1. Bruce Springsteen Admits He Wrote a Song About a Book Before Reading It

    October 31, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen recently chatted with The New York Times about his favorite writers and what books he's been reading recently (he's promoting his children's book Outlaw Pete ) . Amid a high-minded discussion of Philip Roth, Moby-Dick and Flannery O'Connor, Springsteen…

  2. Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum to be Inducted Into ARIA Hall of Fame

    October 27, 2014 6:09 AM EDT It’s Ian “Molly” Meldrum’s turn for the ARIA Hall of Fame.  Having inducted Kylie Minogue , John Paul Young and Normie Rowe in years past, the honor this time goes to the legendary Aussie music commentator. He’ll be inducted during the annual ARIA Awards on Nov. 26, becoming the first non…

  3. Jack Bruce Remembered by Fellow Bassists and Musicians on Social Media

    October 25, 2014 2:03 PM EDT As news broke of Cream bassist Jack Bruce ’s death on Saturday (Oct. 25) at the age of 71, the music world paid tribute to the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer on social media. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation “It is with great…

  4. Hear Foo Fighters' Washington, D.C., Inspired 'Feast and the Famine' Song

    October 24, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Another week, another new Foo Fighters track. On the second episode of HBO’s Sonic Highways , Dave Grohl heads to America’s capital to hang with the likes of Ian MacKaye and Bad Brains . What came out of the sessions at nearby Arlington, Virginia's Inner Ear Studio was a punchy,…

  5. Wilko Johnson Says He’s ‘Cured’ of Cancer

    October 23, 2014 12:30 AM EDT Wilko Johnson , an alumnus of Dr. Feelgood and Ian Dury's Blockheads , has announced he’s “cured” of terminal pancreatic cancer.  The British guitar hero had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2012 and was given 10 months to live after deciding to reject chemotherapy. But…

  6. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Speak at Billboard & Hollywood Reporter Conference

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  7. Above & Beyond Broadcasted 'Group Therapy' from a Sold-Out Madison Square Garden

    October 20, 2014 7:51 PM EDT After bringing their hit radio show to New York City, the trance trio is set to play the Forum in Los Angeles over Grammy weekend. British trance icons Jono Grant , Paavo Siljamäki and Tony McGuinness , better known as Above & Beyond , have remarkable staying power. The trio has been…

  8. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  9. Here's Nicki Minaj’s 'Anaconda' as a Serious Poem: Listen

    October 17, 2014 12:28 AM EDT Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” will never be confused with Tennyson's "Ulysses." Though an unusual new version shows the pop hit in an entirely different light. In a clip posted online, "Anaconda" is presented as a dramatic poem. Comedian Ian Martin gives the bawdy lyrics…

  10. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  11. Australia’s Music Retailers Assn Backs Friday Release Date: ‘It Makes Sense’

    October 14, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Australia’s entertainment retail trade association has weighed in on the debate surrounding the IFPI-sanctioned global release date. Friday, according to the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), is good for business. And the Aussies have history on the subject. In the U.K., the…

  12. Is the Party Over for the Sunset Strip's Rock 'n' Roll Scene?

    October 13, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As luxury hotels threaten to displace fans and bands, delivering the boulevard's biggest facelift since 70s rock made way for hair metal, is the party over for LA's sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll epicenter? Rock 'n' roll's most famous street is receiving a…

  13. Former Executive at 'American Idol' Parent Facing Jail for Fraud

    October 08, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A former senior executive at the TV production company behind American Idol and The X-Factor is facing a jail sentence for fraud. Ian Ousey pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court to stealing almost £225,000 ($360,000) from London-based production company FremantleMedia, which…

  14. 'SNL' Accused of 'Stealing' Tina Turner Sketch

    October 06, 2014 3:55 PM EDT A teacher at the Groundlings in Los Angeles has accused Saturday Night Live of "stealing" a sketch idea that aired on Saturday's episode of the NBC variety series. 'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Why Is Adam Levine Here? Ian Gary took to his Facebook page early Monday …

  15. '90210' Celebrates 24th Anniversary: Watch 10 Classic Musical Moments

    October 04, 2014 10:40 AM EDT From the Flaming Lips to Christina Aguilera, here are 10 musical moments to help celebrate the 24th anniversary of "90210." Twenty-four years ago today (Oct. 4), the world was introduced to Minneapolis transplants Brenda and Brandon Walsh, the gang at West Beverly High and…

  16. Exclusive: Ex-New Order Bassist Peter Hook Dissects Frontman Bernard Sumner’s Autobiography

    October 03, 2014 6:00 AM EDT "Book stores won’t know whether to file it under fantasy or tragedy." It’s no secret that there is love lost between estranged Joy Division and New Order founding members Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner . Ever since it was announced in a 2007 radio interview with Hook that New Order…

  17. Judas Priest Is Back With a Vengeance With a Tour, Which Marks Their 40th Anniversary

    September 29, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Even the heavy metal gods have to do their laundry. Judas Priest 's Rob Halford is calling from his home in England to talk about the upcoming tour by the veteran metal act, and he notes that he's busy washing his underwear at the moment. Thanks for that, Rob. Of course, his…

  18. Apple Denies Beats Music Shutdown

    September 22, 2014 4:32 PM EDT TechCrunch is reporting that Apple will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it purchased in tandem with its namesake headphones manufacturer for $3 billion, a deal announced in May and finalized in early August . TechCrunch cites five sources as confirming the Beats Music…

  19. Apple Denies Beats Music Shutdown

    September 22, 2014 4:32 PM EDT TechCrunch is reporting that Apple will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it purchased in tandem with its namesake headphones manufacturer for $3 billion, a deal announced in May and finalized in early August . TechCrunch cites five sources as confirming the Beats Music…

  20. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

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