1. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

  2. Big K.R.I.T. Releases Rico Love-Assisted 'Pay Attention' Single: Listen

    July 25, 2014 7:33 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. has been intently working on his sophomore studio album, Cadillactica . Today (Friday, July 25), he gives us a taste of what's to come with his first official single, "Pay Attention." The Jim Jonsin-produced song features K.R.I.T. fixated on one lady in the room.…

  3. Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said About the Classic Back Then

    July 25, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Between the Beastie Boys ' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. It's not just the Beastie's magnum opus -- it'…

  4. Michelle Obama Earns Cool-Mom Points at Beyonce/Jay Z Concert

    July 25, 2014 4:35 PM EDT First lady takes her two daughters to Chicago 'On the Run' stop. There were some very VIP guests at Beyoncé and Jay Z's Thursday night "On the Run" concert in Chicago: First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters joined the masses at Soldier Field to check out Bey and…

  5. Don't Worry, Ohio Police Are Ready for Insane Clown Posse's Music Fest

    July 25, 2014 3:00 PM EDT The Gathering of the Juggalos makes its Ohio debut this year after a troubled history With thousands of Juggalos descending upon Ohio's Legend Valley for Insane Clown Posse's annual music festival -- The Gathering of the Juggalos finds a new home near the tiny town of Thornville,…

  6. Lady Gaga Teases New Album With Tony Bennett

    July 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Yes, please. Can we have some applause, please? The long-in-the-works Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett duet album Cheek to Cheek appears to be making progress. On Thursday, Lady Gaga Instagrammed a few photos of herself in the studio, captioning the pics "Studio Rattin' with the Bennett Boys…

  7. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the mostoverusedtropein musicwriting ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  8. Rise Against, Bleachers & Jenny Lewis Make Moves On Rock Charts

    July 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The punks score their second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums. Plus, chart action for Bleachers, Jenny Lewis, Vance Joy and more Rise Against notches its second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums , and fourth top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 3), as The Black Market debuts with 53,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  9. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  10. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  11. Coolio Is Just the Beginning, Says PornHub

    July 24, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Coolio and PornHub, a match made in heaven? A lot of conversations about artistic collaboration result in nothing, but when PornHub's head of PR and marketing, Matt Blake, and the rapper Coolio began chatting at the porn industry's annual AVN Awards, a lascivious creative…

  12. 15 Sensational Superhero Songs

    July 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Put on your bat-suits and rejoice, for today (July 23) is National Batman Day ! As part of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics is celebrating with comic giveaways and movie showings around the country. The festivities continue tomorrow when comic-book fans from all over descend…

  13. 'SNL' Star Jay Pharoah Avoids Tongues, Blood, Teeth on 'Bad Kisser' (Video)

    July 23, 2014 10:29 AM EDT If you're sad that Weird Al's video parody blitzkrieg has passed, look no further than "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jay Pharoah's reimagining of Usher's "Good Kisser." It's called -- wait for it -- "Bad Kisser." Sasheer Zamata Joins …

  14. Westboro Baptist Church SoundCloud Full of Terrible Pun Parodies

    July 22, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Enjoy seven hours of musical hellfire and brimstone Can't get enough of the Westboro Baptist Church cover band, which has taken it upon themselves to reimagine Lorde's "Royals," Lady Gaga's "Telephone" ( "Ever Burn" ) and Panic! at the Disco's…

  15. Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon & More Win Big at First Alternative Press Music Awards

    July 22, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Underground's best and brightest take their talents to Cleveland for inaugural show Once its river burned, and now the city's lighting up. It's been a good month for Cleveland, which not only welcomed back their prodigal baller, but also kicked off the inaugural Alternative…

  16. Fifth Harmony Live: Watch 'Bo$$' Performance & New Song 'We Know'

    July 22, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Nearly two years removed from their run on the U.S. version of "The X Factor," Fifth Harmony is gearing up for the release of its proper debut album, due out this fall on Epic Records. The forthcoming full-length has been preceded by "Bo$$," an ultra-catchy pool of sass…

  17. Here's Lady Gaga Dancing With A Giant Penis

    July 22, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Lady Gaga is joined on stage by an inflatable penis What exactly is "ARTPOP"? Lady Gaga put forth a new argument in her thesis on Monday: It's dancing with a giant penis. "And then this happened tonight oh lord for the LARR can I get an amen #Venus had a #Penis," the…

  18. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

  19. Backstreet Boys Cancel Israel Concerts Amid Hostilities

    July 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Israeli promoter Tal Sherf clarified that alternative dates will be examined for a future tour leg next year. Following recent cancellations by Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka , now the Backstreet Boys are officially calling off their end of July three sold out shows in Israel due…

  20. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Beck, SZA, Giorgio Moroder and More Day 1 Highlights

    July 19, 2014 9:27 AM EDT Now in its ninth year in Chicago's Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a hodgepodge of alternative music approved by the long-running reviews hub, but the 2014 incarnation boasts perhaps the most diverse lineup ever. Although the opening night of Pitchfork Fest only took…

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