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Kia Makarechi is The Huffington Post's Senior Editor of Mobile and Innovations. Prior to his current role, he was the website's entertainment editor. A regular guest on The Today Show, Fuse News and Entertainment Tonight, Kia's work has also appeared on The Daily Beast, Complex, Spinner and StyleList. Kia graduated from UCLA, where he won a Society of Professional Journalists award.

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Tensnake On 'Glow,' His Mod Adolescence And Why Disco Never Died

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:23 AM

Marco Niemerski produces sleek, melodic club music as Tensnake, but the German artist didn't start out behind a turntable. He first had to get over his mod period.

"I'm glad that no records exist," the producer laughed during a recent interview with The Huffington Post. "I tried to play...

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ScHoolboy Q At CRWN: 'I Got The Monkey Off My Back' With 'Oxymoron'

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:45 PM

ScHoolboy Q jumped in the hot seat at CRWN, Myspace and Elliott Wilson's rapper interview series, for an in-depth interview on "Oxymoron," the artist's just-released studio LP.

"My name, ScHoolboy, comes from me having good grades, but it also comes from a dude who was in my...

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Someone Thinks Spike Lee's 'Racist' For Pointing Out Basic Facts Of Gentrification

(185) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:35 PM

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It's a nice time to be a gentrification defender!

First, a lengthy article with the wonderfully accessible title "Is Gentrification All Bad?" runs in New York magazine. And this week, we're blessed with a writer calling Spike Lee racist for

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Chromeo Dish On 'White Women' & Share 'Come Alive' BTS Video

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Self-described "funkateers" Chromeo have been translating their funk and yacht rock influences into dance floor hits for the film-a-concert-on-your-iPhone generation for over a decade now, but they've never worked as hard as they did on their upcoming LP, "White Women."

"We spent double, triple, quadruple the amount of time on...

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Why Dance Heavyweights Above & Beyond Went Acoustic

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 1:02 PM

Between headlining festivals and hosting their massively popular "Group Therapy" radio show, the three gents in Above & Beyond are undoubtedly among dance music's biggest stars. Over the past decade or so, they've released three studio albums, countless singles and compilations, but never a full acoustic project. That changed this...

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Debbie Harry On Skipping Sochi Olympic Gig Over Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Blondie passed on the opportunity to perform a 45-minute set in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, citing concerns over civil rights abuses in Russia as their rationale for rejecting the big gig.

“Blondie has always been a part of the downtown community in NYC, with many, many friends who...

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Everyone Is Mad About Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Grammy Wins

(949) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis swept the rap categories at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, picking up statues for Best Rap Song ("Thrift Shop"), Best Rap Performance ("Thrift Shop") and Best Rap Album ("The Heist").

A passionate debate about the Seattle rapper's likely win had been percolating on the...

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A Ballet For The Children, With Enough Joy For The Whole Family

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 4:03 PM

The New York Theatre Ballet knows the value of exposing children to the arts, but its Once Upon a Ballet series doesn't simply create a safe space for youngsters who might not make it through a multi-hour performance in silence. Instead, at events such as its Saturday showing of "The...

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Scarlett Johansson Releases Statement On SodaStream Criticism

(156) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Scarlett Johansson has been the subject of intense scrutiny since she became a brand ambassador for SodaStream, a company that has drawn criticism for operating a factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

In a statement released exclusively to The Huffington Post, Johansson says she...

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VH1 Sets Roster For Six Nights Of Live Pre-Super Bowl Concerts

(12) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 7:38 AM

Just as players, performers and an endless sea of promoters descend upon New York City for the Super Bowl, VH1 is running a six-night series of live concerts featuring the likes of Janelle Monaé, the Goo Goo Dolls and Fall Out Boy. The Super Bowl Blitz, as its called, can...

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Oh, You're Tired Of People Being 'Outraged'?

(46) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 1:24 PM

More voices are coming at us from all directions, and, thanks to emerging media outlets and the social media platforms which amplify them, they're louder than ever. With these new voices come new learnings, passions and, yes, gripes. For the most part, this is great: An increased diversity of perspectives...

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It's Time To Calm Down About Movie Theater Disruptions

(161) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 12:16 PM

When a retired cop shot and killed a fellow moviegoer who was texting his 3-year-old daughter's daycare center on Monday, Twitter exploded in a variety of directions. A subset of movie writers -- who spend more time in motion picture houses than almost anyone else -- tapped out...

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Above & Beyond's Acoustic 'Sun & Moon' Video Is Breathtaking

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Above & Beyond have already found a great deal of success since performing acoustic versions of their songs live, but it's this rework of "Sun & Moon" that pushes the concept to its beautiful breaking point. Featuring live vocals from Alex Vargas (who subbed in for the original vocalist, Richard...

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2013 Was Probably Kanye's Year

(8) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 3:51 PM

Because humans can't help but immediately recap everything that happened, and because subjective opinions must be presented as objective value judgments, there's plenty of year-end talk about who dominated 2013. Jennifer Lawrence is the AP's Entertainer of the Year (despite the fact that Beyoncé performed at the inauguration and Super...

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5 Questions With Yoko Ono, On Her Very Good Year

(8) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 8:43 AM

Yoko Ono is an indefatigable spirit who spent 2013 like she has spent many of the past 80 years: making music, dabbling in the fine and performance arts and protesting against environment-degrading greed. She also released an album, "Take Me To The Land Of Hell" and was one of three...

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Beyoncé Explains The Birth Of 'Yoncé' And Breaking 'The Fourth Wall'

(50) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 7:24 PM

By now, fans of Beyoncé have spent hours with the singer's recently released fifth studio album. The self-titled "visual album" sold over 1 million copies in the first five full days after its release. On Saturday afternoon, Beyoncé screened the corresponding videos at New York's School of Visual...

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Beyonce's Album Sales Cross 1 Million In iTunes

(130) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 2:33 PM

The good news keeps coming for Mrs. Carter: Apple and Columbia Records tell The Huffington Post that Beyonce's self-titled album has sold over 1 million copies in the worldwide iTunes Store.

The millionth sale came around 11:15 am PST on Wednesday, a source with knowledge of the matter told...

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Beyonce's Album Shatters Records With 828,773-Sale Weekend

(293) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:51 AM

Beyonce took a big risk in dropping her self-titled album on iTunes late last week without any pre-release promotion, and it's now abundantly clear that the bold move paid off. The singer's camp tells The Huffington Post that "Beyoncé" sold 828,773 copies over the weekend, a massive take made even...

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Beyonce Surprises Fans With New Album Featuring Jay Z, Blue Ivy, Drake

(176) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 11:08 PM

Beyonce knows her way around a holiday surprise. The singer end-capped 2013 with an "exclusive visual album" that she announced on Facebook and hit iTunes as Thursday ticked into Friday morning. Her fifth LP is entitled "Beyoncé" and features tracks with Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean...

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The 17 Best Songs Of 2013

(42) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 1:02 PM

When it came to picking the year's best songs, HuffPost Entertainment's Kia Makarechi, Madeline Boardman and Ryan Kristobak looked for songs that moved the needle forward. If a song pushed the boundaries of its genre, challenged listeners or approached pop perfection in new, interesting ways, it fit the bill. 2013...

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