1. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  2. Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

    April 17, 2014 3:35 PM EDT "Time Is "Illmatic," the documentary about Nas' 1994 debut album, lived up to its name last night. Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that "Illmatic" would be here, at New York's legendary Beacon Theater for the TriBeCa Film Festival's…

  3. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  4. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tour Starring Michelle Williams, Brandon Boyd

    April 04, 2014 10:40 AM EDT "Jesus Christ Superstar" is hitting the road. The new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock musical is kicking off a 50-city, North American arena tour on June 9 in New Orleans, starring Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams and N'…

  5. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  6. Nirvana Photographer Charles Peterson Reflects On Kurt Cobain's Life & Legacy: Q&A

    April 03, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Born and raised in Washington State, Charles Peterson and his camera were there as the Seattle music scene coalesced in the '80s. Sub Pop's defacto photographer and a master of the black-and-white live shot, Peterson would come to famously photograph Kurt Cobain and Nirvana…

  7. Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Mourned by Dance Community

    April 01, 2014 10:08 AM EDT DJ/ producer Frankie Knuckles, widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” passed away last night (March 31) due to complications with diabetes. Having pioneered the sound of house music with his groundbreaking productions and DJ sets at legendary venues such as Chicago's Music Box and…

  8. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  9. Lady Gaga Kicks Off NYC Roseland Residency With Electrifying Birthday Performance

    March 29, 2014 8:58 AM EDT Gaga's run of seven shows will be the final performances at the famed Manhattan concert venue. “This is so exciting! How completely epic for an amazing venue,” Lady Gaga trilled in a Disney princess voice four songs into the first night of her closing residency at New York’s…

  10. Christian Rap Gains Traction, Chart Cred

    March 25, 2014 9:16 AM EDT Savvy marketing and a wholesome image are turning religious rappers into mainstream players "Hip-hop is an expression of what is dearest to you," says Christian rapper KB. "It's coming from who I love. And who I love is Jesus." The religious artist's passion was…

  11. Justin Bieber Gets Tattoo 40,000 Feet in the Air

    March 24, 2014 9:23 PM EDT Just days after his Miami Beach arrest in January, Justin Bieber was feeling chill enough to get a tattoo -- 40,000 feet in the air. TMZ reports that the pop star was on a flight en route to Canada five days after his Florida arrest and decided to get a new tattoo -- the image of a cross --…

  12. Cher Delivers Classic Hits, Outrageous Costumes, at Dazzling 'Dressed to Kill' Tour Opener

    March 23, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The legendary singer kicked off her 49-date North American run in Phoenix last night Two hours before Cher was scheduled to hit the US Airways Center stage in Phoenix, AZ to kick off her "final" farewell tour, the 67-year-old multi-hyphenate entertainer said she was…

  13. Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves Talks Life in the Hype Machine & Debut Album: Q&A

    March 18, 2014 2:15 PM EDT "Maybe it’s just the universe sprinkling a little bit of fairy dust on five shitty kids from the rust belt," she says. It’s been less than a year since Perfect Pussy originally posted a four-track demo tape to Bandcamp, but Meredith Graves, 26-year-old frontwoman of the Syracuse…

  14. Soundgarden's Chris Cornell 'Really Open' To Collaborating With Nine Inch Nails on Tour

    March 17, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The band discusses its admiration for Trent Reznor, its forthcoming music & why drummer Matt Cameron won't be on the co-headlining tour. With its just-announced summer tour with Nine Inch Nails and Death Grips, Soundgarden will be significantly busier than it planned to be this year.…

  15. Blondie, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Cee Lo Green Rock Rachael Ray's SXSW Feedback Party

    March 15, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Rain apparently does not dampen the appetite for free food and music -- at least  not when it’s the offerings at Rachael Ray’s annual Feedback party and concert. The line snaked literally the entire block around Stubbs before the gates opened Saturday morning, as Feedbackers braved off-and-on…

  16. Jamaican Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Found Guilty of Murder

    March 13, 2014 8:32 PM EDT Embattled dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, was found guilty today of the August 2011 murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. The incident allegedly took place at Kartel's home in Havendale, St Andrew. Williams’ body has never been found. The 11…

  17. Eric Paslay’s ‘Song About A Girl’ Makes Clichés Sound Fresh

    March 13, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Pickup trucks, tailgates, back roads, bonfires and alcohol: commercial country has been obsessed with a handful of topics for several years, and just about every sector of the business -- from the songwriters to the labels to radio -- has voiced some level of frustration about what seems…

  18. Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell On Going Solo,Grammys Nods And Her Controversial Skintight Dress

    March 13, 2014 1:28 AM EDT When Mary Mary singer Erica Campbell decided to tell her sister Tina she wanted to pursue a solo career outside the Grammy-winning duo, she was nervous about having the talk. But Erica felt compelled to be honest with Tina at a time when she was already performing without her sister, who took…

  19. Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 08, 2014 5:05 PM EST Soundgarden was anything but 'superunknown,' when it unleashed its epic album of that name 20 years ago today on March 8, 1994. The Seattle quartet had existed for a decade: they were among the first acts to record for Sub Pop and a leading band in the Seattle scene that would…

  20. Judge: Justin Bieber Arrest Video Will Have Blackouts

    March 04, 2014 8:01 PM EST Remaining police video clips of Justin Bieber after his January arrest will be made public with sensitive portions blacked out to protect the singer's privacy, a judge ruled Tuesday. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said two of the five unreleased video clips depict the singer&…

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