1. Lily Allen Is Not Crazy: The Outspoken Brit Talks 'Sheezus' Comeback Album

    April 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Her five years off were packed with lows (meltdowns, label shakeups) and highs (marriage, kids), but with new album "Sheezus," pop's outspoken Brit is ready to put behind the "ego and narcissism" of her early work and prove what a nice person she is — but not before…

  2. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  3. Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 08, 2014 5:05 PM EST Soundgarden was anything but 'superunknown,' when it unleashed its epic album of that name 20 years ago today on March 8, 1994. The Seattle quartet had existed for a decade: they were among the first acts to record for Sub Pop and a leading band in the Seattle scene that would…

  4. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  5. Bruno Mars Preps for Super Bowl Performance: 'Everyone's Putting the Fear of God in Me'

    December 27, 2013 11:00 AM EST Everyone is in Bruno Mars' ear about one thing when it comes to performing the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold? "Everyone's putting the fear of God in me like there's going to be a blizzard," Mars said in a phone interview this…

  6. Top 20 Music Moments of 2013

    December 26, 2013 12:30 PM EST It was a year of blockbuster comebacks, surprise albums, game-changing moves in hip-hop, twerking teddy bears and tearful goodbyes of all kinds. For sure, 2013 kept us busy. These are the 20 biggest music moments in a 12 month span that was crammed with milestones. BEST OF 2013: Year-End…

  7. Lorde, 'Pure Heroine': Track-By-Track Review

    September 25, 2013 4:15 PM EDT LORDE "Pure Heroine" Lava/Republic Producer: Joel Little Release Date: Sept. 30 Ten months after floating out her debut EP online for free in her native New Zealand, Ella Yelich-O'Connor, the teenage singer-songwriter known as Lorde, has conjured an immense amount of…

  8. Richie Havens Tribute Set at Woodstock '69 Site

    August 07, 2013 9:55 AM EDT The ashes of Richie Havens will be scattered across the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival on the anniversary of the final day of the concert he opened with a nearly three-hour performance. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the music venue built on the Woodstock site in New York's…

  9. Twas The Night Before Tomorrowland

    July 25, 2013 4:44 PM EDT It's unsure what Tomorrowland will smell like tomorrow, but right now, it smells like soil, wood, and hydrangeas.  It's 6 p.m. the night before the curtain draws on the Belgian mega-festival (which runs July 26-28), and thousands of painters, riggers, sound technicians, florists,…

  10. MuchMusic Video Awards: Drake Surprises and Wins Big, PSY Retires 'Gentleman'

    June 17, 2013 9:20 AM EDT Drake made a surprise appearance, Avril Lavigne thanked her dad, and PSY said farewell thee "Gentleman" at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto last night, a massive outdoor celebration that shut down the streets around the Bell Media building and allowed thousands of fans…

  11. Kanye West, 'Yeezus': Track-by-Track review

    June 14, 2013 7:50 PM EDT Did you hear that rumble earlier? It was the sound of the Internet shaking as news tweeted across the world that Kanye West’s sixth solo album “Yeezus” sprang a leak, just four days before its official June 18 release.   The anticipation for the album has been massive since West coyly…

  12. Hooverphonic, 'The Night Before' Album Stream, Video, & Free 'Unfinished Sympathy' Download

    June 03, 2013 1:52 PM EDT The trip-hop outfit sheds the sub-bass on Massive Attack cover. It’s been nearly 20 years since Hooverphonic released “2 Wicky,” a drowsy, Isaac Hayes-sampling seductress of a track that typified the trip-hop era. But their latest album doesn’t have the astro-groove of their original works,…

  13. Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys, NKOTB Come Together for 'Boston Strong' Concert

    May 31, 2013 12:30 AM EDT The song "Come Together" their rallying cry, performers at a benefit concert for victims of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing had thousands of people cheering for a city that has pulled together to overcome adversity. Veteran rockers Aerosmith helped close the 5 ½ hour Boston…

  14. Brad Paisley, 'Wheelhouse': Track-By-Track Review

    April 09, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Brad Paisley tackles numerous subjects on his eighth studio album "Wheelhouse." His most controversial album to date, Paisley produced the LP himself and it features hot-button topics ranging from racism, religion, and domestic abuse. Latest Reviews: Paramore's "Paramore…

  15. Margaret Thatcher & The Rise & Fall of the Great British Pop Protest Song

    April 09, 2013 6:17 AM EDT In early 1997, I interviewed the Spice Girls who were already massive in their U.K. homeland but had yet to release their debut single “Wannabe” in America. Amid frequent and voluble declarations of their Girl Power manifesto, Geri Halliwell blurted out, “We love Margaret Thatcher!” My…

  16. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 03, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne, OneRepublic, Blake Shelton and more score Top 10 debuts. Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" easily spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 318,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's more than 100,000 ahead…

  17. Bruno Mars Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 06, 2013 9:35 AM EST "Unorthodox Jukebox," along with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist," receive bumps from Amazon MP3 pricing. As forecasted last week , Bruno Mars claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Unorthodox Jukebox" jumps one slot to…

  18. Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Dies

    December 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST Ray Collins, a singer who co-founded the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa but left when "too much comedy" started appearing in the band's songs, died on Monday at a California hospital. He was 75. The Claremont, Calif. resident had been at Pomona Valley Hospital since…

  19. AMAs 2012: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Exuberant Night

    November 18, 2012 11:45 PM EST Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, a big win on a night that opened with another victory for the teen star. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here…

  20. One Direction, 'Take Me Home': Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2012 3:20 PM EST When Simon Cowell issues a challenge, the pop world tends to accept it. That's what happened with One Direction on album number two, arriving in the U.S. eight months after its predecessor. Following the massive success of "Up All Night" and the single "What Makes You…

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