Two Canadian colleges - the University of Victoria and the University of Waterloo - are offering courses that study the arc of Beyoncé's career. "I just thought she would be an artist that a lot of the students - especially in this young 20s age range - would be able to identify with. They've pretty much had Beyonce in their lives their entire lives," said University of Victoria lecturer.
Keith Richards has released a new single, "Substantial Damage," from his forthcoming LP Crosseyed Heart.
Richards previously unveiled a viral campaign for fans looking to get an early taste of his upcoming album. Richards is placing four temporary plaques in London, each "celebrating a site of significance to the Rolling Stones guitarist's life."
Metallica's James Hetfield and Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows are among the celebrities auditioning to play zombies in the upcoming installment of Call Of Duty. Professional basketball player Roy Hibbert, actors Steve Blum and Nolan North and Internet celebrity Justine Ezarik also took part in the celeb "auditions."
Imagine Dragons have premiered a new single, "Roots," taken off of their album Smoke & Mirrors released this past February. "Another day / Another door / Another high / Another low / Rock bottom / Rock Bottom / Rock Bottom / I'm going back to my roots," singer Dan Reynolds belts out during the song's chorus.
Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa are paying tribute to the late Stevie Ray Vaughn who died in a helicopter crash 25 years ago. Clapton recalled the first time he heard SRV: "I was so bowled over, so in love with this guy that was playing on stage from the heart completely. I started to feel ashamed of what I was going to do."
Jessie J has released a new lyric video for her new song "Ain't Been Done," taken off of her latest studio album Sweet Talker. In the new video, the words to the new single flash across the screen, changing direction with each passing line, on top of a white background that occasionally sees some black liquid injected into the mix.
Common has publicly responded to reports that his former girlfriend, tennis star Serena Williams, is now currently in a relationship with Drake. TMZ recently caught Williams and Drake kissing at a Cleveland restaurant. "As long as she's happy, I'm good," Common told TMZ.
Carrie Underwood is showing off her six-month-old son Isaiah to the world with a new adorable photo of him playing a little piano. Accompanied by the caption "Oh, just playing my piano in my blazer in the yard . . . ," Isaiah is sporting a plum colored blazer over his diaper while playing the miniature instrument.
Clint Black has announced plans to release On Purpose, his first new studio album in a decade. "It represents my attitude towards life, in that it's never easy to go your own way, but the rewards are greater when you follow your heart," Black says in a press release. "I know that's what my fans expect from me, and I hope that they hear that in the songs on this album."
"Gangsta Way," a new track featuring both Chris Brown and French Montana, has leaked online. On the new track, Brown delivers a country music-esque part as he croons over subdued drums and plucky guitars, while French comes in with Auto-tuned vocals, singing about "European whips" and Facetiming with his girl.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have released the music video for "Downtown," a cut expected to feature on their upcoming album, the long awaited follow-up to 2013's The Heist. The video, shot in Spokane, Washington, sees Macklemore roaming the streets with some beautiful women.
The massive inflatable pig that Pink Floyd featured on the cover of their 1977 album Animals is being auctioned off by Air Artists, a rock memorabilia collector. The pig, named Algie, infamously broke loose from its moorings at Beattersea Power Station in 1976, interrupting air traffic.
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have announced a brief tour in support of their recent joint album Django and Jimmie. The trek begins at Florence, South Carolina's Florence Civic Center on October 15. Django and Jimmie is the follow-up to the two legends' 1983 album Pancho & Lefty.
Katy Perry stole the show when she attended a Broadway performance of Finding Neverland in New York City. The singer wore a stunning cleavage-bearing black and gray low-cut maxi dress outfitted with tassels and her hair in tousled ombre waves to the performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, which starred Matthew Morrison.
Black Keys fronter Dan Auerbach has unveiled the title track of his upcoming side project the Arcs. "Yours Dreamily," the latest single from the LP of the same name, is streaming now at NPR. Auerbach says that the 14 song LP was recorded in "roughly two weeks through spontaneous, informal sessions across the country."