The first official image released from the "Jem and the Holograms" live-action reboot reveals the cast. (Top to bottom)  Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko and Aurora Perrineau.

'Jem and the Holograms' film gets its stars, releases first image

Barely a month after revealing plans for a live-action film version of "Jem and the Holograms," producers have announced who will bring the sparkly, neon-haired glam rock band to life.

“Nashville” actress Aubrey Peeples has been cast in the titular role, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Holograms will be rounded out by Stefanie Scott ( “A.N.T. Farm”), who will play Jem's sister, Kimber; Aurora Perrineau (“Pretty Little Liars”), who will play Shana; and Hayley Kiyoko (“The Fosters”) has signed on for the role of Aja.

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The announcement was further teased with the first official image of the film, offering tightly cropped shots of the four leads made up as the Holograms.

Last month, Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious”), Jon M. Chu (“G.I. Joe,” “Step Up 2: The Streets”) and Scooter Braun, the brains behind ...

Katy Perry, right, shown with country singer Kacey Musgraves during a recent taping of "CMT Crossroads," has released a new music video for her song 'Birthday' in which she appears in heavy makeup as "the five worst birthday party entertainers."

Watch Katy Perry go undercover in 'Birthday' video

“Candid Camera” meets “Jackass” in Katy Perry’s loopy new video for “Birthday” from  her latest album, “Prism.”

Ditching the super sexy persona employed in most of her videos, Perry says she “went undercover,” in heavy makeup, to portray “the five worst birthday party entertainers ever.”

The video, directed by Mark Klasfeld and Danny Lockwood, opens with brief interviews with Perry, in character as a portly Jewish comedian, a fading Las Vegas sexpot, a crusty animal trainer, a scary clown (is there another kind?) and a clueless fairy princess before showing snippets of what appear to be genuinely pranked parties at which she appeared without revealing her real identity.

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 Guests at a man’s 90th birthday party look on in horror as the cleavage-flashing Vegas entertainer takes center stage, and attendees at the other gatherings also show expressions...

The singer has criticized Canadian politicians over its annual seal hunt.

Morrissey blasts Canadian politicians over seal hunt

Morrissey's new album may claim that "World Peace is None of Your Business," but he's definitely making Canada's annual seal hunt his business.

The singer and famously outspoken animal rights activist has fired a new round in an ongoing skirmish with Gail Shea, Canada's minister of fisheries and oceans. Moz had previously published an essay decrying the annual commercial slaughter of seals in Canada, saying, "Canada's sorry image is due entirely to its seal slaughter, which is greedy and barbaric, and it is dismaying to witness such ignorance in 2014." (He also, in classic Moz form, said Canada is "regrettably fashionably dead.")  

Sophie Doucet, a spokeswoman for Shea, called Morrissey's essay "another case of a millionaire celebrity, desperate for a hobby, shamelessly regurgitating misinformation and myths that fringe animal-rights groups have been pushing for years. ... I would urge Mr. Morrissey to consider the impact that his ignorant and inflammatory statements have on the...

A single by Wu-Tang Clan, here at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, earned snarks from member Raekwon.

RZA giving Raekwon 30-day deadline to join Wu-Tang Clan album

Wu-Tang Clan might not issue a comeback album to mark its 20th anniversary.

The Staten Island collective’s long-gestating album, “A Better Tomorrow,” is slated to arrive in July. But group turmoil seems to be getting in the way.

When Wu-Tang dropped the lead single from the album, “Keep Watch,” group member Raekwon sent a  snarky tweet in response to the bouncy, '90s throwback. "Keep dreaming," he wrote.

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Raekwon’s curious absence from the song revealed an even bigger divide in the group: He’s been MIA from the recording process, with no plans on joining in.

The rapper’s supposed “strike” from Wu-Tang Clan and a harsh interview with Rolling Stone -- in which he called the tune “mediocre,” lobbed a number of accusations at RZA and said there was a slim chance he’d appear on the record -- has prompted RZA to respond.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, RZA...

Chance the Rapper's doctors concluded his illness was caused by a combination of the flu virus and tonsillitis.

Chance the Rapper cancels more shows, issues statement on health

Days after being hospitalized and forced to pull out of his Coachella performance last weekend, Chance the Rapper will miss additional shows in order to recover from “a combination of the flu virus and tonsillitis.”

The 21-year-old rapper, born Chancelor Bennett, fell ill Friday night and was admitted to a hospital Sunday, according to tweets sent on his behalf from his management.  

“On behalf of @chancetherapper and our entire team- We sincerely regret to have to cancel our 2nd weekend at coachella,” his management tweeted Sunday afternoon. 

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No reason for the hospitalization was given. On Friday, Chance had tweeted that he was sick following a gig in Las Vegas but said he thought he would recover in time for Coachella. 

Bennett had to be rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after running a 104-degree fever and losing the ability to speak due to throat inflammation, his manager, Patrick Corcoran, wrote in a statement on...

Jason Aldean, shown performing April 13 in Florence, Ariz., headlines on Saturday at the three-day Stagecoach Country Music Festival kicking off Friday, April 25, in Indio.

Stagecoach 2014: Set times announced

Set times for the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival have been released by promoter Goldenvoice, which means festival-goers can now start figuring out whether to bypass newcomer Easton Corbin on Friday afternoon to catch Lynyrd Skynyrd playing at roughly the same time across the grounds at the Palomino Stage.

Or if they’ll have to sacrifice “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean as the sun sets on Saturday to take in Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe’s performance at that same part of the day.

One of the most impressive stretches of the entire weekend kicks in Sunday afternoon on the Palomino Stage, starting just before 3 p.m. when rising Americana duo Shovels & Rope performs, followed by “Twang Guitar King” Duane Eddy at 3:50 p.m., then veteran rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson at 4:55 p.m., country-rock pioneer (and part-time Monkee) Michael Nesmith at 6 p.m and wrapping up with one of the most revered folk-rock singers and songwriters of...

Lord Huron has a new video for "Ends of the Earth."

Video premiere: Lord Huron's 'Ends of the Earth'

Over the last year, Lord Huron has quietly become one of the breakout stories of L.A. indie music. Like their kindred spirits Local Natives, the experimental folk project has road-dogged its way to selling out two nights at the Fonda Theatre earlier this year.

Ben Schneider and his bandmates have cultivated a bit of Old West mystery along the way, and Lord Huron's new video for "Ends of the Earth" elaborates on that with a gorgeously animated new clip. 

Director Kevin Donelan spins a silhouetted tale of an outlaw's lost love on the railroads.

The imagery is a natural fit for a band that owes a lot to Gram Parsons. But the mix of precise, minimal cut-out work and panoramic backdrops makes an old genre feel new.

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The single is off the band's 2012 album "Lonesome Dreams," released on the L.A. indie IAMSOUND. The band's next California dates are in July at the High Sierra Music Festival, a rustic venue that's about an hour outside of Reno -- and a locale...

Pharrell Williams performing during the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Watch Pharrell Williams' new 'Marilyn Monroe' video

After conquering the desert with star-studded sets at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival the last two weekends, Pharrell Williams' iron-clad grip on the pop conversation continues with his latest video, “Marilyn Monroe.”

The video, which debuted Wednesday, doesn’t boast much of a plot. It does, however, offer plenty of gorgeous women, flashy choreographed vignettes and lots of shots of his beloved, oversize hat. There’s even an appearance by Kelly Osbourne.

Here are five things we learned from watching:

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1. He loves all kinds of women, OK. Pharrell faced some pretty harsh, and woefully unfair, criticism when he released the cover art to his album “Girl,” which featured him and three women all clad in robes and sunglasses. He was bashed online for excluding black women on the cover (one of the models was indeed black, Pharrell confirmed in response). The video shuts up detractors further by showcasing numerous...

The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" logged an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

'Frozen' soundtrack extends No. 1 reign with its best weekly sales yet

"Frozen" isn't going anywhere.

The hit soundtrack to Disney's animated feature film topped the Billboard 200 for the 11th time Wednesday, reflecting sales of 259,000 copies in the week that ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That's the album's biggest one-week business yet, wrote Billboard's Keith Caulfield, who attributed the 94% boost over the previous week to Easter shopping, "which tends to lift sales of music that appeals to families and children."

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In extending its stint at No. 1, "Frozen" also broke the record held by "The Lion King" for the most weeks atop the chart for a soundtrack to an animated movie. In all, "Frozen" has sold 2.3 million copies since it came out in November.

Meanwhile, four new albums entered the Billboard 200 this week, though each with only a fraction of the sales recorded by "Frozen."

"Testimony," by the R&B singer August Alsina, debuted at No. 2 with 67,000 copies, followed by Needtobreathe's...

Hard-core punk group Off! includes Dimitri Coats, from left, Keith Morris, Mario Rubalcaba and Steven McDonald.

'Wasted Years' marks a hard-core high for L.A.'s Off!

In a dark little room called the Whiskey Kitchen, the four rockers who collectively call themselves Off! are nearly done with basic tracks for a new album, "Wasted Years." Most of it has been recorded to tape on this Sunday before Christmas, and the sound is raw and snarling, and growing heavier with each take.

Crowded into one corner with his amplifier is Dimitri Coats, shaking his auburn curls and slashing at a white electric guitar in a Circle Jerks T-shirt. Most of the songs are done in one or two passes, but they're about to make a rare third try on the song "Meet Your God." "We've done the majority of our critical listening in the moment," says Coats, who also produces the band's albums.

Sitting nearby is singer Keith Morris, calling up lyrics on his laptop, a cap pulled tightly over his dreadlocks. "We just let certain things fly and let it be the way that it is. Wait till you start hearing my vocals," he says with a laugh, "when I'm going for the falsetto."

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The Forum in Inglewood will host the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV Video Music Awards 2014 to land at the Forum in Inglewood

After spending 2013 ensconced in Brooklyn, the MTV Video Music Awards return to Southern California this year, landing Aug. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood. It will mark the first awards show at the arena since it reopened earlier this year after a $100-million makeover by Madison Square Garden Co.

"Every year we ask the question, 'How do we do it differently?'" MTV President Stephen Friedman told The Times. "We had never done it at the Forum. When we heard it was being overhauled and really elevated in terms of quality and sound and look, this year we felt like the Forum would be a perfect place to do it."

The VMA ceremony has been held in a variety of locations over the years, last year at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, and previously at Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Last year's VMA show drew 10.1 million viewers, according to MTV, a 66% increase over the 2012 viewership.

PHOTO: New life for the Forum in Inglewood


Maxwell, pictured here at Staples Center in 2010, is set to kick off the 2014 BET Experience by headlining a show at Staples Center on June 27, 2014.

Maxwell announces comeback tour, including Staples Center date

Looks like Maxwell is ready to end his disappearing act.

The revered R&B singer is set to kick off the 2014 BET Experience by headlining a show at Staples Center on June 27 alongside songstresses Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius and “American Idol” winner Candice Glover.

But the gig is also part of a summer trek that the crooner will launch in June.

The 37-date Summer Soulstice tour will take Maxwell across North America on his first major tour since 2010.  

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The tour launches Jun. 14 in Milwaukee and wraps Aug. 17 in Albuquerque. He’s scheduled to play the Santa Barbara Bowl before he hits Staples Center.

After Maxwell released his critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning comeback album "BLACKsummers'night” in 2009 -- his first in eight years -- he embarked on a mega-successful co-headlining tour with R&B songstress Jill Scott. 

Then he disappeared -- again.

"BLACKsummers'night” was supposed to be the first of a...

Peter Gabriel performed his 1986 album "So" in its entirety during his recent Back to Front tour, which is documented in a concert film being shown April 23 in theaters around the U.S.

'Peter Gabriel: Back to Front' concert film screens April 23

Peter Gabriel has always used his concerts for something much more ambitious than merely singing his favorite songs live. This Wednesday (April 23), viewers will get a chance to go inside his recent Back to Front  tour by way of a concert film being shown in theaters around the country.

“Back to Front” which was highlighted by the presentation of his 1986 album “So” in its entirety, was shot at London’s O2 Arena in October. The film is being shown--in high-definition video with 5.1 surround sound in some theaters--as part of Fathom Events' ongoing series of one-night-only pop and classical music and dance presentations.

Gabriel, who for a second time was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his solo efforts earlier this month,  put the Back to Front tour together on the heels of a 25th anniversary reissue of “So.” The album included songs that became cornerstones of his repertoire, including “Red Rain,” “...

A letter from the White House to family and friends of the house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles.

President Obama sends condolence letter to Frankie Knuckles' family

Any Chicago music fan of the '80s and '90s would acknowledge the huge contributions that Frankie Knuckles made to that city's (and American) culture with his blend of disco, electronic music and gay-friendly nightlife.

That includes the city's most famous expat: President Obama.  

After Knuckles' death last month, the president wrote a condolence letter to his family and friends. DJ and manager David Morales, whose agency Def Mix represented Knuckles, posted it to Facebook this morning.

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In the letter, Obama calls Knuckles "a trailblazer in his field," whose pioneering house music can still "capture our attention and ignite our imagination." The president added, "his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the world."

The letter is not the first time Obama has honored Knuckles. As an Illinois state senator, he helped declare Aug. 25 "Frankie Knuckles Day" in 2004. 


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Justin Timberlake is bringing the 20/20 Experience World Tour Back to North America.

Justin Timberlake adds additional Southland tour date

Justin Timberlake has added an additional Southland date to his extended 20/20 Experience world tour.

The pop crooner will return to Anaheim this fall with a stop at Honda Center on Nov. 26, promoter Live Nation said Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Live Nation announced that Timberlake would add an additional 13 arena dates to his successful tour.

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The tour is already slated to run through North America this summer -- including a gig at Staples Center on Aug. 12 -- and high demand of the 2½-hour spectacle (read our review here) is bringing Timberlake back through the States in the fall.

A stop at the Forum on Nov. 24 was among the previously announced dates. Timberlake preciously played the revamped Forum to a sold-out crowd in January.

The singer's fall run begins Nov. 20 in Portland, Ore., and wraps Dec. 20 in Atlanta.

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Timberlake first launched his 20/20 Experience tour last fall after embarking...

The Dutch DJ Tiesto headlines this year's Hard Summer festival.

Hard Summer sets lineup: Tiesto, Disclosure and more

Hard Summer may have temporarily moved from its traditional Chinatown locale, but that hasn't slowed down the fest's bookings for this year.

The annual electronic music blowout has announced its lineup for 2014: Headliners include the Dutch EDM titan Tiësto, recent Coachella heros Disclosure, the Diplo/Skrillex side project Jack U and the Harlem rap crew ASAP Mob.

The fest, which takes place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on Aug. 2-3, will get support slots from Axwell, Flosstradamus, Martin Garrix, Nero and Dillon Francis.


The DJ/producer has a new album, "Neon Future 1."

Steve Aoki announces new album, tour dates

For Steve Aoki fans, today brings news that's even better than a cake in the face.

The DJ, producer, label czar and general party purveyor has announced a new album, "Neon Future 1." It's due out Aug. 12 on his own Dim Mak Records and EDM staple label Ultra Music. It's the first installment of a two-part release, with the second due out in 2015. 

The first half of the double album features a huge range of collaborators, including, Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun and Bonnie McKee. "Neon Future's" first single, "Rage the Night Away," sports a guest turn by Wacka Flocka Flame, and clocks in at 700,000 plays on SoundCloud since its April 15 release. 

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Aoki will celebrate the release with his first headlining show at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 16. It comes after a busy year of touring for Aoki, who played 300 shows with more than a million ticket sales in 2013. This tour will include a run of festival dates and a residency...

Brothers Anaiah, left, and Mikaiah Lei are the Bots.

The Bots look to go beyond skate punk

The Bots aren't old enough to drink, but they've already played some of the biggest festivals in the world, including the Warped Tour, Glastonbury, South by Southwest, CMJ and, most recently, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Brothers Mikaiah, 20, and Anaiah, 17, Lei may still live with their parents, but that doesn't mean this Glendale skate punk outfit hasn't paid its dues.

Since forming in 2006 — Anaiah was in the fifth grade — the brothers have issued an album and three EPs, opened for Bad Brains, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Tenacious D, and had Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz namedrop them as one of his favorites.

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Currently in the studio finishing up their debut album on the Fader label — they hope to release it as early as May, but likely summer — the Leis will play Bonnaroo in June before a European trek.

We sat down with the Bots, who just wrapped a day of recording in Hollywood, for a conversation about rock...

"Z" by SZA

Album review: 'Z' by SZA raises Top Dawg Entertainment's ambitions

Yes, SZA is the first female artist signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the vanguard L.A. hip-hop label behind Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. But her album "Z" represents high ambitions for the label. It's a lean, dreamy and genre-destroying debut that steers the TDE ship into new waters.

The 23-year-old, New Jersey-raised singer isn't an obvious signing for a label devoted to hard-won tales of redemption and introspection in South L.A. But she's a perfect complement to that catalog. Her voice hovers at the edges of R&B, with a dazed, ethereal quality that blends perfectly with TDE's drifting, tidal productions. "Z" imagines what the world must have sounded like when Schoolboy Q was in a Percocet haze or Lamar was in his swimming pools of liquor.

"Babylon" is yearning digital bass dirge that features Lamar. It's the album's showpiece and feels like that 5 a.m. moment when everyone at the party falls off an ecstasy binge. But the album's reach is as powerful as its depth. The foggy...

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier will appear April 21 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Review: Mary Gauthier taps dark and light at McCabe's show

Onstage at a sold-out McCabe's in Santa Monica on Saturday night, Mary Gauthier immediately jumped into songs from her forthcoming album, “Trouble & Love,” offering up “False From True” and the title track. Then she explained to the audience that she had decided to bring out the new material at the start “so you wouldn’t think the new songs accidentally got happy.” Even before her critically lauded 2005 breakthrough, “Mercy Now,” the Louisiana-born singer and songwriter recorded three albums that shone a light on some of the darkest corners of the human heart, but in a way that ultimately uplifts listeners. Her subsequent albums, “Between Daylight and Dark” in 2007 and “The Foundling” in 2010, are equally powerful collections that landed on many critics’ year-end top 10 lists. “I like the blues,” she said Saturday, “but it’s good to sing the blues, it really is.” PHOTOS:...

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" soundtrack.

Review: The soundtrack and score for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Outside of the darkened theater, what use are stand-alone action movie soundtracks such as  "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"? As a tool to relive Hollywood action via headphones while pretending to leap tall buildings? To add big-screen drama to, say, the act of filing your taxes? 

Through two-plus hours of music from and "inspired" by the latest installment of Marvel's superhero franchise, the release offers 31 pieces -- screeching chase-scene strings, dubstep-inspired menace, synthesized melodies -- to accompany Andrew Garfield's arachnoid acrobatics. 

A favorite for these kinds of films, Hans Zimmer composed music to be performed by a band dubbed the Magnificent Six: Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr (the Smiths, Electronic), Michael Einziger (Incubus), Junkie XL, Andrew Kawczynski and Steve Mazzaro. But the all-star band conceit for such an endeavor, while impressive, seems pointless given that the goal of a great score is to vanish within the story, serving its needs without pulling...

Ellie Goulding performs on the main stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Friday.

Carrie Underwood, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic up for Billboard honor

“American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood, British pop phenom Ellie Goulding and radio hitmakers OneRepublic are in the running for Billboard’s Milestone Award.

Launched last year, the honor, which will be handed out during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards,  celebrates musical ingenuity and innovation.

Underwood, Goulding and OneRepublic made the cut after weeks of fan voting, edging out Imagine Dragons, John Legend and Luke Bryan.

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The winner of the fan-voted award, which Justin Bieber won last year amid a host of uncomfortable jeers, will be announced late in the telecast, set for May 18, with fans able to vote through the first two hours of the live show.

A fan will also present the honor alongside Kelly Rowland during the telecast.

Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus were among the award nomination leaders, announced earlier this...