1. Christian Rap Gains Traction, Chart Cred

    March 25, 2014 9:16 AM EDT Savvy marketing and a wholesome image are turning religious rappers into mainstream players "Hip-hop is an expression of what is dearest to you," says Christian rapper KB. "It's coming from who I love. And who I love is Jesus." The religious artist's passion was…

  2. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  3. ScHoolboy Q, St. Vincent Added To Pitchfork Fest Lineup

    March 20, 2014 3:26 PM EDT The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival has rounded out its lineup, with an assortment of artists joining previously announced headliners Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and Kendrick Lamar on Thursday (Mar. 20). Lamar's TDE cohort has joined this year's lineup, along with indie rock chanteuse St…

  4. Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse In CRWN Interview

    March 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT "I'm approaching it like it is my last project – I think that's why it's a lot different than anything else." Lil Wayne expands on why "Tha Carter V," set for a May release, will likely be his last solo album in the first episode of his "Lil Wayne CRWN…

  5. The Hold Steady Discuss New LP 'Teeth Dreams,' A Decade in Rock

    March 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT "I just want to keep playing shows and making records… As long as people are showing up and having a good time, I want to keep doing it." The Hold Steady's Craig Finn is a 42-year old native Minnesotan who grew up on the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, so he's been privy to…

  6. Bottoms Up! The 15 Biggest Drinking Songs

    March 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There were four songs charting on the Hot 100 this spring that allude to either being tipsy from love or just flat out tossing back a brew for the heck of it. Beyonce's Cognac-soaked "Drunk in Love" collab with husband Jay Z, Brantley Gilbert says "Bottoms Up,"…

  7. Ice Cube Raps On Making Movies, the Grammys and N.W.A.'s Hall of Fame Snub

    March 14, 2014 12:31 AM EDT In the 20-plus years since Ice Cube decided to focus on movies, he's taken on key roles in filmmaking - acting, writing, even directing. But it's his work as a producer, with his own production company Cube Vision, that's given him the most satisfaction - and perhaps the most…

  8. Jamaican Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Found Guilty of Murder

    March 13, 2014 8:32 PM EDT Embattled dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, was found guilty today of the August 2011 murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. The incident allegedly took place at Kartel's home in Havendale, St Andrew. Williams’ body has never been found. The 11…

  9. Ellie Goulding Burns Bright at NYC Theater Show: Live Review

    March 13, 2014 1:35 PM EDT The U.K. singer is gaining momentum, and with a stage show like this, there's plenty of reason to root for her to reach true stardom. Ellie Goulding is having her "moment," and she's been having it for quite some time now. In the nearly three years after "Lights…

  10. Kendrick Lamar & TDE Take Over iTunes Festival at SXSW

    March 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar and the rest of Top Dawg Entertainment continue to outdo themselves. Lamar headlined day two of SXSW’s iTunes five-night concert series, alongside TDE artists ScHoolboy Q and newcomer Isaiah Rashad. The show, which took place at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre Wednesday night …

  11. Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell On Going Solo,Grammys Nods And Her Controversial Skintight Dress

    March 13, 2014 1:28 AM EDT When Mary Mary singer Erica Campbell decided to tell her sister Tina she wanted to pursue a solo career outside the Grammy-winning duo, she was nervous about having the talk. But Erica felt compelled to be honest with Tina at a time when she was already performing without her sister, who took…

  12. 50 Cent Talks 'Animal Ambition,' Tony Yayo Slight and More Backstage at SXSW Show

    March 12, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Something is different about 50 Cent. Four hours before the rapper takes the stage at this year's first Hang W/ SXSW live streamed performance, the rapper/businessman, sits backstage in a calm state, smiling widely. SXSW 2014: 10 Hottest Shows | 10 Bands to Watch Jay Z, Kanye to Play…

  13. Coldplay, Imagine Dragons Launch iTunes Festival at SXSW

    March 12, 2014 2:39 AM EDT “We’ve been away a long time,” Coldplay’s Chris Martin told fans on Tuesday night at South By Southwest, “and I can’t think of a better place to come back into the world.” Or a more auspicious one. Coldplay’s first North American show in more than 14 months had the eyes of the world…

  14. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar Team for 'It's On Again' on 'Spider-Man 2' Soundtrack

    March 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT The Neighbourhood, Pharrell, more also to appear on April 22-released soundtrack A song written by Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar and Hans Zimmer has found its way onto the "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" soundtrack. "It's On Again," produced by Pharrell, will be…

  15. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Rick Ross to Hit BET Experience Concert Series

    March 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Jill Scott, A$AP Rocky and Rick Ross are among the first wave of Staples Center performers announced for the BET Experience at L.A. Live music festival (June 27-29). This marks the second year of the event, an alliance between BET Networks and AEG Live, the developer…

  16. SXSW 2014's 10 Must-See Shows: Lady Gaga, Skrillex, 50 Cent & More

    March 11, 2014 2:47 PM EDT As usual, SXSW has a lot to offer this year, with non-stop music taking over Austin, Texas through March 16. Deciding which concerts to hit is always a daunting task, but with the line-ups nearly solidified we're giving our intel on this year's 10 must-see SXSW shows. SXSW 2014:…

  17. Justin Bieber Makes Surprise SXSW Performance, Dedicates Song To Selena Gomez: Watch

    March 10, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Justin Bieber has kicked off the music portion of South by Southwest before the real program begins. Full SXSW Coverage | Lady Gaga To Deliver Keynote The 20-year-old pop star surprised a small crowd at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin, Texas, on Sunday night (Mar. 9).…

  18. MisterWives Keeping Busy On The Road Ahead Of Recording Debut Album

    March 07, 2014 4:48 PM EST "It's going to be amazing to be able to live and breathe the making of an album," says the group's Etienne Bowler. Before she linked up with four male musicians to form MisterWives (the name a gender-corrected take on the term "sisterwives") in late 2012,…

  19. David Nail Finds the Light on 'I'm a Fire'

    March 06, 2014 9:06 PM EST David Nail realizes that his recent chart-topper "Whatever She's Got" was a little bit of a departure for him. Before, his success at radio has been with dramatic ballads such as "Red Light" and "Let It Rain." But, success speaks for itself. The single…

  20. ScHoolboy Q Debuts Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 06, 2014 2:23 PM EST With 139,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, ScHoolboy Q's major label debut "Oxymoron" opens at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and instantly outsells his first two releases combined. Both 2011's "Setbacks" and 2012's "…

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