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Reneé Rapp Sings Openly About Assault, Anxiety and Sexuality. She’s Even More Candid in Person.

Reneé Rapp is running late. Blame it on Beyoncé. “I’ve had the greatest morning of my life. I’m gassed. Beyoncé sent me flowers today,” says Rapp, her mouth wide open, still in shock. The gift arrived at her hotel room in Amsterdam, the fourth stop of her first European tour, four days after the 24-year-old […]

Issa Rae’s Raedio Signs Grammy-Nominated Producer ThankGod4Cody, Jae Stephens, GAWD (Exclusive)

Issa Rae’s Raedio record label has signed Grammy-nominated producer ThankGod4Cody as well as emerging acts Jae Stephens and GAWD. ThankGod4Cody worked on seven tracks from SZA’s SOS, including “I Hate U,” “Love Language” and “Seek & Destroy.” This month he was nominated for album of the year at the Grammys alongside the best-selling singer, who […]

Source: Ryan Gosling Will Perform “I’m Just Ken” at the 2024 Oscars

Ryan Gosling will be “Kenough” at the 2024 Academy Awards. After rumors circulated on social media that the Barbie star would sing “I’m Just Ken” at the Oscars, which is nominated for best original song, a source close to the situation tells The Hollywood Reporter that Gosling is scheduled to perform the musical number. Ken’s […]

Osage Nation Songwriter on His ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Oscar Nom: “Our Whole Tribe Was Going Crazy”

This year’s Academy Award nominees for best original song include previous winners — Billie Eilish/Finneas, Jon Batiste, Mark Ronson/Andrew Wyatt — and a songwriter with a record-making 15th nomination, honorary Oscar recipient Diane Warren.  The fifth nominee? An Osage Nation tribal member who works as a housing director accommodating low-income Native Americans and is also […]

Kylie Minogue Signs With UTA (Exclusive)

Fresh off of winning her second career Grammy, Kylie Minogue has signed with UTA for live representation in the United States and Canada and acting worldwide.  The Australian singer won the best pop dance recording Grammy — a new award — earlier this month for her viral hit “Padam Padam.” The song is from her […] on Usher’s Halftime Show: “There Were a Lot of OMG Moments”

Usher made a guest appearance at the Black Eyed Peas’ Super Bowl halftime show in 2011, and bandleader says he was happy to return the favor Sunday. performed “OMG” — which he wrote and produced — alongside Usher at both events.  “How can I explain it? There’s no words to really explain that,” […]

Andra Day Says She Stopped Singing the National Anthem Because She Wanted to Sing the Black National Anthem First

Andra Day says she hasn’t performed the National Anthem for some time because she was waiting to sing the Black National Anthem first. “I will tell you, truthfully, I have not done an anthem in a while because the thing I kept saying is that, ‘I do not want to do it again until I’m […]

Super Bowl DJ Kaskade Is Ready to Work With Taylor Swift: “Taylor, What’s Up?”

Kaskade is ready to enter his Taylor Swift era. The eight-time Grammy-nominated DJ-producer has remixed songs by Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and halftime show superstar Usher. He hasn’t worked his magic on a Swift track, but he’s ready for it. Looking into the camera, he says: “Taylor, what’s up? Taylor, you don’t […]

Halftime Show Producer Jesse Collins: “Usher Belongs on Musical Mount Rushmore”

Super Bowl halftime executive producer Jesse Collins says Usher’s performance Sunday proves that he “belongs on that musical Mount Rushmore.” “He’s one of the elites,” Collins told The Hollywood Reporter moments after the Grammy-winning star performed at the big game near Las Vegas. Usher’s performance featured high-energy dancing, strong singing, roller skates and more. Guests […]

On 20th Anniversary of “Let Me Love You,” Ne-Yo Recalls Mario Being “Sam Cooke Reincarnated”

Before Ne-Yo became a household name, the budding performer was working tirelessly as a songwriter behind the scenes, and his breakthrough came in the form of then-16-year-old singer Mario. Released in October 2004, Ne-Yo wrote “Let Me Love You” for Mario’s sophomore album Turning Point — the follow-up to his hit “Just a Friend 2002” […]

T-Pain on Ghostwriting Country Songs and Usher’s Auto-Tune Criticism: “We’ve Been Fine”

T-Pain says he plans to continue to write country music songs as a ghostwriter. The singer-songwriter-producer recently made headlines when he revealed that he stopped taking credit for the country songs he’s worked on because of the “racism” he dealt with in the genre.  “I wrote a lot of country songs, and the country songs […]

Kendrick Lamar Performs at Pre-Super Bowl Concert as Simu Liu, Janelle Monáe, Odell Beckham Jr. Watch On

Kendrick Lamar won an Emmy for performing at the Super Bowl halftime show and days before this year’s big game, the rap prince gave a memorable performance in Las Vegas. Lamar performed at the Visa Cash App RB Formula One Team 2024 season launch in Sin City, working the stage built like a catwalk on […]