1. Pussy Riot Members Speak at Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas

    October 25, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Members of the dissident Russian punk group Pussy Riot who spent months in jail say freedom is a big responsibility and they're obligated to use it to speak out against injustice. Kanye West Surprisingly Tones Down Onstage Rant at Life is Beautiful Festival Group members Masha and…

  2. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is signed to Epic Records, and “Hot Boy” rises 12-10…

  3. Cannibal Corpse's Russia Tour Under Pressure from Orthodox Protestors

    October 14, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Several dates of the U.S. death metal band Cannibal Corpse's Russian tour were canceled following protests from local Orthodox activists. Last Saturday, a show in Moscow's Glavklub was canceled by the promoter, who said that the decision was made after problems with sound…

  4. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  5. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  6. Aretha Franklin Feeling Fit, Ready To Impress at Ohio State Fair

    July 30, 2014 12:03 AM EDT Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food. "I love the state fair, and I love the elephant ears," says the Queen of Soul, who is scheduled to perform Thursday night. There may be plenty of opportunities for…

  7. Scientists Name Water Mite After Jennifer Lopez

    July 16, 2014 11:55 PM EDT Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico. The music of the Bronx, New York-born entertainer who has Puerto Rican roots was a hit with the group while they wrote about…

  8. Russia Launches Song Contests As 'Alternative' To Eurovision

    May 27, 2014 12:13 AM EDT In the wake of this year's Eurovision win by cross-dresser Conchita Wurst, Russia's defense ministry is running a children and youth song contest, billed as "an alternative to bearded Eurovision," while another song contest, seen as having a similar mission, will take…

  9. Russian Politicians Slam 'Bearded Lady' Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Win

    May 13, 2014 5:39 AM EDT Russian officials have made scathing remarks about Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Song Contest victory. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, known for his anti-Western views, slammed the choice of Wurst as the contest's winner in a post on his Twitter account: "Eurovision showed…

  10. Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Song Contest

    May 10, 2014 8:41 PM EDT The Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The song, "Rise Like a Phoenix," helped Wurst --…

  11. Peter Gabriel Cancels Concert in Ukraine Over Security Concerns

    May 09, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Peter Gabriel has canceled a planned concert in Kiev on May 10 over security concerns against the backdrop of the ongoing political turmoil in Ukraine. "Due to the on-going unrest in Ukraine it has become clear that the security of the touring personnel and equipment cannot be guaranteed…

  12. Pussy Riot Members to Attend NYC Literary Event

    April 29, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Two members of Pussy Riot will be attending a literary celebration that already includes Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Robert Caro on the guest list. Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova are expected at the PEN American Center Literary Gala, PEN announced Monday. The event is scheduled…

  13. Hillary Clinton Praises Pussy Riot As ‘Strong & Brave’

    April 09, 2014 3:34 AM EDT Hillary Clinton is praising Russian punk band Pussy Riot as "strong and brave young women" who "refuse to let their voices be silenced." The former secretary of state posted a picture to her more than 1 million Twitter followers of her posing with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova…

  14. Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake to Play Finland Despite U.S. Sanctions

    April 08, 2014 7:34 AM EDT The Russian owners of Helsinki, Finland's Hartwall Arena are facing visa bans and asset freezes following Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine U.S. sanctions against a Russian-owned arena won't stop Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour from getting to Finland in…

  15. Sanctions May Trip Up Concerts By Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake in Finland

    April 03, 2014 9:20 AM EDT U.S. sanctions against close allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin are putting concerts by American artists at Finland's largest concert venue at risk. In the coming months, tours from Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake are scheduled to stop at Helsinki's Hartwall Arena, which…

  16. Pussy Riot Members Detained Alongside 200 Others in Moscow Protest

    February 24, 2014 11:27 AM EST Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two Pussy Riot members recently whipped by Cossacks in Sochi immediately following a media blitz in New York, have been arrested again while taking part in a protest outside of a Moscow courtroom. The pair was detained alongside an estimated 200…

  17. Pussy Riot Release Protest Music Video Shot Near Olympics: Watch

    February 20, 2014 8:05 AM EST "Putin Will Teach You How to Love Your Motherland" shows the band wearing ski masks and getting beaten by a Russian militia in front of a sporting venue in Sochi. Russian punk band Pussy Riot unveiled a music video for a new protest song titled "Putin Will Teach You How to Love…

  18. Pussy Riot Members Whipped By Police Near Sochi Olympics: Video

    February 19, 2014 12:31 PM EST Cossack militia attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with whips and removed members' trademark ski masks in the Olympic host city on Wednesday (Feb. 19). The group had gathered in a downtown Sochi restaurant, about 30 kilometres from where the Winter Olympics are being held. They ran out…

  19. Pussy Riot Members Released From Custody in Sochi

    February 18, 2014 11:49 PM EST Meanwhile, a prison official is suing Tolokonnikova for libel; she stated that he "basically rules the prison" Sochi police have released ex-Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were detained earlier today and questioned about a robbery. This wasn'…

  20. Pussy Riot Members Say They Were Arrested at Olympics

    February 18, 2014 7:40 AM EST A member of the punk group Pussy Riot said she and one her bandmates were detained Tuesday while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote on Twitter that she and Maria Alekhina were stopped and accused of a crime. She said a third member of…

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