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Michelle Williams on How Aretha Franklin Inspired Her: 'Aretha Never Had to Pick' Between Gospel and R&B

In the wake  Aretha Franklin’s death from pancreatic cancer at age 76 on Thursday (Aug. 16), singer Michelle Williams tells Billboard about how Franklin's careers in both secular and gospel music helped her find her voice as she was getting started in

A New Track from Ah! Kosmos

When she’s not composing for contemporary dance and theater productions, short films and performances, Başak Günak, also known as Ah! Kosmos, makes her own music. As a solo performer or accompanied by a guitarist, she has performed at several festivals in

Ben Fisher Looks at 'Human Aspects' of Israel-Palestine on 'Does the Land Remember Me?' Album

Seattle singer-songwriter Ben Fisher moved to Israel during 2014 to get an up close and personal look at the conflicts in the region. After three years there he came out with a provocative new album, Does The Land

The Best Quotes About Aretha Franklin From Other Singers: Etta James, Mariah Carey, Elton John & More

Earlier this week, news broke that legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin was "gravely ill," according to her family. Today (Aug. 16), Franklin's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed that the artist has died at 76 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Father John Misty Ramps Up 'Mr. Tillman,' Covers Gillian Welch For Spotify Singles: Listen

Father John Misty took his turn in the Spotify Singles recording booth, releasing a more upbeat version his hit single “Mr. Tillman,” as well as a stripped down cover Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free," on Wednesday (Aug. 15). First,

Mae Seek Forgiveness Through a Heartfelt Guitar Riff in New Song 'Let It Die': Premiere

Mae are keeping mid-2000s emocore alive with a new album due later this year. The rock band is premiering the second track from the forthcoming LP, "Let It Die," on Billboard today (Aug. 16), and it's everything a Mae fan would

Post-Punk Trio Big Bliss Premieres 'Surface,' Talks New Album: Exclusive

The music post-punk trio Big Bliss is almost like a dream on wax with its trance like bass and guitar riffs and driving drum beats. Since 2015, this group has been on the rise, releasing single after

Cat Power Debuts Slow-Burn Single 'Woman' Featuring Lana Del Rey: Watch

Cat Power's Chan Marshall returned after a five-year absence on Wednesday morning (Aug. 15) with a sultry new single "Woman," featuring backing vocals from Lana Del Rey. The song — which will appear on the singer's Wanderer album (Oct.

Laverne Cox Opens Up About Contemplating Suicide: 'Misgendering a Trans Person Is an Act of Violence'

Following a ProPublica investigation that outlined transphobic practices in police investigations, Laverne Cox took to social media to share a candid, heart-wrenching letter that sheds light on the hardships faced by trans women — and how those challenges culminated in

Decade of 'Drag Race': Bob the Drag Queen Looks Back at Season 8

As part our Decade Drag Race week, we caught up with one queen from each season the Emmy-award-winning series to reminisce about the show’s journey, share some never-been-told memories and throw shade where shade is due. Below, we