| Jan 7, 2015
| 1:02 PM
The iHeart Radio Music Awards has set a date for its return.
The fledgling telecast will air March 29 on NBC and across iHeartMedia’s stations and its digital music platform, the radio conglomerate announced on Wednesday. It will again be taped at...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 2:09 PM
We’re only a week into 2014, but already it seems unlikely that we’ll hear a catch phrase this year stickier than “Unlock the swag / The swag, unlock.”
That’s what the brothers of Rae Sremmurd, the young Southern hip-hop...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 7:20 PM
The line in front of West Hollywood marijuana dispensary the Farmacy was a block deep on Tuesday night.
There wasn’t a sale on pot, although there were a bevy of stoners in attendance. The shop was packed with Jhené Aiko fans who scurried to the...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 11:11 AM
Hip-hop sure has come miles. Emerging in the Bronx in the 1970s, rap music once consisted of mostly basic beats, rudimentary rhyme schemes, and simple boasts and stories. Since then, the style has infiltrated pop culture with seismic force — and not...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Lana Del Rey, "Ultraviolence"
The edgy chanteuse recovered from a cringe-inducing "SNL" performance and an avalanche of too-early hype. Cedric Gervais' dance remix of "Summertime Sadness" became an unexpected hit, and fans' sense of discovery...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 6:00 AM
On the roof deck of his Santa Monica office, Interscope Records' Chairman and Chief Executive John Janick took a break between meetings late on a Friday afternoon. The 36-year-old, dressed in an unassuming gray T-shirt, was just three months into his...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 9:56 AM
"He's not a rapper -- he's a writer, he's an author!"
That's how an impassioned voice describes Kendrick Lamar at the beginning of the celebrated Compton MC's brand-new single, "i," which appeared early Tuesday on SoundCloud.
You can understand the...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 12:20 PM
Prince, America's finest eminence of funk, has a couple of new albums out now. Kendrick Lamar, L.A.'s uncontested titan of hip-hop, is suspected to have one of his own sooner or later.
At Prince's dual-LP release party last night in Minneapolis, the two...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 7:27 AM
Even though George Clinton, leader of the funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic, is the architect of some of the world's most vibrant music and a man with some stories to tell, I was wary when I heard about his memoir, "Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 5:28 AM
The week's highlights include the "Castle" wedding (finally), the last "Blacklist" on Monday, a "Voice" expansion (it's the November sweeps!) and a "Shark Tank" celebration.
The Top 20 perform on "The Voice," which offers viewers five...
| 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...