1. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  2. ‘Hideaway’ Singer Kiesza: Dyslexia 'Makes You More Creative’

    October 16, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Put Kiesza on a rooftop with a rifle and she could probably shoot you down from a block away -- not that she's planning to. Prior to her amazing one-take video for her debut single, "Hideaway," going viral (to the tune of 132 million-plus views since February), the dance-pop…

  3. Christina Aguilera Will Release New Music with 2015 Return to 'The Voice'

    October 15, 2014 6:44 AM EDT Yesterday we learned that, after two seasons away, Christina Aguilera will take back  her judge's chair on NBC's The Voice in early 2015, for season eight. ( Shakira and Gwen Stefani took her place in the interim.) But it won't just be Xtina's return to TV -- it'll…

  4. Taylor Swift's 'Out Of The Woods': Jack Antonoff Reveals Inspiration, New '1989' Song Title

    October 14, 2014 8:20 AM EDT "She's very natural -- when she gets an idea, it just happens very quickly," the Bleachers leader tells Billboard. " Out Of The Woods ," the second song released from Taylor Swift 's upcoming 1989 album, is an epic synth-pop anthem straight from the decade in…

  5. Wiz Khalifa Adds Verse to Makonnen's 'I Don't Sell Molly No More'

    October 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT ILoveMakonnen, the latest singer to sign to Drake 's OVO sound imprint, is making the most of his new spotlight. As Makonnen's "Club Going Up On a Tuesday" climbs the charts (with help from a Drake verse), the Atlanta singer has released a remix of another one of his…

  6. Why 1998 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade -- 1998 and 1999 . If there&…

  7. Simple Minds Share 'Big Music' Tracklist, Post Video for 'Honest Town': Watch

    October 08, 2014 5:41 AM EDT Veteran Scottish alternative rock outfit Simple Minds will release Big Music next month, their first album of new material in five years.  The album is the result of collaborations old and new, including co-writer Iain Cook of Glasgow band Chvrches and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright…

  8. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  9. Grouplove on Tour: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video and Fan Q&A

    October 02, 2014 2:40 PM EDT will go down as the best year ever for Grouplove . With their 2013 album Spreading Rumours making waves on the Alternative charts, the quintet embarked on a mammoth, non-stop world tour earlier this year, booking their largest venues to date and making noteworthy appearances at U.S.…

  10. Tommy Lee's Insights on a Balanced Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle and More Insider Scoop

    September 29, 2014 6:28 PM EDT Tommy Lee's Dr. Feelgood What do Sonic Youth' s Kim Gordon , Aerosmith' s Steven Tyler , Motley Crue' s Tommy Lee , The Runaways' Lita Ford and The Roots ' "Captain" Kirk Douglas have in common? They've all contributed insights on living a…

  11. Snoop Dogg Posts Harsh Steelers Rant After Sunday Game Loss

    September 29, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Snoop Dogg 's signature hit, "Gin and Juice," features the iconic hook, "Sippin' on gin and juice, laaaaaaaaaid back." But this Sunday, the rapper was watching football, and he was a long way from laid back. After the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Tampa Bay…

  12. INXS Mini-Series ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ Poised for Latin America Debut

    September 22, 2014 3:30 AM EDT The TV mini-series that catapulted INXS back to the summit in their homeland is about to air in Latin America, where the Australian rockers’ flame has burned impressively bright.  “Never Tear Us Apart” begins its four-week primetime broadcast via satellite network DirecTV from Monday (Sept.…

  13. Lorde Dazzles at New York City's Pier 97, Covers Kanye West & Bon Iver

    September 15, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Lorde is at a crossroads. A lot of kids her age are drifting between high school and college; Ella Yelich-O'Connor likely fancies herself sort of like Kanye West between College Dropout and Late Registration . On tour with Majical Cloudz, she’s in a space where she can still bask in the…

  14. Rodriguez Lands Three Albums On Australian Sales Chart

    September 01, 2014 12:38 AM EDT Sixto Rodriguez has three albums in the top 30 of this week’s Australian sales chart, fuelled by the announcement of his upcoming national tour and the free-to-air TV broadcast of the Oscar-winning documentary Looking for Sugar Man. The first Rodriguez album Cold Fact  (Inertia) from 1969 is…

  15. Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT If Blur hadn’t made it big, frontman Damon Albarn would’ve been A-OK. He’s a clever guy from a good family, and one way or another, this handsome, multi-talented Londoner was going to leave his mark on the world. The same is not necessarily true for Noel and Liam Gallagher, the brothers…

  16. Jason Aldean & More Country Stars Top Hot Tours

    August 14, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Blake Shelton & Rascal Flatts round out the top 3. Country music dominates the first three slots on the weekly slate of Hot Tours based on ticket sales reported from summer treks by Jason Aldean , Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts . The country headliners are all on the road in North…

  17. Kings Of Leon Cancel Tour Dates, Questlove To Fill In for ‘Tonight Show’ Slot

    August 11, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Kings Of Leon has canceled a raft of live dates to allow drummer Nathan Followill to recover from injuries he sustained in a bus crash. The show, however, will go on at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (Aug. 12). The late night entertainment program’s resident band leader…

  18. Oh Honey Charm with Earnest Folk Pop, '90s Covers at New York City Performance

    August 01, 2014 6:27 PM EDT Oh Honey 's Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins knew they'd get along when they discovered each knew all the words to R. Kelly's "Pregnant." The Brooklyn folk-pop duo broke into a spontaneous a cappella rendition of the song following a round of “‘90s goodness,”…

  19. Jack White Reunites the Dead Weather Wednesday Night in Detroit

    July 31, 2014 10:32 AM EDT The Dead Weather lived again on Wednesday night in Detroit, when the group's Alison Mosshart and Dean Fertita joined Jack White and his band on stage at the city's Masonic Temple Auditorium for a romp though "I Cut LIke a Buffalo" from the group's 2009 debut album…

  20. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

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