1. Jay Electronica Tweets His 'Control' Verse Topped Kendrick Lamar's

    April 19, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Talk of Kendrick Lamar's epic verse on the Big Sean track "Control" hasn't ended just yet. This time, Jay Electronica has chimed in on Twitter to share his thoughts on who had the best verse on the popular track.  Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick…

  2. Happy Record Store Day! Tweets from Artists, Retailers, Labels and More

    April 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day! To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of…

  3. Liam Finn Song Premiere: 'Burn Up The Road'

    April 17, 2014 4:52 PM EDT Liam Finn has filled his new album, "The Nihilist," with a cast of characters navigating through deliciously chilly soundscapes that oscillate tantalizingly into the warmth of big semi-processed drumbeats and his fuzzy guitars. But while the New Zealander with the uncanny melodic…

  4. Jay Z's Made In America Expands to Los Angeles, Becomes Bicoastal Music Fest

    April 16, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The Budweiser-sponsored festival will take place in both L.A. and Philadelphia during Labor Day weekend The Budweiser Made In America festival is expanding to Los Angeles - and staying in its birthplace of Philadelphia, with two simultaneous two-day festivals set to take place this Labor…

  5. Jennifer Hudson Drops Sassy Single 'Walk It Out' Featuring Timbaland

    April 14, 2014 7:16 PM EDT Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson dropped a new single today called "Walk It Out" featuring Timbaland. The Timbaland and J-Roc-produced track is available for stream now, and will be up for sale digitally April 29th. It is the second release off Hudson's…

  6. Rita Ora Returns With 'I Will Never Let You Down' Single: Listen

    March 31, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Calvin Harris helmed the sumptuous pop track, which previews the British singer's second album. Rita Ora has teased her new single "I Will Never Let You Down" for the better part of two weeks, and on Monday (Mar. 31), the U.K. pop singer unveiled the full version (and…

  7. Phillip Phillips, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills To Make Record Store Day In-Store Appearances

    March 20, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips and Mark Mulcahy are among the artists already confirmed to make in-store appearance on Records Store Day, April 19. Barenaked Ladies will perform at Sunrise in Toronto, which will also include an appearance from Paul Rodgers;…

  8. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  9. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

  10. Kanye West's Donda Partners With Roc Nation

    March 04, 2014 9:28 AM EST Kanye West's creative design and content entity Donda has entered into a partnership with Jay Z's Roc Nation, which will manage all DONDA Music, according to a press release and an official statement on the latter's web site . The alliance will focus on West's…

  11. Kylie Minogue's Comeback 'Kiss': Pop Star Finds New Life with Sia, Pharrell & Roc Nation

    February 28, 2014 1:17 PM EST "I felt like I needed a new landscape," says the 45-year-old pop phenom ahead of the release for her "Kiss Me Once" album. Kylie Minogue played some of the biggest venues of her 26-year career in music on 2011's Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour, including a five-night…

  12. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  13. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Talk 'Common Ground' Album, Premiere 'All By Myself' Song: Listen Exclusively

    February 19, 2014 10:25 AM EST For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records, and today (Feb. 19) Billboard…

  14. DJ Mustard: How the Producer's 'Ratchet' Revolution Became the Sound of 2014

    February 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST The DJ Mustard sound, like a Van Gogh painting or a good avocado, is easy to spot when you know what to look for. It's taut and spare, snappy and insistent. There are usually gruff chants in the background, like the song is a boozy party where a dance circle has just taken shape. …

  15. Arcade Fire Nominated for Three mtvU Woodie Awards

    February 14, 2014 1:02 AM EST Canadian alternative rockers Arcade Fire leads this year's mtvU Woodie Awards nominations with three. Other artists receiving multiple nominations include Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams, Jay Z, Imagine Dragons, Disclosure and Chance the Rapper, all with two apiece. Arcade Fire will vie…

  16. J. Cole Talks Dreamville Label Deal & Interscope's Joie Manda: Exclusive

    February 10, 2014 12:47 PM EST 'He really believed in me as an executive, a label CEO and a producer. A Dr. Dre to his Jimmy Iovine.' On Jan. 28, on his 29th birthday, J. Cole walked in his mentor/Roc Nation boss Jay Z's big footsteps once again. At his headlining gig at the Theater at Madison Square Garden,…

  17. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  18. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  19. Kylie Minogue Offers Ultra-Stylish 'Into The Blue' Music Video: Watch

    February 03, 2014 11:11 AM EST Just one week after unveiling the official audio and lyric video of her great new single "Into The Blue," Kylie Minogue has already released its dreamy music video, co-starring dashing French actor Clement Sibony. Watch the clip, which was released on Monday (Feb. 3), below: Minogue…

  20. Jay Z & Beyonce Rule 'Saturday' Super Bowl Party in NYC

    February 02, 2014 10:30 AM EST Beyonce is making Super Bowl weekend performances something of a habit. A year after performing for the big game at the Superdome in New Orleans, Beyonce performed for a smaller crowd Saturday night (Feb. 1) as Jay Z brought his wife out for a surprise cameo during his concert for DirecTV&…

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