1. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  2. Foster The People On Following Up A Breakthrough: 'I Was at War with Myself'

    March 26, 2014 2:21 PM EDT For Foster The People, the antidote to writer's block was hiding on the coast of Morocco. "There's something mystical that floats in the air there," says frontman/multi-instrumentalist Mark Foster, calling in from somewhere between France and London on the band's…

  3. Jack Antonoff's Bleachers Deliver Tight, Assured Live Debut at SXSW

    March 13, 2014 5:33 AM EDT Jack Antonoff was the biggest rock star in the room Wednesday night at Palladia’s Epic.Awesome.Showcase at Austin’s Cedar Door. But the fun. guitarist, playing the first-ever live show with his new band, Bleachers, had no use for big rock star trimmings. “Can you guys turn off the smoke?…

  4. Paris Fashion Week: Rihanna Wears Face Net to Givenchy, Kanye West Says Show Was 'Awesome'

    March 03, 2014 12:30 PM EST   PARIS – With Hollywood hanging out at Sunday's Oscars, music turned out for the Givenchy show with Rihanna, Angel Haze, Beth Ditto and Kanye West (without Kim Kardashian) in the front row, alongside French fashion editors Carine Roitfeld and Olivier Zahm. Rihanna and "Prometheus…

  5. Beck's 'Morning Phase': The Billboard Cover Story

    February 14, 2014 12:25 PM EST Beck explains his first album in five years: "I'm not controlling where [the car] is going... just making sure it doesn't crash." Turns out Beck can make heartbreaking music , even when he actually is doing fine. Dressed in all black except for the tiny white polka…

  6. Angel Haze Reviews Alexander Wang’s Fall 2014 Runway Show

    February 12, 2014 5:15 PM EST Angel Haze’s quirky, but no-nonsense style has caught our attention. So we tapped the edgy rapper to be the latest fashion week correspondent for The Hook. We had Angel cover the Alexander Wang show held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard last Saturday (Feb. 8). The “Werkin' Girls” singer took us…

  7. 14 Artists to Watch in 2014

    January 13, 2014 12:00 PM EST They're not household names. . . yet, but these 14 music makers -- including pop stars in the making, soulful UK upstarts, an up and coming rapper, and a few hot groups -- are primed to do big things this year. John Newman , @JohnNewmanMusic Genre: Soul After the British…

  8. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  9. Angel Haze Leaks 'Dirty Gold;' Label Responds By Moving Up Release Date

    December 19, 2013 3:17 PM EST Frustrated with release delays, the rapper leaked the album yesterday without her label's permission, only to have it deleted hours later Hours after she leaked her debut album without the permission of her label (only to have it taken down soon after), Angel Haze's "Dirty…

  10. Angel Haze: Inside The Making of Her Debut Album, 'Dirty Gold'

    December 09, 2013 3:07 PM EST Rap's next rock star? A first look at Angel Haze's expansive, genre-bending Republic debut. "Just so you know, I want to be a rock star." That was one of the first things Angel Haze said to Nicola Carson, an alum of Modest! Management (Leona Lewis, One Direction) who was…

  11. Angel Haze Opens Up About Her Sexuality On Macklemore's 'Same Love' Freestyle: Listen

    October 22, 2013 3:46 PM EDT Angel Haze takes on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' hit, "Same Love," to share her experiences with sexuality. "Hi mom, I'm really scared right now, but, I have to," the New York rapper begins. "At age 13 my mother knew I wasn't straight/ She didn't…

  12. Pitbull & Ke$ha's Tour of Australia Canceled

    October 14, 2013 12:04 AM EDT Pitbull & Ke$ha’s planned tour of Australia has been scrapped a little more than two weeks out from the first show. The five-city trek had been billed as the year’s “hottest double-act,” but it won’t be happening. Promoter Dainty Group today confirmed the run was off. The “Pitbull &…

  13. Angel Haze Reveals 'Epic' Track With Sia on Finished 'Dirty Gold'

    August 05, 2013 5:00 PM EDT There's a light at the end of the tunnel for Angel Haze's debut album, "Dirty Gold," with the Detroit-bred MC revealing at Lollapalooza that she wrapped the set a month ago with plans to release a single this month. Haze, who has spent time in the studio with Marcus…

  14. Lollapalooza 2013: The Cure, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend Cap Day 3

    August 05, 2013 11:27 AM EDT Lollapalooza served up the alt-pop to close out the festival's final night in Grant Park. Goth godfathers The Cure left fans with smiles on their faces as they delivered a set of their most classic and poppiest confections on the south stage, while France's Phoenix kept the…

  15. Korn Announces New Album 'The Paradigm Shift'

    July 10, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Korn will release "The Paradigm Shift," their eleventh studio album, on October 1. The album marks the return of guitartist Brian "Head" Welch, who took an eight-year hiatus to get clean from drugs and find religion. The experience is documented in his 2005 autobiography…

  16. Frank Ocean, Beck Lead O Music Awards Nominees

    May 16, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Frank Ocean and Beck top this year's O Music Awards with two nominations each. On June 19, the awards return with a "Make a Band Famous" competition, performances from across the country and a drum-a-thon led by The Roots band leader and drummer Questlove. Among this year&…

  17. Depeche Mode Bring 'Delta Machine' to Tel Aviv in Exuberant Tour Stop

    May 08, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Doom pop legends delight Israeli audience during the second show of their Delta Machine tour "Oh, Tel Aviv!" Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan groaned Tuesday night as HaYarkon Park was transformed into a bubble insulated from whatever turmoil existed outside of its gates. In…

  18. 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…

  19. Nas' Australasian Hip Hop Movement Fest Is Canceled

    April 18, 2013 5:49 AM EDT The inaugural Movement Festival, a multi-date Australasian hip hop event spearheaded by veteran rapper Nas, has been canceled just a week out from showtime. Organizers Live Nation and Niche Productions pulled the plug today on the trek, which billed Nas as a headliner and rounded out its…

  20. Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup: Mumford & Sons, The Killers, The Cure Headlining

    April 01, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, the Postal Service all heading to Grant Park this August. Following weeks of rumors , the 2013 Lollapalooza lineup was officially revealed on Monday (Apr. 1), with a lot of expected names at the top of the bill. The Cure, Mumford & Sons, the Killers, Nine…

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