1. Nothing More: Texas Rockers Persevere With Hit Single 'This Is The Time (Ballast)'

    July 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When Nothing More singer/percussionist Jonny Hawkins was in grade school, his tiny class of a dozen students all tried out for the choir. When only Hawkins and one other child weren't accepted, it made a painful impression on him. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm not a…

  2. Slipknot's U.S. Knotfest Lineup: Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Tech N9ne

    July 07, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Slipknot's hard-charging Knotfest will return to the U.S. this October, touching down in San Bernardino, Calif. for the first time. The three-day festival will be held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds from Oct. 24-26. Slipknot will headline the main stage on the second and…

  3. The-Dream Announces 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP, Launches Contra-Paris Label

    July 07, 2014 12:16 PM EDT The singer-songwriter/producer got married on 4th of July weekend. A week after releasing the powerful music video for his song, "Black," The-Dream announces the release of his new EP, "Royalty: The Prequel." The singer-songwriter/producer premiered the album cover and…

  4. Aloe Blacc To Repackage 'Lift Your Spirit' Album With Unreleased Songs

    July 07, 2014 10:48 AM EDT "I think it's OK to give people more than they expected," says "The Man" singer. Aloe Blacc is putting a bit more weight into his third album, "Lift Your Spirit," later this year. The singer, riding high this year on the success of singles such as "The…

  5. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  6. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Josh Groban, Ludacris and a Whole Load More Cat Banter Lights Up Episode 3

    July 07, 2014 9:43 AM EDT ABC hasn’t turned the lights off on Josh Groban, Kesha, Ludacris, Brad Paisley and their motley crew of wannabe stars, which means the wall must still rise, the sad background stories still abound, and the cat banter continue on until Kesha has locked down a fleet of felines and some sort of…

  7. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  8. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  9. 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.…

  10. Plácido Domingo Talks Passion For Soccer Ahead of World Cup Performance

    July 04, 2014 10:45 AM EDT For Placido Domingo, opera and soccer go hand in hand. The Spanish tenor has performed during almost every World Cup since 1990 and plans a July 11 concert in Rio de Janeiro, just two days before the city hosts the final game. Shakira Confirmed to Perform 'La La La' at World Cup…

  11. Life Term Upheld for Killer of Guitarist Dave Navarro’s Mother

    July 04, 2014 2:07 AM EDT A state appeals court has upheld the life sentence for a man who killed two Southern California women three decades ago, including the mother of guitarist Dave Navarro. City News Service says the 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld John Riccardi's sentence Thursday. Riccardi was…

  12. Motörhead Fan Suffers Brain Injury From Headbanging

    July 04, 2014 1:52 AM EDT Doctors reassure metal fans that the risk of injury is ‘very, very low’ and fans should ‘rock on.’ It turns out that heavy metal really can be dangerous for your health – at least in some rare cases - following the news that a German heavy metal fan suffered bleeding in the brain after a…

  13. Jose Feliciano Records New Single With 'The Madonna or Lady Gaga of Serbia'

    July 03, 2014 12:50 PM EDT The legendary "Light My Fire" artist talks about working on new music: "I'm always trying to reinvent myself." It's been 50 years since Jose Feliciano's first album, but even at 68, the Puerto Rican-born artist of "Light My Fire" and "Feliz…

  14. Pharrell's 'Happy' Is Radio's Most-Played Song of 2014 (So Far)

    July 03, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Radio never sounded more "Happy" than it did in the first half of 2014.   Pharrell Williams' "Happy" leads Nielsen BDS' mid-year report of the most-played songs in the first half of the year on U.S. terrestrial radio stations. The track, which topped…

  15. Backstreet Boys Readying 'In A World Like This' Documentary

    July 03, 2014 10:58 AM EDT "It's kind of a making-of the record along with our story," says BSB's Kevin Richardson. Backstreet Boys are "looking at different distribution opportunities" for a documentary the group put together during the making of last year's "In A World Like…

  16. Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night': 'It Was Mad, But It Was Incredible'

    July 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Four guys from Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great," says the Beatles of the 50th anniversary of the film. Fifty years later, and even with a solid IMDB entry to his credit, "A Hard Day's Night" remains a surreal experience for Ringo Starr. "I mean, we…

  17. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  18. 'Frozen,' Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Beyonce, Katy Perry also have big showings at 2014's half-way point. With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively,…

  19. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set. As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29. '…

  20. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

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