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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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How sound becomes hearing

We love listening to music at a ridiculous level of detail. But the other day we heard a podcast...

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Listening 2 Britney: Gimme More

There’s no more iconic Britney lyric than the opening of “Gimme More.” It's...

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Listening 2 Britney: Toxic

In 2003 Britney Spears released “Toxic,” a song that would make converts out of pop...

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Listening 2 Britney: I'm a Slave 4 U

In the first three years of Britney Spears’ pop music career, she released annual,...

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Listening 2 Britney: ...Baby One More Time

On a crisp Autumn morning in 1998, the world was introduced to the voice of Britney Spears, and...

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Chartbreakers (ft. Megan Thee Stallion and the Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Presenting Chartbreakers, in which Nate and Charlie listen to the Billboard Hot 100 chart from...

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Leon Bridges and Khruangbin Sing a Song of Texas

Leon Bridges is the soul singer hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, who burst onto the music scene in...

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Shaking Out the Numb with Sylvan Esso

The last proper, blowout concert Charlie attended was devastatingly long ago, back in the winter...

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