1. Google Just Dealt a Big Blow to the Digital Economy of Lyrics

    December 23, 2014 3:26 PM EST Remember the days of MetroLyrics and AZLyrics, when you'd search for a song and links to those sites would likely appear right below the YouTube video? You probably do because they lasted until, well, very early Tuesday morning. Now, within the link to a song's official YouTube…

  2. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  3. The Clash's 'London Calling' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    December 13, 2014 2:30 PM EST Any punk band worth its leather and studs can do dystopian, apocalyptic angst. The world is always ending, and after garbage men and plumbers, angry young guitar players have some of the best job security around. The trick is to rage in your own unique way. On the opening title track of its…

  4. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  5. U Can Touch This: MC Hammer, Silicon Valley Darling, Promotes New Album With Twitter Love

    December 09, 2014 3:50 PM EST You may not have realized that MC Hammer was but a follow away. The life of MC Hammer is a fascinating pop-culture saga, and the twists just keep on coming. His meteoric rise up the charts in the early 90s and the financial troubles resulting from his subsequent drop-off in sales are…

  6. Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Gus G on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I Wanted To Be That Dude'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Kostas Karamitroudis never met "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott . He never threw back a Black Tooth Grin with him or shook his hand at a meet-and-greet. Yet Dimebag has touched his life -- as he did thousands of others -- in a very profound way. 'Dimebag' Darrell Tribute: See…

  7. 'Dimebag' Darrell: 10 Years Later, a Look Back at the Murder of the Last Guitar God

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST On Dec. 14, 2004, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , former guitarist of influential metal band Pantera , lay in repose at the Moore Funeral home in Arlington, Texas, head resting on the pillow of the gaudy Kiss Kasket he had once asked to be buried in. A black-and-yellow Charvel "…

  8. No Charges in Eric Garner's Chokehold Death: Hip-Hop Community Reacts

    December 03, 2014 3:57 PM EST Just over a week after a Ferguson grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has chosen not to bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a New York man who died after being placed in a…

  9. The Top 10 Jimmy Fallon Musical Sketches of 2014

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Jimmy Fallon ’s  Tonight Show  is all about the viral video. While plenty of people are watching the late-night program, even more are checking out the clips via YouTube the following morning and sharing that video of Emma Stone lip syncing to everyone they have a Gmail contact for.…

  10. T.I., Big Sean & More Rappers Hand Out Turkeys for Thanksgiving

    November 26, 2014 3:28 PM EST Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & MC Hammer were also spotted giving back. A handful of rappers are giving thanks and giving back for Thanksgiving, handing out turkeys in their communities ahead of the holiday. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack Big Sean helped his…

  11. AMAs Best & Worst Moments: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Lorde & More

    November 24, 2014 12:43 AM EST So who won the 2014 AMAs? One Direction won the coveted Artist of the Year and two other awards, while Taylor Swift captured the Dick Clark Award of Excellence, and Lorde was generally awesome. But plenty of other artists brought their A-game, as this was a star-studded night for the…

  12. ODESZA Disrupts Dance Music with Lush, Post-Dubstep Beats

    November 21, 2014 5:41 PM EST Before Odesza 's Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight were topping Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart and headlining nearly sold-out, back-to-back world tours, the two Seattle beatmakers were just another unsigned band dealing with the hardships of the road -- and extreme…

  13. Top 10 American Music Awards Moments: Past AMAs' Video Highlights

    November 21, 2014 1:35 PM EST From Miley Cyrus' giant cat to PSY's crazy mash-up with MC Hammer, check out the 10 most memorable AMAs performances ever. Over the past 42 years, the American Music Awards have produced dozens of memorable performances, from the quiet grace of Madonna's duet with…

  14. Jan Hammer of 'Miami Vice' Fame Records the 'Squidbillies' Theme

    November 14, 2014 11:05 AM EST Jan Hammer , best known for his work on the Miami Vice soundtrack, recorded a version of the Squidbillies theme song. Check it out below. Hear The Milk Carton Kids' Harmonized Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive) Hammer, from the Czech Republic, played keys in…

  15. Tomorrowland, Pearl Jam on Shortlist for European Festival Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:09 AM EST A shortlist of nominees has been announced for this year's European Festival Awards , set to honor the continent's best music gatherings large and small, and the artists that perform. Organizers say a record 1.2 million votes were cast for festivals in more than 35 different…

  16. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  17. 'Shady XV' Track List: New Songs & Classics From Eminem, 50 Cent, More

    October 29, 2014 7:27 PM EDT For the 15th anniversary of Shady Records, fans will get a taste of old and new. On Wednesday (Oct. 29), the label unveiled the track list for Shady XV , a two-disc album arriving Nov. 24. The first disc features 12 new tracks, including songs from D12 , Yelawolf , Bad Meets Evil and Big…

  18. CODE Guest Playlist: Martin Buttrich

    October 29, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Few artists can equal the behind-the-scenes impact that Martin Buttrich has made on underground dance music. A widely revered producer, writer and engineer, Buttrich has left his sonic mark on seminal tracks with collaborators Loco Dice and Timo Maas, as well as remixes for the likes of…

  19. Report: Lucian Grainge, Head of Universal Music, Talks SoundCloud

    October 29, 2014 12:41 PM EDT While SoundCloud scrambles for ways to monetize its huge audience, the major labels are playing a game of wait-and-see to find out whether they can do it before partnering up with the streaming audio giant. Licensing talks between SoundCloud and labels have been slow-going, and Universal…

  20. Calvin Harris & Haim Join Forces to 'Pray to God'

    October 29, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Calvin Harris 's new album, Motion , is dropping on Election Day (Nov. 4), but songs have been sneaking out this week. Earlier this week he released the guns, blood, and ballet video for "Open Wide," with Big Sean . His latest collaboration, "Pray to God," features…

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