What social power does music have? Where does that power come from?
Mariachi musicians Carlos Samaniego and Natalia Melendez found out the hard way—first through discrimination, ridicule and professional blackballing among their musician peers, then via the challenging path of advocating for the acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender people in the mariachi world.
Korean boy band BTS have been criticized by a Jewish human rights group for posing in headgear featuring a Nazi-style symbol.
In a statement posted on its website, the Simon Wiesenthal Center alleged that the popular K-pop group had posed in hats displaying the Death's-Head symbol of the SS -- the organization that oversaw the Nazi concentration camps.
Noting that the group were dropped last week from a planned Japanese TV appearance after one of its members wore a T-shirt that appeared to celebrate the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki, the center's associate dean and director of global social action, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, said that the group owed both the "people of Japan and the victims of the Nazism an apology."
Dan Reynolds is not afraid of alienating some in his audience. The Imagine Dragons frontman has been a fierce and outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community for the last few years, and has seen his fair share of criticism for being so vocal.
Reynolds opened up about that criticism in a recent interview with Vulture. The artist said that many of his critics were conservative parents who didn’t agree with his message of equality. “Going into this, I knew there would be people on the far right who were going to be upset,” he said of his activism. “People tell me they won’t allow their kids to go to my concerts anymore; that when I get to heaven, God’s going to be upset with me because I made so many kids gay.”
President Trump’s use of popular music has landed him in hot water again, this time with Rihanna.
The superstar singer took to Twitter to protest the fact that her song “Don’t Stop the Music” was reportedly played at a campaign rally Sunday for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday.
Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker tipped Rihanna off that her hit song had made an appearance at the event.
“[Neither] me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies,” Rihanna tweeted back at Rucker.
There are some downsides to fame. Do people want to be your friend or sleep with you because they genuinely like you? Or are they just attracted by your fame? British gay singer and songwriter MNEK found that out again this week when he tried to arrange a hook-up.
He revealed what happened to his 85,000 followers on Instagram
After chatting with a guy, MNEK noticed the man post a tweet. It said: ‘A famous singer wants to hook up with me but isn’t cute. Do I do it just to say I did?’
Jon Bon Jovi is clearly not who you’d call if you want to binge on reality TV. The “Livin’ on a Prayer” singer dished on his feelings toward the current celebrity culture in an interview on Sunday, October 28, and didn’t hold back.
Stars Who Got Their Start on Reality TV Opens a New Window. “I think it’s horrific that we live in that world and I can tell you I’ve never given 60 seconds of my life, ever, to one of those Housewives of Blah Blah and Kardashians,” the 56-year-old singer told Australia’s The Sunday Project.
XXXTentacion confessed on tape he beat up an ex-girlfriend who cheated on him and had her running scared for her life.
The Miami-Dade County state attorney's office released a 27-minute secretly recorded tape in which the late rapper -- who was gunned down and killed back in June -- confessed to beating an ex and a lot more.
Shamir’s transition from dance-pop maven to prolific indie rocker came into full bloom with with his surprise-released, timely new album Resolution, which came out earlier this year. The Philly-via-Vegas indie rocker debuted the video for the melancholy “Larry Clark” on Tuesday (Oct. 23).