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On the Charts: Lorde Lands First Number One Album With ‘Melodrama’

On the Charts: Lorde Lands First Number One Album With ‘Melodrama’

Lorde scored her first Number One album as her second LP Melodrama topped the Billboard 200 in its debut week, leading the way on a shook-up Top 10 that featured six new

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Rapper Anik Khan On His Father’s ‘Unconditional Love’

The Queens-based rapper says he draws inspiration from his father, a poetry-loving immigrant who brought the family to the U.S. after fighting for Bangladesh’s liberation from Pakistan.

(Image credit: Tyler Mitchell/Courtesy of the artist)

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Molestation Mansion’ Remains a Tough Sell

Michael Jackson’s ‘Molestation Mansion’ Remains a Tough Sell

There aren’t any tours. It’s forever closed to the public. And eight years after his death, realtors can’t dump Michael Jackson’s disgraced Neverland Ranch. Wealthy real estate buyers sometimes like to own a piece of history. But when it comes to Neverland Ranch, a dirty legacy isn’t proving to be a winning sell. Enter Neverland […]

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Nile Rodgers Pulls Prince-Inspired Song From Upcoming Chic LP

Nile Rodgers Pulls Prince-Inspired Song From Upcoming Chic LP

Nile Rodgers revealed that he pulled a Prince-inspired song from Chic’s upcoming new song because “it felt wrong.”

“The last two times I saw Prince

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Q-Tip Pays Tribute to Mobb Deep’s Prodigy on Beats 1 Radio Show

Q-Tip Pays Tribute to Mobb Deep’s Prodigy on Beats 1 Radio Show

Q-Tip paid tribute to Mobb Deep’s Prodigy on his Beats 1 radio show with a two-hour play list dedicated to the rapper’s classic tracks. Prodigy died Tuesday at the age of 42.

“We lost a great

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Detroit Council Dunks on Taxpayers, Will Use School Funds for Basketball Arena

Taxpayer-funded bonds sold to raise revenue for parks and schools in cash-strapped Detroit will instead be used to lure its professional basketball team back into the city.

The Detroit Pistons have played out in the suburbs (first in Pontiac, now in Auburn Hills) since 1977, but will relocate to a new downtown arena thanks to $34 million in incentives approved by the Detroit City Council.

Taxpayers are already on the hook for more than $300 million of the $900 million construction cost for new Little Caesars Arena, built to host the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. The additional spending will make the arena suitable for basketball and help pay for new practice facility and front office for the Pistons.

Michigan Radio reported this week that “some Detroiters are unhappy with the deal because the bonds are taxpayer funded with money originally intended for schools and parks.”

As well they should be. In a city still recovering from bankruptcy, local officials might have found better ways to use $34 million. It’s a fair question whether government should be spending money on parks and schools, but it’s certainly a more core function than throwing cash at billionaire team owners. Tom Gores, who owns the Pistons, is worth an estimated $3.3 billion.

But it gets worse. As the Detroit Free Press reported earlier this month, local activists filed a lawsuit to block the stadium spending. The city asked the judge to dismiss the case, making several laughable claims about why it was essential to spend money on the stadium project, instead of using the money to help fund the city’s public schools (which are $500 million in debt, by the way).

Stopping the project, the city’s attorneys argued, would be “devastating” to Detroit’s “remarkable comeback story.”

“Post-bankruptcy, the city cannot expect lenders to extend unsecured credit at reasonable rates, so its debt has been limited to secured transactions, tied to specific revenue streams,” the attorneys write. “The default on any of that debt would significantly affect the ability of the city to attract investors. The city is currently engaged in a bond offering to raise funds to rebuild neighborhoods. A default on DDA’s debt would certainly increase the costs and could possibly derail the plan completely.”

As Deadspin noted this week, this is disingenuous nonsense. The city’s attorneys are essentially arguing that not giving millions of dollars to the Pistons’ billionaire owner would jeopardize Detroit’s entire economic recovery.

A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit.

The next time you see a headline about how woefully underfunded Detroit’s schools are or hear about appeals for additional state and federal funding, think about how its city leaders prioritize a finite amount of tax revenue. Detroit’s rickety fiscal situation is the result of decades of poor choices, from which it appears the current leadership has learned nothing.

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Bruce Springsteen Helps David Letterman Say Farewell To ‘Late Night’ On This Date In 1993

Bruce Springsteen Helps David Letterman Say Farewell To ‘Late Night’ On This Date In 1993

David Letterman’s last musical guest of his run as host of ‘Late Night’ was a man who eluded the show for 11 years, Bruce Springsteen. Scott Bernstein #Jambase #MusicNews #IndieBrew
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Phil Lesh & Terrapin Family Band Continue Boulder Run: Photos & Videos

Phil Lesh & Terrapin Family Band Continue Boulder Run: Photos & Videos

Check out videos and photos from the second of three Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band shows in Boulder. Andy P. Smith #Jambase #MusicNews #IndieBrew
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Pro-Shot Video: Dead & Company Returns To Citi Field In New York City

Pro-Shot Video: Dead & Company Returns To Citi Field In New York City

Watch highlights from Saturday’s Dead & Company show at Citi Field including Oteil singing “Comes A Time.” A.P. Smith #Jambase #MusicNews #IndieBrew
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