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'Gone Till November' Is 20! Watch Wyclef Jean Celebrate the Anniversary with an Acoustic Set

Wyclef Jean is back! The musician has just announced his first full-length album in eight years, <i>Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee</i>, which …

Music

Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Is Currently the Most Popular Album of 2017

Modern hip-hop’s reigning king.<p>Kendrick Lamar continues to shine. Already one of modern hip-hop’s biggest superstars, Kung Fu Kenny further added to his laundry list of success with the release of latest studio album <i>DAMN.</i> earlier this year. As <i>Billboard</i> reports, Nielsen Music’s mid-year chart …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Chance The Rapper Reinterpreted A Stevie Wonder Classic & It's A Must-Watch

NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series offers the rare opportunity to listen to some of our favorite artists perform in an intimate setting, sans the usual bells and whistles. The latest star to stop by Bob Boilen's desk was none other than Chance the Rapper, who recently accepted the BET award for Best …

Music

Tupac’s Prison Letter to Madonna Reveals Race Was a Factor In Their Breakup

A letter written by Tupac Shakur is heading to auction later this month and its contents are still just as riveting as they would have been 22 years …

Tupac Shakur

Ice Cube Schools Bill Maher

Bill Maher is no stranger to crossing the line, but last week on <i>Real Time</i> he stepped way too far even for him. During a segment with Republican …

40 Years of Hip Hop

This might be the biggest collaboration in music — 150 songs from 100 artists, all masterfully edited together to make one track following the last …

Travis Scott Arrested for Inciting a Riot

Fans got too rowdy in Rogers, Arkansas.<p>After performing a homecoming special in Houston for his ‘Birds Eye View’ tour, Travis Scott’s high energy has landed him in hot water. During a stop at the Walmart Amphitheatre in Rogers, Arkansas, the police apprehended him after his performance, citing …

When Jimi Hendrix Opened for The Monkees

Jimi Hendrix is a rock icon. The Monkees? Not so much. But for one moment in 1967, they were together on the same bill. Hendrix opened for the …

EXCLUSIVE: Helen Ochoa on Her New Single and the Future of Mexican Music

<b>Helen Ochoa</b> is a true example of turning heartbreak into success. The regional Mexican singer looks to her own life — romances, hardships, and everything in between — for inspiration for her music. And in a male-dominated genre, Ochoa is determined to make her voice heard.<p>We talked to the singer …

Inspiration

Sara Evans on the 'Complete Creative Freedom' of Upcoming Female-Driven Album Words

Not only was Sara Evans “Born to Fly,” she was born to call the shots — specifically when it comes to her music.<p>Days after the launch of her own …

Music

JAY Z Is Sued for Putting Roc Nation Logo on MLB Hats

Iconix Brand Group paid $204 million for the ownership of the logo.<p>A lawsuit has been filed by Iconix Brand Group against JAY Z and Roc Nation for the use of the Roc Nation logo on Major League Baseball apparel. TMZ reports that Iconix says it paid $204 million USD for the logo, and has control of …

Why Tupac Shakur's Rock Hall Induction Celebrates Hip-Hop's Trailblazing History

Two decades after his death, Tupac Shakur continues to make a significant impact. Next year, the late rapper will be inducted into the Rock and Roll …

Mark Levinson No.515 Turntable

Developed in collaboration with VPI, the Mark Levinson No.515 Turntable is the storied audio brand's first record player. It's built around a …

Music

Making Records at Record Industry

Vinyl is back. Or it's been back, and coming even more back, depending on who you ask. Either way, in Haarlem, Netherlands, the Record Industry …

Beatles Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney Reunite in Studio

It's not every day two come together. But it happened Sunday (Feb. 19) when the surviving members of the Fab Four, and , connected in the …

How the Grammys Chose Who to Honor the Year the Music Died

2016 took with it a shocking number of musical greats, including Prince, George Michael, and Leonard Cohen. Just don’t expect them to be honored to the tune of “Hallelujah.”<p>In 2003, <b>Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Elvis Costello,</b> and <b>Dave Grohl</b> made Grammys history. Backed by No Doubt bassist</b> …

Does vinyl really sound better? An engineer explains

First appearing on Oregonlive, Even Steve Jobs listened to vinyl.<p>The late Apple CEO, whose iTunes Store revolutionized the music business for the …

Life is Worth Living Again: Technics Announces a New Turntable, the Black SL-1210GR

It is a more affordable, differently-colored version of the $4,000 SL-1200G released last year.<p>Renowned audio products company Technics today announced the SL-1210GR, a new direct-drive turntable to be released in Europe. The piece of hi-def audio equipment is a differently-colored version of the …

Vinyl Records

True Confessions of a Grammy Voter: An Industry Insider Spills the Truth on Beyonce & Adele's Chances

A leading songwriter and longtime Recording Academy member checks the boxes for Drake (won’t win) and Chance (a lock), and says it’s the kids vs. the …

Master & Dynamic MW50 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Thanks to a robust, timeless design that leaves their aluminum antenna exposed, the Master & Dynamic MW50 Wireless On-Ear Headphones offer range to …

Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "NYC" Emerges, Featuring Jadakiss

Off ‘The King & I’ album set to release later this year.<p>R&B songstress Faith Evans announced back in 2014 that a posthumous duet album with her late husband The Notorious B.I.G. was in the works. With a confirmation last year that <i>The King & I</i> LP was releasing sometime in 2017, it appears that the …

Blockchain could completely transform the music industry

Digital music really could use some help. Industry revenues are dipping due to piracy and illegal use of content. Singers and composers are being short-changed by music companies and streaming services. And business models built upon patterns and practices dating back to early 20th century, decades …

Bitcoin

10 Moments That Defined Chance The Rapper’s Epic Jordan Year

From releasing a mixtape that helped change the landscape of Grammy eligibility, to using his voice and influence among millennials for absolute …

LaTavia Roberson Says ‘It Wasn’t Pretty’ When She Was Dropped from Destiny’s Child: ‘It Led Me Into a Depression’

LaTavia Roberson may have been kicked out of Destiny’s Child — but she’s still a “Survivor.”<p>“There are a lot of things that I’ve gone through — …

Destiny's Child

10 Hip-Hop and R&B Artists to Watch In 2017

2016 was a year full of musical surprises, whether it was unexpected releases from high-wattage stars, or the rapid explosion of songs like Zay …

Nile Rodgers Announces New Chic Album Out 2017

In 2015, it was announced that Nile Rodgers would release a new Chic album, <i>It’s About Time</i>. It was originally scheduled for a summer 2015 release, but never arrived. Now, in a post to his website, Rodgers has announced that the band’s follow-up to 1992’s <i>Chic-ism</i> will arrive in 2017, the 40-year …

Watch Fiona Apple Yell 'Donald Trump, F--k You' at Standing Rock Benefit

Singer's holiday parody "Trump's Nuts Roasting on an Open Fire" is one of several anti-Trump, end-of-2016 spoofs<p>Fiona Apple gave a fiery version of …

The Roots Join the NBA All-Star Game Musical Line-Up as Openers

The Roots are bringing some Philadelphia magic to the Big Easy.<p>The group will perform as openers for the 2017 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans this …

Basketball