1. Aphex Twin Reveals ‘Syro’ Listening Events in North America and Europe

    August 30, 2014 10:03 PM EDT Eight listening events will be held in undisclosed locations across North America and Europe. Aphex Twin mastermind Richard D. James is giving hardcore fans in select cities a chance to listen Syro , his first new album in 13 years, before it’s released on Sept. 23 through Warp. Aphex Twin on…

  2. Hear New Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’ Song Teased by Twitter’s Head of Music

    August 30, 2014 9:16 PM EDT Bob Moczydlowsky, the head of music at Twitter , has teased a new song snippet from the Foo Fighters ’ eighth studio, Sonic Highways . Foo Fighters Talk Music With Barack Obama, Slash, Dolly Parton in 'Sonic Highways' Trailer The approximately eight-second Vine clip -- which shows…

  3. One Direction’s Harry Styles Supports Gay NFL Player Michael Sam at St. Louis Concert

    August 30, 2014 7:46 PM EDT Harry Styles sported Michael Sam’s Rams jersey onstage on Aug. 27. One Direction singer Harry Styles showed his support for Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, in front of thousands of fans during the group’s Aug. 27 concert in St. Louis. One Direction Where We…

  4. Taylor Swift Reportedly Joining ‘The Voice’ as Advisor

    August 30, 2014 6:17 PM EDT Taylor Swift will advise contestants across all four teams. Taylor Swift will join The Voice as an advisor for the NBC competition show’s upcoming seventh season, according to US Weekly . Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100 The “Shake It Off” singer will be working with veteran voice…

  5. Watch Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Rehearse for Their Wedding in Italy

    August 30, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Shockingly, Kanye West stays fairly quiet throughout the rehearsal footage. Three months after Kanye West and Kim Kardashian tied the knot in Florence, Italy, new footage has surfaced of the couple and their wedding party rehearsing for the big day. PHOTOS: Kanye West & Kim Kardashian&…

  6. Made in America Concert Set to Rock Downtown L.A.

    August 30, 2014 2:37 PM EDT More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the multi-stage show. Downtown Los Angeles is ready for its inaugural outdoor music festival. The Budweiser Made in America concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Park. Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and…

  7. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems…

  8. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  9. Kings of Leon Ready for Stage After Drummer's Injury

    August 30, 2014 10:37 AM EDT Kings of Leon will headline the second night of the "Budweiser Made In America" on Aug. 31. A brotherly reunion is coming to the City of Brotherly Love: Family band Kings of Leon will play its first show Sunday in Philadelphia since drummer Nathan Followill injured his ribs. Kings…

  10. Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

    August 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT A Spice Girl will join the creator as he returns to the ITV show after its U.S. cancellation The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in what will be its 11th season. U.S. Version of…

  11. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

    August 29, 2014 8:45 PM EDT R&B legend Smokey Robinson earns his highest charting album since 1981, while Amy Grant debuts on both the Christian and Dance/Electronic Albums charts- On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1 , giving the hip-hop star his first…

  12. L.A. Mayor Defends Plans for Jay Z's Made in America

    August 29, 2014 8:14 PM EDT 'What's important is that Los Angeles figure out a way to get to 'Yes,'' he says of Jay Z-headed festival. The Made in America festival is coming to downtown Los Angeles, not as an inconvenience, but as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs for crew…

  13. Tracy Morgan Still Struggling After Crash

    August 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former Saturday Night Live actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead. Attorney Benedict Morelli tells The Star-Ledger newspaper that Morgan relies on a wheelchair and it may…

  14. Brad Paisley & Kem Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 29, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Country star Brad Paisley is aiming for his ninth top 10 album. Country star Brad Paisley is set to collect his ninth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Moonshine in the Trunk , is aiming for a high arrival on the chart. Industry sources forecast the new album,…

  15. Nick Jonas Says New Single Is 'New-Agey Lionel Richie'

    August 29, 2014 6:11 PM EDT "New-agey Lionel Richie ." That's how Nick Jonas describes his new single, "Jealous," which is due for release on Sept. 7. "It is an uptempo song," Jonas told us at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards . "It's kind of a new-agey Lionel Richie vibe,…

  16. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  17. Country Duo The Secret Sisters on Their New Extended Disc and Paying Tribute to The Everly Brothers

    August 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their sound. “We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard. "Dad was big into Crosby,…

  18. Netflix-Comcast Battle Shows Net Neutrality Has Real Consequences

    August 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT The case of Netflix vs. Comcast is a lesson on the real-world implications of network neutrality. The term "network neutrality," a principle that all Internet data should be treated equally, has been more of an elusive concept than a well-defined issue in the music industry. It'…

  19. Snoop Dogg Dons Whiteface for... Some Reason

    August 29, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Happy Friday? Following in the footsteps of Nick Cannon for the first time in his life, Snoop Dogg has donned whiteface for a series of Instagram videos. Whiteface Snoop, who goes by the name Todd, is urging his fellow bros to sign up for a website called WhiteGuysConnect.com, which a quick…

  20. The Juice Podcast: Usher, Big Sean & Ariana Grande, Blue Ivy & the Beyhive

    August 29, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Slander in the R&B and hip-hop realms was strong this week; some of it was justified, and some of it was not. For this week's episode of The Juice Podcast, Taj Rani (BET) and Michael Arceneaux (Complex, Ebony) join me to discuss the happenings of the week, including Usher 's new…

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