1. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was 1970. Now, in 2014, outrage over police…

  2. New Gil Scott-Heron Album Getting Record Store Day Release: Listen

    April 02, 2014 7:30 PM EDT Gil Scott-Heron’s "Nothing New," a posthumous album of previously unreleased performances, which includes stripped-down new versions of some of his greatest songs, will be released by XL Recordings on 12-inch vinyl in a limited edition of 3,000 copies on Record Store Day, April 19.…

  3. Obama's iPod: From Jay-Z to John Coltrane

    October 29, 2012 9:07 PM EDT President Barack Obama's iPod could pass for a voter outreach tool. Interviewed Monday on Cincinnati radio station WIZF, Obama ran through his musical tastes, an eclectic and all-encompassing list of artists and tracks that reflect the varied coalition of voters he is seeking to attract.…

  4. The xx Announce New Album, 'Coexist'

    June 01, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Indie rock auteurs the xx have announced the details of their long-awaited sophomore album. "Coexist" will be released on Sept. 11 through Young Turks, and one day earlier in the U.K. band's native country. "Coexist" was recorded over the past six months in the band&…

  5. Jay-Z Enters New Musical Heights at Carnegie Hall

    February 07, 2012 9:50 AM EST Many notable artists have performed at Carnegie Hall, but last night (Mon. Feb 6), the stage belonged to Jay-Z . Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is the second hip-hop act to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001, acoompanied by Stevie Wonder , Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston . Jay-Z…

  6. Lana Del Rey's Boy Toy in 'Born to Die' -- Meet Bradley Soileau

    January 25, 2012 11:00 AM EST Who's that guy? If you're a regular watcher of pop music videos of late there's a chance you've asked that a few times, whether while oggling Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Dudley O'Shaughnessy) or Lady Gaga's "Judas" (Norman Reedus). The…

  7. Gil Scott-Heron Memoir Due in January

    December 15, 2011 9:33 PM EST The memoir of influential musician Gil Scott-Heron will be published on Jan. 16, 2012, The Wire reports. The posthumous text is titled "The Last Holiday" and will be released by Canongate. The date, which coincides with Martin Luther King Day, is no accident, as the memoir…

  8. Drake, 'Take Care': Track-by-Track Review

    November 15, 2011 12:40 PM EST Drake 's sophomore studio album, "Take Care," is as much for his fans as it is for him. The 25-year-old Toronto native took his time and care -- no pun intended -- to craft a project that best showcases his life behind the lens. Drake brought along only close friends and family…

  9. Drake Reacts to 'Take Care' Album Leak

    November 06, 2011 11:50 PM EST Nine days before its release date, Drake 's sophomore album has sprung a leak, starting with Just Blaze-produced "Lord Knows," featuring Rick Ross, and "Take Care," featuring Rihanna . The two songs off "Take Care" (Nov. 15) hit the 'net tonight (Nov. 6…

  10. Gil Scott-Heron Honored on Twitter by Eminem, Usher & More

    May 28, 2011 12:07 PM EDT When news broke of the passing of Gil Scott-Heron last night (May 27), artists such as Eminem , Usher , Snoop Dogg , Diddy immediately took to Twitter to pay their respects to the pioneering musican, poet and activist. Here's a look at what some of them had to say about the man, the…

  11. Gil Scott-Heron Dies in New York at Age 62

    May 28, 2011 1:18 AM EDT Musician Gil Scott-Heron , who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday at age 62. A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed…

  12. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber in '10 Most Fascinating People,' T.I.'s New Song with Christina Aguilera

    November 29, 2010 7:20 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber Named One of Barbara Walters' '10 Most Fascinating People' Justin Bieber was one of the 10 people to make it on Barbara Walters' annual "Most Fascinating People" list. He…

  13. Dallas Mavericks Remake Kanye's 'Power' Video, Plus More 'Twisted Fantasy' NBA Teams

    November 29, 2010 4:37 PM EST In between battling injuries and ending the San Antonio Spurs' winning streak, the Dallas Mavericks have apparently been taking a page from Kanye West's playbook. The NBA team unveiled a remake of West's controversial "Power" clip (a.k.a. "moving painting")…

  14. Kanye West Announces 'Dark Twisted Fantasy' Title and Details

    October 05, 2010 10:35 AM EDT After weeks without an official title, Kanye West 's fifth effort will be called "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," the rapper announced on Twitter this morning. The news arrives after West confirmed on Twitter yesterday that the album, originally titled "Good Ass Job,…

  15. Billboard Bits: Kanye Cancels Good Friday, Bieber Makes $300K a Show

    September 30, 2010 6:18 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Makes $300K Per Concert Justin Bieber gets paid a minimum of $300,000 per concert, according to recent reports. The lofty sum is double the price of Weezer ($150K) and Drake ($155K), though the teen…

  16. New Kanye West Track, 'Lost In The World,' Hits Net

    September 29, 2010 11:51 AM EDT A new Kanye West track titled "Lost In The World" hit the net today (Sept. 29) -- the third song from Ye's as-yet-untitled forthcoming album tentatively due in November. Kanye West - "Lost In The World" Feat. Gil Scott-Heron and Bon Iver by Some Kind of Awesome "…

  17. Elvis Costello Cancels Israel Concerts

    May 19, 2010 2:12 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello has cancelled two concerts in Israel this summer because of what he called the "grave and complex" sensitivities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Costello had been invited to appear at the Caesarea amphitheatre north of Tel Aviv on June 30 and…

  18. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 10:25 AM EST J ay-Z , Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem , Faith No More , Thom Yorke , Pavement and the Specials . Other bands and DJs confirmed for the…

  19. This Day in Music

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Tom Noonan, the father of The Billboard Hot 100, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 78. Noonan started at Billboard in 1949, and in the November 12, 1955 issue of the magazine introduced the Top 2006 - Tom Noonan, the father of The Billboard Hot 100, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 78…

  20. This Day in Music

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Tom Noonan, the father of The Billboard Hot 100, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 78. Noonan started at Billboard in 1949, and in the November 12, 1955 issue of the magazine introduced the Top 2006 - Tom Noonan, the father of The Billboard Hot 100, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 78…

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