1. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-eight thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the likes…

  2. British Radio DJ Convicted of Indecent Assault

    September 23, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Veteran British radio DJ Dave Lee Travis was convicted Tuesday (Sept. 23) of indecent assault . The 69-year-old Travis, whose real name is David Griffin, was cleared on two other assault charges. Travis was a longtime DJ on BBC radio and host of TV music show Top of the Pops . He was…

  3. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  4. News Roundup: Everything Happening This Morning

    September 22, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Nude Leaks Continue:  Two alleged nude pictures of Rihanna appeared on 4chan and Reddit  early Sunday (Sept. 21) morning . The photos appear to have been taken during a fitting, according to TMZ.  Bummer for Bowie Fans:  It's mostly been a good few weeks for fans of the Thin White Duke…

  5. Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD': Track-by-Track Review

    September 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's a difficult time for female R&B singers -- right now, Tinashe , Beyoncé and Jhené Aiko are the only three in the top 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts -- and veterans face an especially tough market. Ashanti released an album earlier this year that sold 28,000 copies in its…

  6. Sir Mix-a-Lot: 'I Love' Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda'

    September 22, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Hits sometimes have unintended consequences: Nicki Minaj 's "Anaconda" is No. 3 on the Hot 100 , and because that song samples Sir Mix-a-Lot 's "Baby Got Back," Mix-a-Lot is enjoying a level of attention he probably hasn't received since the 1990s. Mr. Mix…

  7. Watch: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver & The Strokes Members Form Supergroup for Charity

    September 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Members of Arcade Fire , Bon Iver and the Strokes joined forces on stage at the third annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game on Saturday (Sept. 20) at the  McGill Sports Complex in Montreal. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn…

  8. Madonna Adds DJ Dahi & Blood Diamonds to Collaborators List

    September 21, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The list of collaborators for Madonna ’s next album continues to grow. Who's Working on Madonna's Album? 20 Possible Collaborators The diva posted an Instagram photo on Saturday (Sept. 20) of DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds working behind a computer, with the caption, “Nothing can stop…

  9. Snoop Dogg & Doug E Fresh Highlight BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 21, 2014 10:29 AM EDT DJ Mustard won Producer of the Year and Future's song "Move That Dope" took home Best Club Banger award. With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence. The rapper dubbed "The Human Beat Box" choked up and…

  10. iHeartRadio Festival: Calvin Harris Debuts 'Blame' Single Live with John Newman

    September 21, 2014 4:25 AM EDT Calvin Harris became the iHeartRadio Music Festival's first EDM headliner in its fourth year on Saturday night (Sept. 20), and the Scottish producer gave the audience at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena a special treat to send them home: the live debut of new single "…

  11. Watch: Childish Gambino Talks Ariana Grande Collab, New Mixtape at iHeartRadio Fest

    September 20, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Childish Gambino surprised fans at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival by joining Ariana Grande on stage to deliver a cheeky guest rap on "Break Your Heart Right Back," from Grande’s new chart-topping album My Everything . iHeartRadio Fest 2014: Photos Live from Las Vegas! Prior…

  12. iHeartRadio Fest Friday Highlights: Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Grab Guests, J-Law Watches Coldplay

    September 20, 2014 6:11 AM EDT The hottest names in popular music once again came together for the iHeartRadio Music Festival , a spectacle that continues to create must-discuss moments in its fourth year. From rising rock artists like Bastille to hip-hop pros like Nicki Minaj , from Coldplay 's stage return to…

  13. Jamie Foxx Sued Over New 2 Chainz-Featuring Song, 'Party Ain't a Party'

    September 19, 2014 9:46 PM EDT According to a Florida lawsuit, his "Party Ain't a Party" lyrics are identical to ones sung by another artist Less than a week after Jamie Foxx released his first new song in four years, the Oscar winning actor and musician is being dragged into court over the release. The…

  14. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in Augustin…

  15. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

  16. Why the Replacements Went Home to Minneapolis After 23 Years

    September 19, 2014 5:19 PM EDT When the front desk person at the Marriott hotel in downtown Minneapolis asked, "What brings you to town?," I would have won instant acceptance, or at least comprehension, if I had answered "a secret Prince concert." Or better yet: "The Vikings game. Hurts about…

  17. Axwell /\ Ingrosso Sign Exclusive Contract with Universal Music

    September 19, 2014 5:03 PM EDT The duo Axwell /\ Ingrosso have signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music. Their music will be released by Def Jam Recordings in the U.S. and Virgin/EMI in the UK. Steve Bartels , CEO of Def Jam Recordings, is excited to be working with the group. "We are proud at Def Jam to…

  18. Johnny Depp Makes Surprise Appearance During Ryan Adams' London Concert

    September 19, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Ryan Adams continued to celebrate the release of his new self-titled studio album with a fancy guest appearance at his Thursday night show in London. Playing at Shepherd's Bush Empire, he brought out Johnny Depp for some extra guitar on a pair of songs during the encore. Ryan Adams,…

  19. Jennifer Hudson on Why She’s Not Her Son’s Favorite Singer and Her ‘Dream Role’ Playing Aretha Franklin

    September 19, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Since her star-making turn as Effie in 2006's Dreamgirls , which took her from American Idol also-ran to Academy Award winner, Jennifer Hudson has left no doubt that she could crush a big ballad. Now on her third album, JHUD (Sept. 23, RCA), the singer-actress flips the script, hitting…

  20. Tricky Debuts, Calvin Harris Soars On Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 19, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Tricky's latest arrives, while Calvin Harris bounds into the top five on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for Charli XCX and Erika Jayne. Tricky trots onto Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums with Adrian Thaws at No. 9. The set starts with 1,000 copies sold, according…

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