• LL Cool J Defends Beyonce Super Bowl Performance, Compares Her to Bob Dylan (Video)

    Beyonce’s politically charged Super Bowl performance wasn’t lost on rap legend LL Cool J — who told TheWrap that social issues and music have long had a relationship. A surprise single from Queen Bey, “Formation,” was released one day before she graced the halftime stage with Coldplay and Bruno…

    The Wrap
  • Taylor Swift calls out Kanye West for 'misogynistic' lyric about her

    It was the lyric that got the most attention when Kanye West released his new album during an...

    Business Insider
  • ‘American Idol’ Semifinals, Pt. 2: It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Wrong

    This American Idol farewell season’s “middle rounds” have become so convoluted, they practically make The Voice – with that show’s maddening sliding-scale points system from the first two seasons, and its ever-changing fine-print rules about cumulative iTunes Bonuses, Bring-Back Performances, and…

    Lyndsey Parker
  • Meghan Trainor Debuts Fiery Red Hair for Her New Album -- See the Pic!

    The singer's sophomore album is reportedly due out in March.

  • Tip: Upgrade Your Songs For Free with Google Play Music

    Apple’s iTunes Match has long been the simplest way to gain absolution for your past music-downloading sins, letting you replace all those old MP3s you got from Napster with shiny, higher-fidelity copies of the same tracks. But iTunes Match costs $24.99 a year and requires using iTunes, so I know…

    Rob Pegoraro
  • Eddy Cue: Apple Music has 11 million paid subscribers

    Apple services boss Eddy Cue said that Apple Music has 11 million paid subscribers during a...

    Business Insider
  • Vince Gill Detours From Country on Romantic New Album

    Taking a slight detour from traditional country music, singer and guitarist Vince Gill's new collection of love songs is influenced by rock, blues, jazz and pop

    ABC News
  • 'Roadies': Showtime Unveils Trailer for Cameron Crowe Rock Comedy

    Showtime released the premiere date and first trailer for 'Roadies,' a rock-and-roll comedy from Cameron Crowe coming this summer.

    Yahoo TV Staff
  • Off topic: Whither waterbeds, stethoscopes’ longevity, $20K houses, Rick Rubin behind the music

    In case you were wondering what happened to waterbeds, some are still around. On the staying power of the stethoscope — it’s 200 years old. Program that aims to build The post Off topic: Whither waterbeds, ...

    San Jose Mercury News
  • This is your next jam: Beyoncé, James Blake, and more

    The political implications of Beyoncé’s new single have been discussed at length in every corner of the internet — here are two worthy discussions — so I’m going to focus on the sound. "Formation" is proof that Beyoncé isn’t just one of the best singers working: she’s one of the best rappers, too,…

    The Verge
  • Song Premiere: Surf Gvng Call for Change on ‘Sam Cooke’

    More than 40 years after late heralded soul singer Sam Cooke sang the hopeful “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Miami hip hop duo Surf Gvng (pronounced gang) offers their own perspective on the current state of race relations in America. On the Black history-themed message that premieres exclusively on…

    Billy Johnson Jr.
  • Kanye West – “30 Hours”

    On Twitter, Kanye West claims that he'll release his new album The Life Of Pablo later today, that it's just being mastered now. The retail version of the LP will be different from the one that he premiered in grand fashion at Madison Square Garden last night. It'll include a few new songs,…

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    Pokey Song - Will Sprott

    Who's going to pass on something called "Pokey Song"? Nobody that's who. If you pressed play then you're one of the wise ones. Will Sprott's massive talent is illuminated here when he uses "hanky panky", "okey dokey", and "hokey pokey" in the same song and it actually works. As ridiculous as this…

  • RJD2 Drops Ebullient Instrumental 'The Sheboygan Left'

    Philadelphia hip-hop producer RJD2 has released a glimmering, ebullient new single, "The Sheboygan Left," set to appear on his upcoming album, Dame Fortune . The mostly instrumental cut opens with a funky, guttural groove that builds to a angelic chorus of synth stabs, wordless vocals and…

    Rolling Stone
  • 6 God: Toronto To Give Drake The Key To The City

    According to Mayor John Tory, the "Summer Sixteen" rapper is more than deserving of this honor.

  • Song Premiere: Ryan Beaver Debuts ‘Fast’

    Texas native Ryan Beaver began his musical career while still attending college in the Lone Star State, eventually bringing his country chops to Nashville and gaining a solid fan base for his music. Beaver is also poised to release his latest record, Rx, on May 6. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to…

    Wendy Geller
  • Lacey Sturm: Post-Flyleaf, a Dazzling Return

    There is a striking intensity in the singing voice of Lacey Sturm that is both captivating and instantly memorable. And for a while there it was sadly absent.

    Dave DiMartino