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  • Spotify Unveils New App Platform

    Spotify Unveils New App Platform | ARTICLE

    Spotify today announced the launch of a platform for third-party apps, allowing outside developers to build a host of new social features into the fast-growing digital music service. Sixteen first-generation apps from Spotify’s new brand...

    November 30, 2011 3:50 PM ET
  • Radioactive

    Radioactive | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hick-hop juggernaut Yelawolf may strike some as Alabama's answer to Eminem (whosigned the 31-year-old rapper to his Shady label). But the boozy, stone-faced rhymes on his debut leave little room for laughs: "In this forest...

    November 22, 2011 12:30 AM ET
  • "Jello"

    "Jello" | SONG REVIEW

    The hip-housers known for getting "slizzard" on "Like a G6" return with a brassy Rye Rye to demand booty-shaking over Tetris-worthy synths and bring high-low absurdism to hashtag rap: "Play with your G-string/Cello." Condolences to Yo-Yo Ma. Listen...

    November 17, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • Camp

    Camp | ALBUM REVIEW

    For a dude who gets big laughs on NBC's Community, Donald Glover sure fiends for approval on his debut. One minute he's dropping hornball come-ons, the next he's arguing that a "nerdy-ass black kid" deserves to...

    November 15, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • "Mr. Wrong"

    "Mr. Wrong" | SONG REVIEW

    Drama is still Mary J. Blige's best friend on record. "Even though he breaks my heart so bad, we got a special thing going on," she cries out on the latest single from My Life II...The...

    November 11, 2011 7:00 AM ET
  • Exclusive Album Stream: Pusha T Goes Solo With 'Fear of God II'

    Exclusive Album Stream: Pusha T Goes Solo With 'Fear of God II' | ARTICLE

    Click to listen to Pusha T's album 'Fear of God II: Let Us Pray' Pusha T, one half of the acclaimed rap duo Clipse, makes his formal debut...

    November 3, 2011 11:35 AM ET
  • Skrillex Isn't Surprised By Dubstep Takeoff

    Skrillex Isn't Surprised By Dubstep Takeoff | ARTICLE

    Don't believe the hype: Skrillex didn't set out to wrestle dubstep from its brainy dub-reggae roots and warp it into an aggro dance-metal hybrid that online haters call "brostep." "I thought I'd play the Echo in L.A....

    November 2, 2011 4:05 PM ET
  • "Renegade"

    "Renegade" | SONG REVIEW

    On the trimmed-down pop-rock band's new single, Hayley Williams flees a bad romance and wails with lovely, apropos anguish – so it's a bummer when she brags, "I'm a renegade/It's in my blood," over a riff that's...

    October 28, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin Celebrate the Legacy of Def Jam

    Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin Celebrate the Legacy of Def Jam | ARTICLE

    It wasn't all nostalgia and back-patting Friday night (October 14th) at the New York Public Library, where Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons recalled their shared piece of hip-hop history as co-founders of Def Jam Recordings. There was...

    October 17, 2011 12:55 PM ET
  • Taio Cruz Promises More 'Dynamite' on New Album

    Taio Cruz Promises More 'Dynamite' on New Album | ARTICLE

    Don’t expect Taio Cruz to switch up his sound anytime soon. The U.K. pop singer and songwriter plans to stick with massive four-on-the-floor beats on TY.O, his third album due out December 6th, and the first since...

    October 6, 2011 12:25 PM ET
  • "Hangover"

    "Hangover" | SONG REVIEW

    "I can drink until I throw up/And I don't ever, ever want to grow up," sings Taio Cruz – and can you blame him? Songs about partying yourself senseless are surefire these days, especially when bolstered by...

    October 6, 2011 10:50 AM ET
  • Exclusive Stream: Talib Kweli and Res' Genre-Bending 'Rat Race'

    Exclusive Stream: Talib Kweli and Res' Genre-Bending 'Rat Race' | ARTICLE

    Click to listen to Idle Warship's 'Rat Race' Four years ago, rapper Talib Kweli and Philadelphia singer/songwriter Res started making music together in their spare...

    October 5, 2011 11:55 AM ET
  • Black Eyed Peas Beat the Rain, Feel the Love in NYC's Central Park

    Black Eyed Peas Beat the Rain, Feel the Love in NYC's Central Park | ARTICLE

    "The rain stopped us last time, but it ain’t gonna stop us this time!" will.i.am shouted at the 60,000 fans packed into Central Park’s cavernous Great Lawn on Friday night. Even though the Black Eyed Peas were...

    October 1, 2011 11:53 AM ET
  • Unbroken

    Unbroken | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the past year, Demi Lovato faced rehab and lost her role on a Disney Channel sitcom, her princess-next-door image shattered. On her third LP, her newfound vulnerability sometimes makes for good songs: "Would it make you...

    September 20, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • In the Grace of Your Love

    In the Grace of Your Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to The Rapture's album 'In the Grace of Your Love' On their first album in five years, these New York dance punkers stumble out of...

    September 6, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • "Mr. Know It All"

    "Mr. Know It All" | SONG REVIEW

    For her latest earworm, Clarkson narrows her octave range – no American Idol glory notes here – and sasses a controlling man with double-entendres ("Baby, I ain't goin' down") that up her R&B appeal. The only problem?...

    August 31, 2011 10:30 AM ET
  • The R.E.D. Album

    The R.E.D. Album | ALBUM REVIEW

    Game albums often come with as much tabloid distraction as intrigue - between his latest contrived Jay-Z diss ("Uncle Otis") and lame Twitter pranks (like telling his followers to flood the LAPD internship requests), the Compton...

    August 30, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Why Can't Lil Wayne Beat the Leaks?

    Why Can't Lil Wayne Beat the Leaks? | ARTICLE

    Superstar albums and early leaks go hand in hand, as Lil Wayne knows too well. In 2007, songs from the rap titan's sixth LP, Tha Carter III, leaked months in advance, forcing him to retool the...

    August 26, 2011 2:20 PM ET
  • Bon Iver, 'Come Talk To Me'

    Bon Iver, 'Come Talk To Me' | BLOG ENTRY

    This B side revives a 1992 Peter Gabriel original with acoustic banjo plucks and Justin Vernon's layered cries. When Vernon sings, "The heart, it will not be denied/Till we're both on the same damn...

    August 9, 2011 4:03 PM ET
  • "Headlines"

    "Headlines" | SONG REVIEW

    The voices in and outside of Drake's head tussle on his first official Take Care single. "I had someone tell me I fell off; ooh, I needed that," he reflects, snares clacking away at some of his...

    August 8, 2011 11:15 AM ET
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