1. Paul McCartney Returns to Stage After Hospitalization

    July 05, 2014 9:48 PM EDT ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Looking none the worse for wear, Paul McCartney is back on a concert stage after a virus took him off the road for two months. The former Beatles singer made his return in an Albany arena on Saturday, leading his band in a version of the Fab Four's "Eight Days…

  2. Kanye Sermonizes on Racism in Fashion, Dangers of Celebrity at London's Wireless Festival (Video)

    July 05, 2014 6:38 PM EDT We knew Kanye West was celebrating the Fourth of July by performing at the Wireless Festival in London, ironically in the country from which America won its independence, but now we know that he spent the day doing what he does best: preaching to fans about the dangers of fame, fashion and…

  3. Robin Thicke Hires Cute Kids to Woo in 'Still Madly Crazy' Video (Watch)

    July 05, 2014 4:57 PM EDT As everyone who's ever seen "The Little Rascals" knows, there are few success strategies more surefire than getting your message across via a bunch of children dressing and talk like adults. And, as he's shown over the past few weeks, Robin Thicke will stop at no cliché in…

  4. Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet For Country Rap

    July 05, 2014 2:17 PM EDT "I think rap gets treated like a dirty word," Clear Channel's Clay Hunnicutt says. When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn't find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an…

  5. Ariana Grande Spends 4th of July With Sick Grandfather In Florida

    July 05, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Ariana Grande spent the 4th of July at the bedside of her sick grandfather back home in Florida. Ariana Grande Drops Zedd-Produced Single 'Break Free' (Listen) The pop singer was scheduled to perform at the Roots Philly 4th of July Jam on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, but canceled…

  6. Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran Backed By The Roots at Philly 4th of July Jam

    July 05, 2014 12:09 PM EDT The Roots worked as the house band for top-selling acts like Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran for its annual free concert Friday in Philadelphia celebrating Independence Day. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show The Roots Join…

  7. 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…

  8. Would You Take Robin Thicke Back?: 10 Female Music Critics Answer

    July 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT From begging during performances to recording and titling his new album after Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has been trying hard—publicly, at least—to get his estranged wife back. Will the public campaign, including his album, help repair their marriage of nine years? Only time will tell.…

  9. CODE Picks of the Week: Usher, Alt-J, Mark Knight & More

    July 04, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your long Fourth of July weekend. Usher, “Good Kisser” (Disclosure Remix) The British boys have outdone themselves on their latest rework for Usher, giving…

  10. ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele Not Pregnant, Twitter Account Gets Hacked

    July 04, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Fans of “Glee” star Lea Michele received some exciting news Friday morning (July 4) after reading on her Twitter account that she’s expecting a baby boy. Soon after the tweet went out, Michele’s representatives quickly pointed out that her account had been hacked and that she’s not pregnant.…

  11. 'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour

    July 04, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Is Caleb Johnson the Jack White of “American Idol”? The season 13 winner will release his new album, “Testify,” on Aug. 12, marking the fastest turnaround in “Idol” history (the album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes ). “It’s been crazy,” says Johnson of shuttling back-and-forth…

  12. Rolf Harris Jailed For Five Years And Nine Months For Sex Assaults

    July 04, 2014 9:04 AM EDT Australian-born, British-based entertainer and musician Rolf Harris has been jailed for a total of five years and nine months for indecently assaulting four girls and young women - including one who was aged just 7 or 8.  The disgraced 84-year-old star was convicted of 12 counts of indecent…

  13. Gregg Allman Biopic Director Indicted For Fatal Crash

    July 04, 2014 7:39 AM EDT Randall Miller, the director of troubled Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider,” and two of the film’s producers have been indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges following a fatal train crash on the film’s Georgia set, which led to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Seven other…

  14. Hi-Five Singer Russell Neal In Custody After Wife Found Dead

    July 04, 2014 3:57 AM EDT Russell Neal, vocalist with 1990s R&B Group Hi-Five, is under police custody following the death of his wife.  According to reports, Neal voluntarily walked into the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas, on the evening of Wednesday July 2 and told police that his wife, identified…

  15. Paris Hilton Sits On Diamonds For 'Come Alive' Cover Art

    July 03, 2014 6:52 PM EDT Paris Hilton shines bright like a diamond on the cover art for her new single, "Come Alive." The heiress and pop singer released the photo today (July 3) on her  website . On it, she dressed in a blush-colored bodysuit, fishnet tights and sparkly heels. She is lounging on a bed of…

  16. Robin Thicke's 'Paula' May Sell 20,000 Copies In Its First Week

    July 03, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Robin Thicke's new album, "Paula," is off to a tepid sales start. Industry forecasters say the R&B singer, who hit a career high a year ago with his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Blurred Lines," might sell around 20,000 to 25,000 copies of "Paula" by…

  17. Bassnectar Makes 'Noise' At No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums

    July 03, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Bassnectar bangs out his first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as "Noise vs. Beauty," his eighth charted album, debuts with 13,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow marks Bassnectar's best sales week in more than two years; "Vava…

  18. Billboard + Twitter Realtime Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    July 03, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Spoon, Smallpools and more artists popping up on the Emerging Artists Chart. This week, we have chosen three artists whose music will have listeners celebrating in time for the fourth of July weekend. The artists, who spurred fan engagement as a result of the release of their recent music…

  19. Drake's '0 to 100' Surges to No. 2 on Twitter Top Tracks Chart Thanks to Remixes

    July 03, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Also: Beyonce charges up the Social 50 chart following the launch of her On the Run tour with Jay Z Following the June 1 release of Drake's song "O to 100," more than 80 remixes of the song have surfaced online -- according to Vice's Noisey -- helping the track zoom back…

  20. G-Eazy, AB-Soul Claim Top Debuts on Rap Albums, Despite Lack of Airplay

    July 03, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Neither G-Eazy or AB-Soul have charted a hit on the Rap Airplay chart, yet their albums debut at Nos. 1 and 2 on Rap Albums. Independently-distributed rapper G-Eazy -- who has yet to notch a hit single on the Rap Airplay chart -- enters the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts at…

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