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The ‘Renaissance’ Era

Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance is one of her most ambitious albums yet. On this...

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Into It: The Business of Beyoncé

Subscribe to Into It with Sam Sanders Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://bit.ly/3vE4jqf Listen...

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"It's About Damn Time" for Another Lizzo #1

In the middle of a long, hot summer 2022, the people have spoken, and the people want to dance....

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Elvis, Big Mama Thornton, Doja Cat, and the Long Legacy of “Hound Dog”

Baz Luhrmann’s hit box office hit biopic Elvis has spurred new interest in the music of The...

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We Won’t Go Back: Pop Music and the Fight For Reproductive Rights (w MILCK and Ann Powers)

On June 24th 2022 the Supreme Court decided Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization,...

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Harry and the Sledgehammer Horns

As we hit the dog days of summer, the artist that’s started to soundtrack pool parties...

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ICYMI: The 90s’ Most Unlikely Hit (with Baz Luhrmann)

In 1999 filmmaker Baz Luhrmann released the song “Everybody’s Free To Wear...

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Beyoncé's House

The world stops with a Beyoncé drop. On Monday, June 20th, our prayers were answered with...

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Robert Glasper on jazz, basketball, and his score for "Winning Time"

Robert Glasper is the only artist to have an album debut in the top 10 of 4 different Billboard...

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Scoring Stranger Things with Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

We recently deconstructed how Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” has...

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Kate Bush, Stranger Things, and a hit song four decades in the making

Kate Bush’s “running up that hill” has soared up the charts, performing better...

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So your song went viral on TikTok. What’s next?

There's been a meme circulating: pop stars lamenting making TikTok videos that labels force them...

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The 1980s jam that gave Latto and Mariah Carey Big D*** Energy

If you've heard Latto's swaggering track "Big Energy"—and after 30 weeks on the Hot 100,...

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Kendrick Lamar and the big samples

It’s been five years since Kendrick Lamar released his Pulitzer winning album DAMN. Having...

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Modern Classics: PJ Morton on Stevie Wonder & Nas

PJ Morton is one of the hardest-working musicians on the scene today. Maybe you’ve seen him...

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Will Ukraine win Eurovision 2022?

Greece, Spain, UK, Sweden, Italy and Ukraine are the frontrunners in the 2022 Eurovision...

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Belle and Sebastian on the value of staying "young and stupid"

Belle and Sebastian released the first album Tigermilk in 1996, and they’ve released eight...

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The New Alternative

In March 2022 an unusual entry made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 90s grunge band Nirvana...

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Jumpstarting the creative process with Allison Ponthier

Allison Ponthier knows that the hardest part of making anything is getting started. For the New...

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A Higher Power Ballad

There was something different about Justin Bieber’s performance of his hit song...

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