1. Wendy Rene, Soul Singer Sampled by Wu-Tang Clan & Alicia Keys, Dies at 67

    December 18, 2014 4:12 PM EST Wendy Rene, the budding Stax Records singing and songwriting talent who quit music after the death of Otis Redding in 1967 and saw her music revived through samples decades later, died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., following a stroke. She was 67. Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Rene was given…

  2. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Needs to Venture Outside of Mainstream to Stay Relevant

    December 16, 2014 2:35 PM EST It's fitting that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed its Class of 2015 at midnight last night, because the list of new inductees is very sleepy. Next year, Green Day , Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues Band , Joan Jett and the…

  3. See AC/DC's Albums Ranked From Highest to Lowest Charting

    December 16, 2014 11:30 AM EST Forty-one years after AC/DC formed in Australia, the band's fifteenth studio album -- Rock Or Bust -- has debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. As one of the longest-running (not to mention most influential) hard rock bands to form in the '70s, AC/DC managed…

  4. BSBB Round 2: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Shakira feat. Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Can't Remember To Forget You Shakira feat. Rihanna MEGAN BUERGER: Katy Perry and Juicy J are the greatest pop-rap dream team since J. Lo and Ja Rule, and "Dark Horse" is the…

  5. BSBB Round 1: Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Don't"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All About That Bass Maghan Trainor Don't Ed Sheeran CRAIG JENKINS: Ed Sheeran’s push from coffee shop folk-pop to the hodge-podge of styles he occupied on x was lauded as an evolution this summer, but “Don’t” is…

  6. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  7. Creed's Scott Stapp Loses Custody of His Kids: Report

    December 12, 2014 5:53 PM EST After a series of bizarre headlines over the past month -- starting with a confessional Facebook video and leading to a leaked 911 call -- former Creed frontman Scott Stapp has lost custody of his three children, TMZ reports. The Cost of Scott Stapp's Downward Spiral: Blowing Through …

  8. Beyoncé Earns Eighth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With '7/11'

    December 11, 2014 7:09 PM EST Plus: Wu-Tang Clan returns to the charts with 'A Better Tomorrow' In only its second week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyoncé 's "7/11" reaches No. 1, granting the singer her eighth chart-topping title as a solo artist. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé,…

  9. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  10. Album Review: Ghostface Killah Follows Up Wu-Tang Clan's Reunion Album With Solo Concept LP '36 Seasons'

    December 09, 2014 1:00 PM EST After 20 years of rapping, there are few things the Wu-Tang Clan hasn't been able to do -- except get along. In 2007, ahead of the release of its fifth LP, 8 Diagrams , group members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon trashed the album publicly, blaming its poor quality on the direction of…

  11. Watch Wu-Tang Clan' Protest Footage Compilation for ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Video

    December 07, 2014 2:48 PM EST The Wu-Tang Clan has successfully captured some of the nation’s frustrations with the justice system in their new music video for “A Better Tomorrow,” the title track from the group’s sixth album. Wu-Tang Clan Bring the Latest 'Ruckus' to 'Letterman' In the wake of grand…

  12. No, Skrillex Didn't Buy Wu-Tang's $5M 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' Album

    December 01, 2014 4:16 PM EST One of the year's great mysteries -- who will buy the Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind record? -- remains unsolved. Skrillex can afford a lot of nice things -- he made $15 million two years ago, according to Forbes -- from a nice home studio to a communal , techno-artistic downtown…

  13. Creed's Scott Stapp Was on a Psych Hold Before Confessional Video: Report

    November 28, 2014 5:06 PM EST Creed frontman Scott Stapp was placed on a psych hold by Florida police on Nov. 13, more than a week before he posted a very revealing video to Facebook, TMZ reports. Creed's Scott Stapp Has Been Sleeping in His Truck According to TMZ, Stapp was found on the side of the road rambling…

  14. Wu-Tang Clan Bring the Latest 'Ruckus' to 'Letterman'

    November 26, 2014 10:31 AM EST In advance of their sixth studio album  A Better Tomorrow , the Wu-Tang Clan performed their latest single, "Ruckus In B Minor," on Letterman . (Not to be confused with "Bring Da Ruckus," the opening track on Wu-Tang's debut album.) Watch their performance below.…

  15. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  16. 2014 AMAs: Best, Worst & Weirdest Performances

    November 24, 2014 12:40 AM EST Obviously the American Music Awards are about awards, but the real reason we tune in is to see hit artists delivering performances of their new material. Sometimes they're spectacular, sometimes they're snoozy -- even the best pop stars can swing and miss at the AMAs -- but they…

  17. Watch Chris Cornell Discuss 'Existential Meltdown' of '90s Grunge Bands, Being the Anti-Poison

    November 21, 2014 3:50 PM EST Soundgarden frontman spoke at Billboard's Touring Conference about bringing grunge from the underground to the mainstream. Speaking to a crowd at Billboard's Touring Conference  on Thursday, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell recalled his rise from the Seattle grunge scene to…

  18. One Direction, Lionel Richie & Katy Perry Win at Billboard Touring Awards

    November 20, 2014 9:46 PM EST One Direction , Lionel Richie and Katy Perry lead the list of winners at Billboard 's 11th annual Touring Awards, held Thursday (Nov. 20) at New York's Edison Ballroom. 1D, who was not in attendance, took home the awards for Top Draw and Top Tour, with grosses in excess of $290…

  19. Anna Wintour on Kanye & Kim 'Vogue' Cover: 'It's Very Important That People Talk About us'

    November 19, 2014 5:14 PM EST In a talk at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday, Anna Wintour opened up about her decision to put Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue . "If we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather…

  20. Inside the Brooklyn Pizzeria That Has Hip-Hop Artists From A$AP Rocky to Action Bronson Salivating

    November 18, 2014 6:56 PM EST What would a hip-hop pizzeria look like? From the outside, Williamsburg's Best Pizza is indistinguishable from any other Brooklyn dollar-slice joint, but chef-owner Frank Pinello 's acclaimed pies and an ear-splitting hip-hop playlist that includes The Notorious B.I.G. , Nas and…

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