1. Tommy Ramone, Mysterious Heart of the Ramones, Remembered by Robert Christgau

    July 13, 2014 2:07 PM EDT They were – among other things – our symbolic eternal teenagers. It's shocking that all four original Ramones are now dead – but it's also shocking that only one member of this archetypal rock band suffered rock's archetypal death by excess. Dee Dee OD'd, but it was cancer…

  2. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  3. Bobby Brown Exits New Edition Tour to Focus on Health

    July 12, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Bobby Brown is leaving a reunion tour with the group New Edition to focus on his health. A spokeswoman for the R&B group said group members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant wish the 45-year-old singer a speedy recovery. No other details were…

  4. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  5. 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…

  6. Pink Floyd Confirms October Release of ‘The Endless River,’ Describes Album as ‘Mainly Ambient’

    July 07, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Pink Floyd has confirmed that the band will release its first new album in 20 years. The new set, titled “The Endless River,” will be released in October, according to a statement from Columbia Records. New Pink Floyd Album 'The Endless River' Out in October: Report “Work is…

  7. New Pink Floyd Album 'The Endless River' Out in October: Report

    July 05, 2014 5:46 PM EDT Pink Floyd may be releasing a new record this fall, according to guitarist David Gilmour's wife Polly Samson, who tweeted (and possibly leaked?) the news earlier this morning. Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick…

  8. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  9. Billboard + Twitter Realtime Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    July 03, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Spoon, Smallpools and more artists popping up on the Emerging Artists Chart. This week, we have chosen three artists whose music will have listeners celebrating in time for the fourth of July weekend. The artists, who spurred fan engagement as a result of the release of their recent music…

  10. Mike Stud's 'Closer' Hits No. 1 on Trending 140

    July 01, 2014 8:12 PM EDT From All-American baseball player to YouTube sensation to Billboard charter, Mike Stud is making immediate waves online after the release of his latest album “Closer” earlier this afternoon.  Stud’s song “Thank You” debuted at No. 1 on the Real-Time chart around 3 pm ET today (July 1)…

  11. Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70

    June 27, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer Bobby Womack, whose music was covered by, among others, the Rolling Stones, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the news of his passing this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from…

  12. Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid Announces Engagement to Courteney Cox

    June 27, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid will hear wedding bells in their future. McDaid, the multi-talented Snow Patrol member, and Cox released simultaneous statements announcing the engagement yesterday (June 26). "I'm engaged to her!," McDaid tweeted . “I’m engaged to him!” Cox…

  13. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Premiere Video for 'Somethin' Bad'

    June 26, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s new video for “Somethin’ Bad” premiered Wednesday (June 25) on CMT’s website. The hard-rocking video features the two singers in a mock-movie trailer as bandits Priscilla Parker and Belle Boyd. The single, off of Lambert’s latest album, “Platinum,”…

  14. Oscars Alter Music Campaign Rules

    June 25, 2014 2:44 PM EDT Just a few months after the Oscar music campaign became a fiercely competitive battle that included a disqualification, private concerts and considerable glad-handing, the Academy has silenced the campaigning. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Music Branch members may not attend…

  15. School of Seven Bells Cover Joey Ramone on Elegiac Final Recording

    June 25, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Before Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphoma, he had been working on a solo record on and off for several years. That record, "Don't Worry About Me," got a posthumous release a year later, containing the undeterrably positive song "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)…

  16. The Shins' James Mercer: Zach Braff Soundtrack Song 'One Of The Best Things I've Ever Done'

    June 24, 2014 12:20 PM EDT The Shins leader discusses the "So Now What" and the status of the "Port of Morrow" follow-up. James Mercer says the invitation to write for another Zach Braff movie offered a chance to do something with the Shins while his schedule has been dominated by Broken Bells, his…

  17. Kanye West, Foo Fighters To Headline Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful Festival

    June 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT More than 50 acts will perform the stage during the three-day fest, scheduled for Oct. 24 to 26. The Life Is Beautiful music festival, returning for its second year to Downtown Las Vegas, has announced the lineup for the 2014 edition. Scheduled for October 24 through 26, the festival…

  18. Firefly 2014 Sunday Highlights: Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, World Cup Fever & More

    June 23, 2014 7:51 AM EDT After four days of nearly non-stop tunes and entertainment, the third annual Firefly Music Festival was finally extinguished on Sunday evening (June 22). But before the lights went out, event organizers Red Frog made sure that the 80,000 folks in attendance made a few more memories in the…

  19. John Fullbright Stripped Down for 'Songs'

    June 20, 2014 3:41 PM EDT The title of John Fullbright 's latest album is pretty much says it all – "Songs." In an interview with Billboard, the Grammy-nominated singer says that it all begins and ends with the lyrical content. "If you don't start with a song, you're not going to end up…

  20. Firefly 2014: Organizers Promise 'Bigger & Better' Festival

    June 19, 2014 1:30 PM EDT There’s a new theme to the upcoming third annual Firefly Music Festival in the lush Woodlands behind the Dover International Speedway in Delaware: “Bigger and better,” says festival director Greg Bostrom. He’s not kidding. In addition to adding a fourth day in 2014, which subsequently means…

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