1. Ozzy Osbourne Pays Tribute to Randy Rhoads at Classic Rock Honours

    November 05, 2014 5:00 PM EST Kelly Osbourne on Sabbath final tour: 'I'm telling you right now this is going to be like Cher's never-ending farewell tour.' Tuesday night's Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles was a family affair for the Osbournes, with Ozzy , Sharon and Kelly on hand to see Ozzy…

  2. Paul Williams to Deliver Keynote Interview at Midem in Cannes

    November 05, 2014 8:50 AM EST Award-winning songwriter and composer Paul Williams has been selected to deliver the keynote interview at next year's Midem, the international music industry festival, being held June 5-8 2015 in Cannes, France. Williams' global hits include "We’ve Only Just Begun," …

  3. Album Review: Calvin Harris' 'Motion' Plays It Safe With Radio-Ready Cuts and It-Girl Guest Stars

    November 04, 2014 3:22 PM EST Somewhere along the line, "EDM" became a dirty word. What began as an umbrella term for the new wave of electronic dance music now carries the weight of the genre's oft-criticized commercialization. If a dance track features a pop vocalist singing a melodic hook, it's…

  4. Michelle Williams Joins Gospel & YouTube Stars to Cover Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be'

    November 04, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the Internet age, unusual collaborations are increasingly common. But this one still raises eyebrows, as Gospel singers -- Michelle Williams and Deitrick Haddon -- and Youtube artists -- Tyler Ward and Fresh Big Mouf -- unite to cover "Rather Be," the hit by Clean Bandit and…

  5. CMA Awards' Exec Producer Gives the Inside Scoop on This Year's Show -- From the All-Star Duets to the Surprise Guests

    November 03, 2014 5:53 PM EST An interview with CMA's executive producer Robert Deaton Robert Deaton is a very busy man. As executive producer of the CMA Awards, Deaton is preparing for the 48th Annual CMA Awards live on ABC Wednesday night (Nov. 5) from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. On Friday, he'll…

  6. Drake & Frank Sinatra, Kanye West & Nina Simone and More Dream Duets

    November 03, 2014 3:05 PM EST Barry Manilow 's new album, titled Dream Duets , is built around an interesting and possibly creepy premise: the singer duets with famous dead singers. This type of thing has happened before -- sort of. Justin Timberlake 's duet with Michael Jackson , "Love Never Felt So Good…

  7. Ron Eisenberg, Home Video Pioneer, Dead at 73

    November 03, 2014 8:09 AM EST Ron Eisenberg , founder and former president of ETD (East Texas Distributing), died peacefully in his Houston home on Oct. 31. He was 73. A native of Illinois and graduate of Loyola University Law School, Eisenberg began his career in home entertainment in 1977 when he formed ETD as a…

  8. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  9. Trent Reznor on Turning 50 'With Some Sense of Dread,' the Future of Nine Inch Nails and a Top-Secret Apple Project

    October 31, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Next May, Trent Reznor turns 50. "It's with some sense of dread," he says dryly. "I saw something on TV, 'If you're age 50 to 74, apply now...' -- I'm like, 'F---, I'm in that?' " As he hits the half-century mark, Reznor may have…

  10. CODE Guest Playlist: Martin Buttrich

    October 29, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Few artists can equal the behind-the-scenes impact that Martin Buttrich has made on underground dance music. A widely revered producer, writer and engineer, Buttrich has left his sonic mark on seminal tracks with collaborators Loco Dice and Timo Maas, as well as remixes for the likes of…

  11. Bob Mould Looks Back at Husker Du's Breakthrough Indie Album 'Zen Arcade'

    October 28, 2014 5:18 PM EDT In 1983, Hüsker Dü 's singer-guitarist Bob Mould told Matter fanzine writer Steve Albini, "We're going to try to do something bigger than anything like rock & roll... I don't know what it's going to be, we have to work that out, but it's going to go…

  12. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  13. Steve Angello Announces Two-Year Residency at SLS Life in Las Vegas

    October 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Las Vegas residencies by big name DJs are nothing new, as seemingly every time a new hotel opens on the Strip, it includes a mega club that needs chart-topping EDM acts to draw in tourists and locals. Coming from Swedish House Mafia , Steve Angello could’ve had his pick of locations. After…

  14. Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran Added to Rock in Rio USA Line-up

    October 28, 2014 5:03 AM EDT MGM Resorts International and the organizers of Rock in Rio USA announced additions to the music festival's lineup Monday and offered a glimpse of what to expect when the event comes to Las Vegas next year. Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran will join Taylor Swift , Metallica and No Doubt…

  15. Life Is Beautiful 2014's 10 Best Performances

    October 27, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Combining amazing music, world-class food, breathtaking art and iconic public speakers, the Life Is Beautiful festival is a welcome departure from the manufactured spectacle of Sin City’s over-the-top casinos and nightclubs. Transforming downtown Las Vegas into a unique, multi-stage jubilee…

  16. Annie Lennox Looks Back at The Eurythmics' Hyper-Productive Heyday: 'It Exhausts Me Just Thinking About It Now'

    October 27, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Perhaps no other musical act defines the year 1984 quite like the  Eurythmics . Not only did the trailblazing synth-pop duo score its highest-charting album ( Touch , a No. 7 peak on the Billboard 200) during the week ending April 7, 1984 that spawned a hit with top 10 single "Here…

  17. The Ryman Auditorium -- Country's Hallowed Home -- Kicks Off a $14 Million Facelift

    October 27, 2014 3:45 PM EDT Country music’s hallowed home kicks off a $14 million renovation. Catching a concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is considered to be an ­unparalleled, even religious experience -- but that’s not stopping the Mother Church of Country Music, owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, from…

  18. Exclusive: Downtown Records Launches Immortal Music Publishing

    October 27, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Downtown Records’ co-founders Josh Deutsh and Terence Lam are rebuilding the empire with the launch of a new music publishing division. The New York-based execs have established Immortal Music Publishing, and announced its first signings. Almost two years have passed since Downtown Music…

  19. Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Announce Joint Tour

    October 27, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Kenny Chesney will merge tours with Jason Aldean for a run of megashows in 2015, as Chesney's Big Revival tour melds with Aldean's Burn It Down for 10 stadium dates. The first shows to go on sale are New England’s Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015m and San Francisco's Levi’s…

  20. Sting and His 'The Last Ship' Cast Prep for Broadway Opening

    October 26, 2014 1:07 PM EDT "I'm at the back there every night, mouthing every syllable," Sting says. The actors in Sting 's musical The Last Ship have plenty of pressure these days. The show is making its Broadway debut. There are last-minute changes. And Sting is pacing in the darkness. "I&…

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