1. Pharrell & Soundgarden Kick Off NFL Opener

    September 04, 2014 8:23 PM EDT 'Happy' singer & hometown heroes play outside Seattle's stadium before Seahawks-Packers game. While the crowd outside Seattle's CenturyLink Field was already plenty excited for the season's first NFL game -- between their Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers --…

  2. Waylon Jennings' Collectibles to be Sold at Auction, Including Buddy Holly's Motorcycle & Willie Nelson's Hair

    September 04, 2014 7:42 PM EDT A collection of outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings ' belongings will go on public auction this fall, including a rare 1958 motorcycle originally owned by Buddy Holly and locks of Willie Nelson 's braided hair. Waylon Jennings' Widow Talks 'Last Recordings' &…

  3. U2 Not Launching a New iPhone, But A New Album?

    September 04, 2014 6:29 PM EDT As rumors began swirling -- and later denied by the band themselves -- that U2 would be debuting its next album on the soon-to-launch iPhone 6, signs are still looking favorable that the long-anticipated project could still arrive sometime this fall. As Interscope chairman John Janick…

  4. VMAs Fuel Social Gains for Miley Cyrus -- Again

    September 04, 2014 6:14 PM EDT For the second year in a row following the MTV Video Music Awards , Miley Cyrus rises to No. 2 on the Social 50 chart -- this time by trading twerking for social advocacy. Cyrus vaults 5-2 on the chart with a 67 percent gain in overall chart points, fueled by fan engagement on Instagram and…

  5. Pretty Reckless Only Female-Fronted Band to Top Mainstream Rock With First 2 Hits

    September 04, 2014 6:04 PM EDT The Taylor Momsen-fronted group tops Mainstream Rock Songs for a second time. Plus, chart action from The New Pornographers, Hozier & Slipknot. As the Pretty Reckless ' "Messed Up World" hops 4-1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart dated Sept. 13, the group becomes…

  6. Must-Hear Music Podcast: New Songs From Kendrick, Jessie Ware, TV on the Radio & More

    September 04, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Maybe it's because the summer is coming to a close, but this week's Must-Hear Music Podcast happens to spotlight a few melancholy gems courtesy of Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O, startling newcomer Nick Hakim and others. But it's not all weepy bedroom balladry -- the…

  7. Late Latin Icon Gustavo Cerati: 10 Essential Tracks

    September 04, 2014 5:37 PM EDT A prolific musician, Gustavo Cerati had many incarnations: as founding member of Soda Stereo , as a soloist, as a producer and collaborator, and always, as a singer/songwriter of forceful but eminently melodic songs that became the soundtrack of generations. Cerati died Thursday (Sept. 4),…

  8. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  9. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  10. Brothers Osborne Talk 'Rum,' Growing Up Musical & Opening for Eric Church

    September 04, 2014 4:59 PM EDT With their self-titled debut EP dropping Sept. 9 and "Rum" climbing the Billboard Country Songs chart, newcomers Brothers Osborne are sporting smiles these days. "To work so long on the music and to finally have something that people can listen to is great," T.J. Osborne…

  11. Beyonce & Jay Z Sell Out Stadium Tour

    September 04, 2014 4:13 PM EDT Beyonce and Jay Z land atop the Hot Tours chart, having wrapped the North American leg of their On the Run tour that played stadiums in 16 markets during a six-week span in the summer. Box office grosses totaled $96 million from ticket sales reported by tour promoter Live Nation for 19 sold…

  12. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  13. Latin Rock Icon Gustavo Cerati Dead at 55

    September 04, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Millions of fans mourn the loss of Latin America’s most emblematic rock star and one of the region's most celebrated artists of all time. Gustavo Cerati , the front man of the legendary Argentine pop-rock group Soda Stereo , who went on to a brilliant but too short solo career, has died.…

  14. The 10 Best NFL Fight Songs

    September 04, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Professional football finally returns on Thursday night (Sept. 4) when the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers square off in the first game of the regular season. Football season means that the weather is getting cooler, school is back in session, and of course, it's time to shout…

  15. New Web Series 'True Trans' Features Laura Jane Grace From Against Me!

    September 04, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Laura Jane Grace , the frontwoman of the band Against Me! and one of the most visible transgender figures in music, will appear in a new web series coming to AOL in October. The series, True Trans , which takes its title from the Against Me! song " True Trans Soul Rebel ," features…

  16. SOJA and the American Reggae Movement: D.C. Band Makes 'Noise' With Highest Debut

    September 04, 2014 1:22 PM EDT "I wanted to be Bob Marley since the first time I saw a picture of him and I still do; what I mean by that is conscious music needs to have a spotlight on it and he did that bigger than anyone who ever lived," explained Jacob Hemphill , lead singer/songwriter of the Washington D.C.…

  17. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  18. Led Zeppelin Drops Unreleased 'Black Dog' Take From 'IV' Reissue

    September 04, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Led Zeppelin freaks will have a bounty of goodies on their hands when the band re-releases classic albums Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy on Oct. 28. But ahead of that release date, fans can get a taste of the rarities that will accompany each album -- for instance, here's an…

  19. Jack White Offered to Produce The Libertines Reunion Album

    September 04, 2014 10:15 AM EDT When The Libertines reunited in London's Hyde Park this past summer, the 65,000-strong crowd freaked out to the point where 38 fans were injured and eight hospitalized . Clearly, fervor over the beleaguered British rockers hasn't subsided since they first called it quits in 2004.…

  20. Take That's Gary Barlow Vows to Settle U.K. Tax Issues

    September 04, 2014 3:30 AM EDT British music star Gary Barlow , known as a member of Take That and as a solo performer, has said on Twitter that he is working on settling U.K. tax issues. British media earlier this year reported that such stars as Barlow, Michael Caine, George Michael, David Beckham and others had…

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