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John Mayer No Longer Looking for Accolades, New Music 'More About Me' 4

John Mayer No Longer Looking for Accolades, New Music ‘More About Me’

John Mayer has played the chart game for most of his career, but now he’s playing music for himself, he tells Rolling Stone in a new interview. “For all the moves I’ve made on the musical chessboard, I am now me. I’m no dummy,” he says. Mayer has been touring recently with Dead & Company, featuring Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, members of the Grateful Dead, one of the most famous jam bands in music history. ...
Lana Del Ray Takes Another Dream Ride in 'Love' Music Video (see!) 6

Lana Del Ray Takes Another Dream Ride in ‘Love’ Music Video (see!)

Lana Del Rey has been under the radar for over a year, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been busy. She dropped a new video for her song “Love” over the weekend. The good news for fans is she’s still lost in a surreal dreamland where life imitates a burning cigarette. Her upcoming fifth studio album reunites the singer with longtime producer and collaborator Rick Nowels. Benny Blanco and Emile Haynie also contributed to the album....
Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer Talks About Battle With Lyme Disease 8

Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer Talks About Battle With Lyme Disease

Amanda Palmer, lead singer of Boston duo Dresden Dolls, revealed today (July 26) why she was forced cancel her scheduled appearance at a Morrissey concert at San Jose State University. She was being treated for Lyme Disease, she said. Palmer was hospitalized at Miles Memorial Hospital, in Damariscotta, MA, on July 17. ...
Rolling Stones Gear Up for New Tour With Surprise LA Show (video) 12

Rolling Stones Gear Up for New Tour With Surprise LA Show (video)

The Rolling Stones played one of the smallest venues since their 2003 Four Flicks concert series, with a show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. It was a tune up for this summer’s Zip Code Tour that will be anything but small, hitting only stadiums in 15 cities. There was plenty of room at last night's show for celebrities like Jack Nicholson, One Direction’s Harry Styles, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Willis, Patricia Arquette, Eric Idle, Don Was and Joe Pesci. ...
Justin Bieber Bangs His Own Drum on James Corden's Show (watch!) 14

Justin Bieber Bangs His Own Drum on James Corden’s Show (watch!)

Justin Bieber has been called a lot of things, but nobody has ever called him untalented. He slipped into the drummer’s seat with Reggie Watts and the band on the “Late Late Show With James Corden” and kept a mean beat while Watts sang. What a guy! Bieber, who was a creep in an 18-month run of loutish behavior, is now slowly creeping back into everyone’s good graces. He was supporting musical guest Tori Kelly, a protege. ...
Madonna Sets Bar for Bitches With Tonight Show Performance (watch!) 16

Madonna Sets Bar for Bitches With Tonight Show Performance (watch!)

Madonna let all her pop wannabes know she’s still the “bitch” in the room with her rousing performance of her hit song “Bitch I’m Madonna” last night on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Diplo pitched in for the number. The Material Girl is still going strong at 56 with the release of her new album Rebel Heart. Madonna also performed her song “Holiday,” from her self-named 1983 debut album, with Fallon and The Roots using classroom instruments....
Madonna Still Has the Face; Returns to Cosmo After 25 Years (photos!) 18

Madonna Still Has the Face; Returns to Cosmo After 25 Years (photos!)

Madonna may be approaching her golden years, but she’s still gold on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, celebrating the fashion publication’s 50th anniversary. She last appeared on the cover 25 years ago. For the May 1990 issue, Madonna was a fresh-faced 32-year-old and the magazine was celebrating its 25th Anniversary. She wore a short flapper-girl style brunette wig and a tight white spaghetti-strapped top....
Rihanna Reads Indiana the Riot Act Over Religious 'Freedom' Law (video) 20

Rihanna Reads Indiana the Riot Act Over Religious ‘Freedom’ Law (video)

Rihanna ventured into the heart of Indiana for the NCAA March Madness Festival and got right to the point. Schooled the Hoosier state audience for passing the explosive Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The measure caused an uproar because it has been widely interpreted as anti-gay. The Final Four pitted the Kentucky Wildcats against the Wisconsin Badgers and the Duke Blue Devils against the Michigan State Spartans....
Nick Jonas Recycles 'Chains' in New Video from Wynwood Walls (watch!) 24

Nick Jonas Recycles ‘Chains’ in New Video from Wynwood Walls (watch!)

Nick Jonas picks Miami’s famed Wynwood Walls graffiti and street art center as the scene for a remake of a video for his song “Chains.” It has a Mardi Gras vibe, but oddly, Nick looks wildly out of place. While he’s surrounded by scantily clad partygoers in wild costumes, dancing in an urban street scene, Nick looks like he’s decked out in J Crew. At the very end of the video, he’s finally in party gear smeared with paint....
Zayn Malik New Single Out as More Tensions Surface Over 1D Split 26

Zayn Malik New Single Out as More Tensions Surface Over 1D Split

Zayn Malik, who split last week from boy band One Direction, reportedly has a new single out that was posted last night on SoundCloud amid new tensions between former bandmates and his producer Naughty Boy. Malik dropped out of the band’s Southeast Asia tour almost two weeks ago, citing “stress.” He quit the band shortly afterward....
Madonna's Rebel Heart Proves She's Still a Relevant Pop Queen, at 56 28

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Proves She’s Still a Relevant Pop Queen, at 56

Madonna, who has set music trends for the past 30 years, is back with a new album Rebel Heart, a mix of what she calls “rebellious, provocative” songs and sweeter ballads. But most of all it’s a statement, at 56, that she’s still relevant. Her 13 studio album follows 2012’s release MDNA, which proved she’s still a chart topper, hitting No. 1 on the pop charts. Her latest effort is also climbing the charts and is expected to hit No. 1 by the weekend....
Ariana Grande Goes Boom While Singing 'Bang, Bang' in Toronto (see!) 30

Ariana Grande Goes Boom While Singing ‘Bang, Bang’ in Toronto (see!)

Ariana Grande likes to wear kitty-cat ears during concerts, but she was anything but cat-like during a concert in Toronto, Canada over the weekend. She tripped and fell on stage during a number. Grande was apparently done in by her thigh-high boots with sky-hi heels. She was performing her hit song “Bang, Bang,” her her Jessie J and Nicki Minaj collaboration. She had walked out onto a narrow catwalk leading from the main stage....
Alabama Shakes Rattles and Rolls SNL With 'Gimme All Your Love' (see!) 32

Alabama Shakes Rattles and Rolls SNL With ‘Gimme All Your Love’ (see!)

Alabama Shakes played “Gimme All Your Love” for the first time on television on “Saturday Night Live” featuring the spectacular guitar work and vocals of lead singer Brittany Howard. She belted out the bluesy, R&B tune in what has become her signature style. The band, which formed in Athens, Ala., in 2009, consists of guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, keyboardist Ben Tanner and drummer Steve Johnson. They released their debut album, Boys & Girls, in 2012....
George Harrison:  A Look Back at His Career on His 72nd Birthday  (video) 34

George Harrison: A Look Back at His Career on His 72nd Birthday (video)

George Harrison was unquestionably the Beatle I really wanted to meet. Who could forget his early songs like “Taxman” and “Blue Jay Way,” or his lasting contribution to human rights. He would have been 72 today had he survive lung cancer that took his life in 2001 at the age of 58. I met John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, but Harrison eluded me. He was full of intrigue and complexity and almost dared you to like him. His brilliant 1970 Concert For Bangladesh set the standard for charity shows. Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Jim Keltner, Jesse Ed Davis, Klaus Vorman, half-of Badfinger, Ringo, Billy Preston and horn-men Tom Scott and Jim Horn were there, led by George....
Singer Leslie Gore, a Voice for Teens and Early Feminism, Dies at 68 36

Singer Leslie Gore, a Voice for Teens and Early Feminism, Dies at 68

Leslie Gore, an American singer-songwriter who withstood the British invasion in music in the 1960s and penned classic teen anthem “It’s My Party,” has died of cancer, her longtime partner said today. She was 68. Gore died Monday (Feb. 15) at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. She was discovered by Quincy Jones and signed to Mercury where she had her first hit song "It's My Party," in 1963....
Rihanna 'FourFiveSeconds' Full Video Ft. Kanye West, Paul McCartney (see!) 38

Rihanna ‘FourFiveSeconds’ Full Video Ft. Kanye West, Paul McCartney (see!)

Rihanna officially released her “FourFiveSeconds” video this morning (Feb. 3) featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney and showcasing a different look to go with the decidely un-Rihanna like tune. Rihanna chose a minimalist route for the video. It’s mainly just her, half-naked, against a white backdrop. Who could ask for more? Collaborators Wests and ex-Beatle McCartney make appearances as well. Kanye sings and McCartney plays guitar....
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