1. Janelle Monae Becomes a Mini-Mogul With Her Revamped Label

    February 13, 2015 1:30 PM EST On the palatial 35th floor of the Sony building in Midtown Manhattan, two large conference rooms have been requisitioned for what stylist Maeve Reilly calls her "pop-up store." One room is circled with racks of sleek, high-fashion finery; a large table overflows with jewelry and…

  2. Drake's 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' & 14 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    February 13, 2015 11:40 AM EST From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 15 instances of…

  3. Bobby Shmurda Speaks Out About His Gang-Related Charges: 'That Shit Is Bullshit'

    February 13, 2015 11:39 AM EST When Bobby Shmurda , the charismatic star of the surprise 2014 hit "Hot N---a," emerged from the back of a New York County Supreme Court room in January, the 20-year-old looked sad and serious. Shmurda sat very still at the defense table, showing none of the viral persona that…

  4. North West Cried During Kanye West's Adidas NYFW Show

    February 13, 2015 10:50 AM EST Many gathered for Kanye West 's star-studded Adidas collaboration debut at NYFW yesterday, Feb. 13, including Beyoncé , Jay Z , Diddy , Cassie , Rihanna , 2 Chainz , Travi$ Scott , A$AP Ferg and more. All seemed in high spirits, except one adorable kid: North West. While those in…

  5. Behind The Deals That Brought Back Brooklyn's Beloved Kings Theatre

    February 13, 2015 10:48 AM EST From it's grand debut in 1929 through its last picture show in 1977, and through decades of neglect since, the Kings Theatre rose in all its ornate glory above Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. When word came of plans to restore the Kings, it brought cheers from many who grew up in the…

  6. Kanye West Headlines Roc City Classic with Travi$ Scott, Fetty Wap & More

    February 13, 2015 12:30 AM EST The first annual Roc City Classic, produced by Jay Z 's Roc Nation, saw Manhattan's Flatiron district (and those streaming via Life + Times) bow down to Kanye West , headliner for the event held in Madison Square Park. The "free" show wasn't exactly easy to attend –…

  7. Watch Kanye West's Busy Day, From Adidas Launch to NBA All-Star Concert

    February 12, 2015 9:47 PM EST After unveiling his new shoes the Yeezy Boost in New York City earlier Thursday, Kanye West took the stage that night for nearly an hour-long performance at the inaugural Roc City Classic NBA All-Star Event.  Kanye West Unveils New Song, 'Wolves,' Featuring Vic Mensa & Sia:…

  8. Jay Z's Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Partner to Launch Film and Television Management Arm

    February 12, 2015 3:00 PM EST Jay Z 's multivalent entertainment company Roc Nation and the UK and US-based management company Three Six Group (home to Calvin Harris , Deadmau5 and Frank Ocean ) have announced the formation of Three Six Zero Entertainment, a new full-service management company that will focus on…

  9. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: January 2015

    February 11, 2015 9:45 PM EST Jonghyun, Jung Yong Hwa, 4Minute, INFINITE H, G.Soul, Keith Ape and more captivated YouTube viewers this month. After Jonghyun 's debut solo album  Base  proved to be a smash on the charts , his new music videos are hits too. The SHINee member's "Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)"…

  10. Watch Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' Video, Starring Dancer Sergei Polunin

    February 11, 2015 3:06 PM EST Annie Lennox gave Hozier a big boost at the Grammys on Sunday when she lent her wrecking ball of a voice to his "Take Me to Church" and then took over for a mesmerizing rendition of Screamin' Jay Hawkins ' "I Put a Spell on You." Grammys 2015 Now Hozier…

  11. John Lennon's Sister Julia Baird Talks New Doc on Liverpool's Beatleweek, 'Come Together'

    February 11, 2015 11:50 AM EST Ahead of the release of a documentary on Liverpool's "International Beatleweek," John Lennon's sister reminisces on practices in the kitchen and Beatlemania. Every August, fans from around the globe flock to the UK for a chance to express their adoration for the one and…

  12. Rita Ora on Calvin Harris Split: 'This Was My Moment Where I Had To Be Real'

    February 11, 2015 10:33 AM EST Rita Ora  is opening up about her relationship with  Calvin Harris  -- and how it'll influence her upcoming second album.  "I had a breakup, or whatever, and it really made me realize what I was trying to do," Ora told  Nylon  magazine, via  E! Online . "I had been fixated…

  13. Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports Part Ways With CAA

    February 11, 2015 8:53 AM EST CAA Sports and Roc Nation Sports have ended their two-year partnership, The Hollywood Reporter   has confirmed. According to the two parties, the split was planned and amicable. "Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports are two of the premier agencies and they will continue their high levels of…

  14. Sony Music Promotes Execs In Australia, Asia

    February 10, 2015 11:59 PM EST Sony Music is strengthening its activities across Australia and Asia with a string of executive promotions.  Wayne Ringrow becomes head of the Australian artists marketing division in the position of senior director, Australian artists marketing. He reports to Denis Handlin , Sony Music'…

  15. Jon Stewart's 10 Best Music Moments from 'The Daily Show'

    February 10, 2015 9:30 PM EST With word Jon Stewart will be departing The Daily Show after nearly 17 years, we look back on the host's culture-shaping career with fondness. From battling Mike Huckabee over his criticism of  Beyoncé , to hosting all of the Wu-Tang Clan  and defending Dave Grohl 's worth versus a…

  16. Op-Ed: Where Were the Rap Awards During the Grammys?

    February 10, 2015 8:24 PM EST Sunday's Grammy Awards reiterated the traditions that accompany celebrating "Music's Biggest Night": a union of industry veterans and newcomers, the world's most enviable talent roster and a swath of awards recognizing artists from music's biggest genres.…

  17. Album Review: The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Soundtrack Hits Hard Enough to Leave a Lasting Mark

    February 10, 2015 3:18 PM EST If a billionaire control freak with a fetish for whips and chains were to make a mixtape for a prospective love slave, he'd do well to begin with Annie Lennox 's version of "I Put a Spell On You." Outwardly elegant, Lennox's sophisticated retro-soul burner barely…

  18. Deezer Elite Gets Global Expansion as High-Definition Audio War Heats Up

    February 10, 2015 12:38 PM EST In the global war for audio streaming supremacy, high-definition audio represents a relatively small battlefield. Nevertheless, numerous companies are vying for (the relatively small amount of) customers that care about audio quality enough to pay a premium. The latest action came today (Feb.…

  19. Beyonce Explains Political Message Behind 'Precious Lord' Grammys Performance: Watch

    February 10, 2015 3:23 AM EST Beyonce was one of the brightest stars of the 57th Grammy Awards, where she collected three awards and delivered a stunning performance of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." In the aftermath of the awards spectacle, Bey lifted the curtain to reveal how her showcase came to life, and…

  20. Bullet for My Valentine Parting Ways With Bassist Jay James

    February 09, 2015 9:07 PM EST Bullet for My Valentine announced it's parting ways with bassist Jay James on Monday, wishing him well "with whatever he chooses to do next and will always be grateful for his contribution and sacrifices he made for this band."  The Welsh heavy metal band's three remaining…

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