Beyonce’s Renaissance: Cuff It, Virgo’s Groove Explained by Nova Wav

Two years ago, songwriting and producing duo Nova Wav first chatted with Beyoncé over pizza about what would become her seventh full-length album: “Renaissance.” Released on Friday, the 16-track record is filled to the brim with infectious, danceable tracks, and Nova Wav — made up of Brittany “Chi” Coney and Denisia “Blu June” Andrews — … Read more

Marvel Fans Are Divided Over the MCU’s New Black Panther

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is primed and ready to round out the MCU’s theatrical slate for 2022 and Phase 4 as a whole. The upcoming sequel has had its fair share of bumps in the road during production, the most difficult being the tragic passing of star Chadwick Boseman. Boseman’s untimely death sent shockwaves through … Read more

J-Hope, Stray and more : NPR

Screenshot from gameplay of Stray. BlueTwelve Studio/ Annapurna Interactive hide caption toggle caption BlueTwelve Studio/ Annapurna Interactive Screenshot from gameplay of Stray. BlueTwelve Studio/ Annapurna Interactive This week, the UK announced it will host Eurovision 2023, Jeopardy! signed its new official co-hosts, and Beyoncé dropped Renaissance. Here’s what the NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour crew … Read more

Not Okay, new Netflix comedies, and more new movies to watch

This week, not okay the satirical dark comedy starring Zoey Deutch as a fame-hungry influencer faking her way through a terrorist attack, premieres on Hulu. There’s plenty of other great new releases available to stream and purchase on VOD this weekend, including the Finnish horror film Hatchingdocumentaries on virtual reality and African American superhero comics, … Read more

Fans crush on Dua Lipa, want Lolla to stay in Chicago

The second day of Lollapalooza opened with questions swirling outside the Grant Park gates about the music festival’s future in Chicago, and about contract talks between Texas-based producer C3 Presents and the city. Inside, the focus was on the experience and the music. Headliners Friday were Machine Gun Kelly, Bob Moses, Rezz and Dua Lipa. … Read more

A Guide to the Dance Music on Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’

Beyoncé’s new album, “Renaissance,” is consciously steeped in dance-music history, cannily embracing decades of samples and sounds: the 1970s disco of Donna Summer and Chic, Jamaican dancehall, internet-speed hyperpop. She chose collaborators, references and even specific keyboard sounds that pay homage to club-land memories while making her own 21st-century statement. Here are some of the … Read more