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  • Martina McBride's July 4th Performance to Stream Live

    Twenty-one years after releasing "Independence Day" — a song about a mother's escape from an abusive relationship on the Fourth of July — Martina McBride is gearing up to headline Nashville's biggest July 4th celebration to date.  McBride, whose Everlasting Tour stretches until late October, tops…

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  • Aphex Twin Alter Ego AFX Preps New EP, Releases New Song

    Aphex Twin returned last year after a nearly 13-year absence with the lauded LP Syro, and now mastermind Richard D. James has revived his other alter ego, AFX, who will drop a new EP, Orphaned Deejay Selek (2006-2008) on August 21st via Warp. Album cut "Serge Fenix Rendered 2" is currently...

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  • Watch Cassadee Pope Sing 'Invincible' From Sassier Second Album

    Cassadee Pope's first solo single, "Wasting All These Tears" follows a long tradition of devastating, pop-country power-ballads. The track opens with the singer prostrate "on the bathroom floor," so distraught that her "loneliness was rattling the windows." This tune remains the Florida native's…

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  • We Saw Rihanna Hold Nearly 100 Fans Hostage in Los Angeles

    Last night in Los Angeles, Rihanna celebrated the debut of her tough, NSFW video for "Bitch Better Have My Money" by taking hostages. Nearly 100 fans were invited to a Tidal-sponsored event, blindfolded and then put onto luxury buses with the windows covered by black curtains — destination…

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  • 5SOS's Ashton Irwin Reveals His Favorite Instagram Accounts

    Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer sees himself as a visual person, so it's no wonder he's become the band's King of Instagram. "I like visual things, so I think Instagram is more appealing to me than things like Twitter or Facebook," the drummer tells Rolling Stone. Here are three...

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  • Beastie Boys Refute New Live Show Rumors

    The Beastie Boys have denied rumors of a live reunion that began after surviving members Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz filed a trademark application for the Beastie Boys name in conjunction with "live performances by a musical group." A representative for the band, however,…

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  • Joe Nichols on Bentley, the Band and Why There's No Justice in Music

    Joe Nichols almost nailed it: When the country hitmaker took the stage for a Friday afternoon set at New York's Farmborough Festival, the sky was partly cloudy and the temperature was 76 degrees — not far from the conditions celebrated in 2013's chart-topping "Sunny and 75." Nevertheless, the song...

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  • Striking Matches Talk Duo Power, 'Nashville' Connection

    Striking Matches have a knack for constructing lovely songs. Just as importantly, they excel at building and maintaining close relationships. Talking before an acoustic but raucous performance at New York City's FarmBorough Festival last weekend, the duo of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis…

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  • Rare Test Pressing of Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' Found

    A test pressing of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks – one of rock's rarest records with only five known existing copies – is now available thanks to Amoeba Music. The West Coast record chain recently acquired the test pressing of the classic LP, dubbed the "New York"...

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  • Genius' Top-Ranked Kanye Expert: Kim Kardashian Is Changing His Music

    Kanye West has never resisted the opportunity to communicate his pride, adoration and love for spouse Kim Kardashian in interviews, on social media and through his lyrics. With a new album on the horizon, it's more important now than ever to understand the effect their relationship has had on his...

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  • Hear Zac Brown Band and Avicii's Sparkling 'Broken Arrows'

    Zac Brown Band has joined EDM DJ Avicii for "Broken Arrows," a danceable banger from the Swedish producer's upcoming album Stories. Check it out below. Previewing the track on his Le7els podcast, Avicii had kind words to say about Brown, an artist with his own history of blurring genre boundaries.…

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  • Signed Beatles Postcard, Vulgar Jim Morrison Comic Up for Auction

    Several pieces of autographed Beatles memorabilia, including a postcard signed by all four members during their stay in Miami Beach while filming an appearance for the Ed Sullivan Show, are up for auction via Lelands. The postcard from 1964 is currently priced at over $12,500 and was signed during…

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  • Robin Thicke: 'I Know the Difference Between Inspiration and Theft'

    Robin Thicke maintained that he did not plagiarize Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" when he co-wrote "Blurred Lines" in his first interview since a jury decided otherwise. "I know the difference between inspiration and theft," he recently told The New York Times. "I’m constantly...

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  • Amy Winehouse Demos for Unfinished Third LP Destroyed

    Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at age 27, with only two studio albums to her name. The troubled singer recorded demos for a third LP, but those tracks will never be heard – since they were destroyed by David Joseph, chairman/CEO of Winehouse's label, Universal Music...

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  • Luke Bryan on 'Kill the Lights,' Country's Sexiest Men

    Luke Bryan is in the middle of one of his biggest years. In March, he wrapped up his wildly popular Spring Break EP collection and is pregaming for the August release of his fifth studio album Kill the Lights with his Kick the Dust Up tour. "With Kill the Lights, my...

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  • Hear Prince's Psychedelic New Song, 'HARDROCKLOVER'

    Prince's new song, "HARDROCKLOVER," opens not with the expected thunderous riff, but a minimalist synth pulse. The singer-guitarist surveys the hazy scene at a party, "in between this waking life and R.E.M." – but when the title lover walks in the room, the track erupts with psychedelic wah-wah,…

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  • Brandy Clark Hints New Album Will Have More Edge

    Brandy Clark's Grammy-nominated debut, 12 Stories is fairly even-toned, never jarring – at least not musically. The songs serve mainly as vehicles for Clark's angelic vocals and devilish lyrics ("Crazy women are made by crazy men," "What'll keep me out of heaven will take me there tonight"). But…

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  • Luke Bryan Sets Dates for Annual Farm Tour

    Luke Bryan, the son of a Georgia peanut farmer, revisits his family's farming roots again as the country superstar has announced his seventh annual Luke Bryan Farm Tour, kicking off in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on September 30th. Like last year's trek, this year's itinerary includes eight stops, four…

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  • Bono, Edge Break Down Tumultuous Origins of U2's 'Cedarwood Road'

    Bono and the Edge broke down U2's songwriting process and recalled the rough North Dublin roots that inspired the Songs of Innocence cut, "Cedarwood Road," in a revealing interview for Song Exploder. The song gets its name and story from the street Bono grew up on, but it...

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  • Flashback: Yes Play 'Starship Trooper' on Last Tour With Classic Lineup

    The death of Yes bassist Chris Squire is a tragedy on many levels, only one of which is the fact that a complete reunion of the classic lineup of the band is now impossible. Discounting the short-lived late 1980s Yes splinter group Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Squire played in...

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