Tom Barnes
Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is a senior staff writer at Mic focused on music, activism and the intersection between the two. He's based in New York and can be reached at

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Stop trying to reveal Banksy's secret identity

Revealing the identity of Banksy is a great way to destroy the power of his work.

June 22, 2017

Chance apologies for "disrespecting" Dr. Dre and Aftermath on his Be Encouraged tour

The two artists are not as different as Chance once assumed.
June 22, 2017

Drake releases "Signs," inspired by Louis Vuitton's Paris Fashion Week collection

Drake's "Signs" matches the breezy Caribbean flair of Louis Vuitton's "Archipelago" collection.
June 21, 2017

Young Thug can't decide if he wants to be a pop star on 'Beautiful Thugger Girls'

For the first time in years, Young Thug seems somewhat unsure of who he is artistically.
June 20, 2017

Prodigy of Mobb Deep dead at 42

The Queens-bred rapper was recently hospitalized in Las Vegas for complications caused by sickle cell anemia.
June 20, 2017

Chris Cornell's 12-year-old daughter Toni wrote him a Father's Day letter, and it's devastating

Her father may be gone, but Toni Cornell still feels his presence in her life.

June 19, 2017

Jay Z confirms what the internet already knew: '4:44' is his next album

The follow-up to 2013's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' is out this month.
June 14, 2017

Why the Grammys voting changes are kind of a big deal

Welcome to the future, Grammy Awards, don't let the people down next year.
June 13, 2017

What is going on in Young Thug's disturbing and violent 'EBBTG' trailer?

And who thought this video was a good idea?
June 9, 2017

Katy Perry is livestreaming her 'Witness' release weekend ... why?

The pop star will be livestreaming her entire weekend in a 'Big Brother' house, for some reason.
June 7, 2017

Noel Gallagher donates "Don't Look Back in Anger" royalties to Manchester victims

Noel Gallagher has been working to support victims of the Manchester attack despite missing the benefit show.

June 2, 2017

German festival Rock am Ring evacuates audiences following terrorist threat

Festival organizers hope the event can continue as planned Saturday.
June 2, 2017

Pusha T calls for end to gun violence: "Kids can't feel like this."

The rapper and president of G.O.O.D. Music discusses why he felt compelled to support the viral plea for peace 6-year-old Jeffrey Laney made last month.
June 1, 2017

Can you ever be really safe at concerts? Here's what security experts say.

Security experts discuss the sobering reality of attending concerts in 2017.
May 31, 2017

Nas pens essay on how he survives as a black man under a racist president

Nas is not interested in trying to figure out the mind of Donald Trump — he's focused on the people.
May 30, 2017

Chance the Rapper won't be running for office anytime soon, despite public demand

Chance the Rapper won't become Chance the Mayor anytime soon.

May 23, 2017

James Corden sends a touching message to Ariana Grande and Manchester following tragedy

The British 'Late Late Show' host spoke of the city's strength and spirit.
May 22, 2017

Linkin Park lashes out at fans who call them sellouts: "You're a f*cking p*ssy"

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park will punch you in the face if you try to talk to him about 'Hybrid Theory.'
May 22, 2017

Billboard Music Awards 2017: Watch Diddy wish the Notorious B.I.G. a happy birthday

Diddy also brought out Biggie's son, Christopher Jordan Wallace, to help with his tribute.
May 22, 2017

Billboard Music Awards 2017: Watch performances by Nicki Minaj, Camila Cabello, more

Check out some of the best performances from the BBMA's stacked lineup.