1. Celebrate John Lennon's Birthday With Our 7 Favorite Covers

    October 09, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, with her husband away at sea and her country in the midst of World War II, Julia Lennon gave birth to a baby who would grow up to be one of rock music's most successful, iconic and inspirational figures -- John Lennon . From the Beatles to Yoko Ono to his…

  2. Report: Lawsuit Over iTunes Double-Billing Dismissed

    October 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT A lawsuit against Apple claiming the company double-billed its iTunes customers has been dismissed. Courthouse News is reporting that the plaintiffs, Robert Herskowitz and Phoebe Juel , settled with the tech giant on Tuesday (Oct. 7). Related iTunes Launches 'Donate' Feature for…

  3. Patti Smith Planning World Tour for 'Horses' 40th Anniversary

    October 07, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Patti Smith is making some special plans to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of her beloved 1975 debut, Horses .  New Order, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Jam for Tibet The punk icon told Rolling Stone she will be playing the album in full, saying, "I'm going to be happy to celebrate…

  4. Apple Reportedly In Talks with Majors for Cheaper Music, Looks to Lower Beats Music Pricing

    October 03, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Apple is looking to pull the same trick it did ten years ago around the launch of iTunes -- convincing the major labels to agree to something they may be wary of. The tech company is, according to Re/code , negotiating with majors to lower their licensing rates (as well as "new rights…

  5. Tim Rice Keen to Relaunch 'From Here to Eternity' on Broadway

    October 02, 2014 2:31 AM EDT Tim Rice is hoping his musical From Here to Eternity doesn't take an eternity to get to Broadway. The celebrated lyricist is hoping a filmed version of the West End production broadcast this month will generate some interest in America. The ambitious adaptation of James Jones'…

  6. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

  7. Bush Figures Out How to Pay for Just Half a Video With 'The Only Way Out'

    October 01, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Bush is back with a new album, Man on the Run , due Oct. 21. And as Gavin Rossdale  and Co. gear up for their rockin' return following 2011 comeback album  The Sea of Memories  after a decade of dormancy, the band delivers a new video for "The Only Way Out" that'll have…

  8. Was 1994 the Best Year for Movie Soundtracks?

    October 01, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Part of grunge's golden era and a crucial turning point for hip-hop, 1994 is often lauded as one of the best years for music, ever. And from cult favorites like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption to blockbusters like Forrest Gump and The Lion King , 1994 is also recognized as a…

  9. Dean Wareham & Eleanor Friedberger Talk Live-Scoring 'Unseen Warhol Films'

    September 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Live music meets Warhol's 'home movies' at an upcoming series of shows. Jeff Koons can make statues of pop stars like Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga until the end of time, but it's safe to say no art world figure will ever mean as much to rock music as Andy Warhol . And…

  10. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  11. Exclusive: The Harvard Business School Report on Beyonce

    September 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Billboard reported that the Harvard Business School had taken a close look at the release of Beyonc e 's surprise, self-titled album, dropped upon an unprepared world last December. At the time of Beyonce's midnight release, Billboard covered the event in depth,…

  12. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban label Bronx native Harrell, 54, founded in…

  13. FKA Twigs Responds to 'Unacceptable' Racist Tweets From Robert Pattinson Fans

    September 29, 2014 9:56 AM EDT FKA Twigs  is labeling racist trolls "unacceptable" after being made a target of abuse by some Robert Pattinson fans on Twitter (she's been romantically linked with him in the past few weeks).  Much of the messaging appears to be from fans hoping that Kristen Stewart and…

  14. Morning Roundup: 10 Things To Start Your Day

    September 29, 2014 9:09 AM EDT Happy Prince Day : Prince fans rejoice: the famous artist is releasing not one, but two albums today . Beyonce Will Not Give Away Free Album : In an interview with the Financial Times , Beyonce's manager Jim Sabey said Beyonce will not release a free album in the manner of U2 . "I…

  15. Tina Turner Exhibit Opens at Old Tennessee School

    September 26, 2014 5:35 PM EDT A restored one-room schoolhouse where Tina Turner attended classes opened Friday (Sept. 26) as a museum honoring the singer's career and recalling her childhood in this small West Tennessee town. 'Happily Retired' Tina Turner Readies 'Love Songs' Album  More than…

  16. Google a 'Platform for Piracy'? News Corp Gets an Earful in 'Dear Rupert' Letter

    September 25, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Rupert Murdoch 's News Corp and Google have repeatedly engaged in a war of words in recent years, and the Internet search giant opened the latest chapter in the showdown on Thursday. In a blog post entitled "Dear Rupert," one of its representatives responded to News Corp…

  17. Sony/ATV Launches Pan-European Licensing Venture SOLAR

    September 25, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is launching SOLAR, a new pan-European licensing venture which will handle both the Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing anglo-American catalogs for Europe and other regions. In putting together SOLAR, Sony/ATV will partner with PRS for Music, the U.K. collection…

  18. Iconic Club CBGB Hires Rep for Global Brand Expansion

    September 24, 2014 12:52 PM EDT The New York club that made the Ramones famous tries to go global with the team behind Kiss' Rock & Brews. Tim Hayes , president of CBGB , the New York club that made The Ramones and Blondie famous, has named Epic Rights as its global branding, licensing and rights management…

  19. Debbie Harry, Chris Stein Celebrate Blondie's 40th Anniversary With NYC Art Exhibit

    September 24, 2014 3:20 AM EDT A Blondie transvestite impersonator, rare memorabilia and provocative photos of iconic lead singer Debbie Harry by photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibowitz, Bob Grossman, Bob Gruen and Chris Stein were unveiled at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery in New York City on Monday…

  20. CODE Guest Playlist: Decibel Festival

    September 23, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Electronic music’s growing footprint in the Pacific Northwest owes quite a bit to Decibel Festival . Since 2003, the Seattle event has consistently showcased an eclectic blend of cutting edge talent ranging from deadmau5 and Amon Tobin to Lorde and Nicolas Jaar . With a diverse lineup…

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