1. Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood': Track-by-Track Review

    August 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Since the release of his mixtape in 2005, Wiz Khalifa has evolved from a rising Pittsburgh rapper to a pop icon. While his easygoing persona makes him come off like one of hip-hop's most casual rappers, his work ethic speaks otherwise, spanning from a ceaseless touring schedule to a…

  2. Listen to Wiz Khalifa & Nicki Minaj Rapping & Crooning on 'True Colors'

    August 12, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Nicki Minaj is popping up everywhere. Fresh off her collaboration with Beyonce and her track with Ariana Grande and Jessie J -- not to mention her  own in-the-works album  The Pink Print -- she now lends a hand to Wiz Khalifa on his new song "True Colors," off his upcoming album…

  3. Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Launches DIY-Focused Startup

    August 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT It took the Dillinger Escape Plan 's Ben Weinman a few years to figure out what he actually wanted to do with his own record label. Launched in 2009, Party Smasher Inc. was first and foremost a way for the mathcore minor deities to release their own music after finishing out their…

  4. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

  5. FCC Probes Complaints About 'Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour' Special

    August 06, 2014 10:16 PM EDT Although it only drew three complaints from the more than two million viewers, the Federal Communications Commission is in the process of determining if NBC's Fourth of July weekend special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour violated its rules against broadcast indecency or profanity. The FCC…

  6. Nirvana's Original Drummer Chad Channing Open to Reunion

    July 31, 2014 3:55 PM EDT The last few years have seen an inventive slew of Nirvana reunions, with Paul McCartney joining forces with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear for numerous performances and an assortment of female singers (Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde) teaming up with the trio to…

  7. SESAC Gets New Leadership, Plans to Greatly Expand

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT "SESAC has big plans," says the organization's new chairman and CEO. SESAC, which has been under majority ownership by private equity firm Rizvi Traverse since December 2012, is ready to grow. That's the word coming out of the organization, which just picked John Josephson…

  8. Mr. Big Drummer Pat Torpey Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

    July 24, 2014 5:13 PM EDT 'I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by,' he says in a statement. Pat Torpey -- drummer of hard rock outfit Mr. Big  -- revealed in a recent statement he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "I've been…

  9. Weezer Go 'Back to the Shack' on 'Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon' (Video)

    July 24, 2014 9:51 AM EDT In case you haven't yet heard Weezer's latest comeback single, you're about to get your fill over the next couple months. The veteran alt-rock band is kicking into the promo cycle for upcoming LP "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," and they gave lead single …

  10. Wiz Khalifa Releases 'You And Your Friends,' Feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Snoop Dogg & DJ Mustard

    July 21, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign also appear on Juicy J's "Shell Shock," the "Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtle" theme song. Wiz Khalifa recruited DJ Mustard – one of today's most sought after producers in hip-hop – for his new single, "You and Your Friends." …

  11. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  12. Dave Grohl On New Foo Fighters Album: 'It's All About Reinventing The Process'

    July 11, 2014 12:22 AM EDT Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl brought a rock n' roll sensibility to the usually buttoned-down atmosphere of the summer TV critics' tour. His enthusiasm for his new HBO project "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" was evident with F-bombs sprinkled throughout his description…

  13. Green Day's Mike Dirnt to Produce Indie Film 'Crickets'

    July 09, 2014 11:29 PM EDT Mike Dirnt is best known as the bassist of popular punk rock group Green Day, but now he's stepping into a new role: movie producer. Dirnt, along with Green Day's longtime manager Pat Magnarella, will produce Crickets from a script by Alfredo Botello. The story, by Botello and Jack…

  14. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  15. The Beef: Meek Mill Blasts Wale On Twitter, Wale Responds

    July 08, 2014 3:13 PM EDT There seems to be tension in the Maybach Music Group camp. Meek Mill took to Twitter today (July 8) to throw shots at Wale for not supporting him by promoting his upcoming album, "Dreams Worth More Than Money." "Wale just ain't gone tweet a thing about my album…. He'…

  16. Wiz Khalifa To Release 'Blacc Hollywood' On August 19

    June 30, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has finally announced the release date for his album, "Blacc Hollywood."  The rapper will unleash his third major label studio album on August 19. Wiz also unveiled the album cover for "Blacc Hollywood," which features him shirtless and letting out a puff of…

  17. Lifetime Faces Skeptical Fans, Angry Family For Aaliyah, Whitney Houston Biopics

    June 27, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Lifetime is hoping fans of the late Aaliyah and Whitney Houston will deliver ratings gold when the network airs biopics about the singers’ lives and tragic deaths in the coming year. Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, 17, best known for her work on the hit Disney show "Shake It Up"…

  18. Why Is 'We Are One' A Flop?

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT There’s been a lot of spirited debate on the merits (or not) of “ We Are One (Ole Ola),” the official FIFA World Cup Song , performed by Pitbull with guests Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian Claudia Leitte. Reviews of the track run the gamut, with some calling it spirited, festive and…

  19. Dave Chappelle & Nas Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 24, 2014 5:10 PM EDT Dave Chappelle's hiatus has been evidently too long. So, him currently taking on a week-long stint at New York City's Radio City Music Hall — as a headliner for a series of stand-up sets and as an opener for a host of top-tier musicians — is a huge deal. Last night (June 24), the…

  20. Firefly 2014: Foo Fighters Cover Rolling Stones, Queen, Van Halen & More During Hit-Filled Set (Review)

    June 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT At the start of the Foo Fighters headlining show on the Firefly Music Festival’s main stage, Dave Grohl promised the crowd that the band would play “until they tell us to shut the fuck up,” — and he kept his promise. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the…

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