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Brands going to music festivals need to hit the right notes

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The best non-music related activation at Coachella, the HP Antarctic Dome, gave festivalgoers a break from the heat and a trippy video experience, says the head of strategy of KidinaKorner.   People seeking a break from the heat (yes, the Antarctic is air conditioned) step inside a planetarium-style theater showcasing what can only be described…


Kendrick Lamar Walks Back Comment on Releasing More Music, Plugs Upcoming TDE Tour Instead

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Kendrick Lamar performs at Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2017 in Indio, Calif. After teasing that he had “more music” during his Instagram livestream at a DAMN. album signing in Compton on Thursday (April 20), Kendrick Lamar took to Twitter to set the record straight. “KenFolk. ThankU 4 the desire of always anticipating…


Technology’s pros and cons for music are clear to legendary producer Don Was

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“There’s a tremendous amount of inequity now for artists in the digital music world, and that’s a major concern,” says Blue Note Records honcho and bass guitarist Don Was. (Courtesy photo)   “There’s good and bad,” said Don Was, who is more qualified than most to discuss the pros and cons of technology in music….


The 12 Best Moments From Coachella Weekend One 2017

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Lady Gaga performs on the Coachella Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, Calif. Coachella Weekend 1 is officially a wrap but the memories of the desert wonderland are still fresh. With three top-notch headliners — Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar —…


Imagine Dragons striving for “more mature” sound on third album

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  Imagine Dragons ‘ new track “Believer” is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming third album, the follow-up to their 2015 sophomore effort,Smoke + Mirrors .  And as guitarist Wayne Sermon tells ABC Radio, the band felt that “Believer” was the “perfect way to start off this record cycle.” “I think it really reflects where…


The Story Behind The Kendrick Lamar And Rihanna Collaboration “LOYALTY.”

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  Of DAMN.’s 14 tracks — each one anxious, berserk, and beautifully intransigent in their own right — “LOYALTY.” might be the most measured: equal parts pop, funk, and brooding rap hymnal. “It’s so hard to be humble,” Rihanna intones across the song, which was co-produced by Terrace Martin, DJ Dahi, and in-house TDE beatmaker Sounwave. Like at several other…


Vinyl is vintage and the future, as new generation warms to an old music form

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Vinyl records lying around in your garage could be worth thousands. Vinyl LP sales reached 13 million in 2016, according to Nielsen. Vinyl records, which is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity that’s outstripping digital music growth, proves the adage that everything old is new again. Last year, Vinyl LP sales reached 13 million, according…


J. Cole, the Platinum Rap Dissident, Steps Back From the Spotlight

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Ask J. Cole about when he realized that the traditional life of a platinum rap star didn’t suit him and he’ll tell the story of the 2013 BET Awards, when a stylist dressed him in a loud Versace sweater that two other people ended up wearing on the red carpet. He’ll talk…


The Break Presents: Suicideboys

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    If a survey went around asking general hip-hop fans who some of the biggest duos and groups in hip-hop are right now, most answers would be pretty similar. Rae Sremmurd and Migos would be typical answers for a majority of people, but a duo that should also be mentioned is the $uicideboy$. The duo from…


Meet Ben Billion$, The Miami Chameleon Quietly Dominating The Airwaves

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Before he crafted chart-topping hits for The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Yo Gotti, Ben Diehl, better known as Ben Billion$, had already spent years in the studio. The Delaware-native moved to Miami in 2008 to pursue a degree in audio engineering, then worked for years behind the boards at the city’s legendary Circle House Studios. Unlike…