1. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows across the city. The festival started off strong…

  2. Corner Office: Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Label's Future, Kanye West's 'Incredible' New Album and Why Justin Bieber Isn't Overexposed

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin , Russell Simmons , Lyor Cohen , Jay Z , L.A. Reid ...Def Jam has seen a succession of iconic leaders during its 30 years, and on April 1, Steve Bartels found himself next in line. And while his sleek corner office in the Midtown Manhattan building of Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  3. Lana Del Rey Cancels European Shows Due to Sickness

    September 15, 2014 9:58 PM EDT Lana Del Rey has cancelled all her European performance and promotional commitments due to sickness, she announced Monday.  "For medical reasons independent of our will, the artist has been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days," her…

  4. Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta Talks New Single 'Never Been In Love,' Featuring Icona Pop

    August 25, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Check out the brand-new lyric video for 'Never Been In Love.' "When you heard the title of the song did you think it would be a negative song?" Cobra Starship 's Gabe Saporta asks. The frontman is doing an early interview to hype Cobra Starship’s so-far-untitled fifth…

  5. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  6. Thursday & Lostprophets Ex-Members Form No Devotion, Premiere Debut Single 'Stay'

    July 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Frontman Geoff Rickly will release the new band's material through his Collect Records label When Lostprophets dissolved last year after their lead singer was convicted of sex crimes , the band's other five members found their careers in limbo. Enter Geoff Rickly -- the former…

  7. Candy Hearts' Mariel Loveland Talks New Album, Feminism & New Found Glory Tattoos

    May 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT About a decade ago, Mariel Loveland fell in love with a pop-punk band on the radio, although she wasn't sure which one it was. Internet research told her it was New Found Glory, and soon after, 2002's "Sticks and Stones" became the first album she ever purchased.  Fast…

  8. Midtown Reunites for Surprise Brooklyn Show: Live Review

    May 15, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Midtown made it to Brooklyn for their first show in almost a decade on Wednesday night (May 14), powering through a 19-song set at the Knitting Factory. The influential New Jersey pop-punk band (playing under the pseudonym of Merman) had originally planned to reunite for this weekend’s Skate…

  9. Rita Ora and Jason Rembert Explain Why They're a Match Made in Fashion Heaven: Watch

    May 06, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "I love working with musicians -- they’ll take risks,” says stylist Jason Rembert, elbows-deep in racks of the latest Emilio Pucci, Simone Rocha and Marni collections. “With an actress, you’re just doing pretty dresses.” It is a gusty spring afternoon, and Rembert, 26, is at the Karla…

  10. DJ E-Z Rock, The Sugarhill Gang & More to Be Honored at Hip Hop Hall of Fame 2014

    May 06, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will honor a handful of legends at its awards show on Monday, May 19. The honorees to be inducted this year include The Sugar Hill Gang, Charles Ahearn and the film, "Wildstyle," Mr. Magic, Busy Bee, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three, Sequence, Cornbread…

  11. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  12. Michael Jackson's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the New Album

    May 02, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's new cover story focuses on the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson , going behind the scenes with the super-producers who sifted through nearly two-decades of MJ's studio outtakes in an attempt to produce what they hope will be a posthumous hit record, "…

  13. How Boyce Avenue Outdid Beyonce & Won the Internet

    April 28, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Boyce Avenue, YouTube's most-followed band, has achieved all the hallmarks of major pop stars and more than $4 million in revenue last year. On a corner in Midtown Manhattan, Alejandro Manzano, 27, waits patiently for his time in front of the camera. It’s a familiar spot for…

  14. Jeff Bridges Performs at Annual Lebowski Fest In Los Angeles

    April 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Bridges and his band performed a 30-minute set that included songs from 2009's "Crazy Heart" There were bowling pins, bathrobes, white Russians, and even The Dude himself. Jeff Bridges and his band performed Friday at Lebowski Fest, but Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 campy…

  15. Jamaica’s I-Octanes Debuts Video for 'A Yah Wi Deh,' Featuring Ky-Mani Marley: Watch

    April 05, 2014 12:00 AM EDT Throughout his nearly decade-long recording career, which accelerated into high gear in 2010, Jamaican sing-jay I-Octane has amassed a hit-filled catalog rife with vigorous dancehall anthems recorded on the latest digitized rhythms, as well as some of contemporary roots reggae’s most…

  16. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  17. Jennifer Hudson Headlining Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    January 22, 2014 7:47 PM EST Chicago, Foreigner, Daughtry also set to perform during concert series Back when she was a nobody, long before she blasted to stardom on "American Idol" and "Dreamgirls," Jennifer Hudson sang on a cruise ship. And on Wednesday, the singer said she would do it again -- this…

  18. Foxes and Twerking Teddy Bear Costumes Selling Well for Halloween

    October 24, 2013 4:00 PM EDT What does the fox say? Ka-ching at the moment, at least for some Halloween costume sellers and two Norwegian TV hosts who asked the question in a goofy video that landed them on U.S. talk shows and music charts. Funny brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker, known as Ylvis (ILL-vis), elevated…

  19. Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar To Headline Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival

    September 19, 2013 3:25 AM EDT Imagine Dragon's Wayne "Wing" Sermon remembered hearing all the childhood stories drummer Daniel Platzman used to tell about the Music Midtown Festival. "He made it seem like an epic thing," said Sermon, the guitarist of the four-man rock group. They're among…

  20. Arctic Monkeys Announce Fifth Album, 'AM'

    June 24, 2013 11:35 AM EDT Arctic Monkeys will release "AM," their fifth full-length and first since 2011's "Suck It and See," on Sept. 10 through Domino. The album will feature contributions from Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, who co-produced the group's 2009 album "Humbug.…

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