1. '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…

  2. 'Glee' Recap: 'Opening Night' Tells Us To Never Ever Read The Comments

    April 23, 2014 5:54 AM EDT Meta might as well be "Glee’s" middle name, as the series is no stranger to commenting on itself frequently and somewhat ferociously. Last week, the gang was even watching the credits for a "Glee" episode in the loft, joking about how Season 7 is when the series gets good,…

  3. 'Glee' Recap: 'New Directions' Masters the Art of Making the Never-Ending Seem Final

    March 26, 2014 3:43 AM EDT "Glee" is obsessed with writing final episodes, or episodes that at least feel that way. That’s "Glee" 101 for you, both literally and figuratively. While we’re still a season and a half away from the actual finale of the series, so many episodes to date have carried the…

  4. Who Are Broadway's Next Great Singers & Songwriters?: Top 10 Picks

    March 24, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Singer Idina Menzel's stage-to-screen crossover bodes well for Broadway's would-be stars, while the Lopezes scored Oscar gold for writing "Let It Go" and kicked open the door for future composers of stage and screen. Here are 10 picks for the Great White Way's…

  5. 'Glee' Recap: 'Trio' Avoids Post-Hiatus Blues as an All-NYC Episode Inches Closer

    March 05, 2014 3:38 AM EST After such a solid return from hiatus last week, it’s the usual Glee MO to fall into a lull and drop all the interesting points from the week previous. With luck, “Trio” mostly avoids this fate -- Rachel and Santana are still feuding and nowhere near an easy resolution, the rest of NYC is…

  6. CODE Picks of the Week: Klaxons, Claptone and More

    February 28, 2014 6:27 PM EST Klaxons, “There Is No Other Time” (Claptone remix) [Akashic] Claptone reworks this Gorgon City-produced comeback single for the original nu-ravers that harkens to the intergalactic vibes of their early work. Psychemagik featuring Renegade, “Black Noir Schwarz” [Crosstown Rebels] The multi…

  7. 'Glee' Recap: Focus on 'Frenemies' Hints At a Maturing Series

    February 26, 2014 1:47 AM EST After a lengthy hiatus “Glee” returns to address the prickly topic of Frenemies. Drama is “Glee’s” middle name, and shifting alliances, friendships and relationships is the bread and butter of the series, but this episode deals head-on with this particular dilemma -- what if the enemy you…

  8. Tensnake on Nile Rodgers, Signing to a Major and Debut Album, 'Glow'

    January 10, 2014 3:15 PM EST According to German electro producer Marco Niemerski, better known as Tensnake, working with Nile Rodgers is a surprisingly easy thing to arrange. “About a year ago, I sent him a message on Facebook and didn’t expect anything,” Niemerski explains. “I just wanted to send him my album,…

  9. 'Glee' Recap: The 'End of Twerk' Episode Not As Bad As It Sounds

    November 15, 2013 3:00 AM EST An episode with a title like “The End of Twerk” sounds like a Glee recipe for disaster, but by all miracles this week skirted the line of absurd, touching, and managed to advance multiple character narratives. The last is especially a feat in the world of Glee, and if the audience has to…

  10. 'Glee' Recap: Beatlemania and Demi Lovato Shine as Story Shifts to New York

    October 04, 2013 9:40 AM EDT The Beatles onslaught continues on “Glee,” this time focusing on the more experimental later years of the group. This parallels into our players maturing and gaining confidence, with varying degrees of success. Or, well, pretty clear-cut lines of success. The young adults in New York are…

  11. Vine Star Nicholas Megalis Releases New Single "Forget It in a Day"

    October 02, 2013 6:22 PM EDT On Twitter, Justin Bieber is the king with 45 million followers. On Vine, it's a dude named Nicholas Megalis, a 24-year-old musician and comedian from Brooklyn, New York who has the biggest following on the Twitter-owned micro-video sharing network (2.9 million, at the time of posting.…

  12. CODE Picks of the Week: Empire of the Sun, Hardwell and More

    September 06, 2013 5:18 PM EDT Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what this week’s CODERs have to say. Empire Of The Sun: "DNA" (Alex Metric remix) [Astralwerks] British producer Alex Metric joins Calvin Harris this week posting…

  13. Billboard Mexican Music Awards 2013: Complete List of Finalists

    August 22, 2013 9:15 AM EDT The finalists for the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards were announced on Aug. 22. Get the full story and see the full list of finalists below: Artist of the Year La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho Gerardo Ortiz Jenni Rivera Voz de Mando Artist of the Year, New Banda La…

  14. Chicago's Wavefront Music Festival Offers an EDM Alternative

    July 08, 2013 4:47 PM EDT Despite some missteps, the beach fest counters other festivals with credible headliners and local talent. Wavefront Music Festival, which wrapped its second year last night (July 7) at Chicago’s Montrose Beach, is not Electric Daisy Carnival. The accouterment for its Main Stage, dubbed…

  15. Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' & 8 Examples of Female Pop Stars Recruiting Hip-Hop Producers

    June 19, 2013 1:10 PM EDT Before Miley & Mike WiLL, there was Britney & the Neptunes and Nelly & Timbaland. We explore the pop-rap history. As big a single as the recently released "We Can't Stop" looks to be for Miley Cyrus -- debuting at No. 11 on this week's Hot 100 chart, an…

  16. 20 Stories Behind Rappers' Stage Names: Waka Flocka, Jay-Z & More

    April 03, 2013 3:28 PM EDT Behind most rappers is an intriguing stage name: some of hip-hop's heavyweights have looked within themselves for the inspiration behind their monikers. Rappers like Waka Flocka Flame and Snoop Dogg drew inspiration from their favorite TV characters. T.I. and Gucci Mane embraced…

  17. Skrillex's Grammy Hat-Tricks: Good or Bad for EDM?

    February 11, 2013 10:36 AM EST On the surface, Skrillex’s two-year sweep of The Grammys’ dance/electronic categories is a stunning victory for a deserving and unlikely star. In last night’s “pre-tel” ceremony (aka before the telecast), the 25-year-old California native picked up Grammys for Best Remix Non-Classical, for…

  18. 'Evita' to Close When Ricky Martin, Other Originals End Run

    December 12, 2012 7:35 AM EST So What Happens Now? Producers opt to end run on Jan. 26 rather than find replacements Evidently, Ricky Martin is irreplaceable. Despite previously announced plans to recast the principal roles in Evita following the exit on Jan. 26 of original stars Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris,…

  19. KCON 2012: 15 Things Seen & Overheard

    October 17, 2012 8:02 PM EDT For the first time ever on this continent, a convention dedicated to all things Hallyu (the "Korean Wave") took over the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif., on Oct. 16. An entire day filled with panels, workshops, and artist signings topped off with a concert filled with K-pop…

  20. Billboard Mexican Music Awards: 3BallMTY, Gerardo Ortiz Lead Finalists

    September 11, 2012 9:30 AM EDT A trio of young acts that espouse different, bold sounds dominates the list of finalists for the second annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Telemundo Oct. 18. Presented by State Farm, the Billboard Mexican Music…

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