1. Katy Perry's 'Roar' Comes Under Attack From Animal Rights Group PETA

    September 17, 2013 12:43 AM EDT Katy Perry's video for "Roar" is an animal-filled frolic through the jungle in which the pop star befriends a monkey, showers with the assistance of an elephant, brushes a crocodile's teeth and "roars" a tiger into submission. But while it looks like the jungle…

  2. 'The Butler' Beats One Direction’s ‘This is Us’ At Labor Day Box Office

    September 03, 2013 12:44 AM EDT Lee Daniels' "The Butler" engineered a surprise victory over Morgan Spurlock's 3D concert documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" at the Labor Day box office, becoming the first movie of 2013 to top the North American chart three weekends in a row. Overall,…

  3. Justin Bieber's Failed 'SNL' Skit: Watch The 'Train Wreck' Video

    June 27, 2013 11:10 AM EDT A proposed "Saturday Night Live" sketch that failed to make the final show when Justin Bieber hosted last February has surfaced online -- and footage from the disastrous dress rehearsal run-through makes it obvious why the skit never aired on NBC. In the video, Bill Hader and…

  4. House Music: Your Living Room Might Be Your Next Concert Venue

    June 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT House concerts are providing DIY-inclined singer/songwriters, like Callaghan, a way to earn a living at their craft … and bringing music to fans in the purest, most intimate way At 5:58 on a warm and sunny spring evening in North Quincy, Mass., Frank Sullivan is stirring a pot of…

  5. Booker T. Jones, 'Watch You Sleeping' feat. Kori Withers: Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 04, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Booker T. Jones hasn't been messing around between studio albums. The soul legend released the Roots-backed "The Road from Memphis" in May 2011, and is preparing to put out a new full-length later this month. The road to his new album's release begins with "Watch…

  6. Yothu Yindi’s Mandawuy Yunupingu Dies at 56

    June 02, 2013 9:35 PM EDT Mandawuy Yunupingu, an artist, mentor and ambassador who galvanized Australia’s indigenous and non-indigenous people and brought contemporary Aboriginal music to the world through his group Yothu Yindi, has died at the age of 56. The former Australian of the Year and ARIA Hall of Famer…

  7. Clarence Burke Jr., Singer with Five Stairsteps, Dies at 64

    May 30, 2013 3:03 AM EDT Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of the group the Five Stairsteps that sang the 1970 hit "O-o-h Child," has died. He was 64. Burke died on Sunday - a day after his birthday - in Marietta, Ga., where he lived, said Joe Marno, his friend and manager. The cause of his death was not…

  8. Booker T. Jones Talks Stax Return, New Album 'Sound the Alarm'

    May 26, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Booker T. Jones returns to a revitalized Stax Records for accessible, guest-filled album. Forty-three years after leaving Memphis for Los Angeles, Booker T. Jones has been reunited with the label whose sound he helped define, Stax Records. He left at a time of turmoil and change in…

  9. JLS Breaks Up, Announces Farewell Tour

    April 24, 2013 11:15 AM EDT JLS, the overseas boy band sensation that formed on the U.K. version of "The X Factor" in 2008, has announced that its four members will part ways following a farewell album and tour later this year. In a message posted on their web site on Wednesday (Apr. 24), the group wrote to…

  10. Musicians React to Death of Producer Phil Ramone

    March 30, 2013 7:46 PM EDT Tony Bennett, John Legend, Josh Groban and many other artists paid tribute on social media. Remembering Phil Ramone • Musicians react to Ramone's death on twitter • Ramone looks back on legendary career in 1996 Billboard interview • Ramone remembered by Streisand, Wonder and more…

  11. Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at Age 79

    March 30, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s --…

  12. Green Day Drops 'Twilight - Breaking Dawn' Ballad: Watch the 'Forgotten' Video

    October 31, 2012 11:35 AM EDT The first anthem for "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" has officially arrived. Green Day debuted the video for "The Forgotten," the lead single off the film's forthcoming soundtrack, Tuesday on MTV. In the clip, footage of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre…

  13. Duran Duran, Snow Patrol Kick Off Olympic Concerts in Hyde Park

    July 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT While Sir Paul McCartney and Arctic Moneys were serenading the atheletes across town, a spectacular concert featuring Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics and Paolo Nutini took place in London's Hyde Park Friday (June 27) evening to mark the opening of the Olympic Games. Timed to…

  14. Gary Barlow Tops U.K. Charts, Ed Sheeran Storms Back

    June 11, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Take That member Gary Barlow confirmed his expected double victory on the new U.K. sales charts on Sunday (June 10). His Diamond Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project with the Commonwealth Band secured a second week atop the album chart, while the title track raced 11-1 on the singles…

  15. Prince Harry Gets Crown ... on U.K. Albums Chart

    June 05, 2012 9:45 PM EDT For just the second time in the history of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a member of the British royal family is heard on a No. 1 title. For only the second time in the history of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a member of the British royal family is heard on a No. 1 album. This time,…

  16. Gotye, Military Wives Atop U.K. Charts

    March 19, 2012 9:15 AM EDT As Gotye 's "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring Kimbra, started a fifth aggregate week atop the U.K. singles chart, the Military Wives moved to the album summit yesterday, Mothering Sunday , with "In My Dreams." The group, formed last year by choirmaster Gareth…

  17. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Score Big With ACM Nominations

    January 26, 2012 12:25 PM EST It was a big morning for Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean as the nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Award were announced. Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy's Facebook and Twitter pages. Awards co…

  18. The Mars Volta Announces New Album 'Noctourniquet'

    January 17, 2012 4:17 PM EST Grammy-winning prog-rockers the Mars Volta 's upcoming sixth album, "Noctourniquet," will see a March 27 release on Warner Bros. Like previous Mars Volta records, "Noctourniquet" will be a concept album revolving around a defined narrative. Written by band co-founders…

  19. Michael Buble, Military Wives Top U.K. Charts

    December 27, 2011 11:35 AM EST As expected, "Wherever You Are" (Decca/Universal) by the Military Wives with Gareth Malone was confirmed on Christmas Day as the U.K.'s festive No. 1 single. It smashed the record for best first-week sales by any track in the market in 2011, sellling a mighty 556,000 units to…

  20. Military Wives & Italian Donkey in Race for U.K.'s No. 1 Christmas Single

    December 23, 2011 9:50 AM EST The U.K.'s ever-idiosyncratic Christmas singles market is producing its usual entertaining race for Yuletide chart honors, with contestants including a choir of soldiers' wives, the latest YouTube sensation and a 1960s song about an Italian donkey. Military Wives, "Wherever You…

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