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After 15 Years, D'Angelo Releases the Long-Awaited Album Black Messiah

With today's sudden release of Black Messiah, D'Angelo can finally complete a journey he started nearly 15 years ago, when he brought his Grammy-winning, chart-topping R&B-soul masterpiece Voodoo to the world. The "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" video, showing off the singer's chiseled body, helped make him into a star before virtually disappearing for the better part of a decade. Within a couple of years, he went from a shy artist to a sex symbol to an alcoholic, drug-addicted recluse, gaining a lot of weight and being arrested for cocaine possession and soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. As see more
Music

Here's a 13-Year-Old Crushing One of the Most Iconic Songs of All Time

This won't be the last time we say this, but Mondays are tough. So to get you through whatever trials and tribulations you're facing today, please enjoy this video of a 13-year-old Scottish girl named Jade Burke just completely slaying Whitney Houston's iconic power ballad "I Will Always Love You." see more
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Punk Is Having Another Moment—Onscreen

Cynics have been screaming that "punk's dead" since 1977—the year some say the first wave was born—but it's never really gone away. It just takes on new forms. When commoditized down to just a fashion trend, the genre feels sad and old: Urban Outfitters selling Misfits and Nirvana tees, safety-pin-themed lunchboxes at the mall. But there's a vibrancy to the new revival, and it goes way beyond the resurrection of Dave Grohl and his documentary series Sonic Highways on HBO. Last month, the Vaselines—known as one of Nirvana's most oft-covered bands (they penned "Jesus Don't Want Me for a see more
Celebrity

Steve Carell and a Barbershop Quartet Covered "Sexual Healing" and It's Glorious

We live in the age of the mash-up, the cover, the remix, and the makeover. But when Marvin Gaye's smooth, sensual anthem to the birds and the bees—"Sexual Healing," duh—is covered by Steve Carell in the style of a ragtime barbershop quartet, well, we've seen it all. Enjoy the ridiculousness of this awkward musical collision, above. see more
Design

These Speakers Help You Listen To Music and Save the Environment at the Same Time

Audiophile approved quality and environmental sustainability don't necessarily seem like common goals, until now. Vers Audio's new line of Q speakers are handmade from solid wood (you can choose between walnut or ash) that infuse some organic modernism into a powerful bluetooth speaker that won't take up more room on your shelf than a paperback book. The speakers, which come in two sizes, utilize natural wood acoustics to decompress sound (which digital files tend to constrict), meaning your carefully curated Spotify playlists sound better than ever. Plus, Vers uses all sustainable materials (no endangered woods here) and even plants see more
Celebrity

The Grammy Nominations Are a Reminder That This Is About Popularity, Not Talent

For many years now, the Grammys—"music's biggest night"—rarely feel like they're on the cutting edge of anything. The 2015 nominations may be the first signal of progress in a long time. For starters, they aren't making fans sit through a prime-time nominations concert this year, eschewing the forgettable format in favor of rolling out the announcements throughout the day in a lead-up to A Very Grammy Christmas, an evening concert featuring Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, and the band that are always around even when it seems like they don't have any new songs, Maroon 5. see more
Music

Kim Kardashian's Butt Did Not Break the Internet. Psy Did.

Feel how you will about Psy's catchy 2012 hit "Gangnam Style"; the rest of the world has turned its accompanying music video into the most watched thing on YouTube. In fact, it's been viewed so many times that it almost broke the video-sharing site's hit counter. see more
Music

Mary J. Blige on Loving British Musicians, Her Current TV Obsessions, and Her Crush on J. Lo

Don't call it a comeback—Mary J. Blige would rather think of The London Sessions as an "evolution." Recorded with some of the U.K.'s hottest young talents—including Sam Smith and Disclosure—the 43-year-old R&B icon's 13th album is an unexpected mix of unvarnished soul and old-school house music. Here, Blige discusses her can't-miss TV shows, the diva she admires most, and the white singers she initially assumed were black. see more
Design

A Gift a Day: Proenza Schouler X Master & Dynamic Headphones

In the 12 years that they've been in business, the charming duo behind the New York-based label Proenza Schouler—Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez—have focused solely on women's clothing and accessories. Which is a shame, because their sophisticated take on downtown New York dressing would definitely be welcome in the menswear world. Still, guys who have hankered for something—anything—from the brand to call their own can rejoice: PS has collaborated with the audio brand Master & Dynamic on a pair of unisex headphones. The leather-bound over-ear personal speakers are offered in three color combos (cobalt blue and black; gunmetal gray mixed see more
Celebrity

What You're Really Getting From the "New" Albums by Beyoncé, Eminem, and Iggy Azalea

It's present-shopping season, which means new albums are dropping thicker and faster than thundersnow. Artists that don't have an album's worth of new material aren't about to miss out on the pre-holiday marketing push, so their record companies are repackaging their existing discographies with bonus features to make us want to buy the same songs all over again. Are they worth it? Some more than others. Here's a closer look at three "new" releases coming out November 24. see more
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