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  • Fast Car: Who Did it Better, Tracy Chapman or Luke Combs?

    Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" is one of those songs that hits you deep down. You know, the lyrics about wanting to break free, the gentle guitar strumming—it's like a mix of feeling hopeless but also hopeful for something better. It's the kind of song that can make you tear up one minute and then have you belting out the chorus at the top of your lungs the next. Since it dropped in 1988 on Chapman's first folk album, "Fast Car" has been a go-to cover for singers. And lately, one cover in particular has taken everyone by surprise. Back in March, country star Luke Combs released his album "Gettin' Old," which included his own rendition of "Fast Car." People went nuts for it! The track blew up on streaming platforms, went viral on TikTok, and even started outpacing Combs's own single, "Love You Anyway." It was like the song had a life of its own. Last week, it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and reached No. 3 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart. Now, for many folks, this is just another reason to celebrate Luke Combs's success—he's already got 16 consecutive No. 1 hits under his belt. But for others, it's stirred up some mixed feelings, especially in the Nashville music scene. See, while it's awesome to see "Fast Car" back in the spotlight and a whole new generation discovering Chapman's work, it's hard to ignore the fact that Tracy Chapman, as a Black queer woman, probably wouldn't have had the same shot at success in the country music world. The numbers paint a pretty bleak picture: In 2022, less than 0.5 percent of songs played on country radio were by women of color and LGBTQ+ artists. And that's not even considering the two decades before that, where songs by these artists were largely excluded from radio playlists. Holly G, who founded the Black Opry to support Black country music singers and fans, sums it up pretty well. She's thrilled to see Luke Combs paying homage to Chapman, but it's tough to fully embrace the excitement knowing the challenges Chapman would've faced breaking into the industry herself. But hey, amidst all the complicated feelings, there's still hope for change. There's been a push for more inclusivity in Nashville, especially since the industry-wide reckoning after George Floyd's killing in 2020. And while Chapman's classic is making waves as one of Combs's biggest hits, it's sparking some important conversations about diversity in music. So yeah, "Fast Car" might be an oldie, but it's still got a lot to say. And hopefully, it'll keep driving the conversation forward for a more inclusive music industry.

  • Hey Taylor Swift, Post Malone called and said you've Got Some Big Shoes to Fill!

    It's easy to forget about the past, but let's take a second to remember that until pretty recently, the Kansas City Chiefs hadn't won a Super Bowl since the 1969 season. It's also easy to forget that Post Malone was the pop star who partied with the Kansas City Chiefs on the night of the Super Bowl victory parade in 2020, long before Taylor Swift was even in the picture! Postie is a massive football fan, he invited the Super Bowl champs to their show at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, and it was a special night for everyone involved. Imagine this: The quarterback, tight end, and other players had their own section, all cordoned off, to enjoy the show in peace. Here's the great part – Malone, a dedicated Cowboys fan, paid his respects to the Chiefs by sporting a Mahomes jersey onstage. Patrick Mahomes was genuinely touched by the gesture! But that's not even the best part. Before the concert, Post Malone personally invited the team and their significant others backstage for a private dance party and some friendly beer pong. It was a chance for everyone to unwind and enjoy each other's company. Here's where it gets impressive: These guys had been celebrating since the crack of dawn because of the Super Bowl parade earlier that day. Mahomes and Kelce were seen enjoying a few cold ones on the parade bus, keeping the spirit alive for over 12 hours straight. Now, that's dedication. Let's hope they can make it happen again, and they beat the San Fransisco 49ers!

  • Taylor Swift is Unbelievable!

    Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs kicked off Super Bowl 58 media night in style on Monday! Picture this: Kelce, Mahomes, Jones, and the whole crew holding court at their individual podiums, dropping wisdom on the gathered reporters. And you know they had to ask Travis about his superstar girlfriend, Taylor Swift. Now, Taylor just snagged her 13th and 14th Grammys, making history with her fourth Album of the Year win. And Kelce? Well, he's all about supporting his girl. He said, "She’s rewriting the history books, man. I gotta step up and bring some hardware of my own." Can't argue with that, right? He's loving the vibe of bringing together Swifties and Chiefs Kingdom, introducing them to the football and sports world. It's all about spreading that love and support. And hey, here's the kicker: Kelce might just cap off this epic week with a Super Bowl win against the San Francisco 49ers right in Vegas! And you best believe Swift's gonna be there, cheering her man on from the stands. Now that's a power couple!

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