Music

The Genius of ‘Gangnam Style’

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What can Christian artists learn from the overnight viral hit? Look deeper than the goofy guest appearances and fan spoofs, and there’s plenty. Read more

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Lecrae’s Balancing Act: Religion, Race, and Holy Hip-Hop

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Lecrae may be the best rapper you’ve never heard of. His synthesis of hip-hop and Calvinism has fans saluting his talent. But some question the wisdom of mixing rap with a predominantly ‘white’ theology. Read more

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Whitney’s Final ‘Sparkle’

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‘Sparkle’ explores themes of stardom, failure, and unfulfilled dreams. But will this remake of the ’70s classic be too close to Whitney Houston’s real-life story? Read more

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The Straight Truth About Multiracial Worship

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When it comes to multicultural worship music in churches, things are not always what they seem. Rule No. 1: Whatever strong preferences or opinions you have, prepare to have them shaken. Read more

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A Praise and Worship Jubilee

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Looking for fresh gospel music? Add worship leader Jason Nelson’s ‘Shifting the Atmosphere’ to your playlist. Read more

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Rihanna and Chris Brown’s Toxic Attraction

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Why RiRi and Chris Breezy’s shocking reunion is, sadly, not that shocking. Read more

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We Remember ‘Soul Train’

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Paying tribute to the late Don Cornelius and his iconic television show that brought us the joy of black music, and an antidote for black invisibility. Read more

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The Missing X Factor

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Forget ‘American Idol.’ Where’s the church? Why local congregations need to reclaim their function as a training ground for young musicians. Read more

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At Stellars, Trend Meets Tradition

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The 27th Annual Stellar Awards brought together old and new artists, while hinting at a promising future for the gospel music industry. Read more

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Stop Singing About God’s ‘Favor’

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Today’s gospel music is too often preoccupied with the idea of divine favor, without telling its listeners how or why God favors us. Read more

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