MUSIC

Ja Rule Partner Pleads Guilty to Bahamas Festival Fraud: Rapper Off the Hook

Ja Rule was left with egg on his face after his high-end Bahamas festival went bust last year. But the rapper’s partner Billy McFarland appears to be taking the fall. He’s pleaded guilty to two fraud charges. Ja, real name Jeffrey Bruce Atkins, was neither arrested nor charged, but because of his notoriety he bore the brunt of the public relations fallout....

Jimmy Kimmel Mean Tweets: Who Looks Like Ball Sack With a Face? (See!)

Jimmy Kimmel harvested some mean Tweets for the latest segment on his show and came up with some pointed doozies, all targeting popular musicians. Guess who could ruin a Denny’s meal, who looks like a ball sack, who looks like a ferret and who’s the Pottery Barn of Rap. Viewers had their pick to mix and match from Nick Jonas, Adam Levine, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Pink, Usher, Alice Cooper and other artists....

Kid’s Choice Music Nominees Are No Kids; See Who’s Pushing 40!

The 2018 Nickelodeon Kids Choice music awards is shaping up to be a battle between the oldsters and the youngsters–relatively speaking. Beyonce, who is 36, is nominated for Favorite Female Artist along with singer Pink, the grand dame at 38. They’re going up against the younger kids, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. The brat pack ranges in age from 25 (Gomez) to 33 (Perry). Lovato is also 25 and Swift is 28, a full 10 years younger than Pink....

Lorde Blew Off Grammy Performance Over Snub; Carried Her Own Feminist Message

Lorde was wearing more than a gown at the Grammys last night. A secret message containing a radical feminist essay was sewn into the hem of her dress. She says it explains why she didn’t wear a white rose. So why did she refuse to perform? Lorde was protesting in other ways as well. She was fuming over a Grammy snub. The New Zealand singer ditched the white rose, symbolizing the Time’s Up movement, worn by the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Lana Del Rey....

Just When Kesha Restores Credibility, She Goes Off Deep End, Again (video!)

Kesha, the pop singer who was dragged through the mud by former producer Dr. Luke over sex assault allegations, successfully launched a comeback with a new song and album. But she’s losing it again with fantastic claims about the inspiration for her new music. Those spaceships on the cover of her album aren’t for nothing. She claims that real-life space aliens inspired her work. ...

The Day the Music Died: How Greed Is Killing the Cover Band Scene

If you want proof that music is dying, just watch the Super Bowl halftime show. Or, God forbid, turn on your radio. Aside from paying $100 or more to see a huge arena show, there’s very few places to go these days to hear live music. Especially for free, or close to it. That’s because ASCAP and BMI, the performing rights organizations that pay performance royalties to artists, have been actively targeting the local bars and restaurants that still feature cover bands playing live music....

Rita Ora Wants Out of Stalled Jay Z Record Deal; Is Rihanna to Blame?

Rita Ora, the UK singing sensation, is suing to break her contract with record mogul Jay Z, claiming she’s been “abandoned” by his Roc Nation record label. Is Rihanna the real reason her singing career has been sidetracked? Jay Z personally signed Rihanna to a record contract while he was president of Def Jam Recordings. Her debut album, Music of the Sun in 2005 and sophomore effort A Girl Like Me the following year both reached the top ten on the US album charts. ...

Will Dana Leaves Rolling Stone With Lawsuits, Scandal in His Wake

Will Dana, the long-time managing editor of Rolling Stone magazine, is leaving the iconic music publication amid continuing fallout since he was forced to retract a story about an alleged gang rape at the prestigious University of Virginia. Although Dana technically wasn’t fired, he’ll leave next month without another job lined up. Rolling Stone was launched in the 1960s by Jann Wenner, 69. He continues to be listed on the masthead as Editor....

Pharrell Williams May Get Relief From $7.4M ‘Blurred Lines’ Jury Verdict

Pharrell Williams may get half a loaf in his bid for a new trial in the “Blurred Lines” copyright case that stunned the music industry after a jury awarded $7.4 million to the family of late-singer Marvin Gaye. In a hearing on motions in the case yesterday (June 29), federal district court Judge John Kronstadt said he was leaning against Williams’ request for a new trial. But he called the $1.6 million jury award against the singer and producer “excessive.”...

Jimi Hendrix ‘Black Widow’ Guitar at Center of Ownership Fight

One of Jimi Hendrix’s lesser known musical instruments, a storied “Black Widow” acoustic guitar, is a the heart of a bitter legal fight between his estate and the former bassist for Earth, Wind and Fire, who was once married to Hendrix’s step-sister. Hendrix owned dozens of guitars during his brief career. Today, most are worth tens of thousands of dollars and are housed in museums. After Hendrix died, the guitar ended up in the hands of step-sister Janie Hendrix’s ex-husband Sheldon Reynolds, who is being sued by Hendrix’s estate, Experience Hendrix....

Iggy Azalea Falls on Stage; Watch Other Artists Who Tumbled, Too!

Iggy Azalea endured another rite of passage on her way to rap stardom. She fell off the stage last Friday during a performance leading up to the MTV Video Music Awards. But don’t call her clumsy. She follows a long line of artists who tumbled while performing. In fact, stage veteran Jennifer Lopez warned her a while back that it was bound to happen. Now, she joins Steven Tyler, Lady Gaga, Shakira and a slew of others. ...

Selena Gomez: I’m Supporting Lorde, Even If She Does’t Like Me

Selena Gomez was dissed mightily by New Zealand pop sensation Lorde along with several other singers, including Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. But Selena isn't getting mad, she’s killing her with kindness. Lorde, 17, was asked to comment about her contemporaries in a recent Rolling Stone interview and she didn't mince words....