1. Kanye Sermonizes on Racism in Fashion, Dangers of Celebrity at London's Wireless Festival (Video)

    July 05, 2014 6:38 PM EDT We knew Kanye West was celebrating the Fourth of July by performing at the Wireless Festival in London, ironically in the country from which America won its independence, but now we know that he spent the day doing what he does best: preaching to fans about the dangers of fame, fashion and…

  2. Robin Thicke Hires Cute Kids to Woo in 'Still Madly Crazy' Video (Watch)

    July 05, 2014 4:57 PM EDT As everyone who's ever seen "The Little Rascals" knows, there are few success strategies more surefire than getting your message across via a bunch of children dressing and talk like adults. And, as he's shown over the past few weeks, Robin Thicke will stop at no cliché in…

  3. Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet For Country Rap

    July 05, 2014 2:17 PM EDT "I think rap gets treated like a dirty word," Clear Channel's Clay Hunnicutt says. When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn't find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an…

  4. Ariana Grande Spends 4th of July With Sick Grandfather In Florida

    July 05, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Ariana Grande spent the 4th of July at the bedside of her sick grandfather back home in Florida. Ariana Grande Drops Zedd-Produced Single 'Break Free' (Listen) The pop singer was scheduled to perform at the Roots Philly 4th of July Jam on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, but canceled…

  5. Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran Backed By The Roots at Philly 4th of July Jam

    July 05, 2014 12:09 PM EDT The Roots worked as the house band for top-selling acts like Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran for its annual free concert Friday in Philadelphia celebrating Independence Day. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show The Roots Join…

  6. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  7. Would You Take Robin Thicke Back?: 10 Female Music Critics Answer

    July 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT From begging during performances to recording and titling his new album after Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has been trying hard—publicly, at least—to get his estranged wife back. Will the public campaign, including his album, help repair their marriage of nine years? Only time will tell.…

  8. 5 Seconds of Summer Touring United Kingdom & Europe In 2015

    July 04, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Seconds of Summer will be touring the United Kingdom and Europe in 2015, the Australian pop-punk group announced through Twitter on July 4. HI! were TOURING UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium & France nxt year! — 5…

  9. CODE Picks of the Week: Usher, Alt-J, Mark Knight & More

    July 04, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your long Fourth of July weekend. Usher, “Good Kisser” (Disclosure Remix) The British boys have outdone themselves on their latest rework for Usher, giving…

  10. ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele Not Pregnant, Twitter Account Gets Hacked

    July 04, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Fans of “Glee” star Lea Michele received some exciting news Friday morning (July 4) after reading on her Twitter account that she’s expecting a baby boy. Soon after the tweet went out, Michele’s representatives quickly pointed out that her account had been hacked and that she’s not pregnant.…

  11. 'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour

    July 04, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Is Caleb Johnson the Jack White of “American Idol”? The season 13 winner will release his new album, “Testify,” on Aug. 12, marking the fastest turnaround in “Idol” history (the album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes ). “It’s been crazy,” says Johnson of shuttling back-and-forth…

  12. SiriusXM Fires ‘Opie & Anthony’ Host Over ‘Racially-Charged’ Tweets

    July 04, 2014 11:30 AM EDT SiriusXM has fired "Opie and Anthony" host Anthony Cumia after he posted a series of racist remarks on Twitter earlier this week. Patrick Reilly, senior VP of communications at the satellite radio company, wrote in a statement that the 53-year-old DJ's posts were "…

  13. Hi-Five Singer Russell Neal In Custody After Wife Found Dead

    July 04, 2014 3:57 AM EDT Russell Neal, vocalist with 1990s R&B Group Hi-Five, is under police custody following the death of his wife.  According to reports, Neal voluntarily walked into the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas, on the evening of Wednesday July 2 and told police that his wife, identified…

  14. Life Term Upheld for Killer of Guitarist Dave Navarro’s Mother

    July 04, 2014 2:07 AM EDT A state appeals court has upheld the life sentence for a man who killed two Southern California women three decades ago, including the mother of guitarist Dave Navarro. City News Service says the 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld John Riccardi's sentence Thursday. Riccardi was…

  15. Motörhead Fan Suffers Brain Injury From Headbanging

    July 04, 2014 1:52 AM EDT Doctors reassure metal fans that the risk of injury is ‘very, very low’ and fans should ‘rock on.’ It turns out that heavy metal really can be dangerous for your health – at least in some rare cases - following the news that a German heavy metal fan suffered bleeding in the brain after a…

  16. Paul Horn, Grammy-Winning Jazz Player, Dead at 84

    July 03, 2014 9:57 PM EDT Paul Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz flutist and New Age music pioneer, has died at the age of 84. Horn's son Marlen said his father died Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a brief illness. He declined to provide further details. "He passed away very peacefully and did not…

  17. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: June 2014

    July 03, 2014 9:35 PM EDT PSY sweeps, but acts touring America climb up the U.S. ranking Led by the YouTube King himself, K-pop acts racked up millions of views throughout June. Unsurprisingly, PSY's "Hangover" video was the most viewed K-pop music video both in America and around the globe with Taeyang…

  18. Robin Thicke's 'Paula' May Sell 20,000 Copies In Its First Week

    July 03, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Robin Thicke's new album, "Paula," is off to a tepid sales start. Industry forecasters say the R&B singer, who hit a career high a year ago with his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Blurred Lines," might sell around 20,000 to 25,000 copies of "Paula" by…

  19. Katy Perry, John Legend Lead 2014 Mid-Year Streaming Chart

    July 03, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Six months into the year, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" leads the pack as 2014's most-streamed track in the U.S., according to Nielsen BDS. Since January, the title has received more than 188 million plays across streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, YouTube and more. MID…

  20. Bassnectar Makes 'Noise' At No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums

    July 03, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Bassnectar bangs out his first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as "Noise vs. Beauty," his eighth charted album, debuts with 13,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow marks Bassnectar's best sales week in more than two years; "Vava…

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