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Barack Obama started a tradition after leaving the White House of listing his favorite songs each year. The former president, 59, and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, 56, have pleasantly surprised admirers with how contemporary their combined musical palates are. Of course, the former first couple admits they’ve been greatly aided by their…

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Iconic choir director Ricky Dillard celebrated the history of Chicago’s house music and his own musical influences with his latest project, Choirmaster: The Chicago House Music Remixes. For more than 30 years, Dillard has influenced multiple music genres and generations, inspiring the sounds of recording artists like Kirk Franklin and Kanye West. He has shared…

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Several aspiring producers got an opportunity to compete in the 2019 Rémy Producers national finale. Held at Gold Room in Atlanta, the event featured a competition among the four regional winners which included, Scylla, Ovalord, Clyde Strokes, and Tane Runo. Each producer competed for the chance to win a producer’s deal with So-So Def Records…

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Nicki Minaj insists she’s not “lowering standards” by dating Kenneth “Zoo” Petty. The 36-year-old rap star’s decision to date the convicted felon has been widely questioned, but Nicki has now hit back at her critics, saying they don’t have any right to doubt her life choices. Speaking on Queen Radio, the “Anaconda” hitmaker said: “When…

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“Hero” songwriter Mariah Carey will debut the lead single “With You” from her forthcoming album in a performance at the AMAs (American Music Awards) televised ceremony at Los Angeles‘ Microsoft Theater on October 9. This will be the first time Carey has performed on the show in 10 years. Confirming her performance, Carey tweeted: “I’m…

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New Jack Swing, with its merger of high-energy hip-hop edge and soulful singing, was the definitive sound of a younger generation. Beyond songwriters like Riley and Jam & Lewis, there were also major contributors to the genre; such as L.A. and Babyface, as well as the underrated Full Force.

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