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Updated Mar 27, 2015 at 11:23 AM

“The ground is gonna open up and swallow the evil.” – Tupac Shakur You know the world of music distribution has changed when a pop star like Rihanna can make waves by announcing that she’ll be releasing a new single online 24 hours before it happens. These days, it seems the trend is to surprise fans, releasing new music with no fanfare. If the artist has enough fans, or the work is striking enough, word will spread like wildfire.

Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Stealing is stealing, no matter how much Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. try to blur the lines. The fact remains – “Blurred Lines” is a blatant rip-off of the late Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”

Updated Mar 19, 2015 at 11:12 AM

J.D. McPherson, Kingsley Flood and the Juliana Hatfield Three all have recent discs worth taking for a spin.J.D. McPherson, “Let the Good Times Roll” (Rounder Records)

Updated Mar 19, 2015 at 9:46 AM

I might be one of the few “American Idol” loyalists left to say this, but I like the new format. I enjoy the new scheme of things, although I think I much prefer the two-hour episodes instead of the cram-packed hour-long ones we have now.

Updated Mar 12, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Madonna has never followed rules. In fact, she made up her own. She’s a pop pioneer of the greatest magnitude. Any pop princess who came after her can only say they took pages from her playbook to make their careers.

Updated Mar 5, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Sometimes, she can be pop perfection. Other times, she’s a rock star. She can sing the blues with the best of them, too. She has heart, soul, an edge, and she’s even topped the country music charts. Who am I talking about?

Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Ah, Valentine’s Day. A time for love and romance, for doing something special with that person you love. It’s a magical time.

Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 10:08 AM

By David T. FarrMore Content NowDid you watch the Sammy Awards? I say “Sammy” because, as predicted, Britain’s Sam Smith was the talk of the night. But that depends on whom you ask.

Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 8:30 AM

RAVENSWOOD - Ravenswood High Class  ’91’s own Brian Nutter will be heading home, along with his new bride, Blake, for a stop on their Home Invasion Tour!  Nutter, son of Sandy Nutter and Keith Nutter, is currently...

Updated Jan 22, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Her lips might be movin’ but the words coming from Meghan Trainor’s mouth are anything but lies. She has managed to sass her way into our hearts with her unique, fun and undeniably clever songs.

Updated Jan 20, 2015 at 9:51 AM

There are so many stories to be told and observances to be made about Marilyn Manson: the weird contact lenses, the freaky makeup, the outlandish costumes, the provocative lyrics, the sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll that have made him the target of...

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