“Blurred Lines'” $7.4m Verdict

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke will have to pay the children of Marvin Gaye $7.4 million after a jury found the 2013 smash-hit “Blurred Lines” to be too similar to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” This is just the latest incident tied to the widely controversial song (and music video) by Thicke and Williams, which has earned the two singers millions of dollars since …

Nosaj Thing: Cold Stares ft. Chance The Rapper and The O’My’s

Nosaj Thing and Chance the Rapper continue their collaboration run with “Cold Stares”—a quiet, slow-burning track that also features The O’My’s frontman Maceo Haymes. The song is the first single from Nosaj Thing’s upcoming LP Fated, which is set for a 5 May release and it’s a melancholy, down-tempo number with provocative lyrics that allude to being possessed by the devil.

Muslim Holy Days Added to NYC School Calendars

New York City took a leap forward in inclusivity and fairness this week when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city’s public schools will be observing two Muslim holy days, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Although a few other municipalities have already done this, NYC’s recent move is much more resounding as it’s home to more than 1.1 million school children. The changes are …