Aretha Franklin wasn’t just a legendary singer. She was also a civil rights hero.

The Queen of Soul made it clear that she had an undying devotion to the advancement of black people.

Buying tickets online is a massive headache — here’s why companies can charge all those fees

Why is buying tickets online such a nightmare? Critics say that it's because one company has grown too powerful to bother listening to consumers.

Do men accused of misconduct deserve to have their music in event playlists? These DJs weigh in.

Not playing an artist's music at events can "speak volumes," one DJ says.

Career Advice: 5 surprising ways to become more popular & better at teamwork, according to science

Career advice online is not always driven by research. Here are some clever, unintuitive, but science-approved tricks to being a better team player at work.

Majid Jordan open up about their earliest influences and their new album ‘The Space Between’

We talked with the OVO duo ahead of the release of their sophomore LP, which is out Friday.

‘TRL’ is coming back, so we talked with La La Anthony, Jesse Camp and more about the MTV classic

With MTV re-launching its former flagship show, we waxed nostalgic with the folks who made the original tick.
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Lifecycling: Bohemian Guitars make music out of trash

How two brothers turn re-purposed cans and scrap metal into electric axes for the masses.

In Lady Gaga’s new Netflix doc, the Fame Monster matures

'Gaga: Five Foot Two' is a revealing portrait of an artist and star who's consciously growing into a new phase of her career.

Venus Fest: The new, feminist music festival that’s carrying on the spirit of Lilith Fair

Set to take place on Sept. 30 in Toronto, the first-ever Venus Fest aims to value inclusivity and community in a way many festivals don’t.

R Kelly’s playing an Atlanta show later this month — but not if these activists can help it

“How long are we going to put up with this behavior from this person with no repercussions?” asked Oronike Odeleye, one of the co-founders of the #MuteRKelly movement.

Jamila Woods invited Chicago kids to work on her “LSD” video. So we asked them about the experience.

“I want to show you guys what Chicago really is,” Ashley Huicochea, a recent high-school graduate who pitched the video's treatment, said.

After years of urging, Spotify is stepping up efforts to remove racist bands from its platform

"We are glad to have been alerted to this content," a spokesperson for the company said in an email.

Georgia official on R Kelly: “The public deserves an investigation”

“No one should be above the law, because of their income or their zip code.”

Kesha refuses to let “the bastards” get her down on her new album ‘Rainbow’

Kesha's first studio album since 2012 is a genre-hopping triumph, a statement of liberation for the embattled singer and songwriter.

Meet Towkio, a onetime hustler who’s keeping Chicago hip-hop weird

The Chance the Rapper-affiliated emcee opens up about channeling his city's spirit into his upcoming album, 'WWW.'

Madame Gandhi: The free-bleeding feminist musician with a Harvard MBA

The future is inclusive and it is female.

Downtown Boys aren’t here for your “white tears”

The Rhode Island punk band discusses the making of their new album and what it's like to tour while being brown in Trump's America.

Pussy Riot’s new art project will give brave audiences the Russian prison treatment

Nadya Tolokonnikova is raising money to put together an immersive theater experience that will highlight the need for prison reform.

Read Kesha’s essay on her new single “Hymn” — a song for “people who feel like outcasts”

"We can’t let the haters and the negativity win."

“Innocent until proven guilty”: R Kelly’s fans chime in on “cult” allegations at recent show

R. Kelly's Sunday concert in White Plains wasn't sold out, but it was filled with die-hards who are still devoted to the singer.

Frank Ocean’s Panorama set was a stunning studio session played in front of thousands

With aid from director Spike Jonze, Ocean made the sprawling festival seem remarkably intimate.

R Kelly fans face conflicted feelings as his tour continues after “cult” allegations

The “Pied Piper of R&B” performs tonight in Virginia.

On Lana Del Rey’s lust for social consciousness

For her latest studio full-length, LDR proves there's more to her than the flower-crown aesthetic.

Tyler, the Creator is still a “walking paradox” on the rumor-baiting ‘Flower Boy’

Is he queer? Maybe. Does he know how to use the speculation to further his art? Definitely.

One woman living in R Kelly’s alleged “sex cult” says everything is fine. That doesn’t mean it is.

Jocelyn Savage says she's "happy" and "totally fine" in her arrangement with R. Kelly. Experts say that's common behavior among abuse survivors.

“Despacito” may have just officially become the future of pop

Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber's hit collaboration has slowly taken over pop.

The 3 best wedding ideas — to save money but still show your guests the time of their lives

Getting married? Here's how to save money on your wedding and resist the pressure to overspend — but still ensure your guests have tons of fun.

The true meaning behind Ed Sheeran’s “new” song on ‘Game of Thrones’

The tune that the pop star sang during Sunday's premiere actually appears in George R.R. Martin's books, but in a much different context.

20 years ago, Missy Elliott’s ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ welcomed the misfits into hip-hop’s mainstream

And the iconic emcee's debut album is as engaging and forward-thinking a listen today as it was in 1997.