1. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  2. Mary J Blige Announces Sam Smith, Disclosure & Emeli Sande for 'London Sessions'

    September 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Mary J Blige's upcoming album release will be a best of British affair. The R&B Queen will collaborate with the likes of Sam Smith , Disclosure and Emeli Sande on The London Sessions , a collection of recordings inspired by the spectacular output of London's music scene. …

  3. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  4. We Came As Romans Covers The Wanted's 'Glad You Came': Video Premiere

    August 26, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Metalcore group We Came As Romans isn't exactly known for its boy band covers, but during its recent shows and for the upcoming live DVD Present, Future, and Past , the band decided to have some fun with The Wanted's biggest chart hit, "Glad You Came." Watch the unlikely…

  5. Why the VMAs Pre-Show Is TV’s Most Coveted Warm-Up Gig

    August 22, 2014 11:59 AM EDT One overriding factor got Charli XCX and Fifth Harmony the job of performing at this year’s MTV VMA pre-show: They fit the theme of “the audience is the co-pilot.”   Attracted to the sing-along qualities of Fifth Harmony’s “Bo$$” and Charli’s audience connectivity during performances, VMA…

  6. Interpol to Play Concert at 2,000-Year Old Temple

    August 20, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Also, hear a new song titled 'Ancient Ways.' Coincidence? Interpol has been doing a good job of stirring up anticipation for their forthcoming album El Pintor lately -- well-received sets at Governors Ball and Lollapalooza and the fact that their new songs are quite good too. On…

  7. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  8. CODE Picks of the Week: Pryda, Joe Goddard, Autograf & More

    August 08, 2014 2:00 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 weekend. Pryda, "Backdraft" [Pryda Recordings] Eric Prydz revived his Pryda alias this week with a four-track eponymous EP. While upbeat…

  9. Justin Bieber & One Direction's Zayn Malik Boost Their Friends on Twitter Top Tracks Chart

    July 17, 2014 5:49 PM EDT Over on the Social 50 chart, Shakira leaps into the top 10 following her World Cup performance. Naughty Boy's "Home," featuring Sam Romans, debuts at No. 1 on the Twitter Top Tracks chart following a plug from One Direction's Zayn Malik, who tweeted a link to the track&…

  10. Selena Gomez Reveals New Tattoo in Arabic

    July 17, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Even if Selena Gomez has been  linking up with Justin Bieber  as of late, the "Come and Get It" singer is still putting herself first -- and she's got the permanent ink to prove it. Gomez recently revealed a new tattoo just below her right shoulder. The four-inch inscription…

  11. ‘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…

  12. Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J: Whose New Album Are You Most Excited For?

    July 01, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Vote now! On Tuesday (July 1), it was announced that Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj are combining for a new single , "Bang Bang," that is sure to be one of the high-wattage pop singles of the summer when it's released on July 29. "Bang Bang" will be the lead…

  13. Jane's Addiction to Headline the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    June 24, 2014 2:08 AM EDT Jane's Addiction, which first played on the Sunset Strip as the opener to Gene Loves Jezebel at The Roxy nearly two decades ago, is returning to West Hollywood in September as the king of the influential live-music scene. The L.A. rockers will headline the first day of the newly…

  14. Nicki Minaj Releases Video For ‘Pills N Potions’ (Watch)

    June 10, 2014 3:50 AM EDT Nicki Minaj has dropped the official video for "Pills N Potions," the first track lifted from her upcoming studio album “The Pink Print.” The hip hop star is in sultry, sex-kitten mode as she tokes from a cigarette and works her cleavage with her eyes pointed skyward. In one moment,…

  15. Nicki Minaj Reveals New Single Title at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2014 1:29 AM EDT The hip-hop superstar's third studio album will be out before the end of the year. Nicki Minaj's new single, which will be released on Wednesday (May 21), now has a title: "Pills N Potions." The rapper unveiled the title on the red carpet of the 2014 Billboard Music…

  16. Lorde 'Completely Honoured' By Nicki Minaj Intro at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2014 12:08 AM EDT FYI, Lorde is a huge Nicki Minaj fan -- and although the 17-year-old New Zealand pop star usually plays things ultra-cool, the "Royals" star got especially excited when the hip-hop queen introduced her performance of "Tennis Court" on Sunday night (May 18) at the…

  17. Which In-The-Works Album Is Your Most Anticipated?

    May 12, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Vote now! While it's been a particularly slow period for major album releases -- the "Frozen" soundtrack has been No. 1 for 13 weeks! -- some of music's biggest stars are slowly but surely cranking out new full-lengths, with a few (hopefully) seeing release…

  18. Future Squeaks By Iggy Azalea on Billboard 200, 'Frozen' Still No. 1

    April 30, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" continues to chill for a 12th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while new albums from Iggy Azalea and Future arrive in the top three. "Frozen" sold another 115,000 copies in the week ending April 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  19. 15 Awesome Billboard Music Award Performances

    April 22, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Before the BBMAs hit Las Vegas, check out 15 of the most memorable moments from the show's history. Like the Billboard charts themselves, the Billboard Music Awards have a history of celebrating a diverse cross-section of the music landscape. From the girl-powered punch of Beyoncé’s …

  20. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

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