| Dec 14, 2013
| 8:52 AM
3 stars (out of 4)
Beyonce surprised even her most ardent followers a few days ago by releasing her fifth studio album, “Beyonce” (Columbia), in one giant package on iTunes. The 14 songs and 17 videos comprise a “visual album,”...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Don't call it a comeback. No, seriously, don't.
It may be true that Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has experienced a dramatic upswing in productivity over the past year or so, after nearly a decade of relative, atypical quiet. His production and...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Here are some of the most notable box sets of the season in rock and pop:
Various artists, "The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One, 1917-1927" (Revenant Records/Third Man Records, $478.94): An oak cabinet houses the latest magnum opus from...
| May 23, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Back before her 1986 breakthrough, "Control," then-teenage Janet Jackson was still mostly known as Michael's Little Sister. And being Michael's Little Sister brought with it a whole range of expectations and allowances. While no one would suggest that...
| May 17, 2012
| 9:36 PM
Donna Summer died Thursday at age 63. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts remembers the singer for her influence -- including her work on “I Feel Love,” which created a blueprint that remains central to dance music today....
| Sep 2, 2012
The murmuring around Toluca Lake is that "Ghost Whisperer" star Jennifer Love Hewitt has listed a house for sale at $2.895 million and is trying to lease out another place she owns up the street — complete with watercraft.
| May 6, 2012
In a "Glee" two-step of sorts, stars Lea Michele and Kevin McHale became Los Angeles-area homeowners last month within a day of each other.
Michele, who plays aspiring soprano Rachel Berry, bought a bungalow in Hollywood for $1.4 million.
| Feb 10, 2013
| 4:19 PM
Awards handed out Sunday before the evening Grammy Awards telecast sometimes set the stage for what happens during the national TV broadcast. This year, the Black Keys got the momentum rolling by having a hand in three awards early on, including rock...
| Feb 12, 2011
| 4:35 PM
Rihanna, the Arcade Fire, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Miranda Lambert are among the Grammy performers. Will their appearances at the 53rd Grammy Awards be make-or-break performances? A look at Grammy Award rehearsals....
| Dec 17, 2010
| 4:35 PM
George Michael fans might want to hold off on spending that gift card, because the British pop star's classic 1987 album "Faith" is getting the deluxe reissue treatment in the form of a massive limited-edition box set to be released......
| Feb 13, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- There's plenty of suspense sealed up in the envelopes at the 53rd-annual Grammy Awards, but the true winners and losers Sunday night will be determined during the performances -- the show's global stage can create a pivot point in the...
| Oct 18, 2011
| 10:43 AM
From the stirring, gospel-flavored intro of her inspiring reading of Des’ree’s 1994 hit “You Gotta Be” to the final bars of a highly distinctive, ethereal and moody remake of the Depeche Mode staple,“Enjoy The Silence,”...