1. The Voice' Recap: Gwen Stefani, Pharrell's 'Candy Cane Sword Fight' End Auditions

    October 07, 2014 2:49 AM EDT The Voice's blind auditions wrapped on Monday night with the inevitable: a battle between Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams . While Adam Levine and Blake Shelton  usually throw insults across the studio when fighting for a singer, the veteran coaches knew what was coming between the…

  2. Rainbow Room Reopens Atop NYC's Skyline

    October 06, 2014 1:09 AM EDT The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline. "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald , one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in the sweeping views outside and the…

  3. 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…

  4. Radiohead Will Premiere a New Song in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

    October 05, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Director Paul Thomas Anderson has a special relationship with Radiohead. He let guitarist Jonny Greenwood carry the score of his 2007 classic  There Will Be Blood , and the two teamed again for 2012's The Master . This December's Inherent Vice , an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon&…

  5. Bassnectar Has 'No Interest' in EDM, Vows to 'Bring the Ruckus' to Madison Square Garden

    October 03, 2014 5:21 AM EDT Disenchanted by "mainstream douches" in the Las Vegas club circuit, the bass music icon plots a freakfest for the iconic New York City stadium. For Bassnectar , the Bay Area DJ whose punishing basslines have generated a cult-like following similar to bands like Phish or The Disco…

  6. Pharrell Releases Anime & Video Game Inspired 'It Girl' Video

    September 30, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The clip premiered exclusively in Times Square before hitting the Internet. Before it hit the Internet,  Pharrell  exclusively premiered the new video for his single "It Girl" in a very public space -- Sony's billboard in Times Square. "It Girl" is the final track…

  7. What the Ello Is Happening? Behind the New Social Network's Big Week and Musical Roots

    September 29, 2014 2:16 PM EDT "Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life. You are not a product." Somehow, the Vermont-based serial entrepreneur and artist behind KidRobot, a team of nine developers in Denver and a handful of designers in Boulder have…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Garth Brooks' 'Ultimate' Returns

    September 25, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Also: Cannibal Corpse scores its highest charting album ever. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Barbra Streisand made history with her 10th No. 1 album : Partners . With the arrival, she became the first act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. Streisand led a…

  11. One Direction's 'Four' Offers Fans a 'Window' Into The Group

    September 20, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Much to the delight of Directioners everywhere, One Direction unexpectedly announced the release of their fourth album, aptly titled Four , earlier this month. It's set to hit retailers on Nov. 17, just in time for the holiday season. It's a "window into how they&…

  12. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Frozen' Exits Top 10 After 39 Weeks

    September 19, 2014 9:19 PM EDT Also: Katy Perry's PRISM rebounds, U2 & the Beatles score a combined 11 charting albums. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Lecrae scored his first No. 1 with Anomaly -- the only album to top both the Billboard 200 and Gospel Albums chart. It debuted with 88,000 copies…

  13. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column)

    September 19, 2014 3:23 PM EDT 'They might as well be selling Buicks,' writes the host of KCSN's morning show. U2 has always been about messages. In the band's early days in Dublin, beginning with the 1980 album Boy and its hit single "I Will Follow," they openly addressed Bono and the Edge…

  14. Calvin Harris, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    September 15, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Calvin Harris landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as a solo artist in five years as “Blame” (Columbia/Sony), featuring John Newman , debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 14). Sam Smith’s   In The Lonely Hour  (Capitol/Universal) continues to lead the album chart. Harris first topped the British…

  15. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  16. Disco Legend Sylvester Remembered With Musical and Rainbow Honor Walk Plaque

    September 05, 2014 1:18 PM EDT It’s been almost 26 years since disco legend Sylvester passed away, but his legacy is having a huge moment right now. As the curtains prepare to open tonight (Sep. 5) on Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical , an off-Broadway musical in New York, visitors to San Francisco’s Castro…

  17. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours…

  18. Crossfaith, Phoenix & More Hit Japan's Summer Sonic

    August 21, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Queen with Adam Lambert & more also grace the Tokyo & Osaka stages. Summer Sonic, the biggest music festival in Japan devoted to international repertoire, was held Aug. 16 and 17 simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The event has recently seen industry…

  19. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

  20. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

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