Grammy Award-Winning Country Vocalist Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on record and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81. He died at home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, representative Keith Hagan told…

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Why today’s country music looks and sounds like hip-hop

It’s not just Lil Nas X and Blanco Brown. Mainstream country music is looking to hip-hop to reinvent its sound and aesthetics. We take a look at country’s growing embrace of hip-hop culture, and some of the strategic reasons why country artists are stepping outside their genre to adapt to today’s music landscape.Columbia University ethnomusicologist Dr.…

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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Roadway’ Was a Nation Hit. Then Country Changed Its Mind

On Sunday night, Justin Bieber hopped on Instagram to announce his latest musical crush to 106 million followers. “This shit bangs,” the star wrote, flashing a picture of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” Lil Nas X’s genre-defying creation blends banjo strums and jaw-rattling bass, rural imagery and hip-hop signifiers. Hooky, short and wildly loopable,…

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