1. The NAMM Show: 7 Must-See Events From Moby to Skynyrd to Peavey's 50th Bash

    January 22, 2015 9:12 AM EST The 113th edition of The NAMM SHOW, the annual music products confab staged by the National Assn. of Music Merchants in Anaheim, Calif. Jan. 22-25, will bring together techno star Moby , Lynyrd Skynyrd , George Clinton , Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and gearheads galore. The trade show…

  2. The Making of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah': A Q&A With Engineer Russell Elevado

    December 22, 2014 4:52 PM EST For D'Angelo fans, Christmas came early last week: The singer unexpectedly released Black Messiah , his first full-length since 2000. One of the many things that sets the album apart is its sound: dense and deep, full of intricate details, somehow welcoming and warm and vicious all at…

  3. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Out at Midnight Tonight: Track List Revealed & Title Explained

    December 14, 2014 6:12 PM EST D'Angelo 's long-awaited full-length album, Black Messiah , will be out Sunday night, according to a Tweet by collaborator Q-Tip. It was confirmed by reps at a listening party Sunday that the LP will be released at midnight. @dangleo  album out 2nite! Black Messiah! — QTip (…

  4. Jay Z Has Lawsuit Over One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    December 09, 2014 4:35 PM EST When it comes to unlicensed samples, New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan has limits. On Monday, he dismissed TufAmerica's lawsuit claiming that Jay Z and his record companies violated copyright by sampling an "oh" on the song "Run This Town," released on the album…

  5. Kendrick Lamar Releases Groovy Video for 'i'

    November 04, 2014 2:39 PM EST Kendrick Lamar loves himself enough to dance. In his new music video, the rapper draws inspiration from the shiny '70s grooves that form the backbone of his single "i." The track, currently at No. 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart , is different from Lamar's…

  6. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the…

  7. Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    July 23, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Marvin Gaye's family "smelled money," says a motion for summary judgment that argues that last year's summer hit isn't substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." One year ago, the world was grooving to "Blurred Lines" when the song of the summer…

  8. Bonnaroo: 10 Most Legendary Moments

    June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT From Beck's puppetry to D'Angelo's comeback to Macca's epic set, these are the 10 most unforgettable moments from the Tennessee fest. The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival , another weekend of heat, porta-potties and hopefully great rock moments out in a field in…

  9. Chuck D On Kiss' Rock Hall Honor: 'They Deserve to Be Inducted'

    April 10, 2014 4:54 PM EDT As the world prepares for Kiss to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, another recent Hall of Famer is coming out in support of the band’s induction. His name may surprise you: Chuck D. “Personally,” the Public Enemy co-founder says, “I always felt Kiss deserved to be inducted.” That feeling…

  10. Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways' Dropped From 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    March 27, 2014 4:55 PM EDT A quick update on the litigation involving Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," one of last year's biggest songs. Thanks to an agreement between the parties, Bridgeport Music is no longer a defendant as of Wednesday. That means that the lawsuit won't be considering whether…

  11. Record Label Sues Moby Over Decades-Old Samples

    March 25, 2014 9:10 PM EDT VMG Salsoul, a New York-based disco and funk record label, is attempting to once again rewind the clock to a time when sampling might have been a more legally-loose endeavor. Just four months after losing a lawsuit over Madonna's "Vogue," Salsoul has picked a new target -- Moby…

  12. De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 03, 2014 10:20 AM EST Twenty-five years ago today (March 3), De La Soul's seminal debut LP, "3 Feet High and Rising," was released. Widely-regarded as one of the best records of its era, and now almost universally praised, it's among the finest projects spawned by the Native Tongue…

  13. Madonna Wins 'Vogue' Sampling Lawsuit

    November 18, 2013 7:27 PM EST A lawsuit claiming that Madonna and producer Robert "Shep" Pettibone illegally sampled a tune on her 1990 international hit "Vogue," has been resolved with a ruling favor of the defendants. The original lawsuit was filed in July by VMG Salsoul, the copyright owner of a…

  14. Marvin Gaye's Family Sues EMI Over Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

    October 30, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Marvin Gaye's family is responding in a major way to Robin Thicke's lawsuit claiming that "Blurred Lines" wasn't stolen from Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." On Wednesday, the family went nuclear with counterclaims that allege that Thicke stole the…

  15. Robin Thicke Sues to Protect 'Blurred Lines' From Marvin Gaye's Family

    August 16, 2013 3:20 PM EDT In order to shield "Blurred Lines," the hottest hit of the summer, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. are going to court. A lawsuit was filed Thursday in California federal court by the trio against Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music, which owns…

  16. Mavis Staples Talks Collabing With Wilco's Jeff Tweedy On New Album

    June 02, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Mavis Staples has achieved every one of her life goals -- except for starring in a movie. “I told Justin Timberlake, ‘Look, Justin, your next movie, don’t forget about me. I’ll play the grandma,” says the 73-year- old singer, who began her career with family band the Staples Singers as a…

  17. Pop Shop Picks: Janelle Monae, John Newman, Michael Franti & More

    May 17, 2013 6:16 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! JANELLE MONAE FEAT. ERYKAH…

  18. Parliament-Funkadelic Bassist Cordell 'Boogie' Mosson Dead at 60

    April 24, 2013 3:54 PM EDT Cordell "Boogie" Mosson (pictured above, far left), longtime bassist for George Clinton's legendary Parliament-Funkadelic, died last Thursday (April 18) at the age of 60. No official cause of death has been given. Mosson was born October 16, 1952 and grew up in Plainfield, NJ…

  19. Coachella 2013: Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Light Up the Desert on Day 1

    April 13, 2013 8:44 AM EDT Daft Punk's album teaser, How to Destroy Angels, Tegan & Sara, Alt-J, Johnny Marr and more action onstage and backstage at California's massive music festival ŸAdditional reporting by Nicole Pajer COACHELLA 2013 • COACHELLA PHOTOS • Watch: Coachella Live Stream • Analysis:…

  20. D'Angelo, Questlove Jam at Brooklyn Bowl

    March 05, 2013 1:03 PM EST D'Angelo and Questlove's 'Soulquarians: Brothers In Arm' soul session at New York's Brooklyn Bowl on Monday (Mar. 4) teetered towards the religious. The intimate set -- orchestrated by only the singer behind the keys and the Roots drummer -- effectively…

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