1. Chronixx Tops Reggae Album Chart Following 'Tonight Show' & Central Park Performances

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Two recent high-profile performances in New York City by Jamaica's most talked about reggae artist, Chronixx, have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay. Chronixx (b. Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence…

  2. Guvera Follows Spotify, Others Into Asia

    July 31, 2014 12:11 PM EDT Guvera, an Australia-based music streaming service that's fallen behind its competitors, has considerably expanded its presence in Asia. According to a report at The Next Web , Guvera has expanded to Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. Until it launched in Indonesia in…

  3. Lollapalooza Rewind: 10 Awesome Moments from the Festival's History

    July 31, 2014 10:00 AM EDT More than two decades into Lollapalooza's history, and there's no shortage of eyebrow-raising moments. Perry Farrell's formally touring, now Chicago-based fest started as alt-rock's time to shine -- a fact cemented by Nine Inch Nails and Courtney Love's presence on…

  4. MAGIC! No. 1 On Hot 100, Sia Swings Into Top 10

    July 30, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The pop/reggae group rules for a third week with 'Rude,' while Sia scores her first top 10 as a lead artist with 'Chandelier.' MAGIC!'s "Rude" reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, while Sia notches her first top 10 as a lead artist with the…

  5. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  6. Iggy Azalea to Make Cameo In 'Fast & Furious 7,’ Vin Diesel Says

    July 29, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Vin Diesel revealed a juicy piece of information during a recent interview to promote his new Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy : rapper Iggy Azalea will be making a cameo in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 . Iggy Azalea Named MTV's 'House of Style' Host The news slipped…

  7. N.W.A Biopic Casts MC Ren & DJ Yella Roles

    July 29, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. round out the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast. Universal's N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is rounding out the cast, adding Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. They'll join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason…

  8. One Direction's Zayn Malik Barraged With Death Threats After '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Within just minutes of going online, a tweet by Zayn Malik managed to cause a storm of Middle East controversy for the One Direction singer Monday. Several weeks into Israel’s deadly military assault on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,000 Palestinians and 50 Israelis killed, Malik tweeted…

  9. Linda Ronstadt Honored with National Medal of Arts

    July 29, 2014 4:34 AM EDT Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she's been asking for decades: "When Will I Be Loved?" The answer was Monday at the White House, by President Barack Obama, who hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, "I had a little crush on her back in…

  10. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Paul Kalkbrenner, Markus Schulz & Maceo Plex

    July 28, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Tomorrowland wrapped up its second weekend in fitting fashion on Sunday (July 27). A few hours of rainfall did nothing to dampen the 10-year anniversary party in Boom, Belgium, where techno and trance dominated the schedule outside of the main stage. Capping off a weekend of coverage,…

  11. Antique Instrument Parts Successfully 3-D Printed by UConn

    July 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make…

  12. Apple to Buy Pandora-Like Radio App Swell: Report

    July 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Apple is set to purchase Swell , an algorithm-based iOS app for talk radio, for about $30 million, according to tech news site Re/code . Launched in June 2013, Swell touts itself as a Pandora-like experience for news and information podcasts that "learns as you listen" and delivers…

  13. 'Rising Star' Recap: Contestants Begin to Shine As Head-To-Head Duels Round Wraps

    July 28, 2014 4:28 AM EDT Say what you will about Rising Star and its ragtag team of genre-diverse judges, somebody is doing some work with these contestants behind the scenes. Whether that’s the “Groban-ator” throwing in some off-camera mentoring to make sure this gig doesn’t tarnish his credible musician resume…

  14. Newport Jazz Fest Founder Looks to the Future on 60th Anniversary

    July 27, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals. That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music…

  15. Beastie Boys Mural Being Painted on ‘Paul's Boutique’ Street Corner In NYC

    July 26, 2014 3:05 PM EDT An artist has started work on a mural in New York City that will pay tribute to the Beastie Boys’ classic sophomore album, Paul's Boutique , which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary . Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said…

  16. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the most overused trope in music writing ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  17. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

  18. Wiz Khalifa Talks Working with Ty Dolla $ign & Clearance Issues Behind Miley Cyrus Collabo

    July 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has a signature laugh that he puts on records. It's a few beats long — maybe written as eight "ha's" and can come before or after a verse. For the 26-year-old rapper, it's a trademark of sorts, a reminder of his smoke-filled good times that's injects…

  19. M.I.A. Goes for 'Gold' on Partysquad Track

    July 24, 2014 8:40 PM EDT M.I.A. has emerged with a shiny new song. The rapper-singer partners with The Partysquad on "Gold," a relentless 1:47-long track off The Partysquad Summer Mixtape .  "Show me your gold, do what you're told / No time for games, put on your blindfold," she breathlessly…

  20. Marsha Ambrosius Debuts on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 24, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Also: Iggy Azalea's 'Widow' rises, Drake speeds onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'O to 100/The Catch Up.' Marsha Ambrosius claims the Hot Shot Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 2 with her sophomore set Friends & Lovers , moving 17,000 units in the week…

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