1. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  2. John Mellencamp: ‘Meg and I Never Really Break Up’

    September 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT It's no surprise John Mellencamp -- who is known for his candor -- called his new album, released Sept. 23 on Republic, Plain Spoken . The rock'n'roots legend, who turns 63 on Oct. 7, continues to be an open book on everything from his new lifetime recording contract to an…

  3. Who Would Play You in a Biopic? Macklemore, One Direction & More Make The Casting Call

    September 26, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Watch Iggy Azalea, Ed Sheeran, Paramore and more sound off on who should portray them in their big-screen stories. Music biopics have recently come back into vogue, with the James Brown saga of Get On Up released in August and the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side showing a new…

  4. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  5. Hasbro Freezes Out Mattel With New Disney Toy Deal

    September 25, 2014 11:11 PM EDT The toy wars just got a bit colder thanks to Disney's Frozen, with Hasbro wrestling the rights for dolls from the hit movie away from its rival Mattel. Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday that its new deal with Disney Consumer Products will give it global rights -- with the exception of…

  6. Kele On His ‘Intimate, Immersive’ New Album & The Future of Bloc Party

    September 25, 2014 3:07 PM EDT “I don’t think I ever want to make a record completely in isolation,” says the U.K. artist. Trick is the second solo album from Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke, and the second full-length in which the 32-year-old singer-songwriter-DJ-producer deviates from Bloc Party’s guitar-packed…

  7. Would Drake Work on Music With LeBron James?

    September 25, 2014 11:54 AM EDT We all know how much Drake wants to be BFFs with his favorite athletes, so this one shouldn’t come as a surprise -- he’s down to work with LeBron James . A TMZ reporter caught up with Drizzy on Sept. 23 as he left the Los Angeles premiere of Survivor's Remorse , a new television show…

  8. 21 Under 21’s Next Class: Vote For 2015’s Best Bet

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Is 2015 the year of Raury, Ella Henderson, Gabi Wilson or someone else? Cast your vote! This year’s edition of our annual 21 Under 21 rankings includes pop mainstays, rising EDM stars, hip-hop heroes and, perhaps most importantly, lots of new talent, as artists like 5 Seconds of Summer…

  9. Kendrick Lamar Lays Down a Series of Freestyles for L.A.'s Power 106

    September 24, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Following the release of his new single, "i," Kendrick Lamar dropped by L.A.'s Power 106 to show off his off-the-cuff lyrical prowess. Watch the video below to see him freestyling over a variety of different beats. Kendrick Lamar Releases New Song 'I': Listen "…

  10. Three Six Zero Group Focuses on International Expansion With UK Executive Moves

    September 24, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Music management and entertainment company Three Six Zero Group announced a number of executive shufflings Wednesday, including new appointments to its London-based UK office and the relocation of chief operating officer James Sealey to Los Angeles to run worldwide operations from the…

  11. Idris Elba Taps Mumford & Sons, James Blake for Nelson Mandela-Inspired Album

    September 24, 2014 9:21 AM EDT Idris Elba has announced plans for a November release of mi Mandela, an album inspired by his experience playing late South African anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. ‎ Elba, also known as the star of Luther , said the release will include South African…

  12. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-three thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the…

  13. British Hitmaker Alex Da Kid Tackles the ‘20s With His Soundtrack Debut

    September 23, 2014 2:29 PM EDT The 2013 hit movie The Great Gatsby has spawned another 1920s-themed musical with a modern twist: the film Ziggy starring Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara as star-crossed lovers in the time of Prohibition -- he playing a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York and falls in love with the…

  14. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  15. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  16. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  17. Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

    September 23, 2014 12:33 AM EDT More details have emerged in Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee . As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons…

  18. Pink Floyd Sets New Release Date for ‘The Endless River’

    September 22, 2014 10:22 PM EDT Pink Floyd's new album will arrive on Nov. 10. A Monday news release gives fresh details about The Endless River ,  the British rock group's first new material in 20 years. Earlier this year, Coumbia Records announced the set would get an October release. Pink Floyd Confirms…

  19. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  20. Jimmy Fallon’s Impromptu Restaurant A Cappella Session, Leonard Cohen’s New Album Plans and More Insider Scoop

    September 22, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Jimmy Fallon’s Napkin Trick Jimmy Fallon treated patrons at Rao's restaurant in East Harlem to a high-spirited performance on Sept. 14 that included pulling a dinner napkin from his pants. The Tonight Show  host engaged in an impromptu a cappella session with his dining companion,…

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