1. Lily Allen’s 'Sheezus' Bows At No. 1 In U.K.

    May 12, 2014 5:12 AM EDT British pop favorite Lily Allen’s “Sheezus” (Parlophone/Warner Music) has become her second U.K. No. 1 album. The Official Charts Company’s new sales data, published Sunday (May 11), also showed Dutch hip-hop star Mr. Probz reclaiming the singles chart crown with “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings…

  2. Clive Davis Boycotting Sultan of Brunei's Hotels, Citing Humanitarian Issues (Report)

    May 10, 2014 3:02 PM EDT Music industry legend Clive Davis is reportedly boycotting numerous hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei after the ruler imposed Shariah law in his home country. As of early May, the citizens on the island of Borneo face fines and imprisonment for minor crimes and whippings and amputation for…

  3. As the Decemberists Hibernate, Its Members Focus on Black Prairie (Q&A)

    May 09, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Decemberists have been recording off-and-on and will "ramp up" next year, says Nate Query. Until then, four of the band's members push on with Black Prairie, which has released new album "Fortune" "Fortune," the new album from Black Prairie, the Portland…

  4. Tune-Yards Explores Her Daring Side On 'Nikki Nack': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 5:32 PM EDT About a year-and-a-half after Merrill Garbus, who records under the moniker Tune-Yards, released her breakthrough 2011 sophomore record, "whokill," a groove-inducing tour de force of looped vocals and African-inspired polyrhythms that made critics and crowds take notice, she couldn&…

  5. Rihanna Is Still Instagram-less

    May 07, 2014 4:52 PM EDT Last week Rihanna posted some racy pictures to her Instagram feed and on Monday her account went M.I.A.  So what gives? Instagram has confirmed that they did not delete the singer's account, rather, it was suspended briefly by mistake and then quickly restored. Rihanna Now a Roc Nation…

  6. Street Joy Song Premiere: Listen To The Promising L.A. Group's 'Moon'

    May 07, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Street Joy, a new Los Angeles-based alternative duo, will self-release its self-titled debut album on June 1 on its own Trick Pony Records after issuing a series of sumptuous rock tracks over the past few months. One of the group's standouts is the crisply produced track "Moon,"…

  7. Alanis Morissette Writes Campaign Song for Congressional Candidate

    May 07, 2014 10:24 AM EDT "Today" is an ode to Marianne Williamson, a long-shot House of Representatives hopeful You oughta know about United States Congress hopeful Marianne Williamson . Alanis Morissette believes in the independent candidate from California's 33rd Congressional District so much that…

  8. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  9. Hunter Hayes Leads Country's Youth Revolution, Without a Pickup Truck or Beer in Sight

    May 06, 2014 1:28 PM EDT With new album "Storyline," 22-year-old prodigy Hunter Hayes is leading country's youth revolution -- without a pickup truck or beer can in sight. Strolling into a trendy eatery in Las Vegas, Hunter Hayes, casually clad in jeans and a gray T-shirt, is teeming with the youthful…

  10. DJ E-Z Rock, The Sugarhill Gang & More to Be Honored at Hip Hop Hall of Fame 2014

    May 06, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will honor a handful of legends at its awards show on Monday, May 19. The honorees to be inducted this year include The Sugar Hill Gang, Charles Ahearn and the film, "Wildstyle," Mr. Magic, Busy Bee, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three, Sequence, Cornbread…

  11. Rich Robinson, 'In Comes the Night': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 06, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Black Crowes guitarist talks about his third solo album, "The Ceaseless Sight," due June 3 Rich Robinson was ready to make an album when he hit Applehead Recording studio in Woodstock, N.Y., to make his third solo set, "The Ceaseless Sight." The Black Crowes…

  12. Sara Bareilles Announces Summer Tour

    May 05, 2014 10:58 AM EDT The singer-songwriter has also unveiled the "I Choose You" music video. This summer, Sara Bareilles is showing how big her brave is to a whole mess of U.S. cities, on the just-announced Little Black Dress headlining tour. The 24-date run will begin on July 10 in Chicago, and pre…

  13. Chevelle Announces Summer Tour (Exclusive)

    May 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Chevelle is in the midst of an extended break from touring, partly to give drummer Sam Loeffler some family time with his wife and their new son, who was born last week. But the road cases won't be packed for long. The suburban Chicago-based trio, continuing to promote its seventh album,…

  14. Ray LaMontagne Goes 'Supernova': The Folk Singer Talks New Album

    May 02, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The blues of "Trouble" hinted at a sad existence for LaMontagne. A decade on, the joyous, just-released 'Supernova,' flips the script. It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after…

  15. The Longest-Leading Hot 100 No. 1s

    May 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' becomes the 28th leader to reign for at least 10 weeks As reported yesterday , Pharrell Williams' "Happy" tallies a 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is just the 28th in the chart's 55-year history to hit…

  16. 'Glee' Recap: Ambition Causes Friction In 'The Back-Up Plan'

    April 30, 2014 4:17 AM EDT In the “Back-Up Plan” it is pretty evident that no one really has one, and when push comes to shove the only plan they really have is to rely on each other when their grand ambitions intersect with the sacredness of their personal relationships. Our gang might be a more loosely knit group as…

  17. Modest Mouse, Brand New to Play Rare Forest Hills Stadium Show

    April 29, 2014 1:39 PM EDT The former site of the U.S. Open and legendary Beatles and Dylan gigs gets a 21st century revival One of New York City's most storied venues is getting a 2014 facelift and will host a rare concert of alt-rock cult favorites this summer. On Saturday, Aug. 9, Modest Mouse and Brand New…

  18. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes and all the sordid stuff going on just below…

  19. Mr. Probz, Paolo Nutini Rule U.K. Sales Charts

    April 28, 2014 7:07 AM EDT Dutch hip-hop star Mr. Probz debuted atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 27), as “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings) sold nearly 127,000 units. Paolo Nutini started a second week at No. 1 on the artist album chart with “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music). Mr. Probz becomes the latest…

  20. 'X Factor' Parody Musical 'I Can't Sing' To Close in London

    April 28, 2014 1:49 AM EDT There's more bad news for Simon Cowell and "X Factor." Less than three months after Fox canceled the U.S. edition of Cowell's singing competition comes word that I Can't Sing, the Cowell-backed musical parody of the show, will end its run in London's West End…

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