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Artwork Revealed for Mike Posner Debut Album

Daniel Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Roberts

Rising pop star and recent Duke University graduate Mike Posner has released the cover artwork for his first full-length album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff.

Music Review: Scissor Sister's Night Work, A Queer & Sexy Mindtrip

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Waymon Hudson

I have a confession. I am now, and have always been, hopelessly obsessed with the quirky, queer band Scissor Sisters. But their latest album entitled Night Workis something entirely different.

Idol Season 9: Top 5 -- Aaron Swings On Home

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In a week I found underwhelming, who will be the bottom three? I'd say Aaron, Casey and Michael with Aaron and Casey in the bottom two and Casey going home. What did you think of the singers and their song choices?

Idol Season 9: Top 6 -- Siobhan Sent Packing!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Crystal kept talking back when she should have taken her weak reviews humbly. The problem was that her singing wasn't very good.

Indonesian Pop Star Faces Possible Jail Time Over Sex Tape

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Police say they have detained a popular Indonesian singer over a sex-tape scandal. Pop star Nazril Irham, better known as ...

Vinyl Is Forever: In Praise of Indie Record Stores

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Rotondi

This piece was originally posted at the MTV Music Blog For those who only buy their music on iTunes, Amazon.com, or other online digital music servic...

Idol Season 9: Top 7 -- Tim Smiles All The Way Home

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

After weeks of coasting, Crystal used no instrument, sang a cappella to start, looked supremely confident and knocked it out of the park.

A Little Gaga Over Gaga

Bryan Cones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bryan Cones

Gaga's use of a PVC or rubber nun's habit and swallowing rosary beads are evidently bombs one and two in her war on Catholicism. If that's the best Hollywood can do, I don't think there's much to worry about.

How To Become A Pop Star

Andrew Shapter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Shapter

Is today's music just another product of an information-overloaded society where anybody who can tweet, post, text and email at the same time thinks that they are multitasking?

Step Inside the Studio With John Doe and Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jill Sobule

These days there's a lot of talk about "direct to fan" projects, and everyone knows that the old ways of connecting music to people are quickly on the way out.

Idol Season 9: Top 9 -- Big Mike Loses...And Wins!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In a dramatic moment on American Idol, Michael Lynche received the fewest votes from the public and was in danger of being cut from the show.

Idol Season 9: Top 10 -- Didi Says Bye-Bye

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

I doubt many people will argue Didi should have been saved. That would only make sense if you believed she were destined to make the finale and voters had made a tragic mistake. But what about the contenders?

Idol Season 9: Top 10 -- Lee Dewyze Breaks Out

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Lee Dewyze Sang "Treat Her Like A Lady," the #3 hit from 1971. Usher actually said "wow" about Lee's singing after a rehearsal when Lee was heading out the door and couldn't see him. And no wonder.

Exclusive: Tracey Thorn on Her Brilliant New Album

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Who but Tracey Thorn (of the beloved UK duo Everything But The Girl) would deliver a first single from her new album that could be sad, observant and yet make you laugh?

Idol Season 9 Finale: Idol Jumps Shark

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In what even ardent fans must admit was the least musically exciting, least dramatic finale in Idol history, Crystal Bowersox received nothing but praise.

The Justin Bieber Phenomenon - Social Media on Steroids

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sheila Shayon

Justin Bieber is arguably the biggest pop star ever launched by YouTube. Bieber's personal brand has leveraged social media to new heights...or is it lows?

Does America Also Need Cultural Health Care?

Rob Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Patterson

The majors were an almost ghostly presence at SXSW 2010. The indies have now seized the day within the leading-edge music market.

Idol Season 9: Top 11 -- Paige Making Top 10? Only Against All Odds

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

American Idol week now begins on Mondays, when the contestant who just left the show appears on the Late Show With David Letterman.

"Bruises Over My Body" @ SXSW

Marianne Dissard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marianne Dissard

I made my way through an interview that went on way too long but I needed to talk to deafen the hum of the festival, talk to be heard, even if by one person.

Tearing Down the Walls: In Praise of Joe Henry

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Leonce Gaiter

If you don't know him, check out Joe Henry. He is a shockingly talented man making music that can make you giddy. He is a shockingly talented man who can break your heart.

Idol Season 9: Top 12 -- Rolling Stones Night

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

American Idol moved to a bigger stage this week as the Top 12 tackled the Rolling Stones. Ryan stared down Simon, Simon gave Crystal Bowersox some helpful tips and the kids were alright.

Sharon Jones Made It The Hard Way

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Soul singer extraordinaire Sharon Jones is on top of the world. A recent duet on Saturday Night Live with Michael Buble was so anticipated that her Da...

Idol Season 9: Top 4 -- Big Goodbye for Big Mike

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

So is it clear cut that Crystal and Lee will be the finalists, or can Casey sneak in there? And is it foolish to think Crystal is a lock when last season most people thought the same about Adam Lambert?

Idol Season 9: Top 4 -- Crystal Back in Action

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It was movie night on American Idol and Crystal Bowersox appeared in her own production of A Star Is (Re)Born. Any questions as to whether she would make it to the winner's circle are over.

Take on She: My Wife's Obsession With A-Ha And How I Got Sucked Into the Madness

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

If you're American, you know a-ha -- if you know them at all -- as the purveyors of the bubbly and infectious 1985 synth-pop hit "Take On Me."