Christine And The Queens’ swaggering Chris revels in fluid identities

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When Christine And The Queens emerged with 2015’s self-titled effort, the album was a welcome antidote to sterile pop music. Héloïse Letissier, the French musician behind the project, wasn’t just a refreshingly honest songwriter. She was also a mesmerizing live performer who seemed to melt into rhythms and grooves—and…

Ticketmaster accused of teaming up with scalpers to screw over fans

Recognizing, at long last, that their various differences shouldn’t get in the way of the shared practices that bind them so beautifully together—i.e., inflating concert prices to fuck the rest of us over when we just want to see Bruno Goddamn Mars—Ticketmaster has now been accused of entering into tacit partnerships…

31-year-old Drake apparently texts 14-year-old Millie Bobby Brown with dating advice

Speaking with Access Hollywood at the Emmys, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown revealed that she recently became friends with Drake, adding that he texts her with advice “about boys.” This may seem cute, since they’re both famous and it’s fun when celebrities are friends, except Drake is a 31-year-old man and…

Robyn finally confirms new album, Honey, out next month

It’s been eight long years since Robyn’s career-defining Body Talk LPs, and though she’s released a handful of collaborative singles and shorter projects in the meantime, the wait for a new solo full-length from the Swedish pop artist is almost over: Honey will arrive October 26 via Interscope and Robyn’s own label,…

Senate passes Music Modernization Act, paving the way for big royalty changes

As reported by Billboard, the Senate has unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act, a piece of legislation designed to update—or modernize—the way songwriting royalties work in today’s stream-heavy world. Most importantly, though, the Senate also decided to change the bill’s name to the Orrin G. Hatch Music…

Weird Al emerged, post-punk exploded, and DJing matured in 1981

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

Eminem knew he shouldn't have said homophobic slur on new song, still did it anyway

Eminem has never really shied away from saying awful stuff in his songs, either as an edgy gag or because he’s just really pissed about his mom or whatever, but he admits that he actually went too far on his new song “Fall.” Speaking with Sway about his new album Kamikaze (via Vulture), Eminem acknowledged that he…

Look, Weezer is going to just keep doing cover songs until you love them again, all right?

Weezer’s transition into America’s most successful touring cover band continued this week, when the band—which recently got a lot of credit for convincing people its thoroughly adequate cover of Toto’s masterpiece “Africa” was actually good—whipped out another karaoke classic: Blink-182's existentially catchy “All The…

Terrible rap beef somehow produces non-terrible diss track

2018 is proving to be a profitable year for the diss track. Pusha T’s “The Story Of Adidon” set the high bar, obviously, but there’s been a lot of them, a surprising number somehow related to aging Venom rapper Eminem. Earlier this month, the Detroit rapper kicked a hornet’s nest of vaguely apathetic hornets with his…