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Music's Unsung LGBTQ Heroes

The idea of a queer musical superstar is now fully accepted. In recent years, we’ve seen musicians talk openly about their gay identity and same-sex relationships. Others have proudly shared their stories about being 

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Review: R&B Singer Jacquees Takes It a Little Too Slow on '4275'

Up and coming crooner Jacquees possesses one of the great tones in contemporary R&B – glinting and willowy, his voice skims over beats with guileless, melismatic charm. But on his debut album his musical choices are as single-minded as his voice is elastic. He slips from one romantic conquest to the next, but his unvarying approach dulls the impact of his erotic fireworks – and his

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Review: Sophie's 'Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides' Is An Avant-Pop Gem

Since her debut single in 2013, Scottish sound sculptor Sophie has emerged as quite possibly the most important, boundary-destroying producer of the last decade. Early singles like “Bipp,” “Lemonade” and her co-production on QT’s “Hey QT” were packaged as “pop” songs, but were actually exercises in anonymous avant-garde cartoon chipmunk bubblegum replete with stark retro-future noise, slurps

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Alessia Cara Talks 'Growing Pains,' Self-Care and New Music

In the three years since Alessia Cara released her Isaac Hayes-sampling anti-party anthem “Here,” the Canadian singer-songwriter has released a debut album; appeared on two Top 10 hits in collaboration with other stars (Zedd’s “Stay” and Logic’s “1-800-273-8255”); sung the pop radio version of a the latest Disney

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Alessia Cara Reflects on Self-Love in Spotlight on New Song 'Growing Pains'

Grammy Award-winning singer Alessia Cara returns with “Growing Pains,” the first single off her as-yet-untitled sophomore album. Cara released her debut LP Know-It-All in 2015.

Pop & Oak produced the booming track, which was written solely by Cara. The lyrics reflect the anxiety of transitioning from teen to young adult in the public eye. “Don’t know why I can’t see the sun/

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Review: Christina Aguilera Flexes Her Diva Power on the Excellent 'Liberation'

Xtina is, hands down, one of the greatest vocalists of her generation. And she has spent the better part of two decades figuring out what exactly to do with that voice. There was the bubblegum of her self-titled 1999 debut and her transition into R&B-infused, low-rise jean’d adulthood. Then came concepts: old school sound of 2006’s Back to Basics and the electro-futurism of

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See Foo Fighters, Guns N' Roses Play Scorching 'It's So Easy'

Foo Fighters surprised fans during their Firenze Rocks Festival set in Florence, Italy on Thursday when they invited members of Guns N’ Roses onstage to perform the latter’s Appetite for Destruction classic, “It’s So

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