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Britney can't come close to matching Beyoncé’s fire at MTV VMAs

They were perhaps the saddest words ever glimpsed on MTV: “Britney Spears returns to the VMA stage in 10 minutes.” Rendered as an on-screen caption in the wake of Beyoncé’s epic throwdown on Sunday’s Video Music Awards, the sentence wasn’t supposed to trigger pity. After all, this year’s edition...

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  • Britney Spears is back in control on her sexy new album 'Glory'

    Britney Spears is back in control on her sexy new album 'Glory'

    “Here’s my invitation, baby / Come feel my energy,” Britney Spears purrs to open her new album, “Glory,” and what a welcome offer that is. Throughout the 2000s, no one made better — or weirder — pop records than Spears, who achieved instant superstardom in 1999 with “…Baby One More Time,” then...

  • Review: Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock rarely take off with Mega Nova at the Hollywood Bowl

    Review: Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock rarely take off with Mega Nova at the Hollywood Bowl

    Give your latest project a name that sounds like an explosive cosmic event and, sure, maybe expectations run a little high. However, every bit as challenging for Mega Nova — the new project led by Carlos Santana that debuted at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night — was the idea to round out the band...

  • Review: Blood Orange invites everyone to 'Freetown' at the Ace Hotel

    Review: Blood Orange invites everyone to 'Freetown' at the Ace Hotel

    Blood Orange’s Devonte Hynes is often called an heir to Prince. But on Wednesday night at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel, he was just as much an inheritor of Gene Kelly. During the band’s performance of “You’re Not Good Enough,” a soft-funk single that sounds like the smooth station KOST-FM (103.5)...

  • Beatles at Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium get spotlight in August

    Beatles at Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium get spotlight in August

    August is a key month in the Beatles’ history as it relates to time the Fab Four spent in Southern California. The group played its first Los Angeles concert Aug. 23, 1964, at the Hollywood Bowl, which was recorded in hopes of being released as a live album. The Beatles returned a year later for...

  • Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

    Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

    Six months after his death, Prince’s Paisley Park compound will welcome tourists hoping to get a glimpse inside the reclusive musician’s private estate and production complex.  The family of the late music legend and Bremer Trust, the Minnesota bank acting as the special administrator of the singer’s estate,...

  • France's Air revives its 'slow motion music' for a visit to FYF Fest

    France's Air revives its 'slow motion music' for a visit to FYF Fest

    “Slow motion music.” That’s how Jean-Benôit Dunckel characterizes what his band Air creates. And if you’ve heard anything by this crafty French duo, which also includes Nicolas Godin, you know what he means. In songs like “Cherry Blossom Girl” and “Playground Love” (from Air’s soundtrack for 1999’s...

  • Frank Ocean is headed toward his first No. 1 album with 'Blonde'

    Frank Ocean is headed toward his first No. 1 album with 'Blonde'

    After a whirlwind, unconventional release, Frank Ocean’s new album is coasting toward the top of the charts. “Blonde,” the follow-up to the enigmatic singer’s critically acclaimed and Grammy-winning major label debut, “Channel Orange,” is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — a first...

  • Demi Lovato hit with copyright lawsuit by Sleigh Bells

    Demi Lovato hit with copyright lawsuit by Sleigh Bells

    Demi Lovato is the latest artist to be slapped with accusations of lifting from someone else’s work -- and to get sued for it.  More than nine months after indie noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells publicly called out the pop singer over alleged similarities between a track from her latest album and one...

  • Banks & Steelz unites Interpol's Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA

    Banks & Steelz unites Interpol's Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA

    On paper, the collaboration between the two musicians who are releasing their first album as Banks & Steelz seems a little ridiculous.  One of them, RZA, is best known as a hip-hop producer, rapper and cofounder of New York collective Wu-Tang Clan. The other, Paul Banks, co-founded the New York...

  • Stagecoach, the biggest country music gathering in the world, is going on tour

    Stagecoach, the biggest country music gathering in the world, is going on tour

    Get ready, country music fans: Stagecoach is hitting the dusty trail. Ten years after launching the Stagecoach Country Music Festival as the country counterpart to the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in the California desert city of Indio, Goldenvoice is launching a touring version...

  • Frank Ocean's minimalism sets 'Blonde' apart from recent releases by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West

    Frank Ocean's minimalism sets 'Blonde' apart from recent releases by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West

    So much about Frank Ocean’s gripping new album, “Blonde,” seems to put it in line with recent high-profile records by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West, from its short-notice release to its limited availability to its expansive roster of collaborators. Push beyond the branding strategy, though, and...

  • Review: Coldplay goes big — well, bigger — at the Rose Bowl

    Review: Coldplay goes big — well, bigger — at the Rose Bowl

    “The world is more friendly than you think.” That was one of the feel-good aphorisms Chris Martin dispensed Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, just before he led his band Coldplay in “Everglow,” a gently rolling piano ballad about the connection that can link two people even after a breakup. The...

  • Fans rush to West Hollywood pop-up shop for Frank Ocean's new album, 'Blonde'

    Fans rush to West Hollywood pop-up shop for Frank Ocean's new album, 'Blonde'

    When Frank Ocean fan Cornelius Wells heard news of a surprise, promotional pop-up shop opened by the R&B singer on Saturday afternoon, Wells was in the midst of driving to the Inland Empire to drop off a friend.  Wells saw that Ocean,  who hadn’t released a new record since the Grammy-winning album...

  • Lou Pearlman, disgraced Backstreet Boys and NSync impresario, dies at 62

    Lou Pearlman, disgraced Backstreet Boys and NSync impresario, dies at 62

    Lou Pearlman, the disgraced music impresario who launched the Backstreet Boys, NSync and other boy bands in the 1990s before being convicted in a Ponzi scheme, has died at 62, according to the prison where Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence.  The former producer and manager died Friday at...

  • Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

    Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

    Frank Ocean has released “Blonde,” his second album in as many days, turning the enigmatic R&B crooner’s comeback into both a test of endurance and an ambitious reworking of the album release. After weeks of rumors, the singer on Saturday released “Blonde,” the official follow-up to his heralded,...

  • Frank Ocean releases visually arresting 'Nikes' ahead of new album

    Frank Ocean releases visually arresting 'Nikes' ahead of new album

    The return of Frank Ocean continues: A day after the surprise release of his visual album “Endless,” the enigmatic singer dropped a new single, “Nikes,” early Saturday morning while fans wait for the expected release of yet another album, the official follow-up to 2012’s “Channel Orange.” “Nikes,”...

  • PJ Harvey creates a bluesy soundtrack for tough times at the Shrine

    PJ Harvey creates a bluesy soundtrack for tough times at the Shrine

    The opening moments of a PJ Harvey concert come with a war correspondent’s eye for detail and an activist's call to action: Broken homes. Shattered glass. Syringes on the floor. A "highway to death." Rhythms, in the form of militant drum beats, create a boots-on-the-ground feel. Guitars, jagged...

  • Expect more music to come after Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless'

    Expect more music to come after Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless'

    After weeks of rumors, new Frank Ocean music has arrived.  Late Thursday night the enigmatic R&B crooner released “Endless,” an 18-track visual album streaming exclusively on Apple Music. “Endless” adds to the growing trend of upending the traditional album release model that has buoyed recent...

  • Michael Nesmith joining the Monkees' 50th anniversary stop in L.A.

    Michael Nesmith joining the Monkees' 50th anniversary stop in L.A.

    The Los Angeles homecoming stop next month on the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour will include all three surviving members of the made-for-TV band, guitarist, singer and songwriter Michael Nesmith confirmed Friday. In a post to his Facebook followers that also strongly suggested it could be his...

  • L.A. art-rock duo Sparks teases 2017 album and tour with film

    L.A. art-rock duo Sparks teases 2017 album and tour with film

    Long-running L.A. art-rock duo Sparks will have a new album next year and brothers Ron and Russell Mael have put together an ambitious film teaser for the project. Coming off their collaboration with Franz Ferdinand in 2015, which yielded the album “FFS” and a tour with the combined forces of both...

  • Adele, citing cold, misses Phoenix concert en route back to L.A.

    Adele, citing cold, misses Phoenix concert en route back to L.A.

    A cold got the better of British R&B-pop sensation Adele this week as her tour moves across the U.S., prompting her to reschedule a performance that had been set for Wednesday in Phoenix. She posted a video of herself on Twitter, out of makeup and with puffy eyes and reddened nose, apologizing...

  • Britney Spears to perform at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

    Britney Spears to perform at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

    For the first time in nearly a decade, Britney Spears will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star will return to the VMA stage for the debut live performance of her comeback single, “Make Me,” the network announced Tuesday afternoon.  Spears is in the middle of an aggressive comeback...

  • Elvis Presley 'Way Down in the Jungle Room' 40 years later

    Elvis Presley 'Way Down in the Jungle Room' 40 years later

    Tuesday marks the 39th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977, and as usual, there will be a plethora of activities in and around Graceland to celebrate his life for thousands of fans who make a pilgrimage to his final resting place. Those who aren’t making the trek to...

  • Nick Jonas goes deep into the bro psyche in 'Goat'

    Nick Jonas goes deep into the bro psyche in 'Goat'

    Nick Jonas is currently on a joint tour with Demi Lovato — and by all accounts, it’s quite a duet. But he also made a just-as-auspicious L.A. debut of sorts over the weekend at the Sundance Next Fest at the Ace Hotel. “Goat,” a new feature from director Andrew Neel (out in theaters and on-demand...

  • Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas on their joint summer tour: 'This isn't just a fiddly-diddly concert'

    Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas on their joint summer tour: 'This isn't just a fiddly-diddly concert'

    Eight years ago, few might have predicted that the fresh-faced stars of the hit Disney Channel musical “Camp Rock” would go on to freely discuss sex in their work, become outspoken proponents for the LGBT community and, this year, mount a joint tour inspired by Bruce Springsteen. But the Boss is...

  • Country, rock stars join all-star Country Music Hall of Fame benefit lineup in L.A.

    Country, rock stars join all-star Country Music Hall of Fame benefit lineup in L.A.

    James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, Joe Walsh and Kacey Musgraves join host Vince Gill on Sept. 27 for this year’s All For the Hall Los Angeles concert benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s education program. The show will take place again at The Novo by Microsoft Theater (formerly...

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