1. Deeper & Better: Reaccessing Sleater-Kinney's Material Girls

    October 21, 2014 10:55 AM EDT For around a decade starting in 1995 or 1996, the best rock band in America was an all-female trio out of the indie-rock hothouse of Olympia, Wash.'s Evergreen College. And now, around a decade after they went on hiatus in the wake of 2005's heavy-roiling The Woods , Sleater…

  2. T.I., 'Paperwork': Track-by-Track Review

    October 20, 2014 12:30 PM EDT T.I. has always had some source of inspiration behind his albums, whether it came off sounding good or not. On his first three albums, T.I. was looking to live up to the "King of the South" title he bestowed upon himself as a rookie. King (2006) saw him enjoying his self-professed…

  3. Joanne Borgella, Former 'American Idol' Contestant,' Dead at 32

    October 18, 2014 7:47 PM EDT Joanne Borgella , a singer and model who competed on American Idol in 2008, has died at the age of 32 from Endometrial Cancer. The news was confirmed by her family on her Facebook page on Saturday (Oct. 18). "With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our…

  4. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  5. Stream T.I.'s 'Paperwork' Album Now

    October 14, 2014 5:03 PM EDT T.I. is a rapper with impressive longevity. Trap Muzik was his first release to go platinum, more than a decade ago. Many of his peers who came up around the same time enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight -- Lil' Flip , Chamillionaire , Mike Jones -- but they've struggled to…

  6. Who Is Elliphant? Five Wild Facts About The Swedish Pop Prospect

    October 14, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Older men, "Deadwood" and sleeping with the lights on: get to know the latest interesting voice coming from Scandinavia. Ellinor Olovsdotter, better known as the Swedish singer-songwriter Elliphant, is inching toward a U.S. breakthrough two-and-a-half years after signing to the…

  7. Iggy Azalea Will Debut New Single 'Beg For It' on 'SNL'

    October 13, 2014 7:06 AM EDT As we predicted just before Saturday Night Live 's 40th season kicked off three weekends ago, Iggy Azalea is set to make her first appearance at Studio 8H on Oct. 25, the night Jim Carrey returns as host. It'll be more than a regular musical guest spot, though, as Iggy will debut…

  8. One Direction's Where We Are Tour Attended by 3.4 Million Fans

    October 10, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience world tour leads the pack in this week’s ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on $48.4 million in ticket sales reported from concerts in North America, Europe and Australia. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music…

  9. Watch Sofia Reyes & Wisin in 'Muevelo': Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 10, 2014 5:58 PM EDT The music video was directed by Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupold who have worked with Jennifer Lopez, among others. Pop singer Sofia Reyes and her friends take a drive through a balmy desert when suddenly they see eye-candy-worthy guys and their broken-down car. They all look at each…

  10. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  11. The Who Preps North American 'Who Hits 50!' Tour For 2015

    October 10, 2014 10:09 AM EDT The Who is returning to the road in North America for 2015 -- “The Who Hits 50!” Tour will swing through the States twice, beginning with a spring leg that kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Fl. and runs through May 30 in Forest Hills, NY, then resuming in the fall on Sept. 14 in San Diego and…

  12. Why 1997 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1997, popular music eased the…

  13. Why 1996 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE When critics go about naming the best…

  14. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: September 2014

    October 08, 2014 10:08 PM EDT Girls' Generation-TTS and 2PM show their worldwide popularity while BTOB and Orange Caramel trend stateside. K-pop fans around the world and in America began their fall showing plenty of support for Korean idols, producers and singer-songwriters' latest videos on YouTube. Like we…

  15. Pandora Shares New York's Favorite Genres By Neighborhood, from Beach Bar Lounge to i-Pop

    October 08, 2014 3:22 PM EDT If there's one thing music streaming services love doing, it's studies on people's listening habits . (To be fair, who doesn't love trolling through and judging or coveting the songs in John's Jumpin' Jack iTunes Library or Giuliana's Grooves on the wi-fi…

  16. Emerging Picks of the Week: Elliphant, Ryan Hemsworth & Ces Cru

    October 07, 2014 4:00 PM EDT To begin October, we've compiled some of our favorite tracks that landed debuts on the latest Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Give them a listen below and be sure to look out for their upcoming projects. Elliphant ft. MØ, "One More" Fresh off a track with Skrillex…

  17. Lil Jon and Other Celebs Encourage Voting with 'Turn Out For What' Ad

    October 07, 2014 3:11 PM EDT DJ Snake  and  Lil' Jon 's summer hit "Turn Down For What" is getting a political makeover, courtesy of Rock the Vote.  In the new campaign to encourage voter turnout for midterm elections, Lil Jon and other celebrities -- including  Lena Dunham, Darren Criss, Fred…

  18. Ted Nugent Rails on Liberals, 'Thugs,' 'Welfare Crack' in Rightist Essay

    October 03, 2014 10:07 PM EDT In an essay recently published on the conservative news website WorldNetDaily , Ted Nugent railed against liberalism for being the "root cause" of inner-city "black violence" violence in America.  "A plague of black violence has infested our inner cities, yet our…

  19. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  20. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Lorde to One Direction

    October 03, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Lorde "Yellow Flicker Beat" Republic/Lave Pop's moodiest teen gives a first taste of her curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack with "Yellow Flicker Beat." Lorde's buzzy, veiny vocals complement a synth-blotched beat, which throbs beneath…

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