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The ‘Barbie The Movie: In Concert’ North American Tour Will Extend The ‘Barbie’ Phenomenon For At Least One More Summer

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On February 8, Mattel announced Barbie The Movie: In Concert™ was scheduled for July 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The show will feature an all-woman, majority women-of-color orchestra The Barbie Land Sinfonietta, led by executive producer and orchestrator Macy Schmidt, accompanying a screening of Barbie.

This morning, March 4, Live Nation and Mattel revealed that the July 27 date is actually just one of 37 dates on a North American summer Barbie The Movie: In Concert™ tour. As per a press release, “The record-smashing film will be projected onto a giant LED screen above The Barbie Land Sinfonietta as they perform the film’s award-winning score.”

“Music lends so much heart and excitement to the Barbie film; between the stunning and clever orchestral score and the upbeat iconic pop soundtrack, music is carrying us through the story,” Schmidt said in a statement. “On top of getting to experience the film unlike ever before, Barbie The Movie: In Concert audiences will have the privilege of watching some of the world’s best musicians come together and do what they do best.”

Schmidt continued, “Throughout this entire process, I’ve been so inspired by Mattel’s genuine commitment to everything this film stands for. I am particularly excited to be partnering with Mattel as I have long been inspired by Barbie’s purpose statement: ‘To inspire the limitless potential in every girl.’ It couldn’t be more aligned to have an all-women orchestra performing this film, bringing its message to life onstage.”

Citi cardmembers will enjoy a pre-sale beginning on Tuesday, March 5, at 10 a.m. local time. The press release confirmed that “additional pre-sales” will occur ahead of the general public on-sale on Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m. local time.

Barbie The Movie: In Concert Tour Dates

07/02 — Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/03 — Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
07/05 — Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park
07/06 — Camden, NJ @ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
07/07 — Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
07/08 — Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
07/09 — Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
07/10 — Burgettstown, PA @ The Pavilion at Star Lake
07/12 — Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheatre
07/13 — St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/14 — Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center
07/15 — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater
07/17 — Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
07/18 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/20 — Ridgefield, WA @ RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
07/21 — Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
07/25 — Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/26 — Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheater
07/27 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
07/28 — Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/30 — Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
07/31 — Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
08/02 — Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/03 — Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
08/04 — Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
08/06 — Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
08/07 — Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
08/08 — Tinley Park, IL @ Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre
08/09 — Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
08/10 — Clarkston, MI @ Pine Knob Music Theatre
08/11 — Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
08/12 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
08/14 — Darien Lake, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
08/15 — Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre
08/16 — Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
08/17 — Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/18 — Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Justin Timberlake And NSYNC Reunite Again On The ‘Everything I Thought It Was’ Tracklist

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Justin Timberlake is on the comeback trail, announcing his new album Everything I Thought It Was nearly six years after his last full-length release, Man Of The Woods. Time will tell if the time away has returned some of the goodwill he’d lost when that album was misconstrued as a country album thanks to its less-than-stellar marketing, but Timberlake has made one big stride toward getting it back.

Sharing the tracklist today via Spotify’s Twitter account, JT revealed that the album will contain his long-awaited official reunion with *NSYNC, the boy band with whom he started his musical career. While they did appear together in the film Trolls Band Together, which made light of fan wishes for their reunion in its plot about a boy band teaming up to save one of its kidnapped members, “Better Place,” the song they made for the soundtrack, was considered to be a one-off.

Other features on the album include Nigerian afrobeats star Fireboy DML and Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe. Everything I Thought It Was is due March 15, 2024 via RCA Records. Find more information here.

Justin Timberlake’s Everything I Thought It Was Tracklist

01. “Memphis”
02. “F**kin’ Up The Disco”
03. “No Angels”
04. “Play”
05. “Technicolor”
06. “Droown”
07. “Liar” Feat. Fireboy DML
08. “Infinity Sex”
09. “Love & War”
10. “Sanctified” Feat. Tobe Nwigwe
11. “My Favorite Drug”
12. “Flame”
13. “Imagination”
14. “What Lovers Do”
15. “Selfish”
16. “Alone”
17. “Paradise” Feat. *NSYNC
18. “Conditions”

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Chris Evans Has Raised His Shield For Comic Book Movies: ‘I Think They Deserve A Little More Credit’

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As “superhero fatigue” becomes a frequently used phrase following several comic book movie bombs in 2023, Chris Evans has stepped forward to defend the genre. The actor famously played Captain America during the golden years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and despite repeatedly expressing his resolve to leave his star-spangled shield in the past, Evans stepped up to defend his old stomping grounds.

While appearing at Emerald City Comic Con over the weekend, Evans offered his frank assessment of the superhero genre and how hard it is to make a superhero film that works. The actor specifically targeted the notion that they’re “easy to make,” which he can attest is not the case.

“Comic book movies in general, for whatever reason, don’t always get the credit that I think they deserve,” Evans said via Total Film. “I think they’re these big, giant movies, there’s a lot of cooks in the kitchen. But I think the empirical evidence is in: they’re not easy to make. If it was easier, there’d be a lot more good ones.”

Evans also made sure to note that he’s been in some bad comic book movies including his early Marvel days as the Human Torch in Fantastic Four.

“I’m not throwing shade! I’ve been a part of a few that missed. It happens!” Evans said. “Making a movie is tough. It’s tough. More cooks in the kitchen doesn’t make it easier. The Russo brothers have really done some great work. I don’t want to highlight specific films in the Marvel catalog, but some of them are phenomenal, just really objectively, independently great movies, and I think they deserve a little more credit.”

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We Undersold How Good Victor Wembanyama Would Be As A Rookie

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At this point, it’s rare to see something that feels truly new in the NBA. For every player that’s entered the league with the “unicorn” tag, someone has followed close in line to make their skillset feel less unique.

Victor Wembanyama, though, feels different. He was dubbed a generational prospect — the best since LeBron James — and that somehow undersold him. The Spurs put training wheels on him through the first third of the season, allowing him to grow more comfortable with life in the NBA. But since the calendar flipped to 2024, he has been unleashed as the centerpiece of everything when on the court (while still held under 30 minutes per game on average) and manages to do things almost every single night that leaves people shaking their head in disbelief.

When I asked Jayson Tatum what separates good players from great players during our conversation over All-Star weekend, he explained that consistency allows you to take a leap into the league’s upper echelon. The NBA is full of the best basketball players to ever walk the planet and they’re all capable of a big night at any given time, but the great ones are able to give you that night after night.

I’ve thought about that a lot as we’ve watched Wembanyama spread his wings over the past couple months. It’s not just that he’s capable of doling out the league’s first 5×5 since 2019, it’s that he threatens to do so on a terrifyingly regular basis. It’s not that he’s capable of a triple double with blocks (the first since 2021), it’s that he has 17 games with five or more blocks this season. This includes five of the last six, with that sixth game featuring only four blocks.

Since the start of January, Wembanyama is averaging 23.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 3.7 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game in just 27.9 minutes a night. In that stretch, he’s had one truly bad game (15 points, one rebound in 22 minutes against Orlando) and a couple middling ones over the course of 27 outings. The rest, with pretty much every team focusing their efforts on him, have been sensational. That is the mark of a special player, and something we rarely see from a guy at this age on a team that is as rough around the edges as the Spurs.

On Sunday night in a win over the Pacers, Wembanyama put up another rather hysterical stat line with 31 points (11-for-17 shooting, 3-for-4 from three), 12 rebounds, six assists, and six blocks in 31 minutes of action. He did all of these things in this game:

1. Used his comical reach to throw down a poster dunk on Jalen Smith.

2. Used that same comical reach to get an absurd block on Obi Toppin.

3. Flashed the passing skills with a pair of silly looks to teammates — a no-look off of some outrageous handles for a man his size, then a wrap-around pass taking advantage of his preposterously long arms.

4. Hit back-to-back ridiculously smooth looking three-pointers off the dribble in the third quarter to end a Pacers run.

5. Capped it all off by flipping the ball in for an and-1 that helped seal the win.

You can put together a compilation like this from just about every Wembanyama game over the last two months, which just isn’t normal. It’s not only that he is capable of doing things no one else can thanks to his combination of length, quickness, handle, shooting skill, and fluidity. It’s that he’s already putting his otherworldly tools together to do those things every night, rather than just showing flashes and glimpses of potential here and there.

What’s maybe most terrifying about Wembanyama is, as my colleague Bill DiFilippo noted to me on Sunday, this should be the worst he will be at basketball for more than a decade. Right now, we’re watching a young man who’s scratching the surface of his potential while playing at an extremely high level, and doing so with very little in the way of a trustworthy supporting cast. The Spurs are the worst three-point shooting team in the league and only have one truly competent point guard on the roster in Tre Jones (who, it must be said, has been done an excellent job since entering the team’s starting lineup at the start of January, which, uncoincidentally, is when Wembanyama started to really break out). That raises the degree of difficulty significantly for Wembanyama on offense, but he’s still managing to put up big nights on a regular basis.

He’s starting to grow increasingly comfortable shooting the ball from deep (36.6 percent since the start of January) and is clearly building confidence in his scoring and creation ability every night. The big question everyone had for him was how he’d handle physical bigs given his thin frame, but he’s already proven to be adept at absorbing contact and using his length to still get the ball up to the rim even when he gets bodied away from it. On the other end, he is already one of the best defenders in the NBA without any question, and has room to grow as he learns some of the tricks of the trade and gets more reps to learn tendencies.

Nothing about Wembanyama and his skillset makes sense, but that’s also what makes him such a fascinating player. He’s everything he was supposed to be and somehow more as a rookie, and could very well fulfill on the promise of being the best player in the NBA sooner rather than later. That will require the Spurs to return to the top of the Western Conference, and while that feels a long way away right now, we’re already seeing that things can move very quickly with Wemby.

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A Former Trump Aide Thinks The Big Man’s Brain Is Turning To Mush And It’s Only Going To Get ‘Worse’

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Donald Trump‘s brain is definitely not turning into slurry. Over the weekend, the 77-year-old had several verbal slip-ups during campaign speeches in North Carolina and Virginia, including confusing Barack Obama for Joe Biden (not the first time), pronouncing “Venezuela” in a way it’s never been pronounced before, and calling the country of Argentina a “great guy.” All in all, MeidasTouch editor-in-chief Ron Filipkowski counted 32 instances “where he mispronounced words, got confused, mixed up names, forgot names, and babbled insane nonsense.” (To be fair, Biden isn’t doing much better.)

Trump’s mental stability has slipped a lot even since 2020, according to his former former communications director, Alyssa Farah Griffin.

“I have said this before, he is not as sharp as he was in 2016 and not even a sharp as he was in 2020. For some reason, that doesn’t necessarily come across to voters the same way,” she said on CNN on Monday, according to Raw Story. “But Donald Trump is not the strongest fighter that Republicans could have right now and it’s remarkable how much voters don’t see the age as also an issue because he is only three-and-a-half years younger than President Joe Biden, but there’s something about the way they carry themselves that is just seen very differently.”

Farah Griffin added that while Trump has never been Mr. Articulate, he’s “gotten worse. It hasn’t gotten better. He’s not nearly as sharp as he was.” The folks on Morning Joe agree with her:

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Will Schoolboy Q Release A ‘Blue Lips’ Deluxe Album?

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This past New Music Friday, Schoolboy Q released his first album in nearly five years, Blue Lips. The long-awaited follow-up to 2019’s Crash Talk, Blue Lips contained guest appearances from Ab-Soul, AZ Chike, Childish Major, Freddie Gibbs, Jozzy, Rico Nasty, and more. Prior to its release, Q dropped one single, “Yeern 101,” as well as teasers of several other tracks from the album, and although it’s still early, the album has already drawn major praise from critics and fans as a satisfying comeback for the South Central rapper.

It’s been so well-received so far, you may be wondering if there’s more new music on the horizon for the TDE star, particularly in the form of a deluxe re-release, which has become a standard for the music business as a whole.

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like Schoolboy isn’t a big fan of the format, so the answer is most likely a “no.” “Labels & artist kinda killed da deluxe,” he told a fan on Twitter. “it’s a scam.. no way I’m adding 3-4 songs to my album a week after it drop. I work 2 Hard on my craft for a extra 2k in sales. nobody cares.”

To be fair, the man’s got a point. During the big music industry slowdown during 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became common practice for artists — especially rappers — to follow-up new releases with “deluxe” editions adding a handful of new songs in the hopes of juicing streams. In some cases, a whole album’s worth of new tracks were added. While the strategy was seen as a useful middle ground to save resources from promoting EPs or mixtapes to keep artists’ buzz alive between albums, it’s rarely produced very many viable tracks or huge bumps in streaming numbers.

Perhaps Schoolboy’s decision to avoid chasing the trend will benefit him in the long run, giving fans time to actually anticipate his next release.

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Sinéad O’Connor’s Estate Called For ‘Biblical Devil’ Donald Trump To Stop Using ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ At His Rallies

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Last July, Sinéad O’Connor passed away from natural causes at 56 years old. The iconic Irish singer-songwriter never shied away from speaking out about various causes she cared about, and her estate is standing up for what she believed in on her behalf.

The O’Connor estate and her label, Chrysalis Records, released a statement to Variety condemning Donald Trump’s use of “Nothing Compares 2 U” at recent campaign rallies in Maryland and North Carolina.

“Throughout her life,  it is well known that Sinéad O’Connor lived by a fierce moral code defined by honesty, kindness, fairness, and decency towards her fellow human beings,” the statement reads, as per Variety. “It was with outrage therefore that we learned that Donald Trump has been using her iconic performance of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at his political rallies. It is no exaggeration to say that Sinéad would have been disgusted, hurt, and insulted to have her work misrepresented in this way by someone who she herself referred to as a ‘biblical devil.’ As the guardians of her legacy, we demand that Donald Trump and his associates desist from using her music immediately.”

O’Connor did, in fact, scorch Trump during an interview with the Dublin-based magazine Hot Press published in October 2020.

“I actually do believe Donald Trump is the biblical Devil, the f*cker,” O’Connor said, later adding, “I know this may sound extreme — I don’t really give a flying f*ck what everyone else thinks — but I am convinced the man is actually a Satanist. I’m convinced of it.”

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Coach Caught Wind Of Cardi B’s ‘Like What’ Lyric Seemingly Dissing Their Bags And Came Through With A Response

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Last week, Cardi B came through with a new music drop, unveiling “Like What (Freestyle).” On the track, some noticed that Cardi seems to go after the Coach brand, as she says in the chorus, “Like a Coach bag, baby, this ain’t what you want.” Two things there: The intent behind the lyric isn’t what it might seem, and Coach has offered a response to the song.

In a video shared over the weekend, Cardi explained that the lyric wasn’t a dig at Coach, but was instead a reference to Cam’ron and Vado’s 2011 song “Hey Muma,” which features the lyric, “Yo, girl, get a notepad (for what?) / You ain’t got no swag / And you so fine, it’s so sad / Still riding coach, need a Coach bag / Let me coach you, no Coach tags (what that mean?) / Get rid of that Coach bag.”

Coach saw that video and replied on X (formerly Twitter), “We love Cardi!! [heart emoji].” Cardi shared Coach’s post and added, “[weary face emoji] love [heart emoji].”

Meanwhile, Cardi recently hinted at more new music coming soon, saying in a video, “I’m not letting my anxiety, I’m not letting what haters say, I’m not letting what fans say… if I do a song, I’m gonna just f*cking drop it. Well, I got no choice because I’m dropping my album this year, so stay tuned for the announcement. But don’t play with me!”

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Megan Thee Stallion’s 2024 Anime Awards Interview Revealed Her Comfort Show, Favorite Genre, And More

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Megan Thee Stallion has been bridging the gap between hot girls and weebs since her 2018 breakout and anime streamer Crunchyroll took notice, embracing the Houston rapper’s support by making her a presenter at this year’s Anime Awards in Japan. While on the red carpet ahead of the show, Meg participated in a quick red-carpet interview for TikTok, showing of her otaku (Japanese for “fan”) cred by sharing her go-to comfort shows, defending her favorite anime genre, and name-checking which show’s characters she’d recruit as backup dancers.

Apparently, Thee Stallion is a big fan of the action genre, saying, “As soon as the anime come on, I wanna the city getting tore up. The city need to be destroyed on the first go. I need to understand why you’re mad, what is the character development story, what are we going through — take me on that ride with you.” For back up dancers, she says the fabolous fits of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure crew would make them shoo-ins for for the role, while her comfort shows include ’90s classics Inuyasha and YuYu Hakusho, which she says she’ll even fall asleep watching (how she can do that with all the yelling and explosions is beyond me).

Meg’s put her love for action anime on display a number of times throughout her career, doing elaborate photoshoots in cosplay and even performing as Sailor Moon in Japan a few years ago. She’s had a first-look deal in place with Netflix since 2021 — wouldn’t it be fun to see Meg get her own anime one day?

Megan Thee Stallion is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

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All The Best New Music From This Week That You Need To Hear

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Keeping up with new music can be exhausting, even impossible. From the weekly album releases to standalone singles dropping on a daily basis, the amount of music is so vast it’s easy for something to slip through the cracks. Even following along with the Uproxx recommendations on a daily basis can be a lot to ask, so every Monday we’re offering up this rundown of the best new music this week.

This week saw Cardi B finally pop her head up and Miley Cyrus launch her 2024 with a big collab. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.

For more music recommendations, check out our Listen To This section, as well as our Indie Mixtape and Pop Life newsletters.

Cardi B — “Like What (Freestyle)”

New Cardi B music has become a relative rarity these past few years. She’ll drop a new single here and there, but fans are still waiting for a new album to follow 2018’s Invasion Of Privacy. As that wait continues, Cardi has given fans something to chew on with her new “Like What” freestyle, which is built on a sample of Missy Elliott’s “She’s A B*tch” and sees Cardi delivering in-your-face bars.

Charli XCX — “Von Dutch”

Since releasing Crash, Charli has made some comments indicating she might not be the most fond of the pop-leaning project in hindsight. Indeed, she appears to be moving on from made-for-radio tunes with Brat, the new album she announced last week. She also shared “Von Dutch,” which is more of an electronic club number. It’s pretty awesome.

Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus — “Doctor (Work It Out)”

Miley Cyrus crushed it in 2023 with “Flowers,” and now she (along with Pharrell) have graced 2024 with “Doctor (Work It Out).” The tune is mostly carried by a relatively straightforward and rock-influenced groove, over which Cyrus delivers lyrics not-so-subtly teasing some nighttime extracurriculars.

Kacey Musgraves — “Too Good To Be True”

Musgraves has so far been in her gentle era as she rolls out her new album, Deeper Well. She continued that trend last week with “Too Good To Be True,” which is largely just Musgraves and an acoustic guitar as she expresses some uncertainty when it comes to getting vulnerable.

Faye Webster — “Thinking About You”

Webster’s fantastic new album Underdressed At The Symphony is out now, and she sets the table with the project’s opening number, “Thinking About You.” The six-minute song creates its own atmosphere with chilled-out instrumentation and Webster’s comforting vocals, all with a dynamism that indicates what’s to come from the rest of the LP.

Schoolboy Q — “Thank God 4 Me”

Schoolboy Q is chasing another No. 1 album to follow his first one, Oxymoron from 2014. He might have a good shot with his latest, Blue Lips: Uproxx’s Aaron Williams notes of the project, “His freewheeling philosophy of rhyme is looser than ever and his beat selection slinks coolly from jazz to blues to menacing hard rock to doo-wop soul — all genres that saturate the streets of his beloved South Central, Los Angeles.”

St. Vincent — “Broken Man”

While St. Vincent went all in on a 1970s aesthetic for her previous album, Daddy’s Home, she’s clearly heading in a different direction on All Born Screaming, her upcoming LP. She announced the project last week, when she also shared “Broken Man,” which wades into alternative/industrial territory before working an aggressive rock influence into the mix.

J Balvin, De La Ghetto, and Jowell & Randy — “Triple S”

J Balvin teams up with De La Ghetto and Jowell & Randy on his latest, “Triple S.” The song title stands for “Suelta, Soltera, Sin Nadie Que La Joda,” which in English loosely means “Single, Strong And Not To Be Messed With.” Indeed, the punchy song sees the artists celebrating women and all their strength.

Mannequin Pussy — “Loud Bark”

MP worked with producer John Congleton on their new album I Got Heaven, and it’s a collaboration that has clearly worked out. The project is out now and songs like the dark and atmospheric “Loud Bark” show the group adding a polish to their sound without completely sanding off the edge.

Fred Again.., Lil Yachty, and Overmono — “Stayinit”

Yachty has been expanding his artistic boundaries a lot lately. His latest collab sees him entering the worlds of Fred Again.. and Overmono with “Stayinit,” yet another club banger from Fred that carries the momentum of his star-making 2023 into the new year.

Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.