Frankie Knuckles

Exclusive: Diane Warren and others remember DJ pioneer Frankie Knuckles

Read their thoughts on the late Godfather of House Music

When Frankie Knuckles died unexpectedly yesterday, it sent reverberations throughout the dance community.  Though his name may not be as familiar to some as the current rank of superstar dance names,  like Avicii or Skrillex or David Guetta, make no mistake about it:  Knuckles was a titan and a pioneer.

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Kongos
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5 Things You Should Know about Kongos' 'Come With Me Now'

Are Kongos the next Lorde?

We know you’ve heard it: Kongos’ “Come With Me Now” is zooming up the chart: it’s No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and is the latest hit to come out of nowhere. The infectious stomp, anchored by an accordion and a deep, opening growl of a voice, sounds like nothing else on the radio right now. It’s part novelty, part metal, part dreamscape, reminiscent of Paul SImon’s “Boy in the Bubble,” and yet it’s its own thing.

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Michael Jackson
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'Xscape,' Michael Jackson album of previously unreleased material, set for May 13 release

What does 'contemporized' mean?

We’ve long known at Michael Jackson left unreleased material before he died on 2009. Now the world will get to hear eight of the songs on “Xscape,” an 8-song collection featuring “contemporized” versions of the tunes. Epic Records will release the set May 13 in conjunction with Jackson’s estate.

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Shakira and Blake Shelton
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Shakira and Blake Shelton to perform together at ACM Awards

The Band Perry will open Sunday's show

Shakira and her fellow “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton will perform their duet, “Medicine,” on Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

The ceremony, which airs live from Las Vegas, will be co-hosted by Shelton and Luke Bryan. The Band Perry will open the show with what the ACMS are calling an “explosive” performance (we’re hoping they mean pyro).

Other previously announced performers include Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum with Stevie Nicks (in a re-creation of their CMT “Crossroads” special). Garth Brooks will present Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award.

Hitfix will be at the event and will bring you all the news at it happens.

Pitbull and G.R.L.
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Pitbull and G.R.L. visit the Playboy mansion in laughably bad 'Wild Wild Love' video

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Hef knows better than to show up

It feels almost unfair to rag on Pitbull’s video for “Wild Wild Love” featuring G.R.L., when it could be so much worse… but we’re not going to let that stop us.

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"Spider-Man 2" is coming
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Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar soar on 'Spider-Man 2' track, 'It's On Again'

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What does your Spidey sense tell you about the tune?

Kendrick Lamar provides the grit and Alicia Keys brings the soaring sensation to “It’s On Again,” from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

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"Frozen"
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'Frozen' soundtrack likely to see huge chart gains following DVD release

It once again remains the top title

With the arrival of the  DVD release of “Frozen,” the soundtrack to the Disney animated feature is set to soar on next week’s Billboard 200.

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The 'Mad Men' cast is ready for Season 7 to take off
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18 things we learned from the 'Mad Men' PaleyFest panel

The actors' favorite moments and Jon Hamm wins a staring contest

LOS ANGELES—The final season of “Mad Men” launches April 13 on AMC. And while none of the actors would dare give even a hint of what was to come with their characters during the show’s PaleyFest session March 21 at the Dolby Theater here (show creator Matthew Weiner has trained them well),  they revealed a great deal about how they feel as the show winds down. And they’re just as sad about it coming to an end as the rest of us.

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Brandy Clark
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Interview: Brandy Clark on her biggest 'pinch me' moments

After writing hits for Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry, she steps out in front

“I feel like my life is a little bit like a dream,” says Brandy Clark.

If so, she must never want to wake up.

The Nashville singer/songwriter, who co-penned such hits as Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” and Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow,” released her debut album, “12 Stories,” last fall, and she has been floating ever since.

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Def Leppard

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott to Rock Hall: 'I don't give a flying rat's...'

He is not waiting for 'faceless, tuxedo-wearing morons' to validate his band

After a long campaign waged by their fans, Kiss will finally be inducted into the Rock & Roll of Fame this spring.

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