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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...

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  • 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...

  • Metallica returns with 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'

    Metallica returns with 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'

    Metallica  has returned with its first new album since 2008. The veteran group announced “Hardwired...To Self-Destruct,” its first non-collaborative record since 2008’s “Death Magnetic.” The band’s last LP was a head-scratcher of a collaborative concept album, 2011’s “Lulu,” with the late Lou Reed....

  • Prepare to get your groove on: Vaud & the Villains return to Ford Amphitheatre on Aug. 19

    Prepare to get your groove on: Vaud & the Villains return to Ford Amphitheatre on Aug. 19

    Pulling together a 19-piece band is no easy feat in any circumstance — keeping one together for close to a decade borders on the miraculous, but it’s something L.A.’s jazz-swing-gospel-theater collective Vaud & the Villains has managed against the economic and logistical odds for close to a decade...

  • Premiere: Lucy & LaMer 'Rainy Days' video and L.A.'s water problem

    Premiere: Lucy & LaMer 'Rainy Days' video and L.A.'s water problem

    Water conservation efforts in Los Angeles are getting a bit of help from indie band Lucy & LaMer in a new video for the group’s song “Rainy Days,” premiering here. The video for the jaunty pop song, from the Echo Park-based band’s 2015 EP “Little Spoon,” is written and directed by lead singer Lucy...

  • James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

    James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

    Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley, who played with the industrial rock band from 1991 to 1994, died Sunday, his ex-wife Kate Van Buren, announced in a Facebook post. No cause of death was given. Woolley, 49, was part of the band in 1991 when the group recorded its album “The Downward...

  • Kanye West to open 21 'Pablo' pop-up stores worldwide — for one weekend

    Kanye West to open 21 'Pablo' pop-up stores worldwide — for one weekend

    Kanye West fans can buy a taste of "The Life of Pablo" following the rapper-turned-fashion mogul's announcement of 21 pop-up stores worldwide that will be open just this weekend. West on Wednesday night tweeted a map with red dots indicating the stores' locations. Fourteen of the stores will be...

  • Netflix hopes to do the dance community justice with 'XOXO' and 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'

    Netflix hopes to do the dance community justice with 'XOXO' and 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'

    We’re a decade into the EDM boom of the 2000s. So why hasn’t there been a great American television show or movie set within the scene? EDM – and all the raptures, perils and outsize personalities that come with it – would seem a natural setting for film. Its exaggerated stage productions are science...

  • Appreciation: Bobby Hutcherson connected some of the highest points in jazz

    Appreciation: Bobby Hutcherson connected some of the highest points in jazz

    After spending decades as a marginalized genre, jazz has something of an internal obsession with providing entry points. If the right album gets into the right hands at the right time, the thinking goes for listeners of jazz and all music worth exploring, another fan is born. It’s an irresistible...

  • PJ Harvey adds second L.A. performance on Friday for her new U.S. tour

    PJ Harvey adds second L.A. performance on Friday for her new U.S. tour

    Singer and songwriter PJ Harvey has added a second show to her tour stop in Los Angeles with a performance Friday at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood along with her Thursday show date at the Shrine Expo Hall, which quickly sold out. Tickets are on sale now for the added show, which extends her run...

  • Paul McCartney signs new contract returning his solo career to Capitol

    Paul McCartney signs new contract returning his solo career to Capitol

    Paul McCartney is getting back to where he once belonged, renewing his relationship with Capitol Records, the label that ushered him and the rest of the Beatles to household name status in the U.S. in the 1960s. The new contract, announced Wednesday by Capitol, will cover his complete solo catalog...

  • Rap 'feud' between Drake and Eminem shut down by joint Detroit appearance

    Rap 'feud' between Drake and Eminem shut down by joint Detroit appearance

    So much for reports of a feud between rappers Eminem and Drake, amid growing social media speculation that one or the other was readying a diss track aimed at the other.  Eminem joined Drake on stage at the Joe Louis Arena in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit to perform Drake’s song “Forever.” Introducing...

  • 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...

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