1. As the NFL Faces Scrutiny, the Titans Play Aggro Pre-Game Song

    September 15, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The NFL is struggling to deal with its image after a video recently surfaced showing the running back Ray Rice hitting his wife in an elevator. A warm-up song played on Sunday before a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville didn't help things.…

  2. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  3. Robert Ellis, Hamilton Leithauser, Caitlin Rose Heading to Deer Tick's Newport Folk Fest Afterparties (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For the past several years, Deer Tick takes over the town of Newport, R.I.'s Blues Cafe for their legendary Newport Folk Festival afterparties, which have featured such luminaries as Jackson Browne, Jim James, and Dawes. They're doing it again this weekend, bringing with them…

  4. NFL Player 'Snapped' Over Girlfriend's Fling With Nelly: Court Docs

    May 16, 2014 6:18 PM EDT The woman who alleges that defensive end Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers assaulted and threatened to kill her said he "just snapped" after an argument over her short-lived relationship with rapper Nelly, according to new court documents released Thursday . In a Charlotte Police…

  5. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney's wife, Jan, told The Hollywood Reporter…

  6. Elton John's Film Company Acquires Rights to Animated 'Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Film

    February 05, 2014 7:37 PM EST Elton John's Rocket Pictures has acquired the film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's global hit play "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and will adapt it as an animated family feature in association with Webber's the Really Useful Group. Based…

  7. Ariana Grande Updates 'Last Christmas' For First Holiday Release: Listen

    November 19, 2013 11:18 AM EST Ariana Grande has opted to put a thoroughly modern R&B spin on Wham!'s holiday staple "Last Christmas" as the first entry in her Christmas song release series. Listen below: The iconic refrain of "Last Christmas" remains in Grande's update, with some…

  8. Elton John, Tom Hardy Arrive in Santa Monica to Tout Biopic 'Rocketman'

    November 06, 2013 11:08 PM EST Who cares about jet lag when you can have breakfast with Elton John and Tom Hardy? The pop icon and star turned up at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Santa Monica to personally tout Rocketman, the Elton John biopic that will star Hardy. Leading foreign sales outfit Good Universe hosted the…

  9. Tom Hardy Cast as Elton John in 'Rocketman' Biopic

    October 23, 2013 10:00 PM EDT "Rocketman," the upcoming Elton John biopic, has grabbed British actor Tom Hardy for the role of the eccentric performer, Deadline reports . Hardy, 36, famously portrayed supervillain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," along with roles in "Inception" "Tinker…

  10. New York Fashion Week Runway Jams: Day 3

    September 08, 2013 2:00 PM EDT The Hook columnist Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on Spring NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates with the hottest cuts. MORE FASHION WEEK: 10 Epic FW Music Moments | Janelle Monáe Sings At Minkoff Show   DAY 3:…

  11. Franz Ferdinand Take 'Right' Turn With Album That Almost Didn't Happen

    August 27, 2013 4:13 PM EDT Glasgow, Scotland, dance-rock act Franz Ferdinand is back with its first album in four-and-a-half years. But singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos admits the comeback almost didn't happen. "I met up with (bassist) Bob (Hardy) before we started this record and had a very forthright…

  12. 50 Cent, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin'' at 10: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    February 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST Ten years ago today, the hip-hop landscape shifted. 50 Cent, a young upstart from Queens, New York, put the rap game in a chokehold with the release of his debut studio album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." The album was an audio snapshot of a hustler balancing machismo with…

  13. Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba Goes Solo: 'It's Gonna Be Loud'

    May 04, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba has been especially prolific these last ten months, releasing with his band an album of acoustically performed chestnuts, "Damnesia," last summer, then an EP as theHELL , a side project with Angels & Airwaves' Atom Willard. Now he's…

  14. Deer Tick's John McCauley Started a Joke, Ended Up With Diamond Rugs

    April 25, 2012 6:30 PM EDT New Indie Supergroup Includes Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, Now Helping With Next Deer Tick Album John McCauley's association with Los Lobos' Steve Berlin in the new indie supergroup Diamond Rugs is yielding dividends for his other band, Deer Tick. Currently on the road promoting…

  15. Madonna, 'MDNA': Track-By-Track Review

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST Deluxe Explicit Album Bonus Tracks: "Beautiful Killer" A concept song, certainly. Madonna goes on about how there's a "gun in my mouth" and "maybe that's what you've been dreaming about" and "maybe I'll let you shoot me down." There&…

  16. Madonna Releases 'Give Me All Your Luvin' Video & Single

    February 03, 2012 9:10 AM EST Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. Co-Star in the Football-Themed Clip Madonna 's finally giving all her "Luvin" to her fans. Track Review: Madonna, 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' "Give Me All Your Luvin'," the long-waited first single from Madonna's…

  17. When Will Deer Tick Split? 'If Someone Dies or Quits'

    November 18, 2011 11:50 AM EST Founder John McCauley Says 'Nobody at This Point Could Be Replaced' With its fourth album, "Divine Providence," Rhode Island's Deer Tick has finally become "a real band" -- which is what founder John McCauley says he originally envisioned seven years ago. …

  18. Rihanna Unveils 'You da One' Single: Listen

    November 11, 2011 9:50 AM EST As promised, Rihanna has unveiled "You da One," the second single from her sixth studio album "Talk That Talk," 10 days before the album's release. The pop star let fans "unlock" the song on her Facebook page beginning Friday morning (Nov. 11). Slated as the…

  19. Fitz & The Tantrums Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    November 03, 2011 2:20 PM EDT Our Tastemakers video series presents a closer look at -- and an exclusive performance from -- the cool artists hitting the Billboard Tastemakers chart , which brings you the top-selling albums each week based on an influential panel of indie stores and small regional chains. For Fitz and The…

  20. Florence Welch's Fashion: 'It's Not Inner Turmoil. It's Total Escapism'

    October 04, 2011 11:30 PM EDT Florence Welch graces the cover of this week's Billboard Magazine , and while the singer revealed her musical inspirations in the piece, I thought it would be beyond appropriate to see what makes this fiery singer's style tick. The Florence + The Machine singer not only inspires…

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