1. Happy Birthday Tom Petty! Celebrate By Revisiting 10 Classic Tracks

    October 20, 2014 5:57 PM EDT In honor of Tom Petty 's 64th birthday, we're revisiting some of his hits! "Don't Come Around Here No More" It's been documented that the inspiration for this 1985 song was a romantic encounter that co-writer David A. Stewart ( Eurythmics ) had with Stevie…

  2. 'Spinal Tap' Actor Christopher Guest Recalls Odd Fans, Fun of Making Movie at New York Film Fest

    October 12, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Although 1984's This is Spinal Tap is one of the most-quoted movies of the past few decades, star Christopher Guest hadn't seen the cult comedy in almost 15 years before he appeared at a special 30th anniversary screening on Wednesday (Oct. 8) night at the New York Film Festival.…

  3. John Lennon's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    October 09, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Today (Oct. 9) marks what would have been John Lennon’s 74th birthday. A masterful songwriter, Lennon quickly converted the powerful creative momentum of his Beatles days into a flourishing solo career that produced iconic Hot 100 smashes, from 1970's "Instant Karma" and…

  4. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now on Spotify

    October 07, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Imagine all the streaming... Spotify has snagged its elusive fourth Beatle , with today's (Oct. 7) announcement of John Lennon 's solo catalog on the popular streaming music service. From 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to 1984's posthumous Milk and Honey , Spotify…

  5. How Thom Yorke Kept His New Album a Surprise

    October 05, 2014 11:02 PM EDT Thom Yorke jolted fans Sept. 26 with a new album. Even more startling, however, was how the Radiohead frontman chose to release Tomorrow's Modern Boxes : via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent. Once the preferred vessel of Internet pirates, BitTorrent -- actually a privately…

  6. 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…

  7. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jackie Evancho Arrives With 'Awakening'

    October 03, 2014 10:09 PM EDT Also: John Mellencamp celebrates 35 years on the chart and a Beatle helps a video game soundtrack find success On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga debuted at No. 1 with their collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek , selling 131,000 copies in the week…

  8. 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'…

  9. 'Midnight Rider' Trial Date Set for Early 2015

    September 30, 2014 10:16 PM EDT The involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass case against the Midnight Rider filmmakers in the February death of Sarah Jones is set to go to trial almost a year after the camera assistant was stuck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic. A trial date of March 9,…

  10. 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…

  11. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  12. Five Questions with BitTorrent's Chief Content Guy About Thom Yorke's Surprise Record

    September 26, 2014 1:41 PM EDT About two hours ago at the time of this writing, BitTorrent and Thom Yorke foisted a surprise upon us in the form of a new solo record,  Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (which has been downloaded 34,800 times in that period), from the ever-shimmying (in our minds, at least) musician. The…

  13. Thom Yorke Announces New Album via BitTorrent Bundle

    September 26, 2014 11:54 AM EDT BitTorrent has announced its biggest coup yet in its continuing quest to promote its Bundle product (and distance itself from associations with piracy): a partnership with Thom Yorke behind his new solo record, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes . The release is the first paid record release via…

  14. Exclusive Premiere: London Richards' 'Will You Wait' Video

    September 25, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Seventeen-year old London Richards follows up the debut of his first single, "Will You Wait," by releasing a music video for the track, premiering exclusively on Billboard: "Will You Wait" is the first single to be released from his upcoming EP, love, London.  The video,…

  15. Paul Simon Performs 'Here Comes The Sun' for George Harrison Week on 'Conan'

    September 24, 2014 10:20 AM EDT As part of  George Harrison  Week on  Conan , Paul Simon  stopped by Tuesday night to perform one of Harrison's most enduring songs,  The Beatles  classic "Here Comes The Sun." Simon is no stranger to performing the hit. He's sung the Abbey Road classic at various…

  16. Watch Beck Cover George Harrison's 'Wah-Wah' on 'Conan'

    September 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It’s George Harrison Week on Conan and Beck kicked things off with a cover of the All Things Must Pass song “Wah-Wah.” Beck’s backing band is about as tight as the main man’s leather jacket, so we’re getting a skillfully faithful cover here. It doesn’t pack as much Wall of Sound punch as…

  17. What's Up With Thom Yorke's Mysterious White Vinyl?

    September 22, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Hey look, Thom Yorke is being all cryptic again. http://t.co/oZvBENtTvE — nigel godrich (@nigelgod) September 21, 2014 On Sept. 21, Yorke took to his Tumblr and shared a photo of a mysterious white record spinning on a turntable. Considering Radiohead just began work on a new studio album,…

  18. Conan O'Brien Sets George Harrison Week on TBS Show

    September 15, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tribute is timed to the release of the "George Harrison: The Apple Years" reissue The late George Harrison is getting a weeklong tribute on TBS' Conan. George Harrison to be Honored by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones at 'George Fest' Benefit Concert Timed to the release of…

  19. Watch How Awkward 'Star Wars' Is Without John Williams' Score

    September 14, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Move over, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford -- the most important person involved in Star Wars: Episode IV:  A New Hope is definitely John Williams . A newly uploaded clip of the final scene of A New Hope shows the value of the film composer's vital contribution of his song …

  20. Ariana Grande, ODESZA Own No. 1s On Dance Charts

    September 12, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Ariana Grande breaks to the top of Dance/Mix Show Airplay, while duo ODESZA crowns Dance/Electronic Albums. Ariana Grande scores her first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies 7-1. Grande peaked at No. 2 in her first chart…

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