1. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  2. Watch Killer Mike Talk Ferguson on Fox News

    August 28, 2014 6:04 PM EDT Since writing a thought-provoking op-ed for Billboard about Ferguson, Mo. , Killer Mike has appeared on CNN and, now, Fox News to talk about the ongoing tensions following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Interviewed by Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (aka onetime MTV VJ Kennedy …

  3. Exclusive: Steve Aoki on 'Neon Future,' Working With Fall Out Boy & Trying to Live Forever

    August 28, 2014 5:23 PM EDT The superstar DJ also explains hooking up with Guitar Center for "The Greatest Feeling on Earth" campaign When you're Steve Aoki -- one of the planet's highest-paid, hardest-working DJs -- life is understandably quite busy. But unlike many other workaholic musicians, it&…

  4. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  5. Chase Rice 'Ignite's Top Country Albums Chart

    August 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT The former 'Survivor' star wins this week's chart challenge. Plus, Blake Shelton blasts in with his new single 'Neon Light.' Chase Rice , singer/songwriter and 2010 runner-up on CBS' Survivor: Nicaragua , storms in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums…

  6. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first Monday…

  7. Ed Sheeran Brings His One-Man Band to L.A.'s Staples Center: Concert Review

    August 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Can one man with no band, no backup singers, no dancers, and no stage-mates whatsoever entertain a crowd of nearly 20,000? That question was answered Wednesday night at L.A.'s Staples Center when Ed Sheeran hit the stage with just a guitar and a loop pedal, and the answer was a 20,000…

  8. Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman Channels Dissent and Tents at Burning Man

    August 28, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Burning Man, the annual art-aspirational and fifty-thousand-person-strong desert commune known for its loose barter system and for recently having been overrun by the technorati , is currently in the third day of its twenty-eighth year. While the event long ago lost any strong claim to being…

  9. Merchandise Talks 'After the End,' Punk Culture & Hating Morrissey Comparisons

    August 28, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Merchandise’s Carson Cox knows that life will always be in flux. He used to be straight edge; now he’s not. He used to be vegetarian; he now eats meat. The Tampa-based band he fronts used to be signed to a small, D.I.Y.-minded label; now they’re with 4AD, which one might call a “major indie.”…

  10. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100

    August 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to a monster first week for 'Shake It Off,' Swift rattles and rolls to No. 1. Taylor Swift takes over as the top artist in the U.S., as she vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 , marking her first week atop the chart. She'd re-entered the list at No. 69 last week…

  11. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours Truly ,…

  12. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

  13. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

  14. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock…

  15. Kate Bush Makes Live Return Following 35 Year Hiatus: Review

    August 26, 2014 11:34 PM EDT Thirty-five years after making her last live performance, Kate Bush finally delivered what many of her fans thought they would never get to see: a triumphant, hit-filled and characteristically theatrical return to the stage. Appearing at London’s Hammersmith Apollo -- the scene of her last…

  16. National Dog Day: 6 Best Music Videos With Dogs

    August 26, 2014 9:22 PM EDT Puppies! Happy National Dog Day ! Sure, this is a totally made-up holiday, but any excuse to look at cute puppy pictures is fine by us. Or, better yet, you could look at cute puppy videos . Below, we list the six best music videos that include dogs. There are a surprising number of videos…

  17. BET Apologizes for Blue Ivy Joke Read By Karrueche Tran

    August 26, 2014 5:03 PM EDT On Monday night, Aug. 25, Beyoncé 's loyal fanbase, the Beyhive, came after Chris Brown 's girlfriend and on-air personality Karrueche Tran after she recited a tasteless joke about Bey and Jay Z 's daughter, Blue Ivy. BET's 106 & Park aired a segment in which they…

  18. Ariana Grande's Fashion Focus: Breaking Down Her Many Confident Looks

    August 26, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Ariana Grande is frequently compared to young Mariah Carey for her vocal and emotional range, but that's not where the similarities end. Both Carey's debut, Emotions , and Grande's latest, My Everything , depict the vocalists in whimsical generational repose, Carey mid-flip and…

  19. Transformation Tuesday: Miley Cyrus, Humanitarian?

    August 26, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After using her VMA win to put a spotlight on youth homelessness, we may have an Angelina Jolie-in-the-making on our hands. Miley Cyrus  knows how to keep people guessing -- she's done it for more than half of her life, ever since she became a teen queen on Disney cultural…

  20. Tribune Company Names John Batter New Gracenote CEO, Plans 'Aggressive' Expansion

    August 26, 2014 8:16 AM EDT Tribune Media Company has named John Batter as the new chief executive of Gracenote, a provider of audio and video metadata and recognition services, as well as executive vice president at Tribune Media. Interim chief executive Shashi Seth , who also had the role of president at Tribune…

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