1. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor': What We Learned From An Early Listen

    October 03, 2013 10:20 AM EDT I'll admit, when I first watched Arcade Fire's performance on "Saturday Night Live"  last weekend, I was a little concerned. As good as the songs were, something about the new theatrics and imagery -- Win's Nightwing eye makeup, the band's suits festooned with…

  2. Taylor Swift Joins the Cast of 'The Giver'

    September 30, 2013 12:54 AM EDT Taylor Swift has joined the cast of The Weinstein Company and Walden Media's movie adaptation of "The Giver." The singer-songwriter is the latest member of the cast that features previously reported stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Katie Holmes. Other…

  3. Jay Z's 'A New York Holiday' Luxury Barneys Line Launching in November

    September 25, 2013 12:25 PM EDT Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Balmain, Proenza Schouler, Rick Owen and more created pieces alongside Jay for the holiday season. Jay Z is going to make holiday gift-giving mighty easy this season.  Lux retail store Barneys announced today that they’re partnering with the hip-hop mogul for a…

  4. Keith Urban's 'Fuse' Ignites On Country Charts

    September 19, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with "Fuse," which arrives with 98,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his fourth top start on the country tally and his second on the Billboard 200. He'd most recently led both lists with…

  5. CBGB Film Festival Lineup Announced

    September 18, 2013 6:45 PM EDT This year's CBGB Music & Film Festival will travel from the Bowery to Broadway with "CBGB" and "Broadway Idiot," the documentary on Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and the making of the musical "American Idiot."  Taking place Oct. 8-13, about 60…

  6. Replacements Reunion, Fall Out Boy & Blink-182 Highlight Chicago's Riot Fest

    September 16, 2013 9:42 AM EDT Beloved rockers tear through second gig in 22 years to close out 3-day fest The ninth annual Riot Fest rocked hard this past weekend at Chicago's spacious Humboldt Park, carnival-oriented punk and indie rock festival's home for the second consecutive year. From old school acts…

  7. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

    September 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a rare visit to Music City on Tuesday night for the 7th Annual ACM Honors show at the Ryman Auditorium. A program designed to salute those ACM Award winners who are not awarded during the CBS telecast this past April, the night was a balanced mix of winners…

  8. Spotlight On Bleona

    September 09, 2013 11:51 AM EDT From Albanian fests to Timbaland's studio, Bleona has U.S. success in her sights. Bleona Qereti is the most famous pop singer from the small European nation of Albania, where the press have likened her to Madonna, in her bold visual style and attitude. At the age of 14, the young diva…

  9. Alabama Earns Highest Charting Album on Billboard 200

    September 05, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The veteran group bows at No. 8, and No. 2 on Top Country Albums, with its collaborative tribute collection. Plus, Luke Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a third week Alabama posts its best rank and sales week in seven years on Top Country Albums, as "Alabama & Friends" bows…

  10. Jo Dee Messina Takes 'Scary as Crap' Leap on Crowd-Sourced Album

    September 04, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Add Jo Dee Messina's name to the growing list of established artists who are bucking the industry standard of working with a major label, and doing things their own way. The singer -- who charted twenty-three singles on the Billboard charts between 1996 and 2009 -- has just released…

  11. Nine Inch Nails Exert Brutal Intensity at Troubadour Club Show: Live Review

    September 04, 2013 11:30 AM EDT "I almost forgot we have a new record out today..." So exclaimed Trent Reznor midway through a private Nine Inch Nails concert held Tuesday night (Sept. 3) at Los Angeles' famed Troubadour club. Hosted by KROQ, with tickets distributed free to NIN fans, the event…

  12. Twerk It: The Top 10 Booty-Popping Artists in Music

    August 29, 2013 12:18 PM EDT There was a time when Miley Cyrus was in the running for America's Sweetheart. What happened? She bucked right off that stage and learned how to twerk. One could argue that the pop star has done more for the raunchy type of dancing than any other lady that's ever popped their…

  13. Jenni Rivera Crash Case Defendants Challenge Lawsuit

    August 23, 2013 6:41 AM EDT Owners of the plane that crashed last December killing Regional Mexican star Jenni Rivera are challenging a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on behalf of the families of the four members of her entourage who traveled with her, Billboard has learned.   “Defendants are challenging…

  14. Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist and Radio Host, Dead at 95

    August 21, 2013 10:03 AM EDT Marian McPartland, a renowned jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show "Piano Jazz," has died at the age of 95, NPR said Wednesday. McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her Port Washington home on Long Island, said Anna Christopher Bross, a spokeswoman…

  15. Johnny Cash Music Festival: Live Review

    August 18, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Vince Gill, Larry Gatlin, Jimmy Fortune and others gather to raise funds to restore the Man In Black's boyhood home in Arkansas The "Man In Black" touched many different artists and genres throughout his career – and beyond. Saturday night's 3rd Annual Johnny Cash Music…

  16. Jazz Singer Jane Harvey Dies at 88

    August 17, 2013 10:46 AM EDT Jane Harvey, the jazz vocalist who performed with the likes of Desi Arnaz, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, has died. She was 88. A spokesman for Harvey says the singer died Thursday at her home in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. Harvey began her career as a performer at Cafe…

  17. ‪Blue Öyster Cult‬ Guitarist Allen Lanier Dies

    August 15, 2013 10:11 AM EDT Allen Lanier, a founding member and multi-instrumentalist with classic rock band Blue Öyster Cult, has died after a lengthy battle with lung disease, the group announced  on Wednesday. He was 67. "We've lost our friend and bandmate," the statement reads, confirming that…

  18. Country Outlaw Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

    August 13, 2013 4:46 PM EDT If you were to look at just his chart statistics as a solo artist, the career of Tompall Glaser might not seem particularly legendary. He only placed eight singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart between 1973 and 1978, with only two rising to the top 40. However, Glaser --…

  19. Banking on Sammy Hagar: Red Rocker Is Serious About Helping Local Food Banks

    August 13, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Raised in a poor household by a single mother of four, Sammy Hagar spent his childhood summers picking fruit and vegetables so he could afford to buy clothes for school. "My mom was always half on welfare or food stamps and would get in line during Thanksgiving or Christmas when people…

  20. Johnny Marr Pours Cold Water on Smiths Reunion: Fans Need to ‘Find A Hobby’

    August 12, 2013 6:10 AM EDT Smiths fans, don’t hold your breath on a reunion. Johnny Marr has put another nail in the iconic British group’s coffin. The guitarist has told The Japan Times that followers of the Smiths had to face facts – there won’t be a “big happy ending.” And they ought to “go and find a hobby.” Marr…

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