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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:29:00 -0400
Nicki Minaj Gives Drake a Lap Dance in 'Anaconda' Video
Nicki Minaj's new video "Anaconda" is like something from one of Sir Mix-a-Lot's dreams, as a chorus line of women endowed with large posteriors – led by Minaj, of course – flex their butts to her new single. Set in a steamy jungle setting, the song samples "Baby Got Back,"...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0400
12 Great Coldplay Songs You Probably Don't Know
Given their ubiquity on modern-rock radio and relentless stream of hits, it's easy to forget that Coldplay make more than just arena-sized singles. Digging deeper into the dark corners of their discography reveals a different side to the band, showing off bizarre detours, tributes to their influences and glimpses of...

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:32:00 -0400
Motley Crue's Big, Badass Influence on Today's Country
If there was ever any doubt as to how Eighties hard rock influenced contemporary country music, press play on Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe. Released today, the album assembles a cadre of modern country artists to interpret some of the Crüe's biggest songs, along with a smattering of...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:48:00 -0400
T.I. on Ferguson Aftermath: 'America Has Created a Monster'
As protests rage on in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a local police officer, debates about racial profiling and law enforcement ethics continue to dominate national headlines. On Tuesday, rapper T.I. added his thoughts to the conversation with a pair of powerful Instagram posts, writing that "America has created a monster." In...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:46:00 -0400
Drake and Lil Wayne Go Head-to-Head in Queens
So ends a summer in which the three biggest hip-hop tours doubled as premises for future slash fiction shorts. Beyoncé and Jay Z have been acting out their scenes from a troubled marriage in arenas across the country. Eminem and Rihanna brought their studied rebelliousness to a football fields in New York,...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:20:00 -0400
Songwriter Spotlight: Natalie Hemby
The fact that Natalie Hemby scored her first pro credit — singing backup on Songs From the Loft, an early Nineties praise & worship collection from Amy Grant — when she was merely in her mid-teens ought to be a clue that she came up around the music industry. Her dad,...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:05:00 -0400
Trisha Yearwood Readies New Album, Tour With Garth Brooks
If Garth Brooks stands to reign as the King of Country Comebacks in 2014 and 2015, his better half, Trisha Yearwood, stands to reign as the queen. A little more than a month after Brooks announced he's coming out of retirement this fall with a tour and album, Yearwood announced...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:55:00 -0400
Billy Bragg Channels Social Justice Pioneers for Impromptu Ferguson Concert
While the eyes of the world remain focused on Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where protests and nightly clashes with authorities have held sway, folk singer Billy Bragg found an opportune moment Tuesday night to make a small, positive gesture. Bragg and touring partner Joe Purdy were in the Midwest,...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:17:00 -0400
Hear Jerry Lee Lewis' Wild Take on 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown'
In 1956, Jerry Lee Lewis made his first ever recordings at Memphis' Sun Studio, the home of the legendary label founded by Sam Phillips. Some three decades later, across town, he began recording with Sam's son Knox, playing songs like Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," gospel standard "Pass Me Not, O...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:24:00 -0400
Inside Gerard Way's Crusade to Change American Music
When he was fronting My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way was the driving force behind high-minded (and color-coordinated) concept albums like The Black Parade and Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. But in the four years since the group's last proper record, Way lost his band, his patience...

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:18:00 -0400
Foo Fighters Turn Ice Bucket Challenge Into Epic 'Carrie' Tribute
Count on Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters to find a way to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to new levels of ridiculousness. As HitFix points out, the frontman not only accepted the challenge from friend/collaborator Zac Brown, but completed the frigid task by paying homage to the famous bucket-of-blood scene from Carrie. Fittingly,...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:35:00 -0400
Garth Brooks Makes Concert History, Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Garth Brooks is at it again. The country superstar, who will be returning to the road in September, has added one last show to his Chicago run, bringing the total to 11 concerts there. Tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show on Friday, September 5th, at Allstate Arena go on sale...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0400
Man Dies After Alleged Altercation at Hank Williams Jr. Show
A concertgoer at a Sunday night Hank Williams Jr. concert in Michigan died after a tragic fall in the concourse of the DTE Energy Music Theatre about an hour northwest of Detroit. The fall occurred after the victim, 55-year-old Robert Kobe, was apparently pushed by a 15-year-old family friend, according...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:23:00 -0400
Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift Set for Chart Battle
Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj didn't even hit the charts this week, but both established a blueprint (or, you know, a pinkprint) for the fall record-buying schedule. If they sell as well as gigantic pop stars ought to sell, maybe they can reverse the persistently sad trend of 2014—album sales have been...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:51:00 -0400
Tame Impala Plagiarism Accuser: 'It Was a Joke'
The authors of an article accusing Tame Impala of plagiarizing Argentinian pop star Pablo Ruiz that went viral earlier this week now say the story was written as a joke and should not be taken seriously. Chilean music site Rata published the article earlier this month, claiming that the Australian psych rock group's biggest hit "Feels...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:33:00 -0400
31 Most Outrageous MTV VMAs Moments of All Time
Since their 1984 debut, the Video Music Awards have thrived on being the unpredictable younger sibling of America's awards-show family — and the fact that they're 31 years old this year hasn't slowed down their penchant for causing headlines and shaking up the pop music world. Here are 31 moments...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:23:00 -0400
Hear Josh Homme's Electro Remix of Mark Lanegan's 'Sad Lover'
When it arrived last month on the Mark Lanegan Band's No Bells on Sunday EP, "Sad Lover" had a strong beat and some chest-grabbing distortion. Thanks to a remix by Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme, however, it now has more of both, building up into a synth-driven industrial...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:19:00 -0400
Jimi Hendrix's 'The Cry of Love' and 'Rainbow Bridge' to Be Reissued
Jimi Hendrix's first two posthumous studio albums, The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge – which both originally came out in 1971 – will be available as newly remastered CD, LP and digital reissues next month. Audio engineer Bernie Grundman, whose mastering credits include Prince's Purple Rain and Michael Jackson's...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400
Hunter Hayes to Serve Hits for Tennis Event
When it comes to tennis, Hunter Hayes confesses he's much more of a spectator than an active participant in the game. But for the young multi-instrumentalist, performing at the 19th annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, which kicks off the 2014 US Open this Saturday, August 23rd, is a perfect match. Named...

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0400
Thurston Moore Details 'Thrashing, Blissful' New Solo LP 'The Best Day'
Thurston Moore has shared the release date and tracklist of The Best Day, his first solo album since 2010's Demolished Thoughts. The Best Day – which finds the frontman backed by guitarist James Sedwards (Nought), Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) – will be out October 21st on Matador Records. In a statement,...

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:50:00 -0400
Charles M. Young, Rock Journalist Who Championed Punk, Dies at 63
Charles M. Young, the rock journalist who helped introduce America to the outrage of punk, died Monday, August 18th, after a year-and-a-half battle with a stage four brain tumor.  He was 63. As a student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Young won Rolling Stone's first national college writing competition,...


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