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Late last month, with little notice, three Beach Boys compilations appeared on Spotify and other streaming platforms: Wake the World: The Friends Sessions; I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions; and On Tour: 1968 (Live). Almost none of the recordings had been previously released. They include originals and covers, captured in live soundchecks, in-studio work tapes, instrumental backing […]

“No men, just sugar.” Clementine Creevy is reading the ingredients of a candy bar she keeps on a shelf in her living room. “Crush men, eat candy,” she continues with a grin as she turns it over to read the other side. The treat is a merch item for the Los Angeles wrestler Candy Pain […]

When Ariana Grande first showed up on the radio, she came off like the ultimate teen-pop robo-princess, a bubblegum diva wearing a pair of kitten ears. She relished the role of the coy starlet, flashing her Mini Mariah pipes, Bardot ponytail and Edie Sedgwick fashion sense. In her videos, she kept trying to sing with […]

Hip-Hop’s New Generation Takes OverThe year in hip-hop made one thing blindingly clear: The old guard is, well, old. Kanye West executive-produced five albums over the summer, but it took a Lil Pump feature to get him any traction on streaming services. Nicki Minaj needed a duet with embattled rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine to make any […]

Over the course of 50 episodes this year, our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast ranged from longform interviews with superstars to raging, hilarious discussions of music past and present. Here are some of the best roundtables of the year, featuring host Brian Hiatt and Rolling Stone writers and editors, including Brittany Spanos, Rob Sheffield, Andy […]

It is generally bad news whenever a pop star decides to bless us with an earthy, strummed version of their new club anthem. So here’s a surprise: Rita Ora’s electropop song “Let You Love Me” set to acoustic guitar is a delight. Without all the clutter, it’s a folk-pop song about the bittersweetness of following […]

During his appearance on Rolling Stone Music Now, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott – whose band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March – took a listen to Drake’s “God’s Plan,” the biggest song of 2018. Elliott has broad musical tastes, but wasn’t crazy about what he heard: Any thoughts?Where’s the hook? […]

Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield stopped by our SiriusXM studio for a recent episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, which takes a wide-ranging look back at an odd year in pop — which was, in large part, a year of Ariana Grande. Sheffield calls Grande’s “Thank U, Next” one of the best break-up songs of […]

H.E.R. has music in her blood. Her Filipino mother instilled an early appreciation for karaoke, and the rising R&B star would belt Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston as a toddler. Thanks to her dad’s cover band rehearsing in her family’s Vallejo, California home, she was surrounded by instruments and learned to play the […]

Rolling Stone’s Charles Holmes and Brendan Klinkenberg sat down in our SiriusXM studio to look back on an eventful year in hip-hop, from Drake’s never-ending dominance to the continued ascension of Cardi B and our latest cover star, Travis Scott. Rap’s generational battle continued but, as Klinkenberg points out, “the kids won” — an outcome […]

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