Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Here's what happened at the Brit Awards — and not at the Grammys

With splashy performances by Katy Perry and Bruno Mars and major trophies presented to Adele and Beyoncé, Wednesday’s Brit Awards might’ve convinced those paying only partial attention that they were watching a replay of last week’s Grammys.

Yet the U.K.’s most prestigious music awards show, held at London’s O2 Arena and set to air Wednesday night on BBC America, had plenty of its own moments as well.

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'Santiago' takes Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Cuba and back

What happens when musicians from one of the must musically fertile spots on the planet collaborate with peers from an equally vibrant cultural melting pot?

Something like “Santiago,” the first track from the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s forthcoming album, “So It Is,” inspired in large part by the New Orleans group’s 2015 trek through Cuba.

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Joining Madonna and the Beatles, Rihanna lands 30th top-10 hit, sets sights on record

In yet another confirmation that you’re getting old, pop superstar Rihanna has hit a landmark: She has now landed 30 songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat achieved only by the Beatles and Madonna.

She charted her 30th hit this week when “Love on the Brain” crossed the threshold to land at No. 8.

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What to listen to now: The Feelies, Jessie James Decker and Rose Cousins

A weekly round-up of must-hear music recommended by Times staffers. This week’s picks include the latest from veteran cult-favorites the Feelies, as well as new music from Jessie James Decker and  Rose Cousins.

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Harry Belafonte 90th birthday career retrospective collection due Feb. 24

A 60th anniversary update of Harry Belafonte’s 1957 hit “When Colors Come Together (Island in the Sun)” caps a new retrospective album. The collection will survey the storied career of the veteran singer, actor and political activist who will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 1.

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Dolly Parton, Adele and Pearl Jam among stars saluting Brandi Carlile's 'The Story'

One sign of a would-be classic album: Brandi Carlile’s “The Story” went gold last month — a decade after its release. Another indicator? The Americana singer and songwriter’s breakout long-player is being celebrated through a new tribute album that will feature expert interpreters including Dolly Parton, Adele, Pearl Jam, Margo Price, the Avett Brothers and Kris Kristofferson.

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