1. CHVRCHES Covers HAIM's 'Falling': Listen

    July 09, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Glasgow synthpop band CHVRCHES took to BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge Late on Monday (July 8) to perform a glitchy cover of "Falling" from fellow all-caps up-and-comers HAIM. The cover transforms the song from a jangly indie anthem to a dreamy, laid-back affair. The trio also gave…

  2. Essence Festival 2013: Beyonce, Tamia, Janelle Monae Take Over The Superdome

    July 08, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The last day of the 19th annual Essence Music Festival started around 8 a.m. CDT at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, with an all-star gospel tribute to Donnie McClurkin and Tramaine Hawkins, and finished around 1 a.m. Monday morning (July 8) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when…

  3. The Weeknd Announces Fall Tour Dates

    July 08, 2013 10:57 AM EDT 'Kiss Land' album due out at the end of the summer. The Weeknd has announced a 28-date fall tour to coincide with the release of his sophomore album, "Kiss Land." The Canadian R&B artist will kick off the trek on Sept. 6 at Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre, and will…

  4. Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail': Track-By-Track Review

    July 04, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail," which became available thrugh the Samsung app (but also leaked elsewhere) late last night, is a lot to get through on a holiday... and not just if you have a Samsung phone. (Samsung users faced difficulties when downloading the album at…

  5. Laura Jane Grace Readies For Against Me! Dates With Solo Trek

    July 03, 2013 2:21 AM EDT With punk outfit Against Me! returning to the stage this September, frontwoman Laura Jane Grace will warm-up with a mini-tour of her own. Ticket buyers for her north coast dates will get first taste of new Against Me! music. They’ll receive a download link to two stripped-down versions of…

  6. Franz Ferdinand Release New Single, 'Right Action'

    June 27, 2013 5:48 PM EDT Scottish rock quartet Franz Ferdinand is back with its newest single from its forthcoming record, "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action." The track, "Right Action," features the classic jangly strums found in old Franz Ferdinand cuts, but it's also packed with…

  7. Gavin DeGraw Returns With 'Best I Ever Had' Single: Listen

    June 18, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Nope, it's not a Drake cover -- it's the lead track from the singer-songwriter's next full-length. A decade after Gavin DeGraw first struck gold with his single "I Don't Want To Be," the singer-songwriter has returned with a new single, "Best I Ever Had,…

  8. Joey Bada$$ Releases '95 Til Infinity', Delays 'Summer Knights' Mixtape

    June 13, 2013 4:55 PM EDT Rap fans will have to hold their breath a little longer as Joey Bada$$ pushes back the release date for "Summer Knights" to July 1.  The Brooklyn rapper took to Twitter to announce the delay and say that the upcoming posthumous Capital Steez project will no longer be a free…

  9. Neko Case Teams With M. Ward on 'Man' Single, Announces New Album

    June 11, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Alt-country warrior Neko Case has announced plans for her first studio album since 2009's well-received "Middle Cyclone." The new record is titled (deep breath) "The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You" and comes out Sept. 3…

  10. Nine Inch Nails Set Up 'Hesitation Marks' With New Single, Tour Dates

    June 06, 2013 7:22 AM EDT With a new recording contact in the bag, Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails have confirmed a September release for their new album, they’ve dropped a new track and there’s plans for a full-scale North American touring assault this Fall. The industrial rockers’ forthcoming set “Hesitation…

  11. Zeds Dead Announce 'Altered States' Tour, Exclusively Premiere 'By Your Side' from Free EP

    June 03, 2013 1:49 PM EDT The DJ outfit presents a softer side on their new single as they prepare for a a multi-genre concept tour this fall. Canadian DJ duo Zeds Dead will hit the road this fall on a concept tour of sorts throughout North America, entitled “Altered States.” The 35-date tour will feature support…

  12. J. Cole Releases TLC-Assisted 'Crooked Smile'; Announces 'Dollar And A Dream' Tour

    June 03, 2013 12:15 PM EDT A day after performing his first single, "Power Trip," alongside Miguel at Hot 97's Summer Jam XX, J. Cole releases his second, "Crooked Smile." The "Born Sinner" track is an uplifting ode to all those who continue to hold their heads up, especially women,…

  13. Thompson Square Cancel Tour Dates Due to 'Very Serious Vocal Condition'

    May 29, 2013 5:02 PM EDT Country duo Thompson Square has been forced off the road temporarily due to a vocal illness that has stricken one of its members. Keifer Thompson says in a new statement that he is suffering from a "very serious vocal condition" and has been ordered to stop singing, bringing their…

  14. Joey Bada$$ Releases 'Word Is Bond' Song: Listen

    May 29, 2013 1:04 PM EDT The rapper will release his mixtape, 'Summer Knights' on June 12. Joey Bada$$ will release his latest mixtape "Summer Knights" on June 12. Yesterday (May 28), the rapper debuted the Statik Selektah-produced, "Word is Bond." The song is a crisp, moody…

  15. Zebra Katz Talks Busta Rhymes, Covering Tiffany's 'I Think We’re Alone Now' & 'DRKLNG' Mixtape

    May 24, 2013 3:43 PM EDT Since releasing his eagerly anticipated "DRKLNG" mixtape last week, Ojay Morgan hasn’t done much talking. The 25-year old, Brooklyn-based darkwave rapper and multimedia artist, the force behind mischievous alter ego Zebra Katz, opted to lay low while fans and critics dissected his…

  16. Amy Grant: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    May 24, 2013 1:20 PM EDT The format icon performs two new tracks live as she extends her record for the most No. 1s on Christian Albums As Amy Grant's "How Mercy Looks From Here" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart, the genre star extends her record for the most leaders – 16 …

  17. Peter Hook To Play New Order Classics on North America Tour

    May 22, 2013 6:28 AM EDT Peter Hook doesn't want to play with New Order. But that doesn't mean he won't play his old band's music. Following a well-received string of debut U.K. concerts in January, the legendary bass player and his group The Light will embark on a North American tour this…

  18. Superchunk Announce New Album, Departure of Bassist Laura Ballance

    May 16, 2013 4:30 PM EDT There's some good news and some bad news from seminal indie rockers Superchunk. First with the good news -- on August 20, they'll release their 10th studio album, an LP (hopefully) playfully titled "I Hate Music" via Merge Records, the label they founded back in 1989 to…

  19. Backstreet Boys Announce New Studio Album and Summer Tour

    May 15, 2013 2:44 PM EDT Following the example of New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees, Backstreet Boys will release a new studio album in 2013. "In A World Like This" will be released on July 30, and three days later, the Boys will kick off a North American tour in Chicago. On Wednesday morning (May…

  20. Katharine McPhee 'Loved Every Moment' of Canceled 'Smash'

    May 11, 2013 12:42 PM EDT "Sure, I wish that it could have five more seasons, but we had two great seasons," says NBC star. Just one day before NBC officially announced the cancelation of "Smash," star Katharine McPhee talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the inevitable conclusion of the…

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