1. How Fred Armisen Teamed with The Clash for Funny Or Die

    October 16, 2013 4:32 PM EDT Ian Rubbish, a British punk character Fred Armisen introduced in his last season on “Saturday Night Live” this past spring, has teamed up with The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon in a new video for Funny Or Die. The six-minute clip, called "The Last Gang In Town," was filmed…

  2. Matt Redman, TobyMac & Jason Crabb Win Big at Dove Awards

    October 16, 2013 6:12 AM EDT Matt Redman, TobyMac and Jason Crabb were the top winners at the 44th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards held last night (10/15) in Nashville at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University. Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin hosted the show, which was taped to air on Up! Oct. 21 at…

  3. Ja Rule Returns to Acting After Two Years in Prison

    October 03, 2013 1:08 AM EDT Ja Rule, who recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession, landed a role in a new movie because screenwriter Galley Molina empathized with the rapper's missteps. "People used to ask, `Well, you know he's a felon?' And I would say, `Well, so am I…

  4. Arcade Fire Debuts Funky 'Reflektor' Single With Interactive Video

    September 09, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Update (at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 9): Arcade Fire just hopped on Twitter and released a second, more conventional (but still very so so creative) video not at all related to the one that dropped two hours ago. It actually features the band, when they're not wearing huge masks and such. Watch…

  5. 'Boardwalk Empire Volume 2' Soundtrack: Exclusive Album Premiere

    August 27, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Following up the Grammy-winning soundtrack to "Boardwalk Empire," HBO's acclaimed series about 1920s Atlantic City, gave the show's music guru a chance to reward fans with a "cornucopia of musical gems" from that era, which was then evolving into the jazz…

  6. Judas Priest Hell Bent for Rock Fantasy Camp's First Metal Edition

    August 26, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Rob Halford talks Vegas and the legendary band's next album: "It's heavy. It's something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with" Rob Halford is curious to see who -- and what -- turns up in Las Vegas early next year when he and his Judas Priest bandmates…

  7. Dove Awards Nominees Include Chris Tomlin, Lecrae and Colton Dixon

    August 21, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The nominations for the 44th Annual Dove Awards were announced this morning, with a diverse slate of top artists including Steven Curtis Chapman, Lecrae and TobyMac all in the mix for inspirational music's biggest night. Chris Tomlin, who topped the Billboard 200 chart in January with…

  8. Gibson Brothers, Balsam Range Lead Bluegrass Awards Nominations

    August 14, 2013 7:00 PM EDT The Gibson Brothers have steadily built one of the top careers in Bluegrass music – culminating in last year’s win for Entertainer of the Year. This afternoon's announcement of nominations for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards reflected their top-level status, as the duo…

  9. Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Liza Minnelli Walk Up for ‘Boardwalk Empire Volume 2’

    August 08, 2013 6:21 AM EDT Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Liza Minnelli and Rufus Wainwright are among the big names who’ve recorded cover songs for “Boardwalk Empire Volume 2.” The album arrives next month ahead of season four of HBO’s hit series. New York Dolls’ David Johansen, St. Vincent, Neko Case and The National…

  10. Atlantic Connection: Exclusive Minimix and Q&A

    August 06, 2013 2:47 PM EDT The “future-soul” dubstep producer talks about his SMOG Records debut. If, perhaps, MTV’s new talk/reality series and “Jersey Shore” spinoff, “The Show with Vinny,” has been on your television, it’s likely you’ve heard its theme song, “Hypem” by DJ/producer Atlantic Connection. Like Vinny…

  11. Dailey & Vincent Take the Ryman Auditorium Home: Live Review

    July 22, 2013 6:30 PM EDT If you look up the definition of sonic perfection, there just might be a picture of bluegrass super duo Dailey and Vincent. Simply put, there are no other acts in the format who do what they do with as much energy, zeal, and precision. Thursday, the Rounder recording artists made a stop at…

  12. Phil Anselmo Takes Solo 'Walk,' Promises More New Songs at Housecore Horror Fest

    July 16, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Between Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual and so many others, Philip H. Anselmo has fronted nearly as many bands as he has tattoos. But with the just-released "Walk Through Exits Only," the venerable metal icon is putting his own name out front at last. And, he says, there'…

  13. Chart Highlights: Selena Gomez 'Get's New No. 1 On Dance/Club Play Songs

    July 01, 2013 3:05 PM EDT The singer ties for the fastest climb to No. 1 on the ranking since 2000 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard…

  14. Kelly Rowland, 'Talk A Good Game': Track-By-Track Review

    June 17, 2013 1:20 PM EDT Kelly Rowland finally comes into her own on "Talk A Good Game," her most focused, consistent and honest album to date. Picking up where 2011’s "Here I Am" left off, the singer's new album has an additional layer of honesty and openness courtesy of her most…

  15. Bonnaroo 2013: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 17, 2013 12:10 PM EDT From Icelandic hipsters to Malian maestros to Robert Sylvester Kelly, check out the best of the best from the 'Roo. Boiling down the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival to 10 great performances is always a fool's errand -- how can hundreds of shows and four days of memorable…

  16. Bonnaroo 2013: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, The National Close It Out

    June 17, 2013 1:00 AM EDT Rain rushed in and then disappeared just as quickly on the final day of the 2013 Bonnaroo festival, intermittently cooling off music fans as they soldiered on through a hot Sunday in Manchester, Tennessee. Following the late-night theatrics of R. Kelly, Empire of the Sun, Billy Idol and …

  17. Naughty By Nature, Macklemore & More Perform at 6th Annual Roots Picnic: Live Review

    June 02, 2013 11:49 AM EDT The Roots close the one-day festival with surprise guest, Meek Mill. The Roots Picnic took over the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing yesterday (June 1) with its annual celebration of music. Last year’s festival was an experiment, as the event was spread out over two days, the second of which…

  18. Clarence Burke Jr., Singer with Five Stairsteps, Dies at 64

    May 30, 2013 3:03 AM EDT Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of the group the Five Stairsteps that sang the 1970 hit "O-o-h Child," has died. He was 64. Burke died on Sunday - a day after his birthday - in Marietta, Ga., where he lived, said Joe Marno, his friend and manager. The cause of his death was not…

  19. 'American Idol': Top 12 Moments of Season 12

    May 16, 2013 6:10 PM EDT It's between Kree Harrison and Candice Glover for the "American Idol" season 12 crown. But remember, two came out of thousands who auditioned to begin with, giving viewers plenty of performances and moments throughout the year that made this season of "Idol"…

  20. Dailey & Vincent Return to Pure Bluegrass on 'Brothers Of The Highway'

    May 04, 2013 11:30 PM EDT It's one of the most distinctive sounds in bluegrass music – Darrin Vincent's laugh. His partner in Dailey & Vincent – Jamie Dailey talked about that infectious and unique sound. "He gets tickled all over himself sometimes, and we have to take him back to the bus and lock…

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