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Los Angeles is well known for the terrible highway traffic so if you're about to tell the people of that city that construction will cause MORE traffic jams, you better have a special way of doing it. Mayor Eric Garcetti's slow jam will soothe and charm you, even if your weekend plans have been ruined. 

He also has this amazing quote about slow jams and planned traffic delays:


via @LAMayorsOffice

Is this cool? Is it not cool? It should be on the level of your high school teacher "rapping" about chemistry but the smooth sounds of saxophone have me all confused. 

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This news came straight outta' nowhere. In his first claim to literary fame, 'The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory,' journalist John Seabrook lays down the emboldened claim that Mr. Champagne Papi lent some of his words to Dr. Dre when he was just getting started out.


In fact the book contains a quote from Drake that claims Dre put him in something remotely similar to a sweatshop. "It was some of the most strenuous militant sh*t I've ever done," says Drake. "But no useable songs came out of it. When I think of how he worked us, it's no wonder he didn't get anything out of it. It was just writers in a room churning out product all day long."


To be fair though, don't we think such tough and trying conditions might've played a hand in molding the Drake we love and enjoy today though?

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All in all, the last person David Bowie followed on Twitter isn't crucial in the grand scheme of things; but hey an interesting tidbit that smells vaguely like some sort of clue, nonetheless.


In the meantime if you hopped back on board the Bowie nostalgia train check out this next level ethereal track, 'Starman' from the legend himself. The vocals will strike a soul-pleasing chord and send chills down the back your spine:

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The indisputably dominant music streaming titan Spotify, is combining forces with high and widely regarded annotation and lyric site Genius, for a new playlist feature called "Behind the Lyrics (Hip Hop)."


The playlist, which debuts today, will provide fans on Spotify the tools to click, then learn more about a particular song's lyrics, writers, and meaning for the full-fledged historical rundown. The playlist features artists such as but not limited to, Pusha T, Diplo, and Tinashe.


"I've partnered with Genius and Spotify to take you 'Behind The Lyrics' of my greatest songs because every word that I write means something to me," Pusha T says in a statement. "Together we've found a way to bring my fans a deeper listening experience and raise the bar for songwriters."


"Spotify and Genius are creating a really cool connection between me and my fans on another level than I normally can connect with them," Tinashe says.


"I have always been a person that dissects music and studies it," Diplo says. "I was a sample spotter and I learned how to make music by listening to it. Genius on Spotify breaks down the music to the bare bones and gets deeper into it's true core."


Take it from these three artists; the whole Genius weds Spotify business is something to get very amped about. The next playlist is slated to arrive in coming weeks, and will focus on hit songs from a wealth of differing genres.

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Sounds like the boys from One Direction are going their separate ways, or multiple directions. If these rumors hold up and the tabloids weren't in fact just having an out the ordinary slow day in need of some controversy, then we're looking at the end of a successful six-year career that all began in 2010 on a UK segment of 'The X Factor.'


This boy band was the first band in history to have all four of their first albums make a collective splash on the Billboard 200. Plus their body of work considered in its entirety is certified platinum by the RIAA, except for 'Made In The A.M..'


US Weekly states that Liam Payne's aiming to make a move to get into production, while Harry Styles will attempt a career in acting, and Louis Tomlinson's going to give the whole being a father thing a run for its money.


Here's to what was a fruitful career, and whatever's up ahead for these dominant pop stars.

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David Bowie passed away from cancer at the age of 69 on Sunday. Mr. Bowie was a legend in the industry. He had a god-given talent for speaking to the outsiders of this world: the misfits, the sexual adventurers, the space explorers, the road-wearied vagabonds, etc; and all this was given life through the medium of what he fittingly termed—genuine soul.

His son, Duncan Jones, confirmed his death on Twitter with a saddening, yet deeply touching tweet:

As Bowie toured cross the world he not only transcended genres, but also eras with his continual commitment to changing up his wardrobe often as possible—from German Expressionism to comedy dell'arte to Japanese kimonos to badass space suits, Bowie wore it all, and stood tall and proud as a testament to challenging the norm.

If you were to settle on an anthem from all his work it was 'Changes' off his 1971 album 'Hunky Dory,' which iconically professed:

"Turn and face the strange / Ch-ch-changes / Oh look out now you rock and rollers / Pretty soon now you're gonna get older."

Mr. Bowie's endlessly changing stage persona inspired later, more colorfully expressive artists like Madonna and Lady Gaga.

His last album 'Blackstar,' a collaboration with a jazz quartet, and exploratory in nature, as is often the case with Bowie, was up to be honored at Carnegie Hall on March 31st.

On a side note when paying your respects to the deceased, and on live television no less, you should probably make it a point to get the person's name right.

Yes, this is a shoutout to Fiona Winchester, a Heart FM newscaster, who stumbled, and fumbled when she was recorded saying, 'David Cameron has died…D-D-David Bowie.' I mean are you fu*king kidding me Winchester?

Anyways, Bowie was a hall of fame rock and roller (quite literally from 1996 onwards), who never quit with aiming higher, producing more music, and connecting with fans—both new and old--through his art. He was loved by many, and he'll be missed immensely.

Rest in peace.

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum turned her husband's well-watch 'Magic Mike' bit around on him during an episode of Lip Sync Battle and nails it.



Not to be out done, Channing then performed Beyonce's 'Run the World (Girls)' and ending his Queen Bee performance with a special guest.


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The Netflix documentary series, 'Making A Murderer,' has been nothing if not a productivity-robbing, cultural sensation since it dropped in December.

If you're one of those cave-dwellers who resides under a rock you should know that the documentary focuses on Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man, who might've been framed for crimes he didn't commit a few times.

The frontman for The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, and his new blues-rock band, The Arcs took the global bingeing efforts to a new high with their recent released track, "Lake Superior."

The song references the Steven Avery criminal case, and the perverse, if not corrupt way the police and the criminal justice system considered as an entity, handled it.

Auerbach's vocals, as usual, don't disappoint; and manage to carry through song, the full emotional depth of this emotionally-riveting case.

Listen below:

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David Bowie's back as an exceptionally tortured artist with his latest music video/creepy masterpiece "Lazarus", directed by Johan Renck.

To put it lightly this is a highly disturbing four-minute montage of what the most dramatic operation room might look like behind the curtains. But Bowie's singing, and he's a genius so it's totally chill.

Chock-filled with convulsions, manic saxophones, and hospital beds, which have always been kind of creepy in themselves; you've got to give it to Bowie for returning to the scene with a bang.

This track's a glimpse off his new album, which comes out tomorrow, 'Blackstar"' and yes, on his 69th birthday. F*ck yeah David Bowie.

The video's director, Renck, also added, "one could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice. Intuitive, playful, mysterious and profound… I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was. I've basically touched the sun."

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Rock Legend Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister's untimely passing on Tuesday has everyone still reeling. The fact that it was just mere days after doctors discovered his aggressive cancer, and less than a month after wrapping up Motorhead's European Tour. The band has declared without Lemmy there is no future for Motorhead, but that he will live in on in everyone's memories.

Beloved by many, two of the most touching tributes have come from a post by Alice Cooper, and Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl's 'Ace of Spades' tattoo.

Lemmy was truly a one-of-a-kind in rock 'n' roll. He was innovative, true to his art and continually relevant even...

Posted by Alice Cooper on Tuesday, December 29, 2015




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When Anthony Mish, Seattle Seahawks mega-fan, created The Hawk House he went all out. According to his GoFundMe, he's put in $30,000 or roughly 175,000 Christmas lights and then spent 400 hours blanketing his house, all as a tribute to his favorite team.



Typically Mish's extravagant display is on from 5pm - 9pm weeknights and 5pm - 10:30pm on weekends. Which leaves some neighbors less than enthused. Mish claims that while drivers love the display, he's working to "tone it down" to satisfy some neighbor's complaints.

Of course when the Seahawks are playing on Sundays, Mish changes up the display a bit to support his team.




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Last year Youtuber Tom BetGeorge put on a lightshow much like this, but even more intense, with 100,000 lights. With the franchise very possibly peaking BetGeorge came back this season with a new show. Devito's mess of a maddening Christmas light show in 'Deck the Halls' would pale in comparison to this.

Give it up for BetGeorge; the force is strong with this one.

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Granted, Star Wars enthusiast, violinist extraordinaire Taylor Davis could've put in a bit more effort on the costume; but hot dang if she can play a tune. What's not to love about some intergalactic musical madness?

Country Music of The Day: Dixie Chicks Reunite for Massive World Tour
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The Dixie Chicks are ready, ready, ready, ready—ready to run...right up on stage and perform again!

Music fans are celebrating today after it was announced that 90s' country sensation the Dixie Chicks have reunited for a special world tour staring next year.

The group's DCX MMXVI World Tour will kick off June 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio and hit 40 cities in the United States and Canada.

Over the past decade, the trio has mostly worked on solo projects after comments made by the band about President George W. Bush in 2003 caused an uproar.

But fans have finally gotten over that, it seems.

Not a Dixie Chicks fan? Here are some videos just to get you started...

Petition of The Day: People Are Not Happy at All That Phil Collins is Returning to Music
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People are telling singer Phil Collins "I Don't Care Anymore" about your music.

The former Genesis frontman and aging star announced last week that he was coming out of retirement, and would begin making music again very soon.

And the Internet wasn't very kind about that announcement.

A petition on Change.org simply titled "Phil Collins Must Be Stopped" has over 1,500 signatures.

Comments on the petition aren't too flattering.

Well, at least one demographic is excited Collins is making a comeback: Dads.