Pop Music’s Feature Problem

Over the course a 15-year career, Maroon 5, the million-selling pop act, have released just one single featuring a rapper or R&B singer. So it was surprising when, in the lead-up to their recently released album Red Pill Blues, they put out four such singles in a row. Or maybe not. “The demand for urban collaborations on pop releases has […]

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Russell Simmons Steps Down From Def Jam After Sexual-Assault Claims

Russell Simmons has announced that he will “step aside” from the companies he founded, Def Jam Records and his Phat Farm clothing line, after being accused sexual assault by screenwriter Jenny Lumet. Lumet, who wrote Rachel Getting Married, detailed her experience with Simmons on a night circa 1991 in a letter to The Hollywood Reporter after Simmons previously denied another […]

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Russell Simmons Responds to Sexual-Assault Allegation: ‘I Know Who I Am’

After a former model accused Russell Simmons sexual assault, the Def Jam co-founder has penned a statement for The Hollywood Reporter denying the allegations. Former fashion model Keri Claussen Khalighi told the Los Angeles Times that Simmons and friend Brett Ratner invited her back to an apartment to watch a music video, where Simmons began “making aggressive sexual advances” and […]

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