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Entertainment is a quick-moving, sometimes unpredictable industry, so keeping up with the pace can seem overwhelming.
Journalists for this beat know that it’s not for the faint of heart. They must be aggressive and focus on the minute details so that pop culture fans can get their daily fix.
Entertainment news is more than just celebrity gossip, although that’s definitely part of it.
Luckily, there are many news sites that not only stay up-to-date on real time news, but also provide artist interviews, new release reviews, and more. A couple of years ago, we took a closer look at 10 top news sites that rock their music and entertainment coverage.
Here’s our new list of some of favorite sites that are sure to keep you in-the-know with entertainment and music news.
“Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.” This pretty much sums it up.
The A.V. Club is published by The Onion, but don’t worry, the site offers real news, interviews, and features. There’s a great selection of in-depth profiles on movies, TV, and music you may not have heard of yet. The site also is just a lot of fun to explore.
Plan to stay here for a while because you’ll also get sucked in by A.V.’s sister sites like Deadspin, Gizmodo, and The Takeout, all accessible from the bar at the top of the page.
A.V. Club’s recommendations posts are some of my favorites. “What Are You Listening To?” is a weekly list of songs the writers are listening to, complete with a fun explanation for each choice and a Spotify playlist. “Watch This” is a weekly movie recommendation, usually inspired by new releases or premieres.
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Upworthy has a unique mission to change what the world pays attention to and deliver “stories that are worth your time – and that make the world a better place.”
Started in 2012, Upworthy is usually credited with popularizing the heavily emotional, must-click headline style. Over the last few years, the site has moved toward creating more original articles and videos. In addition to entertainment news, you also can find stories on travel, food, beauty, and scientific discoveries.
The site offers entertainment news that’s uplifting and aims to bring readers together. It can be a breath of fresh air to read stories that just make you feel good.
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Pitchfork is an online magazine that we’ve recognized before, and it’s still deserving of a spot on the list. Founded in 1996, Pitchfork is called the most trusted voice in music and stages the popular Pitchfork Music Festival, now in its 13th year.
The site has daily coverage of indie rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop, metal, and experimental music. There’s a huge selection of thoughtful album and track reviews, as well as the ability to search for an artist and pull all their relevant news and reviews.
Search the “Lists & Guides” section for some interesting listicles and rankings, like the “200 Best Albums of the 1960s.”
New York-based Heavy.com has been around longer than most people think – it was founded in 1999. The company also owns Ahoramismo.com, a Spanish language news and information portal.
Heavy became well-known for its regular “5 Fast Facts” articles. These posts aggregate key points about trending news and topics, making them a good source of information. The articles are interesting because they tend to focus on individuals who usually aren’t at the center of industry news.
If you’re looking to watch the latest episode of a show online, Heavy also provides details on where to find it. Heavy.com can be relied on to provide timely, straightforward news from the entertainment industry.
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Founded by music industry legend Quincy Jones, Vibe is a music and entertainment magazine that caters to a culturally diverse audience.
Vibe is considered hip-hop and R&B’s premier publication and cultural hub. There’s a large focus on music and in addition to album and song reviews, writers also review live performances.
Features include interviews with up-and-coming artists, actors, and music video directors, to name a few.
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Vulture is New York magazine’s culture and entertainment site. As the site explains, “Our staff celebrates culture both high and low, because you never know where you’ll find the next truly brilliant moment.”
In the TV section, Vulture has a great feature that allows you to select from some of the most popular shows on television and it will show you all the news for that program, including episode recaps, scheduling, and cast details.
Vulture’s music reporting includes music charts updates, looks at new music videos, and more.
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Bandcamp is all music, all the time. Its model is unique because in addition to the interviews, features, and “Album of the Day” posts, the site also has a streaming option and merchandise for fans so they can support their favorite artists right from the site.
The “Discover” option can be used to find new music filtered by location, format, genre, and even release date. The site also makes it convenient to listen to artists’ tracks by embedding a play bar in most articles.
The New York Times called Bandcamp “one of the greatest underground-culture bazaars of our time.” According to the Bandcamp site, the company’s mission is “to create the best possible service for artists and labels to share and earn money from their music, and for fans to discover and enjoy it.”
Variety is a weekly entertainment trade magazine that’s been around since 1905. Industry professionals trust Variety for its news, film reviews, box office results, business analyses, and more.
If you want to know which actor was cast in an upcoming film, read an album review for your favorite band, or check which TV show had the highest ratings last night, this is the place for you.
Another unique feature on the site, The Pilot Scorecard has up-to-the-minute listings of pilot and series orders, and you can filter by network, genre, and status.
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No music and entertainment list would be complete without the iconic Rolling Stone. The biweekly magazine has been around since 1967 and still has its original publisher, Jann Wenner, as its current editorial director. The publication has a long legacy as a beloved magazine, and it’s also appeared on one of our previous posts.
In addition to the trusted Rolling Stone reviews and recommendations for music, movies, and TV, you can also find a mix of politics, sports, and culture news.
The magazine has a recently updated circulation of 650,000 readers and is also very active on social media. I especially enjoy scrolling through the posts on the Instagram account @rollingstone.
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Author Rocky Parker is a member of the Audience Relations team at PR Newswire. When she’s not working, Rocky can be found testing new recipes, binge watching a new Netflix series, or taking her pitbull puppy Hudson out around town.