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5 Big Moments in Music So Far 

Wednesday, Jul 13 2016
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Beyoncé's Halftime Show at the Super Bowl

Forget about Coldplay or that lightweight Bruno Mars, because it was Beyoncé who made this year's Super Bowl halftime show great. Unlike her previous Super Bowl appearance — where she channeled her inner stripper, flinging off clothing until she was left in a black bodice and stiletto boots — Queen Bey took a decidedly political stance, performing her freshly released, anti-police-brutality single "Formation" while flanked by an all-black cast of dancers in Black Panther-inspired outfits. The performance's goal of highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement was made even more obvious when a dancer held up an un-Bey-approved sign reading "Justice 4 Mario Woods." Jessie Schiewe

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Sound Snafus at The Grammys

First it was Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood's performance that had bad sound quality, then it was Adele's. In fact, the audio at the Grammys wasn't just crappy and quiet: For a few seconds, it cut out entirely. Throughout her rendition of "All I Ask," Adele sounded off-key — and at one point, a piano mike fell on the instrument's strings, creating a bizarre, out-of-tune guitar-like sound. Twitter went nuts over the snafus, and after the awards show, Adele also took to the social media platform to vent her frustrations. "I'm treating myself to an In-N-Out," she wrote. "So maybe it was worth it." JS

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Radiohead's Website Starts to Slowly Disappear Completely

On May 1, a thread called " fading away?" appeared on Reddit. Someone had visited the band's site and noticed that "everything seemed more pale." An internet-wide debate ensued, and techies from around the world delved into the website's source code, only to discover the site's opacity was indeed dropping every 10 minutes or so. By the end of the day, the entire website was a blank white page. It turns out this was Radiohead's subtle way of announcing its new album, A Moon Shaped Pool. And guess what? Once the album came out, the website returned to normal. Steven Edelstone

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All Things Kanye West

Kanye West started the year by renting Madison Square Garden for the launch of his new album, his Yeezy 3 collection, and "Only One," a videogame about getting West's mom, Donda, into heaven. Days later, he admitted on Twitter that he's $53 million in debt and begged Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion in him. In June, he unveiled the music video for "Famous," featuring remarkably lifelike wax figures of celebrities and politicians — including George W. Bush, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, and Donald Trump — sleeping naked in the same bed. Days later, he tweeted (and then deleted) the question, "Can somebody sue me already? #I'llwait." JS

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Based God Lifts Kevin Durant's Curse

In 2011, Kevin Durant called Lil B a "wack rapper," prompting the Based God to curse the NBA star forward on Twitter with the proclamation that, "KEVIN DURANT WILL NEVER WIN THE TITLE." That tweet has haunted Durant ever since, especially when the Warriors beat the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals this year. ESPN interviewed Lil B about the curse, and he even released a song called "FUCK KD." Now that the Warriors — Lil B's favorite team — have signed Durant, the Based God has decided to lift the curse. On July 4, he tweeted, "As life unravels and superstars make decisions that change lifes [sic], welcome home KD the curse is lifted." SE


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