1. Cycling Playlist: Anya Tru, Paulette & More

    June 23, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Spotify and The Echo Nest searched through their 24 million users and over one-and-a half-billion playlists -- and here is what you are listening to while you bike. It begins, appropriately enough, with a remix of "Rolling In the Deep." See the complete cycling playlist below!…

  2. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  3. Usher Brags About Lover's Under-the-Belt Techniques on 'Good Kisser'

    May 05, 2014 12:36 PM EDT After teasing fans with snippets, Usher releases his first single, "Good Kisser," off his eight studio album, and an accompanying music video. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More "Good Kisser" features Usher…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST On his 2012 independent release "Habits & Contradictions," ScHoolboy Q was dangerous -- and not in the boasting-about-your-guns type of way, but in the I-love-drunk-driving type of way. He was fiendish and self-sabotaging, sinking into the simple indulgences of sex, money…

  7. Sundance 2014: Watch 2 Chainz Perform 'Spend It' & Talk 2 Good 2 Be T.R.U. Tour

    January 19, 2014 7:50 PM EST "I don't know how to snowboard,” 2 Chainz joked last night (Jan. 18) on stage headlining the evening’s edition of the concert series at Park City Live during Sundance 2014. “[I] don't know how to ski. I'm just talking s**t. I was raised in the trap." Bringing on as…

  8. Pusha T Sets North American, European Tour Dates

    January 16, 2014 2:25 PM EST Pusha T is embarking on a victory lap following the release of his critically acclaimed solo debut, "My Name Is My Name": the GOOD Music rapper will spend the first half of 2014 on the road, as a headlining performer and as support on 2 Chainz's 2 Good To Be T.R.U. trek. After…

  9. 2 Chainz to Tour With Pusha T in 2014

    December 09, 2013 9:15 PM EST Two of rap's more recognizable personalities are teaming up and going on the road in early 2014. This February and March, 2 Chainz will tour behind his sophomore release "B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time," and he's bringing along fellow rapper -- and past collaborator -- Pusha T.…

  10. CODE Picks of the Week: Sia, Diplo & The Weeknd, Alice Russell & Sam Sparro, and More

    October 04, 2013 5:53 PM EDT Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below and tell us what you think in the comments section. Sia featuring Diplo & The Weeknd: “Elastic Heart” [Republic] At first, Diplo kicks back on the decks for his volunteered spot…

  11. Robin Thicke Ties Record Run at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    September 19, 2013 6:01 PM EDT With a 15th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) ties the Nielsen-era record for the chart's longest No. 1 run. Since the chart migrated to monitored airplay by Nielsen BDS and SoundScan sales data in December…

  12. Cooking With 2 Chainz: Eating Our Way Through His 'Meal Time' Recipes

    September 18, 2013 4:40 PM EDT Chainz was my therapist this past weekend and he didn't even know it. From Friday night to Sunday night (September 13-15), omitting mornings (2 Chainz apparently sleeps through breakfast), I cooked dishes from his and Chef Aleem's cookbook, "#Meal Time." The 15…

  13. Keith Urban Edges the Weeknd for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    September 18, 2013 12:06 PM EDT Last week's race for the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 between Ariana Grande and Tamar Braxton was nothing compared to the showdown on this week's tally. Country star Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 with "Fuse," edging out the also-arriving "Kiss Land" by…

  14. 2 Chainz Tour Bus Carried Drugs & Weapons, Cops Say

    September 04, 2013 2:05 AM EDT Police in Oklahoma City discovered two semi-automatic pistols and a 12-gauge pump shotgun along with some prescription painkillers and marijuana residue on a tour bus occupied by rapper 2 Chainz and 10 other men, according to documents filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. The…

  15. 2 Chainz, ‘B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time’: Fall Music Preview 2013

    August 30, 2013 2:09 PM EDT Release Date: Sept. 10 Label: Def Jam Recordings From its artwork, courtesy of Kanye West’s DONDA multimedia company, to its rhymes, 2 Chainz’ "B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time" features the Atlanta rapper becoming self-aware of his success. (His 2012 debut, "Based on a T.R.U. Story,…

  16. 2 Chainz Tour Bus Reeked of Pot, Cop Says

    August 28, 2013 1:51 AM EDT An Oklahoma City police officer who pulled over the tour bus of rapper 2 Chainz "smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana" when the driver opened the door, a police affidavit says. Eleven people, including 2 Chainz, were arrested after refusing to get off the bus for about nine…

  17. Luke Bryan Nets No. 1 Album, Katy Perry's 'Roar' Tops Digital Songs

    August 21, 2013 11:00 AM EDT K. Michelle debuts at No. 2, while "Roar" and Lady Gaga's "Applause" make their Digital Songs bows. As reported yesterday , country star Luke Bryan nabs his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Crash My Party." The album bows atop the list…

  18. The Civil Wars Debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    August 14, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Though the duo may be on a touring hiatus, the Civil Wars are celebrating their first No. 1 album this week. The act's new self-titled set debuts atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling 116,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. Latest From Civil Wars It's easily the best…

  19. Rapper 2 Chainz Found Not Guilty on Weed Charge

    April 26, 2013 6:18 AM EDT Chainz has reportedly been acquitted of drug charges which had forced the rapper to miss a tour of Australia. According to the Star Democrat , a county judge on Wednesday found the rapper not guilty of drugs possession, stemming from an incident on Feb. 14. The Atlanta-based artist, whose…

  20. Coachella 2013: Phoenix's R. Kelly Surprise, Postal Service's Special Delivery and More Saturday Highlights

    April 14, 2013 9:45 AM EDT The xx serenades with Solange, New Order parties like it's 1984, Major Lazer reveals album news and more onstage and backstage bits Additional reporting by Nicole Pajer The second day of Coachella 2013 turned up the desert heat with a jam-packed lineup of 65 bands that covered a…

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