5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Weekend

Shawn Mendes is back with “If I Can’t Have You,” his first new single of 2019 ahead of a Saturday Night Live performance this weekend. BANKS also returns, this time leaning into even darker sounds on the haunting “Gimme.” Esperanza Spalding, the virtuoso jazz artist, explores the mysteries of the body — and blood — on a lush, engaging new project, starting with “Lest We Forget.” Vampire Weekend’s long-awaited new album, Father of the Bride, is a sunny addition to their discography, bringing with it some unexpected assists from the likes of Steve Lacy. And YG comes through with a mariachi-inspired new track, “Go Loko.”

“If I Can’t Have You,” Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes doesn’t have to prove anything anymore; the former teen star turned rock-pop idol has sold out stadiums worldwide, put together a well-received 2018 self-titled album and has so far seamlessly navigated the waters of his celebrity. “If I Can’t Have You” is our first taste of new music since the album, and it’s a promising follow-up, giving him ample space to test the upper reaches of his tenor over the piano-driven pop melody. “I can’t write one song that’s not about you,” Mendes complains warmly in the chant-like chorus, a line destined for fan sing-a-longs.

“Gimme,” BANKS

Back in 2014, Californian electro-R&B singer BANKS was already exploring the intersection of hip-hop, pop and electronic production on platinum hits like “Beggin for Thread” in a style that has since evolved to take over the mainstream. Now, after a multi-year gap following the release of her well-received 2016 album The Altar, BANKS is returning to join the mix. But she has new tricks up her sleeve, too: “Gimme” is darker and heavier than her earlier work, leaning on minimalist, hollow percussion as layers beneath stuttering synths. If this is a sign of the BANKS to come, we’re promised a worthy follow-up.

“Lest We Forget (blood),” Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding has long been hailed as a jazz prodigy, an innovative Grammy-winning bassist and singer who has leaned deep into her explorations of new ways to approach her craft. On “Lest We Forget,” off of her 12 Little Spells project, Spalding unearths a haunting, R&B-styled side. The album with 12 tracks first came out in 2018, but is only being released digitally now, with four extra tracks to boot; each “spell” correlates to a body part. “Lest We Forget,” which is her take on blood, starts with a delicate hum before the instruments and lyrics come into play. “Blood is humming us,” she murmurs, “a constant tone accompanying the incessant muscling.” There’s a fluidity and consistent richness to the song that echoes her words.

“Flower Moon,” Vampire Weekend feat. Steve Lacy

To follow up 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend return this week with Father of the Bride, a bright, extensive 18-track album full of their signature experimental indie rock. “Flower Moon” feels fresh and fun from the get-go: a Vocoder-addled opening line will catch your attention, with a delicate, wistful sax underlying it. But the bouncy, handclap-driven rest of the song will keep it, boosted by the appearance of The Internet’s Steve Lacy, adding in echoing vocals and guitar. The song is less a story than a mood: a piece of warm-weather jazzy noise that’s both bittersweet in its lyrics and sunny in its disposition.

“Go Loko,” YG feat. Tyga and Jon Z

Nothing like a little Spanish guitar to underpin a slow-burning summer jam, which is ostensibly what West Coast rapper YG could have on his hands with new single “Go Loko.” The guitar and mariachi melody serves as a surprising — and welcome — contrast to YG’s rapping, with verses from fellow Californian Tyga and Puerto Rican trap star Jon Z. None of the three have to work too hard, preferring to deliver their lines with low-key energy (although Jon Z does heat things up). Overall, there’s something blurred around the edges here, like a hazy summer night in Los Angeles. Which seems to be what they were aiming for: after all.


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The 5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Weekend

Friday may be Taylor Swift‘s new music release day — the pop queen put out her first new song of the next era, the bubblegum-bright “ME!” featuring Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie, and promptly took over the internet — but plenty of other artists also shared new releases for this weekend, too. FKA twigs returns after a three-year absence with a heart-rending, understated performance piece. Nick Murphy explores a more acoustic side on “Dangerous.” P!nk gets experimental on the country-meets-electronic twangs of “(Hey Why) Miss You Sometime” off her new album. Ellie Goulding and a slew of top-tier artists contribute to a new Game of Thrones-themed album project, For the Throne. Here are the five best songs to listen to this weekend.

“Cellophane,” FKA twigs

FKA twigs is a performance artist through and through, her enigmatic image revealing only that which she is ready to share. After more than three years, the British singer and dancer has returned with her first new single, “Cellophane.” It’s a softly unsettling, devastating tune rendered in minimalist piano chords and twigs’s delicate, tightly-wound vocals. Her high notes are a carefully controlled keening, coiled with tension. The video, too, is a gorgeous work of CGI and choreography; she says she taught herself to pole dance in order to bring the visual to life. Come for her hyper-specific vision, but stay for the message. “Why don’t I do it for you?” she wails, the raw edges cutting close to home.


“Dangerous,” Nick Murphy

Nick Murphy became a hit back in 2014 with songs like “Talk Is Cheap” under the moniker Chet Faker, wordplay on the famous jazz musician Chet Baker; the Australian singer-songwriter-musician’s early music was an electronic, drop-heavy approach to jazz. Now, after an extended absence to travel and write once more, Murphy is returning as himself on the many-faceted Run Fast Sleep Naked. “Dangerous” is multi-layered and experimental, but maintains an acoustic heartbeat and a measured, reflective tone. “Maybe I’m dangerous,” he admits: “According to you, it could’ve been love with us.” Instead, we have the music.


“(Hey Why) Miss You Sometime” P!nk

P!nk has to be one of the most consistent pop stars of the past decade-plus, which counts eight albums. Hurts 2B Human is her 2019 offering, coming just two years after 2017’s Beautiful Trauma. This time, she roped in a smart cast of collaborators, including R&B crooner Khalid and country star Chris Stapleton. “(Hey Why) Miss You Sometime” shows off her experimentation with country-tinged melodies as well as some AutoTune elements and bouncy electronic beats. The result is something intentionally messy but definitely fun, just like the complicated relationship she sings about.


“Hollow Crown,” Ellie Goulding

“You know you’re fighting in a losing battle, making a noose out of your hollow crown,” sings British pop singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding off the top of her new track “Hollow Crown,” written for an album released alongside this final season of Game of Thrones. It’s an aptly brooding, trap-influenced song that echoes the dark themes of this season, and sees Goulding — known for explosive pop hits like “Starry Eyed” and “Burn” and more recent release “Sixteen” — explore new, more hip-hop-adjacent territory with her distinctive vocal twists. She’s in good company on this For the Throne project, which also tapped collaborators like Maren Morris, Rosalía, The National and SZA in an eclectic A-list of artists. However the chips may fall at the Battle of Winterfell this weekend, at least we’ll have this project to remember the moments before the impending bloodbath. And if you don’t watch Thrones? Not to worry; “Hollow Crown” and the rest of the songs stand up on their own.


“Vossi Bop,” Stormzy

Still one of the foremost voices of grime, Stormzy is back with his first release since 2017’s hit debut album on “Vossi Bop.” The U.K. rapper takes this track’s title from a viral dance trend across the pond started by NL Vossi, but the infectious beat, rolling rhyme scheme and political commentary are all his own. Keep an eye out for the Idris Elba cameo, and keep an ear open for the Idris-referencing James Bond line bringing it home.

Entertainment – TIME


5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Weekend

Anitta shows she’s got the range on Kisses, a trilingual album from the Brazilian superstar. Meanwhile, a viral hit — Lil Nas X‘s social-media-assisted country-trap crossover “Old Town Road” — gets a Billy Ray Cyrus remix that should only boost its popularity and chart potential. K-pop girl group BLACKPINK set out a powerful mission statement of global domination with the percussion-heavy “Kill This Love.” Singer-producer Ioanna Gika looks inward and finds a world of complexity on Thalassa. And Little Big Town critiques societal standards for women on the tender ballad “The Daughters.”

“Rosa,” Anitta with Prince Royce

Discovered off of YouTube as a teen in 2010, Anitta is now Brazil’s biggest pop star. Her music tops charts across Latin America (see: “Bola Rebola” with J Balvin and Tropkillaz, “Terremoto” with MC Kevinho) and her social media presence rivals many of the U.S.’s most popular artists. Now she’s released Kisses, her first trilingual album, and it’s time she receives the global attention she deserves. Kisses features appearances from the likes of bossa nova legend Caetano Veloso, rappers Snoop Dogg and Swae Lee, fellow Latina star Becky G and even DJ Alesso; on each track, she showcases a slightly different style, from harder baile funk or funk carioca (the club-ready “Onda Diferente” and “Juego”) to Brazilian balladry (sweet album closer “Você Mentiu”) to her own take on EDM (“Get to know me”). “Rosa” captures Anitta at her finest: over a sinuous trap-pop beat, she and bachata-R&B artist Prince Royce weave a sensuous story. You don’t have to speak Portuguese — or, in the case of this song, Spanish — to fall under Anitta’s spell.


“Old Town Road (Remix),” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

The 19-year-old Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X has had a wild few weeks. The social-media-savvy artist first put out the country-trap track “Old Town Road” back in late 2018. It took off on the app TikTok, eventually jumping into chart status and nabbing him a record deal with Columbia. When it was pulled from Billboard‘s official country charts at the end of March thanks to its mixed genre, he became an even bigger draw. Now, we have a remix featuring country mainstay Billy Ray Cyrus, guaranteeing the track a return to its country status once more. The unlikely pair are nicely complementary: Cyrus’s characteristic twang serves as a fresh counterpart to Lil Nas X’s easy baritone flow. It was already a hit; now it’s not going anywhere.


“Messenger,” Ioanna Gika

After a period of personal turmoil, singer and producer Ioanna Gika headed to her familial home in Greece to process and create Thalassa, her debut solo album. Sweeping and ethereal in the tradition of artists like Enya, Thalassa takes its cues from the epics of its birthplace. “Messenger” turns a stuttering electronic beat into a persistent chord of anxiety under choral arrangements and atmospheric verses. Gika has said the album is a “document of the dread, the adrenaline, and the surrender in the moments when you realize the only way to survive is to brace yourself and go through.” “Messenger” maintains that kind of breathless, urgent energy: a calling to carry on.


“Kill This Love,” BLACKPINK

If you like your K-pop with attitude and a serious drumbeat, girl group BLACKPINK have the track for you. “Kill This Love,” off the foursome’s new EP of the same title, is a no-holds-barred song that mixes singing and rapping in Korean and English. In the tradition of their popular male counterparts like BTS, BLACKPINK leans into the combination of a big drop and complex visuals. But BLACKPINK has plenty to boast of on their own, too: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa already have the most-watched K-pop group video on YouTube. “Kill This Love” promises to keep up their momentum as they make a play for Western audiences, with that menacing beat putting them front and center.


“The Daughters,” Little Big Town

“Oh girl, wash your face before you come to the table,” this thoughtful new ballad from country quartet Little Big Town starts off; it’s the group’s first new song off an upcoming ninth album. “Girl, know your place… shoulders back and stand up straight, watch your mouth and watch your weight.” A tender, unflinching reflection on the superficial standards women are held to, it will speak to many women who have put their own dreams second to the requirements of society, family or both. There’s a certain resignation in lead singer Karen Fairchild’s lilting voice, but it’s also a delicate reminder that we are not alone in our struggle. “I’ve heard of God the son and God the father,” she sings. “I’m just looking for a God for the daughters.”


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5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Weekend

It’s here: Billie Eilish‘s long-awaited debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is out, three years after the teen artist first came to the attention of the music industry. Meanwhile, Sky Ferreira — once a rising pop star, now an enigmatic artist of uncertain genre — finally dropped the first song, “Downhill Lullaby,” off a long-gestating new project. Rosalía, Spain’s voice of flamenco-pop, teams up with J Balvin for a reggaeton track that shows off both their strengths on “Con Altura.” Another smart pairing: Cage the Elephant and Beck, two of alt-rock’s top acts, on collaborative single “Night Running” ahead of a joint tour. And Tank and the Bangas prove they’ve got plenty of surprises in store with the flirty, summer-ready “Nice Things.”

Entertainment – TIME


The 5 Best Songs You Need to Listen to This Weekend

This week, Lizzo continues dropping hits in advance of her new album — this time featuring none other than Missy Elliott on “Tempo.” Dance duo Sofi Tukker try a new sound on recent release “Fantasy,” ahead of their next project. Rising country singer Kassi Ashton goes introspective on the intimate, haunting acoustic ballad “Pretty Shiny Things.” Kailee Morgue brings in Hayley Kiyoko for the emo-pop bop that is “Headcase,” a track that traverses dark territory with a wink. And boy band Why Don’t We may all be under 21, but that doesn’t stop them from singing infectiously about the problem with nightlife on “I Don’t Belong in This Club” with an added verse from Macklemore.

Entertainment – TIME


5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week

This Friday is International Women’s Day, and it comes with a full slate of great songs from female artists. Consider Maren Morris’s sophomore album, aptly titled Girl, and its sassy ode to independence, “Flavor.” Then there’s Norwegian pop star Sigrid, with debut album Sucker Punch stocked with dancefloor favorites — and a few sly, elegant ballads like “Level Up.” Prolific Ariana Grande collaborator Tayla Parx makes a mark on her own in the extremely catchy “I Want You.” And it’s not just the women; this week, the label behind K-pop group BTS launched a new group, TXT, with a promising debut. And Louis Tomlinson, of One Direction fame, has an emotional new solo ballad that remembers his mother, who he lost to cancer.

Entertainment – TIME


Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Brings Back a ‘90s Fad, Eddie Vedder and Judy Garland Cover ‘A Star is Born’ Songs and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Brings Back a ‘90s Fad, Eddie Vedder and Judy Garland Cover ‘A Star is Born’ Songs and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Cosplay of the Day:

Let’s get the week of the release of Captain Marvel started right with this little fan cosplaying as the movie’s title character at the premiere last week. Representation and adorability have never gone so well together, have they?

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Frozen 2 trailer reignites fan frenzy with hints of new songs, messages about climate change and maybe Disney’s first gay princess

FANS of the £1billion Disney blockbuster Frozen are ready to Let It Go again.

In case you somehow missed the global frenzy the first time round in 2013, the musical tale of Snow Queen Elsa and her fearless sister Anna became one of the highest grossing animated movies ever.

Fans of Disney's Frozen are excited for the sequel after the release of the new trailer

Fans of Disney’s Frozen are excited for the sequel after the release of the new trailer[/caption]

This week saw the release of the first two-minute trailer for the sequel, which notched up more than 116million views in 24 hours.

Frozen 2 will not be out until November, yet social media is buzzing with speculation.

Kate Jackson takes a look at the frosty phenomenon and what to expect from the sequel . . .

The £1billion phenomenon

NOT since Star Wars has a movie dominated the toy market in the way Frozen has, with Elsa dolls out-selling Barbie.

Disney is estimated to have been shifting a billion dollars-worth of Frozen related products in both 2014 and 2015.

In the US there has been £430million worth of Frozen dolls sold
In the US there has been £430million worth of Frozen dolls sold

Elsa doll sales, like the soft toy below, were worth £430million in the US alone.

And the blue evening dress worn by Elsa as she sings power ballad Let It Go is Disney’s all-time best-selling costume — with Anna’s outfit in second place.

Children were named after the tormented ice queen, merchandise spun out of control and Let It Go was belted out in homes and playgrounds across the world.

In Britain, 1.45million DVDs were sold in the first three weeks after the film’s release in 2013 and the Frozen Snow Glow Elsa doll became the most popular Christmas toy.

The original movie cost £117million to make and Disney is estimated to have shifted over a billion dollars worth of merchandise

The original movie cost £117million to make and Disney is estimated to have shifted over a billion dollars worth of merchandise[/caption]

It didn’t stop there, a year later merchandise continued to increase tenfold, and was still going strong in 2016.

Fans could buy everything from Frozen chairs to ride-on toys cars, board games and backpacks.

And it was Elsa and Olaf, the naive snowman, who were shifting the goods, rather than the film’s heroine Anna.

On top of that, the icy tale proved to be the biggest-selling DVD of this decade, shifting more than three million copies in 2014 alone.

Fans could buy everything from Frozen chairs to bikes and backpacks 
Fans could buy everything from Frozen chairs to bikes and backpacks

The original Disney movie cost £117million to make and went on to be the highest grossing animated film of all time, taking $ 1.287billion. It won two Oscars — Best Animated film and Best Original Song — plus a Golden Globe and a Bafta.

However, Spencer Lacey Ganus — who played teenage Elsa — earned just £600 for her one-day of work. She ended up with ten times that from royalties.

New viewers (if there are any) start here

INSPIRED by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Frozen is a fairy tale for the modern era, with fierce princesses Elsa and Anna as the heroines.

In the original movie the kingdom of Arendelle is trapped in an eternal winter after princess Elsa’s incredible powers are unleashed following her coronation as Queen.

Frozen looks at the relationship between sisters Elsa and Anna, as well as the friends they meet along the way like snowman Olaf

Frozen looks at the relationship between sisters Elsa and Anna, as well as the friends they meet along the way such as snowman Olaf[/caption]

Elsa flees, and her sister Anna, her new friend Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven and naive snowman Olaf set off to persuade her to end her self-imposed isolation and save her homeland.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Weselton schemes to take control of Arendelle by getting rid of both Elsa and Anna.

Elsa is able to conquer all – but only by letting go of her fear.

Where STAR they now?

KRISTEN Bell: Anna

Before voicing heroic princess Anna, Kristen, 38, had appeared in US comedies Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Couples Retreat.

The mum of two, who is married to actor Dax Shepard, had dreamed of being in a Disney animation since she was four.

She said of the movie’s success: “When we were making it, there was a part of me thinking, ‘This is really, really special’.”

Idina Menzel: Elsa

As Frozen brought global fame, Glee actress Idina was dealing with a divorce.

The New Yorker, 47, was balancing the glamour with going to “mediation with my ex, figuring out which days he was visiting our son and the sadness and regret.”

When asked a couple of years ago if her son, now nine, was excited about Frozen 2, she admitted: “He doesn’t give a s***.”

Jonathan Groff: Kristoff

While voicing Kristoff the Broadway actor was also filming the American TV series Looking, in which he got to have raunchy scenes with History Boys actor Russell Tovey.

On stage in 2015 he played King George III in Hamilton, which earned him a Tony Award nomination.

Jonathan, who stars in Netflix crime drama Mindhunter, describes Frozen as “like crack for children”.

Josh Glad: Olaf

The voice of the world’s most famous snowman grew up in sunny Florida and didn’t see snow until he was 15.

Prior to Frozen, the 37-year-old played tech icon Steve Wozniak in the film Jobs and more recent movies include Murder On The Orient Express and Beauty And The Beast.

The dad of two said: “If I had to be remembered for one character, Olaf would be fine.”

The trailer clues

THE teaser has a dark, fearful tone, starting with Elsa running across a rampaging sea, which many fans have interpreted as her being trapped on a mystical island.

The girls are wearing new combat-style outfits and Anna is wielding a sword, which some have likened to a superhero movie.


Many fans think that the new film will have underlying messages about climate change after Elsa is seen trying to freeze an ocean[/caption]

And rather than winter, it seems to be autumn — although this may not be in their native Arendelle.

Writer and director Jennifer Lee said it will be “bigger, more epic” than Frozen, adding: “They’re going to go far out of Arendelle.”

While most fans have been poring over the trailer, they should be paying more attention to the poster.

Josh Gad, the voice of snowman Olaf, tweeted: “If you look hard enough, this teaser poster will reveal quite a few surprises (like how pretty a snowflake is up close).”

There is speculation that it is set in a different land as we can see an autumnal forest rather than the snowy scenes of Arendelle
There is speculation that it is set in a different land as we can see an autumnal forest rather than the snowy vistas of Arendelle

There has also been speculation that Frozen 2 could send a message about climate change.

In the trailer, Elsa is either trying to reduce the temperature of the sea as she crosses it or she may simply be freezing it so she is able to walk across it.

It could, though, simply be that this story takes place during a different season or that the characters are in a different land.

The other problem with the climate change theory is that Frozen is clearly set before the industrial revolution, so any rise in the Earth’s temperature is unlikely to have been made by humans.

The new songs

THERE were two versions of mega-hit song Let It Go in the original movie – the empowering one sung by Elsa as she refuses to hide her secret powers any more, and a pop version by Demi Lovato at the end credits.

The song Let It Go won a Grammy and an Oscar, and sold more than ten million copies in 2014, making it the year’s fifth best-selling song.

AP:Associated Press

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have promised at least seven new songs for Frozen 2[/caption]

Husband and wife team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have promised at least seven new songs.

Director Jennifer Lee reckons one could rival Let It Go’s success. She said in November: “We have a new song that I think is an evolution. It’s our own song. Bobby and Kristen just delivered it three weeks ago. We’ve been working with them for two years and this song just came and I love it.”

The snowflake

THERE is just one bold image on the new movie’s official poster – this snowflake-like formation with four diamonds.

Each diamond contains a different symbol inside it, and fans have speculated that they might stand for the four elements of earth, water, air and fire. Or perhaps, for the four seasons.

Others suspect the four diamonds might stand for four kingdoms, and that the snowflake’s eight points might hint at more princesses.

The new characters: could we have Disney’s first gay princess?

BLINK and you’ll miss them but two new characters are glimpsed in the Frozen 2 teaser — a redhead female and a blonde figure, who is blown upwards in a pile of leaves.

Some fans reckon they could be Anna and Kristoff’s children, even though the pair haven’t aged.

Some think that the film could break new ground and feature Disney’s first ever gay princess after many fans campaigned for Elsa to have a girlfriend

Could these be voiced by the new cast members, Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood and Black Panther actor Sterling K Brown?

Not even respected movie website IMDB knows what their characters names will be in Frozen 2 — yet.

An alternative theory is the sequel will glow under the LGBT rainbow.

Some eagle-eyed viewers spotted a scene with an unknown character being blown upwards in a pile of leaves

Some eagle-eyed viewers spotted a scene with an unknown character being blown upwards in a pile of leaves[/caption]

There is a twitter campaign titled #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, where lesbian fans have pleaded with the writer to have the heroine fall in love with a woman.

Idina Menzel, who plays Elsa, gave the idea her support, saying: “It would be a great thing.”

Writer Jennifer Lee was also very aware of the drive and said: “We have tons of conversations about it and we’re really conscientious about these things.”

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15 Top Civil Rights Songs That Promote Freedom and Justice for Black History Month

During Black History Month it is important to reflect and think about how much change is still needed since the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. To get inspired to continue to make a difference, take a look at these top civil rights songs you should have on your playlist rotation.

15 Top Civil Rights Songs 

1.Glory – Common ft. John Legend

‘Glory’ is a collaborative track by John Legend along with rapper Common from the soundtrack of the 2014 film Selma.The song contains powerful and meaningful lyrics, such as, “Freedom is like religion to us, justice is juxtaposition in us.”


2. Freedom – Various Artists

This 90s classic, featuring top music stars across several genres, including TLC, SWV, En Vogue, Queen Latifah, Patra, Michelle Ndegeocello, Aaliyah, and Vanessa Williams, was a major girl-power moment during the time. It is included on the soundtrack for “Panther” a 1995 Mario Van Peebles film about the controversial political group.


3. Harder Than You Think – Public Enemy

‘Harder Than You Think’ is the first single off of Public Enemy’s 20th anniversary album, which was released in 2007. The song was also selected by NBC to debut on their Super Bowl XLIX commercial. Public Enemy’s ‘Say It Like It Is’ is the backdrop for the Selma trailer. This song is definitely empowering.


4. One Love – Elle Varner

“I know it’s crazy to think of this daily; imagine no one needing guns, only once impossible maybe…” These lyrics are the opening words to this song, which revolves around the idea that one day we can change and have a peaceful world.


5. Black Rage – Lauryn Hill

This song was dedicated by the artist to Ferguson, to help promote peace and support those fighting for racial equality in Mississippi. There are sounds of children in the background of the song, and shares the factors she believes that inspires “black rage.”


6. Don’t Shoot – The Game ft. Various Artists

This song is also a tribute to Michael Brown. Purchases on iTunes go directly to the Michael Brown Charity. The heartfelt song brings together all your favorite rappers for an unforgettable hit.



7. We Gotta Pray – Alicia Keys

This song is inspiring for anybody, where the superstar sings, “Sirens everywhere, singing that street song. Violence everywhere, barely holding on…” The song was produced immediately after the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer involved in the death of Eric Garner. The three-minute long song begs for strength and peaceful protests. At the end of the video, Eric Garner’s face is shown.



8. We Shall Overcome

This song was made as a protest song, and became a staple song during the Civil Rights Movement. The song derived from a previous gospel song by Charles Albert Tindley. ‘We Will Overcome’ was published in 1948. Joan Baez performed the song live at the White House for President Obama.



9. Lift Every Voice and Sing- James Weldon Johnson

Also known as the “Black American National Anthem”, the song was first performed as part of a poem in 1900 in a segregated school in Jacksonville, Fla. Principal of the Stanton School, James Johnson, wrote the poem to honor guest speaker Booker T. Washington. The song has been redone by various artists including Ray Charles (his rendition below), Bebe Winans, Maya Angelou and Melba Moore. When Rene Marie was asked to perform the national anthem in 2008 at a civic event in Colorado, she caused massive controversy by swapping the words for the lyrics of Lift Every Voice and Sing. The Rev. Joseph Lowery also used lyrics from the song at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony in 2009.

10. Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2

A major hit for international sensations U2, this song become an anthem for peace, freedom and human rights. It was inspired by the civil rights movement and celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.


11. Say it Loud, I’m Black and Proud – James Brown

The lyrics of this song focus on prejudice blacks in America have faced. It was released in two separate singles but both held the No. 1 spot on the R&B singles chart for six weeks. It also peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song quickly became a black power anthem.



12. I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers

‘I’ll Take You There’ was on the Hot 100 for 15 straight weeks, and eventually reached the number one spot. The song is also looked at as a “call-and-response” type of song. While it was released in 1972, it still remains one of the most recognized and successful songs of the century.


13. When the Revolution Comes- The Last Poets

Released in 1970, right in the heart of the civil rights movement, after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. The song was extremely fitting, and definitely caused a frenzy.


14. Get Up, Stand Up- Bob Marley and Peter Tosh

Marley created this song during his Haitian tour, after seeing the poverty stricken country. The song is symbolic for standing against oppression, and is a international Bob Marley legendary hit.


15. The Times They Are A’ Changin – Bob Dylan

In 1964, Bob Dylan produced the album: The Times They Are A’ Changin, and the first song had the same title. The album consists of songs that address racism, poverty, and plead for social reform and positive change. One of his most famous songs is this one, and Dylan says it was a song with purpose.


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5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week

Lana Del Rey gives us another taste of her upcoming album on the spare but poetic new “Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it,” a five-and-a-half-minute meditation. ILoveMakonnen returns with a casually upbeat new tune for a night out, bringing along Gucci Mane for the ride. Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone man bring soulful bounce to a new house track; Ariana and the Rose drops a vibrant video to go along with her dance tune “Night Owl;” and Nick Waterhouse finds a timeless throwback style on the debut single of a new album.

Entertainment – TIME


Why Performers Lip Sync the Songs at the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Rita Ora caught plenty of flak for lip syncing the words to her song “Let You Love Me” during the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Like Mariah Carey on New Year’s Eve in Times Square before her, Ora is one of many gifted artists to take a technical snafu in stride.

But when it comes to hitting all the right (silent) notes during the annual telecast on that chilly Thursday, Ora wasn’t alone.

John Legend — who performed “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” aboard a Build-A-Bear sailboat float — took to Twitter on Thursday to explain that lip syncing was the only way to go. Evidently, it all comes down to logistics.

“Fun fact. We all have to lip sync on this parade because the floats don’t have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance. Hope y’all enjoyed it anyway,” Legend said of himself and his fellow musicians.

Ora was right behind him.

“Fun fact @johnlegend thank you for clarifying what I was about to also tweet,” Ora said in response. “It’s annoying for us but anyway! All my shows are 100 percent live always have been! When you come to a ORA show get ready! Back to holidays! Have a good one guys! 🙂 X.”

Ora was just one of the stars who appeared to be lip syncing at a visible delay for people online who noticed the mishap.

Macy’s issued a statement assuring viewers that artists were not to blame for any performance issues.

“During today’s NBC broadcast of the #MacysParade several recording artists experienced technical difficulties that negatively impacted their performance,” it read. “We apologize and want fans to know these issues were out of the artists’ control.”

Evidently, not all the stars went on vocal rest and mouthed the lyrics during the festive spectacle. Kelly Clarkson took to Instagram to reassure viewers that she did indeed go live.

“Umm, I don’t know if y’all know this, but that was live!” she said on Instagram.

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Miranda Lambert Blames Sexism For Her Lack Of No.1 Songs – ‘I Had To Collab With A Man To Top The Charts!’

The country singer slammed sexism in the music industry! Miranda Lambert may have reached the top spot in the charts, but that does not make her completely happy because she needed a collab with a man, Jason Aldean to be exact, to accomplish that goal!

Their song titled ‘Drowns the Whiskey’ is the one that reached no. 1 and while it may be a coincidence that her first chart-topper was a collab with a man, Miranda can’t help but be a little bit suspicious.

Miranda Lambert actually had to wait no less than five years before one of her songs topped Billboard’s Country Airplay!

While the star is obviously not upset about it, she blames sexism.

During an interview with The Washington Post, she explained: ‘Yes, I had to sing with somebody with a penis to get a Number. 1. I do like this person, Jason Aldean, quite a lot…so it was a great song with an old friend.’

She went on to talk about some statistics she found quite strange.

‘It is interesting that I have not had even a Top 20 in a very long time. And then it goes No. 1 because it is a dude.’

She added that ‘But you know — if we went and looked at how many singles or how many records were sold for the Top 10 songs right now, I would probably triple it on record sales. So it does not matter.’

After all, this is not the only song with which she’s been really high on the charts lately!

For instance, Miranda also got another no. 1 spot with a second collab, this time with a woman – Carrie Underwood.

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Songs for Screens: Synch or Sync – What’s the Correct Usage?

It’s a debate as inconclusive as “theater” versus “theatre”: When writing about music licenses, is it “sync” or “synch”? The shorthand for synchronization has become so interchangeable in industry circles that many music-licensing professionals are at a loss for words as to why they use one over the other. BMG refers to music licensed for […]