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  1. Backbeat: Azealia Banks Brings a Mermaid Ball to NYC

    June 04, 2012 5:58 PM EDT (Photo: Jessica Chanen) One thing was made clear early on at Azealia Banks ' first-ever headlining set in her native 212 area code on Sunday night (June 4), even before entering the throes of Bowery Ballroom : this was not a grimy New York hi ...

  2. Lil B's Rambling, Wisdom-Filled NYU Lecture (Listen)

    April 12, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Lil B needs a hand sign for his cult following. Wu-Tang Clan fans throw up the "W." Jay-Z fans throw diamonds ("the roc") in the air. That's simply all that was missing at the rapper's NYU lecture, yesterday (April 11 ...

  3. Grammys Embrace of Chris Brown Draws Criticism

    February 14, 2012 7:58 AM EST Chris Brown accepting an award at the 2012 Grammys .(Getty Images) NEW YORK (AP) - The Grammy Awards' warm embrace of Chris Brown three years after his assault of Rihanna has drawn the ire of viewers who claim the controversial R&B star s ...

  4. Business Matters: EMI, The Beatles, Rhapsody, Girl Talk and more

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. EMI: Beatles Exclusive With iTunes Into 2011 -- EMI says the Beatles "are exclusive with iTunes into 2011." Taken literally, that could mean the exclusive ends in about six weeks. In any ...