1. N.W.A Biopic Casts MC Ren & DJ Yella Roles

    July 29, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. round out the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast. Universal's N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is rounding out the cast, adding Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. They'll join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason…

  2. A Breakdown of DMX's Epic Sling Shot Video

    July 29, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Today's free laugh for the blogosphere is brought to you by DMX . On Tuesday (July 29), TMZ posted a video of the rapper and his friend riding the Sling Shot in Orlando. Let's break down the 1:36-minute video, which I wish was longer: 1. DMX yells out his signature ad-libs before…

  3. Primus Take on 'Willy Wonka' Songs For New Album & Tour With 'Classic' Lineup

    July 29, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Les Claypool also sips some haterade on Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka' remake. In a very Flaming Lips-ian move, zany prog-rockers Primus have decided to dedicate an album, tour and band reunion to the 1971 culinary classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory . The "classic…

  4. Common & No I.D. Talk 'Resurrection' Anniversary & Making of 'Nobody's Smiling': Exclusive Q&A

    July 29, 2014 1:40 PM EDT It's been twenty years since Common 's sophomore LP, Resurrection , shook up the rap industry and gave hip-hop fans the classic ode "I Used to Love H.E.R." The rapper/actor hasn't slowed down since. Last week, via producer and Def Jam Executive Vice President No I.D.&…

  5. Exclusive Video Premiere: Airplane Boys, 'On the Low'

    July 29, 2014 12:50 PM EDT A month after releasing their album, Egos & Expectations , the Airplane Boys share the music video for their latest single, "On the Low." The Warren Credo-directed video features the duo -- consisting of Bon Voyage and Beck Motley -- on auto-pilot, and dating women who are…

  6. Three Six Zero Teams with Warner on New Record Label, Music Publishing Division

    July 29, 2014 12:40 PM EDT The imprint is a cooperation with Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell Music. Three Six Zero, an entertainment group founded in 2007, will today announce the launch of a new record label and music publishing division in cooperation with Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell Music. The…

  7. Hard Working Americans' Frontman Todd Snider Keeps It Real on the Road

    July 29, 2014 12:36 PM EDT Hard Working Americans singer Todd Snider just wants to keep it real with their audience -- wherever they are. “I try to remind myself that any one venue is not more special than where I’ll be next month," he tells Billboard. "It’s all a microphone to me. You open your heart…

  8. Banks Twists and Shouts in Video For New Song 'Beggin For Thread'

    July 29, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Excited yet for Jillian Banks ' debut album? You should be. Since popping up on the blogosphere radar last year, Banks has transcended buzz artist status and now holds one of the year's most hotly anticipated debuts. Banks, Quick-Rising Pop Starlet, Explains Why Her Fans Have Her…

  9. R. Kelly Dropped From Ohio Festival After Protests

    July 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT The musician was slated to appear on the opening day of the Labor Day weekend event, but complaints poured in via social media, mostly about his legal history and charges of being a sexual predator, and bands and vendors pulled out of the festival. R. Kelly has been dropped from the lineup of…

  10. Ariana Grande Opens Up About Falling Out With Her Dad

    July 29, 2014 12:06 PM EDT Ariana Grande is breaking free. In her cover story for  Seventeen  magazine , Grande -- who's making headlines once again for her part in the buzzy track " Bang Bang " -- opened up about everything from her songs to taking selfies to her family. Jessie J Releases 'Bang…

  11. Calle 13 & Silvio Rodriguez Release 'Ojos Color Sol' Video

    July 29, 2014 11:34 AM EDT The Puerto Rican urban duo Calle 13 shows a softer side on "Ojos Color Sol," featuring famed Cuban balladeer Silvio Rodriguez. The color-saturated new clip for the song features Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, whose chiseled features recall classic Hollywood heartthrobs, locked in…

  12. Meghan Trainor On 'All About That Bass': It's About 'Loving Your Body … And Your Booty' (Q&A)

    July 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The pop singer/songwriter talks her debut positive-body image hit: 'It's unreal that I'm kind of helping people' Meghan Trainor's debut hit "All About That Bass" is more than a pop song with an infectious beat. Its message of self-acceptance is also helping…

  13. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as a pretext for an unprecedented land grab of rights…

  14. It's Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere 'Anything Goes' Video

    July 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The main G.U.Y. in Lady Gaga's life these days? Tony Bennett.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made their long-in-the-works project official today, announcing the album  Cheek to Cheek --  a collection of jazz standards including "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),"…

  15. Exclusive Video Premiere: Watch Flyleaf's 'Set Me on Fire'

    July 29, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Watch the new visual from Flyleaf's upcoming album, which guitar Sameer Bhattacharya calls "one of the coolest records we've ever made." Kristen May has been a comfortable fit for Flyleaf since she joined the hard rock outfit in place of original singer Lacey Sturm in…

  16. Beck, Jenny Lewis & Conor Oberst: Watch Their Late Night Performances

    July 29, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Beck puts his comedy skills to the test with Stephen Colbert A trio of indie rock standbys gave their fans reason to flip through the channels Monday night just before bedtime. Grabbing the biggest spotlight was Beck, who appeared on Colbert Report for an interview and a two-song performance.…

  17. Exclusive Video Premiere: TST & Moguai & Amba Shepherd, 'Real Life'

    July 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Earlier this month, Tiësto donned his TST alias and tapped close friend Hardwell ’ s “Apollo” accompaniment for a peppy big room production with fellow dance veteran Moguai. Featuring lingerie models seductively eating cereal and engaging in a ludicrous series of bowling and chess games, the…

  18. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Combine on 'Bang Bang': Listen

    July 29, 2014 10:15 AM EDT High-profile single alert! "Bang Bang," from Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, has been officially released after leaking online on Monday. Check out the bubbly new song below: Composed of piercing vocals courtesy of two contemporary crooners, as well as rapid-fire…

  19. Beck Faces Grim Reaper & His 'Loser' Past in 'Heart Is a Drum' Video

    July 29, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Beck 's "Heart Like a Drum" video is a lovely, eerie and meditative clip that finds the master singer-songwriter wandering around an abandoned farm with the Grim Reaper, astronauts (or at least the '50s comic book version of astronauts) and a swagged-out version of himself…

  20. One Direction's Zayn Malik Barraged With Death Threats After '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Within just minutes of going online, a tweet by Zayn Malik managed to cause a storm of Middle East controversy for the One Direction singer Monday. Several weeks into Israel’s deadly military assault on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,000 Palestinians and 50 Israelis killed, Malik tweeted…

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