1. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  2. Latin Radio Icon Polito Vega to Be Honored at New York Concert

    August 27, 2014 5:12 PM EDT The iconic radio personality Polito Vega will be honored Sept. 21 during a concert at Madison Square Garden featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Juan Luis Guerra , Don Omar , Chayanne and Carlos Vives . Polito Vega Never Goes Out of Style "El Megaton Mundial de…

  3. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

  4. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  5. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

  6. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock…

  7. Kate Bush Makes Live Return Following 35 Year Hiatus: Review

    August 26, 2014 11:34 PM EDT Thirty-five years after making her last live performance, Kate Bush finally delivered what many of her fans thought they would never get to see: a triumphant, hit-filled and characteristically theatrical return to the stage. Appearing at London’s Hammersmith Apollo -- the scene of her last…

  8. Kings of Leon Cancel Two More Shows

    August 26, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Drummer Nathan Followill is still recovering from injuries he suffered in a bus crash earlier this month. Kings of Leon will cancel two more shows as Nathan Followill recovers from a tour bus accident that happened earlier this month. Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill 'Banged Up'…

  9. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  10. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  11. This Week In Billboard Chart History: In 1976, The Bee Gees Celebrate With 'Dancing'

    August 25, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 38 years ago, the trio led the first Dance Club Songs chart. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Katy Perry, the Notorious B.I.G. and Debbie Gibson Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug. 25, 2001 The…

  12. New York Fashion Week Preview: From Lorde to Madonna, Designers’ Front-Row Dream ‘Gets’

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers…

  13. M.I.A. Resolves NFL's War Over Super Bowl Middle Finger

    August 22, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The league sought $16.6 million in arbitration. After more than three years, a dispute over M.I.A. 's halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI has been resolved. Super Bowl Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Weighs In When the singer extended her middle finger during her performance on…

  14. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  15. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back…

  16. Polite Guy Andrew Rannells Ready to Get His Hedwig On

    August 21, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Andrew Rannells says he never dreamed of becoming a rock star while growing up. What he hoped for was a part on Broadway. Now he's getting both at the same time - and a load of mascara as well. Starting Wednesday, the Tony Award-nominated star of The Book of Mormon  on Broadway and HBO&…

  17. The Weeknd's High on Sex in Trippy NSFW 'Often' Video

    August 21, 2014 6:52 PM EDT It looks like a whole lot of sex is making The Weeknd' s head spin in the new video for "Often," the loose and heavy track he released earlier this summer.  Code Picks of the Week: The Weeknd, Sam Smith & More In it a rotating cast of almost naked women cycle in and out of…

  18. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

  19. Island Records Promotes Steve Yegelwel to SVP

    August 21, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Island Records has promoted veteran A&R man Steve Yegelwel to senior vp at the Universal Music Group imprint. According to a news release, Yegelwel will be involved in running the label's A&R department and will work closely with executive vp Eric Wong on marketing up-and-coming…

  20. Katy Perry, RiFF RAFF Team Up For 'This Is How We Do' Remix: Listen

    August 21, 2014 4:16 PM EDT Katy Perry has received an unlikely helping hand for a new remix of her current single "This Is How We Do": RiFF RAFF, the oddball rap star whose infamous corn-rows Perry mimics in the remix artwork. Listen to the "This Is How We Do" remix below: The explicitly summery…

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