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  • 5 Lessons for New School Rappers From Kid ‘N Play’s Arsenio Slot

    January 20, 2014 12:20 PM ET | Yahoo Hip Hop
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Who doesn't like surprises? Arsenio Hall Show viewers received a good treat Thursday when famed 1990's hip-hop superstars Kid 'N Play made an appearance. Here are 5 things new rappers could learn from the veterans: 1. Be Creative - Yes, the intro was cheesy – Kid 'N Play making a unannounced outburst from the back of the audience, teasing Arsenio about the about the lack of VIP treatment – but it was a surprise and a pleasant one. 2. Stay Focused – I...  | More »

  • American Idol’ Season 13 Premiere Recap: Just Wild About Harry

    January 17, 2014 12:10 PM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    While the majority of singers who entered the Boston and Austin audition rooms on Wednesday's "American Idol" Season 13 premiere seemed starstruck by glamazonian returning judge Jennifer Lopez — leaving poor newbie panelist Harry Connick Jr. to whine about his relative anonymity as clueless contestants confused him with "Robert Downey Jr., or someone like that" — there was one hopeful, Pakistan-born jazzbo Munfarid Zaidi, who was just wild about Harry. "I read your Wikipedia...  | More »

  • Video: Ray Benson Duets With Willie Nelson

    January 16, 2014 6:18 PM ET | Yahoo Our Country

    Texas musical institution Ray Benson, who's also known as the frontman of Western Swing legends Asleep at the Wheel, has a lot of accolades to his name (including nine Grammy awards and a heavyweight producer's resume). He also has a lot of cool friends to his name that he's collected in his music journey. Benson combines both of these in his second solo release (his first in quite some years!), A Little Piece, on which he duets with none other than Willie Nelson on the tune "...  | More »

  • New Bruce: He’s Still Got The Goods

    January 14, 2014 11:55 AM ET | Yahoo New This Week
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Hello and Happy New Year—which, as you might note, isn’t exactly new at this point, but about as close as we’re going to get in a column running down the week’s more interesting music releases! What have we missed in the meantime? *An unexpected Beyoncé album! *A spectacular New Year’s Rockin’ Eve featuring a timely live version of “Imagine” urging us to begin 2014 with the full realization that there is “no heaven” and the...  | More »

  • 10 Ways ‘American Idol’ is Trying to Win You Back

    January 13, 2014 11:55 AM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Last year, "American Idol" Season 12 ended pretty much the way it began: in tears. It ickily kicked off with a tabloid-fueled Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj feud that alienated much of the show's conservative fanbase, and it wrapped months later with an astounding 20 percent ratings drop. Then there was the failed-to-launch single and multiple album-release delays for winner Candice Glover; runner-up Kree Harrison's unprecedented inability to secure her own record deal; sluggish ticket s...  | More »

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