1. Frankie Knuckles, House Music Legend, Dies at 59

    April 01, 2014 1:00 AM EDT Frankie Knuckles, the DJ and producer widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” has reportedly died due to complications with diabetes. He was 59.  Award-winning Chicago DJ Vince Lawrence is among those paying tribute. “A legend has fallen. All hail Frankie Knuckles an inspiration to us…

  2. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  3. Shakira and Blake Shelton to Duet at ACM Awards

    March 31, 2014 3:48 PM EDT The Band Perry will open Sunday's ACM Awards, Shakira and Blake Shelton will perform "Medicine" and George Strait will make an announcement about the show's 50th anniversary celebration on the CBS telecast from Las Vegas. Executive producer R.A. Clark said the Shakira…

  4. SFX Chief Robert Sillerman Tops 'Power 50' Dance Music Poll

    March 31, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Robert Sillerman’s rollercoaster March has climaxed with the SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO topping a poll which ranks the “most powerful” people in dance music.  Sillerman is No. 1 on dance music title inthemix’ second annual “Power 50“ list , nudging out 2013's leader Pasquale…

  5. Tribeca Film Festival: Music Docs Spotlight Nas, Bjork, James Brown + More

    March 28, 2014 9:51 AM EDT The Tribeca Film Festival has added music documentaries on James Brown and Bjork along with post-screening performances from rapper Nas, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and a tribute to jazz trumpeter Clark Terry featuring Quincy Jones, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, singer Dianne Reeves, pianist…

  6. Mickey Gilley Back on Stage Five Years After a Fall: 'I Couldn't Move. I Was Scared to Death'

    March 27, 2014 6:32 PM EDT Last Friday was a big night in the career of Mickey Gilley. The veteran performer hit the stage in Claremore, Oklahoma. It was the first date that Gilley has played on the road in five years – a time span that was traumatic for the Louisiana native. "On July 5, 2009, I fell, and was…

  7. Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Outkast to Play Milwaukee's Summerfest 2014

    March 26, 2014 7:19 PM EDT A slew of other acts from virtually every genre imaginable will populate the massive, 11-day fest Billed as the "World's Largest Music Festival," Milwaukee's Summerfest has announced its massive 2014 lineup. Spread over 11 days, Summerfest features daily headliners (who…

  8. Michael McDonald Talks Doobie Brothers' Country Album: 'It's Like Old Times'

    March 25, 2014 10:34 AM EDT Country A-listers lead busy lives, and when the Doobie Brothers decamped to Nashville to cut a star-studded album featuring twanged-up versions of their classic hits, they found themselves playing "musical chairs" with their high-profile collaborators. That's according to…

  9. Allman Brothers Postpone More Dates Due to Gregg Allman's Bronchitis

    March 24, 2014 3:16 PM EDT UPDATE: The Allman Brothers Band announced Monday that they will postpone the remaining four dates at the Beacon Theatre as Gregg Allman recovers from bronchitis. "The Allman Brothers Band announced the postponement of the remaining four Beacon Theatre performances on March 25, March 26…

  10. Westboro Protesters Receive Condolences Outside Lorde Concert: 'Sorry for Your Loss'

    March 24, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Westboro Baptist Church protesters took to Kansas City to picket Lorde's concert at the Midland Theater on Friday night, staging their first protest since the death of their founder, Fred Phelps, on Wednesday. According to a previous statement , the church objects to the New Zealand …

  11. St. Vincent Delivers 'Groove Element' at Grammy Museum Show, Q&A

    March 21, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Rarely does a Grammy Museum presentation of a Q&A and a performance feel like two different people are contained within a single person. Thursday night, Annie Clark eloquently and gracefully explained her history and art, creative process, upbringing in Dallas and the influence of…

  12. Merle Haggard Tribute Album Gets Release Date

    March 20, 2014 11:47 PM EDT Broken Bow Records -- a label that has gained a reputation in Music City for their unique and trend setting ways of doing things -- will soon be paying tribute to a country music legend who has done things in his own trailblazing way for over five decades, Merle Haggard. On April 1, the label…

  13. Terri Clark Enlists Fans' Help for New Album

    March 20, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Veteran country hitmaker Terri Clark is working on a brand new album – one that teams her with one of Nashville's top producers, Michael Knox. "I've known him for a long time," she told Billboard of the man behind the glass on hits by acts such as Jason Aldean and…

  14. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  15. Buckwheat Groats Drops NSFW Video Praising Tom Hanks: Watch

    March 19, 2014 9:14 PM EDT We may never have asked for a rap song praising Tom Hanks, but life is but a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get. Yesterday (March 18), rap duo Buckwheat Groats filled the hole in our lives we didn't even know existed with "Tom Hanks," its new music…

  16. SXSW 2014: A Look Back at the Fest's Top Films

    March 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Credit the last two editions of the South By Southwest Film Festival with raising the bar on music documentaries, screening the Oscar winners "Searching for Sugar Man" and "20 Feet From Stardom" early in their film festival travels. But it also offered homes for "…

  17. ACM Awards Lineup: Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks Added

    March 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Country stars Eric Church, Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum with special guest Stevie Nicks have been added to the performers lineup at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions made…

  18. Def Jam Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 2 Chainz and Pusha T Rocking, Kanye West Watching

    March 12, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a star-studded showcase, which included performances by 2 Chainz, Pusha T, YG, and a host of top picks from the Def Jam Roster. 
 The event, which took place at Stubbs BBQ, was sponsored by web hosting companyMedia Temple and…

  19. SXSW: The New Rules of South By Southwest

    March 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT South by Southwest is the prime environment for a condition known as FOMO -- fear of missing out -- to spread like the incurable contagion that it is. But take it from the old school: In five years, or as many months, that secret set from the fest's rapper-du-jour on the edge of town won…

  20. Sara Evans Reveals Major Collaborators for New Release 'Slow Me Down'

    March 07, 2014 8:11 PM EST Gavin DeGraw, Vince Gill, the Fray's Isaac Slade among album's featured guests Sara Evans has been counting down the days, and now she’s down to four.  On Tuesday (March 11), the songstress will release her seventh RCA studio album "Slow Me Down." Billboard has traced…

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