1. Sergio Mendes & will.i.am Make 'Magic' on New Album: A Joint Q&A

    September 12, 2014 3:10 PM EDT As a 17-year-old, will.i.am fell in love with the music of Sergio Mendes after a fellow crate-digger turned him on to Equinox , Mendes' 1967 album with the Brazil 66. That appreciation led to the Black Eyed Peas leader buying all of Mendes' albums, tapping the pianist to play on the…

  2. Joan Manuel Serrat to Be Honored as Latin Grammy Person of the Year

    September 09, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Spanish singer/songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat has been named the 2014 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and will be celebrated during a gala on Nov. 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Barcelona-born Serrat started playing music as a teen as he learned the craft both as…

  3. International Radio Festival to Feature Live Broadcasts, Pirate Radio Icon Tony Prince

    August 11, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Radio stations from Great Britain, Dubai, Germany and elsewhere will converge on Switzerland's capital later this month for the International Radio Festival. The event's fifth edition runs Aug. 21-Sept. 7 and is set take over Zurich's Kaufleuten Club, where music fans will get…

  4. Rhapsody Revenues Rise in Second Quarter

    August 08, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Rhapsody hasn't made its music subscription service profitable, but it's definitely growing. Revenues grew 22.3 percent to $42.4 million in the second quarter, according to figures detailed in the latest earnings release from RealNetworks, which owned about 45 percent of Rhapsody at…

  5. Rhapsody Tops 2 Million Global Subscribers

    July 29, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Rhapsody International, working to stay relevant in a crowded market, announced Tuesday (July 29) it has surpassed 2 million global subscribers to its music streaming services. Rhapsody offers an on-demand music subscription service under the brands Rhapsody and Napster. Included in the…

  6. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  7. Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel Join Brian Wilson in the Studio

    July 19, 2014 3:27 PM EDT A onetime Beach Boy returns to his girl-group roots for a new album. Since the untimely end to the Beach Boys' last tour after longtime nemesis Mike Love pulled the plug, Brian Wilson is back in the studio working on a new studio album, slated for release in the fall by Capitol Records.…

  8. Latin Grammy Academy Honoring Willy Chirino, Los Lobos and Others

    July 01, 2014 7:27 AM EDT Cuban singer/songwriter Willy Chirino, Chicano rock band Los Lobos and Argentinean songstress/actress Valeria Lynch are among the honorees receiving special lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy.   The special awards will be given during Latin Grammy week on Nov. 19, a…

  9. Jennifer Lopez Won't Perform In World Cup Opener In Brazil

    June 08, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez won't perform the World Cup's official song alongside fellow artists Pitbull and Claudia Leitte during the tournament's opening ceremony in Brazil, FIFA officials said Sunday. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On? Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a…

  10. Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a Flop?

    May 25, 2014 6:12 PM EDT The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord - the wrong one with many in host country Brazil. Since the recent release of FIFA's "We Are One (Ole Ola)," hordes of fans in Brazil have been slamming the official 2014 Cup theme. Many expressed their…

  11. Thievery Corporation, Zedd Zoom On Dance Charts

    April 10, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Thievery Corporation debuts its first album in nearly three years, as "Saudade" enters Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 2 with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Featuring songs from five guest vocalists, the album's unique brand of…

  12. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  13. Flamenco Great Paco de Lucia Dead at 66

    February 26, 2014 9:26 AM EST Paco de Lucía, the man whose name was synonymous with flamenco guitar and who popularized the music worldwide with his mix of virtuosity and accessible melodies, died of a reported heart attack this morning near the Mexican resort city of Cancún. De Lucía was 66. According to published…

  14. Controversial Mini-Series Puts INXS Back on Top in Australia

    February 17, 2014 1:42 AM EST INXS are the hottest thing in Australia, again.  The homegrown hitmakers opened at No. 1 on the latest ARIA albums chart and have three in the top 20 and a swag of re-entries to the singles chart, thanks largely to the power of the small screen. INXS' “The Very Best” compilation opened…

  15. K-Pop Hot 100: IU Hits No. 1 With 'Friday,' Ties Chart Record

    December 30, 2013 6:30 PM EST Chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring TVXQ!, Brown Eyed Soul, Super Junior, SISTAR, Busker Busker The lead single from the repackage version of IU's impressive "Modern Times" album , the bouncy "Friday," debuts at No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100 --…

  16. Jake Owen Rolls the Dice With 'Days of Gold'

    December 03, 2013 1:30 PM EST "I think that as an artist, sometimes for you to grow, you have to take those risks rather than put out the same song each time" Jake Owen has taken his share of risks over the past few years. His last album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," firmly established him as one of the…

  17. Dick Dodd, Drummer for the Standells, Dies at 68

    December 02, 2013 5:07 AM EST Dick Dodd, a Mouseketeer who went on to become a member of the Standells, the garage rock pioneers who recorded the Boston sports anthem "Dirty Water," has died. He was 68. Dodd, who also sang and played drums with the surf band the Bel-Airs (the 1961 instrumental "Mr. Moto…

  18. Documentary on J.D. Fortune, One-Time INXS Singer, Gets World Premiere

    November 06, 2013 2:21 AM EST Former INXS lead singer J.D. Fortune had his glorious highs and crushing lows as the frontman for the Aussie rockers. But the Canadian musician's lower lows are the subject of Andrew Nisker's rock doc Chasing Fortune, set for its world premiere in Toronto on Nov. 11, with Fortune…

  19. IU Exudes Maturity on New LP 'Modern Times'

    October 09, 2013 7:40 PM EDT South Korea's "little sister" triumphs over growing pains with a throwback-inspired album. A young female talent, IU (given name Lee Jieun) shot to super stardom in 2011 with a pristine set of pipes and angelic charm. She proved herself on the charts with slew of K-Pop Hot…

  20. Ryan Hemsworth Reveals 'Guilt Trip' Tracklisting, Talks Album's Diversity

    September 10, 2013 3:42 PM EDT The Canadian DJ/producer talks about his new label and making an eclectic record. Ryan Hemsworth Plenty of DJs have nicknames, but only Ryan Hemsworth is known as both the “Remix Ryan Gosling” and the “Internet Zack Morris.” As for what these appellations mean is anyone’s guess; both were…

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