1. Gathering of the Vibes: A Grateful Dead Fan's Dream (Almost)

    April 02, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Surviving Members to Perform, Separately... Also on Tap at July Festival: Avett Brothers, Primus, Bruce Hornsby The surviving four members of the Grateful Dead -- with their solo projects -- will join the Avett Brothers, Primus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Steel Pulse, Sound Tribe Sector 9 and others…

  2. 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…

  3. Friday Flashback: Remembering Cindy Walker

    March 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT With the lone exception of Dolly Parton, it could be said that Cindy Walker was possibly the finest female songwriter in the history of country music. One of the more prolific writers in the format's history, she composed such classics as "Distant Drums" for Jim Reeves and …

  4. Pitbull Going 'Back In Time' with 'Men in Black 3' Theme Song

    March 22, 2012 12:35 PM EDT After handling the theme songs for the first two "Men in Black" movies, Will Smith has deferred to superstar rapper Pitbull to provide the theme for the forthcoming third installment of the sci-fi franchise. "Back In Time" will be released to radio and as a digital single…

  5. Faith Hill Shows Off New Songs at Radio Seminar

    February 27, 2012 11:50 AM EST Faith Hill returned to a Country Radio Seminar-related stage for the first time in quite a few years on Friday (Feb. 24) to perform as part of the Warner Brothers-sponsored luncheon. She took to the stage with a stirring performance of her 2005 hit "Mississippi Girl," and also…

  6. Bret McKenzie on 'Muppet'-less Oscars: 'It's a Shame'

    February 08, 2012 1:00 AM EST Best Original Song Nominee Talks Oscars & 'Muppets,' Plus Future of Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie is up for a best original song Oscar later this month, not that "Man or Muppet" (from "The Muppets") will be performed live or anything. The Flight of…

  7. 'The Voice' Kicks Off Post-Super Bowl With A Blast From Christina's Past

    February 06, 2012 3:00 PM EST The second season of "The Voice" launched Sunday with the promise of making dream's come true just as they had moments earlier for the New York football Giants. The hour-long show filled the bulk of its time with exemplary auditions, bickering judges hoping to land contestants…

  8. Bring It On! 5 Awesome Cheerleader Videos

    February 03, 2012 3:00 PM EST Madonna 's new music video for "Give Me All Your Luvin'" features the Queen of Pop collaborating with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. for the first time, walking on the hands of football players for the first time (we assume), and, shockingly, unleashing her first cheerleader-laden…

  9. Azealia Banks Performs '212' For Karl Lagerfeld: Watch

    January 26, 2012 5:00 PM EST The fashion world has a new darling: Azealia Banks , Universal Music Group's latest signee. The "212" rapper performed her YouTube hit at Karl Lagerfeld's Paris home Wednesday night, just days after her music appeared in Mugler designer Nicola Formichetti's runway…

  10. Disney Pulls Joy Division-Inspired Shirt

    January 25, 2012 7:45 PM EST Disney has halted sales of a Mickey Mouse shirt after its comparisons to Joy Division drew web attention. The shirt, which presented a silhouette of the iconic cartoon character's head filled with raised black-and-white lines, echoed the cover of the post-punk band's 1979 album …

  11. 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…

  12. Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry Heading to White House for Country Celebration

    November 16, 2011 7:43 PM EST Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week. The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program. Among those performing Monday night: Lauren Alaina, The Band…

  13. No More 'Red Red Wine': UB40 Declares Bankruptcy

    October 17, 2011 9:08 PM EDT Reggae chart toppers UB40 have declared bankruptcy. As reported by the Daily Mai l, saxophonist Brian Travers, drummer Jimmy Brown, trumpeter Terence "Astro" Wilson, and percussionist Norman Hassan were all "declared insolvent." A Birmingham County Court judge has given…

  14. Exclusive: 'The Muppets' Soundtrack Song List

    October 10, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has four original songs in the Disney film "The Muppets," which features special appearances by Feist , Joanna Newsom and Nathan Pacheco. Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack Nov. 21. McKenzie has written "Life's a Happy…

  15. Hooked: Nicki Minaj in S&M Leather On Cosmo & Gaga the Mint Green Fairy

    October 06, 2011 3:50 PM EDT Get Hooked and discover how Nicki Minaj toned down her style for Cosmo and Lady Gaga turned mint fairy in London. Nicki Minaj In S&M Leather On The Cover of Cosmo After her whirlwind of bizarre outfits during Fashion Week, Nicki Minaj has landed on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine…

  16. Sylvia Robinson, Sultry Singer & Hip-Hop Visionary, Dead at 75

    September 29, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson , a sultry voiced R&B singer who later formed Sugar Hill Records and dreamed up the first commercial hit in the rap genre, died Thursday at a New Jersey hospital. She was 75. An unconfirmed report from The Urban Daily lists conjestive heart failure as the cause of death.…

  17. Kreayshawn's Style Council

    September 23, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Chart Article border STYLE COUNCIL - KREAYSHAWN Welcome to Style Council, a new monthly feature where The Hook profiles music's new generation of fashion influencers. From the minute her debut video, 'Gucci Gucci,' hit the web, Oakland MC Kreayshawn turned heads not only for…

  18. Sheryl Crow to Pen Music for Broadway 'Diner'

    September 20, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Sheryl Crow has been tapped to write the music and lyrics for an upcoming Broadway adaptation of the 1982 film, "Diner" reports the New York Times. Barry Levinson, who wrote and directed the movie -- a coming-of-age comedy that follows a group of friends in 1959 Baltimore -- will…

  19. VMAs 2011: The 20 Best & Worst Dressed

    August 29, 2011 2:30 PM EDT An evening of gender bending, babies and all things leopard commenced last night at the 28th annual celebration of the MTV Video Music Awards. The show was loud in more ways then one, and certainly held true to its long tradition of exhibiting the most outrageous fashions of the year. From…

  20. Watsky's 'Kind of Sexy' Spurs Social 50 Chart Re-Entry

    August 25, 2011 5:55 PM EDT A mixtape helps slam-poet-turned-rapper Watsky re-enter Billboard's Social 50 chart, perking up at No. 48. He released "A New Kind of Sexy" for free download on Aug. 12 via Bandcamp.com , while five days later he uploaded his Lupe Fiasco mini-mix "Show Goes On" to…

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