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Beyoncé releases new song on eve of Super Bowl appearance

Beyoncé surprise-released a new song on Saturday afternoon, the day before she is expected to be appear with Coldplay at the Super Bowl, and she doesn't waste any time in getting to the point: "I slay," she sings on "Formation," which was posted on her official website and released for free via...

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  • X Japan's triumphs and tragedies are documented in 'We Are X'

    X Japan's triumphs and tragedies are documented in 'We Are X'

    Three years ago, documentary filmmaker Stephen Kijak had never heard of a band called X Japan. Most Americans hadn't either, even with more than 20 million albums sold around the world, but Kijak was intrigued. He learned of a sound that incorporated thrash metal and classical piano with big prog-rock...

  • Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday, according to an Associated Press report Tuesday afternoon. Gaga will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, where the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will vie for the championship title. See...

  • Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

    Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

    The Las Vegas Strip isn’t just for sparkly pop divas, electronic dance music kings and beloved icons from generations past. Adding to the growing list of hip-hop acts making the pilgrimage to Sin City, Big Boi has announced a yearlong residency at the Wynn Las Vegas. The co-founder of pioneering...

  • Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys; Nile Rodgers to direct

    Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys; Nile Rodgers to direct

    Iconic rock provocateur David Bowie will be feted by another artist known for pushing the boundaries of genre, gender and beyond: Lady Gaga. The pop star will pay tribute to Bowie at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday morning. Gaga was already set for a performance on the Feb....

  • Doors' surviving members to reunite for Ray Manzarek benefit tribute

    Doors' surviving members to reunite for Ray Manzarek benefit tribute

    Surviving founding members of the Doors John Densmore and Robby Krieger will reunite for the first time in 15 years with some help from Exene Cervenka and John Doe of long-running L.A. punk band X to salute Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek with a benefit concert Feb. 12 on what would have been Manzarek’s...

  • FIDLAR's emoji-only clip for 'Why Generation' captures the spirit of 2016

    FIDLAR's emoji-only clip for 'Why Generation' captures the spirit of 2016

    In FIDLAR's new emoji-only video for "Why Generation," frowny-faced emojis pogo and mosh as four avatars rock on stage. Scrunched faces drink emoji beer steins, eat emoji pills, vomit emoji puke. On a cartoon streetscape, emoji cyclists race, cars crash, a billboard overhead advertises using the...

  • Inside Miguel's twisted Wildheart Motel installation this past weekend

    Inside Miguel's twisted Wildheart Motel installation this past weekend

    The invitation for Miguel’s two-day immersive art installation this past weekend was cryptic, yet enticing. The words “Check into surreal” were typed in tiny black letters underneath the black-and-white crest logo for the Wildheart Motel. A red heart squeezed with barb wire was the only splash...

  • How 'Jock Jams' inspired 'Cold Chilling,' a reimagining of classic West Coast gangsta rap

    How 'Jock Jams' inspired 'Cold Chilling,' a reimagining of classic West Coast gangsta rap

    Twenty years ago, before compilation albums such as “Now That's What I Call Music!” and “Kidz Bop” topped the charts, a series of sports-themed compilations called “Jock Jams” became the unlikeliest of hits. The premise of the compilations paired “the hottest crowd-pumping grooves of all time”...

  • With 'Anti,' Rihanna shows the strength in vulnerability

    With 'Anti,' Rihanna shows the strength in vulnerability

    You can’t name your album “Anti” without inviting your audience to think about what you oppose. So what is Rihanna standing against on her eighth studio record? A smoothly choreographed product rollout, for one. After repeated delays, “Anti” finally appeared online Wednesday night, first in an ...

  • How Paul Kantner and Jefferson Airplane delivered LSD music to the masses

    How Paul Kantner and Jefferson Airplane delivered LSD music to the masses

    Those looking to understand the roots of San Francisco psychedelic rock need only read one observation from Paul Kantner, who died Thursday at age 74, to connect the microdots.  "Jefferson Airplane had the fortune or misfortune of discovering Fender Twin Reverb amps and LSD in the same week while...

  • How Woody Guthrie was radicalized by his time in L.A -- when he wasn't drawing cartoons

    How Woody Guthrie was radicalized by his time in L.A -- when he wasn't drawing cartoons

    Woody Guthrie is best known for his work as a Dust Bowl balladeer and protest singer. But like many restless Oklahomans of the time, the singer and songwriter felt the pull of the West in the 1930s. Looking for adventure and working on a life in music, Guthrie spent crucial early years in Los Angeles...

  • Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner dies at 74

    Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner dies at 74

    Paul Kantner, the Jefferson Airplane guitarist, songwriter and fixture of the San Francisco '60s rock scene, died Thursday of septic shock and organ failure, according to his publicist, who confirmed his death with the San Francisco Chronicle. He was 74. "Paul was a key architect in the development...

  • Rihanna's 'Anti' hits 1 million downloads in 14 hours; physical release to come

    Rihanna's 'Anti' hits 1 million downloads in 14 hours; physical release to come

    Rihanna’s new album, “Anti,” hasn’t been out for 24 hours and it’s already been downloaded 1 million times. Exclusively released late Wednesday to the fledgling music service Tidal — which the pop star co-owns with Jay Z and other musicians including Madonna, Usher and Beyonce — the album was also...

  • Sia wastes an opportunity on the ordinary 'This Is Acting'

    Sia wastes an opportunity on the ordinary 'This Is Acting'

    A year and a half ago, Sia transformed a serious liability into an undeniable asset. So why does her new album make waste of her success? An Australian singer-songwriter with a flair for fitting confessional lyrics to sleek electronic beats, Sia built a respectable following in the late 1990s and...

  • 'Why the Mountains Are Black' aims to show music as a 'tool for survival'

    'Why the Mountains Are Black' aims to show music as a 'tool for survival'

    In summer 2014, four writers and one record collector were sitting in a room in Faber, Va. The record collector, an adept and passionate scholar, was Chris King. He had been playing 78s from his collection, which he keeps in plain brown sleeves that are not marked. They are organized by genre and...

  • Coldplay to play Rose Bowl in August on summer U.S. stadium tour

    Coldplay to play Rose Bowl in August on summer U.S. stadium tour

    Coldplay will set down in a large handful of major-market stadiums across the U.S. this summer as part of the group’s first world tour in five years, the band announced Thursday. The stateside leg of A Head Full of Dreams tour opens July 16 at New York’s Met Life Stadium and will reach the Rose...

  • Bert Berns tabbed for Rock Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award

    Bert Berns tabbed for Rock Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award

    Songwriter, producer and record label executive Bert Berns will be this year’s recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, to be held April 8 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Berns, who died in 1967 of heart failure at age 38, is best...

  • Surprise! Rihanna's 'Anti' is finally out -- and it's free

    Surprise! Rihanna's 'Anti' is finally out -- and it's free

    The day that started with new Rihanna music has ended with new Rihanna music in a whirlwind that included a surprise single release and the leaking of her latest album, “Anti.” Hours after premiering a collaboration with Drake called “Work,” the long-awaited album hit the Internet. “Anti,” the...

  • Jenny Lewis on 'Rabbit Fur Coat': 'It was the first time for everything'

    Jenny Lewis on 'Rabbit Fur Coat': 'It was the first time for everything'

    In 2005, Conor Oberst asked Jenny Lewis if she might be interested in making a solo album for his fledgling record label, Team Love. Her reaction wasn’t quite what the Bright Eyes frontman was expecting. “I was like, “‘Are you crazy? I can’t make a record on my own!’” recalled Lewis, then known...

  • Rihanna releases Drake collaboration 'Work' from new album expected to arrive this week

    Rihanna releases Drake collaboration 'Work' from new album expected to arrive this week

    Another day, another Rihanna tease. Except, thankfully, the singer felt generous enough to issue a new single. After weeks of speculation about a collaboration with Drake called “Work,” Rihanna released the Caribbean-tinged track from her long-gestating album, “Anti.” Released to Jay Z’s Tidal...

  • Kanye West to roll out 'Waves' album Feb. 11 in New York

    Kanye West to roll out 'Waves' album Feb. 11 in New York

    Rapper Kanye West will roll out his new album, which he has retitled “Waves” after announcing it as “Swish,” at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11 during his “Yeezy Season 3” presentation during New York Fashion Week, Billboard reports. He also plans to release a track per week up until the album’s...

  • Brian Wilson will perform in 50th anniversary 'Pet Sounds' world tour

    Brian Wilson will perform in 50th anniversary 'Pet Sounds' world tour

    Beach Boys founding member and creative leader Brian Wilson will undertake a 2016 world tour celebrating this year’s 50th anniversary of the release of his group’s widely hailed 1966 masterpiece, “Pet Sounds,” during which the album will be performed in its entirety. The tour is scheduled to open...

  • 2016 NAMM musical products show draws nearly 100,000 to Anaheim

    2016 NAMM musical products show draws nearly 100,000 to Anaheim

    A trio of musicians joyfully playing Stevie Wonder’s jazz tribute “Sir Duke” on Chinese handbells, a tubist displaying his virtuosity, heavy metal dudes and dudettes in black leather jackets and torn fishnet stockings admiring coffin-shaped guitar cases and surprise appearances by scores of the...

  • Jennifer Lopez gives all she's got -- and more -- in Vegas

    Jennifer Lopez gives all she's got -- and more -- in Vegas

    “Vegas, there’s a new girl in town,” Jennifer Lopez announced during a sold-out show at Planet Hollywood's Axis Theater on Friday. Judging from the dazzling two-hour spectacle the multi-hyphenate entertainer has produced for her debut Vegas residency, Lopez’s proclamation felt more like a warning...

  • Versatile Anderson .Paak's 'Malibu' crosses the line in the sand

    Versatile Anderson .Paak's 'Malibu' crosses the line in the sand

    Anderson .Paak, "Malibu" (Empire / OBE / Steel Wool / Art Club). The new album by Oxnard singer-rapper-lyricist-producer .Paak (who adds a dot to the beginning of his surname) shows a rising artist stepping up to buzz-heavy scrutiny. Best known for his production work on Dr. Dre's 2015 album, "Compton,"...

  • Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Ork Records CD sets are time capsules of '70s punk and more

    Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Ork Records CD sets are time capsules of '70s punk and more

    "Teenage Jesus and the Jerks: Live 1977-1979" contains 29 songs recorded in the mid-'70s. The music sounds like next week. ("Baby Doll" could easily be on the new Savages album, "Adore Life," give or take a few choices.) These recordings were not available until now. "Ork Records: New York, New...

  • Meet Captain Cuts, the L.A. guys who mashed up Paramore and Selena Gomez

    Meet Captain Cuts, the L.A. guys who mashed up Paramore and Selena Gomez

    Fetty Wap and Blink-182. Drake and Say Anything. Justin Bieber and Fall Out Boy. At a moment when the Internet has hastened the erosion of traditional genre lines, the idea of a pop idol or a rapper teaming with an emo band isn't as hard to imagine as it once might have been. But just because something...

  • Music publicist Heathcliff Berru on sex harassment claims: 'I am deeply sorry'

    Music publicist Heathcliff Berru on sex harassment claims: 'I am deeply sorry'

    The music publicist Heathcliff Berru has given his first statement since resigning from his company, Life or Death PR, in the wake of widespread allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him.  Berru, whose firm represented many artists The Times has covered, resigned as chief executive of...

  • Adele, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd to perform at the Grammys

    Adele, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd to perform at the Grammys

    Pop music's most successful contemporary singer and its most acclaimed rapper are among the acts slated for this year's Grammy Awards. Adele and Kendrick Lamar have been announced as top performers at the 58th annual Grammy Awards, held Feb. 15 at Staples Center.  Also added to the bill? Chart-topping...

  • Linda Ronstadt, whose backing band was the hub for the Eagles, remembers Glenn Frey

    Linda Ronstadt, whose backing band was the hub for the Eagles, remembers Glenn Frey

    No one ever suggested that the Eagles invented country-rock music. The seeds for that hybrid had been planted and nurtured in the mid-1960s by the likes of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt and the Monkees' Michael Nesmith well before Glenn Frey came together...

  • West Coast CBS stations will air live Grammys

    West Coast CBS stations will air live Grammys

    While the eastern half of the U.S. tweeted about the Grammy Awards ceremony, viewers of the broadcast on the West Coast needed to waited three hours to weigh in unless they happened to be watching inside the Staples Center. That will no longer be the case as CBS, the network rights holder to the...

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