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  A couple of months ago, R&B singer Mabel was trying to kill time while she waited to go to the gym. “I’d booked some dumb exercise class at eight o’clock and it was six – so my brother was like, ‘Just get on the piano and see what happens.’” Forty-five minutes later, the 21-year-old […]

Image copyright Getty Images US singer Beyonce is to take a lead role in the remake of Disney’s The Lion King. She will voice the role of lioness Nala, next to lead character Simba, played by Donald Glover. Beyonce used Facebook to confirm her long-rumoured involvement in the project. Her other co-stars include Chiwetel Ejiofor […]

Back in April, U2 popped up as one of only three features on Kendrick Lamar‘s blockbuster album Damn. The rock giants appeared on the two-part cut “XXX,” with Bono singing of America’s status as “the sound of drum and bass” during the track’s final 90-second stretch. Wednesday, U2 again joined Kendrick, this time for the […]

Image copyright Getty Images Rihanna may not have released an album this year, but she’s never been bigger and this is the first time Pharrell and Rihanna have appeared together in a song. Wild Thoughts Her collaboration with DJ Khaled, was one of the songs of the summer; while her new beauty line was valued […]

Chris Brown’s got a ploy that’s going to seriously embarrass Billboard. Just how reliable are Billboard’s charts?  That question surfaced earlier this year when Tyler The Creator blasted Billboard on Twitter. Here’s the quick background.  In July, Meek Mill and Tyler The Creator competed for the top spot on the Billboard 200.  A day after […]

Funk and soul legend George Clinton has announced a 2018 tour with his band Parliament/Funkadelic. The Mardi Gras Madness Tour kicks off January 31 in Chicago and will be stopping in New York’s B.B. King Blues Club on Mardi Gras Day. Check out their full itinerary on Clinton’s site, where tickets go on sale this […]

Stormzy’s apologised to MNEK for replacing him on The X Factor. He performed his new single Blinded by your Grace on Sunday night’s live show, alongside Labrinth. It came as a surprise to MNEK – who sings a verse on the recorded version – and claimed he only found out when he came back from […]

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is still getting backlash for his “inmates running the prison” comment, in reference to ongoing player demonstrations during the national anthem. Though he expressed regret and issued a public apology over the weekend, some Texans players considered staging a walkout. And now Jay Z, who has been a vocal supporter of […]

US singer Gregory Porter says the rise of white nationalism is no surprise as “we knew it was there”. In August, white supremacists marched in Virginia and last week protesters disrupted a speech made by far-right lobbyist Richard Spencer in Florida. Porter told BBC Music News LIVE: “We saw it disguised a whole bunch of […]

  Getty Image With the death of New Orleans piano legend Fats Domino at 89 earlier this week, the number of original rock and roll pioneers has dwindled to almost none. One of the few remaining original rockers, Little Richard, is also getting up there in age, but graciously agreed to an interview with Rolling […]



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