1. Damon Albarn Postpones Sydney Opera House Show As CBD Siege Continues

    December 15, 2014 2:24 AM EST Damon Albarn’s scheduled Monday night performance at the Sydney Opera House has been postponed as a dramatic siege situation brought areas of the city center to a standstill. The iconic entertainment venue had reportedly been evacuated at about 10am local time following reports of a…

  2. Sydney Opera House Evacuated As Hostages Held in City's Center

    December 14, 2014 11:35 PM EST The Sydney Opera House has been evacuated as a hostage siege grips the city. The iconic entertainment venue had reportedly been placed in lockdown at around 10am local time on Monday following reports of a suspicious package being discovered on site. The situation at the Opera House…

  3. Childish Gambino's Donald Glover to Star in Series Pilot About 'Atlanta' Rap Scene

    December 12, 2014 10:02 PM EST We may have first been introduced to Donald Glover via his role on Community , but he's been sitting pretty squarely in our minds as the rapper Childish Gambino recently -- even picking up two Grammy nominations for his album Because the Internet .  Watch Childish Gambino & Jhene…

  4. 'Side Show' Packs Up Its Tent Early on Broadway

    December 12, 2014 11:12 AM EST Seventeen years to the day since its original production closed after a commercially disastrous run of just three and a half months, the lavish Broadway reboot of Side Show will make an even swifter exit. Producers have confirmed a Jan. 4 closing date for the bio-musical about the search…

  5. American Music Prize to Launch in 2015

    December 12, 2014 1:49 AM EST The U.S. has a new prize to recognize the year's best debut American album. The American Music Prize is the brainchild of Scott B. Murphy, who established the annual Australian Music Prize back in 2005. Its ambition is to “encourage, discover, reward and promote new music of excellence…

  6. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  7. Bob Geldof to 'Do They Know It's Christmas' Critics: 'F--- Off'

    December 10, 2014 10:05 AM EST Christmas music doesn't usually inspire cursing and vitriol, but then again, Band Aid's charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is not just any Christmas song: it's a charity single with contributions from One Direction , Bono , Rita Ora , Emeli Sande ,…

  8. Sinead O’Connor on Band Aid 30 Criticism: ‘Everyone Should Shut the F--- Up’

    November 25, 2014 11:42 PM EST Lily Allen has called it “smug.” Emeli Sande has apologized if its lyrics “caused offence.” Adele is rumored to have snubbed the sessions. But Sinead O’Connor isn’t having any of it. The sharp-tongued Irish singer has hit back at critics of the latest version of the Band Aid all-star…

  9. Bono Recruits Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman & More for Ebola PSA

    November 19, 2014 4:55 PM EST Fellow musicians Ellie Goulding, Akon & Angelique Kidjo also appear. Given his extensive history of international activism, you might be surprised to see that Bono is keeping silent about the growing Ebola crisis in Africa. Well, that's only technically true. While Bono and a slew…

  10. Lee Daniels' Business Partner Claims Damon Dash Is 'Libel-Proof'

    November 12, 2014 4:25 PM EST Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder is suing Daniels over profits from 'The Butler' & other projects. Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash 's defamation claim against Canyon Entertainment president Simone Sheffield might best be considered the undercard in a legal match…

  11. Watch FKA Twigs Make Late-Night Debut on ‘Jimmy Fallon’

    November 05, 2014 10:59 AM EST FKA Twigs , one of the breakout indie artists of 2014, can finally cross “late-night U.S. television debut” off of her checklist, as the R&B chanteuse brought her single “Two Weeks” to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (Nov. 4). Watch below: The “Two Weeks”…

  12. Dionne Warwick on Why Social Media Isn't Her Thing: 'I Don't Do Twitter, I Don't Do Twatter'

    November 04, 2014 12:21 PM EST Dionne Warwick , 73, has revisited her huge hit catalog many times, most recently on 2012's Now: A Celebratory 50th Anniversary Album . But for her latest dip into the past, Feels So Good (Oct. 27, Bright Music), she opted to let some famous friends do the curating, including Cyndi…

  13. Justin Bieber's 'Baby' Video Co-Star Jasmine V Talks Solo Career, Working With Kendrick Lamar

    November 03, 2014 3:15 PM EST From: San Jose, Calif. Age: 20 Origin: A child actress with appearances on My Wife and Kids and That's So Raven , Jasmine Villegas signed with Damon Dash at age 12 before inking a deal with Sony, and then Interscope in 2013. "I was signed three times and was really discouraged…

  14. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  15. Young Fathers Beat Out Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs for 2014 Mercury Prize

    October 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers have beat out Damon Albarn , Anna Calvi , FKA Twigs and others for this year's Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months.  Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize? The trio's 2014 record, Dead -- which was…

  16. R.F.C.'s Smoke DZA & Al-Doe, 'They Got Money,' Featuring Damon Dash: Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT DZA's R.F.C. Music Group will release their debut album, The Outsiders, on Nov. 18. Smoke DZA is inaugurating his new imprint, R.F.C. Music Group, with their debut album, The Outsiders . The LP, out Nov. 18 through iHipHop Distribution, will feature all members of the imprint's…

  17. Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & the Queen Albums on the Way

    October 19, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Blur frontman Damon Albarn says new material from his Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad & the Queen projects should be coming before too long.  Speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald while touring to support his solo debut album, Everyday Robots , which was released in April, Albarn said…

  18. Nikki Sixx Focusing on Sixx:A.M.'s First Headlining Tour as Motley Crue Comes to a Close

    October 08, 2014 11:15 AM EDT After seven years and three albums, Sixx:A.M. will do its first tour as a headliner -- though fans will have to wait another six months for the experience. Wrestling Nikki Sixx's commitments to Mötley Crüe 's farewell tour and Guns N' Roses' demands for DJ Ashba, Sixx:A…

  19. Exclusive: 'Pop Nation' Musical Celebrates '90s Boy Bands & Bubblegum Divas

    October 06, 2014 6:18 PM EDT If you've ever had a long argument about which band was better,  Backstreet Boys  or *NSYNC ,  Pop Nation  is your theatrical experience. The new show, merging music, theater and the nightclub experience, will begin performances at Hudson in New York City on Nov. 14.  Pop Nation …

  20. Maroon 5 Harmonizes with Sarah Silverman in 'SNL' Promo

    October 04, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Sarah Silverman, actress and  " I'm F---ing Matt Damon " singer, is hosting the second episode of Saturday Night Live 's 40th season this weekend. Her musical guest accompaniment? Maroon 5, who visit the show for the fifth time in 10 years. (They first appeared on…

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