1. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 16, 2014 2:25 PM EDT After the critical drubbing she withstood from late 2011 through early 2012, Lana Del Rey would have been well justified in packing up her party dresses and heart-shaped sunglasses and secluding herself in some Hollywood mansion, "Sunset Boulevard"-style. Branded an…

  2. Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' in Paris Exhibit Pays Tribute to Women

    June 13, 2014 9:13 PM EDT Pharrell Williams is putting on a show -- an art show in Paris, that is. Following the March release of his album, "G I R L", the singer continues to celebrate women with his new art exhibit of the same name at Galerie Perrotin in Paris. The display features 48 pieces handpicked or…

  3. 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 ……

  4. Irving Azoff Signs Gwen Stefani, No Doubt (Exclusive)

    June 11, 2014 12:02 PM EDT In his second major move of the week, Irving Azoff has signed Gwen Stefani and No Doubt for management, Billboard has learned. On Tuesday (June 10) it was announced that Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE) -- the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company -…

  5. 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…

  6. New Pornographers Announce 'Brill Bruisers' Album, Share New Song & Tour Dates

    June 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The New Pornographers are finally back. Four years since the release of their last album (2010's "Together") the power-popping supergroup today announced plans to release its sixth studio album -- titled "Brill Bruisers" -- Aug. 26 via Matador. Check out the title…

  7. 'Ghostbusters' At 30: A Soundtrack Appreciation

    June 08, 2014 9:10 AM EDT It's spooky and it's kooky...and, no, we're not talking about the Addams Family. Thirty years ago this weekend on June 8, 1984, the world got its first taste of "Ghostbusters" -- the Ivan Reitman film starring Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis (who co-wrote the script) as…

  8. Hunter Hayes Performs Surprise Show, Hits Studio With John Legend

    June 08, 2014 7:05 AM EDT Quite a bit of what fans see during the CMA Music Festival is scripted and planned. However, there are always a few surprises that filter into the week's worth of activities. Hunter Hayes definitely gave his fans a little something extra on Friday with a surprise performance downtown.…

  9. Governors Ball 2014: Bastille Covers TLC's 'No Scrubs'

    June 07, 2014 9:06 AM EDT UK group Bastille took the stage in a toned down mostly black look, with lead singer Dan Smith rocking a gray wolf hoodie - before promptly removing it due to the especially warm Friday sun. Smith let the songs speak for themselves, launching into hits from their Bad Blood LP, with each…

  10. 15 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Outkast Owns, Damon Albarn & De La Soul Team Up Day 1

    June 07, 2014 6:07 AM EDT Far from the mud-splattered ethos of last year's Governors Ball, the 2014 edition took over New York's Randall's Island Friday (June 6) in bright sunshine and ideal temps in 70s, perfect weather for the long-awaited NYC live return of Outkast, Britpop icon Damon Albarn (with…

  11. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  12. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Poll: What's Your Favorite New Song?

    June 05, 2014 2:27 PM EDT "West Coast," "Shades of Cool" or "Ultraviolence"? Vote now! Lana Del Rey's sophomore album "Ultraviolence" is one of the most hotly anticipated full-lengths of the year, with each new song released from the LP generating a generous helping…

  13. Lana Del Rey Debuts New Song 'Ultraviolence': Listen

    June 04, 2014 3:55 PM EDT With just over a week to go before the release of her sophomore effort "Ultraviolence," Lana Del Rey continues to unveil more new music. Today she shared the full album version of the title track from her new LP. "Ultraviolence" glides by like a waning summer afternoon,…

  14. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  15. Jack White Apologizes For Comments About Black Keys and Meg White In Lengthy Letter

    May 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Jack White posted a lengthy note on his website Saturday (May 31) to apologize for comments he made in a recent Rolling Stones cover story about the Black Keys ripping off his sound and past creative frustrations with ex-White Stripes bandmate Meg White. “It seems like it’s becoming obvious…

  16. Jack White on Black Keys: 'Ripping Off Sounds of Mine'

    May 30, 2014 8:44 PM EDT The White Stripes frontman also delivers offhanded disses to Adele and Lana Del Rey A couple weeks ago, speaking with Rolling Stone, The Black Keys  reignited a feud  with Jack White saying he sounded like “an asshole” in the leaked emails to his ex-wife denigrating the Keys' guitarist…

  17. Latest James Brown Biopic Trailer Arrives Online (Watch)

    May 29, 2014 5:20 AM EDT "42" star Chadwick Boseman sings and dances in the latest look at Universal's upcoming biopic. The latest trailer for Universal's upcoming James Brown film "Get on Up" takes a straightforward biographical approach. The clip begins with the following voiceover…

  18. The Black Keys' Biggest Beefs: Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson & More

    May 27, 2014 1:03 PM EDT These days, it's not too hard being the Black Keys. The Ohio-bred duo of singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney earned its first No. 1 album this week, as new LP "Turn Blue" beat out Michael Jackson's posthumous album "Xscape" by about 7,000…

  19. Lana Del Rey Debuts New Song “Shades of Cool”: Listen

    May 26, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Aside from serenading guests at Kim and Kanye’s wedding rehearsal dinner Friday night, Lana Del Rey is taking advantage of the holiday weekend to drop her new track “Shades of Cool”.  The icy singer debuted the single Monday with the iTunes pre-sale launch of her upcoming album "…

  20. Spoon Signs to Loma Vista; Album Expected Soon

    May 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Austin-based indie rock band Spoon has signed to Loma Vista, the label started by former Warner Bros. Records' chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Loma Vista declined to comment on the signing but two sources verified the deal though exact terms were not disclosed. Since 2000 the band has been…

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