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Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Tops Billboard Hot 100…

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Lil Nas X’s breakout single “Old Town Road” has galloped to the top of the charts. The viral hit jumped from No. 15 to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, unseating Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.” The honor comes one day before the Atlanta native’s 20th birthday, and one week after the song lodged itself in my head and rudely refused to ...

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Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Debuts a…

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Billie Eilish has earned her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The full-length debut from the songwriter amassed 313,000 album-equivalent units in the week ending on April 4, according to Billboard and Nielsen Music. Of that total, 170,000 represent traditional album sales. This marks the second-biggest opening ...

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Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace Doc Producer Claims She Was Never…

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A producer who claims she managed the reassembling, editing, and screening of Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace concert film told Variety that she has not been paid for years of work. The producer, Chiemi Karasawa, has also filed an arbitration case against Amazing Grace’s co-director Alan Elliott seeking compensation. The long-awaited documentary was released today in Los Angeles and New York. “I’m saddened that it’s come to this point, but thrilled that the film ...

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Chicago to Sue Jussie Smollett For Costs of Investigation…

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Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse Chicago investigative costs and the city said Thursday it will sue the “Empire” actor for the money as reimbursement for investigating what officials say was phony racist, anti-gay attack that Smollett staged. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s law chief sent Smollett a March 28 letter demanding he pay $130,106 — plus ...

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YG Posts Tribute to Nipsey Hussle: “I’m Lost Homie”…

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Three days after Nipsey Hussle’s murder, YG has posted a tribute to the late rapper on Instagram. “Lost for words kuz i got so many of em 😢💙😔,” YG wrote. “We went thru so much shit together tryna make it out of LA with this rap shit, But we always got thru it then talked about it & after we talked. We laughed! You was a ...

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Watch Kamasi Washington’s New Short Film As Told To G/D Thyself…

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Kamasi Washington has released a short film titled AS TOLD TO G/D THYSELF featuring songs from his 2018 album Heaven and Earth. The Los Angeles saxophonist and composer co-directed the 22-minute piece as part of a newly formed five-member collective dubbed The Umma Chroma that includes Bradford Young, Terence Nance, Jenn Nkiru, and Marc Thomas. The film is currently available to stream on Apple Music after debuting at this year’s Sundance Film ...

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Queen Musical We Will Rock You to Relaunch With North American To…

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The Queen musical We Will Rock You is set to relaunch with a North American tour 17 years after the stage production first debuted at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2002. The show is set to kick off its upcoming concert series Sept. 3 in Winnipeg, Canada. Additional dates are scheduled for New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver and Toronto. ...

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Nipsey Hussle Remembered by Drake, Chance the Rapper, LeBron Jame…

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Nipsey Hussle died Sunday evening after being shot outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles, NBC and TMZ report. Tributes to the rapper quickly flooded social media, including notes from Drake, LeBron James, Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, Vince Staples, Raekwon, 21 Savage, and more. Read their remembrances below. Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was 33. Broke me…. we really fighting for our ...

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Tool Fan’s “AENIMA” License Plate Rejected by DMV…

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Yet another blow to American freedom: twenty years removed from MTV’s “Stinkfist” censorship, a humble Tool fan in California can’t even get a license plate dedicated to Ænima. The indignity was uncovered in yesterday’s Los Angeles report on rejected plate applications in 2018, obtained through a public records request. The driver wanted “AENIMA,” explaining, “The rock band Tool’s second album title from 1996.” The bureaucrat charged ...

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