1. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

  2. 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…

  3. 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 , coincidentally the same day Steve Aoki's new album  Neon Future was released. "Please note," read the disclaimer, "all of the written articles on Wunderground are satirical and fictitious, as all…

  4. 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…

  5. 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 …

  6. 2015 Grammys Predictions: Who Are The Early Favorites?

    September 30, 2014 5:05 PM EDT 0 Beyonce, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and more are among our (very early) guesses for next year's ceremony. Who’s ready for the Grammy Awards… in four months?! Okay, so the 2015 Grammys are still a little while away, but Tuesday (Sept. 30) is the final day of eligibility for the…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. We've Been Hacked: Artist Sells Satirical Ad Space and Fake iPhones to Question Our Boxed-In World

    September 30, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Tim Fite realized he had become too dependent on his iPhone when the Brooklyn artist, songwriter, and comedian started feeling phantom vibrations in his pants pocket. "When I realized my physical body was being compromised by the physical phone, I was like, 'Oh man, I'm…

  10. AC, Radio Disney Are All About That (Edited) 'Bass'

    September 30, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Trainor's playful Hot 100 No. 1 is receiving airplay on family-friendly radio … but with reworked lyrics. Chances are you're hearing Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" on the radio, a lot. If it's on a station geared to families, however, you may be hearing…

  11. TomorrowWorld 2014 Day 3 Highlights: David Guetta, Kaskade, Richie Hawtin & More

    September 30, 2014 4:24 AM EDT Despite a bit of evening rain, TomorrowWorld finished strong on Sunday (Sept. 28). From marquee main stage acts like Kaskade , David Guetta and Martin Garrix to the assorted techno talent on Richie Hawtin’s Minus Stage, there was no shortage of options for the festival faithful in Georgia.…

  12. Prince Talks Tech, Talent & His Own Slice of Musical 'Heaven'

    September 30, 2014 12:13 AM EDT Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. There are few lights on in the cavernous compound, and unseen doves (of course there would be doves) are cooing up a racket before twilight fades to darkness. But even their collective noise takes a back seat once Prince -- sitting in the…

  13. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  14. Apple Suing Headphones Entrepreneur for Claiming to Be a Beats Co-Founder

    September 29, 2014 6:47 PM EDT The story of how Beats Electronics was founded just got more interesting. Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Dragged Into Beats Headphones Dispute On Friday, the new Apple subsidiary filed a false advertising and unfair competition lawsuit against Steve Lamar for holding himself out to be a co…

  15. Songwriter-Producer Rodney Jerkins: Mary J. Blige Is in ‘The Best Place She Has Been in a Long Time’

    September 29, 2014 6:06 PM EDT The year 2015 will mark songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins' 20th in the music business. His first 19 have seen him produce or co-produce 16 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 for the likes of Michael Jackson , Whitney Houston , Mariah Carey and others, including four No. 1s. And next…

  16. Niykee Heaton Heats Up, With Assistance From Russell Simmons

    September 29, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Niykee Heaton 's debut EP, Bad Intentions , was released last Tuesday to noteworthy buzz, topping the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart (and quickly nestling into the top 10 in the iTunes Store). But if you haven't heard one of the EP's six tracks on the radio, don&…

  17. 5 Questions with Steve Nieve, Elvis Costello's World-Class Sideman

    September 29, 2014 2:02 AM EDT There’s a case to be made for Steve Nieve as rock 'n' roll’s greatest keyboardist, at least as an accompanist. Ebony and ivory have lived together not just in perfect harmony but frenzied excitement as Nieve has been the dominant instrumental force in Elvis Costello’ s Attractions…

  18. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Beyonce Duets With Jay Z, Sting Joins No Doubt & 8 More Highlights

    September 28, 2014 1:27 AM EDT Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival took its ambitious name to heart during its Sept. 27 gathering on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park. In addition to show-stopping performances from Jay Z (with a two-song finale cameo from Beyonce ), No Doubt (who were at one point…

  19. Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT For many, the idea of a “classic” Dave Matthews Band album is laughable, if not perverse. That goes for fans and non-fans alike. On one side, you’ve got hardcore Daveheads, who generally prefer stretched-out, heavily improvised live versions of songs to their more compact studio…

  20. Alesso Advances, Cash Cash Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 26, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Alesso accelerates on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Heroes (We Could Be)" (27-13), taking Digital Gainer honors. The track also enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (No. 9) with 16,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as well as Dance/Mix Show…

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