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Universal Ending Streaming Exclusives After Frank Ocean’s Self-Released Blonde

Frank Ocean’s new Endless visual album, available exclusively via Apple Music, may be the last release of its kind for Universal Music Group. Yesterday, a source familiar with the situation told Pitchfork that Endless, which came out on August 19, fulfilled Ocean’s obligation to Universal and Def Jam. Show More Summary

This Week in Posivibes: A Frank Ocean Bonanza

It’s not hyperbole to say that everyone is losing their minds over Frank Ocean’s release of Endless, Blonde, and Boys Don’t Cry Magazine. After a four-year wait between albums, this outpouring offers a lot of incredible material to unpack. 

David Bowie Contribution to Frank Ocean’s Blonde Clarified

David Bowie was among many contributors to Frank Ocean’s Blonde, according to credits listed in the accompanying “Boys Don’t Cry” magazine. Today, a representative for Bowie has confirmed to Pitchfork that no samples were cleared for the release, and the pair didn’t work together. Show More Summary

Watch 50 Cent’s Commercial For His 50 Cent Store On Jimmy Kimmel

17 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

My dad stopped making jokes about 50 Cent’s name maybe five years ago, and that was way, way too late. 50 Cent himself, however, is apparently fully willing to keep doing that. Last night, 50 was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and he was game to appear in an endearingly dumb comedy bit — […]

Shorties (Curtis Sittenfeld on Book Reviews, New Music from Sharon Van Etten, and more)

The New York Times interviewed author Curtis Sittenfeld about book reviews. Stream a new Sharon Van Etten song. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson The Year She Left Us by Kathryn Ma eBooks on sale for...

The Fan Theory That Could Explain Why Frank Ocean's New Album Has Two Titles

22 hours agoEntertainment / Music : NME

The Fan Theory That Could Explain Why Frank Ocean's New Album Has Two Titles

Here's a list of Frank Ocean's favorite songs

At the 2013 TIME 100 gala, Frank Ocean told MTV that he had been “bingeing” on The Beatles and The Beach Boys for inspiration for what would eventually become Endless and Blonde. I’ve already written that Endless reminds me of Brian Wilson’s Smile in structure and... Continue reading

Sleigh Bells Are Suing Demi Lovato For Copyright Infringement

The duo take legal action over alleged similarities between their song“Infinity Guitars” and Lovato’s “Stars.”

Sleigh Bells sue Demi Lovato for copyright infringement

Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller say Lovato lifted material from their song "Infinity Guitars".

Watch Joey Bada$$ Recite Kanye West’s McDonald’s Poem

Among the many gifts included in Frank Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry zine is a poem that Kanye West wrote about McDonalds. It’s inspired many great memes and some OK content since its release, and earlier today Joey Bada$$ recorded a recitation of “The McDonald’s Man” in the Hot 97 studios. You can watch him read […]

Frank Ocean’s Mom Warns Against Paying Insane eBay Prices for Boys Don’t Cry Magazine

On Saturday, Frank Ocean gave away copies of his Boys Don’t Cry magazine at locations in New York, London, L.A., and Chicago. (The same night, Ocean also released his new album Blonde.) Within hours, the zine and its accompanying CD were up on eBay, selling for exorbitant sums. Show More Summary

Dominick Farinacci: Sharing Stories

8 minutes agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Dominick Farinacci, a trumpeter from jny: Cleveland, is a strong improviser with a wide, round tone. It's suited for his predilection for the melodic side of the music. But his vision of music extends beyond the act of playing and the art of performing--something he has done around the globe for... [ read more ]

Hiring a Publicist: Is It Worth It?

9 minutes agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

"Without promotion, something terrible happens... nothing!" --P. T. Barnum Jazz artists strive to make the best albums possible, choosing the best songs, selecting other musicians to interpret those songs, and recording the pieces with artistic and technical skill. When their masterpieces are comple... [ read more ]

Les délices Français: the Palazetto Bru Zane's 2016/17 season

46 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Camille Saint-Saens The Palazetto Bru Zane's 2016/17 season continues the organisation's exploration of the byways of 19th century French opera, with some potential delights unearthed including a season devoted to that well-known unknown...Show More Summary

Swinging Modern Sounds #74: A Social Practice

Heroes of Toolik exists in order to be collaborative, to be a bunch of musicians bent on playing together, and in a way this signifies, for a bunch of adults, a commitment to an idea of music-making, an idea of music as a practice among people.

A dark horse of music steps into the light

Want to hear something completely different? Pop along to The Warehouse, Waterloo, tonight, where Fifth Quadrant and violinist Simon Hewitt Jones are presenting the work of Michael Rosenzweig, a multi-talented South African-born composer who moved to Britain several decades ago full of promise, yet whose work has gone all but unheard until now. Show More Summary

Not lost in translation

Andrei Valenty as Prince Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene OneginBoilshoi Belarus Opera & Ballet at Birgitta Festival 2016photo Heiti Kruusmaa Attending the recent performance of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin by National Academic BolshoiShow More Summary

[Premiere] Leo Stannard – In My Blood (Kant remix)

UK producer Leo Stannard drops his new single “In My Blood” as his first release on Black Butter Records (home of artists such as among others DJ Khaled, Wiley and Zara Larsson. His album is due to be released later this year), the track is huge one with a pulsating vibe and anthemlike appeal. We […]

A Day In The Life With Stitched Up Heart (PHOTOS

Glide’s Amy Harris spent a day on the road with Stitched Up Heart in the Dallas area as they are touring in support of their debut album Never Alone. Led by vocalist Alecia ‘Mixi’ Demner and guitarist Merrit Alfero, their single ”Finally Free,” was released in early 2016 and eventually reached No. Show More Summary

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