands in the parking lot wearing a white summer dress toward the end of season 1, episode 4 of Catfish. She's nervously chewing at…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | December 21, 2015 - 10:41 am

2015 In Review

Streaming War Pigs: Apple, Tidal, Spotify, & The Year In Music Services

In June 2015, a week before the official launch of Apple Music, I was given an in-depth pre-release demonstration of the new streaming service. I…
Michael Nelson | December 17, 2015 - 11:02 am

2015 In Review

If It Ain’t Bro, Don’t Fix It: The Year In Country Music

At the CMAs this year, the music industry made itself make history. After years of bro country dominance, with prized trophies going to dudes with…
Stephen Deusner | December 16, 2015 - 10:41 am

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After Empire: What’s The Future Of Hip-Hop On Scripted Television?

The recent announcement that Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson would be developing a single camera comedy called My Friend 50 for FOX was surprising for a…
Al Shipley | December 14, 2015 - 2:38 pm

2015 In Review

The Year In Bananas

It's been a lifetime since Gwen Stefani was chanting "B-A-N-A-N-A-S," even longer still since the Velvet Underground and Nico drew on Warhol's interpretation of the…
James Rettig | December 10, 2015 - 12:37 pm

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The 2016 Grammys Are Gonna Be Alright

This time last year we were perturbed with the Grammys for generating a slate of 2015 nominees that honored a bunch of mediocre white musicians…
Chris DeVille | December 7, 2015 - 2:29 pm

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Here’s Why I’d Hate A Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Last spring, a largely unrecognizable band calling itself Guns N' Roses did a nine-show residency in Las Vegas. At that point, six years had passed…
Michael Nelson | November 18, 2015 - 9:59 am

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Adele’s 25 Is Out In Two Weeks But No One Knows If It Will Be Streaming

Adele's "Hello" came out only 13 days ago, but you've probably heard it more than a hundred times already, even if you haven't consciously sought…
Michael Nelson | November 5, 2015 - 1:58 pm

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The Story Behind The Best Worst Soundtrack To The Best Worst Movie Ever Made

Written, directed, and produced in the mid 1960s by an El Paso fertilizer salesman named Harold P. Warren, Manos: The Hands Of Fate has developed…
Stephen Deusner | September 24, 2015 - 10:31 am

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How Five Finger Death Punch Got Huge By Writing Songs For Soldiers

If the Billboard Top 200 chart was still based on album sales alone, Five Finger Death Punch would have the #1 album in America right…
Phil Freeman | September 16, 2015 - 2:22 pm

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We Are Your Friends: The Stereogum Review

In 1963, American International Pictures released the first of the Beach Party movies, a series of films targeted toward teen audiences at a time when…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | August 28, 2015 - 12:16 pm

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The Streets Of A Runaway American Dream: Born To Run 40 Years Later

That harmonica peal. It is one of the all-time great opening moments of any album ever, up there with the guitar and deranged growl of…
Ryan Leas | August 25, 2015 - 1:23 pm

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Lifelong Dirtbag: The Eternal Importance Of Iron Maiden

This is a story about Iron Maiden. But before we talk about Iron Maiden, let's talk about Lady Gaga.
Michael Nelson | August 24, 2015 - 11:12 am
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