1. In Defense of the 'Step Up' Movies

    August 08, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The dance film series is secretly the most fun movie franchise out there. Here's why I'm all in on "Step Up." You can keep your X-Men, your Spider-Men, your Transformer-Men. Every other summer, a Step Up movie will be released, and that movie will be my summer jam.…

  2. Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 08, 2014 12:40 PM EDT There comes a time in every young man’s life when he must put on a snug tuxedo and gleaming white socks and go his own way. For Michael Jackson , that time was 35 years ago, on August 10, 1979. It was then, weeks shy of his 21st birthday, that Jackson released Off the Wall , the album that…

  3. Napalm Death's Barney Greenway Speaks to Being Loved by Indonesia's New President

    August 08, 2014 11:07 AM EDT The reformer likes his music brutal... not his government. Last week, Indonesia -- a country long embattled and embittered by corruption and violence -- elected Governor Joko Widodo of Jakarta as its new president. His favorite music? Metallica . Slayer . Napalm Death . Randy Blythe , singer…

  4. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  5. Exclusive Video Premiere: Watch Galantis Race Around Coachella in 'Help' Video

    August 07, 2014 11:55 AM EDT The Swedish electronic duo's new music video is packed with live footage from its first North American tour. Galantis, the electronic duo of Swedish songwriter-producers Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklow, are debuting a music video for "Help" -- a big, pop-infused dance…

  6. AIM's Labelled With Love Fest Unveils Lineup

    August 07, 2014 11:47 AM EDT AIM, the independent music trade body in the UK, has announced the lineup for its Labelled With Love festival. Over 20 indie labels have collaborated to curate the shows, which run from Aug. 3 through Oct. 4 at venues in Bath, Derby, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham. Hyperdub'…

  7. Linkin Park: Co-Headlining Tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars Has Been a 'Long Time' Coming

    August 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT "Not only has Thirty Seconds to Mars grown tremendously over the last several years … they're amazing live," says the group's Chester Bennington. Doing the upcoming Carnivores Tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars is no chance pairing for Linkin Park. Apparently it's a…

  8. RCA Promotes Publicity Veterans Borden, Weinstein Dennison, Abzug

    August 07, 2014 9:36 AM EDT It's promotion week at RCA Records. On the heels of longtime publicity head Mika El-Baz 's elevation to executive vp of west coast , the label has announced that three members of her staff have also been bumped up. Theola Borden and Sarah Weinstein Dennison have been promoted from…

  9. Cody Bryan Band on the 'Dangerous Love' Behind Their 'Wreck Me' Album

    August 06, 2014 6:29 PM EDT The Cody Bryan Band's latest album, Wreck Me , has been out for a few months now, but the Texas-based band's frontman said they have really picked up the pace of promoting it. "We put out our first single, and we did our first radio tour through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and…

  10. Album Review: Electronic Producer Porter Robinson's Dramatic 'Worlds' Is Ideal Headphone Music

    August 06, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Porter Robinson’s Worlds is the product of EDM exhaustion. The 22-year-old electronic producer played nearly every major music festival in 2011 and 2012, delivering well-manicured, crowd-pleasing bangers to the masses. But the used-up arrangements of big-room house and an increasingly…

  11. 10 Best Fan Signs at One Direction's Show

    August 06, 2014 3:41 PM EDT The signs on the stadium floor were (almost) better than the stadium show itself. Here are the 10 funniest. A One Direction stadium concert is unlike any current experience in pop music because of the fandom involved -- weeping teen girls, inexorable screams and dozens upon dozens of fan…

  12. Paramore Cancels Monumentour Dates as Hayley Williams Battles Exhaustion

    August 06, 2014 10:58 AM EDT But she'll be good to go for Aug. 7's show in Albuquerque, N.M. Hayley Williams is one of rock’s most charismatic performers, the type who truly leaves it all on the stage every night. But Williams is human after all -- a chest infection and general exhaustion forced her to cancel…

  13. Whitney Houston Biopic Actor Defends Lifetime Movie

    August 05, 2014 11:18 PM EDT "Let her rest." That was Whitney Houston's mother's message for the makers of the upcoming Lifetime biopic about her daughter. But the actor who plays Bobby Brown in theAngela Bassett-directed TV movie told The Hollywood Reporter that while he understands where the late…

  14. Call Her Mrs. West: Kim Kardashian Shares Name Change With New Passport Photo

    August 05, 2014 9:05 PM EDT A couple months after making an honest man outta Kanye West , reality TV star Kim Kardashian has made it official: she's Mrs. West now, you guys. How are we privy to such details? Oh come on, she told us. Kardashian West took to Instagram on Tuesday to share of-all-things her new…

  15. Azealia Banks Channels Houdini, Rides Dirt Bikes in 'Heavy Metal' Video: Watch

    August 05, 2014 7:21 PM EDT Azealia Banks is kidnapped, bound and left for dead in the dusty wilds in her new video for "Heavy Metal and Reflective," the fiery rapper's first offering since departing Universal Music last month. Tied to a chair by some guy in a truck, Banks wastes little time and quickly…

  16. One Direction Debut Commercial Behind New Perfume 'You & I'

    August 05, 2014 2:56 PM EDT Sure to be topping holiday wish lists for teenage girls (and, no judgment, maybe a couple of aunts), One Direction have released a commercial for their newest fragrance, "You & I." The name, taken from their Midnight Memories hit of the same name, was no doubt picked for the…

  17. The Chainsmokers Want to Be Like 'Kanye' on '#Selfie' Follow-Up

    August 05, 2014 12:03 PM EDT The Chainsmokers' tongue-in-cheek ode to gleeful narcissism, "#Selfie," was one of 2014's inescapable breakout dance hits, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Now the New York City duo is back with "Kanye," an anthemic EDM ode to…

  18. Jason Aldean Named Top Digital Male Country Artist (Ever) By RIAA

    August 05, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Jason Aldean now owns the distinction of being the most downloaded dude in country music history. On Monday (Aug. 4), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that the star has notched over 21.5 million certified digital song downloads or on-demand streams, making him…

  19. Nortec Collective Premiere New Track 'Camino Verde': Listen

    August 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT If anyone partied like it was 1999, it was the guys from Nortec Collective.  After all, it was the year that the ensemble was founded. And in many ways, they were ahead of the pack using technology to create music, beats and fresh rhythms heard around the world from music halls to…

  20. Drake Welcomes Usher, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill And Many More To Fifth Annual OVO Fest

    August 05, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Drake’s OVO Festival is like hip-hop Christmas in Toronto – you anticipate it every year but you never know what you’re gonna get. Prior years have brought surprise cameos from the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , or Diddy, Mase, Kanye West and Lil Wayne , and this year’s…

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