Akon hasn't been perfect throughout his career, but it's hard to accuse him of being selfish. The St. Louis native developed a propensity to share the spotlight with other artists, even if it means his presence isn't always noticed. That cooperative mentality allowed Akon's behind-the-scenes career ... More >>
Mainstream superstardom often begins with a spark, rather than an explosion. It's hard to say whether Lady Gaga would have been more than a behind-the-scenes cog in Akon's machine without "Just Dance." And if 50 Cent had not delivered "In Da Club," it's possible that the world may never have tasted ... More >>
News flash: popular music includes profanity. Now that I've gotten your attention with that shocking revelation, here's another: some of the trickiest songs to release as singles incorporate naughty words in to the title. Music might be a form of expression, but it's also a business. And sometimes ... More >>
Tonight, Girl Talk returns to the Pageant for what will inevitably be a sweaty, calorie-burnin' good time for those who possess an affinity for pop culture and a lack of attention span. In light of this event, A to Z was contemplating the (debatable, perhaps illegal) art of the mashup, and came up w ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Cassidy's C.A.S.H.*Cassidy, C.A.S.H. The once gold-certified rapper returns with a new studio album. Stream the C.A.S.H. in full here. *Crushed Stars, Con ... More >>
7 p.m. Friday, April 2. The Ambassador, 9800 Halls Ferry Road, Jennings.
Judging by the looks of last night's sold-out performance at Pop's, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony could've easily filled a much larger venue. The joint was packed to capacity, and I had at least three people ask me if I had tickets to sell before I made it to the front door. Photo: Nick SchnelleWish Bone, ... More >>
French DJ David Guetta was at Home Nightclub last night, performing to an estimated 1,000 people. Guetta recently spoke with City Pages in Minneapolis, where he spins tonight. He describes his new album, One Love, as such: I've got some incredible people on the album -- Kelly Rowland, Kid Cudi, Akon ... More >>
6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
By Ben Westhoff Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously ... More >>
Why waste money (or steal) those bogus Thriller remixes when you can get better Michael Jackson reinventions legally — for free? Plus, the history of the classic Harlem Globetrotters song "Sweet Georgia Brown."
Strength & Loyalty (Full Surface/Interscope)