Chris Riotta
Chris Riotta

Chris Riotta is a culture reporter at Mic, covering news, music and entertainment. He is based in New York and can be reached at criotta@mic.com

Oct. 3, 2016

Gorillaz tease new album with 'The Book of Noodle,' a cryptic, bloody animated story

If this is the band's way of teasing a new album, it would be its first release in five years.

Oct. 3, 2016

Solange brings the black beauty of 'A Seat at the Table' to life with 2 new visuals

Solange continues to build out the intimate, ethereal world of 'A Seat at the Table.'
Sept. 30, 2016

Solange and her mother discuss race relations ahead of 'A Seat at the Table'

Solange Knowles and her mother invited fans to take a seat at their table and discuss some hard truths.
Sept. 30, 2016

How Solange Knowles has evolved from Beyoncé's sister to R&B queen in her own right

Solange has been carving her own space in the music industry since she was 15-years-old.
Sept. 29, 2016

John Legend just expertly summed up America's problem with mental health and mass incarceration

"I’ve seen personally what drugs and depression can do to your family because I had that issue with my mother."
Sept. 29, 2016

Mary J. Blige defends her singing interview with Hilary Clinton

The R&B hitmaker will no longer be singing to any future guests, however.

Sept. 29, 2016

Kesha defends Alicia Machado, slams Trump's "racist, misogynist verbal diarrhea"

The embattled pop star threw her support behind Trump's latest victim.
Sept. 29, 2016

The Weeknd drops "False Alarm" from upcoming album 'Starboy' — listen here

The second track released off The Weeknd's forthcoming album sounds wildly different from the first.
Sept. 28, 2016

Solange Knowles' drops 'A Seat at the Table' digital book celebrating black beauty

The Knowles sisters are making 2016 the year of black female power in music.
Sept. 28, 2016

The Weeknd destroys his former image, career and reputation in new "Starboy" video

The Weeknd literally kills the old him in this haunting new video.
Sept. 28, 2016

Texas university launches class on Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' and black feminism

"Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture" will study race, gender and class in pop culture.

Sept. 26, 2016

Gucci Mane is about to become the Renaissance man

La Flare just continues to tack on new business ventures for himself post-prison.
Sept. 26, 2016

Drake's 'Please Forgive Me' is just like his new music: safe, predictable, expensive

Drake just can't seem to pull off a heist quite like Rihanna.
Sept. 26, 2016

Kid Cudi's 'Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'' tracklist features André 3000 and Willow Smith

Kid Cudi is gearing up for a major comeback ... hopefully.
Sept. 26, 2016

President Obama to host Leonardo DeCaprio, 'Stranger Things' kids at the SXSL fest

Leonardo DiCaprio will discuss his new documentary 'Before the Flood' and the kids will appear during the student film portion.
Sept. 23, 2016

Fall album releases: Everything we know about new Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Kid Cudi

The tidal wave of new music in 2016 doesn't end after summer.

Sept. 23, 2016

Kesha makes impassioned speech to fans at concert regarding her sexual assault case

"I honestly don't know if I would have made it the past few years without you guys, some of you may know I'm in a lawsuit."
Sept. 23, 2016

T.I. releases 'Us or Else' EP condemning police brutality and makes every lyric count

The EP features T.I.'s most socially conscious raps to date.
Sept. 22, 2016

The first-ever song made by artificial intelligence sounds just like the Beatles

Prepare to dance before your robot overlords.
Sept. 22, 2016

Common's "Black America Again" forces viewers to face the humanity of black lives

The Common and Stevie Wonder collaboration begins with powerful raw footage of a police shooting.