1. Michael Jackson Refused Help for Painkillers

    May 03, 2013 9:10 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother sat in court Thursday as a police detective testified that she told him the family had tried drug interventions for the singer, believing he was addicted to painkillers. But Detective Orlando Martinez said Katherine Jackson told him her son refused any help,…

  2. George Jones Funeral: Alan Jackson, Wynonna, Kid Rock, Laura Bush and More Say Goodbye at Opry Memorial

    May 02, 2013 2:08 PM EDT George Jones performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House – whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that this morning's funeral has turned out to be a farewell fit for a…

  3. Is Kanye West Releasing New Album In June?

    May 02, 2013 11:27 AM EDT Update: Wilson retracts Def Jam's confirmation.   Clarity: Kanye West album release date has NOT been confirmed. Apologies to Chris Atlas. — Elliott Wilson (@ElliottWilson) May 2, 2013   Kanye West returned to Twitter today (May 2) to announce the release date of his sixth studio album…

  4. Chance the Rapper Talks 'Acid Rap' Mixtape & Navigating Major Labels

    May 01, 2013 1:03 PM EDT "My plan is to get in people’s face as hard as Chief Keef did, possibly harder." – Chance the Rapper In high school, Chance the Rapper was the kid with the backpack full of CDs, hustling in hallways, foisting his latest mixtape on unsuspecting classmates. Now he plays coy in…

  5. Michael Jackson's Private Life, Final Day on Display in Civil Trial

    April 30, 2013 9:37 PM EDT A paramedic on the scene the day of the King of Pop's death testified in the Tuesday trial proceedings. Jurors in the civil case between Michael Jackson's mother and concert giant AEG Live got another glimpse of the singer's private life on Tuesday through the eyes of a…

  6. 20 Songs Named After Other Musicians: The Wanted's 'Walks Like Rihanna' & More

    April 30, 2013 2:44 PM EDT So far this week, the Wanted has returned with a new single that tips its cap to the body language of a certain Barbadian pop princess ("She can't sing, she can't dance/But who cares, she walks like Rihanna!" goes the chorus), and Lil Kim has jumped on a Tiffany Foxx…

  7. Michael Jackson's Struggle With Drugs Detailed on Opening Day of Civil Trial

    April 30, 2013 9:24 AM EDT Michael Jackson's struggle against drug addiction was put on display Monday during opening statements at his mother's wrongful death case against concert promoter AEG Live. Competing portraits of Jackson emerged during the first hours of the trial, with Katherine Jackson's…

  8. LeAnn Rimes Returning with 'Spitfire'

    April 29, 2013 8:54 PM EDT Collaborators on the upcoming album include Rob Thomas, Jeff Beck and Alison Kraus. LeAnn Rimes is going to heat things up on her new album. The country star's "Spitfire" is dune June 4 on Curb Records, with Rimes sparking up several collaborations: guitarist Jeff Beck and…

  9. George Jones' 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    April 27, 2013 3:40 PM EDT George Jones placed more records on the Billboard Country singles chart than any other artist, with 143 making the top-40, and 13 of those making it all the way to the top slot. We've compiled a list of his top 20 songs, ranked by overall chart performance and based on chart…

  10. Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson Reflect on Rock Hall Induction

    April 19, 2013 10:19 PM EDT Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson salute former band members at Rock Hall Ceremony: 'They should be here.' At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday night, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson saluted past members of their band who were absent…

  11. Rock Hall of Fame Inducts Rush, Public Enemy and Heart at Passionate Ceremony

    April 19, 2013 5:32 AM EDT The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles in more than two decades may as well have been subtitled "A Night to Celebrate Rush" as the Canadian trio's fans packed the Nokia Theater to the rafters and made their presence known. Rock Hall Red…

  12. Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne 'Never' Lands On Pop Songs

    April 15, 2013 3:08 PM EDT Lavigne and Selena Gomez preview forthcoming albums with debuts on Pop Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  13. Spree Wilson Talks Road to 'Life in Technicolor' Album & 'All I Need' Controversy

    April 15, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Spree Wilson is reintroducing Atlanta's beloved bass sub-genre on his upcoming project, "Life in Technicolor," slated to debut on May 1. "I hope people get another idea of what Atlanta music is about and Atlanta in general," the Atlanta-based artist tells The…

  14. Selena Gomez Debuts 'Come and Get It' On MTV Movie Awards

    April 15, 2013 12:31 AM EDT Also, performances from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and host Rebel Wilson The 2013 MTV Movie Awards had plenty of memorable music moments -- highlighted by the premiere performance of Selena Gomez's new song, "Come and Get It." Earlier this month, Jason Evigan, who collaborated…

  15. Drake Takes Shots at Chris Brown, New Songs on the Way

    April 12, 2013 9:03 PM EDT "His insecurities are the reason I make better music than him," Drake said of Brown in a radio interview. Drake took some shots and revealed two new tracks will land next week in an interview with East Village Radio . Speaking to Elliott Wilson on the "Keep It Thoro"…

  16. Ding Dong: Inside the UK Campaign to Make an Anti-Thatcher Song No. 1

    April 12, 2013 11:12 AM EDT UPDATE 4/12: BBC Radio will not play the full "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" song during the Official Chart Show on Sunday, Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper announced. Instead they will play a clip as part of a news item about the "Wizard of Oz" track, which has been…

  17. A History Of Hit Piano Ballads On The Hot 100

    April 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Bruno Mars' new Hot 100 leader 'When I Was Your Man' joins Adele's 2011 smash 'Someone Like You' as the only piano-and-vocal-exclusive No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. Amid a boom of hi-NRG EDM club anthems, stomp-and-clap folk/rock sing-alongs and…

  18. Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails Headline 2013 Made in America Festival

    April 10, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails top an eclectic lineup for Budweiser's second annual Made In America Festival, scheduled to return to Philadelphia for Labor Day weekend on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Jay-Z once again curated this year's roster, but will not perform unlike last year's…

  19. Bruno Mars Lands Fifth Hot 100 No. 1 With 'When I Was Your Man'

    April 10, 2013 12:25 PM EDT The singer has tallied his first five No. 1s faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley. The ascent also results in just the second No. 1 ever for a song featuring only piano and vocals Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" advances 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, granting the…

  20. James Blake, 'Overgrown': Track-By-Track Review

    April 09, 2013 5:15 PM EDT As a 22-year-old in early 2011, James Blake became a cult hero in indie and electronic circles thanks to his eponymous, virtuosic and genre-bending debut album. He was a producer at the bleeding edge of syncopated electronic music who also happened to be a classically trained pianist with…

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