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Watch Thomas Rhett's Laid-Back 'Happy Man' on 'Fallon'

Thomas Rhett began 2016 with what is likely to be one of the year’s biggest country songs: the multi-week Number One “Die a Happy Man.” Even after it fades from heavy rotation on radio, the second single from Rhett’s ACM-nominated album Tangled Up is destined to be a wedding staple for years to come.

Last night, Rhett visited The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to sing the song and gave a relaxed performance that played up the casual soulfulness of its grooves. With some tasteful, emotive steel guitar flourishes to complement him, Rhett’s declarations of love for his wife are powerfully sincere and pure — no doubt part of what made the song such a huge hit.

That makes it a tough act to follow, both in Rhett’s live show and as a radio release.

“Even in our set, it’s like, ‘Well, what do you play after that?'” Rhett tells Rolling Stone Country. “Because it’s the biggest moment of your set and anything after that is just set up to be thrown up and shot and killed.”

Rhett opted to change gears and released the up-tempo, sexy “T-Shirt” as the third single from Tangled Up, while rapper Nelly just released his own pop-ready version of “Die a Happy Man.”

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Sorry, Not Sorry: Watch 29 Celebs Perform Justin Bieber Hit

Vanity Fair pulled together 29 celebrities while at Sundance Film Festival to perform a dramatic rendition of Justin Bieber‘s hit “Sorry.” The clip was inspired by W Magazine‘s video of celebrities dramatically reciting Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”

“Is it too late to say I’m sorry that I don’t know the song ‘I’m Sorry’ by Justin Bieber?” an emotional-looking Jon Hamm says at the beginning of the clip. From there, stars like John Legend, John Krasinski, Chelsea Handler and Nick Jonas all take turns adding their own histrionic spin to the track. At the end, Judd Apatow goes for loud and dramatic, yelling the lines of the song before walking off the set.

Bieber will perform at the Grammys on Monday with Jack Ü. In March, he’ll embark on a massive world tour in support of his 2015 album Purpose. The singer debuted the single “Sorry” last October a few weeks prior to the release of Purpose. Skrillex and Blood Pop co-produced the tropical, moombahton-infused track.

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Relive the Gritty Glory of CBGB in New RS Mini-Doc About Seventies NYC

Nile Rodgers, rock journalist Legs McNeil and more recall the birth of punk and the gritty, gross glory of CBGB in the first installment of 1973: Shaping the Culture, a new video series from Rolling Stone, presented by HBO’s new show Vinyl.

Hilly Kristal opened CBGB & OMFUG — “Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Undernourished Gormandizers,” though McNeil notes Kristal frequently changed the meaning of the “U” — in 1973 in the heart of the Bowery, at that time one of New York’s nastiest neighborhood. The location, however, was the perfect place for an underground scene to develop, and Kristal only booked bands that were ready to take the stage with original material.

“Suddenly rock & roll wasn’t something that just happened in arenas, on huge stages, by people who were semi-godlike,” says Will Hermes, Rolling Stone contributor and author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire. “You had to pass by the dressing room at CBGB in order to get to the bathroom.”

The stage at CBGB would host everyone from Patti Smith and Richard Hell to the Talking Heads, Debbie Harry and Television — though perhaps no band better represented the club, its attitude and now legacy, than the Ramones.

“When the Ramones walked out in those black leather jackets and those sneakers, I was shocked,” McNeil recalled. “They looked like the SS and they were singing, ‘I’m a Nazi baby/I’m a Nazi, yes I am,” and you didn’t know if they were kidding or not!”

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Claudia Raia leva glamour e Cristais Preciosa ao Carnaval 2016

2848SÃO PAULO, 10 de fevereiro de 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Claudia Raia brilha intensamente na avenida do samba nesse Carnaval em dois momentos de puro glamour. Em São Paulo, a atriz e dançarina foi homenageada de forma muito especial pela Escola de Samba Nenê de Vila…

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Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Winans And The Leaders Of Perfecting Fellowship International To Deliver Over 6000 Cases Of Bottled Water To Residents Of Flint, Michigan On February 11

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — After two plus years of silence the water crisis in Flint, Michigan is no longer an issue relegated to a small region in the United States.  The water crisis has been given a global platform that will no longer allow state…

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Watch Tinashe, SZA Belt 'Killing Me Softly'

R&B and hip-hop’s rising stars not only modeled earrings for a T Magazine spread, but they also performed their own takes on Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” The Seventies classic was remade with a hip-hop flair in 1996 by the Fugees.

Tinashe, SZA, Dej Loaf, Empress Of, ABRA, Lord Narf and Jean Deaux are all featured in the spread and short clip, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at their shoot. It begins with rapper Lord Narf performing an original verse before Tinashe launches into an a cappella version of the classic track. Empress Of, Deaux, SZA and ABRA all offer their own vocal takes on the track, paying respect to the vocal versions of both Flack and Lauryn Hill. The clip ends with Dej Loaf rapping her own original verse to cap things off.

Both Tinashe and Dej Loaf toured together on Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint trek last year. Tinashe is embarking on her own tour this spring in support of her upcoming sophomore album Joyride. SZA recently appeared on “Consideration,” the opening track of Rihanna’s Anti.

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Rayne Michael's Debut Album "Dare to Dream" Drops to Marry Top 40 Sounds to R&B, Pop, Rock and Soul

FARGO, N.D., Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Ten years in the making, singer songwriter Rayne Michael releases his debut album to a ready fan-base. Poised to delight fans with a mixture of soulful tunes imbued with Top 40, R&B and Pop influences the album reveals Michael’s heart….

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NBC UNIVERSO inicia la producción de su primera serie original "El Vato", protagonizada por el artista de música regional mexicana El Dasa

MIAMI, 10 de febrero de 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —  NBC UNIVERSO, el canal de cable moderno dedicado a los deportes y al entretenimiento para latinos, anunció hoy el inicio oficial de la producción de “El Vato”, la primera serie original de la…

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NBC UNIVERSO Kicks Off Production On Its First Original Scripted Series, "El Vato," Starring Regional Mexican Artist El Dasa

MIAMI, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — NBC UNIVERSO, the modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, announced today the official production kick off for “El Vato,” the network’s first original scripted series created for the U.S. Hispanic market. Premiering this…

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Talks Combating Racism in Metal

Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor opened up about racism in the metal community following Phil Anselmo’s outburst at this year’s Dimebash and the steps in which Slipknot is taking to eradicate intolerance in their own audience. “I don’t ever want our fans to feel like we’re judging them because of color, religion, culture, upbringing, etc. We welcome everyone, we always have and we always will,” Taylor told The Guardian.

While Taylor didn’t comment on the Anselmo situation directly because he wasn’t at Dimebash and hasn’t seen video of the incident, the Slipknot singer instead tackled the broader issue of racism in metal.

“This is a bigger problem than what happened that night,” Taylor said. “Slipknot has dedicated itself to bringing people together, to fighting racism, to fighting hate in general since the day we were started. I don’t have time for people who judge other people by the color of their skin. If that in itself offends some of my fans, then I’m sorry, you’re wrong.”

Taylor recognized that racism is an issue that spans all genres of music, including a small fraction of the metal community. However, the singer will continue making efforts to fight racism among his own fans.

“I know there is a problem in metal, and it all comes down to, at least in America, where you grow up and what that culture is passed on from: parents, family members, friends, adults. It’s a generational thing,” Taylor said. “I thought we were close to phasing it out, but unfortunately I was proven wrong. So I just dedicate myself to fighting it. It’s across the board in music, though – it’s not a specifically metal thing. But it has come up in the metal community. It’s risen its ugly head because of the incident we’re talking about,” referring to Anselmo saying “White power” and giving a Nazi salute at Dimebash.

Anselmo has since apologized for his actions. Following the incident, Anselmo’s band Down was dropped from the Netherlands’ FortaRock festival, and the singer himself advised his Down band mates to continue on without him.

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