1. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959 …

  2. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after World War II by his father Harry, who named the…

  3. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  4. Beck Warms Up 2014 ACL Music Festival With Rocking Performance at Stubb’s

    October 04, 2014 10:13 AM EDT The 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival launched on Friday (Oct. 3) just as the heat from the hot Texas summer finally broke, with acts like Chvrches , Childish Gambino , Sam Smith and Outkast delighting the massive crowds. ACL Music Festival 2014 Preview: Double Weekends, Cashless…

  5. Hurtsmile Song Premiere: Hear a New Track from Gary Cherone’s Latest Album

    October 02, 2014 12:17 PM EDT For Extreme's Gary Cherone, a second album by his other band, Hurtsmile, was imperative to prove that Hurtsmile is, well, a real band. "If there was [only] one record it would seem like a Gary Cherone project, and this is truly a band," Cherone, who releases Hurtsmile's…

  6. Norwegian Artist Bernhoft's New Album Receives the App Treatment from New Startup

    August 12, 2014 10:33 AM EDT After working for years on records by the Waterboys , Depeche Mode , and the Cure , among others, and realizing that albums were being made with less care and attention these days, producer Phillip Tennant started thinking about the music industry backwards. "No one’s got the funds…

  7. One Direction Sings The Alphabet With Bert From 'Sesame Street'

    June 24, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Here's a video of One Direction & “Sesame Street”’s Bert singing their ABCs because, why not? One Direction: A Day in the Life in Photos Liam & Harry ran through their ABCs with Bert just to make sure they were on point, but not without a little hesitation. Especially after…

  8. Neil Young, Jack White Cut a Vinyl Record on 'Tonight Show': Watch

    May 13, 2014 6:55 AM EDT Young hit the 1947 Voice-O-Graph to record "Crazy" live on television Neil Young and Jack White teamed up for a bit of show-and-tell on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," demonstrating to the host and viewers the method by which they made Young's new…

  9. George Jones Gets Alt-Country Tribute on One-Year Anniversary of Death

    April 29, 2014 10:58 AM EDT This past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of George Jones. Since his passing, several artist have given the covers treatment to several of his biggest hits, however there's one Jones-related collection that stands apart from the rest.  Deer Lodge Records, a…

  10. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  11. Neil Young Quietly Releases Covers Album for Online Sale

    April 18, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Neil Young’s new covers album “A Letter Home” was quietly released for sale Friday without formal announcement. The album is out via Jack White’s Third Man Records online shop on 12-inch vinyl a day before Record Store Day. It will be sold through physical retailers for Saturday’s shopping…

  12. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Donny Osmond Guest Judges Disney Night

    April 15, 2014 2:23 AM EDT Welcome, dear gem hunters and DANCMSTR refugees!  Tonight’s theme was both appropriate and preposterous — much like the bedazzled series itself — as we all know that in many ways, EVERY night is Disney Night on "Dancing With the Stars." How many times has Bruno screamed “Youuuu…

  13. Neil Young's Agenda: Jack White Project, Second Book, 'Full-Blown Orchestra' Album

    March 12, 2014 5:53 PM EDT After a successful launch for his PonoMusic service and player this week from South By Southwest -- doubling its Kickstarter launch goal for player pre-orders in less than 24 hours -- Neil Young is readying for the release of some other new projects this year -- including a new album and…

  14. GRAMMYs Hall of Fame: The Stories Behind 2014's Inductees

    January 17, 2014 6:04 PM EST The backstories to this year's GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees -- including music by Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton, The Drifters, and B.J. Thomas -- are as memorable as the music itself.  The legends behind some of those 27 recordings revisit their sessions chapter and verse. 56th GRAMMYs:…

  15. Neil Young at Carnegie Hall: Live Review

    January 08, 2014 10:30 AM EST The legendary singer-songwriter delivers classic performances of classic songs on night two of his Carnegie run When tickets went on sale for Neil Young's four-night run at Carnegie Hall, there was no announcement regarding the format of the shows: would it be solo acoustic? Would…

  16. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  17. Ty Segall Goes Acoustic, Confronts Family Loss in Psych-Folk 'Sleeper'

    July 22, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Ty Segall isn't slowing down, he just needs a moment. It's been eight months since the 26-year-old California garage rocker last released an album of new material, a mere calendar blip for most artists, but ages for Segall, who has put out more than a dozen LPs and many more EPs…

  18. Bon Jovi Tops Hot Tours With European Run

    July 19, 2013 2:35 AM EDT Bon Jovi lands at No. 1 on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours with $71.9 million in box office grosses reported from the European leg of the "Because We Can Tour" that has played concert venues in North America, South Africa and Europe since launching in February. The European run…

  19. Mazzy Star to Release First Album in 17 Years

    July 16, 2013 4:10 PM EDT Dream pop darlings Mazzy Star, whose folky brand of alt-rock scored them a hit with 1993's "Fade Into You," will end a 17-year pause between albums with "Seasons of Your Day," the group's fourth studio set, due Sept. 24. Driven by the songwriting duo Hope…

  20. John C. Reilly's Labor of Love: 'You've Got to Keep These Songs Alive'

    July 07, 2013 8:15 PM EDT John C. Reilly is looking to do some more recording this summer, hopefully resulting in a full album of rootsy folk and Americana covers to follow the two singles he's released so far on Jack White's Third Man Records label. "We hope to do (an album)," the Academy Award…

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