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2016 In Review

In A Tumultuous 2016, Sampled Music Showed History Repeating

The first time I heard "Be Yourself," I couldn't help but laugh because of the haunting sentiment that an older maternal figure was commanding me…
Margaret Farrell | December 19, 2016 - 10:35 am

Best Covers

21 Covers Of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” Rated

There's a paradox with some artists -- the legends who stand apart from so much of pop music history in such a way that would…
Ryan Leas | September 23, 2015 - 12:20 pm

More Nina Simone stories

Stream JAY-Z 4:44

The hyphen is back, baby, and after a few weeks of teasing, JAY-Z's mysterious new project 4:44 is finally out in the world. It's not…
Peter Helman | June 30, 2017 - 12:06 am

Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Adele Live In New York City, What Happened, Miss Simone? Nomimated For Emmy Awards

The nominations for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today. While (obviously) most of the honorees are in the television realm, a few…
James Rettig | July 14, 2016 - 12:14 pm

Watch Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone In First Nina Trailer

There has been controversy surrounding the Nina Simone biopic Nina ever since rumors surfaced about it over six years ago. In 2010, Mary J. Blige…
Collin Robinson | March 2, 2016 - 12:09 pm

Oscars’ Documentary Short List Includes Amy Winehouse, Laurie Anderson, Nina Simone Films

After a preliminary round of voting, The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has revealed a short list of 15 documentaries currently in the…
Peter Helman | December 1, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Chilly Gonzales Explains The Appeal Of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Chilly Gonzales has just shared the latest in his increasingly prolific Pop Music Masterclass video series. This one sees him deconstructing "Don't Let Me Be…
James Rettig | November 11, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Watch Solange & Dev Hynes Reconcile At FYF Fest

One of the first projects that revealed Dev Hynes as a mastermind producer/collaborator was Solange's 2012 True EP. About a year after that EP came…
Caitlin White | August 24, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Watch Ms. Lauryn Hill Cover Nina Simone On The Tonight Show

Lauryn Hill has been in the music-business wilderness for more than a decade, and she only very rarely gives televised performances. (There was a Beatles
Tom Breihan | July 31, 2015 - 9:35 am

Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair” (Nina Simone Cover)

Netflix will release the original Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, this Friday, and we've already heard a series of songs off the accompanying…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 23, 2015 - 10:15 am

Ms. Lauryn Hill – “I’ve Got Life” (Nina Simone Cover)

Next week, the Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? is coming to Netflix, and shortly thereafter, RCA will be releasing a companion Simone tribute…
Peter Helman | June 20, 2015 - 11:44 am

Lauryn Hill – “Feeling Good” (Nina Simone Cover)

In a little over a week, Netflix is premiering its original Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? To accompany that release, a number of…
Peter Helman | June 17, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Watch The Trailer For Netflix’s Nina Simone Documentary

Nina Simone died in 2003, but her voice continues to echo into the present. There are dozens of examples of contemporary songs that sample Simone's…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | April 29, 2015 - 12:57 pm

Landlady & Rubblebucket – “Be My Husband” (Nina Simone Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Landlady (pictured) and Rubblebucket are about to head out on tour together in support of their respective albums Upright Behavior and Survival Sounds. To mark…
Chris DeVille | October 20, 2014 - 11:19 am

Xiu Xiu – “Just Say I Love Him” (Nina Simone Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

"Just Say I Love Him" is another cut from Xiu Xiu's upcoming Nina Simone covers album. We've already heard his rendition of "Don't Smoke In
Claire Lobenfeld | October 25, 2013 - 10:55 am