1. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  2. Brian Williams 'Raps' Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' on 'Fallon' (Video)

    June 17, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon debuted the latest mashup Monday as the late-night talk show kicked off a week in Orlando. Brian Williams’ latest rap opened the Tonight Show’s weeklong stint in Orlando, Fla. — and it was a doozy. Two months after Williams’ “Gin and Juice” mashup, Jimmy Fallon unveiled a the…

  3. David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' Reopens Off-Broadway, Bringing Fatboy Slim Show to London

    May 03, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The disco beat of David Byrne goes on and on at New York’s Public Theater, where "Here Lies Love" -- the musical based on Byrne’s and Fatboy Slim’s 2010 concept album of the same name about the life of Filipino leader Imelda Marcos -- kicked off its commercial run on Thursday…

  4. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  5. Brian Williams Raps About 'Gin and Juice' on 'The Tonight Show': Watch

    April 22, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon invited one of his favorite guests back to "The Tonight Show" on Monday -- "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams. True to form, Williams was the subject of another "Rapper's Delight" video , which featured the familiar formula of clips of him…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Ross Cooper's 'Give It Time' (Exclusive Video Premiere)

    April 09, 2014 10:46 AM EDT On March 18, Ross Cooper released his latest disc, "Give It Time." The singer told Billboard that he just so happened to be connected to iTunes on his computer early that morning – very early. "I really nerded out," Cooper admitted to The 615. "I wanted to be the…

  7. Gwar's Top 5 Mainstream Moments: Fox News, 'Beavis & Butt-Head' & More

    March 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Gwar was never meant for the mainstream. Since founding the band in 1984, singer Oderus Urungus (aka David Brockie) was on an unrepentant mission to be as outrageous and socially unacceptable as possible. Costumes of oversized battle armor, offensive lyrics and brutal music were his…

  8. Merle Haggard Tribute Album Gets Release Date

    March 20, 2014 11:47 PM EDT Broken Bow Records -- a label that has gained a reputation in Music City for their unique and trend setting ways of doing things -- will soon be paying tribute to a country music legend who has done things in his own trailblazing way for over five decades, Merle Haggard. On April 1, the label…

  9. Bottoms Up! The 15 Biggest Drinking Songs

    March 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There were four songs charting on the Hot 100 this spring that allude to either being tipsy from love or just flat out tossing back a brew for the heck of it. Beyonce's Cognac-soaked "Drunk in Love" collab with husband Jay Z, Brantley Gilbert says "Bottoms Up,"…

  10. Coldplay Debuts Trippy 'Midnight' Video: Watch

    February 25, 2014 1:07 PM EST Coldplay has unveiled a haunting video for new song "Midnight," an atmospheric track absent of the anthemic rock elements of earlier chart-toppers, but overflowing with hints that Chris Martin and company have been spinning Bon Iver records pretty hard as they prep a sixth…

  11. Gin Blossoms, David Byrne, Journey Rise to Benefit Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

    November 22, 2013 3:45 PM EST For more than 40 years benefit concerts have served as a conduit for emergency aid to disaster-stricken areas of the world. Their success hinges on hurried planning and requires whirlwind agreements between musicians and venues, sponsors and TV networks. "Up to that time, no one really…

  12. Celine Dion Loves Fans 'Back to Life' at Intimate NYC Show: Review

    October 30, 2013 1:38 PM EDT Watching Celine Dion play to a crowd one-twentieth of the size she sells out some 100 nights a year in Las Vegas Tuesday night was not unlike watching LeBron James nail an hour's worth of slam dunks during a private session. Dion performed an intimate concert for Pandora Presents at…

  13. N.W.A, 'Straight Outta Compton' at 25: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    August 08, 2013 12:43 PM EDT N.W.A formed out of the ashes of the Los Angeles electro group World Class Wrecking Cru, which counted Dr. Dre and DJ Yella among its membership. In 1987, Dre found himself in jail pleading for help from group manager Alonzo Williams, who refused to bail him out because of an unpaid debt…

  14. Mark McGrath Talks Summerland Tour Split, New Sugar Ray & 'Idol' Judges Table

    June 27, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Singer says Sugar Ray's next album will likely be posted for free on its web site. Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath says there's no hard feelings between him and Everclear's Art Alexakis after the two Summerland Tour co-founders parted ways for the coming season. "I thought…

  15. Miley Cyrus' Top 10 Best Singles (So Far)

    May 31, 2013 4:55 PM EDT Can't wait for "We Can't Stop"? Listen to this rundown of Miley's top radio cuts to date. On Monday (June 3), Miley Cyrus officially returns with "We Can't Stop," the Mike WiLL Made-It-produced first single from her forthcoming fourth studio album,…

  16. Daft Punk Reveal 'Random Access Memories' Vinyl: Video and Photos

    May 13, 2013 9:56 AM EDT With the release of Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" only a week-and-change away (May 21 on Columbia), the pioneering dance duo are pulling the shrink-wrap off the set with a new video giving fans a first look at the album's vinyl packaging. Set in what resembles a…

  17. Lil Wayne Loses Pepsi Deal Over Emmett Till Lyric Controversy

    May 03, 2013 5:54 PM EDT PepsiCo is cutting its ties with Lil Wayne after the rapper made a crude reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a song. Lil Wayne, one of the biggest stars in pop music, had a deal to promote the company's Mountain Dew soda. Earlier this week, PepsiCo also pulled an online ad…

  18. Snoop Lion, 'Reincarnated': Track-By-Track Review

    April 23, 2013 1:22 PM EDT Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, announced his embracement of the Rastafarian way of life following a visit to Jamaica in 2012. While there he took part in reasoning sessions with Rastafarian elders, among them The Wailers’ sole living founding member Bunny Wailer. The elders’…

  19. Joe Bonamassa Taps Quieter Side with 'Acoustic Evening' Live Album

    March 18, 2013 10:54 PM EDT "This is the first time I ever decided to do a full-on, whole-hog acoustic show," Bonamassa says of the surprising DVD and live CD. We've grown used to seeing Joe Bonamassa with an electric guitar in his hands since he was a teen prodigy. But he his new CD and DVD -- "An…

  20. Justin Timberlake Wraps 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' Stay with 'History of Rap 4' and Old Hits

    March 16, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Timberlake and Fallon rapped classics from Snoop, Biggie, Slick Rick and 50. Then JT performed his oldies. Yesterday Justin Timberlake wrapped up his week-long residency as guest performer on” Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” During the four days prior, Justin’s sat on the couch to chat…

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