1. Barack Obama Pays Tribute to Frankie Knuckles In Letter to Late DJ's Family

    April 22, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Obama praised Knuckles for being a "trailblazer in his field" and helping "open minds and bring people together." Three weeks following the death of Frankie Knuckles , a letter has surfaced from President Barack Obama that pays tribute to the late Chicago DJ/producer and…

  2. The National Cancels Summer Concerts In Russia, Ukraine Over Political Crisis

    April 22, 2014 1:07 PM EDT The band was scheduled to play three concerts in the region in late July and early August. Add rock band the National to the list of musical acts canceling concerts in Russia and the Ukraine because of political unrest in the region. "Due to the ongoing political crisis in the region,…

  3. Blondie Releasing New Two-Disc Album To Celebrate 40th Anniversary

    April 22, 2014 12:23 PM EDT First disc “Ghosts of Download” is Blondie’s 10th studio album and will feature guests like the Gossip and Miss Guy. Blondie is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with the release of a two-disc set, titled “Blondie 4(0) Ever,” featuring new music and a greatest hits collection.…

  4. Adidas' Music Gamble: Why They're Betting on Pharrell Williams and Kanye West

    April 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT More than just a marketing coup, Kanye West's defection from Nike -- where he helped design the coveted Air Yeezy sneaker -- to Adidas in December signaled a redoubling of the 64-year-old publicly traded German brand's fashion-focused strategy for sneaker dominance. Although…

  5. Rock In Rio Heading To Las Vegas, Site Will Resemble An 'Amusement Park'

    April 22, 2014 12:13 AM EDT A giant roulette-like Ferris wheel. Themed streets boasting the sights and sounds of Brazil, U.S. and U.K. A 400-foot zip-line that zooms festival-goers across the crowd. A flying DJ booth and more than 100 musical acts on six stages.    These are just a few things to expect from the U.S.…

  6. SummerStage 2014: Ty Dolla $ign, Passenger, Andrew Bird, Dr. John Among Performers

    April 21, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The 2014 series begins June 3 with rapper Ty Dolla $ign and closes on Aug. 24 with the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Ty Dolla $ign, Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory, Passenger, Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Blood Orange are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of…

  7. Outkast To Headline 2014 BET Experience In Los Angeles

    April 21, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Hip-hop duo Outkast, who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary by reuniting for this year's Coachella Valley & Arts Music Festival, will headline the 2014 BET Experience, to be held June 27-29 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Rick Ross to Hit BET…

  8. 'The Voice' Season 6 Goes Live: Meet the Top 12

    April 21, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Season 6 of NBC's "The Voice" begins its live rounds April 21 as each coach settled on their final three singers last week. The dozen finalists gathered at Universal City Walk last week to perform a song each and meet the media. Each of the singers discussed their musical…

  9. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  10. Jack White Breaks Record for World's Fastest Studio-to-Store Record

    April 19, 2014 3:53 PM EDT It's official: Jack White has beat the record for the world's fastest released record. Jack White Plans 'World's Fastest Record' Jack White Announces New Album 'Lazaretto' Jack White Finishing Up Next Album At 10 a.m. CST on Record Store Day (April…

  11. Jay Electronica Tweets His 'Control' Verse Topped Kendrick Lamar's

    April 19, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Talk of Kendrick Lamar's epic verse on the Big Sean track "Control" hasn't ended just yet. This time, Jay Electronica has chimed in on Twitter to share his thoughts on who had the best verse on the popular track.  Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick…

  12. Man Sentenced For Taking Peter Frampton's Luggage

    April 19, 2014 1:45 PM EDT A man who acknowledged stealing the luggage of 1970s rocker Peter Frampton at Denver International Airport has been given a 60-day suspended jail sentence followed by two years of probation. The Denver Post reports 52-year-old John Allen Papelbon, of Thornton, was sentenced Friday and ordered…

  13. Happy Record Store Day! Tweets from Artists, Retailers, Labels and More

    April 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day! To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of…

  14. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  15. Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

    April 17, 2014 3:35 PM EDT "Time Is "Illmatic," the documentary about Nas' 1994 debut album, lived up to its name last night. Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that "Illmatic" would be here, at New York's legendary Beacon Theater for the TriBeCa Film Festival's…

  16. John Mellencamp Unhappy With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Over Song Use

    April 16, 2014 11:44 PM EDT Liberal rocker John Mellencamp wants conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker to know he supports union rights and says Walker should think about that before using his songs on the campaign trail. Politicians for years have been using rock songs at campaign events, and Mellencamp has found…

  17. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  18. AC/DC 'Retirement' Rumors Rumble On Down Under

    April 15, 2014 6:35 AM EDT UPDATE: Insiders tell Billboard that there's no truth to the breakup rumor, though the group's management and Columbia Records, its current label, have chosen not to comment on the matter. Get the full story Earlier: Depending on which news outlet you believe, the members of…

  19. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

  20. 'SNL' Recap: Ed Sheeran Previews 'x' Songs, GOP Invades Coachella, Taylor Swift Pops In

    April 13, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who recently graced the cover of Billboard , paid a visit to "Saturday Night Live" on April 12 to preview two new tracks from his upcoming sophomore album, "x," due June 23 on Atlantic Records. Ed Sheeran's Pre-'SNL' Day in…

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