1. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the albums that are a must for your collection,…

  2. Nickelback Debuts At No. 1 on Top Rock Albums with 'No Fixed Address'

    November 28, 2014 11:02 AM EST Nickelback arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with No Fixed Address , selling 80,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the band's fourth consecutive leader on the chart with a studio album. The title also starts at No. 1 on…

  3. Flashback Friday: Lady Gaga Sings 'White Christmas' During Thanksgiving Special

    November 28, 2014 11:00 AM EST Thanksgiving is over, which means it's finally acceptable to play Christmas music, right? Take it away, Lady Gaga . In honor of Flashback Friday, we're looking back at the singer's first Thanksgiving television special, where in addition to singing jazz-y versions of her…

  4. U.K. Vinyl Sales Cross 1 Million Sales Barrier for First Time In Almost 20 Years

    November 28, 2014 10:22 AM EST Vinyl sales continue their ascent, thanks to assists from David Bowie and Pink Floyd. New releases by David Bowie and Pink Floyd have helped push vinyl sales in the United Kingdom over the 1 million mark for the first time since the mid-nineties, according to Official Charts Company data,…

  5. Check Out Miley Cyrus Partying Like a... Taco?

    November 26, 2014 6:45 PM EST Miley Cyrus might be channeling her inner-taco on some new recordings.  Miley Cyrus Goes Topless at 22nd ‘Happyland’ Birthday Party in L.A. From the looks of the pop star's Instagram account , Cyrus is awfully fond of a new taco costume and has been wearing it around. And to avoid any…

  6. 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…

  7. Lecrae on Ferguson: 'The System We Have in Place Has Biases'

    November 26, 2014 2:45 PM EST Two dominant views pervade public opinion regarding Ferguson. The first view, held by many people, sees the incident in Ferguson and the decision that followed as an isolated issue. They believe that the grand jury made a decision based on the evidence, and the justice system worked as well…

  8. Jian Ghomeshi Arrested on Assault Charges

    November 26, 2014 2:44 PM EST He faces four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance, or choking, following a police investigation. Former Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been arrested on four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance, or choking. The Toronto Police…

  9. Rick Ross Sheds Pounds, Shares Tips On His Get-Fit Regime

    November 25, 2014 10:41 PM EST Rick Ross had two seizures in a single day, sending him to the hospital three years ago. Health didn't concern the 300-pound rapper then, but he's shed nearly 100 pounds in the last seven months by eating healthier foods and embracing a high-intensity workout plan. Ross, 37, says…

  10. Apink's 'Luv' Blends '90s Hip-Hop & Ballad Melancholy

    November 25, 2014 8:27 PM EST The sweet girl group long for a lost lover over a beat that recalls TLC and Will Smith's early hits. After snatching their second No. 2-peaking K-Pop Hot 100 hit with "Mr. Chu" in April,  Apink return with a complex new single. On the surface, "Luv" is a peppy pop…

  11. Rihanna Gives In-Studio Preview of New Song on Instagram

    November 25, 2014 7:35 PM EST There's no word yet on when Rihanna will release her new album, but the songstress is doing quite the job playing the tease. After making a splash with her return to Instagram earlier this month, she's made good use of the photo and video sharing app by reminding us of what we&…

  12. Who Are the British Aces Behind Mary J. Blige's 'London Sessions'?

    November 25, 2014 2:31 PM EST Mary J. Blige brought in some of the United Kingdom's hottest writers and artists to record her upcoming album The London Sessions . This connects her with a long tradition of American musicians looking overseas for new ideas: back in the '60s, for example, Jimi Hendrix left the…

  13. 'The Bodyguard' Anniversary: Remembering the Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 1:30 PM EST On this day in 1992 (Nov. 25), Whitney Houston made her big screen debut, as The Bodyguard premiered in theaters. In the film, the second-highest-grossing film of the year, she co-stars with Kevin Costner. Houston plays a music superstar (not a far reach), while Costner plays a former…

  14. One Direction Hits One Billion Plays on Spotify (But Are Still Way Behind Eminem)

    November 25, 2014 11:12 AM EST One Direction has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify, joining Coldplay as only the second British band to accomplish that feat on the streaming music service. According to data provided by Spotify, the boy band reached the milestone last week upon the release of their new album Four . …

  15. Watch Fifth Harmony Hit Like a ‘Sledgehammer’ In New Video

    November 25, 2014 10:59 AM EST Fifth Harmony ’s “Sledgehammer” is one of the most intrinsically joyful pop singles of the year, and the five members of the girl group appear to be having a blast in the glamorous official music video for the track, which was unveiled on Tuesday morning (Nov. 25): The concept of the video…

  16. Macklemore Marches in Seattle to Protest Ferguson, Michael Brown Decision

    November 25, 2014 10:14 AM EST Macklemore was among the many, many musicians who expressed disgust with the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson , who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Miss. In addition to simply voicing displeasure over social media, Macklemore also took to the streets to march in…

  17. Thief Steals Instruments From Leon Russell's Band

    November 25, 2014 4:15 AM EST A guitarist in Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell's band says San Antonio police are investigating the theft of about $4,000 worth of instruments from the group's tour bus. Leon Russell, 'Fever': Exclusive Song Premiere The show went on Sunday night for Russell,…

  18. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React

    November 24, 2014 10:17 PM EST Rihanna, Katy Perry, Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Hayley Williams, Alicia Keys and many more speak out. The death of Michael Brown has been a rallying cry in the hip-hop community since the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer back in August. Monday night (Nov. 24)…

  19. Listen to Jack White's B-Side Cover of Bandmate Dean Fertita's 'Parallel'

    November 24, 2014 9:21 PM EST Jack White 's "Would You Fight For My Love?" 7-inch vinyl single is out now and the B-side is a new Bluegrass-y cover of Dean Fertita 's "Parallel."  Jack White Speaks at Yale About (What Else?) 1920s Blues Records Fertita is bandmates with White in his touring…

  20. Aretha Franklin Blasts Unauthorized Bio, Calls It a 'Very Trashy Book'

    November 24, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money -- or soul -- on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz 's Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin , a "trashy book." Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering '…

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