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Janet Jackson Plans Comeback at 49, With New Album, Tour (Video!)

Janet Jackson, one of the most dominant performers of the 1980s and ’90s is about to launch a comeback after a seven- year hiatus with a new album and tour, she said in a surprise announcement at midnight today (May 16). Does she still have it? Legacy acts, as they’re called, often find that their fan bases are still willing to support them, even in middle age. Madonna, who is 56, recently released Rebel Heart, her 13th studio album, and it has been a commercial success. ...

Hozier Takes Music World to Church With Unique Sound, Music (video)

When Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” first came out, it was unlike anything else on the radio, and that’s a really good thing. “Church” just shook things up and became an instant radio hit; and, not too mention a pretty emotional video in black and white. I got his album and loved it as well. With totally original songs like “Jackie Wilson” and “Someone New” and our favorite, “From Eden,” he approached his music in a whole new and original manner....

Cynthia Lennon Dies; Wife of Beatle John Lennon, Before Bitter Divorce

Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of late Beatle John Lennon, who went through a bitter divorce and estrangement from the acclaimed musician, died today (Apr. 1) after a bout with cancer. She was 75. Cynthia died at her home in Mallorca, Spain “following a short but brave battle with cancer,” according to a statement on a memorial Web site. “Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time,” it said....

Selena Gomez Dances Like She’s on Ecstasy Bender in Zedd’s New Video

Selena Gomez puts collaborator and rumored boyfriend, Zedd, on the map with a sexy performance in his new “I Want You to Know” video. Zedd takes a cameo role while Selena turns club girl. The 22-year-old singer and actress dances like there’s no tomorrow, sashays through various club scenes and engages in a little self love. She also sings. Zedd, real name Anton Zaslavski is a classically trained Russian musician, music producer and rumored boyfriend....

Chris Brown Dumped by Karrueche Tran Over Shocking ‘Baby Drama’

Chris Brown stepped out on Karrueche Tran more than once during their rocky relationship, but news that he has a nine-month-old child with sometime girlfriend Nia Gonzalez appears to be the final straw. She Tweeted her kiss-off this morning. “Listen. One can only take so much. The best of luck to Chris and his family. No baby drama for me,” she wrote. ...

Charli XCX Electrifies Katy Perry Prismatic Tour in Germany (watch!)

Charli XCX, the latest phemon out of the England, opened for Katy Perry in Munich, Germany last night (Mar. 2), and gave her Prismatic Tour an extra kick, which such songs as her hit “Break the Rules.” Charli, real name Charlotte Emma Aitchison, scored a breakout in the United States last summer with her No. 1 hit “Boom Clap.” The song was later added to the soundtrack to Shailene Woodley’s film, “The Fault in Our Stars.”...

Ariana Grande Featured on Cashmere Cat’s Haunting Tune ‘Adore’ (listen!)

Ariana Grande lends her soaring vocals to a haunting new tune from Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat in an extension of a collaboration that began with her second studio album My Everything. Cashmere Cat, real name Magnus August Høiberg, is best known as a downtempo, abstract electronic music producer and DJ. In the United States, he's worked with Lana Del Rey, Jeremih, 2 Chainz, Miguel and most recently Kanye West. ...

Foo Fighters Blast Off Sonic Highways Tour in Brisbane, Australia (video!!)

The Foo Fighters kicked off their Sonic Highways Tour in Brisbane, Australia today (Feb. 25) marking the band’s 20th anniversary in front of a crowd estimated at 50,000 fans. Foo frontman Dave Grohl, former drummer for grunge band Nirvana, set the mood right off the bat. The 25-song set list yielded some classic Foo Fighters songs and the band jammed liberally on a number of them. Joining Grohl on the tour are bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and former Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear....

Ariana Grande ‘One Last Time’ Video a Hollywood Screen Test? (watch!)

Ariana Grande must have a feature movie career on her mind. Her new video for her song “One Last Time” is a high-production value short film that features her acting–acting!–in an end-of-the-world scenario. Hello, Hollywood? Although she usually performs in little cat’s ears and tiny black dresses, she gets fully into character in her latest video....

Iggy Azalea Shakes Off Rap Beef With Hot Y100 Jingle Ball Show

Iggy Azalea has weathered a nasty rap beef and threats from hackers to expose her supposed sex tape, but it didn’t show in her knockout performance at the Y100 Jingle Ball in Florida on Sunday (Dec. 21), where she performed her top hits. Azalea, who is white and Australian, has been the target of a nasty Twitter feud with rapper Azealia Banks. Banks accused Iggy of not caring about black issues following the protests over Eric Garner and Michael Brown, both of whom were killed by police....

Ariana Grande’s New Christmas Video: Too Sexy for Santa? (see!)

Ariana Grande gets into the holiday spirit with a video for her new song “Santa Tell Me,” but she spends most of the clip rolling around in bed with four other people. What would Santa think? Naughty, or nice? Grande, 21, has made huge inroads this year with her music career after a successful teen television career. She’s highly sexualized her act on stage with trademark hotpants, thigh-high boots and kit-kat ears. For a Christmas video, however, she may have carried the sexual theme too far....
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Nicki Minaj Epitomizes Hip-Hop Hot; No More Self-Judgment (video)

Nicki Minaj says in a new interview she’s through with self-doubt and self-judgment and into taking pride in her work. “No more self-judgment,” she tells Complex magazine. “I’m not judging myself; I’m not dissing what I do. I’m proud of what I’ve done and I’m proud of what I’m working on,” she adds....

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....

Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson, Heartthrobs Beat as One in Duet

Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson finally sat down together to duet on a moody ballad called “Home to Mama,” that sent teen fans swooning and crashing servers. Simpson and Bieber have been working on music since the summer with an eye on releasing a joint album. It might be just what Bieber needs to jump-start his career, while the 17-year-old Simpson may finally get the recognition he craves as a teen idol....

Selena Gomez Countdown Begins to Release of New Music in Nov.

Selena Gomez declared a hiatus in her music career last year to concentrate more on movies, but she’s not about to let the holiday shopping season pass her by. She’s hinting that she’ll release new tracks this month as part of a greatest hits album. It hardly seems like she’s been around long enough to have a greatest hits album already, but a leaked track list suggests one is on the way. Selena told MTV last month that new music was on the way and she was about to reveal “a whole new chapter coming that I can’t wait to share with people.”...

Gwen Stefani a Koolaid Acid Test in New ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Video

Gwen Stefani, who is glorious as a judge on “The Voice,” is leveraging her visibility on the show into what looks like another solo album, marked by the release of of a new video for her first song “Baby Don’t Lie." Stefani, 45, will be replaced on the show when singer Christina Aguilera returns for the next season. Stefani and Benny Blanco wrote the song with Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella. Sophie Muller directed. ...

Taylor Swift Releases ‘Welcome to New York’ Hear It, Plus Full Lyrics!

Taylor Swift has created an Internet frenzy in anticipation of her new song, “Welcome To New York.” Get a jump on your friends and read the full lyrics here. Be ready to sing a long as soon as it hits! Swift unveiled the new song on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and it supposed to be released tonight (Oct. 20) at midnight. A number of gossip sites, such as EntertainmentWeekly and GossipCop have already dropped link bait claiming to have the song. But it’s just a set up....

Crosby, Stills & Nash Jam Like the ’60s at LA’s Greek Theater (video!)

Crosby, Stills and Nash played its second of sold out show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles last night (Oct. 4) as part of an extension of the band’s “Three Together” tour, playing new material as well as some of the classics that defined ’60s and ’70s rock music. The band, David Crosby, Steven Stills and Graham Nash, also helped define the ’60s-era counter-culture with songs like “Wooden Ships,” “Ohio,” and “Woodstock.” The trio, noted for their three-part harmonies played together for the first time at the legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. Before that however, each had established themselves in ’60s-era supergroups....

Lorde Sings Haunting Hunger Games Mockingjay Song (Listen!)

New Zealand singing sensation Lorde has released her track from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” a haunting tune that’s designed to “get inside the head” of lead character Katniss Everdeen. Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor, released the song this morning (Sept. 29) on YouTube. The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth , Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland, opens in the United States on Nov. 14. ...