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Kanye West unveils risque 'Famous' video of him, celebrities

Kanye West has unveiled a video on a subject he knows something about: Fame. The video for a single titled "Famous" — unveiled Friday night at a promotional event at the Forum in Inglewood — features what appears to be a naked West with images of 11 other famous people, some of whom he has had...

Exactly how bad is Fall Out Boy's new 'Ghostbusters' theme song?

Oh, it’s bad. Hauntingly bad. So ghastly is Fall Out Boy’s new theme to “Ghostbusters” that if, after first listen, you vaporized it, pumped it into a tank, locked it in a safe and buried it under the Empire State Building, “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)” would still flatulently seep to the surface to...

Musicians and industry figures demand action on guns in open letter to Congress

Over 200 musicians and industry power players have aligned to take on the powerful gun lobby by signing an open letter to Congress demanding changes in America’s gun laws. The letter, published in Billboard, expresses outrage at the string of mass shootings that have shaken America, including the...

Page and Plant cleared of plagiarism charge in Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" copyright infringement trial

Rock giant Led Zeppelin did not lift music that formed the basis for their iconic hit “Stairway to Heaven,” a jury found Thursday, clearing the iconic rock band of accusations that it stole the opening riff of one of rock music's most celebrated songs. The unanimous decision by the panel of eight...

For one rock fan, the Led Zeppelin copyright trial is the best show in town

Even in a room with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, you can’t miss him. At, or near, the front of the line every day for the past week at the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles is the man who calls himself Blue Boy. That’s for the mustache and goatee dyed a royal shade of blue, a little deeper...

Neil Young is out to reinvent the live album on 'Earth'

Neil Young’s latest work, “Earth,” just might be one of the most unusual projects of a long and varied career. He created some of the wildest music films ever, mashed up electronic music with crunching hard rock and now he’s toying with the live album format. While drawn from concerts Young has...

Destiny's next children? How Beyoncé helped propel Chloe x Halle to the BET Experience

In 2013, Beyoncé put her superstar power to work in a sold-out arena show to help launch the inaugural BET Experience in downtown Los Angeles. Three years later, the singer isn’t expected to perform at the annual music festival and confab, but she’ll be present (at least in spirit) in a different...

Kanye West to premiere 'Famous' video at the Forum on Friday

Kanye West is continuing his unconventional approach to unveiling new projects. Now, the artist is giving his latest music video a grand coming-out party at the Forum on Friday.   On Wednesday, West’s label, Def Jam, announced the polarizing rapper had teamed up with streaming service Tidal to...

Jury hears closing arguments in Led Zepplin copyright infringement trial, begins deliberations

Attorneys for members of rock giant Led Zeppelin and the estate of the man alleging they stole musical elements of their iconic song “Stairway to Heaven” made final pleas to jurors Wednesday as the high-stakes copyright trial came to an end. In his closing arguments, Francis Malofiy, the attorney...

DNA test shows Colorado inmate is not Prince's son, source says

 DNA test results show a Colorado prison inmate is not Prince's son, a person who has seen a sealed document said Wednesday.  The finding means that Carlin Q. Williams is not entitled to inherit a fortune worth up to $300 million.  The person who spoke to the Associated Press was not authorized...

Remembering Prince Be of P.M. Dawn, a nostalgist who heard the future

Until last week, P.M. Dawn’s biggest hit seemed fixed in a distant era — in two distant eras, actually. Released in 1991, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, thanks at least in part to the familiarity of its sizable sample from “True” by the new wave group Spandau...

John Prine and Sturgill Simpson will share a stage at the Grammy Museum

John Prine, one of the most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters of the last 50 years, sounds genuinely excited about teaming up with one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of the last three years, Sturgill Simpson, for a joint question-and-answer session Tuesday night at the Grammy Museum...

EDC 2016: A lack of festival deaths bodes well for its future

As 131,000 exhausted and exhilarated fans walked out on the final night of EDC Las Vegas on Sunday, one detail seemed both surprising and edifying: There were no deaths as yet reported at the festival this year.  Fan deaths had been the major cloud over the festival ever since the 2010 incident...

Are Prince's 'vaults full of music' headed to a Broadway-style musical or Cirque du Soleil-type production?

Scene: well-toned dancers moving in unison while glistening purple rain drizzles down. A little red Corvette rolling across a Las Vegas stage, surrounded by lions ready to roar. A team of lithe women donning raspberry berets while swirling through choreographed maneuvers. Such surreal interactions...

Electric Daisy Carnival: Bigger, brighter and all grown up

Is there an age at which you're too old for Electric Daisy Carnival? Just ask Abby Bujack and her Aunt Lynette.  Abby, 20, would seem the ideal carnival-goer: a wide-eyed dance music fan from Illinois at her first EDC, soaking in the sea of neon, the strobe lights and the relentless kick of big-room...

Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila tackles homophobia, Islamophobia on U.S. tour

Two weeks into his band’s second U.S. tour, Mashrou’ Leila frontman Hamed Sinno is still in disbelief that the group is here at all, let alone drawing packed houses. “It doesn’t make sense to me, to be completely honest,” Sinno said Friday as the band set up for a concert at California Plaza in...

EDC 2016: How to age gracefully at the rave

Is aging out of EDC inevitable? Ask Abby Bujack and her aunt, Lynette.  The 20-year-old Abby would seem the ideal Electric Daisy Carnival-goer: a wide-eyed dance music fan from Illinois at her first EDC, soaking in the sea of neon, strobe lights and the relentless kick of big-room house music on...

Dweezil Zappa forced to change Zappa band's moniker (again). Now Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the ... He Wants - the Cease and Desist Tour

Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil Zappa has again been forced to change the name of his upcoming band and tour after receiving a cease and desist letter from the Zappa Family Trust, which owns and administers the recordings and rights to all of the late composer’s work and is run by Dweezil’s siblings...

Ambient composer Laraaji returns to the center to talk zither, technology and performance

On Friday night, the influential ambient music composer Laraaji will perform at the Highland Park Ebell Club. The artist, who first gained international attention when the producer and composer Brian Eno happened upon him performing on the zither in New York City, has issued dozens of instrumental...

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page spars with defense attorney over 'Stairway' plagiarism allegations

Led Zeppelin lead guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Page was grilled for two hours Thursday morning in the federal copyright trial over whether his band’s iconic hit “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarized another band’s song. Page and Francis Malofiy, the attorney representing the estate of Randy Craig...

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