Have you ever been to a club that would play this kind of track on the dance floor? It seems tailor-made for a drag performance, too.I went to [Nashville gay club] Play a few years back with some friends of mine. I was blown away by this one performer doing Dolly Parton. Dolly’s my friend, and she’s exquisite, but so was he. I saw such talent, not only musically and visually, but some of those guys could do makeup that I wish I could do. I remember being a little envious and wishing somebody would have done me, but they didn’t. … [Read more...] about How Barbara Mandrell’s 1978 Hit ‘Sleeping Single in a Double Bed’ Got a Dance Remix
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When compared with all of 2019, the number of woman-led songs is down by seven percent. The number of woman-led albums, meanwhile, has increased by one. The midyear songs and albums rankings are measured by song and album units, which combine sales and on-demand audio streams using a custom weighting system, and does not include passive listening such as terrestrial radio or digital radio. … [Read more...] about Women Don’t Even Have 20 Percent of the Top Songs in 2020 So Far
With a projected 475,000 equivalent first-week sales, Legends Never Die is proof that Juice was an international superstar. His evident popularity makes the album’s attempt to manufacture a Juice WRLD hagiography on “Anxiety” and “The Man, The Myth, The Legend” feel all the more vulgar. Those songs take testimonies of Juice’s talent and impact from Rob Markman, Eminem, and Lil Dicky, which scan here like breathless product reviews left on Amazon, and etch them into his official legacy. Juice WRLD didn’t need this marketing. He already wrote his own legend. … [Read more...] about Juice WRLD’s ‘Legends Never Die’ Solidifies His Legacy
YouTube and Spotify had already started this process, allowing artists to, in theory at least, do an end run around the major-label system, breaking its monopoly on hits. But those streaming platforms have their own gatekeepers, and they are tied closely to major labels. A dozen unknown teens can hop on TikTok tomorrow and all of them can have their first hit next week. Many of those acts will still be swallowed up by “the old system” — exceptions include Curtis Waters, KingMostWanted, and Trill Ryan, who have remained independent — but that volume, speed, and accessibility are unprecedented. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s Gonna Be a Shitshow’: Music Prepares for a Potential TikTok Ban
The obvious question: In America, where Trump and his bootlickers have been so shameless about politicizing every aspect of the pandemic, would good science have even made a difference? If the top 100 virologists in the world had marched into the Oval Office last March and announced, “Summer won’t stop the pandemic,” would it have changed anything? Of course not. “We now know the modus operandi of the White House,” Hotez tells me. “They cherry-pick bits of data and statements to fit their narrative with goals to minimize the public perception of the devastation from COVID-19, and embellish their response and achievements.” … [Read more...] about Scientists Thought (and Trump Insisted) Summer Heat Would Slow COVID-19. It Hasn’t. Why?