1. 'Rising Star' Recap: Lessons In Humility Dished Out as Duel Round Continues

    July 21, 2014 5:18 AM EDT In cloudy, smoke monster letters, "Rising Star" informs us that each of the contestants tonight are getting the chance to, “Write. Their. Future.” And what an odd future "Rising Star" writes for itself from week to week. After some annoyance regarding the judges’ 7% votes…

  2. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  3. Beyoncé Leads MTV VMAs With 8 Nominations

    July 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Beyoncé has received eight nominations for the 2014 MTV VMAs, including a nod for Video of the Year for "Drunk In Love" with her husband Jay Z, as well as Best Female and Best Choreography for “Partition.” “Drunk in Love” is also up for Best Collaboration. Eminem and Iggy Azalea…

  4. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Victorious On Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    July 14, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The pair adds to its multi-format domination with its debut hit, Plus, notable chart action for Bingo Players, the Black Keys, Joe Nichols, Florida Georgia Line and Elvis Crespo Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  5. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  6. 'Rising Star' Recap: Kesha Brings the Whimsy As Duel Round Kicks Off

    July 14, 2014 6:26 AM EDT What’s the saying—every party has a pooper, and every reality singing competition has a frontrunner? (Something like that.) It seems Rising Star’s frontrunner is Jesse Kinch, and this party’s pooper is the judges' voting power in the Duel rounds. That these “duels” are actually two side…

  7. Tommy Ramone’s Death: The Music World Reacts on Twitter

    July 12, 2014 10:58 AM EDT As news broke of Ramones drummer and last surviving founding member Tommy Ramone’s death on Friday at the age of 65, the music world paid tribute via social media. Tommy Ramone, Ramones Drummer, Dies at 65 Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas in 1949, formed the Ramones with singer Jeffrey…

  8. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  9. New Kids on the Block Party Plane: The 10 Greatest Moments From Onboard

    July 10, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Donnie Wahlberg loves him a Bloody Mary and any chance to get on an intercom. Joey McIntyre enjoys belting out songs from "The Lion King" and, of course, fedoras. Jonathan Knight is kind of a pro at distributing inflight snacks, his brother Jordan can give one hell of an airline…

  10. 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…

  11. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  12. Australia’s Big Day Out Fest Canceled for 2015, Owners Promise ‘We Will Be Back’

    June 26, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Australia’s once mighty Big Day Out has been scrapped for 2015. But its new sole owners, the U.S. live event promoters C3 Presents, insist it’ll return in future in some configuration.  Execs at Austin, Texas-based C3, which produces Lollapalooza, say BDO will take a year off to rejig the…

  13. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  14. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  15. Woody Guthrie Home Restoration Project In Trouble Over Financial Dispute

    June 20, 2014 3:00 AM EDT A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy. The spat, an ironic turn considering Guthrie's songs that railed against greed, began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood…

  16. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake Among Initial 'Teen Choice 2014' Nominees

    June 17, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, One Direction and Beyoncé are among the first round of nominees for the "Teen Choice 2014" awards, which will air live on Fox August 10.  The celebration of teen icons includes celebrities across entertainment realms including music, movies,…

  17. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  18. Wade Hayes Shares Good News on Cancer Fight, Begins Work on New Album

    June 13, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Wade Hayes was still barely a newcomer on the charts when he filmed the video for his third single, "Don't Stop," back in the spring of 1995. Though he had made videos for his prior two singles – this one was a little different. The clip required some flirtatious scenes with an…

  19. World Cup Brazil: Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull Perform at Opening Ceremony (Video)

    June 12, 2014 3:41 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez sambaed on the stage of the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil Thursday afternoon (June 12), accompanying Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte during a performance of the official song "We Are One." Leitte, a star in Brazil,…

  20. Bonnaroo's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See) 

    June 11, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Frank Ocean or Flaming Lips? Zedd or Lauryn Hill? Here are the most painful set overlaps, and which artist to see. Picture this: it's Friday night at Bonnaroo. The daytime heat has broken and you just filled your stomach with something from a nearby food truck that's healthy,…

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