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Pharrell, Timbaland to Lead Missy Elliott Tribute at VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

July 6, 2016 - 14:48
Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Keyshia Cole and more will take part in a tribute to Missy Elliott at this year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, set to air live from New York's Lincoln Center on July 11th. Remy Ma, Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan, Eve, Monica, Raven Symone and others will also participate in...

The Revolution Plot Prince Tribute Shows at 'Purple Rain' Venue

July 6, 2016 - 14:27
The Revolution, Prince's most famous backing band, will reunite for a pair of tribute shows honoring the late music icon. Brown Mark, Bobby Z., Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman and Matt "Doctor" Fink will perform September 2nd and 3rd at Minneapolis venue First Avenue, the iconic nightclub and partial setting of...

See Cage the Elephant Talk Wild Fans, Stage Diving and Bite Marks

July 6, 2016 - 13:29
Separated ribs, stitches and cracked bones are a few of the injuries alt-rock band Cage the Elephant have sustained from crowd-surfing and stage-diving. But the Shultz brothers – singer Matthew and guitarist Brad – carry their battle scars as badges of honor. "It never felt right being on a platform raised above other people," Matthew tells...

Chely Wright, 'I Am the Rain' Album: Release Date, Special Guests Revealed

July 6, 2016 - 12:57
Chely Wright, who has been largely out of the music spotlight for the past five years, will release her first new album since 2010. I Am the Rain, due September 9th on MRI/Sony, is the follow-up to Lifted Off the Ground, the LP she released in conjunction with her memoir...

Why Drake Isn't as Popular as Michael Jackson

July 6, 2016 - 12:47
This week might have kicked off with a celebration of American independence, but fiercely Canadian pop force Drake is in the top spot of the country's charts. "One Dance," his simmering dancehall banger, leads the Hot 100 singles chart; Views, his fourth studio album, sits atop the Billboard 200. Drake's dual dominance...

Hear Chelle Rose's Defiant 'Blue Ridge Blood'

July 6, 2016 - 12:27
On the proudly defiant "Blue Ridge Blood," singer-songwriter Chelle Rose puts her tough Appalachian roots on full display and even slyly acknowledges the dark artistic persona she has cultivated on her albums. "Couldn't get away from it if I tried, Blue Ridge blood," she shrugs. In-demand producer-songwriter Buddy Miller joins Rose...

See Lydia Loveless' Day in Bed for New 'Longer' Video

July 6, 2016 - 12:20
Lydia Loveless kicks off "Longer," the dazzling new video from her upcoming LP Real with an assault of crunchy power-pop, but behind the confident swagger are the tinge – and twang – of vulnerability. Confined to her bed throughout the clip, Loveless occupies herself with tarot cards, paper dolls and junk...

See Blake Shelton Talk Rock Bottom, Bonding With Gwen on 'Chelsea'

July 6, 2016 - 11:35
Although the basic story behind Blake Shelton's latest album If I'm Honest is anything but secret — divorce from country superstar Miranda Lambert and romantic redemption with pop queen and fellow Voice team leader Gwen Stefani — there's still a lot the free-speaking singer wants to share about his journey....

Miss America Betty Cantrell Eyes Country Career: The Ram Report

July 6, 2016 - 11:14
Betty Cantrell's jaw-dropping performance of "Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio" from the Italian opera, Madama Butterfly, was a standout moment at the Miss America 2016 pageant, ultimately leading to the crown. The former Miss Georgia had her post-pageant sights set on New York, where she hoped to study musical theater and...

What Happened to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts?

July 6, 2016 - 10:55
In 1997, the year after her son was fatally shot in Las Vegas, Afeni Shakur launched the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which hosted an annual performing arts day camp for inner city youth in the Atlanta area. She was inspired by how the gifted rapper, actor and one-time dancer studied...

See Yoko Ono's Rose McGowan-Directed 'Catman' Video

July 6, 2016 - 10:39
Yoko Ono debuted the video for the Miike Snow remix of her song "Catman." Charmed actress Rose McGowan directed the Sixties-inspired video, wherein a young woman in a cat-like face mask and black outfit dances into a room of older women sitting sullenly at school desks. After the feline-woman spins by them, the older women look up...

Hear Gucci Mane's Tight Tupac Sample on New Song 'On Me'

July 6, 2016 - 10:26
Gucci Mane's new single "On Me" features a sample from Tupac Shakur's "Fuck 'Em All," from his 2002 posthumous album Better Dayz. "I feel like 2Pac when he made All Eyez on Me," Gucci raps over grinding drums.  Elsewhere, Gucci raps about needing a detox ("I've been smoking kush all week/ And...

Hear Big K.R.I.T. Freestyle Over Kanye, Drake Beats on '12 for 12'

July 6, 2016 - 10:24
Big K.R.I.T. embarked and completed an ambitious project Tuesday for his new mixtape, with the Mississippi rapper freestyling over a dozen beats by artists like Drake, Kanye West, Flying Lotus and more. K.R.I.T. uploaded a new freestyle every hour for 12 hours to form his 12 for 12. Stream the mixtape below...

20 Great New British Artists to Watch

July 6, 2016 - 10:10
Beyond its long-standing role at the vanguard of electronic music, Britain is on the international radar thanks to a handful of Bandcamp rock bands, a renewed interest in grime and their own brands of post-Spotify pop. Here's 20 artists to watch.

Why Kathleen Hanna Spoke Up About 'Violent Alcoholic' Dad on New LP

July 6, 2016 - 09:57
"It's almost like I'm possessed by the devil, and I'm letting go of my possessions," Kathleen Hanna says of the new LP by her band the Julie Ruin. "I can see my head spinning around, and I'm puking out all this shit that's not my problem." During her quarter-century-plus career with Bikini Kill...

Kenny Chesney to Duet with Pink on New Album

July 6, 2016 - 09:26
In recent years, Kenny Chesney's female singing partner of choice has been roots rocker Grace Potter, who loaned her versatile voice that typically commands the Nocturnals to the chart-topping singles "Wild Child" and "You and Tequila." For his forthcoming album Some Town Somewhere, Chesney will change things up by enlisting...

25 Best Country & Americana Albums of 2016 So Far

July 6, 2016 - 09:07
In a musical landscape that can be unwelcoming at best to young artists, newcomers have more than held their own in country music. Maren Morris earned her wings with a sassy, pop-country LP that breaks all sorts of molds. The buzz on Margo Price's magnificent debut earned her a rare SNL musical...

Watch Frenetic Trailer for 'Creem' Documentary 'Boy Howdy!'

July 6, 2016 - 09:01
The history of Creem, the legendary Detroit music magazine that focused on the outer fringes of rock and took pleasure in knocking artists off their pedestal, will be the subject of an upcoming crowdfunded documentary. Titled Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem: America’s Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine, the film's...

Hear Britney Spears, Selena Gomez in Orlando Tribute Song 'Hands'

July 6, 2016 - 08:54
Britney Spears, Adam Lambert, Gwen Stefani and Selena Gomez are a few of the many contributors to a brand new single that pays tribute to the victims and families of the Orlando massacre. Proceeds from the star-studded track, titled "Hands," will be donated to the Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community...

How David Bowie Became the 'Starman'

July 6, 2016 - 08:50
Rob Sheffield's new book, On Bowie, is a celebration of the late, great rock legend's life and career, from the longtime Rolling Stone columnist. It looks at all the ways David Bowie kept innovating throughout a 50-year career. In this chapter, Sheffield revisits the moment Bowie conquered the U.K., with his...