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  • Live Earth Update: Roger Waters, Senators Get Behind Gore

    Live Earth Update: Roger Waters, Senators Get Behind Gore | ARTICLE

    Roger Waters, Duran Duran and Korn have been added to the lineup for Live Earth, Al Gore's seven-city, twenty-four-hour concert for the environment. But organizers hit a snag when the National Park Service denied them a permit...

    March 22, 2007 12:13 PM ET
  • Breaking News: Al Gore Announces "Live Earth" Mega-Concert

    Breaking News: Al Gore Announces "Live Earth" Mega-Concert | ARTICLE

    Al Gore is teaming up with the organizers of Live 8 and a slew of music biggest stars for a twenty-four hour concert across seven continents (yes, including Antarctica) on July 7th (7/7/07) to raise awareness of...

    February 15, 2007 12:30 PM ET
  • Hip Hop Is Dead

    Hip Hop Is Dead | ALBUM REVIEW

    Nas has always sounded older than his years, but there are moments on his eighth album when he sounds like the lead in the hood version of Grumpy Old Men. On "Carry On Tradition," he chastises whippersnapper...

    January 8, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • Konvicted

    Konvicted | ALBUM REVIEW

    While crooners like Usher and Ne-Yo sing to the ladies, Akon sings for the guys — mostly about wanting to bend the ladies over. That raunchiness and Akon's silky, instantly recognizable vocals have made him an in-demand...

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Pac's Life

    Pac's Life | ALBUM REVIEW

    As the story goes, Tupac Shakur spent untold hours in the studio recording rhymes for no particular reason other than to express his vast creativity. But after ten posthumous albums, we must finally be getting to the...

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • El-P Discusses His New Album, Brush With Death

    El-P Discusses His New Album, Brush With Death | ARTICLE

    Indie hip-hop producer-rapper El-P, who founded the Definitive Jux label (home to Cannibal Ox, RJD2, and Aesop Rock), gave us an exclusive preview of his new album, I'll Sleep When You're Dead, which includes collaborations with a...

    November 7, 2006 1:31 PM ET
  • Beck Breaks New Ground

    Beck Breaks New Ground | ARTICLE

    This fall, Beck will release an album the way he always wanted to – and it isn't just about the music. For The...

    October 5, 2006 12:00 PM ET
  • 20 Y.O.

    20 Y.O. | ALBUM REVIEW

    The title of Janet Jackson's latest album refers to the two decades since she released her breakthrough, Control, with hits like "Nasty" and "What Have You Done for Me Lately." If we were her, we wouldn't make...

    October 3, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Food & Liquor

    Food & Liquor | ALBUM REVIEW

    For many fans, the first sign that Chicago MC Lupe Fiasco's long-delayed debut album might be something special was the single "Kick, Push." Over smooth, jazzy horn samples, Fiasco tells the story of a kid learning to...

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Radiohead Producer Godrich Plans to Save Music On Television

    Radiohead Producer Godrich Plans to Save Music On Television | ARTICLE

    Producer extraordinaire Nigel Godrich (Beck, Radiohead) has turned his attention to TV. He's shooting a new series for British television called From the Basement, which will feature performances from an incredible lineup of musicians (and with no...

    September 14, 2006 6:03 PM ET
  • Beck Aims to Keep Fans' "Idle Hands" Busy On New Album

    Beck Aims to Keep Fans' "Idle Hands" Busy On New Album | ARTICLE

    For his new album, The Information, due out October 3rd, Beck has created a video for each song, which will be embedded with digital downloads of the tunes, and widely available for free on YouTube.com and elsewhere....

    September 14, 2006 10:49 AM ET
  • Bloodclot! Furor Over Beenie Man Booking at AIDS Benefit

    Bloodclot! Furor Over Beenie Man Booking at AIDS Benefit | ARTICLE

    Perhaps it wasn't the greatest idea to invite some of the most outspoken homophobes in music to a benefit concert to raise awareness of H.I.V. and AIDS. The lineup for LIFEbeat's Reggae Gold Live show planned for...

    July 14, 2006 3:33 PM ET
  • Rock Rules the Charts

    Rock Rules the Charts | ARTICLE

    After months of dominance by country, R&B and kids' music, rock ruled the charts this spring. In successive May weeks, albums by Godsmack,

    June 15, 2006 1:40 PM ET
  • Summer Fests Heat Up, Flaming Lips in the Lead

    Summer Fests Heat Up, Flaming Lips in the Lead | ARTICLE

    The Flaming Lips' road manager, Chris Chandler, is staring at his laptop, going over the band's summer plans. "We're gonna hit the European...

    June 15, 2006 12:00 PM ET
  • 10,000 Days

    10,000 Days | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tool's dense, often quasi-religious lyrics have always been among the most overwrought in mainstream metal — no small feat. But the music has such anthemic power that even the most cynical listener can find himself chanting along...

    June 7, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Close Encounters of the Flaming Lips Kind

    Close Encounters of the Flaming Lips Kind | ARTICLE

    This summer, the Flaming Lips will add an even higher level of spectacle to their legendary live shows, landing a massive pink P-Funk-style...

    May 18, 2006 12:00 PM ET
  • Wyclef's Mission to Haiti

    Wyclef's Mission to Haiti | ARTICLE

    Jacmel, Haiti — The smell of burning garbage and excrement fills the air as Wyclef Jean tours a slum outside this resort town. Shacks made of corrugated aluminum, with no electricity or running water, line the mud-and-rock...

    April 28, 2006 7:23 AM ET
  • Murder on Eight Mile: R.I.P. Proof

    Murder on Eight Mile: R.I.P. Proof | ARTICLE

    The C.C.C. club sits on a particularly grimy stretch of Detroit's 8 Mile Road, its shabby wood-paneled facade wedged between J's Liquor Shop and a massive Mega Pawn. This boulevard, which Eminem made famous, roughly separates the...

    April 17, 2006 1:09 PM ET
  • Sundance Rocks: New Music Docs From Beasties, Police, Neil Young, More

    Sundance Rocks: New Music Docs From Beasties, Police, Neil Young, More | ARTICLE

    Rockers took Park City, Utah, by storm as a slew of music-related movies premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. Metallica,...

    February 23, 2006 11:00 AM ET
  • Jamie Foxx Back on Top

    Jamie Foxx Back on Top | ARTICLE

    Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx's album, Unpredictable, returned to the top slot in a fairly tepid sales week, with another 97,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. For weeks, the Ray star, whose record boasts help from hip-hop...

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM ET
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