1. Aretha Franklin on Her New Album: 'I Don't Think I Have Ever Been as Excited as I Am Now'

    October 02, 2014 4:31 AM EDT Aretha Franklin says her new album brings out an excitement she hasn't felt since 1982 and the music feels as good as Marvin Gaye's seminal What's Going On?  album. Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics  includes covers of songs including "Midnight Train to…

  2. John Mellencamp Talks Inspiration, Smoking & Acting Your Age

    October 01, 2014 11:46 PM EDT John Mellencamp feels he has some impressive co-writers for his latest songs, like playwright Tennessee Williams and folk legend Pete Seeger . That they're both dead doesn't really matter. Mellencamp believes in channeling, that other voices speak through him when he's…

  3. 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…

  4. Blake Shelton Eyeing No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 01, 2014 6:27 PM EDT Blake Shelton may battle Barbra Streisand for No. 1 on next week's chart. Blake Shelton 's new album Bringing Back the Sunshine has its sights set on the Billboard 200 chart's No. 1 slot -- but Barbra Streisand might stand in his way. Blake Shelton's 'Bringing…

  5. Five Acts Who Were Snubbed for This Year's Latin Grammy Nominations

    October 01, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Rap duo Calle 13 received nine Latin Grammy nominations for their alt/rap album Multi_Viral when nominees for the nominees for the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced on Sept. 24. That Calle 13 would get tons of nods wasn't really surprising; the duo always does, and in fact…

  6. Krewella Responds to Kris 'Rain Man' Trindl Lawsuit

    October 01, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf assert they did not boot Trindl from the band & urge fans not to pick sides. On Tuesday, news broke about a lawsuit filed by former Krewella producer/DJ Kris Trindl against his ex-bandmates, sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf . Trindl seeks at least $5 million in…

  7. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit the Meters who has won a Grammy Lifetime…

  8. Sexual Assault Support Group Releases Statement on Maroon 5's 'Animals': It's a 'Dangerous' Video

    October 01, 2014 4:43 PM EDT If you've seen Maroon 5 's video for "Animals," you're not going to forget the blood (so much blood!) anytime soon. But while the stalker-gone-mad vibe may be strictly fantasy to some, RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, has released a statement…

  9. Here's Video of Taylor Swift Awkwardly Dancing at a Hozier Concert

    October 01, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Taylor Swift is representing all of us, awkwardly dancing the night away, one concert at a time.  Swift was at a Hozier concert recently, and on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 1), she uploaded a video of her miming playing instruments alongside her friend while the band played. "When…

  10. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100; Tove Lo, Clean Bandit Climb Into Top 10

    October 01, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Trainor's 'All About That Bass' leads an all-female top five for a record-tying fourth week. Plus, Tove Lo's 'Habits (Stay High)' and Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne, reach the top 10. It's all about a record-tying…

  11. Burning Man App Becomes Tool for Hong Kong Protestors

    October 01, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Now into a fifth day of pro-democracy protests that has seen downtown Hong Kong, one of the busiest districts in the world, come to a virtual stand still, demonstrators have been notable for their preparedness. Goggles, face-masks, plastic ponchos and umbrellas have been standard items…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Report: Judge Rules Against Grooveshark in Summary Judgment Case

    September 30, 2014 2:42 PM EDT After Universal Music Group called for a summary judgment  yesterday (Sept. 29) in their four-years-and-counting lawsuit against Grooveshark, a judge has ruled against the music streaming service, which has been accused of uploading thousands of copyright-infringing songs. And yet , even…

  16. Deke Dickerson and Los Straitjackets Collaborate on 'The First Album of Its Kind'

    September 30, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Have you ever heard an instrumental track and thought, "man, it would be cool if that had lyrics?" Deke Dickerson and Los Straitjackets set out to right this wrong. The resulting album, Deke Dickerson Sings the Great Instrumental Hits , is premiering on Billboard today. Dickerson…

  17. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music

    September 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT After embracing 80’s tunes on their last album, 1D is back with another killer single. Will casual fans care that One Direction is no longer a pop band? When all is said and done, what will One Direction 's legacy be? Surely the U.K. quintet will be remembered as one of the biggest boy…

  18. 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…

  19. Watch Taylor Swift Talk Feminism & Girl Fights in Media

    September 30, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Haters gonna hate, Taylor Swift 's just gonna  shake  own her role model status.  Swift appeared on Canadian talk show  Tout Le Monde En Parle this week, and after discussing " Shake It Off" for a bit, the hosts asked her for a response to Emma Watson's viral U.N.…

  20. 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…

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