1. Big K.R.I.T., 'Live From The Underground': Track-By-Track Review

    June 05, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. 's individual career moves -- specifically, the trio of full-length, critically acclaimed, uniformly great mixtapes that he released over the two years leading up to his Def Jam debut "Live From The Underground" -- have had their positives and negatives. 2010'…

  2. Usher to Use Virtual Dancers During Concert Webcast

    May 31, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Viewers of the singer's June 11 webcast will get a chance to join him onstage, via virtual avatars. The Tupac Hologram Effect continues: without resurrecting legendary artists, R&B song-and-dance man Usher has some tricks up his sleeve in terms of crowd-pleasing, futuristic concert…

  3. The Walkmen Still 'Same Old Guys' on Happier 'Heaven'

    May 24, 2012 5:04 PM EDT In the decade since debut album "Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone," the Walkmen have made some new friends. For "Heaven," their fifth album, the New York group accepted a call from producer Phil Ek and decamped to Seattle. The 13-track set, due May 29 on Fat…

  4. Jay-Z Puts New Music On Hold to 'Hang Out With My Daughter'

    May 14, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Hip-Hop Icon Talks Blue Ivy, Philly Music Festival, Jack White and New Brand Partnerships Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter may be headlining and curating a two-day music festival, "Budweiser Made In America," this Labor Day in Philadelphia -- but don't expect any new music from…

  5. Mystikal Plays Jazz Fest Show Before Jail Return

    May 04, 2012 9:10 PM EDT Thousands turned out Friday to see New Orleans rapper Mystikal perform one last time before returning to jail on a probation violation. The rapper, whose real name is Michael Tyler, was released from a Louisiana prison in 2010 after serving six years for sexual battery and extortion. He…

  6. Track Review: The Walkmen, 'Heaven'

    May 02, 2012 8:30 AM EDT THE WALKMEN "Heaven" (3:38) Producer: Phil Ek Writers: The Walkmen Publisher: Chinatown Bus Music (ASCAP) Fat Possum/Bella Union "Heaven," the title track off the Walkmen's seventh album (out June 5 on Fat Possum/Bella Union), is free of the youthful detachment of the…

  7. Dawn Richard Talks End of Diddy-Dirty Money, 'Armor On' EP & More

    April 03, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Dawn Richard is ready for war. In the past seven years, the singer has endured everything from the breakup of all-girl group Danity Kane to the unexpected disbandment of hip-hop trio Diddy-Dirty Money . But the release of her solo EP "Armor On" (March 27), only proves that Dawn is…

  8. The Walkmen Heading to 'Heaven' on New Album

    March 29, 2012 8:20 PM EDT The Walkmen will ascend to "Heaven" on June 5. The New York band's new album was produced by indie guru Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, the Shins) and will include a pair of appearances by Fleet Foxes ' Robin Pecknold, who contributed harmonies. The album will mark the quintet'…

  9. Aerosmith Announce Global Warming Tour

    March 26, 2012 10:15 AM EDT A erosmith is coming home. After a brief but explosive trek through South America and Japan last year, the veteran rock band will play arenas throughout America in the Global Warming Tour this summer, promoter LiveNation announced Monday. Beginning June 16 in Minneapolis, the "Walk This…

  10. Madonna, 'MDNA': Track-By-Track Review

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST Deluxe Explicit Album Bonus Tracks: "Beautiful Killer" A concept song, certainly. Madonna goes on about how there's a "gun in my mouth" and "maybe that's what you've been dreaming about" and "maybe I'll let you shoot me down." There&…

  11. Steven Tyler on Being 'Cruel' to Aerosmith Mates: 'In the End, I Get the Hits'

    March 08, 2012 4:40 PM EST Steven Tyler has no regrets over laying down the law when it comes to Aerosmith. In a profile to air on Sunday's edition of 60 Minutes, the frontman and American Idol judge refuses to apologize when CBS' Lara Logan presses him on his behavior toward bandmates Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton…

  12. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  13. Drake Doubles Up Again in R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10

    January 19, 2012 9:27 PM EST D rake earns his 22nd top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Song s as "The Motto" (featuring Lil Wayne), the anthem that preaches the way of the Young Money assemblage, jumps 13-9. The song earns the Greatest Gainer/Airplay award with an increase of 3.5 million audience impressions, with WHTA …

  14. Beyonce, Chris Brown, Adele Up for NAACP Image Awards

    January 19, 2012 7:45 PM EST A number of R&B and hip-hop world royalty are among the nominees for this year's NAACP Image Awards. Anthony Hamilton , Bruno Mars , Cee Lo Green , Chris Brown and Common will vie for the title of Outstanding Male Artist at the 43rd annual ceremony, while the women's category…

  15. Chart Juice: Young Jeezy Scores Fifth No. 1 Album, Nicki Minaj's Singles Rule, & More

    December 29, 2011 3:05 PM EST Young Jeezy goes five for five on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as "TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition" gives him his fifth No. 1 in five tries. The set bows atop the list with 233,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan and follows his chart-topping 2008 release "The Recession.…

  16. Warrant Issued in Slim Dunkin Shooting

    December 23, 2011 8:22 PM EST Atlanta police say they have an arrest warrant for a man in the killing of rapper Slim Dunkin, who was gunned down in a city music studio as he was preparing to record a video. Police identified the man they're seeking as 28-year-old Vinson Hardimon, a rapper known as Young Vito. Police…

  17. Witnesses: Slim Dunkin Killed Over Candy

    December 21, 2011 2:45 PM EST Atlanta police say the death of Bricksquad rapper, Slim Dunkin, started from a fight over candy sold inside the recording studio where the shooting took place. Homicide detective, David Quinn, gives WSB-TV a play-by-play of Mario "Slim Dunkin'" Hamilton's killing on Friday…

  18. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Hits Fourth Week at No. 1

    December 21, 2011 11:00 AM EST To the surprise of no one, recent "Saturday Night Live" guest Michael Buble spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "Christmas," selling 448,000 (down 7%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released two months ago, the album has sold 1.96 million…

  19. Rapper Slim Dunkin Shot Dead in Atlanta

    December 17, 2011 12:42 AM EST Atlanta police say the rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down Friday evening in a city music studio as he prepared to record a video. Police Maj. Keith Meadows said the performer, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after getting into an argument with another…

  20. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' On Track to Be 2011's Second-Biggest Selling Album

    December 16, 2011 7:00 PM EST As we reported on Dec. 14, Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album should hold at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth week, so say industry prognosticators. The set could sell another 450,000 to 500,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 18. The chart&…

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