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Inside Light in the Attic Records, the vinyl-loving crate-digger's favorite label

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In 1968, Barbara Lynn was riding high. A gifted young blues guitarist and songwriter whose compositions had already been covered by Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones, the Beaumont, Tex., native had just signed with Atlantic Records to release her major-label debut, Here Is Barbara Lynn. Though it spawned the radio hit “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” and landed her an extended tour with B.B. King, it wasn’t the success Atlantic had hoped for. By the mid-1970s, a disillusioned Lynn had mostly withdrawn from the industry to raise her family—and Here was essentially lost to history.

Fast-forward four decades, and cue the entrance of Matt Sullivan. In 2002 the then-26-year-old founded Light in the Attic Records, a label whose raison d’être is resurrecting forgotten classics for a new generation of vinyl fetishists and crate diggers. “When they called, I was amazed,” says Lynn, now 72, via phone from her Beaumont home. “I feel so good about these songs. I didn’t think anybody was still thinking about me.”

Here Is Barbara Lynn is the latest in a series of some 150 eclectic reissues put out by the Seattle-bred boutique label. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna calls out CBS for removing her song from NFL broadcast

Last week, TMZ surfaced a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancee Janay in a casino elevator. Though the NFL had initially responded to the incident by suspending Rice for just two games, after the tape’s release, Rice was suspended from the league indefinitely. Additionally, CBS pulled a segment featuring Rihanna’s “Run This Town” from its Thursday Night Football preshow Sept. 11 so that it would have more time to cover the news of Rice’s suspension.

“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said of the decision in a statement. “A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.” READ FULL STORY

NFL asks Rihanna, others to pay to play the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl halftime show is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, audiences an artist will ever get. That’s probably why performers agree to do the show for free year after year. But what happens if artists are asked to pay for the privilege of performing at the big game?

According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL is considering three candidates to provide entertainment at the 2015 Super Bowl: Katy Perry, Coldplay, and Rihanna. And when reaching out to these artists, the NFL reportedly asked if any of the acts “would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig.” Apparently, the stars’ representative did not take kindly to the idea.

As of now, no lineup has been set for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which will air on Feb. 1, 2015.

Eminem and Rihanna's Monster Tour: On the scene opening night in Pasadena

Eminem and Rihanna: Why? He’s the reedy-voiced rapper from Detroit who defined MTV when the channel’s current demo was in diapers. She’s the smoky-toned singer from Barbados who defines the modern musical landscape of free-form hip-hop that sounds like dance-pop, or whatever the hell “Diamonds” is. He’s a confessional storyteller. She’s a tantalizing enigma.

Sure, they’ve partnered on a few songs—most famously the 2010 smash “Love the Way You Lie,” a track that helped define Eminem’s older-wiser-louder circa-2010s persona. But on the opening night of the duo’s joint-headlining Monster tour at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium, there was still that central question: Why these two together, right now? The ultimate answer, frustrating and thrilling: Why not?

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Listen to Grimes' new R&B-meets-EDM banger 'Go'

Synth-loving art-pop faerie Grimes has been on the verge of a major breakthrough ever since she released her 2012 album Visions, which refined the experimental electronic approach of her first two LPs and infused her sound with big, undeniable hooks that can stand up next to anything on the Top 40. It has stealthily become one of the most influential records of the past few years, and you can hear ideas borrowed from it all over the radio, including pretty much every synth-heavy pop song by a female performer that’s broken big in the past year.

Grimes herself has been patiently setting up her next move, signing to Jay Z’s Roc Nation for management and apparently fielding some songwriting gigs from major stars. Earlier this month at the Governor’s Ball festival in New York City she played a handful of new songs, including one that she claimed was written for, and rejected by, Rihanna. Today, she posted the finished recording of that track, entitled “Go,” on her SoundCloud. Produced with her longtime musical partner Blood Diamonds, it’s her most ambitiously accessible song yet, with an R&B-heavy vocal melody and arena-sized EDM synths that sound like they could have been lifted off of a Diplo track. It strongly hints that her next album (which she’s still working on) will be aimed straight at pop radio.

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Rihanna Quits Instagram

After her account was temporarily disabled, Rihanna has quit Instagram entirely. There will be no more pics of @badgalRiRi smoking two joints the size of your forearm in Amsterdam. No more pics of RiRi draped in furs in front of fireplaces, flashing her diamond studded grill, or lounging in barely-there bikinis on boats. READ FULL STORY

Lily Allen calls out Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Gaga and Lorde in 'Sheezus' video

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Lily Allen’s at it again. In her new video for Sheezus, the never-not-opinionated Brit takes aim at reigning pop queens: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and even sweet little Lorde. (Surprisingly she leaves T-Swift out of it.) READ FULL STORY

Rihanna and Eminem announce a 'Monster' summer tour

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RiRi and Eminem will be rocking stadiums together this summer for The Monster Tour, named for their single off The Marshall Mathers LP2. Here’s that moment, in case you forgot: READ FULL STORY

Valentine's Day: YouTube unveils top 10 literal 'love' songs -- VIDEO

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Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no escaping the fact that Valentine’s Day is here. To celebrate, YouTube has released a list of the top 10 songs with the word “love” in the title.

According to stats compiled by the video-streaming website, there are approximately 5 million music videos with the word “love” in the title, which have generated a combined total of 50 billion views. Read on for all the “love” songs:
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Shakira and Rihanna double down in new 'Can't Remember to Forget You' video -- watch it here

The video for Shakira and Rihanna’s duet, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” has arrived.

And what’s on the syllabus for Sexy Amnesiacs 101? The usual: Two totally not Freudian cigars, a little freelance wall humping, some light bedspread butt fondling.

Watch it below:


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