1. 'American Idol' Alum Didi Benami on Mining Heartbreak for Songwriting Gold

    September 30, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Listen to the season-nine finalist's new song 'Lost at Sea.' American Idol season-nine alum Didi Benami is about to release her proper debut album, Reverie -- the result of a successful PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign (with proceeds earmarked for Brandon McMillan’s Argus…

  2. Weezer Streams New Album, Releases 'Back to the Shack' Video

    September 30, 2014 4:19 PM EDT One month ago, Weezer regretfully announced they were pushing back the release of their new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End , from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7. Well, Sept. 30 is here, and so is the full Weezer album -- at least in streaming form. Album Review: Weezer's '…

  3. 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…

  4. 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 "…

  5. Annie Lennox: Celebrity Culture ‘Makes Me Cringe’

    September 29, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Though she has kept a low profile in recent years, Annie Lennox is one of pop music's greatest chameleons, from her trailblazing run with The Eurythmics to a thriving solo career to her recent involvement in human rights activism. For Nostalgia (Blue Note/Capitol), her first non…

  6. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  7. Demi Lovato & Joe Jonas Have 'Camp Rock' Reunion On Stage

    September 29, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Camp Rock will never be over. During her Demi World Tour Los Angeles stop Saturday night, Demi Lovato was joined onstage by ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas  (!) and the duo performed the hit from the 2008 television movie Camp Rock , "This Is Me."  It's been over four years since the…

  8. Test Your 1994 Music Knowledge With Our Quiz

    September 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT was one of the greatest years for music, ever. Not only was it a banner year for grunge and the beginning of the Britpop explosion, it was a watershed year in hip-hop history, with numerous game-changing acts dropping their debuts. As part of our celebration of 1994's lasting…

  9. Black Sabbath Planning Final Album & Tour For Next Year

    September 29, 2014 10:20 AM EDT When Black Sabbath dropped the album 13 in 2013, they left fans wondering the album would be their last. Turns out, Ozzy Osbourne and company have more in store. In an interview with Metal Hammer , Osbourne announced that Sabbath will begin working on a new studio album in early 2015 with…

  10. Alt-J Nabs U.K. No. 1 with 'This Is All Yours'

    September 29, 2014 6:44 AM EDT British band Alt-J converted their status as critical indie favorites into mainstream crossover by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sept. 28) with their  This Is All Yours  album (Infectious Music). Meanwhile, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj , “Bang Bang” (Lava…

  11. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a joint venture, Combustion Atlas , which has a…

  12. 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…

  13. Robin Williams' Life Celebrated at San Francisco Tribute

    September 28, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Family and famous industry friends of  Robin Williams ' gathered to celebrate his legendary life Saturday in San Francisco,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The private tribute – held at the Curran Theatre – drew hundreds of guests and included music and video tributes as well as…

  14. Rewinding the Charts: 23 Years Ago, Garth Brooks Lassoed History

    September 28, 2014 9:05 AM EDT GARTH BROOKS MADE HISTORY ON SEPT. 28, 1991, when his third album, Ropin' the Wind , debuted atop the Billboard 200: the record became the first country title to bow at No. 1. It also dethroned Metallica's then-five-week-old eponymous album. (No small achievement: The latter…

  15. It's a Three-Way Race for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 26, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Kenny Chesney, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are battling for No. 1 Two days ago, on Sept. 24, it seemed like Kenny Chesney 's new The Big Revival album was likely heading for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. But now, he's in a dead heat with…

  16. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  17. Report: Randy Jackson's Wife Files for Divorce

    September 26, 2014 3:57 PM EDT One year after leaving American Idol , Randy Jackson is facing another major life change: His wife of 18 years, Erika Jackson, has filed for divorce, according to TMZ. Citing irreconcilable differences, TMZ says his wife is looking for "full physical custody and joint legal custody…

  18. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  19. 'Motown 25' Comes To DVD: See Exclusive Clips From The Box Set

    September 26, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The mantra for bringing 1983's iconic Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever NBC special to DVD is: better (a little bit) late than never. Yes, 30 years would have been the optimal target for the StarVista Entertainment/Time Life set, which comes out Sept. 30 in a single-disc package, a…

  20. Jennifer Hudson: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 17 (Watch)

    September 26, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe…

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