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The Beat at the Heart of ‘Lovers Rock’

The lovesick kiss-off “Silly Games” and its indelible high note play a pivotal part in “Lovers Rock,” one of five pieces in the director Steve McQueen’s new “Small Axe” anthology, which examines Black British life across the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

The film takes its name from the musical genre lovers rock, a softer, sentimental spin on reggae created and popularized in mid-70s England by the first generation of British citizens born to Caribbean immigrants and Caribbean-born immigrants who moved to Britain at a young age. “Lovers Rock,” which arrived on Amazon Prime Nov. 27, is a fictional story set in 1979 that follows a woman named Martha (Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn) as she attends a “blues party” (short for “rhythm and blues”), a nighttime gathering thrown by Black people denied entry into white-dominated clubs. Blues parties usually took place in houses belonging to members of the community, where D.J.s would

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Gets an Epic Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is immortalized in balloon form!

The 48-year-old wrestling superstar and actor was hilariously turned into a balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday (November 26).

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The balloon, disguised as real coverage from the parade, was an ad for The Rock‘s upcoming TV comedy, Young Rock, which is set to arrive in 2021.

In the commercial break, Today‘s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb remarked about the balloon, dressed up in his infamous ’90s blue jeans, fanny pack, silver chain and black turtleneck look used in many memes

Young Rock “follows the wild times of Dwayne as a kid, a teen, and a college footballer,” according to Hoda, while Savannah said that she “can’t wait to see what kind of trouble little D.J. got into.”

“Never in my wildest dreams…I’ve been a lucky

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Feds report their vehicle was shot at, police find it was just a rock

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information from a Michigan State Police investigation.

Michigan State Police troopers were investigating two possible freeway shootings in Detroit on Wednesday, one of which supposedly involved a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle.

Officials from MSP and CBP initially confirmed Wednesday that a vehicle occupied by customs officers was fired at Wednesday morning on Interstate 96 near the Southfield Freeway.

But it turns out: it was just a rock that hit the passenger window as they drove, an MSP investigation found. 

A real freeway shooting did happen in Detroit on Wednesday morning, though. It stemmed from a road rage incident that occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on westbound Interstate 94 near Interstate 75, according to MSP. 

In that incident, a female driver and male passenger engaged in a confrontation with a man driving a blue minivan. The suspect in the

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‘Lovers Rock’ review: Steve McQueen’s film is an immersive experience in the best way

This is a mini review of a movie that deserves a mountain of superlatives.

This is a mini review of a movie that deserves a mountain of superlatives. Part of Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” series on Amazon Prime, “Lovers Rock” is an immersive experience that invites you to fall under its sensual spell. You won’t be able to resist.

The other four films in McQueen’s anthology take a strong political stance regarding the civil rights of West Indians in the neighborhoods of London where the director of the Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” grew up. “Lovers Rock” is about the joy of cutting loose. It’s pure pleasure.

Set in 1980, at a dance party in a West London house on a Saturday night, “Lovers Rock” exults in the release found by Black men and women who are denied access to white

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Women Fill Entire Categories in Country, Rock as Grammys Reset Scales

For once, the country music patriarchy is riding shotgun.

Country may be renowned as a genre where the women do not always get a fair shake, but you would not guess that from how the nominations for the 2021 Grammys shook out. Female solo artists or bands with women as primary lead singers accounted for all five of the nominations in the best country album category. Moreover, female-fronted material was awarded four out of five slots in two other categories, best country song and best country solo performance. That 80-to-100% imbalance is, of course, pretty much the exact inverse of what a fan of the music will hear on the airwaves.

If the Grammys were making a statement, the Recording Academy wasn’t just making it in country. There was a similar readjusting of the scales happening in some of the rock categories. For best rock performance, all six nominees are

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Mammoth WVH’s Eddie Van Halen Tribute ‘Distance’ Debuts Atop Rock Charts: ‘I Just Wish He Was Here to See It’

“Distance” also bows at No. 9 on the likewise multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs tally and opens at Nos. 1 and 2 on the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales and Rock Digital Song Sales rankings, respectively.

“I am beyond humbled by the response to ‘Distance,'” Wolfgang, who also wrote the song, tells Billboard. “I can’t believe that it’s appearing on all of these charts so soon after release. The fact that so many have embraced the song and video shows how much we have in common in the love and respect we have for my father. I just wish he was here to see it. Thank you so much to everyone who’s listening and also to my whole team who has worked so hard to make this a reality.”

While the song’s music video, which features home movies and video footage of the father and son together, drove

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AC/DC Rock the U.K. Albums Chart With ‘Power Up’

AC/DC blow away the competition in the U.K. with Power Up (Columbia), which blasts to No. 1 on the national albums chart.

The Australian rockers snag their fourth career No. 1, and they so with the year’s biggest one-week tally, some 62,000 combined sales, the Official Charts Company reports.

Power Up is the biggest album release anywhere right now, securing chart-topping debuts in the U.S., Australia and elsewhere.

Staying in the U.K., the Rock And Roll Hall of Famers unseat another legendary Australian act from the summit, Kylie Minogue, whose Disco (BMG) dips 1-5.

Power Up leads an all-new top four, as McFly’s first studio album in ten years, Young Dumb Thrills (BMG), bows at No. 2; Andrea Bocelli’sBelieve (Decca) flies in at No. 3, for the classical great’s 12th Top 10; and Paloma Faith’sInfinite Things (RCA) starts at No. 4, her fifth consecutive Top 10 LP.

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The Rock won’t ‘concede’ Sexiest Man Alive title to Michael B. Jordan

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Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, star of “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” has his opinion on who the sexiest man alive is.

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Just when you thought People’s Sexiest Man Alive title was a triumphant, and clear, victory for “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan.

In steps Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2016, with a page torn from President Donald Trump’s prolonged contesting of the 2020 presidential election results.

“I CONCEDE NOTHING,” Johnson wrote on his Instagram page Friday about the Sexiest Man Alive crown, adding a winking emoji to make it clear he was just kidding. We hope.

But seriously, Johnson had nothing for love for Jordan, writing, “congrats to my brother @michaelbjordan on the new sexy crown.”

The Rock was featured in the latest sexiest man issue as well, where he talked about living his life to the fullest.

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China to launch moon probe, seeking first lunar rock retrieval since 1970s

China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon this week to bring back lunar rocks — the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from Earth’s natural satellite since the 1970s.



a glass display case: The Long March-5 rocket, with China's new lunar probe Chang'e-5 on top, is seen on the launch pad at the Wenchang Space Launch Center on November 17 in Hainan, China.


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The Long March-5 rocket, with China’s new lunar probe Chang’e-5 on top, is seen on the launch pad at the Wenchang Space Launch Center on November 17 in Hainan, China.

The Chang’e-5 probe, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect material that can help scientists understand more about the moon’s origins and formation. The mission will test China’s ability to remotely acquire samples from space, ahead of more complex missions.

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If successful, the mission will make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples, following the United States and the Soviet Union decades ago.

Since the Soviet Union crash-landed the Luna 2 on

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System of a Down’s First New Songs in Almost 15 Years Storm In at Nos. 1 & 2 on Hot Hard Rock Songs Chart

“Land” is the first No. 1 on either chart for System of a Down, although both lists started after the band’s most hit-packed era (Hard Rock Digital Song Sales in 2007 and Hot Hard Rock Songs earlier this year).

On the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs rankings, “Land” and “Humanoidz” bow at Nos. 10 and 15, respectively.

Both tracks are receiving radio airplay, with “Land” starting at No. 37 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay list and “Humanoidz” bubbling under. System of a Down, which has earned one No. 1 on the survey (among six top 10s), the one-week leader “Aerials” in September 2002, had last appeared with “Kill Rock ‘n’ Roll” in August 2006.

New music from the band also drives streams and sales for the rest of its discography, with 2001’s Toxicity re-entering Hard Rock Albums at No. 10 (5,000 equivalent album units, up

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