1. Beatles' Mono LPs Given a First Listen: Catalog Box Set Preview

    June 26, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Five years after the Beatles' mono recordings were released on CD, Capitol Records and Universal Music are fostering the notion that to hear the Beatles music the way John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 1960s, a mono LP is mandatory listening.   To illuminate that point,…

  2. The Wild Night When Bon Jovi Met Michael Jackson

    June 25, 2014 7:10 PM EDT On the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, author Zack O'Malley Greenburg demonstrates the late superstar's work ethic with an anecdote from his new book, in which the Jersey rockers get a visit from Bubbles the Chimp. An unlikely encounter between the King of…

  3. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan — her best sales week yet.   Del Rey&…

  4. Bad Suns Talk Fast Rise of 'Cardiac Arrest,' Silencing the Doubters

    June 25, 2014 10:58 AM EDT There's more to a buzz band than meets the eye. Bad Suns are a Californian quartet whose slick neo-new wave hooks earned them a deal with Vagrant Records, an opening slot for the 1975 and -- if you'll forgive the plug -- an appearance in Billboard's ever-prestigious charts…

  5. Mocking Mick Jagger's Losing World Cup Picks, A New Brazilian Tradition

    June 24, 2014 8:55 PM EDT The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger can't get no soccer satisfaction. In what's becoming something of a modern World Cup tradition, Brazilians are closely following every team the 70-year-old rock star supports with an eye at mocking him for apparently casting bad spells on his…

  6. Lana Del Rey Responds to Frances Bean Cobain's 'I Wish I Was Dead' Criticism

    June 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Frances Bean Cobain had some harsh words for Lana Del Rey after the "Ultraviolence" singer apparently glamorized the early death of Frances' father in an interview with The Guardian . But yesterday, Lana Del Rey replied to Cobain on Twitter and it looks like matters are going…

  7. Greil Marcus Picks Favorite Punk Film Moments

    June 23, 2014 4:08 PM EDT A smash hit on the festival circuit, “We Are the Best!,” a Swedish movie about teenagers starting a band, has people buzzing about hardcore movies again. Legendary rock critic Greil Marcus picks his favorite moments in punk cinema. Some of the strongest punk movies have little or nothing to…

  8. Frances Bean Cobain to Lana Del Rey: Don't Romanticize Death

    June 23, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, has some sharp words for Lana Del Rey, after the "Ultraviolence" singer told  The Guardian , "I wish I was dead already." Cobain reportedly responded to Lana's comments via Twitter, saying: “The…

  9. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the Rapper & More

    June 21, 2014 11:30 AM EDT When the Firefly Music Festival held its inaugural event in Delaware in 2012, it was a charming, almost intimate event that drew 30,000 nearby music lovers and 47 bands to an 87 acre plot of wooded land behind the Dover International Speedway. But three on, the Firely festival has ballooned…

  10. 'Rising Star': Stakes Are High For Creator Keshet International

    June 20, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Following weeks of promotion for its upcoming singing competition show, ABC has a lot riding on this Sunday’s debut of "Rising Star." But stakes are ever higher for the format’s creators, Israel’s Keshet International. While for the Alphabet network this is the opportunity to get…

  11. Code Picks of the Week: The Chainsmokers, Duke Dumont & More

    June 20, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. The Chainsmokers, “#SELFIE” (Will Sparks Remix) Only cockroaches and “#SELFIE” seem guaranteed to survive the apocalypse. Following Botnek’s…

  12. Michael Jackson 'Hologram' Show Triggers New Lawsuit

    June 20, 2014 4:32 AM EDT It's now been a month since a Michael Jackson recreation at the Billboard Music Awards earned heavy buzz. In the days leading up to the spectacle, Hologram USA, owned by firebrand entrepreneur Alki David, attempted to stop it by claiming it infringed patented hologram technology that…

  13. Little Simz, 'E.D.G.E.': Exclusive EP Premiere

    June 18, 2014 12:30 PM EDT She's petite but Little Simz holds a lyrical punch. You can hear it in the aspiring U.K. rapper's debut EP, "E.D.G.E." (acronym for her motto, Every Day Gets Easier). Check out an exclusive stream of Simz' debut project below and download here :   The 13-song EP…

  14. Maroon 5 Finds Way To Billboard/Twitter Charts With 'Maps'

    June 17, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The band's new single is an instant hit among fans, while radio is also quickly on board Maroon 5 returns to Billboard's charts after releasing its first new material since its last album, "Overexposed," arrived nearly two years ago.   New single "Maps"…

  15. Beast Mixes EDM & Classical Music on 'Good Luck': Watch

    June 16, 2014 6:28 PM EDT The boy band also pull off K-pop's most athletic choreography of the year in their accompanying video A little less than a year after releasing their mature full-length album "Hard to Love, How to Love,"  K-pop boy band Beast return with a new single that epitomizes K-pop'…

  16. Swizz Beatz Becomes Muse for Kehinde Wiley Portrait

    June 16, 2014 1:53 PM EDT On set with the art-obsessed hitmaker and artist, Wiley. "Eyes on the camera, lean in, look up." Artist Kehinde Wiley spits out directions so fast that it's hard for a spectator to keep up, let alone one of his models. On an ordinary day the 37-year-old's subject might be…

  17. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Röyksopp & Robyn, Jon Hopkins, James Murphy & More

    June 14, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Sonar’s second day on June 13 boasted a staggering array of talent at both its By Day and By Night editions, including Röyksopp & Robyn’s electro-pop tour de force, a career performance by Jon Hopkins and stellar showings from German supergroup Moderat and French artist Gesaffelstein. The…

  18. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Plastikman, Trentemøller & More

    June 13, 2014 1:07 PM EDT On Thursday (June 12), Sonar kicked off the first of its three full days of special artist showcases and cutting edge music technology events with a nuanced show by German pianist Nils Frahm, Machinedrum’s new high-octane live set, Trentemøller’s hybrid band brilliance, and a spellbinding…

  19. Outkast Announces Homecoming Atlanta Concert

    June 13, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Outkast’s comeback lap will also include a homecoming show.  Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and André "3000" Benjamin have announced they'll bring their reunited rap duo to Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park on Sept. 27 for a headline concert. Outkast will curate the show, with…

  20. 615 Spotlight: Steven Padilla Releases Debut 'Good At Goodbye'

    June 12, 2014 7:08 PM EDT The debut album from newcomer Steven Padilla, "Good At Goodbye," has been released, and the talented newcomer tells The 615 that he is glad to finally have it out for his fans. That being said, the singer admitted to Billboard that one person who definitely isn’t listening to the…

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