Review: Richard Swift’s ‘The Hex’ Is a Gorgeous Parting Gift

Review: Richard Swift’s ‘The Hex’ Is a Gorgeous Parting Gift

Richard Swift — a prolific sideman and producer who spooned instant-vintage stardust onto records and live performances by the Black Keys, the Shins and more — completed this gorgeous solo LP just weeks before his alcoholism-related death in July. “I don’t know…

R&B’s Been Taking Cues From Rap for 20 Years. Now, a Few Singers Are Bringing Its Soul Back

R&B’s Been Taking Cues From Rap for 20 Years. Now, a Few Singers Are Bringing Its Soul Back

During the 50-odd years that R&B was a central force in pop culture, no other genre celebrated as many fine gradations of the human voice. Few acts could match Otis Redding’s volcanic ache; Smokey Robinson’s exquisite falsetto communicated unrivaled fragility; Aretha Franklin…

Former X Factor star Chico has suffered a stroke

Former X Factor star Chico has suffered a stroke

Former The X Factor and Dancing On Ice star Chico has suffered a stroke. A representative for the entertainer, whose real name is Yousseph Slimani, issued a statement confirming the news. “We can confirm that Chico has sadly suffered a stroke,” a…

Nick Cannon Responds to Kanye West's Rant: 'You Not Going to Tell Me What I Can & What I Can't Say'

Nick Cannon Responds to Kanye West's Rant: 'You Not Going to Tell Me What I Can & What I Can't Say'

Nick Cannon is speaking up after Kanye West‘s social media rant. On Thursday, the “I Love It” rapper addressed rumors through an Instagram video post that Kim Kardashian West had previously hooked up with Drake — a rumor which she had already publicly denied — and told…

Hear Lin-Manuel Miranda Celebrate Puerto Rico on ‘A Forgotten Spot’

Hear Lin-Manuel Miranda Celebrate Puerto Rico on ‘A Forgotten Spot’

Lin-Manuel Miranda gathered some of the most prominent Puerto Rican musicians for the latest installment in his monthly Hamildrop series, “A Forgotten Spot (Olvidado).” The track arrives a little over a year after Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico and it’s meant to…

Kelly Clarkson Blasts iHeartRadio for Not Playing Her Music

Kelly Clarkson Blasts iHeartRadio for Not Playing Her Music

Kelly Clarkson took a shot at iHeartRadio today, tweeting that the network of more than 800 radio stations doesn’t play her songs — or at least not her new one. The remark was in response to a message in which iHeart congratulated Clarkson…

Was Kanye West Set Off by Drake’s Diss on New Track with Khloe Kardashian’s Ex French Montana?

Was Kanye West Set Off by Drake’s Diss on New Track with Khloe Kardashian’s Ex French Montana?

The feud between Kanye West and Drake is far from over! On Thursday, French Montana, who famously dated Khloe Kardashian, released a new track titled “No Stylist” featuring Drake. On it, the 31-year-old Canadian rapper savagely dissed West, 41. “I told her don’t…

James Brown's Daughter Venisha Brown Dies at 53: 'My Heart Is Broken'

James Brown's Daughter Venisha Brown Dies at 53: 'My Heart Is Broken'

Venisha Brown, daughter of soul singers James Brown and Yvonne Fair, died Wednesday. She was 53. Brown died after suffering complications with pneumonia at Augusta University Health Medical Center in Georgia. Like her father, she was also a songwriter and musician and…

Noah Cyrus Tears, Pizzaslime $12,000 Bottle from Crying

Noah Cyrus Tears, Pizzaslime $12,000 Bottle from Crying

Ariana Grande has no tears left to cry, but Noah Cyrus sure does. And what is the “Stay Together” singer doing with said tears? Oh, just selling them for over $10,000. The 18-year-old musician teamed up with Pizzaslime to create a line…