1. 36 Hours With Steve Aoki: 'I'm Really Bad At Taking Directions'

    June 27, 2014 12:54 PM EDT The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep. Aoki is in such demand that he averages 300 shows a year, and as one of the…

  2. Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Invited to Join Academy Awards Group

    June 26, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams and this year’s Oscar winners for song and score are among the 271 artists and executives invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik is among the executives invited. Oscars Alter Music Campaign…

  3. Imagine Dragons Discuss 'Battle Cry,' Breaking Records & Making New Music (Q&A)

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT “I remember two years ago we played this same festival and we were thrilled to get a 12:30pm slot,” says Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon, reminiscing about the band’s 2012 appearance at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival . “When we play tonight, we’re going on before Outkast.…

  4. Oscars Alter Music Campaign Rules

    June 25, 2014 2:44 PM EDT Just a few months after the Oscar music campaign became a fiercely competitive battle that included a disqualification, private concerts and considerable glad-handing, the Academy has silenced the campaigning. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Music Branch members may not attend…

  5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Announces Solo Album 'Crush Songs'

    June 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Her solo debut drops Sept. 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult imprint Over the past two years, Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O released the acclaimed album " Mosquito " with her band and performed at the Oscars. Next up, she's getting a little more personal, as she…

  6. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  7. Michelle Obama to Deliver Keynote At Grammy Museum Luncheon in L.A.

    June 25, 2014 6:10 AM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama will be back in Los Angeles on July 16 as the keynote speaker for the Grammy Museum's first inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, which recognizes teachers who make outstanding use of music in their classroom instruction. The award was created by the…

  8. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  9. Kanye West, Foo Fighters To Headline Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful Festival

    June 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT More than 50 acts will perform the stage during the three-day fest, scheduled for Oct. 24 to 26. The Life Is Beautiful music festival, returning for its second year to Downtown Las Vegas, has announced the lineup for the 2014 edition. Scheduled for October 24 through 26, the festival…

  10. Nick Cave's '20,000 Days' Hits the Road, Australasia Concerts Announced

    June 23, 2014 12:54 AM EDT Nick Cave had an immediate reaction when filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard pitched the idea of a rock documentary. "I couldn't think of anything worse," Cave said. "Because of all the other rock `n' roll documentaries out there that are just such a yawn, that…

  11. Lionel Richie Gets 65th Birthday Tribute From Kid Rock at Concert Near Detroit

    June 21, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Lionel Richie turned 65 in style on Friday night (June 20), with Kid Rock in the flesh and a bunch of his other friends via video. The veteran pop icon had just finished the main portion of his set at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in the Detroit suburb of Independence Township when crew and…

  12. Julian Lennon Set to Release First Box Set

    June 20, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Julian Lennon is set to release his first-ever box set with "Everything Changes" (Music from Another Room, Ltd.)," arriving on his mother Cynthia’s birthday, September 10. The four-disc set includes three editions of his recent studio release, "Everything Changes,"…

  13. CODE First Play: Sander Kleinenberg, 'We-R-Superstars' (Exclusive)

    June 20, 2014 12:15 PM EDT He may not be Madonna, but Sander Kleinenberg’s new single has certainly made a splash. After weeks of speculation , the Dutch dance legend was revealed to be the artist behind the mysterious disco-infused single premiered last month. Ushering in a new musical chapter for the veteran artist, …

  14. Full Moon Festival: Le Youth, The Knocks, Delorean Heading to Governors Island

    June 19, 2014 6:57 PM EDT The upcoming 4th annual Full Moon Festival , set to take over Governor's Island on August 8, has taken to Instagram to share the announcement of the first round of performers for their upcoming beach-themed mini-festival, which takes its inspiration from the full moon parties of…

  15. Robin Thicke Releases 'Paula' Album Art, Track List

    June 18, 2014 9:40 PM EDT As we reported last week , at first impression Robin Thicke's upcoming album "Paula" seems very much like a public apology to his estranged wife, Paula Patton.  Robin Thicke Names His Next Album ‘Paula’ (Report) If performing the lead single "Get Her Back" at the…

  16. Make Your Own Lana Del Rey Song Title

    June 18, 2014 6:49 PM EDT Lana Del Rey just released her sophomore album “Ultraviolence,” so naturally VFiles & Art404 teamed up to make a Lana Del Rey Song Title Generator. And yes, it’s as addicting as it sounds. The five best tracks so far has been “Four Seasons Rehab,” “Grand Canyon Massacre,” “Westward…

  17. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  18. MoMA Announces Björk Retrospective Exhibit for 2015

    June 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT The Museum of Modern Art announced today that it will present a retrospective of musician Björk’s career in 2015. The exhibition will follow the Icelandic musician, composer, and artist from her first album, Debut to her ventures into fashion and photography. The exhibition will feature a…

  19. Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party': Track-by-Track Review

    June 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies,…

  20. TV on the Radio Receive 'Sound Advice' from 'SNL' Star Vanessa Bayer

    June 18, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Genre-spanning art rock band TV on the Radio stopped by Above Average’s web series ‘Sound Advice’ this week to talk to ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member, Vanessa Bayer.  The popular series, which last week featured Drake , stars Bayer as PR consultant Janessa Slater, giving terrible advice to…

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