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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....

Fergie Off-The-Rails NBA National Anthem Draws Apology From Star (video)

Fergie, the Fergalicious Black Eyed Peas singer, has learned the hard way that different isn’t always better, especially when it involves a traditional song like the National Anthem. She issued a formal apology today after drawing heat for her rendition of the song at the NBA All-Star Game. Fergie, real name Stacy Ann Ferguson, said she “tried her best” to do something different, but drew derision from fans on social media....

Jennifer Lopez Told She’d Never Sing or Dance For a Living: How She Beat the Odds

Critics once told Jennifer Lopez she’d never make it as a singer or dancer. They were right. She’s not the best singer, or dancer. But she is the total package. Here’s how she put it all together to become a star. The “On the Floor” entertainer posted a motivational video on social media, revealing how she beat the odds to become, not only a singer and dancer, but actress as well....

Lorde, Charli XCX Lead NME Awards With Four Noms Each; Vote Here!

Lorde and Charli XCX look like they’re ready to own the 2018 VO5 NME Awards. They’ve each been nominated four times, with both competing for Best Track. Dua Lipa received three nods; Best British Solo Artist and Best Track and Best Video for “New Rules.” Alt-J, Kasabian, Wolf Alice, The 1975, The xx and Bastille will battle it out for Best British Band. Haim, The National, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Paramore and Migos were all nominated in the Best International Band category. Kasabian, Stormzy, Royal Blood, LCD Soundsystem and Liam Gallagher will go head to head with Lorde for Best Live Act. ...

Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dead at 46, Drug Overdose Suspected

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer for the Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly in a London hotel and early indications suggest it was due to a drug overdose. The cause of death will have to be determined by an autopsy. The Cranberries were forced to cancel tour dates in 2017 because of O’Riordan was suffering from back problems,” according to the Irish Times....

British Rock Legend Ian McDonald Sweetens the Pot With Honey West

Ian McDonald, best known for founding British supergroups King Crimson and Foreigner, takes the prize as the most interesting old-new act in music. His new group, Honey West, released their debut album, Bad Old World to rave reviews for its sound and lyrics. The album features Honey West founder, accomplished actor and neighbor Ted Zurkowski (the Actor’s Studio)), McDonald’s son Maxwell on bass, and Steve Holley from Paul McCartney’s Wings on drums....

Kesha, Macklemore Perform ‘Good Old Days’ Live on Ellen (Watch!)

Macklemore and Kesha performed their duet “Good Old Days” live on Ellen for a show that airs today (Sept. 25). It was a victory lap for the embattled pop star, who has been locked in a bitter legal battle with her former producer, Dr. Luke and his record label. Kesha split the music industry when she became embroiled in a nasty legal fight three years ago....

Carly Rae Jepsen Bounces Around Set in New Cut to the Feeling Video (See!)

Carly Rae Jepsen cuts loose with a video about making a video for her new tune “Cut to the Feeling.” Not exactly a new concept, but it provides a nice behind-the-scenes look at the singer. Let’s hope she’s as easygoing when the cameras aren’t rolling. Carly sings “Cut to the Feeling” for the animated movie “Leap! The singer also voiced a character in the movie along with Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff and “Dance Star” Maddie Ziegler. ...

Lana Del Rey Caught in Love Spell in Dystopian White Mustang Video (See!)

Lana Del Rey is off on another romance somewhere in the not too distant future in her lastest video for “White Mustang,” the third song off her new album, Lust for Life. It follows videos for “Love” and “Lust for Life”). The song is cut from the same minor chord mold that marks her musical style. It’s a haunting, some say ethereal, sound that ooze sensuality....

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. ...

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. ...

Lorde Pop Music Spiral Confirmed by New Song ‘Perfect Places’ (listen)

Lorde has released her promised song, “Perfect Places,” a dreamy ballad that confirms her spiral into pop music. The song is from her widely anticipated sophomore album Melodrama. Say goodbye to indie-rock. Her debut album, 2013’s Pure Heroine was an international success. The album’s indie-rock vibe was a refreshing change from homogenized pop of singers like Ariana Grande, Katy Perry,Taylor Swift and others. ...

Lorde Teases New Song Release; Talks Breakup Tunes on New Album

Lorde, the New Zealand singing sensation, is teaseing plans to drop a new song on Friday (June 6) from her widely anticipated sophomore album Melodrama. Her debut album, 2013’s Pure Heroine was an international success. Lorde, real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, shared some lyrics to the track with her 4.8 million Twitter followers last night (May 30) on Twitter ....

Harry Styles to Open World Tour as Solo Act in San Francisco This Fall

Harry Styles, the One Direction boy bander, will take his hair and hit the road as a solo act this fall, kicking off his world tour in San Francisco. He’ll be supporting his debut solo album, which includes his new single “Sign of the Times.” It was only a matter of time before Styles and One Direction members–Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik–went their own way....