1. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  2. Danny Brown, 'Smokin' & Drinkin'' (Boys Noize Smokin' Mix): Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Fool's Gold will release a 4-song 'Smokin' & Drinkin' remix EP digitally on July 22. It will be available on 12" picture disc later this year. Detroit hip-hop and Berlin electro may seem like an odd couple, but Danny Brown and Boys Noize are proving they fit…

  3. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour

    July 11, 2014 4:16 AM EDT Dexter Roberts, the seventh-place American Idol finisher, has been missing from the live tour since July 1, and according to his fellow Alabama Idols CJ Harris and Jess Meuse, the singer is fighting an unknown illness. In an official statement, a publicist confirmed that Roberts is not…

  4. Jewel Announces Divorce From Ty Murray

    July 02, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Today (July 2), Jewel announced her separation from World-Champion rodeo cowboy, Ty Murray, citing the need for “growth” that became “undeniably stifled as a couple.” The divorce announcement comes in the form of Jewel’s website , where she released a statement. “I have learned in these 20…

  5. 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever

    July 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Getting booked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a major event is an honor for any artist. Many will try anything -- whether it's fiddling with the arrangement or striving for the glory notes that only five-octive powerhouses like Whitney could hit -- to put their own…

  6. YouTube Star Troye Sivan Signs With EMI Australia, Announces EP

    June 27, 2014 2:42 AM EDT Singer/actor behind 'Fault in Our Stars' viral hit will release EP in August, first single is 'Happy Little Pill' 19-year old YouTube superstar Troye Sivan -- who has more than 2 million subscribers to his YouTube channel -- has signed with EMI Australia and is…

  7. Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Dies at 86

    June 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT The Grand Ole Opry vet died on June 21 following a brief illness at age 86 Country music has lost one of its veteran entertainers with the passing of Grand Ole Opry performer Jimmy C. Newman. The performer died on June 21 in a Nashville hospital following a brief illness. He was 86.…

  8. Glen Campbell's Condition Deteriorates, Wife Defends His Care

    June 20, 2014 2:42 AM EDT Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's disease has progressed to the point where he needs full-time professional care, his wife said Thursday, explaining her decision to place the singer in a long-term care facility and responding publicly for the first time to criticism from Campbell's…

  9. Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Debuts New Song, Duets with Mark Lanegan, in London

    June 17, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme capped the band's European tour by playing a rare solo acoustic show as part of James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival in London yesterday (June 16), during which he debuted a new song called "Villains of Circumstance." The dark,…

  10. Top Ten Alternative 2014 World Cup Songs

    June 13, 2014 6:53 PM EDT With the opening of the global tournament, competition is heating up not only on the soccer field but in that of futebol-related songs too, with the tones of these rallying tunes ranging from synth-rock reflections to dance floor raves, satiric selections to protest songs, and the many…

  11. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  12. Judge Rules Casey Kasem's Daughter May Withhold Food, Fluids, Medication

    June 11, 2014 4:49 PM EDT A lawyer says a judge has granted the daughter of Casey Kasem the authority to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father. In the ruling Wednesday, attorney Troy Martin said, Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy determined that giving Kasem food and fluids would be harmful and…

  13. Lady Gaga, Manager Bobby Campbell Join Artist Nation (Exclusive)

    June 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment confirms that Lady Gaga and her manager, Bobby Campbell, have joined Artist Nation, the company’s artist management division. "Lady Gaga is one of the most iconic and highest-grossing artists of this generation,” Michael Rapino, president and chief…

  14. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  15. Casey Kasem Judge Orders Hold on End-of-Life Measures, Wife: 'Don't Let Them Kill my Husband'

    June 09, 2014 8:14 PM EDT A judge ruled Monday that the ailing radio host should be fed, hydrated and medicated after daughter Kerri moved to implement end-of-life measures. A judge ruled Monday that Casey Kasem should be fed, hydrated and medicated while a court-appointed attorney evaluates the health of the ailing…

  16. Little Big Town's 'Drinking' Song Is the 'Tip of the Iceberg' for New Album

    June 09, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Little Big Town has had a lot going on with the CMA Music Festival being this week in Nashville. On Wednesday, the award-winning vocal group debuted their new single "Day Drinking," on the CMT Music Awards, and also performed the song during their Saturday night LP Field performance…

  17. George Strait's Final Show Breaks Attendance Record

    June 08, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Known for his easygoing manner and everyman's appeal, country music legend George Strait strolled from the floor of the Dallas Cowboys' lavish stadium onto the custom-built stage Saturday night in a blue plaid shirt, Wrangler jeans, a silver belt buckle and a black cowboy hat,…

  18. George Strait to End 40-Year Touring Career at Texas Stadium on Saturday

    June 07, 2014 12:56 PM EDT The star-filled show brings an end to nearly 40 years on the road for Strait, which started in 1975 with the Ace in the Hole Band. It's the end of the trail for country music king George Strait, who will wrap up his final tour Saturday with a star-filled show at the lavish home of the…

  19. Hot 97 Co-Hosts Respond to Chuck D’s Harsh Criticism of Summer Jam

    June 06, 2014 9:16 PM EDT In a wide-ranging stream of tweets that began by calling Hot 97’s Summer Jam a “sloppy fiasco” on June 2 and has continued as recently as Thursday evening, Chuck D’s timeline has been scattered with the remnants of a conversation about hip-hop, social activism and radio business. Hot 97 on…

  20. Billboard + Twitter Realtime Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    June 06, 2014 5:46 PM EDT Every day, every hour, every minute, the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart surfaces the most shared tracks on Twitter from up-and-coming acts. The most talked about of these acts wind up in the weekly summary of this chart, which can be found in print in Billboard magazine and online…

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