1. Track Review: 2 Chainz feat. Drake, 'No Lie'

    May 15, 2012 8:30 AM EDT CHAINZ FEAT. DRAKE "No Lie" (4:01) Producer: Mike Will Made It Writers: T. Epps, A. D. Graham, M. Williams Publishers: various Def Jam Recordings In case you haven't noticed, Georgia rapper 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi) is essentially the hottest entity in hip-hop right now,…

  2. Damon Albarn Plotting Next Solo Album, Talks Olympics

    May 08, 2012 8:40 PM EDT With his opera recording, "Dr Dee," out today, Damon Albarn is already at work on his next project. The former Blur and Gorillaz frontman told the BBC Radio 4 that the future album will be released as Damon Albarn, not via one of his numerous projects. "This week we're…

  3. Chris Ethridge, Flying Burrito Brothers Bassist, Dead at 65

    April 23, 2012 9:10 PM EDT Ex-Burrito Brother Chris Hillman: "He was a joy to know" Chris Ethridge, the bass player who lent his musicianship and songwriting to country-rock pioneers the Flying Burrito Brothers , the International Submarine Band and others, has died at 65, Rolling Stone reports. Ethridge co…

  4. Bound for Glory: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert an Inspired Tribute

    April 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The Woody Guthrie centennial celebration landed in Los Angeles for a weekend of scholarly discussions and a sold-out, 3-1/2 hour concert that ended with a most unlikely sight -- more than 2,000 people pogo-ing while singing Guthrie's best-known song, "This Land is Your Land."…

  5. Pop Stars Before They Were Famous

    March 29, 2012 2:40 PM EDT It's difficult to imagine life before Bieber and Gaga, but what's even weirder is thinking of pop stars' lives before they hit it big. How fierce a rapper was Nicki Minaj before all the wigs? Was Rihanna always so "Hard"? How emo was Skrillex back when he was just…

  6. Paul Weller Gives 'Tame' Scene a Swift Kick

    March 23, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Singer's 11th Solo Album, 'Sonik Kicks,' Aims for No. 1 on U.K. Chart Artists with three and a half decades on the clock rarely sound this way, but then with that sort of track record, they aren't often still at the top of both their creative form and the charts. "I…

  7. Ray Benson Kicks Off SXSW With Birthday Bash

    March 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT In his characteristically droll manner. Ray Benson told a crowd at Austin's Rattle Inn on Tuesday night that "this has become a yearly thing, having a birthday." But Benson has, in fact, turned his yearly celebration into one of the opening -- and overall -- highlights of the…

  8. John Mayer Cancels Tour Due To Throat Condition

    March 09, 2012 11:45 AM EST Six months after delaying his new album and halting his touring plans to battle granuloma, John Mayer has revealed that the throat condition has persisted, and announced on his Tumblr blog on Friday (Mar. 9), "I have no choice but to take an indefinite break from live performing."…

  9. John Mayer Sets 'Born and Raised' Release Date

    February 29, 2012 1:45 PM EST Two days after announcing a spring tour and a new single , John Mayer has confirmed that his fifth studio effort, "Born and Raised," will be released on May 22 through Columbia Records, and has released the album's official track list. The follow-up to 2009's "Battle…

  10. Lyle Lovett: New Album is a Personal 'Punctuation Mark'

    February 28, 2012 10:55 AM EST Lyle Lovett 's new "Release Me" is his last album for Curb Records after 26 years and 11 albums. But he wants to make clear that it's a fond farewell. "I'm only grateful for my relationship with my record company," Lovett tells Billboard.com, adding his…

  11. John Mayer Plots Tour, Previews Single 'Shadow Days'

    February 27, 2012 12:40 PM EST It's been two years since John Mayer last toured the U.S., but this April the singer/songwriter will be hitting the road in support of his upcoming album, "Born and Raised." But wait there's more: Mayer posted a 60 second clip of the record's first single, "…

  12. 'Glee's Max Adler on Karofsky's Suicide Attempt in Bold Episode

    February 21, 2012 11:58 PM EST Some of the most gut-wrenching and arresting scenes from "Glee" have featured Max Adler, the 25-year-old actor who plays Dave Karofsky, the McKinley High bully figuring out his own sexual identity. Most times when he's called in for an episode it means the phrase "Very…

  13. Blur to Play 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony Concert

    February 20, 2012 9:25 PM EST The members of Blur are taking their reunion to the world stage. The reformed British band will join the Specials and New Order to play the 2012 Olympics' Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert on August 12. This year's Summer Olympics will be held in London, with the concert set for…

  14. Bon Iver Announces U.S. Spring Tour

    February 07, 2012 11:20 AM EST Bon Iver may not be performing at the Grammys , but the indie-folk group will be performing for fans this spring. Fresh off their "Saturday Night Live" spot last week, Justin Vernon and co. have announced a short run of April tour dates surrounding Coachella. The eight-date tour…

  15. Shaggy Song Premiere: 'She Gives Me Love'

    January 24, 2012 11:15 AM EST Months after the digital release of his Grammy-nominated "Summer in Kingston" (July 2011). Shaggy is giving his fans a fresh re-release of the album. The re-release ("Summer in Kingston" (Lava Edition)), which will be available Feb. 7 in digital and physical form, features…

  16. Grateful Dead Exhibit Coming To Rock Hall of Fame

    January 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST The Grateful Dead 's long, strange trip will be the subject of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's next major exhibit. Titled, in fact, "Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip," the display will open April 12 as part of the Rock Hall's Induction Week lineup of…

  17. Madonna on 'Born This Way': 'Interesting' Redo of 'My Song'

    January 12, 2012 7:51 PM EST When Lady Gaga debuted "Born This Way," many commenters noticed striking similarities to Madonna 's 1989 hit "Express Yourself." Now the Material Girl herself has weighed in, telling Newsweek the critics weren't alone. "I thought, 'What a wonderful way…

  18. Madonna Reveals Album Title, Comments on Gaga

    January 11, 2012 12:50 PM EST In a pre-taped interview for "The Graham Norton Show" just hours ago, Madonna revealed the title of her 12th studio album: "M.D.N.A." The interview will air on Friday's episode of the BBC talk show, but this tidbit of news couldn't be held back, now being…

  19. Hot Tours: Jay-Z and Kanye West, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears

    January 09, 2012 11:45 AM EST Jay-Z and Kanye West top the first Hot Tours ranking of 2012 with box office grosses reported from their Watch the Throne Tour that played North American markets from October through December. This week's tally includes ticket revenue from venues in New York City, Los Angeles and…

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