1. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  2. AC/DC Completes New Album, Malcolm Young Hospitalized

    July 10, 2014 6:02 AM EDT AC/DC has reportedly completed work on a new album. The veteran Australian rock group had entered a recording studio in Vancouver earlier this year to work on the follow-up to 2008’s global hit “Black Ice.”  The album is now finished. And the band members are apparently happy with the fruits…

  3. Judas Priest Shares The Story Behind 'Redeemer of Souls': Video Premiere

    July 08, 2014 10:26 AM EDT "Most of this music is very classic Priest," says Rob Halford. Rob Halford and his bandmates wanted to "reinvestigate the roots of (Judas) Priest" for "Redeemer of Souls," the Metal Gods' 17th studio album and first set of new material since the concept…

  4. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  5. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  6. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  7. The Who's Roger Daltrey: 'We're Lucky To Be Alive & Still Touring'

    July 01, 2014 2:14 PM EDT The legendary frontman discusses the just-announced dates for this fall's The Who Hits 50 tour. The Who will begin its 50th anniversary -- and perhaps final -- tour later this year on home turf. The group announced on Monday (June 30) that The Who Hits 50 trek will begin Nov. 26 at the…

  8. Bon Iver Releases New Song 'Heavenly Father'

    June 30, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Back in March, it was revealed that the soundtrack to Zach Braff's new film, "Wish I Was Here," would feature artists including the Shins, the Head and the Heart, Paul Simon, and Coldplay's Chris Martin, who collaborated with Cat Power on the title track. On June 20, NPR…

  9. Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Invited to Join Academy Awards Group

    June 26, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams and this year’s Oscar winners for song and score are among the 271 artists and executives invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik is among the executives invited. Oscars Alter Music Campaign…

  10. Greil Marcus Picks Favorite Punk Film Moments

    June 23, 2014 4:08 PM EDT A smash hit on the festival circuit, “We Are the Best!,” a Swedish movie about teenagers starting a band, has people buzzing about hardcore movies again. Legendary rock critic Greil Marcus picks his favorite moments in punk cinema. Some of the strongest punk movies have little or nothing to…

  11. Robert Pattinson Reveals Rap Alter Ego on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' (Video)

    June 18, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Heartthrobby actor Robert Pattinson stopped by "Late Night" yesterday to confide in Seth Meyers with some scandalous secrets from his past. For one, he's always dreamt of being a rapper and even has a name for the project. "When you were younger you wanted to be a rapper?…

  12. Korn Announces New Tracks, Live Material on Expanded 'Paradigm Shift' Release

    June 17, 2014 9:07 PM EDT Korn is planning to include new tracks and live material on an expanded edition of its latest album, "The Paradigm Shift," set for release July 15. The project will be led by the newly recorded single, "Hater," which will be serviced to radio on June 19 and released for…

  13. Brian Williams 'Raps' Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' on 'Fallon' (Video)

    June 17, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon debuted the latest mashup Monday as the late-night talk show kicked off a week in Orlando. Brian Williams’ latest rap opened the Tonight Show’s weeklong stint in Orlando, Fla. — and it was a doozy. Two months after Williams’ “Gin and Juice” mashup, Jimmy Fallon unveiled a the…

  14. Swizz Beatz Becomes Muse for Kehinde Wiley Portrait

    June 16, 2014 1:53 PM EDT On set with the art-obsessed hitmaker and artist, Wiley. "Eyes on the camera, lean in, look up." Artist Kehinde Wiley spits out directions so fast that it's hard for a spectator to keep up, let alone one of his models. On an ordinary day the 37-year-old's subject might be…

  15. NWA Biopic Casts Its Dr. Dre, Eazy-E (Sources)

    June 16, 2014 7:50 AM EDT After more than five years, four writers and a tough-to-please trio that holds cast and script veto power, Universal's N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is finally getting the green light. Sources say the studio has assembled its leading threesome to tackle the roles of…

  16. Top Ten Alternative 2014 World Cup Songs

    June 13, 2014 6:53 PM EDT With the opening of the global tournament, competition is heating up not only on the soccer field but in that of futebol-related songs too, with the tones of these rallying tunes ranging from synth-rock reflections to dance floor raves, satiric selections to protest songs, and the many…

  17. Sonar 2014 Preview: Lykke Li, Royksopp & Robyn and More

    June 12, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Sonar 2014 kicks off today (June 12) in Barcelona, offering attendees an awe-inspiring collection of artist talent and Sonar+D industry and technology panels. CODE takes a look at some of the concert and event highlights that the three-day Spanish festival has to offer this year. Thursday,…

  18. The Verve Pipe, 'Overboard', Co-Written by Jeff Daniels: Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 12, 2014 9:18 AM EDT "I just helped him focus it a little bit," says the actor of working with frontman Brian Vander Ark The Verve Pipe is back with its first proper rock album in 13 years, “Overboard,” due out June 17. Listen to the title track, co-written by acclaimed actor Jeff Daniels below.  On the…

  19. Tony Awards to Drop 2 Categories

    June 12, 2014 3:34 AM EDT The Tony Awards will have fewer trophies next year and Broadway's sound designers are the ones being dropped. The Tony Awards Administration Committee met Wednesday to determine the eligibility rules for the 2014-2015 season, and cut the categories of Best Sound Design of a Play and Best…

  20. Brian Wilson Tells Doubters to Back Off, It ‘Kind Of Bums Me Out’

    June 11, 2014 5:32 AM EDT Brian Wilson doesn’t dig negativity. It kind of, well, bums him out. The Beach Boys great has hit back at detractors who’re putting out bad vibes on his current recording project. According to a Rolling Stone article re-published by Wilson on his official Website , the new album is tipped to…

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