1. Joaquin Sabina Fights Stage Fright During Emotional Madrid Show, Skips Encore

    December 15, 2014 9:00 AM EST Esteemed Spanish artist retreats from audience of 15,000 after emotional performance. Joaquin Sabina ’s first solo concert in five years in his native Spain sold 15,000 tickets in less than an hour, so emotions were high all around at showtime on Saturday (Dec. 13) at Madrid’s Barclaycard…

  2. BSBB Round 3: Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" vs. Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Anaconda Nicki Minaj Boom Clap Charli XCX DENISE WARNER: “Anaconda” waxes poetic about big butts. “Boom Clap” is a somewhat more sentimental take on falling in love. I’m going with sentiment on this one. My Vote: “Boom Clap”…

  3. BSBB Round 1: Passenger, "Let Her Go" vs. Lorde, "Team"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Let Her Go Passenger Team Lorde KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: There’s only one song about “letting go” from 2014 that you need to know about, and this ain’t it (shout-out to Idina Menzel). English singer-songwriter Passenger kind of…

  4. Carlos Vives Shines at Sold-Out Miami Show: Watch Him Sing With 4-Year-Old Fan

    December 08, 2014 2:19 PM EST It's a raucous party at AmericanAirlines Arena, even with nostalgia & tears. For all its danceability and party ambience, Carlos Vives ' brand of folk/rock/pop is impregnated with melancholia. It's no accident that Gabriel García Márquez and his magical realism and Vives…

  5. Libertines Sign With Virgin EMI, Comeback Album is ‘Going To Happen’

    December 08, 2014 5:31 AM EST The Libertines , one of the most enigmatic of all British bands during its brief lifetime, is inching ever closer to a comeback after signing with Virgin EMI. The group, founded by its poetic and combative frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat , has declared the new recording deal as a…

  6. Grammys 2015: Meet The Lesser-Known Nominees

    December 05, 2014 2:28 PM EST Mali Music, Brandy Clark, Alt-J and other rising stars have earned key nominations. Look at the nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards (so far) , and you’ll see a whole bunch of familiar names in the major categories. Grammy darlings like Taylor Swift , U2 , Eminem and John Legend have…

  7. Killer Mike Pens Op-Ed on Rap Lyrics Used as Legal Evidence in Court

    December 01, 2014 8:04 PM EST If hip-hop was always taken at face value, rapper Killer Mike  of Run the Jewels might be convicted for his name alone. But that's not how our justice system works, right? Wrong, according to a new op-ed co-written by Killer Mike called "Rap's poetic (In)justice,"…

  8. Sting Sets Out to Save 'The Last Ship'

    November 23, 2014 11:47 PM EST Sting is not letting The Last Ship sink without a fight. The former Police frontman, who composed the score for the Broadway musical set in his Northern English hometown, will join the cast as speculated, in a bid to lift the $15 million production's struggling box office. A story…

  9. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  10. Spooky Black & The Stand4rd Prove They're No Bedroom Project at SOBs

    November 10, 2014 10:45 AM EST "This is a legendary motherfucking night," roared DJ Khaled , onstage in a black fur-collared leather coat and enough gold and sparkles to drown a man. One of hip-hop's reigning polymaths had come to SOBs in Lower Manhattan to introduce to the city, and the world at large,…

  11. American Express UNSTAGED Launches Artists in Residence Program, Highlighting Emerging Acts

    November 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Mary Lambert, Rixton and Betty Who are featured in AmEx's AIR program American Express has worked with some of music’s biggest stars in the past year, from Pharrell Williams to Tim McGraw to Maroon 5 . But for its latest music program, the financial-services company has created…

  12. Public Enemy Gets Deluxe Reissues of 'It Takes A Nation' & 'Fear Of A Black Planet'

    October 30, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Def Jam is continuing its 30th anniversary celebrations with plans to reissue Public Enemy 's 1988 breakthrough album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their follow up Fear of a Black Planet in multi disc deluxe sets. The reissues will include the classic hip-hop albums…

  13. The Download Heard 'Round the World: iTunes Numbers Show 81 Million 'Experienced' U2 Album

    October 09, 2014 3:43 PM EDT 'Songs of Innocence,' the band's latest release delivered for free, is firmly entrenched with 26 million customers downloading the set in its entirety. U2 has gone from setting records to breaking them and, with the band's game-changing Apple partnership, simply defying…

  14. Fleetwood Mac Relives Past Peaks & Lows at Madison Square Garden Concert

    October 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT In the setlist created for Fleetwood Mac 's latest tour -- the first in 16 years with singer and keyboardist Christine McVie -- Fleetwood Mac leaves plenty of room for inter-song stories. And for good reason: This band's personal dramas are nearly as legendary as its music, and…

  15. Nas Talks 'Lost Tapes' Follow-Up at 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Excitement was mounting at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night, as celebrities took a trip down the red carpet and memory lane with the premiere of Time Is Illmatic , the Nas documentary from One9 and Erik Parker . "I actually have a tingling sensation, it's…

  16. We Spoke to a Scientist Who Sneaks Bob Dylan Lyrics Into His Writing

    September 30, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Have you heard about the scientists who sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into their writings? Lately, the internet has caught onto the story of a small group of Swedish scientists who take their Dylan fandom to very clinical levels. For instance, an article about flatulence came with the tagline, …

  17. Lady Antebellum Talk Soaring to a New Sound on '747'

    September 25, 2014 6:19 PM EDT If you think there's a little something different about 747 , the new disc from Capitol Nashville's Lady Antebellum , Charles Kelley says you are very much spot-on. Lady Antebellum's '747' Track List Revealed "We were working with a new producer, so I think…

  18. Kendrick Lamar Says Taylor Swift’s Remarks Help Himself, Hip-Hop

    September 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar appreciated Taylor Swift for paying homage to his music in a recent interview. Chris Brown's 'Autumn Leaves' Collabo With Kendrick Lamar Leaks Lamar was grateful to hear about Swift knowing the words to his lyrics and putting her in a great mood. The rapper…

  19. Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne . Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates Funeral ,…

  20. 20 Most Forced Rhymes In Pop Music History

    August 08, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Ariana Grande's "Break Free" isn't the only offender: here are the 20 most awesomely awkward rhymes in popular music. "I fought him on it the whole time...'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It&…

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