1. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes and More Day 3 Highlights

    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Following headlining sets by respected rock deities Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the third and final day (July 20) of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival belonged to hip-hop kingpin Kendrick Lamar, who brought his A-game to Chicago’s Union Park to wind…

  2. Casting Company Apologizes for Offensive 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call

    July 19, 2014 10:43 PM EDT The company behind a casting call that caused an uproar is saying sorry. In a casting call for the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” Sande Alessi Casting put out a call earlier this week seeking women in different categories. Universal Distances Itself From 'Straight Outta Compton&…

  3. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor Contemplates Future of Music, Keeping It Fresh on the Road

    July 19, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed) Trent Reznor Still Fuming From GRAMMYS: ‘It Was An…

  4. The Best Headphones Under $15: Which Pairs Make the Grade?

    July 18, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Apple has just taken Beats Electronics under its wing , so these days, there is plenty of funding attached to Beats by Dre and those iconic white earbuds everyone seems to have a pair of somewhere in their drawer. But what about headphones on a budget? Surely there must be some decent options…

  5. Universal Distances Itself From 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call

    July 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film. The company said in a statement late Thursday that "the filmmakers ... did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting…

  6. Eminem Brings Dr. Dre On Stage at Historic Wembley Stadium Concert In London: Watch

    July 12, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Eminem made history Friday night (July 11) as the first rapper to headline London’s Wembley Stadium. Odd Future to Open For Eminem at London's Wembley Stadium During the show, his first London appearance since playing the now-defunct Docklands Arena 2001, included a surprise…

  7. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  8. Kanye Sermonizes on Racism in Fashion, Dangers of Celebrity at London's Wireless Festival (Video)

    July 05, 2014 6:38 PM EDT We knew Kanye West was celebrating the Fourth of July by performing at the Wireless Festival in London, ironically in the country from which America won its independence, but now we know that he spent the day doing what he does best: preaching to fans about the dangers of fame, fashion and…

  9. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen, Calvin Harris Also Make the Cut

    June 30, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Queen B reigns supreme in Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which was released Monday. Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Katy Perry were also in the top 10 on the list that rates the cultural icons success and influence against one another.  Beyonce runs the show after a year that included 95 massive gigs…

  10. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  11. Man Stabbed at BET Awards Pre-Show Party: Update

    June 29, 2014 4:52 PM EDT UPDATED: Two separate violent events occurred at locations hosting preshow parties, with one victim dead from gunshot wounds. Two separate violent incidents — a shooting and stabbing — occurred on Saturday night and early Sunday at Los Angeles events where preshow parties were held ahead…

  12. Kanye West Teaches Fashion for Community Service

    June 25, 2014 5:09 AM EDT Leave it to Kanye West to avoid doing any dirty work for community service, following the 250-hour sentence he received in March after attacking a photographer at LAX. Instead, in true Yeezus style, the rapper is serving his time by teaching fashion at L.A. Trade Technical College. Kanye…

  13. Kanye West's Entire Cannes Interview: On Jay Z, Beats By Dre & Twitter

    June 24, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Kanye West's candid interview during last week's "Technology, Culture and Consumer Adoption: Learning To Read The Cultural Landscape" seminar at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has finally arrived online in full. Watch Yeezus discuss the Beats-Apple…

  14. Firefly 2014 Saturday Highlights: Outkast, Imagine Dragons, Tegan & Sara and More

    June 22, 2014 11:40 AM EDT “Dover, Delaware, on the first day of summer! I’m so excited I don’t know what to do,” said Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins as the band took the stage for their afternoon set at the third annual Firefly Music Festival.That sentiment was shared by the event’s 80,000 attendees on June…

  15. Ed Sheeran Plays New ‘x’ Songs, Shares Stories at iHeartRadio Theater LA Album Release Party

    June 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT How did a Passover dinner lead to Ed Sheeran in the studio with Pharrell, Diplo and Skrillex? Ed Sheeran Announces 'x' Album Release Party, IHeartRadio Festival Performance When Sheeran took to the stage at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on June 17 for a Pepsi-sponsored release…

  16. N.W.A Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Shares Cast Photo & Release Date

    June 19, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Starring O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E, the Universal film takes the slot originally reserved for the next "Bourne" installment. Universal Pictures announced Wednesday that its N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta…

  17. D'Angelo's Album Will Be Out in 2014, Touring in October, Manager Insists

    June 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT It's been so long, with so many false alarms, you start to lose track. D'Angelo 's long-awaited follow-up to his classic 2000 album "Voodoo" was supposed to come out in 2007. Then 2009. Then 2010. Then he started touring, for the first time in 10 years, in 2011 and…

  18. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  19. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit of it in deeply moral terms. For Jobs, that…

  20. Nico & Vinz Goes Top 10: Norwegian Duo On The Making of 'Am I Wrong'

    June 17, 2014 2:44 PM EDT "We always knews it was possible to reach outside of Norway with our music," says Nico Sereba. Nico & Vinz's pop smash is called "Am I Wrong," but so far the song can only do right. The Norwegian duo's debut chart entry leapfrogged into the top 10 of the…

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