1. Ranking Trevor, Rap Reggae Pioneer, Dead in Road Accident

    August 08, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Ranking Trevor , an influential deejay or toaster, as Jamaican patois rappers were called during his 1970s heyday, died in the Olympic Gardens area of Kingston yesterday morning, Aug 7. According to reports, he was returning home from a dance when a collision with a car threw him off of his…

  2. Of Monsters & Men Pack Billboard Aftershow Party in Chicago

    August 06, 2012 12:00 PM EDT The Jezabels and DJ French Horn Rebellion also appeared at our Lollapalooza-ending concert The last notes of Lollapalooza 2012 rang out in Chicago's grant Park around 10 p.m., but the party was just getting started across town at club Double Door, where Of Monsters & Men and the…

  3. Jennifer Lopez And Her 'American Idol' Rejuvenation: An Appreciation

    July 27, 2012 4:25 PM EDT On Monday (July 23), Mariah Carey was officially announced as a judge on the 12th season of "American Idol," joining her husband, "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, on the small screen, albeit on a rival network. "As a singer, songwriter and producer, it&…

  4. Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Dead at 71

    July 16, 2012 7:49 PM EDT Jon Lord, the keyboardist whose powerful, driving tones helped turn Deep Purple and Whitesnake into two of the most popular hard rock acts in a generation, died Monday. He was 71. A statement on Lord's official website says the Leicester, England-born musician suffered a fatal pulmonary…

  5. Candid Covers: Scars on 45 Sing the Cure's 'Friday I'm in Love'

    June 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT When Scars on 45 started out, female vocalist Aimee Driver wasn't part of the band. That is, not until they heard her sing the Cure's "Friday I'm in Love" and decided her voice would be perfect for the group. Below, watch the British indie-pop band recall that small…

  6. Chart Juice: J. Cole, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj Reach Top 10

    June 01, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Usher still reigns supreme as "Climax," his Diplo -produced hit, continues to top the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. J. Cole , Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj , meanwhile, enter the tally's top 10. Elliott and Minaj each log their 12th top 10s, extending their shared lead for the…

  7. Richard Marx Celebrates 25 Years on Billboard Charts

    May 23, 2012 9:05 AM EDT The pop singer/songwriter first reached a Billboard survey 25 years ago today "When I look back, I see a guy - with a mullet - who was so self-conscious physically. I had no performing experience when I made my first record." At a recent visit to Billboard's New York studios,…

  8. Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba Goes Solo: 'It's Gonna Be Loud'

    May 04, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba has been especially prolific these last ten months, releasing with his band an album of acoustically performed chestnuts, "Damnesia," last summer, then an EP as theHELL , a side project with Angels & Airwaves' Atom Willard. Now he's…

  9. Skatalites Bassist Lloyd Brevett Dead at 80

    May 03, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Lloyd Brevett, the upright bass player and founding member of the seminal Jamaican ska group The Skatalites, died this morning at Andrews Memorial Hospital in St. Andrew, Jamaica where he was being treated following a stroke and a series of seizures. He was 80. The Skatalites were the…

  10. Train, 'California 37': Track-By-Track Review

    April 17, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Train were the comeback kids of 2010-11, saved by San Francisco, a ukulele and a soul sister. "Save Me, San Francisco" put the Bay City trio back on track after some mid-decade commercial, personal and business-side doldrums, all through the magic of their monster hit "Hey,…

  11. Nicki Minaj, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded': Track-By-Track Review

    March 29, 2012 1:45 PM EDT "I always thought I could write pop songs for someone else or I could write R&B records for someone else, but I didn't think that people would accept me writing those type of songs and me singing them and just being who I am," Nicki Minaj recently told Complex about her…

  12. Ultra Music Fest 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    March 25, 2012 3:40 PM EDT The grounds at Bayfront Park were crowded and hard to navigate, and when night fell, it seemed like an impossible task to get from one stage to another. Ravers climbed trees to get better vantage points (no one stopped them), while others laid down in the human traffic when continuing to walk…

  13. The Cure, Foo Fighters Top Leeds & Reading Festival Lineups

    March 12, 2012 8:55 PM EDT The Cure , Foo Fighters and Kasabian will top the Reading and Leeds festivals this year, UK promoter Festival Republic announced on Monday. The twin three-day, seven-stage festivals, set for August 24-26, will also include performances by the Black Keys, Paramore, Florence + The Machines and…

  14. Spotlight On Brooklyn Haley

    March 05, 2012 12:00 PM EST Chart Article In 2010, 13-year-old Brooklyn Haley had to leave Little River-Academy, Texas. The town, with a population of 1,600, was just too small for her big-city dreams of pop stardom. Two years later, those dreams are becoming a reality. Order Brooklyn Haley's Music on Amazon |…

  15. 'Glee' Recap: Tragedy at McKinley High

    February 22, 2012 7:30 AM EST Phillip Parker, a 14-year-old who hung himself in his foster parents' bathroom. Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old who had been taunted and bullied repeatedly before hanging himself in 2010. Justin Aaberg, a 15-year-old Minnesota high schooler who hung himself after being bullied and breaking up…

  16. Paul McCartney Gets Tribute Album, Walk of Fame Star

    February 09, 2012 7:38 PM EST Prepare for Paul McCartney mania in 2012 as the beloved Beatle turns 70 in June. On deck much sooner: a new solo album, "Kisses on the Bottom," released Feb. 7 by Hear Music/Concord, as well as a fully endorsed tribute record featuring covers of classic compositions from Sir Paul&…

  17. Elton John Writing Book About AIDS Crisis

    January 09, 2012 11:15 AM EST Elton John is writing his first book, a personal account of the AIDS crisis. The musician says "Love is the Cure: Ending the Global Aids Epidemic" will include memories of friends who died of AIDS-related illnesses, including Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Elton John Thanks NY…

  18. Motley Crue Heads to Las Vegas With 'Lots of Naked Girls'

    December 02, 2011 7:00 AM EST Band Will Play 12 Shows in February at the Hard Rock Hotel in Sin City Dr. Feelgood, the Theatre of Pain and, of course, plenty of Girls, Girls, Girls are taking up residency in Las Vegas during February. "Motley Crue in Sin City" will hunker down from Feb. 3-19 at The Joint in the…

  19. Whoa, Slow Down! 10 Tempo-Halting Remakes

    November 29, 2011 10:15 AM EST After the majority of pop hits in recent months have implored listeners to raise your glass and just dance (and, keep on dancing 'til the world ends), a shift toward fewer BPMs might be, well, slowly, taking place. Amid pop radio's almost exclusive reliance on hi-NRG dance/pop,…

  20. Uncharted Territory: The Spin Room Climbs Again; Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Lives On

    November 18, 2011 12:24 PM EST This week on Uncharted, folks are jumping up all over the place. The Spin Room (the pop-punk brainchild of Long Islander Nick Miley), who made an impressive debut at No. 21 last week, shot up ten spots in just seven days, clocking in this week at No. 11. After offering up his two EPs, "…

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