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Dr. Luke won't 'budge' on Kesha's nixed Billboard performance, despite reassurance from singer

Kesha planned on paying tribute to Bob Dylan at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, before her performance was torpedoed amid a nasty lawsuit between the pop star and her longtime producer, Dr. Luke.  Dick Clark Productions, which puts on the awards spectacle, announced Tuesday that Kesha had to...

Is a Rage Against the Machine reunion upon us?

Is Rage Against the Machine plotting a comeback? That's the question fans are asking after discovering a series of Internet breadcrumbs left by the political L.A. band. Early Tuesday the band took to its official Twitter to send out a link to ProphetsofRage.com along with the hashtag #TakeThePowerBack....

Review: Ariana Grande leaves the princess image behind in 'Dangerous Woman'

In Scooter Braun’s pop-star factory, every misdeed must be owned before it can be left behind. We saw this last year when the talent manager’s highest-profile client, Justin Bieber, used his album “Purpose” to take responsibility for a recent stretch of tabloid shenanigans. Now it’s happening with...

Tom Petty and Mudcrutch will play Midnight Mission benefit shows May 23 and 24

Tom Petty and his Mudcrutch band mates will get a head start on their upcoming U.S. reunion tour with a pair of shows next week in Northridge benefiting L.A.’s century-old Midnight Mission. Mudcrutch predates the Heartbreakers, dating from the early 1970s when all were playing bars and clubs in...

Review: Bob Dylan returns to the Great American Songbook in 'Fallen Angels'

The songs collectively known as the Great American Songbook apparently are like those famous potato chips, in that singers who start sampling them quickly discover you can’t stop at just one. Bob Dylan has joined the long roster of esteemed musicians who have turned initial explorations of the...

After 'Lemonade,' James Blake measures his success at the Belasco Theater

James Blake makes beautiful music about feeling miserable. In his exquisitely rendered songs, which connect twitchy English dubstep to slow-burn American R&B, the narrator is always lamenting the disappearance of something: love, mostly, but also childhood, community, the long attention spans people...

Kesha not performing on Billboard Music Awards after Dr. Luke's label revokes approval

Kesha is no longer performing at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, Dick Clark Productions announced on Tuesday.  It was previously reported that the pop star, embroiled in a messy lawsuit against her onetime mentor Dr. Luke, would make an appearance during Sunday’s telecast in what would be her...

Key players in the Prince investigation

Since Prince's sudden death at age 57 on April 21, a host of figures have emerged as key players in the investigation of how he died and in the ultimate division of his estate, which is worth millions. A brief look at those figures: Dr. Howard Kornfeld (Liz Hafalia / San Francisco Chronicle via...

Puff Daddy announces Bad Boy Records reunion tour

One show wasn't enough for Puff Daddy and the rest of his Bad Boy Records crew. The MC and label founder has announced that his Bad Boy reunion festival, which will include many acts on his influential and '90s-favorite record label, will take to the road for a full tour. Lil Kim, Faith Evans,...

Sinead O'Connor reportedly missing in Wilmette

Wilmette police are looking to check the well-being of Sinead O'Connor, who reportedly left the area for a bicycle ride at 6 a.m. Sunday and has not returned, police said in a statement. "A caller has expressed concern for her well-being, and no other information is available at this time," the...

Red Hot Chili Peppers postpone an upcoming Burbank show after their singer's illness

After the hospitalization of lead singer Anthony Kiedis, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have postponed a second show, following Saturday's last-minute cancellation.  "Due to Anthony Kiedis' hospitalization from complications from the intestinal flu, the Red Hot Chili Peppers regretfully must postpone...

Beyonce leads fans into 'Formation' at the Rose Bowl

Beyoncé’s stockings were snagged, her feet bare, her makeup smeared. Even the singer’s hair, normally blown out into a golden halo by electric fans placed strategically around the stage, lay flat and soggy against her face as she belted out “Freedom” from the Rose Bowl stage.  It was a clear deviation...

Wango Tango 2016: Ariana Grande, Zayn Malik and Fifth Harmony kick-start Top-40 pop

Saturday was a rough night for philandering husbands in the music business in L.A. At the Rose Bowl, Beyoncé brought her album-sized pitcher of frost-brewed side-eye (widely believed to be about the peccadillos of her husband, Jay Z) on her “Lemonade” tour. But down the 110 freeway, at the StubHub...

Beyoncé takes over the Rose Bowl: Five thoughts on Saturday's show

“If y’all came to slay tonight, say, ‘I slay.’” That’s how Beyoncé greeted tens of thousands of fans gathered Saturday at the Rose Bowl, where she brought her Formation World Tour for an evening of high-level show business and communal self-empowerment. And her super-enthused followers definitely...

Beyoncé has long found strength in secrecy and silence

Years before “Lemonade” arrived and upended pop culture, Beyoncé was planning her departure from traditional pop star conventions.  “At some point in my career, I felt like I was doing way too much. I felt like I had been so commercially successful, it wasn’t enough,” a sweaty and makeup-free Beyoncé...

Snack Trax: A 'Whoomp! (There It Is)' remix that actually sounds great

Hi, welcome back to Snack Trax. This is an occasional column offering bite-sized descriptions of a few songs you really ought to be listening to. This edition is inspired by the mini-taco sampler plate at Guisado's, because the flavors are all over the place, kind of like the genres I've been listening...

Whitney Houston hologram expected to debut on 'The Voice'

It's been about four years since a hologram-like image of Tupac Shakur appeared at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, but the era of the virtual performer now appears to be upon us. A digital representation of the late Whitney Houston is expected to appear on NBC's "The Voice" in an episode...

With a little disco (and a little weirdness), Joe Jonas brings DNCE to Wango Tango

In his days as a Jonas Brother, Joe Jonas enjoyed many of the spoils of tween idolhood. He played arena concerts packed with shrieking fans. He sold untold numbers of branded lunchboxes. He even starred in a Disney Channel series built around the squeaky-clean trio that also included his siblings...

Merle Haggard's final recording 'Kern River Blues' premieres

While still recuperating from double pneumonia in February, Merle Haggard returned to the studio for what turned out to be the final time to record a new song, “Kern River Blues,” which premieres at 2 p.m. Thursday on SiriusXM satellite radio. The song, to be unveiled on Willie’s Roadhouse on Channel...

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