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Barclaycard Mercury Prize Announces Album of the Year Nominations for 2014

In recent years the Album of the Year nominations for Barclaycard Mercury Prize have showcased just how diverse British music has become. This year’s nominees have brought a variation of sounds to the charts. Some of... Read more »

Rae Sremmurd: Riding in the Front Seat

Rae Sremmurd (that's "ear" backwards and "drummers" backwards) is comprised of two brothers from Tupelo, Mississippi. They go by Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy, and while most people still don't know how to pronounce their... Read more »

James Murphy Transformed Data from US Open into Music

James Murphy has been known to have an interest in making experimental music. Remember that time he wanted to make the turnstiles in New York City’s subway stations play music each time they were turned? Well... Read more »

Twitter Launches the “Buy” Button

Twitter is dipping its toe into the digital marketplace with the rollout of a “buy” button, a feature that allows users to make purchases directly from their Twitter feed. To start, the service will provide exclusive... Read more »

Fighting For The Right To Stream: Independent Labels vs. YouTube

In the past few years, the internet has become the place where independent artists have the space to thrive. Though the music industry has historically been dominated by major labels, the internet provided a slight respite... Read more »

The Week on Twitter With Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, and Lorde

This week on Twitter: - Lil Wayne boasts about some fans in Florida - Childish Gambino teases an upcoming collaboration with Erykah Badu - Lorde hints at new material Here is the week on Twitter. And... Read more »

Gene Simmons: “Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered.”

In an interview for Esquire, Gene Simmons spoke to his son about file-sharing, the state of the music industry, and the reason we don’t see iconic rock stars anymore. Read an excerpt below, and see the whole... Read more »

Want to Turn “The Birth of Captain Murphy” into a Cartoon Series? Sign This Petition

A few weeks ago, Adult Swim shared a short animated clip about the birth of Captain Murphy. Prior to Flying Lotus confirming his identity as the Captain, there had been a lot of speculation regarding who... Read more »

Watch Tourists Attempt to Reenact the Famous Beatles Cover with Abbey Road’s 24/7 Live Cam

We’ve all been there, on some vacation with friends or family, a bulky camera woefully strapped around our neck, annoying the locals with our utter inability to assimilate. We stick out like sore thumbs, eager to jump... Read more »

Kelela Announces US and European Tour Dates

Closing out what’s been a breakout year to date, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Kelela has announced a series of European and North American tour dates spanning the months of October through December. It’s a brief, 13-stop run... Read more »

Someone Could Spend $750 on the Music Gucci Mane Will Release on iTunes from Prison

Prison can prove a fruitful ground for creating art. In Gucci Mane’s case, it’s not just about creating, it’s about releasing. In late 2013, Gucci Mane was facing a 20-year sentence for two counts of possession... Read more »

Raury Announces First New York Show

We’ve been charting Raury’s rise, from promising songwriter, to internet buzz, to an artist with a grand vision who is signed to Columbia Records, and it’s clear that the young Atlanta artist has something special about him. What most... Read more »

Musicians Vs. Technology: A Recent History

If you’ve been to any concert in the past five years or so, you have definitely noticed the increasing amount of cell phones and tablets in the air. Instead of just living in the moment, many... Read more »

Two Musicians Are Suing Kendrick Lamar for Using Their Song For “Rigamortis”

It seems like every few weeks there are more reports about another artist being sued. Last year Kanye West felt the heat for his single “Bound” when the lead singer of the soul group The Ponderosa... Read more »

Chance The Rapper Announces Fall Tour

College campuses across the US, brace yourselves. Leading this fall’s Verge Campus tour—after a fantastic performance at Lollapalooza—is the frenetic energy of Chance The Rapper, accompanied by the smooth sounds of both Sweater Beats and Young & Sick. Starting on September 26 in... Read more »