Bright Eyes Share “Persona Non Grata,” First New Song in 9 Years: Listen | Pitchfork

Bright Eyes have confirmed that a new album is on the way. Conor Oberst and co. have also shared “Persona Non Grata,” Bright Eyes’ first track in nine years and also their first single since signing to Dead Oceans. In addition, Bright Eyes are sharing a note that says they “will be releasing a new album this year no matter what.” Listen to “Persona Non Grata” and read Bright Eyes’ full statement below.

The new album, which does not yet have a title or release date, will be the band’s first since The People’s Key in 2011. Bright Eyes announced their first tour dates in nine years earlier this year—an announcement that followed the launch of their Instagram account with a teaser that hinted at an impending comeback.

Last year, Conor Oberst released the self-titled album from his project with Phoebe Bridgers, Better Oblivion Community Center.

Watch Conor Oberst with Phoebe Bridgers on Pitchfork’s “Over/Under”:

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Manu Dibango, Soulful Ambassador of African Music, Dies at 86 – The New York Times

Manu Dibango, a saxophonist from Cameroon whose 1972 single “Soul Makossa” made modern African music a clear presence on Western pop charts, died on Tuesday in a hospital in France. He was 86.

His Facebook page said the cause was Covid-19.

Although “Soul Makossa” was named after makossa, a Cameroonian style of music, and its lyrics were in the Douala language of Cameroon, Mr. Dibango’s worldwide hit was an internationalist piece of funk.

With his terse, dryly insistent saxophone lines answering his own chanted vocals, a tricky stop-start beat and a scrubbing rhythm guitar, “Soul Makossa” arrived at the dawn of the disco era and made its way to dance floors and R&B radio stations across the United States, Europe and Africa.

Michael Jackson would later quote its refrain in “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” a track on his 1983 album, “Thriller,” one of the best-selling records of all time; that song was in turn sampled by Rihanna for her 2007 “Don’t Stop the Music.” Mr. Dibango sued them both in 2009; Mr. Jackson’s estate settled out of court. The song has also been widely sampled in hip-hop.

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D.L. Hughley Signs New Multi-Year Contract for Radio Show | RadioFacts

Elevates His Comedy Into Ratings Success – and a New Multi-Year Contract for His Popular Syndicated Afternoon Show

New Affiliates, Ratings Success and New Customized Programming Continue to Elevate D.L.’s Radio Show

RadioFacts: Originally posted Dec 4, 2017 – D.L. Hughley, one of America’s brightest comedians of our time, is elevating his humor and thought-provoking, socially conscious program into ratings success, leading to a new multi-year agreement for his nationally syndicated radio show, Reach Media announced today.

In making the announcement, D.L. stated, “I’m excited that my radio show continues to grow on a national basis, but the honesty and interaction with my audience make it the ‘biggest local and personal show in radio.’ Extending the relationship with Reach Media gives me the opportunity to address what’s important to people I care about in an entertaining, but meaningful way – making a difference in their day!”

Urban One’s CEO of Radio One’s stations and Reach Media, David Kantor added, “As one of the most important voices in radio, D.L. is totally in tune with what the African-American listener wants to be addressed ­­– and to be said. He’s established himself as the voice, with a humorous edge, but conviction and sensibility to stimulate a dialogue.”

The broadcast and the digital company noted that Hughley, who established himself as a leading voice in the community, has dominated the afternoon drive-time slot with double-digit rating shares taking key affiliate radio stations to #1 or dominant positions in the market for his target listener demographic with The D.L. Hughley Show. The show recently added affiliates in the following markets:

The show offers listeners entertainment, information and a unique approach to addressing topics important to the African-American community. Fast, funny and relevant, D.L. aims to “make people laugh a lot…and think too!” The show, which Hughley co-hosts with Jasmine Sanders, broadcasts weekdays from 3p–7p ET and has over 60 affiliates.

Recently, the show began offering a content ONLY version, where affiliates can play their own music to specifically target their audience. Stations can get all the laughs and thought-provoking insights, while customizing the music for any format, giving more listeners the opportunity to get the exclusive compelling experience presented by Hughley and his cast. The Hughley Hustle Home Mix has become one of the most popular elements of the show to further hold the audience – with an extended mix of old school and new school music that represents the essence of the show… “bringin’ it home” during drivetime!

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Kim Kardashian West Responds to Taylor Swift Over Old Kanye Video

Over the weekend, unseen footage from the 2016 call leaked online. In the call, Kanye tells Taylor about a song he’s working on — that he later released as “Famous” — with lyrics about Taylor. Swift seems nervous to hear what Kanye has to say … but calms down after he tells her the lyrics are simply, “I feel like Taylor Swift might owe me sex.”

At the time of the song’s release, Taylor’s rep allegedly told EW, “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric.”

Clearly, Taylor’s message didn’t sit well with Kim … “@taylorswift13 has chosen to reignite an old exchange – that at this point in time feels very self-serving given the suffering millions of real victims are facing right now … because she continues to speak on it, I feel I’m left without a choice but to respond because she is actually lying.”

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Houston rapper Slim Thug says he tested positive for coronavirus – Houston Chronicle

PHOTOS: A look at Slim Thug’s rare car collection

Rapper Slim Thug tested positive for coronavirus after suffering a fever and a cough. He says he’s feeling better now.

PHOTOS: A look at Slim Thug’s rare car collection

Rapper Slim Thug tested positive for coronavirus after suffering a fever and a cough. He says he’s feeling better now.

Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

PHOTOS: A look at Slim Thug’s rare car collection

Rapper Slim Thug tested positive for coronavirus after suffering a fever and a cough. He says he’s feeling better now.

PHOTOS: A look at Slim Thug’s rare car collection

Rapper Slim Thug tested positive for coronavirus after suffering a fever and a cough. He says he’s feeling better now.

Legendary Houston rapper Slim Thug says he tested positive for coronavirus in a video he posted on Instagram on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Slim Thug said he had been cautious and mostly stayed home recently, but that didn’t stop him from catching the virus.

“As careful as I’ve been self-quarantining, staying home, I might have went and got something to eat or something, simple stuff like that, nothing crazy,” Slim Thug said in the video. “Stayed in my truck, had masks, gloves, everything on and my test came back positive.”

On Tuesday morning, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a stay-at-home order, closing most business and directing residents to stay put. The order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and will expire April 3.

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“Y’all gotta take this stuff serious,” Slim Thug said. “Sit home, self-quarantine, do not come outside for however long they’re saying. If you have symptoms, you need to go get checked out or whatever.”

The rapper said he got tested because he had a fever and a cough, but those symptoms have subsided.

“I feel better now,” Slim Thug said. “I don’t have a fever or nothing like that, so I feel like I’m good, but y’all better take this serious. It’s real out here.”

The rapper has been preaching social distancing on Instagram, but earlier in the month, he posted photos from his trip to Cancun from March 2-4.

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