1. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  2. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  3. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  4. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  5. Paramore & Beyond: The 10 Most Awesome Things We Saw at Parahoy!

    March 12, 2014 7:10 PM EDT The best of four days at sea with Paramore, Teegan & Sara, New Found Glory and more The maiden voyage of the Parahoy! cruise finally came back to shore yesterday. The four-day excursion to the Bahamas might have been filled with angsty music, but that didn't stop the good vibes…

  6. MC5 Guitarist Goes for Cool Factor in Crafting SXSW Jimi Hendrix Stamp Concert

    March 11, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Wayne Kramer is proudly "a guy that comes from an era of being highly critical of the government -- and is still fairly critical of much of what our government does." But when it comes to putting rock stars on U.S. postage stamps, the MC5 alumnus is all for it. Kramer is curating an…

  7. Parahoy! Day 2: Tegan & Sara Showcase 'Heartthrob'

    March 09, 2014 10:07 AM EDT "I feel like we're at Coachella but on the ocean," gushed Tegan Quin Paramore didn't perform on the first full day at sea (and second overall) of Parahoy! but their supporting cast and plenty of maritime amusements kept the three thousand or so fans in a (mostly) angst…

  8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Drake Lead Hot Rap Songs' 25th Anniversary Rankings

    March 06, 2014 2:08 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have had a monumental run since the 2012 release of their debut album, "The Heist." The duo has performed numerous sold out-shows and recently garnered four Grammy Awards. Now, there's another achievement that the rapper and producer can tuck…

  9. KXM, 'Rescue Me': Video Premiere From Korn, King's X, Lynch Mob Members

    March 06, 2014 12:12 PM EST A one-year-old's birthday party gave birth to rock's latest "supergroup" collaboration. Doug "dUg" Pinnick of King's X and Lynch Mob's George Lynch, formerly of Dokken, were guests at the bash last year for Korn drummer Ray Luzier's son. "It…

  10. Justin Bieber's 'Baby' Hits 1 Billion Vevo Views

    February 24, 2014 12:50 PM EST Justin Bieber's "Baby," his 2010 breakout single, has officially reached 1 billion views on Vevo. Bieber is the youngest artist to achieve this milestone, which also makes "Baby" the streaming platform's most-watched clip ever and the only video to be…

  11. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  12. Prince's 'Plectrum Electrum' Preview: Inside The Late-Night NYC Listening Session

    February 03, 2014 5:41 PM EST After appearing on "New Girl," the Purple One held a quick, quirky party in the wee hours of Monday morning. Even after more than three decades as pop music's strangest cypher, Prince still finds new ways to surprise us. On Sunday (Feb. 2), the notoriously private legend was…

  13. Mötley Crüe to Retire Following Massive Tour

    January 28, 2014 5:11 PM EST One last tour for the metal misfits -- they mean it. Also announced: A country tribute album and film adaptation of "The Dirt" After 30-plus years of world-class debauchery and spinning drum kits, Motley Crue is calling it quits with a 72-city North America tour and a legally…

  14. Will.i.am Pre-GRAMMY Charity Event Raises $2.4M

    January 24, 2014 9:11 PM EST Los Angeles event features performances from Busta Rhymes, Chaka Khan, more It was an old-school party at will.i.am's annual pre-GRAMMY charity concert as veteran rap stars like Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh rocked a capacity crowd along with the likes of Bell Biv DeVoe, Chaka Khan and…

  15. Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor Rock Hard at GRAMMY Rehearsals

    January 24, 2014 7:10 PM EST Between rehearsals of Chicago with Robin Thicke and a super group that brings together Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham and Queens of the Stone Age, the GRAMMYs' consulting sound engineer Doug Mountain took us on a tour of Staples Center and detailed the technology being used…

  16. T.I. & Grand Hustle Sign To Columbia Records

    November 22, 2013 12:44 PM EST The rapper recruits Pharrell Williams to executive produce his upcoming 2014 album. T.I. has announced that he and his Grand Hustle imprint have signed to Columbia Records. T.I. plans to release his upcoming ninth studio album, under Columbia Records, early in 2014. Tip has recruited…

  17. Beck Signs to Capitol, Announces New Album for February

    October 28, 2013 8:35 PM EDT Beck has signed to Capitol Records, with an album of new material -- his first in nearly six years -- scheduled for February 2014. The album, titled "Morning Phase," is billed as a spiritual successor to "Sea Change," Beck's eighth album, even including many of the…

  18. John Cale on Death of Lou Reed: 'I've Lost My 'School-Yard Buddy'

    October 27, 2013 5:16 PM EDT Lou Reed's death leaves multi-instrumentalist John Cale and drummer Moe Tucker as the only living original members of art rock icons Velvet Underground. Cale, who co-founded the group with Reed in 1965, reacted to the news with a simple sentence on his Facebook page on Sunday. "…

  19. Green Day, 'Broadway Idiot': Film Review

    October 11, 2013 3:20 PM EDT "Broadway Idiot" Director: Doug Hamilton Producer: Ira Pittelman Featuring: Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool Distributor: Film Buff Release date: Oct. 10 (CBGB Film Festival), Oct. 11 (New York, on-demand), Oct. 15 (eight one-nighters), Oct. 18 …

  20. Marshall Tucker Band Looks Back to 1995 for 'Live! From Spartanburg' Album

    October 07, 2013 7:00 AM EDT The latest release from the Marshall Tucker Band is definitely a slice of history. "Live! From Spartanburg, South Carolina" is a recording that documents the group's 1995 induction into the South Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Early reviews have been positive, and lead singer…

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