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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar Drops 'King Kunta' Music Video, Touring and Perfoming in Hometown Compton

Buzz 08:43AM EDT

Kendrick Lamar has dropped the music video for "King Kunta," the confirmed third single from his album To Pimp A Butterfly. The theme of music video is no secret from the start, opening with a sign that reads "Welcome to Compton." The rest of the video focuses on the emcee performing and traveling around his hometown.READ MORE

Joan Jett

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Bracket Challenge Final Four: Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, The Smiths and Joan Jett Battle for Championship

Buzz 16:43PM EDT

Heavy hitters such as Nine Inch Nails, Green Day have both moved on to the Final Four of Music Times' annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tournament, while some upsets have gotten through to the Final Four as well. By combining the obsessive bracketology of March Madness with the annual naming of nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we allow you, the fans, to vote for nominees competitively, and therefore choose just one winner. Last year's champ was Peter Gabriel, who overtook KISS in the championship. Vote below and check back next Monday for the Championship match.READ MORE

Paul McCartney and John Lennon

Best Musical Pranks: Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails and More Celebrate April Fools Day

Buzz 15:14PM EDT

If you've been reading the news today, especially on Music Times, you know that you've got to watch your back: It's April Fools and irresponsible music media sites are out to get you. We decided to go back and find five of the most epic, dedicated musical pranks the the history of the unofficial holiday. Justin Bieber and Paul McCartney are among those who succeed and suffer with the carrying out of every prank.READ MORE

Pharrell Williams

NSA Ties Pharrell Williams to "Revenge-Driven" Plot to Drench Nickelodeon Headquarters in Slime

Buzz 12:35PM EDT

The NSA has detained "Happy" songwriter Pharrell Williams, alleging that the performer/producer was behind a massive plot to douse the entirety of Nickelodeon Studios with thousands of gallons of slime.READ MORE

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar First Performer with Two Weeks Atop Billboard 200 Since Taylor Swift; First R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Since Beyonce

Buzz 11:54AM EDT

Kendrick Lamar and To Pimp A Butterfly pulled off something that few performers outside of Taylor Swift have managed to wrangle in the last few months: holding the no. 1 position on the Billboard 200 for more than one week. The album spent a second week at the top spot on the chart-the only performer aside from Swift (who spent a total of 11 weeks at no. 1 with 1989) to have done so since November, having sold 123,000 equivalent units during its second full week of sales. The accomplishment is even more relevant for the R&B/Hip-Hop genres, where Butterfly becomes the first album since 2013's Beyoncé to spend multiple weeks at no. 1.READ MORE

Snoop Dogg in his favorite color.

Bloods Protest Selection of Snoop Dogg for 2015 MLB All-Star Game Performer at Cincinnati Reds Home Field

Buzz 11:12AM EDT

Representatives for the United Bloods Affiliates have released a statement denouncing the decision of Major League Baseball to feature Snoop Dogg as part of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game entertainment, which will be held at the Cincinnati Reds' Great American Ballpark this year. UBA claimed that featuring a noted Crips affiliate as a musical guest unfairly painted over the relationship of the Reds and the notorious Los Angeles gang, as well as Bloods' contributions to the history of gang warfare as a whole.READ MORE

Louis Tomlinson & Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik Loses Thousands of Twitter Followers after Naughty Boy Song Posting, One Direction Gains Big

Buzz 10:29AM EDT

Zayn Malik claimed when he left One Direction that he wanted to step back from the spotlight, so when producer Naughty Boy released a solo recording earlier this week (claiming it to be a solo Malik track), the backlash from irritated Directioners was severe: The vocalist lost more than 50,000 Twitter followers in the aftermathREAD MORE

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer Announces Huge Tour amongst Rumors of Second Album Leak

Buzz 09:52AM EDT

Australian idols 5 Seconds of Summer may not have leaked a second album this week (as some online prankers claimed) but the four-piece did announce a huge tour to kick off during May. The band will travel Europe before heading home to Australia for a few gigs and then across to North America.READ MORE

Joni Mitchell, circa 2007

Joni Mitchell Undergoing Intensive Care in Los Angeles; No Word on Health Issue Affecting Folk Icon

Buzz 09:16AM EDT

Folk icon Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles and is in intensive care, according to a statement from the performer's team and USA Today.READ MORE

'The Wiz'

NBC Names 'The Wiz' as Next Live Adaptation, but Who Will Fill Diana Ross and Michael Jackson's Shoes?

Buzz 08:43AM EDT

NBC has announced the newest installment of its live musical broadcasts, declaring that 'The Wiz' will be the next target of its ambitions, following the performance of 'Peter Pan' during 2014 and 'The Sound of Music' during 2013, starring Carrie Underwood. As Music Times previously reported, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the original Broadway treatment of the urban 'Wizard of Oz' adaptation.READ MORE

Kentucky: a sure thing?

Picking The Final Four and NCAA Championship by Music Alumni: Will Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin or Michigan State Win Out?

Buzz 17:04PM EDT

Music Times attempts to predict this weekend's Final Four basketball games and ultimately who will take the NCAA Championship game—Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke or Michigan State—by checking out what famous musicians attended the respective colleges.READ MORE

Eric Clapton

70 Years of Eric Clapton: Ranking Slowhand's Best Songs by Decade, Including 'Layla' and More

Buzz 14:57PM EDT

Eric Clapton has been one of the most renowned guitarists of all time (ranked no. 2 all time by Rolling Stone, behind only Jimi Hendrix), spreading his six-string and vocal work across bands such as The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Derek and The Dominoes, and of course as a solo performer. Music Times is celebrating the 70th birthday of Slowhand by selecting his best piece from every decade of his performing career. It's obviously a contentious contest, so feel free to chip in your personal favorites if we chose something else.READ MORE

Asian Kung-Fu Generation

Asian Kung-Fu Generation Releasing New Album, Recorded at Foo Fighters' Private Studio 606

Buzz 11:40AM EDT

Japanese alt-rock act Asian Kung-Fu Generation will be releasing its eighth album during May, to be titled Wonder Future.READ MORE

One Direction at 2014 AMAs

Zayn Malik Quits One Direction: Band Removes Vocalist from Tour Montage Video, Assigns Solo Parts

Buzz 11:03AM EDT

The world of One Direction was rocked last week when—just after leaving the band's "On The Road Again" Tour—Zayn Malik officially quit the boy band. The group has continued on the tour as Directioners continue to recover from the trauma (as reported by our own Carolyn Menyes last week), but obvious logistical issues have come to the fore: What happens to band merchandise that still features Malik prominently (aka most of it)? The group hasn't quite figured that issue out yet but it has solved a slightly simpler issue, apparently having successfully edited the vocalist out of the band's opening montage video for last weekend's show in Johannesburg, South Africa.READ MORE

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande Adds New 'Honeymoon' Tour Dates with Prince Royce; 40 More Shows Across North America

Buzz 10:23AM EDT

Ariana Grande has been doing alright on the road and has added a litany of new tour dates, along with the announcement that Puerto Rican standout Prince Royce will serve as opener. The shows will kick off during mid-July, giving the pop star a three-month break to spend with boyfriend Big Sean (that is, if she doesn't mind following him around on his own tour).READ MORE

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