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Ibanez Announces New Basses for 2017

<b>Bensalem, PA</b> (July 15, 2017) -- Earlier this year, Ibanez introduced two new updated Bass Workshop models to their BTB Bass Series: the 5-string …


Why New Accounts of R. Kelly’s Sexual Manipulation of Young Women Could Finally Bring Him Down

R. Kelly performs in Chicago, Illinois on May 7, 2016.Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images R. Kelly has led a charmed career. Through a trial on child …

R. Kelly

By Rapping About His Sexuality, Tyler, the Creator Reckons With His Past

Tyler, The Creator’s excessive use of the word faggot has always felt, to me, like an exercise in willful ignorance and selective reasoning.<p>In 2013, …


This Is the Best-Selling Platinum Artist of All Time, and It Isn't The Beatles

We recently looked at the best-selling albums from the year you were born (starting in 1956 with <i>Billboard</i>'s records), but which artist has accrued …


Jay-Z Calls Out Kanye West Feud, Alleged $20 Million Loan in ‘Kill Jay Z’

#Bruh. <b>Jay-Z</b> calls out his brief feud with pal <b>Kanye West</b> in track “Kill Jay Z” off his newly dropped album, <i>4:44</i>.<p>In the song, the Grammy winner refers …

Jay Z

Here's How Much Money Your Favorite Country Stars Really Make

Forbes' annual list ranks artists who earned $25 million or more.<p><i>Forbes</i>, the magazine authority on all things business and finance, released its …


REVIEW: 'War for the Planet of the Apes' is the darkest and most compelling blockbuster of the summer

"War for the Planet of the Apes" is the sequel to 2014's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Caesar, played by Andy Serkis, the human-like leader of the apes, reluctantly leads his species to war with humans. They make one last stand against the apes after a virus wipes out most of mankind. Caesar …


Did the Era of The Strokes Set Rock and Roll Back?

Maybe the 2000s give us a rock renaissance or maybe they just gave us a bunch of leather jackets.<p>Last month, writer and friend Lizzy Goodman released a book called <i>Meet Me in the Bathroom</i>, an exhaustive oral history of the New York City rock scene at the turn of the century. At over 600 pages, it is …


Blink-182's Matt Skiba Said He Used Witchcraft to Sabotage Fyre Fest

"I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen."<p>What may have previously seemed impossible has just happened: the story surrounding the disastrous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas earlier this year just got even weirder. Blink-182's singer and guitarist …


Incredible Footage of an Awestruck Jimi Hendrix Jamming With the Legendary Buddy Guy in 1968

by Lori Dorn at on<p>American Blues Scene has shared some incredible footage from 1968 in which an awestruck Jimi Hendrix joined Buddy Guy onstage after …


Prince and Paisley Park - A Tour That Generates Memories and Revenue

I have discussed in these columns the various ways the evolving music business provides income for artists. With the effective collapse of the CD/album model, the growth curve is firmly in “renting” or streaming music via Spotify and other platforms. Physical and digital sales are in stark decline, …


Tyler, The Creator - Who Dat Boy

Run The Jewels - Don't Get Captured (Official Music Video From RTJ3)


Race factored into Tupac and Madonna breaking up

<i>Program note: Go inside the decade that still seems like yesterday: CNN's "The Nineties"</i> <i>airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT starting July 9.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> Tupac Shakur lived much of his life in the limelight, but a letter that has surfaced from his past seems to offer rare insight into one of the late rapper's …

Tupac Shakur

DJ Khaled’s flawless six-step guide to achieving greatness

He’s the music megastar who never sings a note or raps a bar. Luke Morgan Britton meets the happiest man in music to find out how he does …


Eminem Raps 50 Cent's 8 Mile Verse for His Friend's Birthday as He Reveals It Made Him Want to Quit Rapping

Eminem almost lost himself.<p>The 44-year-old rapper wished his longtime friend and collaborator 50 Cent a happy 42nd birthday. Eminem posted a video of …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Album Review: Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’

By just about every measure, 47-year-old Shawn Carter’s past decade has been victorious: He’s evolved from a performer and upstart entrepreneur into …


Jay-Z Drops "Story of O.J." Music Video on Tidal as 4:44 Goes Platinum in Less Than a Week

<i>The Story of O.J.</i> is here.<p><b>Jay-Z</b> dropped his new music video, <b>The Story of O.J.</b>, on TIDAL earlier today. The 4 minute and 16-second piece is the latest …


John Blackwell Jr., Prince's Former Drummer, Dies at 43

John Blackwell Jr., best known for his work as a drummer for Prince, has died. He was 43.Blackwell's wife, Yaritza, announced his death on her …


Klown Wit Da Nuclear Code - Stew - Official Music Video - Directed by Spike Lee


Essence Festival 2017 Day 3 Highlights: Solange, Xscape & Master P

Essence Festival wrapped Sunday night (July 2) in New Orleans with performances from Solange, Master P, Trombone Shorty and Chance the Rapper on the …


With 'Girls Make Beats,' Tiffany Miranda Is Empowering A New Generation of Female DJs

These days, singer-songwriter, producer and DJ <b>Tiffany Miranda</b> boasts a star-studded client list including DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Fat Joe, not to …

DJ Khaled

First Listen: Jay-Z’s “4:44,” an Album of Love and Wealth

Jay-Z opens “4:44”—an album that has been the singular sound of my Brooklyn neighborhood since it was released, eighteen or so hours ago—with the song “Kill Jay-Z.” A song of the same name by a younger Jay would have been a rhapsodic spree, involving taunts to his peers, daring them to take him …


Kendrick Lamar - ELEMENT.


Summerfest Celebrates 50 Years: 'We're Keeping the Legacy Going'

In the late '60s, Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier returned from a trip to Germany, inspired by the concept of Oktoberfest. He, too, wanted to have a …


The new streaming world

How one band is trying to make it in a music industry turned upside down<p>Play Video Replay Video<p>Published on June 24, 2017<p>LOS ANGELES<p>It’d been five shows in five states in the past nine days, and now Mario Cuomo and his band mates slouched in patio chairs outside an unfamiliar bungalow, giving no …

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There's joy in repetition

Prince Spent His Life Elevating and Mentoring Women

Behind Prince’s exceptional talent and daring sensuality was a genuine love and adoration for women. While that sometimes translated to high-profile …


The Complicated Joy of Listening to a New Album by Prince in 2017

No single descriptor could sum up Prince, and he was acutely aware of this, turning his perceived ambiguity into copy (“Am I black or white / Am I …