1. Candid Covers: Civil Twilight Sings Beck

    July 10, 2012 12:45 PM EDT When South African rock group Civil Twilight moved to L.A., one of their first gigs sent them into the desert to a military base. "That was the first time we listened to ( Beck's 'Sea Change') all the way through," vocalist Steven McKellar recalled. "That was the…

  2. Watch Frank Ocean Bring 'Bad Religion' To 'Jimmy Fallon'

    July 10, 2012 9:20 AM EDT Hours before surprising fans and allowing his debut studio album, "Channel Orange," to hit iTunes a week early , rising R&B star Frank Ocean taped a harrowing performance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night (July 9) that doubled as his network television…

  3. Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' Heading for iTunes Early Release

    July 09, 2012 8:29 PM EDT Frank Ocean 's "Channel Orange" will arrive on iTunes early Tuesday morning, Billboard.com has confirmed. The early release of the album will be available exclusively from the iTunes store until its official July 17 launch. R&B singer Ocean, an Odd Future member who has…

  4. Adam Lambert as 'Idol' Judge? He'd 'Have That Conversation'

    July 09, 2012 6:40 PM EDT With so much uncertainty at the "American Idol" judges table for the series' upcoming 12th season, one former star of the show, pop maverick Adam Lambert , has been floated out as a replacement for any the (possibly) departing current judges. And Lambert certainly isn't…

  5. Watch French Montana Party Poolside in 'Pop That' Video

    July 09, 2012 3:50 PM EDT French Montana parties it up poolside alongside Maybach Music Group's Rick Ross and YMCMB's elite forces, Drake and Lil Wayne , in the music video for his track "Pop That," which hit the Web on Monday (July 9). All is fun and games as bikini-clad models engage in water gun…

  6. Frank Ocean Releases 'Sweet Life' Song, Announces 'Fallon' TV Debut

    July 06, 2012 3:30 PM EDT In anticipation of the release of his debut album, "Channel Orange," R&B dynamo Frank Ocean will make his network television debut with a performance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night (July 9). Although it is unclear what song Ocean will perform, the…

  7. Frank Ocean Opens Up About Sexuality

    July 04, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Early this morning (July 4), Frank Ocean took to his Tumblr to post a personal statement in which he opens up about his sexuality. In the piece, which he intended to "fill the thank you's section" in the credits of his upcoming album, "Channel Orange," Ocean shares…

  8. Nas Releases 'Life is Good' Single 'Loco-Motive': Listen

    July 02, 2012 6:30 PM EDT As fans wait in anticipation for Nas' tenth studio album, "Life Is Good," until its July 17 release date, the Don has managed to whet palettes with single releases. Today (July 2), the veteran MC dropped another gem, entitled "Loco-Motive". The song, an ode to New…

  9. Rick Ross Drops Third 'God Forgives' Single, 'Hold Me Back': Listen

    July 02, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Following a week of Maybach Music Group releases, Rick Ross drops his third single, "Hold Me Back," today (July 2). The single, from his album "God Forgives I Don't," finds Ross reiterating one of his tales of struggle within a repetitive chorus. "Hold Me Back…

  10. Keyshia Cole Has 'Enough of Love' in New Song: Listen

    July 02, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Keyshia Cole sings through the heartbreak in her latest single, "Enough of No Love," featuring Lil Wayne . The song, written by Keyshia Cole and Redd Stylez, and produced by Harmony, finds the R&B singer going through the motions, deciding if she should stay or depart from a…

  11. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided the emotional highlight of Sunday's…

  12. Janelle Monae Premieres Two New Tracks at Toronto Jazz Festival

    June 27, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Fans may not have to wait much longer for Janelle Monae's two upcoming albums, scheduled to debut this year. Last Friday (June 22), the singer premiered two new tracks during her set at the Toronto Jazz Festival. The first track, "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes" keeps within the jazz…

  13. Lana Del Rey's 'National Anthem' Video: A$AP Rocky is JFK

    June 27, 2012 3:55 PM EDT And Lana, of course, is Jackie O. After building anticipation with yesterday's four-minute trailer and last weekend's Twitpics , Lana Del Rey officially released the video for "National Anthem," starring herself and Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky , on Wednesday (June 27). At…

  14. Maybach Music Group Takes Over NYC With Album Signing & Concert

    June 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT The Maybach Music Group family left an unforgettable mark on two hundred NYC hopefuls, yesterday (Tuesday, June 26). Supporting the release of their second compilation album, "Self Made Vol. 2," Rick Ross and his family participated in a pop-up shop, album signing, and concert for…

  15. Katy Perry's 5 Most Awesome Performances

    June 26, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Pop diva Katy Perry will kick of the Billboard and Pepsi "Summer Beats" series tonight (June 26) with a live performance in Hollywood , celebrating the premiere of her new film "Katy Perry: Part of Me." Look back at some of Katy's most memorable performances and get…

  16. Four-Play: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Nas, & M.I.A. at Hackney Weekend 2012

    June 25, 2012 1:10 PM EDT Some of music's biggest talents hit the stage in London this past weekend for BBC's Hackney Weekend 2012. In this special edition of Four-Play, check out four virals from the two-days festival that deserve extra playtime starring Rihanna , Nicki Minaj , Nas , M.I.A. , with a bonus…

  17. Trae Tha Truth is 'Ok' Post Houston Club Shooting

    June 20, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Trae Tha Truth suffered a minor gunshot wound after being shot early this morning (Wednesday, June 20) in Houston, TX. According to Houston's Fox 26 , the incident occurred at Scores Cabaret in southwest Houston, leaving two people injured and three dead. The deceased were reported to…

  18. Four Play: 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, Kelly Rowland, T.I.

    June 19, 2012 6:55 PM EDT Melanie Fiona clocks-in, 2 Chainz gets monochromatic, Kelly Rowland embraces summer and T.I. keeps it classy. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring, Melanie Fiona, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz, T.I., with a bonus treat from B.o.B. Melanie Fiona pleads for a second chance in…

  19. 2 Chainz Joins Nicki Minaj on 'Pink Friday' U.S. Tour

    June 19, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Surprises are sure to be in store for the North American leg of Nicki Minaj 's '"Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" tour. But there's one friend Nicki is bringing along for all 14 tour dates: 2 Chainz . Nicki Minaj Announces North American Dates on 'Pink Friday'…

  20. Morrissey Announces 33-City U.S. Tour

    June 18, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Morrissey is taking the stage once again for a U.S. tour that kicks off Oct. 5 in Boston. The former Smiths frontman will include both his greatest hits and new, unreleased songs on his tour setlist. Iggy and the Stooges are set to open one date of the trek, the Nov. 24 show at L.A.'s…

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