The Movers and Shakers That Put the Rhythm in R&B

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Following are the top music industry companies and executives that are part of the R&B resurgence: Atlantic Records Atlantic Records played a huge role in bringing the original rhythm and blues to the mainstream in the 1950s and ’60s, and it’s carr…

Coachella’s 2019 Lineup: A Solid Balance, but Tame Impala Is a Surprise Headliner

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The “biggest music festival in the world” is an inexact term — results would be different based on attendance, gross, influence, duration or another metric — but there’s little doubt that Coachella is at or near that billing. Its lineup has become a co…

Hollywood’s Crazy 2018 on Twitter, From Least to Worst Consequences (Photos)

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Is it fun when celebrities let it all out on social media? Hell yes. Getting a look into someone’s thoughts before they go through the blender of press releases, managed interviews and so on is a blast. But there’s a risk:
one wrong step an…

Kanye’s Beef With Ariana Grande Leads to Tweetstorm About Mental Health, Jesus and Meds

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A tweet from Ariana Grande led to Kanye West going on a lengthy tweetstorm Saturday morning in which he opened up about his feud with Drake, his own mental health and how Chance the Rapper helped him “reconnect” with his faith.

This all started earlier this week, when West’s on-again-off-again feud with fellow rapper Drake was turned back “on.” Grande appeared to reference the two in a tweet Wednesday night, writing: “guys, i know there are grown men arguing online rn but miley and i dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u”

West didn’t take to kindly to that, answering back on Saturday morning with, “don’t use me or this moment to promote a song.” Shortly thereafter, Grande responded, writing: “With all due respect, I don’t need to use anyone to promote anything. Period. I was making a comment [about] what men were doing at the time vs. women. It was a joke which I understand now was probably insensitive. I apologize if I was in any way triggering and hope you feel well today.”

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with all due respect, i don’t need to use anyone to promote anything. period. i was making a comment ab what men were doing at the time vs. women. it was a joke which i understand now was probably insensitive. i apologize if i was in any way triggering and hope u feel well today.

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 15, 2018

West then went on a long tweetstorm regarding his own mental health (he was briefly hospitalized in 2016 after suffering a mental breakdown) and touched on his long-simmering feud with Drake.

“No one would ever choose to end up in a mental hospital and diagnosed with a mental disorder but god chose me to publicly go through this journey and it is beautiful,” Ye wrote. “I am able to experience first hand how people who have mental health issues get written off by society. Don’t listen to him cause he’s crazy. He’s washed cause he’s crazy etc…”

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West also said he chose to go off his medication six months ago, and now he “can feel me again.”

“I cannot be on meds and make watch the throne level or dark fantasy level music,” he wrote. “You don’t make runaway on medication Even alcohol is and addictive substance called spirits that actually block our earthly connection to our spirit when we drown ourselves in it.”

Grande’s ex-fiancee, “SNL” regular Pete Davidson, took sides in an Instagram post Saturday… and he chose Yeezy.

“Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health,” Davidson wrote in a post that has since been taken down. “I can’t explain to you enough how difficult and scary it is to be honest about stuff like this. We need people like Kanye. No one should ever point fingers at you for your bravery in speaking about mental health. I’m seriously disgusted.”

You can read more of his tweets below:

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I know Ariana said this to be cool and didn’t mean no harm but I don’t like even slightest level of slight commentary from someone I know loves and respects me pic.twitter.com/T9VXaIj9MX

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

People will no longer take mental health for a joke

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

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Drake verbally attacked Cudi when he was in the hospital and went at me after TMZ because I decided to release albums in June Is snowballed and he refused to meet with me but texted my mother in law and did sneak disses on peoples records that I consider family

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

All of this foolishness weighed on my mental health so @ArianaGrande you know I got love for you but until you’re ready to really make sure everyone’s ok don’t use me or this moment to promote a song

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

No one would ever choose to end up in a mental hospital and diagnosed with a mental disorder but god chose me to publicly go through this journey and it is beautiful

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

I am able to experience first hand how people who have mental health issues get written off by society. Don’t listen to him cause he’s crazy. He’s washed cause he’s crazy etc…

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

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I don’t blame people for not knowing how to handle this that said we as a society will learn together

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

I’ve been trying to do a serious interview speaking on mental health but it seems as though all members of press are afraid to speak to someone who has been diagnosed but is still everyone’s favorite super hero

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

People said my career was over after TMZ I need to show the world that we so called crazy people will not be just written off

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

I need to speak about how Chance demanding that we record in Chicago reconnected me with my roots and also my faith in Jesus Christ

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

Perhaps we stop looking at my tweets as rants and start looking at them as therapy testimonials and some even ministry

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

I cannot be on meds and make watch the throne level or dark fantasy level music

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

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You don’t make runaway on medication Even alcohol is and addictive substance called spirits that actually block our earthly connection to our spirit when we drown ourselves in it

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

I’m loving the new music I’ve been working on. 6 months off meds I can feel me again. Remember when dark fantasy came out I used to tweet a storm also.

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

I love that we are destigmitizing mental health Gucciman and Quavo have a song Bipolar this is so good for culture

— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018

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As Peter Björn & John Celebrates 20 Years, the Band Returns to its ‘Darker’ Roots

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Kathy Griffin: I Faced a ‘Conspiracy to Assassinate’ President Charge That ‘Comes With a Lifetime Sentence’ (Video)

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Kathy Griffin says the day after she posted that now infamous photo of herself holding a bloodied replica of President Donald Trump’s severed head last year, federal investigators had her facing a charge of “conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States.”

“That charge comes with a lifetime sentence,” Griffin told Stephen Colbert on Friday’s “The Late Show.”

The controversial comedian said that at the time “60 million people thought I was a member of ISIS.” She joked, “Oh yes, because they’re recruiting a lot of 58-year-old red-haired female comedians.” But she added that what she went through was no laughing matter.

“A lot of people thought I got a call from the Secret Service or that I got into fake Hollywood trouble,” she said. “This was real-life trouble.”

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Griffin said she was also put on a “no-fly” list for two months and was included on an Interpol list, which got her “detained at every single airport” even after she was allowed to fly again.

“I thought this picture was going to be in, like, you know, ‘stars not normal,’” in  Star Magazine, she told Colbert.

“The wall caved in on me,” she said, adding that after Trump tweeted “against her” her 50-city tour was cancelled.

“Within 12 hours I had not one single day of work ahead of me,” she said. “To this day I do not have one single day of pay ahead of me.”

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The silver lining… wait for it… her neighbors, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

“As a comedian, to be living next door to Kim and Kanye during this whole thing got me through,” Griffin said.

“That alone got me through. Something normal in my life, people I could relate to. I would open the window and see Kim and the Yeezys, and feel better, so American.” Hey, there’s a canto-worthy allegory in there somewhere.

Watch the full interview in the video above.

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Kanye West Apologizes for Using Cellphone During Broadway’s ‘The Cher Show’

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Kanye West became an object lesson in theater etiquette on Monday after he pulled out his cell phone during the opening night performance of the Broadway musical “The Cher Show,” prompting one of the show’s stars to call him out on Twitter while the play was still in progress.

“Hey @kanyewest so cool that you’re here at @TheCherShow! If you look up from your cell phone you’ll see we’re doing a show up here,” tweeted Jarrod Spector, who plays Sonny Bono in the production. “It’s opening night. Kind of a big deal for us. Thanks so much.”

Whoops. Let that be a lesson to the rest of us that the actors on stage can definitely see what we’re doing out in the audience. A couple of hours later, a chastened Yeezy (mostly) apologized for his gaffe, and gushed about what a great time he had.

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“The dynamics of Cher and Sonny’s relationship made Kim and I grab each other’s hand and sing ‘I got you babe’ please pardon my lack of etiquette,” Ye replied to Spector. “We have so much appreciation for the energy you guys put into making this master piece.”

But it turns out West may have had only good intentions, even if he almost disrupted a major Broadway premiere. According to TMZ, “a source close to Kanye” said that the rapper was actually so in love with the show that he was taking notes about it on his smartphone.

TMZ’s source also said that Kanye and his wife, Kim Kardashian, were originally only planning to stick around until the first intermission, but liked what they saw so much that they pushed back their flight so they could see the show through to the end.

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See the exchange below:

the dynamics of Cher and Sonny’s relationship made Kim and I grab each other’s hand and sing “I got you babe”
please pardon my lack of etiquette. We have so much appreciation for the energy you guys put into making this master piece.

— ye (@kanyewest) December 4, 2018

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