1. 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Breaks Down Jamal's Coming Out

    February 26, 2015 12:00 PM EST [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the eighth episode of  Empire's  first season, "The Lyon's Roar."] Jamal Lyon ( Jussie Smollett ), the middle son of hip-hop mogul Lucious ( Terrence Howard ) on  Lee Daniels  and  Danny Strong 's  Empire,  is now an out and…

  2. 'The Voice': New Artists Fight to Stand Out During Blind Auditions

    February 24, 2015 10:56 PM EST The Blind Auditions resume tonight on The Voice as season-eight coaches Christina Aguilera , Pharrell Williams , Blake Shelton , and Adam Levine continuing to shape their teams of artists, with Levine particularly feeling the pressure after turning up empty last night. The first artist of…

  3. Christina Aguilera Talks Returning to 'The Voice,' Guesting on 'Nashville'

    February 23, 2015 10:30 AM EST The Voice is back for its eighth season Monday, and with it comes the return of original coach Christina Aguilera. Aguilera -- who gave birth to her daughter while she sat out of coaching the singing competition's sixth and seventh seasons -- hasn't been completely gone the whole…

  4. What Apple's Hiring of Zane Lowe Signals for the Company's Music Strategy

    February 18, 2015 2:36 PM EST Apple's hiring of BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe could mark a huge shift in programming strategy for Beats Music and iTunes Radio. A move away from nameless programming toward programming featuring brand-name personalities would give Apple's streaming products the mainstream appeal they…

  5. The Sheeran Effect: Observing The Beginnings of Ed Sheeran's Influence on Pop

    February 17, 2015 5:17 PM EST The "Thinking Out Loud" star's music has helped shape new projects by Shawn Mendes and Cody Simpson. How far will Ed's influence extend? Ed Sheeran turns 24 years old today (Feb. 17). By the time he turns 25, we will have a pretty good idea as to the extent of the…

  6. Watch NBA Star Damian Lillard Impressively Rap on 'Sway In the Morning'

    February 15, 2015 11:35 AM EST NBA star Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers has proven that he's not only a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court, but also on the mic. Exclusive: NBA Live 15 Soundtrack Unveiled, Cover Star Damian Lillard Discusses The Music Two-time all-star Lillard stopped by…

  7. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 6: 'Out, Damned Spot'

    February 12, 2015 11:20 AM EST With the first season of Empire halfway through , episode six of the Fox show serves as a place-setter of what's to come. The big news? Lucious finally comes clean to one of his confidantes about Bunky's murder (more on this later), and finds a way to cool down the heat the police…

  8. Four 'Forever'-Era Spice Girls Songs Leak

    February 11, 2015 2:39 PM EST If what you really really want(ed) today was more Spice Girls music, break out the platform shoes and get ready to dance. Well, technically, since these four tracks are discarded from the  Forever  era (so yes, they're Geri Halliwell-free, unfortunately), it's really more sexy…

  9. Bob Dylan's MusiCares Master Plan: Telling Alanis, Beck and Many More Exactly What to Do

    February 10, 2015 1:33 PM EST While Bob Dylan did not sing at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala in his honor, the singer had considerable sway over every note that was played. Dylan selected each performer and the song they would perform. In most cases, the songs were ones they had already recorded. Dylan then…

  10. Op-Ed: 10 Tips for the Grammy Awards

    February 03, 2015 7:31 PM EST The Grammys are fun to complain about, because no matter how spectacular of a showcase the annual awards show may be or how many unforgettable moments take place on the stage of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, someone or something will feel spurned. Perhaps the obvious choice for…

  11. Jack Johnson, Other Acoustic Pop Singers Find Home on Pandora... When Will AC Radio Catch Up?

    January 29, 2015 1:09 PM EST It is well established that even when broadcast radio's listeners go looking for music on other platforms, they often search out the same mainstream formats they hear on FM. "All-'80s" is one exception , but that format differs mostly in its parameters; the songs played…

  12. Iggy Azalea Responds to Jill Scott & Eve: 'They're Saying Act More Like How I Stereotype You to Be'

    January 28, 2015 6:35 PM EST After Jill Scott and Eve weighed in on the ongoing discussion of cultural appropriation in hip-hop last week and targeted Iggy Azalea 's "blaccent" as an example of her lacking originality, the Australian rapper has responded.  Jill Scott & Eve Weigh In on Iggy Azalea&…

  13. Jill Scott & Eve Weigh In on Iggy Azalea's 'Blaccent'

    January 26, 2015 9:14 PM EST It seems everyone in hip-hop has an opinion about Iggy Azalea , and now  Eve  and Jill Scott have weighed in.  Joining Shade 45's Sway In The Morning on Friday, promoting their new Lifetime movie With This Ring , after pleasantries host Sway Calloway turned the conversation to…

  14. Chance the Rapper & Christina Milian Hand a Check for $100,000 to Chicago Schools

    January 21, 2015 10:55 AM EST Chance the Rapper lent his celebrity to a good cause on Monday (Jan. 19), attending an event to show his support for Chicago's Get Schooled, Get Connected Challenge. The initiative's web site explains that the three-month program -- which lasted from October 6, 2014, to January 5,…

  15. Looking at Top 40 Radio's Decade of Change, Through the Lens of Kelly Clarkson's Career

    January 20, 2015 10:51 AM EST It was Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. Mainstream top 40 radio was a mix of hip-hop, "extreme" alternative crossovers and, for pop balance, teen punk. WHTZ (Z100) New York, which had just launched an urban sister station, WWPR (Power 105), was trying to make its way back to the mainstream…

  16. AC Radio Felt Less Christmas Cheer in 2014 Amid Format Landscape Changes

    January 09, 2015 12:03 PM EST It's been about 20 years since the all-Christmas format became more than a stunt for radio stations that were in the process of changing format. It's been over a decade since going to all-Christmas music mid-November became an inevitability for any successful mainstream Adult…

  17. Holy Ship! Highlights: Griz, ODESZA, Disclosure & Armand Van Helden and More

    January 09, 2015 11:19 AM EST With a lineup that largely catered to West Coast live acts and U.K. deep house, broken beats and funk bass were in vogue on 2015's first Holy Ship! sailing (Jan. 3-6). HARD Events' beloved cruise party entered its fourth year by honoring its fervent "Shipfam" fan base,…

  18. Watch Marina and the Diamonds Chase Memories in New 'Immortal' Video

    January 02, 2015 10:38 AM EST Searching for a slinky pop track to start 2015 on the right foot? Marina and the Diamonds have you covered: "Immortal," from the Welsh singer-songwriter's upcoming third album Froot , is a contemplative stunner focused on the undying power of love. The video for the final…

  19. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Latin Pop Album and Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:03 PM EST BEST LATIN POP ALBUM NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN Tangos Ruben Blades Label: Sunnyside Salsa icon Ruben Blades refashioned his greatest hits including "Pedro Navaja" and "Pablo Pueblo" as tangos with help from Argentine musicians. The resulting album, on indie Sunnyside…

  20. CBGB: 10 Classic Moments That Helped Define the Birthplace of Punk



    December 23, 2014 1:15 PM EST Fotrty-one years have passed since iconic music club CBGB (aka the undisputed birthplace of punk) opened its doors. And even though only a handful of artifacts remain at the site of the club that once hosted music legends including the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Guns N’ Roses and…

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