1. Alabama Shakes Unleash Fresh Songs in New York: Live Review

    July 25, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The acclaimed band kicked off the first night of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour at NYC's Terminal 5 With their much-anticipated second album on the horizon, Alabama Shakes are truly coming into their own as a major act. With only one album under their belt, 2012's excellent Boys …

  2. LeAnn Rimes Applauds Barely-There Bikinis At Miami Fashion Show

    July 20, 2014 11:42 PM EDT Country singer LeAnn Rimes attended the Mercedes Benz Fashion Swim shows in Miami Beach and says she was wowed by a selection of skimpy swimwear on the walk. "I like butts and they do a really good butt," she said after the Luli Fama show, which she attended along with husband Eddie…

  3. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  4. Tevin Campbell Aims to Reignite Career at First Essence Festival Performance

    July 06, 2014 11:15 AM EDT R&B singer Tevin Campbell, who thrilled fans as a teenager when he asked "Can We Talk," has performed for the first time at the Essence Festival as he seeks to re-ignite his career. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Campbell said he's 37 now, but the voice…

  5. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  6. Taylor Swift's Red Wraps as All-Time Country Tour

    July 03, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift has smashed the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist with the final stats reported from her Red tour that played arenas and stadiums in four continents during a 15-month span.  According to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, the tour’s overall gross of $150…

  7. Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour: Alabama Shakes, Young The Giant, Mayer Hawthorne To Headline

    July 01, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Mercedes-Benz is set to bring its brand new MB Evolution Tour to the road this month, the company announced today (July 1). Alabama Shakes , Young The Giant and Mayer Hawthorne will each headline shows during the invitation-only, nine city U.S. trek, which launches July 24 in New York and…

  8. Alabama Shakes: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:40 AM EDT Take a closer look at Alabama Shakes, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . It took only three years for Alabama Shakes to go from after-school music project to veritable stars. Formed by singer…

  9. Young the Giant: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Take a closer look at Young The Giant, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Formed in Irvine, California in 2004, Young the Giant were originally known as the Jakes, a combination of the first letter…

  10. Mayer Hawthorne: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Take a closer look at Mayer Hawthorne, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it was only natural that Mayer Hawthorne would fall in love with both soul and hip-hop.…

  11. Bobby Womack Dead: CeeLo Green, Flea, Big Boi, Q-Tip Pay Tribute to Soul Legend

    June 27, 2014 10:20 PM EDT As news broke of legendary soul singer Bobby Womack's death Friday at the age of 70, the music world paid tribute via social media.  Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70 The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — who was signed to SAR Records by Sam Cooke at an early age and went on…

  12. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  13. Usher Says He's 'Keeping It Sexy' with Next Album and 'Good Kisser' Single

    May 20, 2014 2:48 PM EDT If nothing else, Usher considers himself a facilitator. “I try to make the conversation between men and women easier with my records,” the veteran R&B singer and Cupid of sorts says. His efforts have been fruitful for nearly 20 years, with sultry R&B hit singles like 1998'…

  14. Hunter Hayes Breaks the Flaming Lips' Guinness World Record While Raising Awareness of Child Hunger

    May 10, 2014 1:50 PM EDT It’s official: country singer Hunter Hayes has broken the Guinness World Record for the most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours — all in an effort to help end child hunger. Billboard Chart Record-Breakers: The Longest Music Moments Ever Beginning on May 9 with a performance on …

  15. Beyonce, Jay Z Announce On The Run Summer Stadium Tour

    April 28, 2014 8:53 AM EDT The Carters have officially announced their rumored joint tour . Beyonce and Jay Z will head out on a 16-date stadium tour they're calling On The Run, to kickoff in Miami on June 25th and wrap in San Francisco on August 5. The tour is sponsored by Chase. Chase cardholders as well as…

  16. Outkast's Coachella Comeback: Rap Duo Returns With Important, Imperfect Performance

    April 12, 2014 7:32 AM EDT On the one hand, the audience members at Coachella's 2014 fest were incredibly lucky, being the first ones to watch the reunited Outkast perform in person when the Atlanta duo headlined the first night of the festival on Friday (Apr. 11). Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella •…

  17. Janis Joplin Off-Broadway Musical Delayed

    April 10, 2014 5:28 AM EDT   Fans of "A Night With Janis Joplin" will just have to hold on, hold on. Producers said Wednesday they have had to postpone indefinitely the off-Broadway opening "due to production issues." The show made a splash on Broadway in October and was to open Thursday at the…

  18. Future Talks 'Honest' Album & Becoming 'A Better Man'

    April 07, 2014 2:06 PM EDT Worried about turning off rap fans, Future scratched a song with Miley Cyrus from his album. Future doesn't get caught up in the nuances of his growing fame. Despite a packed promo schedule for his second album, "Honest" (due April 22 on Freebandz/Epic), it's his future…

  19. Backstage With St. Vincent: New Style, New Label and a Bold New Album

    February 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST The alt-goddess strikes a new pose with her first major-label album: "The music industry is the wild west" Inside a dimly lit and cavernous studio space in Manhattan's SoHo district, assorted members of the world's fashion elite jostle for rickety chairs while Annie…

  20. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

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