1. Green Day's Mike Dirnt to Produce Indie Film 'Crickets'

    July 09, 2014 11:29 PM EDT Mike Dirnt is best known as the bassist of popular punk rock group Green Day, but now he's stepping into a new role: movie producer. Dirnt, along with Green Day's longtime manager Pat Magnarella, will produce Crickets from a script by Alfredo Botello. The story, by Botello and Jack…

  2. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  3. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  4. 'True Blood' To Live On in Musical Form

    June 19, 2014 1:47 AM EDT Like the vampires it portrays, "True Blood" won't seem to die. Even if it means breaking out in song. After the final scene of the upcoming final season of "True Blood," fans may be able to take another fresh bite out of the HBO vampire drama. In the works: "…

  5. Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star

    June 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Stephen Trask is adamant. "It's not stunt casting!" the composer affirms over and over about bringing the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to Broadway with headliner Neil Patrick Harris. "There are plenty of people that if we just wanted to do stunt casting, we could…

  6. Christina Perri 'Head or Heart' Video Q&A: Turning Heartbreak Into Hit Ballads

    May 30, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Christina Perri is pop music's queen of romance. Her seething 2010 breakout single "Jar of Hearts," which hit No. 17 on the Hot 100, dove into love's bitter lows. "A Thousand Years," which has sold 3.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, after being…

  7. Anatomy Of A Hit: 'Turn Down For What'

    May 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT How an unknown French DJ, a rapper without a recent hit and their team took a song with just 12 words to the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 How has DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" ruled Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for seven weeks running and…

  8. Disney Channel Greenlights 'Teen Beach Movie' Sequel

    April 27, 2014 1:41 PM EDT After months of speculation, the cable network officially orders a follow-up to last summer's hit with the original stars returning. The wait is over. After nearly a year of speculation, Disney Channel is officially moving forward with the “Teen Beach Movie” sequel. Production will begin…

  9. ZZ Ward Premiere: Watch 'Last Love Song' Music Video

    April 24, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Watch the official visual for Ward's latest single, to be used in a new promo for "Pretty Little Liars." "Last Love Song," a highlight from pop-rock singer-songwriter ZZ Ward's 2012 debut album "Til the Casket Drops," has been tapped to appear…

  10. 'Divergent' Soundtrack: Ellie Goulding Adds Three Songs as Young-Adult Music Shifts

    March 21, 2014 3:50 PM EDT "Divergent" isn't just the third young-adult franchise to be adapted for the big screen by Summit/Lionsgate, following "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games." It's also the recently merged studio's latest bid to create an equally lucrative soundtrack…

  11. De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 03, 2014 10:20 AM EST Twenty-five years ago today (March 3), De La Soul's seminal debut LP, "3 Feet High and Rising," was released. Widely-regarded as one of the best records of its era, and now almost universally praised, it's among the finest projects spawned by the Native Tongue…

  12. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  13. New Lykke Li Album Could Drop This Year

    January 17, 2014 9:17 PM EST Singer tells NME a failed romantic relationship informed much of its lyrics Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li will be back this year with her first album in three years, NME reports . Li, who broke into the mainstream with 2008's "Youth Novels" and a spot on the "Twilight…

  14. Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne Blast Off on 'Backpack': Listen

    December 23, 2013 12:18 PM EST Justin Bieber's full collection of "Journals" has arrived on iTunes as of Monday (Dec. 23), with the 10 songs included from the pop superstar's 'Music Mondays' release series as well as five new goodies for Beliebers. One of those new tracks is "Backpack,…

  15. Stevie Nicks On 'In Your Dreams' Film, Christine McVie's Fleetwood Mac Return?

    December 07, 2013 2:15 PM EST "The year of making ('In Your Dreams') was the best year of my life," says rock legend Stevie Nicks in her documentary of the same name. The film, which was released to home video on Dec. 3, captures the writing and recording of Nicks' most recent studio album.…

  16. Jay Z Releases Second Barneys Letter

    November 15, 2013 9:30 PM EST In the continuing saga of Barneys' alleged racial profiling scandal, Jay Z has released a second statement concerning his continued partnership with the company. On Life + Times , the rapper continued to defend his partnership with the high end retailer. "While I await the…

  17. Eminem Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Celine Dion and Avril Lavigne in Top Five

    November 13, 2013 11:00 AM EST As reported yesterday , Eminem makes a splash at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new album "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" debuts atop the list with 792,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the second-largest sales week of the year, behind only the arrival of…

  18. The Who's 'Tommy': Premiere of 'Overture' Live With an Intro From Pete Townshend

    November 08, 2013 10:12 AM EST Roger Daltrey talks about the new deluxe edition of "Tommy," which includes a "bootleg" disc of the album performed live The Who's Roger Daltrey notes that the group's 1969 rock opera "Tommy" seems to rear its head every four or five years for some…

  19. Britney Spears' Manager Larry Rudolph on Vegas Residency Ticket Sales, Lip-Syncing and New Album (Exclusive)

    September 26, 2013 9:07 AM EDT "It's a new chapter in the Britney Spears saga," says her manager Larry Rudolph, who's standing outside of a rehearsal studio at CenterStaging in Burbank, Calif.  It's a typically sunny Los Angeles morning and dozens of scantily clad dancers have flocked to…

  20. Peter Hook On the Rediscovered Joy Division & New Order Tapes: 'There Is No Happy Ending'

    September 09, 2013 5:03 AM EDT When news surfaced that a treasure trove of master tapes and studio outtakes from Joy Division, New Order and other seminal post-punk bands had been rescued from a trash heap and put on the market, music fans the world over hoped that Peter Hook would bring the rarities to safety. But in an…

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