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Eminem and Rihanna's 'Monster' MetLife show

Eminem and Rihanna perform at MetLife Stadium on

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Let’s not get things twisted. “The Monster Tour” may be billed equally between Eminem and Rihanna, but it’s really “The Eminem Show.”

 The crowd that packed MetLife Stadium Saturday night was overwhelmingly his crowd. Though they started the nearly three-hour show onstage together and closed it together, Rihanna did her set first and basically warmed up the crowd for Eminem.

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Kings of Leon cancel Jones Beach show

From left, Matthew Followill, Nathan Folllowill, Jared Followill

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Kings of Leon have put their "Mechanical Bull" tour on hold until Aug. 28, canceling shows until then, including one Wednesday night at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, to give drummer Nathan Followill's ribs a chance to heal.

Followill suffered broken ribs over the weekend when a pedestrian jumped in front of the band's tour bus, causing the driver to stop short. "The process is now to rest...

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Eminem + Rihanna in the week's G2M2

Eminem and Rihanna perform at the 2014 MTV

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Got a minute? Use that time to plan out your music week. On Glenn Gamboa’s Music Minute (G2M2 for short), we’ll fill you in on the week’s biggest concerts, show you some must-see videos and let you know about the songs you need to buy. Check it out here at Backstage Pass every Monday morning.

This week, work out the chemistry between Eminem and Rihanna at MetLife Stadium Saturday and Sunday...

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Billy Joel spectacular at The Garden: Nine Days' John Hampson's review

Billy Joel performs as part of his artist's

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Billy Joel plans to play monthly shows at Madison Square Garden for as long as the public is interested. Follow his first year of this groundbreaking music-industry experiment by looking at his shows through a variety of viewpoints -- from critics, musicians, celebrities and fans. This month, it’s St. James singer-songwriter John Hampson, solo artist and singer/guitarist from Nine Days, which plays...

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One Direction's long, thrilling MetLife Stadium walks

One Direction during their concert at MetLife Stadium

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One Direction’s appeal is decidedly low-tech, a throwback to way simpler times.

The biggest addition to the boy band’s show now that they have made the leap from arenas and amphitheaters to stadiums? A long walkway – one that stretched from the main stage set up around the 20-yard line to a smaller stage set up near the other end zone at MetLife Stadium.

Why do they need so much space?...

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One Direction, Brand New in the week's G2M2

From left, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Liam Payne,

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Got a minute? Use that time to plan out your music week. On Glenn Gamboa’s Music Minute (G2M2 for short), we’ll fill you in on the week’s biggest concerts, show you some must-see videos and let you know about the songs you need to buy. Check it out here at Backstage Pass every Monday morning.

This week, you can start screaming early for the One Direction shows at MetLife Stadium Monday and...

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Beyonce talks 'elevator scuffle' in 'Flawless' remix with Nicki MInaj

Beyonce, left, with her sister, Solange.

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Beyoncé addressed the elevator scuffle involving husband, Jay Z, and sister, Solange, in May with the surprise remix of "Flawless" with Nicki Minaj that she dropped overnight.

"Of course sometimes [expletive] go down, when it's a billion dollars on an elevator," she sings. And in case anyone missed the line, she repeats it without a backing track, followed by a shrieking laugh.

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Miley Cyrus reveals new direction at Nassau Coliseum

Miley Cyrus, touring on her "Bangerz" album, performs

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Has Miley Cyrus changed her mind?

It’s been nearly a year since she upended pop culture with the Twerk Heard Round the World at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony in Brooklyn. But at Nassau Coliseum Friday night, the start of the second leg of her “Bangerz” tour, Cyrus declared that she had a revelation during her time off, as she recovered in the hospital from a serious allergic reaction...

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5 Seconds of Summer set for Jones Beach

Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer performs

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Good news, 5 Seconds of Summer fans! The guys are coming to Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.

Bad news: It’s not until Sept. 1, 2015. Yes, a little more than 13 months from now.

Boy bands, as you well know, like to build anticipation. (Remember when One Direction tickets to Jones Beach went on sale 14 months before they arrived in 2013?) So tickets for 5SOS’ “Rock Out with Your Socks Out”...

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Miley Cyrus, Nine Inch Nails in this week's G2M2

Why: Miley Cyrus will perform live as

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Got a minute? Use that time to plan out your music week. On Glenn Gamboa’s Music Minute (G2M2 for short), we’ll fill you in on the week’s biggest concerts, show you some must-see videos and let you know about the songs you need to buy. Check it out here at Backstage Pass every Monday morning.

This week, you can gear up for the big Friday night shows, as Miley Cyrus takes over Nassau Coliseum...

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