1. Metric on Taking a Year Off, Songwriting & U2 Backlash

    October 01, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Most of Metric 's 2014, a year off save for seven shows, has been spent in Ibiza. Don't worry, Metric is not busting out some club bangers. Instead, the Toronto band has been getting in touch with nature. Metric, Tegan & Sara Make Polaris Music Prize Shortlist "I've…

  2. VH1 Promotes Sandy Alouete to Head of Talent, Music Programming

    October 01, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Longtime VH1 exec Sandy Alouete has been promoted to senior vice president of talent and music programming at the network, effective immediately. She's taking over for Rick Krim , who left the company over the summer. Related Rick Krim, VH1's EVP of Talent & Music Programming,…

  3. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Lorde, Thom Yorke, One Direction, Gerard Way & More

    October 01, 2014 1:30 PM EDT A week after we all got worked up over Kendrick Lamar's "i," new music from some serious A-list talent gave this week's Must-Hear Music podcast crew plenty to chew on. Thom Yorke released an entire solo album via BitTorrent (and moved more than 400,000 copies in the…

  4. Anna Lunoe Premieres 'Classy' Soft Power Remix of 'All Out'

    October 01, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Anna Lunoe , who recently cracked Billboard's Twitter Emerging Artist chart for the first time, is premiering the remix of her song "All Out" on Billboard today. "All Out" is the title track of Lunoe's EP, which debuted in the top 5 on the iTunes Dance Chart…

  5. Steve Aoki Throws Tantrum (Not Cake) Over EDM Parody Site Wunderground

    October 01, 2014 12:47 PM EDT On Sept. 30, an unusual post appeared on EDM parody site  Wunderground . "Please note," read the disclaimer, "all of the written articles on Wunderground are satirical and fictitious, as all you lovely readers know only too well by now. However we have tagged this one as FACT…

  6. U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT By its third album, 1983’s War , U2 had mined its influences and forged the building blocks of its unique sound. These included Bono’s obliquely heroic lyrics, the Edge’s polished-shrapnel guitar riffs, and the charging rhythms of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. On their…

  7. Taylor Swift: 'Dating Is the Last Thing On My Mind Right Now'

    October 01, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Newly minted pop star Taylor Swift is now appearing on a fashion magazine cover! A pastel-wearing Swift covers the November issue of U.K.'s  Vogue , and while the full interview isn't yet available,  Vogue  has released a couple of excerpts, including one where Swift discusses her…

  8. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest Linda…

  9. The Massive Highs and Lows of Prince's Paisley Park Live Stream Celebration

    October 01, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Prince celebrated his release of two albums Tuesday -- Art Official Age  and  PlectrumElectrum  with 3rdEyeGirl -- with a live-streaming event that night, taking viewers inside his Paisley Park estate for a tour and much anticipated concert. The one-and-a-half hour program streamed on Yahoo…

  10. Harry Belafonte, Oprah Winfrey Honored by Harvard

    September 30, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Oprah Winfrey and songwriter Harry Belafonte are among those honored at Harvard University for their contributions to African-American culture. Harry Belafonte Receives Honarary Doctorate From Berklee Winfrey also accepted a posthumous award at Tuesday's ceremony for poet Maya Angelou …

  11. AC/DC's Malcolm Young Suffering From Dementia, Family Confirms

    September 30, 2014 7:16 PM EDT The family of AC/DC 's Malcolm Young confirmed to People that the guitarist has left the band because he is suffering from dementia. AC/DC's Malcolm Young Reportedly Suffering From Dementia "Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their…

  12. Tracy Morgan: 'Walmart Is Blaming Me for an Accident They Caused'

    September 30, 2014 4:10 PM EDT The comedian has responded to the retailer's charge that he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Tracy Morgan has responded to Walmart's claim that he's partly responsible for the injuries he suffered in an accident this June because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Tracy Morgan…

  13. Dean Wareham & Eleanor Friedberger Talk Live-Scoring 'Unseen Warhol Films'

    September 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Live music meets Warhol's 'home movies' at an upcoming series of shows. Jeff Koons can make statues of pop stars like Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga until the end of time, but it's safe to say no art world figure will ever mean as much to rock music as Andy Warhol . And…

  14. Krewella Mired in Legal Mess Involving DJ's Newfound Sobriety

    September 30, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Yousaf sisters conspired to remove Kris Trindl from the group, says a new lawsuit. The story of Krewella starts out like an American fable: Two sisters and one former boyfriend from a Chicago suburb form a music group and, using some social-media savvy, rocket to fame as headliners of…

  15. Aretha Franklin Covers 'Rolling in the Deep' on 'Letterman'

    September 30, 2014 3:27 PM EDT If you've already heard Aretha Franklin ' s cover of  Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep," then you know why you need to watch the below performance of the legend singing it live on Monday night's  Late Show with David Letterman. For the rest of you: Prepare to fall…

  16. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  17. Ed Helms on Growing His Bluegrass Situation Festival and Why Fellow Funny Musician Steve Martin Inspires Him

    September 30, 2014 2:19 PM EDT With two notable exceptions, comic actors pursuing parallel careers as bluegrass musicians are a rare breed. Ed Helms of The Office and the Hangover trilogy is one of them: He's a regular performer who also co-created the annual Bluegrass Situation festival in Los Angeles in 2010.…

  18. U.K. Parody Laws Set to Come Into Effect

    September 30, 2014 1:10 PM EDT A small but significant change to U.K. legislation comes into effect Wednesday (Oct. 1) that will enable people to freely parody copyright protected video, film and TV works without fear of reprisal or legal challenge. The new laws ­-- actually an amendment to the Copyright, Designs and…

  19. Exclusive: The Harvard Business School Report on Beyonce

    September 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Billboard reported that the Harvard Business School had taken a close look at the release of Beyonc e 's surprise, self-titled album, dropped upon an unprepared world last December. At the time of Beyonce's midnight release, Billboard covered the event in depth,…

  20. Does One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' Rip Off New Found Glory, Journey, or Both?

    September 30, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Is "Steal My Girl" basically "Steal Your Song"? With a new One Direction album on the horizon , allegations that the boy band are ripping off someone else's songs couldn't be far behind. And here we are again. Less than 24 hours after 1D's new song "…

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