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Nas Brings His Chicken & Waffles Food Chain to His Queens Hometown

After establishing locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Los Angeles, Nas is bringing his wildly popular chicken and waffles food chain Sweet Chick to …

Restaurants

With $70M from Alphabet, United Masters replaces record labels

The records labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promote concert tickets and merchandise. Labels were meant to help artists generate albums, fame, and money. But now anyone can record themselves and no will “buy” it. So today that …

Mary J. Blige

Queen Latifah Receives Icon Award at Revolt Music Conference: 'She's Fearless'

Queen Latifah was presented with the Jimmy Iovine Icon Award on Saturday evening (Oct. 14), capping the third day of the Revolt Music Conference....

Queen

Questlove responds to Keith Olbermann’s Eminem tweet, made him a playlist

Sports and political commentator/writer and current host of his own <i>GQ</i> webshow, <b>Keith Olbermann</b> got the music world talking about him when he tweeted, …

Keith Olbermann

Cassie Talks Return to Music, Evolving As a Woman & Taking Charge of Her Career

After lighting up the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut single "Me & U" in 2006, appeared primed and ready to become one of R&B's premier acts. With a …

Short Films

Eminem's Freestyle Cypher

Eminem has made a career of epic takedowns. This time, his ire on one man: Donald Trump. The rapper has some scathing remarks for Trump and his …

Eminem

Bruce Springsteen Is a Fan of Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo'

"I thought that was an amazing creation," he told 'Variety'. "Especially the arrangements."<p>Kanye West's much-hyped album may have been altered and …

Bruce Springsteen

The music business is growing again — really growing — and it’s because of streaming

Spotify, Apple Music and other services have 30 million U.S. subscribers, and streaming revenue is up 48 percent so far this year.<p>Familiar song, new tempo: Music streaming is big, and getting bigger fast. Digital downloads are falling off a cliff.<p>Oh, and one more familiar refrain: The music …

Streaming

The Business of Fandom: How Teenage Girls Predict the Future of Culture

The success of Harry Styles’s breakthrough performance in Christopher Nolan’s is no surprise, according to <b>Dr. Francesca Coppa</b>. A professor of English …

How Spotify's Argument in Copyright Lawsuit Could Upend the Music Industry's Newfound Recovery

In financial terms, Spotify is like a high-end mall that was just built on an earthquake fault line. Like other subscription streaming services, it’s …

Mark Ronson Sued Over 'Uptown Funk' Similarities to Zapp's 'More Bounce to the Ounce'

Mark Ronson is facing another lawsuit over his smash hit "Uptown Funk," this time from the Lastrada Entertainment Company, Ltd., the music publishing …

Notorious B.I.G.

Indie Rocker Colleen Green Spent a Night in Australian Immigration Detention

Lo-fi L.A. rock star Colleen Green was supposed to play a half-dozen shows in Australia over the next week. Instead, she landed in a hairy situation …

Ending with a Fade Out

It's the laziest move in music — ending with a fade out. Don't know how to end a song? Fade it out. Someone else writing the songs you're playing? …

Scarface Talks Houston Hurricane Relief, City Preparedness, Trump Response

The Geto Boys MC and Houston hip-hop pioneer on how his hometown is handling Harvey<p>As Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on Houston, the rapper …

Sylvester Turner

Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey Fans Join Forces to Dethrone 'Despacito'

If you haven’t already heard, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber now ties Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 smash …

Mariah Carey

Flavor Flav Sues Chuck D and Public Enemy Producer for Missing Royalties

<b>(TMZ)</b> <b>--</b> <b>Flavor Flav</b>'s still fighting the powers that be, even when those powers include fellow founding <b>Public Enemy</b> member <b>Chuck D</b> ... according to a …

Prince's Favorite Color Wasn't Purple, His Sister Says

Despite best efforts, no musician has ever fully owned a color the way did purple. The hue is practically synonymous with his music, embodying all …

Ludacris Shuts Down Claims His Music Career Is 'Dead'

"I’m just taking my time."<p>Throughout his career, Ludacris has been fortunate enough to attain success in both the music and acting world. Though his …

musicFirst Targets YouTube, iHeart, Sirius Over Fair Pay In New Ad Campaign

Music industry coalition musicFIRST, the trade body that includes the RIAA, the Recording Academy, A2IM, SoundExchange and the American Federation of …

Culture: The Hazy Glue Between Music & Technology

Music industry people claim to know tech, and people who work at technology companies say they understand music. Regardless of how true that is in …

Mariah Carey Gives Extravagant Tour of Her Closet for 'Vogue'

"I'm a shoe fanatic," she says, surprising no one.<p>Mariah Carey is the first to acknowledge she's "not as casual as most people" and her closet …

Mariah Carey

Bun B, Scooter Braun Planning Houston Benefit for Sept. 12

Houston rapper Bun B and music manager Scooter Braun are planning a benefit concert to help those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.<p>A representative …

Kodak Black's 'Project Baby Two' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Meanwhile, Yo Gotti claims his second top 10 hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Rake It Up."<p><b>scores his first No. 1 album on the chart</b> as arrives in …

The Taylor Swift Era Begins Again With Reputation

Taylor Swift announced her sixth album on Wednesday, after years of speculation from fans and media. And the title seems to appropriately fit the …

Jay-Z Opens Up About Alleged Feud With Kanye West and Reveals "What Really Hurt" Him

<b>Jay-Z</b> says <b>Kanye West</b>'s rant against him last year hurt him because he brought <b>Beyoncé</b> into it.<p>Jay made his comments on the Rap Radar podcast on the …

Kanye West

Rapper Prodigy Choked to Death, Coroner Rules: Report

The rapper Prodigy, half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died from accidental choking, according to a report from TMZ.<p>The site previously reported …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Usher to Be Sued by Three More People Who Claim He Failed to Warn Them of His Alleged Herpes Diagnosis

Weeks after it was revealed Usher reportedly paid a woman $1.1 million in 2012 to settle a lawsuit after she claimed to have contracted herpes from …

Blac Chyna

Judge Rules KickassTorrents Founder Properly Charged With Criminal Copyright Conspiracy

Artem Vaulin, awaiting extradition from Poland, can't convince the judge he's being charged with something -- secondary copyright infringement -- …

Law

Neil Young's Lost Acoustic Album From 1976 'Hitchhiker' Really Is Coming Out in September

For months, Neil Young fans have been pretty sure about the impending release of a solo acoustic album that Young recorded during one drug-fueled …

Wembley Stadium