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Ryan Rages Against the Machine updated: Fri Aug 17 2012 16:41:00

Although Rage thinks Paul Ryan is just another cog in the "Machine," that doesn't stop the Republican vice presidential hopeful from rocking out to the rap metal group's anti-establishment lyrics.

Can country singer Randy Travis get past his rough patch?updated: Sat Aug 11 2012 11:05:00

Country music fans are loyal and they don't like to see their legends fall.

Country star's naked wake-up call?updated: Sat Aug 11 2012 11:05:00

Cops say they found Randy Travis naked, smelling of alcohol and lying on a remote stretch of roadway in Texas

Country singer Randy Travis arrested, accused of DWIupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 07:41:00

Country music star Randy Travis, who pleaded no contest to public intoxication following the Super Bowl in February, was arrested again Tuesday after being found naked, smelling apparently of alcohol and lying on a remote stretch of roadway in northern Texas just before midnight, authorities said.

Randy Travis released from jailupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 07:41:00

Country singer Randy Travis is released from jail after being charged with driving while intoxicated.

Lollapalooza coming to Israel in 2013updated: Sat Aug 04 2012 23:03:00

The water had barely dried on the rain-soaked stages of Lollapalooza in Chicago Saturday night when festival founder Perry Farrell announced the franchise would be expanding to the Middle East next year.

Lollapalooza founder takes it up a notchupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 21:53:00

With the arrival of Lollapalooza 2012, 100,000 attendees are expected to descend on Chicago's Grant Park every day this weekend.

Kitty Wells blazed country path for womenupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 20:08:00

Kitty Wells shocked the country music scene when she first sang about honky tonks and cheating husbands 60 years ago, but it propelled her to stardom and blazed a path for the strong female voices that followed.

Experts: Bob Dylan's long-lost Newport Folk Festival guitar found in New Jerseyupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 17:10:00

On July 25th, 1965, Bob Dylan walked onstage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in his 1964 sunburst Fender Stratocaster and tore through a scorching three-song set. It was a crucial turning point in his career, and it quickly became rock & roll legend -- the moment when Dylan transformed from a protest folkie to a rebel genius. But the guitar Dylan played on that mythic afternoon went missing for the next 47 years -- until recently, when a team of PBS researchers told New Jersey resident Dawn Peterson that she had it in her home.

Never-seen pics of Rolling Stones in '72updated: Thu Jul 12 2012 09:40:00

Legendary Jim Marshall photographed the Rolling Stones in 1972. CNN's Simon Barnett talks about the never-seen photos.

Frank Ocean effect: What happens when a hip hop artist confesses same sex love?updated: Thu Jul 05 2012 14:56:00

"Today is a big day for hip hop."

Review: Maroon 5 barely sound like a band on 'Overexposed' updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 10:08:00

Thanks to his role as a throne-swiveling talent scout on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is now a stand-alone star ? one who seems awfully pleased to see his every move, from the silly beefs with fellow Voice coach Christina Aguilera to the flings with Victoria's Secret models, get street-fliered across the media landscape.

Is unscripted TV the new reality for record industry executives?updated: Mon Jun 25 2012 12:42:00

For years, there has been talk that the music industry is in decline. The increase of Internet music piracy and the decrease of consumers' attention spans have been two of the factors blamed for for lackluster sales. So it's no surprise that music stars have sought other streams of income outside royalties, concert dates and merchandising sales throughout the years.

Drake brings Club Paradise to Jones Beachupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 09:33:00

Drake hit New York's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Saturday night the way he prefers to travel: with friends and family in tow. Andy Staples: Luther Campbell in fight for right to coach high school football in Miamiupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 16:44:00

Miami Northwestern High's defensive coordinator stood before his players last month with a marker in his hand and a board full of plays at his back. "Any time in this game we're going to check goal line, I'm going to go Eagle," he yelled, referring to a blitz call. "We're going to hit the quarterback all night." The players nodded. Some smiled. Some scowled.

Foo Fighters drummer will play Iggy Pop in 'CBGB'updated: Tue Jun 05 2012 10:30:00

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will portray Iggy Pop in the forthcoming film "CBGB," the Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Watson leaves notes strung through music historyupdated: Wed May 30 2012 00:46:00

If the one great book of American popular music is ever written, Doc Watson might not even need his own chapter. He has a solo -- or a harmony part, or a lead vocal, or a single perfect guitar lick -- in all the important chapters of the past 50 years.

Jailed punk band Pussy Riot pushes free speech limits in Russiaupdated: Fri May 25 2012 09:51:00

Here's a quick way to get arrested in modern Russia: Walk into a cathedral wearing a neon mask and carrying a guitar, stand on the pulpit and scream punk songs with lyrics like "Virgin Mary drive Putin away!"

Eminem: I'm starting to work on new solo recordupdated: Thu May 24 2012 16:49:00

Eminem revealed that he has started work on his next solo record during an interview with Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg this morning.

Donna Summer's friends gather for disco queen's funeral updated: Wed May 23 2012 14:37:00

Several hundred of Donna Summer's closest friends and family began crowding into a Nashville, Tennessee, church Wednesday afternoon to say goodbye to the queen of disco, who died of lung cancer last week.

Star tributes to Donna Summerupdated: Wed May 23 2012 14:37:00

Stars pay tribute to Donna Summer, Van Halen pulls summer tours, and 'iCarly' is being canceled.

Russian cellist fired from Beijing orchestra after off-key behavior updated: Wed May 23 2012 04:56:00

The principal cellist of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra has been dismissed from his post after a video of his boorish behavior on a passenger train last week outraged users on Chinese social networks.

2007: Van Halen announce tour with Rothupdated: Fri May 18 2012 12:46:00

From August 14 2007: David Lee Roth hams it up at the Van Halen news conference announcing a new tour.

Van Halen postpones 31 concert datesupdated: Fri May 18 2012 12:46:00

Classic rockers Van Halen on Thursday abruptly postponed more than 30 tour dates, following their June 26 concert in New Orleans, representative Anna Loynes said.

A diva who defined the disco momentupdated: Thu May 17 2012 23:02:00

Donna Summer defined the disco era. Her brazenly sexual hits "Love To Love You Baby" and "I Feel Love" horrified some and delighted many more when they came out. They also helped to propel disco into a national phenomenon. Even now, the sound of her voice -- controlled yet passionate -- summons up the hedonistic, willful spirit of the late 1970s.

2008: Donna Summer's onstage inspirationupdated: Thu May 17 2012 14:48:00

In May 2008, singer Donna Summer talked about keeping her fans in mind when planning her stage shows.

Nas, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Wiz Khalifa announced for Rock the Bellsupdated: Wed May 16 2012 16:55:00

Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells has announced its lineup.

Carrie Underwood album 'Blown Away' debuts at No. 1updated: Wed May 09 2012 16:44:00

Carrie Underwood blew away the competition on the Billboard 200 this week, scoring her third straight number one album with her fourth release, "Blown Away," and moving 267,000 copies.

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch's musical legacy: Changing all games, all the timeupdated: Mon May 07 2012 10:26:00

Adam "MCA" Yauch's death leaves a Beastie-size hole in pop music. Though the trio were not the most prolific legends on the landscape (over the course of 25 years, they released only seven proper albums), their impact has been gigantic. Starting with 1986?s "Licensed to Ill," the Beastie Boys rewrote the rules for commercial hip-hop, the mainstreaming of hardcore punk, the state of sampling, and the treatment of the old school.

Legendary Beastie Boy dies at 47updated: Mon May 07 2012 10:26:00

Erin Burnett honors a man that was creative, energetic, passionate and OutFront.

'Uprising' documents role of hip-hop in L.A. riotsupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 15:44:00

In 1988, the West Coast hip-hop group N.W.A released a provocative song called "F**k tha Police," which stirred controversy and marked it as one of the most high-profile examples of tension between the black community in Los Angeles and authorities.

Connecting China and America by banjoupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 12:15:00

Abigail Washburn hoped to one day influence China - U.S. relations by using the law. Now, she's discovered another way.

Singer you've heard, but never heard ofupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 20:47:00

Singer/songwriter LP reflects on singing as a child, writing songs and how a ukulele helped her career.

K'Naan: Somalia's hip-hop sensationupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 11:51:00

Somali hip-hop sensation Abdi Warsame, better known as K'Naan, has been compared to Eminem and Bob Marley.

Somali rapper K'naan makes songs in the key of loveupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 11:51:00

His name means "traveler" and Somali-born poet, rapper and musician K'naan has certainly come a long way.

2002: Bee Gees and 'Saturday Night Fever'updated: Mon Apr 23 2012 05:43:00

In 2002, Larry King sat down with the Bee Gees to talk about how they came up their music for "Saturday Night Fever."

Army cancels Ted Nugent's performance at Fort Knox over Obama commentsupdated: Sun Apr 22 2012 06:04:00

It's lights out on Ted Nugent's scheduled performance at an Army base in Kentucky.

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb in a coma as his family keeps bedside vigilupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 12:31:00

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is in a coma and has pneumonia, the latest turn in health issues that include a recent battle with colon and liver cancer, according to a message Saturday on his website.

Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers bring magic to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductionupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 10:33:00

Walking into Cleveland, Ohio's Public Auditorium for the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night, it was hard to not think of the Titanic striking an iceberg on the very same day 100 years ago.

Review: Nicki Minaj's 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded'updated: Tue Apr 10 2012 08:18:00

Nicki Minaj is a purist's nightmare.

Taylor Swift wins big at Academy of Country Music Awardsupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 07:29:00

For the second straight year, Taylor Swift won entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Swift wins, couple marries at ACM Awardsupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 07:29:00

Taylor Swift wins Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of County Music Awards while a couple marries onstage.

Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert snag early wins at the Academy of Country Music Awardsupdated: Sun Apr 01 2012 22:29:00

Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert scored early wins Sunday night as county music stars aligned in Las Vegas, vying for top honors at the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

2003: Earl Scruggs added to Walk of Fameupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 16:41:00

Bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs was humbled and honored to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Banjo players, aspiring and expert, mourn Earl Scruggsupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 16:41:00

The banjo, for years in the background, stepped out of the shadows in the steady hands of Earl Scruggs.

Bluegrass great Earl Scruggs dead at 88updated: Thu Mar 29 2012 15:53:00

Earl Scruggs, whose distinctive picking style and association with Lester Flatt cemented bluegrass music's place in popular culture, died Wednesday of natural causes at a Nashville hospital, his son Gary Scruggs said. He was 88.

50 years ago today: Bob Dylan released his debut albumupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 17:06:00

When Bob Dylan's self-titled debut LP hit shelves on March 19, 1962, it didn't sound anything like the popular music of the time.

The tiny African nation that's a rappers' delightupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 10:10:00

Deep and heavy beats vibrate large subwoofer speakers, hip hop artists grab the mic with one hand and gesture passionately with the other as thousands of fans rap along and dance in unison. You would be forgiven for thinking this was a typical urban concert in the U.S. -- but it's thousands of miles away in the tiny African nation of Gabon.

Celebrating the life of Notorious B.I.G., Brooklyn-styleupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 10:32:00

When I think of Brooklyn, I think of Christopher Wallace -- known to most as the Notorious B.I.G., or Biggie Smalls -- the artist whose life was cut short 15 years ago on March 9.

Stars react to Chris Brown, Rihannaupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 05:42:00

SInger Jill Scott and actress Niecy Nash say people should let Chris Brown and Rihanna resolve their issues on their own.

Country stars guest list grows for Lionel Richie TV concertupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 10:04:00

Lionel Richie's got once, twice, three times the friends you do.

Swift asks student with cancer on a dateupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 20:13:00

In a message on Facebook, Taylor Swift asks Kevin McGuire to be her date to the Country Music Awards in April.

Swift asks student with cancer to awards showupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 20:13:00

Expressing apologies that she can't accompany him to prom on his birthday, country music beauty Taylor Swift on Friday asked an 18-year-old student with cancer to be her date to the Academy of Country Music Awards in April.

Adele's gesture overshadows prizes at Brit Awardsupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 08:41:00

Singing sensation Adele continued rolling in the prizes at the Brit Awards in London, but she made headlines Wednesday for something else: she gave the middle finger when she was cut off during the live broadcast.

Obama adds his voice to White House blues jamupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 23:03:00

President Barack Obama complained Tuesday that he doesn't get out much. Then he noted he doesn't have to when B.B. King and Mick Jagger come to play a concert at his house.

President Obama sings the bluesupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 23:03:00

President Obama joins B.B. King, Mick Jagger and other blues and rock legends at a performance in the White House.

Fashion on the Grammy red carpetupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 14:10:00

A look at what stars are wearing on the 2012 Grammy Awards red carpet in Los Angeles.

Grammys set stage for Adele updated: Wed Feb 08 2012 17:20:00

With nothing more than a piano, a little black dress and a microphone, Adele rouses crowds using her emotions and her voice.

21 questions for the 2012 Grammys updated: Tue Feb 07 2012 17:40:00

You might think you have all the answers to the 2012 Grammys -- who's nominated, who's gonna win, who's gonna perform, who's gonna make awkward banter with LL Cool J, who's gonna make an overt pass at the newly single Katy Perry -- but trust us, there are still more questions than there are answers.

1995: Cornelius on success of Soul Trainupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 16:10:00

In a 1995 interview, Don Cornelius explains why "Soul Train" succeeded despite the difficulties.

Authorities: 'Soul Train' founder dead of gunshot woundupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 16:10:00

Don Cornelius, the founder of the "Soul Train" television show, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head Wednesday, authorities said. He was 75.

Kellie Pickler on her new country album and growing upupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 09:47:00

If you've cast Kellie Pickler as either an "American Idol" runner-up, pop-country musician or both -- it's time to re-evaluate.

Adele's well and Grammy bound, singer tweetsupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 12:28:00

Adele's vocal cords have healed from surgery in November, allowing the 23-year-old British songstress to perform on the Grammys stage next month, she and the Recording Academy confirmed Tuesday.

Chesney, Swift lead in Academy of Country Music Awards nominationsupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 17:08:00

Taylor Swift gets a chance to extend her reign as the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year, but she's competing with four-time winner Kenny Chesney and nominees Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton.

Ringing tones of famed Philharmonic silenced by ringing cell phoneupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 14:43:00

Add a new one to the irate reactions triggered by incessant ringing of a cell phone: bringing one of the world's great symphony orchestras to a dead stop in mid-performance.

Ringing iPhone halts New York philharmonicupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 14:43:00

The New York Philharmonic conductor stopped the orchestra mid-performance when a cell phone kept ringing. WCBS reports.

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has cancerupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 05:00:00

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with cancer, a statement from the English heavy metal band said.

CNNMoney: Digital music sales top physical salesupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 17:47:00

The times they are a-changin'. For the first time in history, digital music sales topped the physical sale of music.

Irving Berlin's gift of 'God Bless America'updated: Mon Dec 12 2011 04:37:00

Who walks away from $10 million?

Adele all the rage at Grammy nominationsupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 10:13:00

Even though Kanye West walked off with the most Grammy nominations Wednesday night, the chatter backstage was all about Adele.

Grammy nominations revealedupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 10:13:00

The biggest stars in music tell CNN how it feels to be nominated for the 54th annual Grammy Awards.

Mexican mariachi music receives international recognitionupdated: Sun Nov 27 2011 15:35:00

The United Nations' cultural organization recognized mariachi music Sunday in a move that Mexican authorities hope will help preserve the well-known tradition.

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj win big at AMA showupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 06:10:00

Taylor Swift won three trophies at the 39th annual American Music Awards Sunday night, but the singer's ability to act surprised and excited may be worthy of an Emmy.

Taylor Swift takes top honors at AMAsupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 06:10:00

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj were among the big winners at the 2011 American Music Awards.

CMAs are Jason Aldean's 'kinda party'updated: Tue Nov 08 2011 10:31:00

The Georgia-born country star goes into Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards show with five nominations.

Why can't country music deal with race?updated: Tue Nov 08 2011 10:31:00

On November 8, 1965, 48 American soldiers lost their lives during "Operation Hump" after the 400 men of the 173 Airborne Brigade were ambushed by roughly 1,200 Viet Cong fighters.

Obsessions: Crazy about country musicupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 10:52:00

There's a standing joke that if you play a country song backward, the singer gets re-hired, wins back his girl, finds whatever he's lost, quits crying and leaves the bar.

Stone Roses wanna be adored againupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 10:50:00

Influential British rock band The Stone Roses announced on Tuesday they will reform for several concerts next year after a 15-year hiatus. Kanye Hangs with Hip Hop Elite During Big Apple Weekendupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 07:28:00

The rapper hung out with Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Diddy while in N.Y.C. Kellie Pickler Brings Country Charm to 90210updated: Tue Oct 04 2011 13:55:00

"I enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone and I'd love to do it again," the singer says of her acting debut

'Idol' winner Scotty McCreery juggles school and stardomupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 11:19:00

This week, "American Idol" Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery releases his debut album, "Clear as Day."

Singer, hip-hop pioneer Sylvia Robinson diesupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 19:49:00

Sylvia Robinson, a singer-songwriter who went on to become a pioneer in the hip-hop music business, introducing the seminal "Rapper's Delight," died Thursday in New Jersey of congestive heart failure. She was 76. Rascal Flatts Surprised with Grand Ole Opry Invitationupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 06:51:00

The band gets a long-awaited invitation onstage from Vince Gill

Mike Mills on why R.E.M. are calling it quits updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 12:26:00

"There is a great deal of sadness, but it's really celebratory," R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills says, describing his conflicting emotions the day after he, guitarist Peter Buck and singer Michael Stipe announced they were disbanding after 31 years together.

Commentary: The roots of grunge run deepupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 12:19:00

During the days leading up to the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's landmark album "Nevermind" on Saturday and the grunge album's deluxe reissue the following Tuesday, you're going to hear a lot about how "Nevermind" changed everything:

'Nevermind,' never again?updated: Fri Sep 23 2011 10:35:00

When it comes to rock 'n' roll on the radio today -- outside the ghetto of rock-only stations --- to paraphrase punk patriarch Lou Reed, there's almost nothing going down at all. Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Join CMA Awards Lineupupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 16:10:00

Jason Aldean and Keith Urban are also performers on "Country Music's Biggest Night"

'Da sun back out' as T.I. leaves prison, againupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 17:03:00

Rapper T.I. walked out of a federal prison Thursday to return to an Atlanta halfway house where he will spend the last 14 days of an 11-month prison sentence for a parole violation, his lawyer said Thursday.

Jay-Z's music on 9/11updated: Fri Sep 09 2011 11:13:00

Jay-Z's sixth album, "The Blueprint," hit record stores on the fateful morning of September 11, 2001. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Score CMA Nodsupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 16:29:00

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the Country Music Awards Nov. 9

Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton score CMA nodsupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 11:34:00

The nominations are in for the 45th annual Country Music Awards, and Keith Urban and Taylor Swift are among the recognized artists.

Bus ride detours Rapper T.I.'s early release from prisonupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 12:34:00

T.I., who walked out of a federal prison in Arkansas Wednesday and joyously tweeted "The storm is over & da sun back out," woke up back in a prison Friday morning.

T.I. tweets 'da sun back out' as he steps out of prisonupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 13:07:00

Rapper T.I. walked out of a federal prison in Arkansas Wednesday morning, 10 months after he began serving a sentence for violating his parole on a gun conviction, a prison official confirmed. Tyler, the Creator: 5 Things to Know About the Rapperupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 15:14:00

The rapper plays the piano, eats bugs and stirs up controversy

Obsessions: Snooki killed the video starupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 10:17:00

MTV has long since moved away from being a "music channel."

Remembering Aaliyah, 10 years laterupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 11:37:00

It's been a decade since the tragic death of R&B star and budding actress Aaliyah Dana Haughton. Motown's Nick Ashford Diesupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 13:51:00

The male half of Motown hitmakers Ashford & Simpson had battled throat cancer

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