Michael Stokes – "Lay Back Down" (Official Video)

Emerging artist Michael Stokes’ new single, “Lay Back Down,” from his debut EP combines a sultry, soulful sound with riffs and hip hop undercurrents making it a seamless fit for today’s musical landscape. Michael grew up in Benton Harbor, Michigan where he and his brother where first exposed to the …

Randy Newman on Trump, Putin, and His New Album

Randy Newman. Photo: Lester Cohen/Wire for ASCAP How do you account for a career like Randy Newman’s, other than to say he’s some kind skewed genius? For nearly 50 years, he’s been releasing deeply quirky cult-favorite albums mordant wit and moving melodies. In the process he’s developed a songbook material …

Kesha Makes a Giant Leap Toward Freedom With Biblical New Solo Song

There is no hyperbole too great to describe Kesha’s return to solo music after nearly four years virtual imprisonment. The video for her soaring new piano-driven song “Praying” uses multiple Biblical metaphors to mark her journey toward freedom. Kesha is questioning God and considering death from a casket in the …

Jack Antonoff on How to Write a Perfect Pop Song

Bleachers’ Jack Antonf. Photo: Erika Goldring/Wire When I was first presented with the idea for this story — where I would explain how to write a perfect pop song — I told my manager, ‘It’s a cool idea, but it doesn’t make any sense. There’s no one way to do …

DJ Khaled’s Grateful and 6 Other Albums to Listen to Now

DJ Khaled. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty s Every week, Vulture gathers new albums you can listen to right now. We don’t have a problem admitting it: Keeping track everything that’s released can be overwhelming, but finding out about interesting music doesn’t have to be work. Read our picks below, and share …

A Guide to the Expanding Universe of Hollywood’s Cinematic Universes

Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson When you hear the phrase, “cinematic universe,” how does it make you feel? Confused? Ambivalent? Aroused with capitalistic fervor? If your answer is the latter choice, then congratulations: You might be a studio executive. Cinematic universes, or interconnected worlds in which a number different franchises can exist …

Everything to Know About Lorde’s Melodrama Before Listening

Melodrama is out on Friday. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival On Friday, former teen prodigy Lorde will release her sophomore album, Melodrama. (It’s out now for all you lucky Aussies and Kiwis.) Now a seasoned 2o-year-old — with plenty swear words sprinkled throughout the album to …

Bossip Exclusive: Here’s How Breezy Tried To Weasel His Way Out Of Legal Trouble With Karrueche

Judge Bars Chris Brown From Contact With Karrueche Karrueche Tran’s days struggling with Chris Brown are ficially over. Today a judge granted Tran a permanent restraining order against her superstar ex, following testimony and evidence from her that was so damning BOSSIP sources tell us Brown’s attorney’s unsuccessfully attempted to …

SZA Is Finally in Ctrl: On the Long Road to Her Debut Album

There’s an unapologetically girly quality to Ctrl, Solána Rowe’s, a.k.a. SZA’s, debut album, like she’s thinking aloud about growing up in a dreamy singsong. She’s inspired by teen romances, ’90s Drew Barrymore films, and the preternatural quality Spike Lee movies. On Ctrl, you can hear SZA pulling in all these …