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Gin Blossoms Return With Tom Petty-Inspired 'Break': Premiere

Kicking off Gin Blossoms' new album with the song "Break" -- premiering exclusively below -- was a no-brainer for frontman Robin Wilson.<p>"I think it's …

Apollo Brown & Locksmith Talk New EP 'No Question,' Stream the Project: Exclusive

Apollo Brown and Locksmith have carved out strong fan support, courtesy of their no-frills approach to hip-hop. Bay Area’s Locksmith is...

Drake Was Told Not to Respond to Pusha T's "Story of Adidon"

J Prince said he “made an OG call to Drake.”<p>The Drake and Pusha T beef seems to have cooled after “Story of Adidon” and, according to J Prince, this is down to a phone call from him to the Canadian rapper. The news comes a few days after Kanye said the beef was “dead” on Twitter.<p>J Prince is the CEO …

Talib Kweli Accused of Sexual Harassment by Res

The accusation came about in a string of tweets.<p>Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli has been accused of of sexual harassment by one-time former label mate, Res. This after Kweli reportedly held her career “hostage” after she signed to his label and refused to kiss him during a work trip. Kweli has since …

J Prince Talks Drake's Unreleased "Career Ending" Response Track to Pusha T & Kanye

“It wouldn’t have been good, it’s beyond music at that point.”<p>The Drake and Pusha T beef seems to be over. Last weekend, J Prince — who is the CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records — shared during an interview with DTLR Radio that he called Drizzy after Pusha T’s “Story of Adidon” was released and told the …

Lil Scrappy Hospitalized After Nasty Car Wreck ... Found Disoriented, Injured

<b>Lil Scrappy</b> was hospitalized this weekend after being found nearly unconscious and seriously jacked up following a horrific car accident he was …

NYC Mayor's Office Weighs In on MusiCares Location Controversy: 'Our Position Is Always to Be Venue Neutral'

Julie Menin, New York City's Commissioner for the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, tells Billboard that officials with the Barclays …

Kanye West's 'Ye' Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Kanye West’s new album, Ye, is heading for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week, according to industry forecasters. Prognosticators...

Kendrick Lamar’s Onstage Outrage: Why Rap Should Retire the N-Word for Good

In all the years I’ve been debating race and racism with white people, the most common response some have offered in their own defense hinges on …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Making One Instrument Sound Like A Band

At only 20 years old, Alexandr Misko is one of the best fingerstyle guitarists playing right now. His unique style blends traditional fingerstyle …

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Why DJs Are Struggling More With Kanye West Than Past Problematic Stars

“Can’t Tell Me Nothing” -- the most quintessential Kanye West single, as the clearest example of his world-beating confidence -- is a go-to song for …

Ty Dolla $ign Drops 'Beach House 3' Deluxe Edition With Six New Tracks

Nearly seven months after the release of , Ty Dolla $ign delivers the deluxe edition to his second studio album featuring six fresh tracks on Friday …

Prince Estate Partners With Tidal & Jay-Z for Vault-Driven Album Planned for 2019

It's happening: new Prince is on its way. Tidal and Prince's estate announced on Friday that a batch of previously unreleased music from the...

Celine Dion Announces 2018 Asia Tour: See Dates

Global pop sensation and five-time Grammy winner Celine Dion will bring her highly anticipated tour to Asia from June 26 to July 23.<p>Recently, she …

Prince / Nothing Compares 2 U

In 1984, Prince and the Revolution were rehearsing at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota for an upcoming tour. During …

20 Years of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill's recording career lasted less than a decade, from The Fugee's <i>Blunted on Reality</i> to 2002's <i>MTV Unplugged No. 2.0</i>. Yet that in that short …

Live Nation's Business Practices Reportedly Probed by Justice Department

According to a <i>New York Times</i> report, the DOJ is surveying claims that the ticketing company is forcing venues to use its subsidiary, Ticketmaster, as …

U.S. Department of Justice

Beastie Boys’ Mike D Recalls A ‘F*cking Clown’ Move That Taught The Crew To Be Themselves As White MCs

The bigger hip-hop becomes, the more there will be people from all cultures and lifestyles looking to get in on the culture. That said, respect for the progenitors is always the most important thing. The cultural appropriation discussion is prevalent in hip-hop because there have been several …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Beastie Boys' Mike D on Hip-Hop Today: 'I Never Thought Rappers Could Be the Lionel Richies of Their Day'

Beastie Boys helped power hip-hop into the mainstream when the genre was in its infancy. Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock notched the first rap album to hit …

Making McPherson Carbon Series Guitars

A good acoustic guitar has always been the province of handcraftsmanship and wood — spruce, rosewood, mahogany, ebony, and the like. But trees take a …

Carbon Fiber

TMZ

Cardi B Is Starring in an Amazon Super Bowl Commercial

Cardi B isn’t finished poppin' up on your television after Sunday night’s Grammys. The rapper gave fans a sneak peak of a Super Bowl commercial …

Roland R-07 Audio Recorder

It's not difficult to capture audio on-the-go with your smartphone. But the quality and reliability of your recording often suffers. Roland's new …

Journalism

Kevin Gates will reportedly be released from prison next week

According to the Illinois Department of Correction.<p>In April, Kevin Gates was sentenced to 30 months in prison for a weapons charge in Illinois, …

Illinois

L.A Reid has raised $75m for new label venture, say sources

Exec is understood to have moved into new offices this weekThe post L.A Reid has raised $75m for new label venture, say sources appeared first on …

Here’s Who’s Performing at the 2018 Grammy Awards

As awards season kicks into high gear, details on some of the biggest shows are coming together. That includes the 2018 Grammy Awards, which air Sunday, January 28, on CBS, and have just revealed the first round of performers for the broadcast.<p>Lady Gaga, Pink, Childish Gambino, and Little Big Town …

Weight Watchers Names DJ Khaled Their Social Media Ambassador

New endorsement deal alert. DJ Khaled will begin 2018 as the social media ambassador for Weight Watchers. What this means, in non-corporate terms, is …

Social Media