| Dec 7, 2013
| 6:30 AM
With so much music being streamed, swapped and downloaded from so many outlets these days, it's valid to ask whether we can arrive at any sort of Grammy consensus.
The nominations for the 56th annual ceremony, announced late Friday, give us the answer:...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 3:24 PM
With only two weeks left in 2013, Beyoncé pulled off one of the year's biggest surprises in music.
As much of the country was tucking into bed Thursday night, the singer suddenly announced that her new self-titled album — one she'd spent a year...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 12:40 PM
Beyonce’s surprise album drop constitutes an early holiday gift to fans, but it also figures to bolster her own bank account considerably, enough that it may combine with her other business ventures to deliver her most lucrative year yet, Forbes...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 8:35 AM
Though it takes place at the start of awards season -- and is presented by the same Nashville trade group that puts on the Country Music Assn. Awards -- "CMA Country Christmas" doesn’t revolve around the distribution of trophies.
| Dec 2, 2013
| 12:02 PM
Last month, Justin Bieber recruited R. Kelly to help him sex up his sound with "PYD," a steamy slow jam in which the teen-pop superstar provides a thorough accounting of the appliances and furniture pieces on which he plans to, er, romance a lady friend....
| Dec 10, 2013
| 5:30 AM
"It's fun to use my singing voice as part of a character," says pop superstar Justin Timberlake, describing how he toned down his vibrato and adjusted his guitar-strumming to portray clean-cut, early '60s folk singer Jim Berkey in the Coen brothers'...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 12:27 PM
For years, the Playboy Jazz Festival has been the genre's marquee event in Los Angeles, but it faced big questions about how to evolve with modern audiences. Now the festival is partnering with another major city musical mainstay -- the L.A....
| Dec 4, 2013
| 1:28 PM
R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” is back, again. The singer’s campy hip-hopera will return to IFC next year with additional installments, the cable network said Tuesday.
Although a premiere date or number of episodes hasn't...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 12:44 PM
Award shows take note: It pays handsomely to satisfy teen girls.
The American Music Awards drummed up 12.9 million viewers, a 32% bump over last year, marking the show’s second-biggest audience in 11 years, according to preliminary numbers...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 2:22 PM
Rihanna is in the running for four trophies at the 2013 American Music Awards, including artist of the year, but the singer will be given the night's biggest honor: the Icon Award.
The Barbadian pop diva will be the first artist to score the special...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
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Whether Grammy voters will recognize it or not, it's been a curious and transitional year for popular music. A few of its brightest new stars, 17-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, country...