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Vince Gill Talks Morgan Wallen, Debuts New Song About Racial Reckoning

Vince Gill weighed in on country music’s history with racism and debuted a new song about the issue during a reported segment on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning. The songwriter also spoke about the Morgan Wallen controversy and threw water on the argument that Wallen’s use of the “n-word” is the …

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2 Chainz Gets a Champagne Pedicure During ‘Tiny Desk (Home) Concert’

2 Chainz enjoys a little rest and relaxation while delivering a five-song set in NPR’s latest Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. The Atlanta rapper opened with a pair of songs from his latest album, So Help Me God!, “Southside Hov” and “Vampire,” both of which he delivered while getting a champagne …

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The 2021 ACM Awards Will Return to Nashville

The ACM Awards will once again be held in Nashville. Traditionally staged in the spring in Las Vegas, the Academy of Country Music’s flagship ceremony relocated to Nashville for the 2020 installment, which was delayed by the pandemic until September. The 2021 ACMs will ease back into their regular schedule …

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Common, Chuck D, More to Join Harry Belafonte Birthday Livestream

A live virtual party in honor of actor Harry Belafonte’s 94th birthday will be held on Sunday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. ET. The event will feature performances and appearances from Common, Danny Glover, Chuck D, Bernie Sanders with his wife Jane, Stacey Abrams, Aloe Blacc, Tamika D. Mallory, Rev. …

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Johnny Pacheco, Storied Salsa Bandleader and Fania Records Co-Founder, Dead at 85

Johnny Pacheco, the Dominican-born musician and label founder who helped popularize salsa around the world, died Monday, February 15th, The New York Times reports. He was 85. Pacheco’s wife, Maria Elena “Cuqui” Pacheco, confirmed his death on Facebook. In another post dated February 13th, the Pacheco family said the musician …

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Watch 20-Year-Old Guitar Virtuoso Marcin Rip Through Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’

Twenty-year-old guitar virtuoso Marcin, a.k.a. Marcin Patrzalek, has released a searing rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” Standing inside a parking garage, the Polish percussive fingerstyle guitarist ripped through the Physical Graffiti epic, thumping his hands across the guitar while playing Jimmy Page’s riffs. Tom Morello and Paul Stanley even praised …

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Pharoah Sanders Announces First Album in a Decade With Floating Points

Jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and electronic producer Floating Points (a.k.a. Sam Shepherd) have announced a new album, Promises, out March 26th via Luaka Bop. The album marks the first that Sanders, 80, has recorded in over a decade. Sanders and Floating Points recorded the nine-part project with the London Symphony …

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D’Angelo to Take On Unnamed ‘Friends’ in ‘Verzuz’ Battle

D’Angelo will face off against unnamed ‘friends’ in an upcoming Verzuz episode. The battle, which takes place live at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater, will stream via Instagram Live on February 27th. Launched last year by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, the popular series features veteran songwriters, producers and artists who musically …

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Notorious B.I.G.: See First Trailer for Estate-Approved Netflix Documentary

Four years in the making, Netflix has shared the trailer for Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell, the first estate-approved documentary about the Notorious B.I.G. The legendary rapper’s mother Voletta Wallace and close collaborator Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs are among the documentary’s producers, with both providing exclusive interviews for …

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