1. Sugar Sammy Video Q&A: Canada's Hot Comic

    May 05, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Canadian comedian Sugar Sammy has grossed nearly $3 million on the road. That's a lot of laughs. Sugar Sammy sounds exceptionally relaxed for a guy set to hit the stage in an hour, especially since he's still at the furnished apartment he has rented in Old Montreal. After…

  2. Chevelle Announces Summer Tour (Exclusive)

    May 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Chevelle is in the midst of an extended break from touring, partly to give drummer Sam Loeffler some family time with his wife and their new son, who was born last week. But the road cases won't be packed for long. The suburban Chicago-based trio, continuing to promote its seventh album,…

  3. Colorado Symphony To Play 'Classically Cannabis’ Concerts

    May 05, 2014 4:08 AM EDT The Colorado Symphony Orchestra has announced it will play a series of "cannabis-friendly" fundraising concerts sponsored by the state's burgeoning pot industry. The state's only full-time professional orchestra hopes the unusual shows dubbed "Classically Cannabis:…

  4. Paul McCartney Plays Highest-Ever Concert in Ecuador

    May 02, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Paul McCartney’s current “Out There” tour hit Estadio de Liga in Quito, Ecuador, earlier this week, his first concert ever in that country. The show took place at an elevation of 9,350 feet, the “highest” he has ever performed. To mark his visit, authorities teamed up with the country’s…

  5. Justin Bieber Taunted Mayor Ford at Club: 'Did You Bring Any Crack?' (Report)

    May 01, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Now that Mayor Rob Ford has decided to take a breather from his duties in Toronto, new details are beginning to emerge about the recent benders, crack smoke-outs and celebrity humiliations that (one can only hope) inspired the move.  One of those ego-crushing moments reportedly came from…

  6. Wayne Hancock Injured in Motorcycle Accident

    April 30, 2014 7:56 PM EDT Wayne Hancock, one of Texas country music's most enduring artists, will be recuperating from the sidelines this spring after being involved in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. Hancock, an experienced rider, was taken at first to a local ICU, and is currently recovering in a…

  7. Scorpions Drummer Jailed in Dubai Over Alleged Islam Insult

    April 29, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai. The government-backed National newspaper reported Tuesday that James Kottak was convicted of…

  8. August Alsina Talks 'Testimony' Album & Jeezy-Assisted 'Make It Home'

    April 29, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Picture 300 to 400 young women queued up inside a local mall. Some are crying; others are screaming. Many brandish gifts ranging from letters and handmade posters to cologne. One even totes a cake. That was the scene on April 16 during an August Alsina meet-and-greet at the Hall of Fame Music…

  9. Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Music Videos: 'Waterfalls,' 'Wannabe' & More

    April 29, 2014 11:50 AM EDT These girl group songs will forever be tied to their unforgettable visuals. Girl Group Week continues with these 10 iconic clips.. Since the advent of MTV, the music video has been an absolutely integral part of the Girl Group experience. Groups have made their careers off one eye-catching…

  10. Conor Oberst: The Ex Boy Wonder of Indie Rock Moves to a Major Label

    April 28, 2014 6:23 PM EDT At 34, Conor Oberst would still prefer to never grow up. But a major label is okay Conor Oberst lives with ghosts. They lurk in the jukebox at the bar near his East Village apartment, and howl on the radio at home in Omaha, Neb. At just 34, the shape-shifting singer-songwriter has been…

  11. Moogfest 2014: Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, FlyLo, Janelle Monae Hit Asheville

    April 27, 2014 1:16 AM EDT Moogfest feels like a Philip Dick fan convention soundtracked by a heavy, relentless bass line. The weird and wired festival kicked off in Asheville on Wednesday afternoon with perhaps its least exciting event: a panel with Moog Music CEO Mike Adams, the Mayor of Asheville and others,…

  12. OutKast, 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Hip Hop in 1994, for the most part, was akin to the same government that it was at war with. You had the East Coast acting as the Republican party, leaning on classical sounds and ideologies, while the West Coast promoted the more Democratic, liberal side of things. Then you had the South…

  13. Gregg Allman Begs 'Midnight Rider' Director Not to Resume Filming

    April 26, 2014 6:00 AM EDT The subject of the controversial biopic doesn't want production to continue after the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. “Midnight Rider” subject Gregg Allman, a founding member of the iconic Southern rock group The Allman Brothers Band, is urging director Randall Miller not to…

  14. From Blur to 'Bots: Damon Albarn's 15 Defining Music Moments

    April 25, 2014 5:54 PM EDT As Damon Albarn gets set to release his first proper solo album, "Everyday Robots," it's easy to forget how versatile and eclectic he's been over the course of his career. Sure he's been at the forefront of Britpop and found crossover success in the U.S. with Blur,…

  15. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  16. Justin Bieber's Shrine Visit Angers Korea, Twice

    April 24, 2014 12:30 PM EDT While South Korea remains heavily focused on a devastating ferry disaster, that didn’t stop local media and fans from noticing Justin Bieber’s visit to a controversial Japanese shrine -- and his failure to mention Korea in his apology statement afterwards. While in Tokyo this week, Bieber…

  17. String Cheese Incident, 'Song in My Head': Exclusive Album Premiere

    April 24, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Over the last several years, Colorado-based jamband String Cheese Incident have intentionally slowed things down, trading long touring stretches for days at home and musical side-projects, only coming together for festival gigs and one-off runs. Studio work, too, took a backseat. But next…

  18. Kaskade Pairs Running With Dance Music for Spark Run Race Series (Exclusive)

    April 23, 2014 9:01 AM EDT Kaskade's fans are used to breaking a sweat to his music, but not quite like this. The American dance music star tells Billboard that he will be producing a series of 5K nighttime running and walking events in at least five cities this summer. Called “The Spark Run,” each race will…

  19. Avril Lavigne 'Hello Kitty' Video Is An Embarrassment In Any Language

    April 22, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Why, Avril? Why? "Hello Kitty" is the weakest song on Avril Lavigne's fifth studio album, a grating earworm that squeezes Gwen Stefani's Japan fetishization into an even more unseemly package. But in a lot of ways, its music video, which wormed its way onto…

  20. Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap Named Country Hall Inductees

    April 22, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 class on Tuesday morning (Apr. 22), and the inductees reflect the diversity of the format's rich and varied history – with one of the format's all-time biggest artists who mined country with pop and R&B, a…

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