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  • Lil Nas X Embraces Black Queer Sexuality — And Becomes An ‘Industry Baby’

    NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with New York Times writer Jazmine Hughes about the unique pop stardom Lil Nas X is creating for himself. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Over the weekend, we got a snapshot of where part of the music industry stands right now on LGBT issues. The music festival Lollapalooza dropped rapper DaBaby from its lineup after he made homophobic remarks. And at the same time, the top two spots on YouTube's music video charts were both held by Lil Nas X, an artist whose videos unapologetically embrace queer Black sexuality. Those two singles are a big shift from his first viral chart-topper, this earworm from 2019. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OLD TOWN ROAD") LIL NAS X: (Singing) Yeah, I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road. I'm gonna ride till I can't no more. SHAPIRO: This shift in his artistry may also be part of a bigger change in the music industry. Jazmine Hughes explored that in a profile of Lil Nas X for the New York Times magazine. I asked her how Lil Nas X is paving the way for longevity. JAZMINE HUGHES: At some ...

  • Billie Eilish Can’t Wait To See The Future

    Enlarge this image Billie Eilish's second album, Happier than Ever, is out now. Courtesy of the artist Courtesy of the artist Billie Eilish has a message for the world: "I'm not your friend / Or anything, damn / You think that you're the man / I think, therefore, I am." Still just 19, the pop supernova has spent the past few years living a very public life. She's won seven Grammys over two consecutive years, run circles around her peers on the Billboard Hot 100 and become a figure of discussion and scrutiny, some of it perhaps a little too familiar. Her second full-length album, Happier than Ever, is out now. Like its predecessor, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, it's a collaboration with her brother and ...

  • Ravi Told George, They Told The World: The Birth Of The Celebrity Benefit Concert

    Enlarge this image George Harrison performs at the Concert for Bangladesh, held at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971 in New York City. Asked why he joined in organizing the event, he said, "Because I was asked by a friend if I'd help, that's all." Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images George Harrison was one of the biggest rock stars on the planet in 1971 but there was no bravado in his voice as he lent his celebrity to discuss a global crisis. Sitting at a press conference that opens the performance film, The Concert for Bangladesh, he was asked why, out of all of the crises in the world, he assembled a benefit for refugees from what was then East Pakistan. In a tone ...

  • On ‘Outside Child,’ Allison Russell Confronts Trauma With Compassion

    Enlarge this image Allison Russell Marc Baptiste/Courtesy of the artist Marc Baptiste/Courtesy of the artist "Nightflyer" "4th Day Prayer" "Persephone" "The Runner" Music heals. Allison Russell is a great example of that. The singer-songwriter has been part of several musical projects, including Po' Girl and Birds of Chicago. Most recently, Russell was involved with folk group Our Native Daughters, where she was able to dispel a massive writer's block. New songs came out in a torrent. The result is Outside Child, an album that lays bare both ...

  • Britney Spears Says She Will Not Perform Under Her Father’s Conservatorship

    Enlarge this image Protesters attend a #FreeBritney Rally at Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The group is calling for an end to the 13-year conservatorship led by the pop star's father, Jamie Spears, who has control over her finances and business dealings. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Britney Spears says that as long as her father is in charge of conservatorship, she will not be performing "anytime soon." Britney Spears made the declaration in the caption of a photo posted to her Instagram account. The artist also addressed people commenting on her videos that frequently feature Britney dancing to music in her home. "For those of you who choose to criticize my dancing ...

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