1. ‘Divergent’ Star Miles Teller Talks Returning to His First Love -- Music -- in New Movie ‘Whiplash’

    September 30, 2014 5:23 PM EDT After dancing, fighting and crying in Footloose , Divergent and The Spectacular Now , respectively, actor Miles Teller is tapping into his high school band roots. The 27-year-old Floridian, who started drumming when he was 15, playing "bad rock'n'roll," puts his skills…

  2. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music

    September 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT After embracing 80’s tunes on their last album, 1D is back with another killer single. Will casual fans care that One Direction is no longer a pop band? When all is said and done, what will One Direction 's legacy be? Surely the U.K. quintet will be remembered as one of the biggest boy…

  3. Alabama Talk 'Angels Among Us,' Devastating Tornadoes & Church Classics

    September 29, 2014 9:52 PM EDT One of the most powerful tracks on Alabama 's new Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition is the moving "Raising Alabama," a song that lead singer Randy Owen is one of their most personal. Alabama Gets More Love With 'High Cotton' Tribute "…

  4. Tracy Morgan Wasn't Wearing a Seatbelt in Crash, Walmart Says

    September 29, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Walmart truck on a highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday (Sept. 29). Tracy Morgan Still Struggling After Crash The filing was made in federal court in…

  5. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  6. Wynton Marsalis To Christen St. Louis Jazz Center

    September 27, 2014 6:13 PM EDT ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will help christen a new St. Louis jazz center that organizers hope will serve as a venue worthy of the genre's top acts while inspiring the next generation of jazz greats from an area that has produced Miles Davis, Clark Terry and David…

  7. 'Whiplash': J.K. Simmons, Damien Chazelle on Whether Torment Leads to Talent

    September 27, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them," J.K. Simmons tells Miles Teller at one point in Whiplash , the film festival favorite that follows aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman who is berated by his performing arts professor, Terence Fletcher. But even if…

  8. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  9. Code Picks of the Week: Kaskade vs. Patric la Funk & DBN, Dimond Saints & More

    September 26, 2014 5:49 PM EDT Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Kaskade vs. Patric la Funk & DBN, “Please Say Quick Quack” [Audio Arkade] Largely owing to popular demand, this much-heralded mash-up from…

  10. 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…

  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. Who Would Play You in a Biopic? Macklemore, One Direction & More Make The Casting Call

    September 26, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Watch Iggy Azalea, Ed Sheeran, Paramore and more sound off on who should portray them in their big-screen stories. Music biopics have recently come back into vogue, with the James Brown saga of Get On Up released in August and the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side showing a new…

  13. In Honor of One-Hit Wonder Day, Check Out Some of Our Favorites

    September 25, 2014 6:15 PM EDT What do "Baby Got Back," "I Can't Wait," and "Stacy's Mom" have in common? They're all one-hit wonders. In honor of "One-Hit Wonder Day," Billboard staff each selected their favorite track that qualifies -- loosely -- as a one-hit…

  14. Music Business 101: Schools Where You Can Learn About the Industry

    September 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT A growing number of colleges, universities and other educational institutions are giving students the opportunity to learn about the music business with hands-on experience and classes taught by teachers from the industry. And those schools are increasingly responding to the changes…

  15. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  16. KCRW Online Station Eclectic24 Finds a Home in Santa Barbara

    September 16, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Santa Monica, Calif., public radio station KCRW has landed a terrestrial home in Santa Barbara for its online Eclectic24 . Jason Bentley Talks About His 5 Years as KCRW Music Director The all-music station began broadcasting Sept. 15 at 106.9 FM in Santa Barbara, about 90 miles north of KCRW&…

  17. Robert Christgau: Iggy Azalea's 'New Classic' Is Plenty Authentic -- and Damn Good to Boot

    September 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Iggy Azalea 'New Classic' Review, Robert Christgau I come not to remind you, in case it's somehow slipped your mind, that Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea is the first artist to place his, her or their first Hot 100 singles at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously since the damn…

  18. Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies at 75

    September 13, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Joe Sample, a jazz pianist who had a successful solo career and also performed with numerous high-profile musicians, died Friday in Houston. He was 75. The news was announced on Sample's Facebook page, although the cause of death was not mentioned. Variety had previously reported the…

  19. Primal Scream's Robert 'Throb' Young Dies at 49

    September 11, 2014 5:08 PM EDT The guitarist was with the band from 1984 until 2006. Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert "Throb" Young was found dead at age 49 in his home in England on Tuesday, The Guardian reports. His cause of death has yet to be determined. Primal Scream Turns Up 'Heat' on North…

  20. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

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