1. How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game in 1984

    October 28, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C. 's self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was the first time that real hip-hop was pressed to vinyl.  Most rap…

  2. John Frusciante Q&A: On His Electronic Evolution and Why He's Done With Rock Bands

    August 19, 2013 3:15 PM EDT In an exclusive interview, Frusciante talks about his new EP of abstract electronic music, why he left the Chili Peppers and the "funnest musical collaboration I've ever had with anybody in my life" Guitarist John Frusciante, absent from the stage since quitting Red Hot Chili…

  3. Carrie Underwood Builds An Uncertain Future On Classic Past

    August 07, 2013 4:16 PM EDT "I'm too proud to drop keys," says country superstar as she prepares to release "The Blown Away Tour: Live" DVD A blonde country singer in her late 20s sits nearly motionless, knees crossed while she belts out a from-the-gut power ballad. If you closed your eyes,…

  4. Marty Stuart Releases Churning, Twang-Filled 'Woodpile'

    April 20, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Forty years ago this fall, Marty Stuart rode a Greyhound to Nashville from the streets of Philadelphia -- Mississippi. His intention was to visit with Roland White, the mandolin player for Lester Flatt. Stuart had no idea that he would be offered a job playing in the Nashville Grass. All…

  5. Keith Urban: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 05, 2010 1:15 PM EDT May 3 presented a very strange mix of events in the life of Keith Urban . Capitol released his cheery single, "I'm In," to country radio stations. He planned to start recording a new album. And then the Cumberland River and a network of creeks began to overflow their banks. It…

  6. May 28, 2009

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Tony Ashton of Deep Purple dies of cancer at his home in London at the age of 55. 1983 – Van Halen receives the highest fee to date for a concert performance ($1 million) to perform at the second US Festival in California. 1978 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late…

  7. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" goes straight to 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th…

  8. This Day in Music

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Southern rock vocalist Danny Joe Brown dies of complications from diabetes at his home in Florida. He is 53. A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Brown was best known for his work with Molly Hatchet, 2005 - Southern rock vocalist Danny Joe Brown dies of complications from diabetes at his home…

  9. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" goes straight to 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th…

  10. This Day in Music

    March 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Southern rock vocalist Danny Joe Brown dies of complications from diabetes at his home in Florida. He is 53. A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Brown was best known for his work with Molly Hatchet, 2005 - Southern rock vocalist Danny Joe Brown dies of complications from diabetes at his home…

  11. Ennio Morricone / Feb. 3, 2007 / New York (Radio City Music Hall)

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Since 1961, Ennio Morricone has scored, by some counts, over 400 films, with many of his works considered iconic. And yet somehow the legendary Italian composer has never won an Oscar. This year, with Since 1961, Ennio Morricone has scored, by some counts, over 400 films, with many of his…

  12. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Producer Phil Spector pleads not guilty in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector is formally charged with one count of murder by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.< 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her…

  13. This Day in Music

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2004 - </b>Randy Travis escapes a bus accident in Lakeville, Pa., without serious injury. The country act, his wife/manager Elizabeth Travis and tour manager Jeff Davis are traveling along Rt. 590 2005 - Southern rock vocalist Danny Joe Brown dies of complications from diabetes…

  14. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and Brian McKnight are among the performers who take part in the third annual "Soul Train" Christmas Starfest at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Auditorium. 2003 - 50 Cent scores three awards at the inaugural Vibe Awards in…

  15. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Country chanteuse Deana Carter releases her first holiday album, "Father Christmas," on her own Deanatone Records. 2001 - Country chanteuse Deana Carter releases her first holiday album, "Father Christmas," on her own Deanatone Records. 2000 -…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2002 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Country chanteuse Deana Carter releases her first holiday album, ""Father Christmas,"" on her own Deanatone Records. 2001 - Country chanteuse Deana Carter releases her first holiday album, ""Father Christmas,"" on her own…

  17. Lone Cannibal Gift Plans Solo Release

    August 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Next spring will bring the debut solo album from Roland Gift, former frontman of 1980s U.K. pop act Fine Young Cannibals. The self-titled album, due out via MCA, was produced by David Z (FYC, Jody Wat Next spring will bring the debut solo album from Roland Gift, former frontman of 1980s U.K.…