T.I. and Tiny Will Not Be Charged for 2005 Sexual Assault and Drugging Allegations

Note: This article contains discusses alleged sexual assault. In May, it was revealed that T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris were under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department over allegations of sexual assault and drugging. Now, prosecutors will no longer be charging the Harrises, TMZ reports and Pitchfork can confirm. A new declination provided to Pitchfork by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office states that “the case is declined due to the expiration of the Statute of Limitations.” The alleged incident occurred in 2005, and the statute of limitations is 10 years.
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Lil Nas X, Ambar Lucid, KAINA, Michael Brun, and More Best New Music Friday

This week’s playlist is an entire vibe. Lil’ Nas X pushed through, both literally and figuratively, with his long-awaited album, Montero. KAINA took us back to the early 2000s with “Casita” – a beautiful tribute to the Chicago-based singer’s childhood home. Ambar Lucid popped out with “Ambar Boss Nova,” a bilingual rendition of Billie Eilish’s “Billie Boss Nova.” Michael Brun joined forces with Ms. Nina, Fuego, and LASTMONDAY for “Ocho,” a clubbanger inspired by Haiti’s club scene. Plus, Ryan Wright unloads the pain of being ghosted on “U Were Never Mine” and Arden Jones tackles the happiness facade in “SMILE.”
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Meek Mill’s next album, ‘Expensive Pain,’ is out next month

Philly rapper Meek Mill will release his fifth studio album, Expensive Pain, on October 1st. According to Pitchfork, the record features cover art by Nina Chanel Abney, and will contain some of the tracks Meek has teased over the past year, including his Lil Uzi Vert collab “Blue Notes 2.”
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Watch Kanye West ascend to the heavens in ‘24’ music video

Kanye West is out of this world in his new “24” music video. Literally. Listen to your favorite Hip Hop music now on Audacy and be sure to check out Kanye West Radio. Yeezy shared the new video from his Donda track as the clip opens up with an audience at one of his listening parties, hands held high to the sky, cheering on West as he’s singing “He’s done miracles on me.”

Brian Wilson Recreates Beach Boys Classics on New Album At My Piano: Listen to “God Only Knows”

Brian Wilson has announced a solo piano album of stripped-back classics from his catalog. Out November 19 via Decca, At My Piano features piano renditions of Beach Boys tunes “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “In My Room,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “California Girls,” “Surf’s Up,” “Good Vibrations,” and more, along with “God Only Knows,” which you can hear below.

Watch J Balvin’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” for NPR

J Balvin is the latest artist to perform on NPR’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series. Balvin was backed by DJ Jose Rivera, drummer Marcus Thomas, and George Ponce on bass and keys. The four men performed from a barge on New York’s East River. Watch Balvin and his band play “Vestido,” “Que Locura,” “Otro Fili,” and “In da Getto” in the clip below.

6 New Albums You Should Listen to Now: Moor Mother, Lil Nas X, and More

With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums and EPs from Moor Mother, Lil Nas X, Injury Reserve, Lowertown, Osquinn, and Alexis Taylor. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Accusing Marilyn Manson of Sexual Assault

Note: This article contains discusses alleged sexual assault. A judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a woman who accused Marilyn Manson of raping and threatening to kill her, TMZ reports and documents viewed by Pitchfork confirm. The judge argued that the allegations outlined in the lawsuit “are not sufficient to invoke the delayed discovery rule.” The woman, who said she began dating Manson in 2011 and is identified only as Jane Doe, has 20 days to amend the lawsuit with additional details.

20 Years Later, Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” Is More Than Its Backstory

Somewhere along the way, Wilco came to mean something that has little to do with their actual music. Instead, against their will, they’ve become representative of a very specific type of guy with very specific tastes that people love to make fun of; they’ve been burdened with the meaningless “dad rock” descriptor since it was used in Pitchfork’s 2007 review of their Sky Blue Sky album, and since then their name has become almost a lazy shorthand for indie-rock fans of a certain age the same way words like “coffeeshop” and “Brooklyn” have.

SoundCloud Claims Its New Royalty Distribution Model Allowed Portishead To Earn 500% More

After a recent collaboration with Portishead, streaming platform Soundcloud has started a new “fan-powered” royalty program, where a listener’s subscription or advertising revenue goes directly to the artists to whom they listen to in a given period of time. Since launching in March, Portishead released their ABBA cover of “SOS” in July and has since earned six times more than the “pro-rata” model that streaming platforms such as Spotify use, where artists get paid depending on the number of streams they receive. That is equivalent to 500 percent more than it typically would on other streaming platforms in less than a month.
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Rockaway Beach duo The Forms release Upbeat electro-pop single “Head Underwater”

“Head Underwater,” the new single from Queens duo The Forms, is the second single released by the band in over a decade. Along with “Southern Ocean,” released earlier this year, the pair precedes the release of The Forms long awaited third album, slated for release in 2022, and recorded by the legendary Steve Albini.
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Portishead Says SoundCloud’s ‘Fan-Powered’ Royalty System Has Boosted Their Payments by 500%

Back in March, SoundCloud introduced “fan-powered royalties,” or direct-to-artist payments based upon actual user engagement. Now, a track that Bristol’s Portishead released exclusively on SoundCloud in July has reportedly generated over six times the royalties that it would have made on streaming services with a pro-rata model in place. Upon...

SoundCloud says fan-powered royalties paid off for Portishead

In July, Portishead became one of the most high-profile artists to test SoundCloud’s user-centric ‘fan-powered royalties’ system, with a cover of Abba’s ‘SOS’. So, they tried, but how has it carried on?. SoundCloud has been talking to Pitchfork about the release, claiming that (in Pitchfork’s paraphrasing of data shared by...

POD Photos: Pitchfork Music Festival – Friday

The first day of the return of Pitchfork Music Festival offered fans a dope range of music to enjoy. This year’s #P4kfest took place at its usual setting, Union Park, where it welcomed around 20,000 fans for its first day back. The weekend kicked off with Armand Hammer, a NYC-based hip-hop duo and the energy continued through artists such as Dehd, blackmidi, Yaeji, Phoebe Bridgers, and many more.

SoundCloud Says Portishead Song Earned 500% More Under New Royalty Plan

A collaboration between Portishead and SoundCloud has shed light on a new royalty distribution system that proponents argue could help level the playing field for working musicians. Under SoundCloud’s “fan-powered” royalty model, unveiled in March, a listener’s subscription or advertising revenue goes directly to the artists to whom they listen in a given period of time; that’s instead of the “pro-rata” model typically used by Spotify and other streaming services where money is pooled and divvied up to rights holders based on their market share.

Kaina Shares New Song “Casita”: Listen

KAINA has shared a new song called “Casita.” It’s her first original single since 2019’s Next to the Sun, and her first release since signing to the label City Slang. Check out “Casita” below. Of the new song, KAINA said in a statement:. “Casita” is about all the people I...