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  • 'Rising Star' Gets It About 70 Percent Right

    June 25, 2014 11:05 AM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    On Sunday night, ABC premiered a new singing show called Rising Star. Yes, another music competition. Can this latest entry in a crowded (and some would say fading) market do what The Next, Platinum Hit, P. Diddy's Starmaker, Redemption Song, ABC's own Kelly Clarkson/Robin Thicke/John Legend/Jennifer Nettles-helmed Duets, and even to some extent The X Factor could not — and actually stake out a credible place alongside American Idol and The Voice? Well, maybe. It does have ex...  | More »

  • Video: SZA Joins Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller

    June 24, 2014 3:00 PM ET | Yahoo Hip Hop

    New Jersey-bred SZA was raised on a healthy music diet of Wu-Tang Clan and jazz, hence her stage name is fashioned after the Wu frontman RZA. Since being recruited to be the first lady of Kendrick Lamar's Top Dawg Entertainment, the artist born Solana Rowe has generated a buzz with her EPs, See.SZA.Run, S, and Z, the latter released last April.In May, TDE celebrated Z with a live event at the Red Bull Studios LA where SZA performed the entire set, bringing two special guests on stage wit...  | More »

  • 'X' Rated And Proud Of It!

    June 24, 2014 10:30 AM ET | Yahoo New This Week
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Ed Sheeran: X (Atlantic) There’s a school of thought holding that today’s biggest biggest pop stars should be as visually striking as they are musically memorable. In purely literal terms, that’s completely so here. But is it a compliment? Brit songwriter Sheeran, red-headed and oozing pure guy-next-door friendliness, returns Stateside with an album likely to sell by the boatload—like him, it’s upbeat, friendly, clever almost to the point of pain, and defiantly n...  | More »

  • Empires Are Feeling Very Good Indeed

    June 19, 2014 2:55 PM ET | Yahoo Maximum Performance
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Sharp, creative and bringing a commendable freshness to the sometimes drearily derivative world of contemporary rock, Empires are a remarkably good rock ‘n’ roll band. In a world full of faceless, regurgitated rhythms and emotion-by-numbers, the band’s music is strikingly compact, precise and non-excessive: There is a there there, and there are no wasted notes anywhere. In Yahoo’s neck of the woods shortly before the release of their new EP How Good Does It Feel&mdas...  | More »

  • They Are the Champions: A Queen + Adam Lambert Timeline

    June 18, 2014 11:05 AM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Adam Lambert is joining Queen on the road this summer, and while it's one of the most anticipated tours of 2014, this trek has been a long time coming. Truly, from the moment Adam first entered America's living rooms and the American Idol audition room five (yes, FIVE) years ago, he seemed fit for a Queen and destined to one day front the legendary glam-rock group. [Related: Adam Lambert Admits He Discovered Queen Through 'Wayne's World'] As we prepare for Queen + A...  | More »

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