| Jan 6, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Fox's dark new television series "Empire" has what's expected of a soap opera set in the world of hip-hop. Power, sex, drugs and violence are among the key plot points, and there's even original music (supervised by platinum hit maker Timbaland) for extra...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 4:00 PM
Chris Brown has finally put his 2009 attack on Rihanna behind him, at least legally.
Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ended Brown's felony probation on Friday, more than six years after the R&B singer brutally attacked his then-girlfriend hours...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 11:11 AM
Kendrick Lamar's new album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," arrived Sunday night, a week before its scheduled release date on March 23.
Although the release initially appeared to be an accidental leak, major-label distributor Interscope confirmed to The Times...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 1:36 PM
Less than a decade ago, there was a tried-and-true way for an L.A. indie band to start its career: Play club shows, earn buzz, score a Monday night residency at Spaceland or the Echo, land a record deal and work for a national audience.
| Feb 11, 2015
| 11:07 AM
As Trey Songz released his fifth album, “Chapter V,” in August 2012, the R&B singer could feel the genre's boundaries shifting beneath his feet. Established stars found fruitful collaborations through electronic dance music, while rising new...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 6:00 AM
Jhene Aiko, her agent and her manager are huddled together on a recent afternoon going over upcoming gigs for the buzzing alternative-R&B star.
The Los Angeles native is in the middle of a victory lap for a breakout year that included her first hit...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 7:00 AM
It was close to midnight, and Nick Jonas was between cocktails.
The 22-year-old's team had transformed a tiny, chic West Hollywood art gallery into a rehearsal space. He had just run through his fifth set of the day and appeared to be growing more...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 7:50 PM
Between songs during Pharrell Williams' jubilant, rhythm-happy set to cap the third annual Camp Flog Gnaw in downtown Los Angeles, the mega-producer and pop star paused to honor Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. The young L.A. hip-hop collective...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 10:27 AM
There will be a new Chance the Rapper full-length in 2014. In a lengthy interview with Billboard Magazine yesterday, the Chicago native revealed a lot of new information with the biggest announcement being that his next project will be out before the...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Is there a campaign to make all Top 40 hits by female artists sound like an endless stroll through Forever 21?
Consider the latest from Becky G, the Mexican American rapper from Inglewood whose mix of Disney-like cuteness, street smarts and lyrics...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 1:52 PM
In one of the most improbable reunions of the last few decades, Prince is back with the label that he claims done him so wrong in the '90s that he was compelled to scrawl the word "slave" on his face. No one does drama like the multi-purpose entertainer...