1. Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player

    August 26, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda’s rise has been almost as fast as the Web connections that fueled it. In March, he released his raw, homemade debut video for his aggressive breakout single “Hot N---a.” At one point in the clip, the Jamaican-American rapper tosses his hat in the air and hits his…

  2. Rock Duo Death From Above 1979: Being in a Band Together ‘Is No Longer Repulsive’

    August 26, 2014 3:52 PM EDT For most bands, an eight-year break would be career-ending. But for Death From Above 1979 , it was a long, much-needed breath of fresh air. The Toronto rock duo, consisting of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler , blew minds and eardrums in 2004 with their brand of fierce dance-punk,…

  3. How Billy Joel and Jason Aldean Saved Six Figures By Splitting Tour Costs

    August 26, 2014 2:15 PM EDT With stadium-show production costs running as high as $1.8 million, Live Nation acts like Billy Joel and Jason Aldean are saving $500,000 to $700,000 apiece by sharing costs in order to minimize the significant costs of producing stadium shows, Live Nation has taken a creative divide-and…

  4. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  5. Aphex Twin on Kanye West: 'He Tried to F---ing Rip Me Off'

    August 26, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Richard D. James -- aka Aphex Twin -- is primed to release his first proper album in 13 years. With SYRO due out Sept. 23 via Warp, James has completed a lengthy interview with  Pitchfork , which the site posted some excerpts from . Among the juiciest details is an apparent beef with Kanye…

  6. Tumbleweed Bassist Jay Curley Dead at 42

    August 26, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Curley played bass in the Australia-based “stoner rock” band, which once opened for Nirvana. Jay Curley , bassist for the Australia-based alternative rock band Tumbleweed , has died, according to a post on the band’s official web site. He was 42. Tumbleweed broke the news on Tuesday morning.…

  7. Morrissey Announces Tour Dates Which Somehow Haven't Been Cancelled

    August 26, 2014 9:49 AM EDT Not much is certain in the world of Morrissey these days, but European fans can at least hold out hope that they’ll get to see the former Smiths frontman in the coming months. Morrissey announced a series of European tour dates on Monday via his site True To You . The tour kicks off Oct. 6…

  8. Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta Talks New Single 'Never Been In Love,' Featuring Icona Pop

    August 25, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Check out the brand-new lyric video for 'Never Been In Love.' "When you heard the title of the song did you think it would be a negative song?" Cobra Starship 's Gabe Saporta asks. The frontman is doing an early interview to hype Cobra Starship’s so-far-untitled fifth…

  9. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Crowns Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, AC

    August 25, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The ballad becomes one of only three songs ever to lead the three lists simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Jeremih, ScHoolboy Q, Demi Lovato & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  10. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  11. Nicki Minaj's Biting Boa Got Canned Hours Before the VMAs

    August 25, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Despite being a "professional entertainment snake," producers showed him the door. Given Nicki Minaj 's mind-boggling physique, you can be forgiven for not noticing that her "Anaconda" performance featured exactly zero snakes, despite (or maybe because of) the weekend…

  12. Was the VMAs' Robin Williams Tribute Undercooked?

    August 25, 2014 12:16 PM EDT At least one outlet  is calling the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards’ tribute to Robin Williams “touching.” But in the eyes of most who chronicled the evening on social media or recapped it afterwards, the VMAs' 20-second tribute to the late comedian came off as awkward, undercooked, or just…

  13. Prince Set to Release First Solo Album in Four Years

    August 25, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The musician's full-length album with 3rd Eye Girl will drop on the same day. Prince is back. The musician announced Monday morning that he will release his first solo album in four years, entitled ART OFFICIAL AGE , out Sept. 30. The news was delivered via 3rd Eye Girl , who also…

  14. Watch Arcade Fire and David Byrne Cover Suicide at Brooklyn Show

    August 25, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour continued to trot out distinguished guests Aug. 24, as the indie rock collective welcomed former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the stage. Byrne -- who obeyed Arcade Fire’s dress code by wearing a tuxedo -- joined the band for a cover of Suicide’s “Dream…

  15. 2014 MTV VMAs: What You Didn't See on TV

    August 25, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Ariana Grande fangirls out over Jim Carrey, Nicki Minaj explains that wardrobe malfunction & more from behind the scenes. At Sunday's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards , you saw Sam Smith's no-frills performance , you saw Miley Cyrus put a spotlight on homelessness , and you…

  16. 2014 VMAs Recap: Beyonce Steals Show, Miley Cyrus Wins Video of the Year

    August 25, 2014 12:28 AM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards didn’t twerk up a controversy like last year’s edition. Back in California after a year in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the VMAs ran relatively smoothly from the Forum in Inglewood, located just outside Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus captured Video of the Year…

  17. Chris Brown Responds to Suge Knight Pre-VMA Party Shooting

    August 24, 2014 11:01 PM EDT After three guests were shot at a pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown in celebration of his long anticipated album X , the singer's reps reaffirm he was not involved in the incident and he has and will continue to cooperate with police.  Will Suge Knight Shooting Mar Post-VMAs…

  18. Watch the VMAs Honor Robin Williams With Coldplay-Assisted Tribute Video

    August 24, 2014 10:55 PM EDT The VMAs took a break from the awards and performances to observe one of the saddest moments of 2014 -- the death of acting legend Robin Williams . MTV VMAs:  News  |  Photos  |  Winners List Without much warning, the live broadcast segued into a sequence of Robin Williams photos, accompanied…

  19. Usher Performs 'She Came to Give It to You' at the MTV VMAs With Nicki Minaj

    August 24, 2014 10:15 PM EDT Usher -- a true VMA veteran -- stirred up anticipation for his upcoming studio album with the third VMA performance of his two-decade career. This time around, Usher Raymond IV enlisted a fellow superstar to share the spotlight. Nicki Minaj brought some extra swag to the stage as the pair…

  20. Will Suge Knight Shooting Mar Post-VMAs Parties?

    August 24, 2014 8:46 PM EDT News that Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was shot  early Sunday morning at a  Chris Brown -hosted pre- VMA Party in West Hollywood has had a rippling effect throughout the city leading up to the awards show.  After Knight and two others were shot during a party at 1 OAK nightclub,…

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