1. Seth MacFarlane on Playing It Straight for His New ‘Holiday for Swing’ Album

    August 26, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Seth MacFarlane may be famous for creating irreverent comedies like Family Guy and  Ted , but he takes crooning very seriously.  Holiday For Swing , his Christmas-themed follow-up to 2011's Grammy-nominated  Music Is Better Than Words (due this fall via Republic Records), finds him…

  2. Rock Duo Death From Above 1979: Being in a Band Together ‘Is No Longer Repulsive’

    August 26, 2014 3:52 PM EDT For most bands, an eight-year break would be career-ending. But for Death From Above 1979 , it was a long, much-needed breath of fresh air. The Toronto rock duo, consisting of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler , blew minds and eardrums in 2004 with their brand of fierce dance-punk,…

  3. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  4. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  5. Chinese Bear Bile Farms' New Nemesis: Former Guns N' Roses Drummer Matt Sorum

    August 26, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Drummer and animal rights activist Matt Sorum has taken up the cause of bears who've suffered years of abuse in Chinese bile farms. The former Guns N' Roses rocker, who now fronts the solo project Fierce Joy , teamed with Animals Asia to adopt a moon bear named Phoenix, whose bile…

  6. VMAs Ratings Down Despite Blue Ivy Surprise

    August 26, 2014 12:02 PM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards was the most-watched show on television Sunday, pulling in 8.3 million total viewers, down 18 percent from the 10.1 million viewers who tuned in last year. Based on Nielsen numbers, the original broadcast had 10.3 million viewers tuning in on MTV, MTV2, VH1…

  7. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state…

  8. Tumbleweed Bassist Jay Curley Dead at 42

    August 26, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Curley played bass in the Australia-based “stoner rock” band, which once opened for Nirvana. Jay Curley , bassist for the Australia-based alternative rock band Tumbleweed , has died, according to a post on the band’s official web site. He was 42. Tumbleweed broke the news on Tuesday morning.…

  9. Tribune Company Names John Batter New Gracenote CEO, Plans 'Aggressive' Expansion

    August 26, 2014 8:16 AM EDT Tribune Media Company has named John Batter as the new chief executive of Gracenote, a provider of audio and video metadata and recognition services, as well as executive vice president at Tribune Media. Interim chief executive Shashi Seth , who also had the role of president at Tribune…

  10. Slipknot Reveal Details of New Album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’

    August 26, 2014 6:39 AM EDT Slipknot fans, the long wait is nearly over. The metal band’s fifth studio album -- their first in more than six years -- will be released Oct. 21 on Roadrunner Records. Titled 5: The Gray Chapter, the new set is Slipknot's first since 2008's "All Hope is Gone,” which reached…

  11. Parents Television Council Still Not Happy With ‘Toned Down’ MTV VMAs

    August 26, 2014 4:13 AM EDT After the Parents Television Council urged MTV to avoid a repeat of last year's twerk-heavy Miley Cyrus performance at this year's Video Music Awards , the family-values watchdog group seemed mostly pleased with Sunday night's less explicit content. "MTV seemed to have…

  12. How Jesse Kinch Won ‘Rising Star’

    August 26, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Four contestants braved the intimidating "Wall" of viewer votes on the season finale of Rising Star on Sunday night, but only one emerged victorious — 20-year-old rocker Jesse Kinch was named the series inaugural champion over worship leader Austin French , soulful crooner Dana…

  13. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  14. Watch 'Weird Al' Yankovic Add Lyrics to TV Theme Songs at 2014 Emmys

    August 25, 2014 9:50 PM EDT 'Type, George, type as fast as you can,' Al sings over the 'Game of Thrones' theme. Ever wonder what happened to all the TV theme songs that explained exactly what the show was about? Well, "Weird Al" Yankovic has you covered. 2014 Emmys: The Best Music One…

  15. 2014 Emmys: The Best Music One-Liners

    August 25, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Host Seth Meyers & presenter Jimmy Kimmel crack jokes about Beyonce, Justin Bieber & more. While Sunday night was about music with the VMAs and Monday night (Aug. 25) is all about TV with the Emmys, sometimes the two worlds blend together. Lena Dunham's Emmy Dress Is Very fun.…

  16. Angela Bassett Talks Whitney Houston Biopic on Emmys Red Carpet: 'Controversy Can Be Good'

    August 25, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Angela Bassett thinks her work on the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic is going smoothly. On the red carpet of the 2014 Emmys during NBC's pre-show, Bassett was asked about the controversy surrounding the Lifetime movie. Whtiney Houston's Mom Blasts Biopic "It felt like it was…

  17. Burning Man Delayed by Rare Rains, Mud

    August 25, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday (Aug. 25) after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno. Listen to Rob Garza's Burning Man Playlist Standing water…

  18. Artists Race to Beat the Grammy Nomination Clock

    August 25, 2014 5:39 PM EDT Every autumn, a handful of artists scramble to release albums before the Grammy deadline, which this year falls on Sept. 30. Leonard Cohen , Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett will sneak in under the wire, and rumors swirl that Kanye West could drop new material before October…

  19. MTV VMAs 2014: Check Out The Top Twitter Topics

    August 25, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Miley Cyrus ' Wrecking Ball struck again at the VMAs.  Twitter has released the data from the time during Sunday's ceremony, and it's no surprise the awards show was a big talking -- and tweeting -- point. According to @NielsenSocial, there were 12.6 million tweets in the U.S…

  20. How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be

    August 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT Viacom president says Bey was 'obvious choice' to receive Video Vanguard Award, giving her 16 minutes of air time to shut down the rumor mill. If there was any lingering suspicion about the health of Jay Z and Beyonce 's seven-year-old marriage, the couple put it to bed with a…

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