1. 'American Idol' Offers Another Early Glimpse at Top 24

    January 09, 2015 4:07 AM EST American Idol stepped up its search for a superstar in Nashville and Kansas City during the second part of its two-night season premiere. Credit judges Harry Connick Jr. , Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban for staying focused on the task at hand, or as Lopez adeptly put it, making the show  …

  2. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  3. Morrissey Cancels More Tour Dates, But Not Because of Illness

    December 08, 2014 10:40 AM EST Morrissey’s tour behind his 2014 album World Peace Is None Of Your Business -- dogged by controversy, bad luck and illness -- has hit yet another snag in its final European leg. The former Smiths frontman has cancelled three shows and rescheduled two more. A trio of performances have been…

  4. Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation In Florida Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

    November 22, 2014 12:54 PM EST The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby , for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed. Bill Cosby Refuses to Address Sexual Assault Allegations in…

  5. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  6. Paul Simon Cooperating for Planned Biography

    November 04, 2014 3:58 PM EST After decades of telling his story through music, Paul Simon is ready to rely on words alone. The celebrated singer-songwriter has agreed to cooperate with author and music critic Robert Hilburn for a planned biography. Simon & Schuster, winner of a recent six-publisher auction,…

  7. Exclusive Video Premiere: Watch Goldroom's 'Till Sunrise,' Directed by 'Glee' Star Dianna Agron

    October 08, 2014 1:03 PM EDT The music video, an ode to young love and all-nighters in downtown Los Angeles, stars Agron's little brother, Jason. Josh Legg, the producer who fronts the electronic outfit  Goldroom , has rapidly become one of Los Angeles' dance music tastemakers. The 30-year-old makes…

  8. How CeeLo Green’s Career Can Be Saved

    September 05, 2014 3:19 PM EDT How accusations of rape, a yanked reality show and a deplorable series of (since deleted) tweets stand to derail a once vibrant future for the artist and former 'Voice' coach. On Sept. 2, hours after Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest to a 2012 case alleging that he secretly slipped…

  9. Lyor Cohen on the Palestinian–Israeli Conflict: ‘It’s Extremism on Both Sides That’s the True Villain'

    September 05, 2014 1:01 PM EDT The former Def Jam and Warner Music chief and curent owner of 300 Entertainment says peace between the citizens of Israel and Gaza comes down to one principle: patience. It’s interesting that the Hebrew word for suffering,  (sevel), would share the same letters as the word for patience,  …

  10. Simon Cowell's Lucky Streak Rolls On

    July 13, 2014 11:37 PM EDT Life is good these days for Simon Cowell. "America's Got Talent," which he created and produces, reigns as summer's top-rated program and was renewed Sunday for a 10th season by NBC. It's part of a "Got Talent" franchise seen in 62 countries which, according…

  11. Janelle Monáe Sick, Australian Concert Dates Nixed

    May 19, 2014 3:42 AM EDT Janelle Monáe’s Australian tour has been derailed due to a mystery “sudden illness.”  The R&B star has been forced to cancel a pair of dates, including last Saturday's show at Melbourne’s the Forum where the band was already set-up and the room was full. Monday night’s scheduled show…

  12. Mariah Carey's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned

    April 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT UPDATE 4/28: Since this story's publication, a Def Jam rep now says Mariah Carey's new album will have a traditional roll-out strategy leading up to a "late May" simultaneous digital/physical street date. Read the full report here Earlier story: It's been a…

  13. Neil Young Introduces PonoMusic to the World ­-- While Its CEO Raises Some Eyebrows

    March 11, 2014 8:33 PM EDT In Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center, the legendary Neil Young presented his final thesis -- an oddly altruistic sales pitch may be more accurate -- on a long-simmering project: the Pono music player. Young's presentation centered on the loss of the recording industry after the…

  14. Igloofest Defies Winter Weather with Game-Changing, Month-Long Event

    February 04, 2014 6:07 PM EST It’s the dead of winter. Snow is falling and it’s 20 degrees and dropping, but instead of snuggling up at home, 10,000 people are dancing to some techno, outside, under the stars, in the snow. It’s a surprising sight to behold, let alone partake in, but it’s that exact shock to the system…

  15. Jamie Lynn Spears Releases First Country Single, 'How Could I Want More': Listen

    November 25, 2013 7:44 PM EST Jamie Lynn Spears is making a comeback, and the fruits of her labor are beginning to trickle out. After appearing on "Chillin' With You," the ninth track from big sister Britney's new album "Britney Jean," the former "Zoey 101" star has her own song out…

  16. New York City Opera To File For Bankruptcy

    October 02, 2013 1:12 AM EDT New York City Opera said Tuesday it is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy protection after seven decades as a fixture on the metropolitan cultural scene. The company announced Sept. 12 that it needed to raise $7 million by the end of that month. Spokeswoman Risa Heller said about $2…

  17. Mike Love 'Upset' Over Direction of Beach Boys Reunion Album, Tour

    August 14, 2013 10:18 AM EDT Singer says he and Brian Wilson were "supposed to be allowed to get together to write songs from scratch like we did in the 60s, but that was never to be, and that wasn't because of me" Though the Beach Boys are divided rather than conquering a year after their triumphant…

  18. Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank Talk TGT's '3 Kings' Album

    July 07, 2013 7:12 PM EDT 'We want to get R&B back in a place where it's heard by everybody and not just older grown folks,' says the R&B supergroup. Six years have elapsed since Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank conceived the idea of teaming up as TGT. But the R&B supergroup isn't wasting…

  19. Jimmy Eat World's Adkins Discusses New 'Adult Break-Up Record'

    April 30, 2013 11:25 AM EDT "Nothing is less effective for me than when you stack happy on top of happy," says the frontman. Jimmy Eat World singer/songwriter/guitarist Jim Adkins has a way with one-line zingers. How has the band managed to stay together and release quality music since 1996? "Staying…

  20. Sigur Ros vs. Dipset: Two Dazzling NYC Shows In One Evening

    March 26, 2013 2:53 PM EDT Read our live breakdown of the Icelandic band's Madison Square Garden debut and the "Diplomatic Immunity" 10th anniversary show. Nine blocks. That's the distance that separates the north side of Madison Square Garden and the entrance to B.B. King Blues Club & Grill…

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