1. Damon Albarn Goes It Alone: 'I Drive Myself To The Edge of Insanity Most Days'

    April 25, 2014 4:29 PM EDT The Grammy winner behind Blur, Gorillaz and much more plumbs his dark side for his first solo album. Sitting on a deceptively uncomfortable sofa in the inner sanctum of his West London studio, Damon Albarn is recounting the often torturous creative process that led to his long-awaited solo…

  2. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  3. Portugal. The Man Releases 'Endangered' Earth Day Song

    April 22, 2014 9:40 AM EDT The topic of endangered tigers is a complicated one to build an indie-pop song around. But psych-rock outfit Portugal. The Man was up for the challenge, and have teamed with the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Conversation Biology Institute and ad agency DDB for “Sumatran Tiger,” a…

  4. Caetano Veloso Leads Brazilian Cast for ‘I’m Alive’ Rainforest Alliance Project: Watch

    April 22, 2014 2:32 AM EDT Brazilian star Caetano Veloso and rocker Lenine are among the artists who have gathered in Rio’s Floresta de Tijuca rainforest to record new music based on Veloso’s classic “Nine Out of Ten” and “sing their love for the Earth.” The “I’m Alive - Rainforest Alliance Sessions” honors Earth Day…

  5. Pop Shop Picks: Lana Del Rey, Twin Shadow, Hundred Waters & More

    April 18, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Each Friday, we'll showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up our speakers. These can include a brand-new song or something that's been simmering; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! Lana Del Rey, "West Coast" Listening to "West…

  6. Lana Del Rey's 'West Coast' Set For Strong Hot 100 Debut

    April 18, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Her new song appears headed for the list's top half next week thanks to expected high sales following her buzzworthy Coachella set Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" looks likely to debut in the upper half of next week's Billboard Hot 100. Highlights of the…

  7. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  8. Morrissey Reveals 'World Peace is None of Your Business' Tracklist

    April 12, 2014 8:57 PM EDT A little over a month after announcing a new album, "World Peace is None of Your Business," Morrissey has at least made the album's tracklist our business.  Morrissey Q&A: Moz Discusses New Music, the Beatles and the Danger of Hospital Food Rolling Stone reports  that the…

  9. Mobb Deep Returns To Top 10 On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    April 10, 2014 4:38 PM EDT After a nearly eight-year hiatus from the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums top 10, Mobb Deep returns to the region, as its eighth studio album, "The Infamous… Mobb Deep," opens at No. 10. The set starts with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new release is the veteran…

  10. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  11. Lil Jon Feels 'Great Validation' Thanks To 'Turn Down For What' Success

    April 07, 2014 3:08 PM EDT "I'm still around, I'm still doing my thing, and I've got a classic voice," says the hip-hop/dance producer. Nearly eight years after last visiting the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart as a lead act, Lil Jon returned last week with "Turn Down The What," his…

  12. How Kurt Cobain's Friends, Family & Fellow Musicians Reacted to His Death: 20 Quotes

    April 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Twenty years later, the April 5, 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain still resonates as one of the most unforgettably scarring days for multiple generations. In the wake of his death, his mother, wife, bandmates, friends, and peers spoke out about the tragedy, expressing the raw emotions of people…

  13. Chris Squire of Yes Talks 'Heaven and Earth' Album, New Singer, Rock Hall

    April 02, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Chris Squire says Yes fans can expect an accessible but still adventurous album when the veteran prog rock troupe releases its new "Heaven and Earth" on July 8.  "It's pretty well song-based in many ways, but it also has the kind of Yes style of expanding songs into…

  14. 'Glee' Recap: Scaling Great Heights With 'New New York' Episode

    April 02, 2014 4:23 AM EDT “New New York“ is hands-down the best episode of “Glee” to date. There’s barely any contest.  Season 1 purists will hold up the Pilot as an ideal episode, and you admittedly couldn’t get to here without those inventive and inspiring beginnings, but that’s just building blocks and not…

  15. Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Mourned by Dance Community

    April 01, 2014 10:08 AM EDT DJ/ producer Frankie Knuckles, widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” passed away last night (March 31) due to complications with diabetes. Having pioneered the sound of house music with his groundbreaking productions and DJ sets at legendary venues such as Chicago's Music Box and…

  16. John Frusciante Launches New Album Into Space

    March 31, 2014 8:20 PM EDT There's an object in space right now near earth, and it's carrying a highly curious signal; whip out your smartphone and perhaps you'll crack its code. Last Saturday (March 29), a NEPTUNE Modular Rocket was launched into space, carrying with it a Cube Satellite deemed Sat-JF14.…

  17. Tegan and Sara Win, Justin Bieber Booed at Canada's Juno Awards

    March 31, 2014 3:05 AM EDT With only six awards given out on the televised awards, it looked like there could be no big winner at the 43rd annual Juno Awards, which concluded at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre Sunday evening for the two-hour televised broadcast. The 35 awards given out the night before all went to single winners…

  18. Juno Awards 2014: Serena Ryder, Arcade Fire, Drake, Tegan and Sara Win Early Awards

    March 30, 2014 8:44 AM EDT Serena Ryder won Artist of the Year at the first night of the 43rd annual Juno Awards honoring Canadian music, Saturday night in Winnipeg, beating out category-mates Drake, Michael Bublé, Robin Thicke and Céline Dion. The majority of the 41 awards — 35 in all — were given out at the private…

  19. Australia’s Jessica Mauboy To Perform at Eurovision Song Contest

    March 25, 2014 11:58 PM EDT Jessica Mauboy is about to go where no Australian-born artist has gone before; she’s been selected to perform during the Eurovision Song Contest this May in Denmark.  The indigenous Australian pop star and actor is the reigning ARIA female artist of the year , and one of the biggest-selling…

  20. Ty Dolla $ign Doubles His Money With Two Hits & All-Star Friends

    March 25, 2014 3:08 PM EDT Ty Dolla Sign seems to be living up to his name. In the issue dated March 29, the Los Angeles rapper/singer/producer's newest single, "Or Nah" (featuring Wiz Khalifa), debuts at No. 91 on the Billboard Hot 100, jumps 30-24 in its third week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and has…

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