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  • Ben Watt's Second Act: Here's 'Hendra'

    July 25, 2014 12:25 PM ET | Yahoo Maximum Performance
     |  Dave DiMartino

    In a world where the typical career cycle of most pop musicians includes a few singles, maybe an album or two, and then unavoidable oblivion, Ben Watt hasn’t been paying attention. He’s in it for the proverbial long haul. And when the gap between your first and second album is 31 years, that’s one hell of a haul. The delightful Hendra, Watt’s unexpected, just-released new album, further delivers on the promise offered by Watt’s earliest works. His initial single...  | More »

  • Common Uses 'Nobody's Smiling' to Address Chicago Violence

    July 24, 2014 11:00 AM ET | Yahoo Hip Hop
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Common and his longtime producer No I.D. made an agreement to use his new album, Nobody's Smiling, to address the violence that is plaguing their hometown of Chicago.This week, the city anticipates confirmation that the Department of Justice would dispatch more Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents to help combat the gun violence that has made national headlines."I keep hearing about people dying and the violence that's going on. I feel like it's my responsibility, and our resp...  | More »

  • Video: Voice' Duo The Swon Brothers Talk Shelton

    July 22, 2014 11:56 AM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks

    Voice alums the Swon Brothers are preparing to release their full-length major-label debut, and their single "Later On" is already a bona fide country hit. (It racked up the most one-week adds of any debut single in Country Aircheck history when it was released this past March.) But despite hitting the big-time, the fun-loving Okies from Muskogee haven't changed one bit since they charmed their way into America's hearts, and the grand finale, on The Voice Season 4. They're as h...  | More »

  • Adam Lambert Lives Proud, Gets His Life

    July 22, 2014 10:05 AM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Adam Lambert is currently on the road fronting the massive rock band Queen, which means he's being heard by more people than ever before and reaching new audiences. So the timing is perfect for him to participate in AT&T's second annual Live Proud campaign, which seeks to foster awareness, empowerment, and pride throughout the LGBT community and beyond. Win a trip to my private event! Share ur #ATTLiveProud meme! Rules/details: http://t.co/UvSAk9GVmx sponsored by @ATT pic.twi...  | More »

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