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Rita Ora on Leaving Kosovo to Land in the U.K. With One Chart-Topping Hit After Another

How does British transplant Rita Ora follow up the major success of her first album, Ora, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. in 2012? When she's not landing roles in films like the upcoming adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey, she's whipping street-style photographers into a tizzy and appearing on albums by a range of artists, from Snoop Dogg to Iggy Azalea, whose latest release (The New Classic) features Ora on a track written by Katy Perry. Rita, your parents moved from Kosovo to London in order to give you and your siblings a better life. What see more
Music

Video—a Guide to All the Dance Moves You Wish You Could Do, From A-Z

Much like its super helpful instructional video on how to pronounce designer names, i-D magazine's A-to-Z guide to dance moves is awe-inspiring. Mostly because we're pretty sure there's no way we could execute the death drop with anything that even remotely resembles grace. see more
Music

Meet Young & Sick: Music's #1 Maker of Cover Art Releases His Own Album

After designing record sleeves for Robin Thicke and Maroon 5, the Dutch artist known as Young & Sick (real name: Nicholas Van Hofwegen) is set to release his self-titled debut album, a lushly produced gem of R&B. Here, the 26-year-old reveals the inspirations behind his most personal cover yet. see more
Music

Would You Pay Several Million Dollars For Wu-Tang's New Album?

If you haven't heard about the multi-million dollar album Wu-Tang is selling, you are so not ready for brunch conversation this weekend. see more
Music

Meet Sia: The Reluctant Pop Star

When RCA CEO Peter Edge asked retired indie-pop star Sia to revive her solo career last year, she had one condition: no press unless she felt like it. (In October, she apparently felt like it, appearing on the cover of Billboard with a paper bag over her head.) see more
Music

Music Revival: Three New Albums That Are a Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock-and-Roll

Clockwise from top left: Drive-By Truckers, The War on Drugs, Black Lips. The roots-rock genre may not be cutting-edge, but these perennially brilliant bands, all releasing must-hear albums, prove it's still fertile ground. see more
Music

Add to Your Playlist: Electro-R&B Singer Banks

Who she is: Banks (a.k.a. Jillian Banks), a brunette stunner based in Los Angeles. see more
Music

What Former LCD Soundsystem Frontman James Murphy is Watching, Reading, and Drinking Now

LCD Soundsystem may be no more, but former frontman James Murphy, 43, is as busy as ever: He's DJ'ed, designed an actual sound system for McIntosh Laboratory, and made a short film with Ron Howard—all while overseeing DFA Records (home to bands like the Rapture and Holy Ghost!). This month, you can hear his handiwork on Arcade Fire's new album, which he produced, and on Broadway, where he scored the revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. Here, we ask the eclectic impresario where his own tastes lie. see more
Music

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Leads the Return of the Retro-Rock Chick

A holy trinity of old-school frontwomen are back this month with albums that remind you why you crushed on them in the first place. see more
Movies + TV

New Film "Twenty Feet From Stardom" Showcases the Best Damn Singers You've Never Heard of

Overlooked and underappreciated, backup singers—for everyone from Elvis to Madonna—finally get their turn in the spotlight in the rollicking yet bittersweet documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom. Here are three who deserve to have their names on the marquee. see more
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