1. David Bowie, Rihanna, Little Mix Score Nominations for 2017 Brit Awards

    January 16, 2017 3:24 AM EST With three nominations each , Little Mix , Rihanna and  Skepta are the frontrunners leading up to the 2017 Brit Awards, while the late British legend David Bowie and Canadian rapper Drake are in the chasing pack of artists with two nods apiece. Nominations for this year's awards were…

  2. David Bowie's Most Popular Releases in the U.K. Since His Death

    January 12, 2017 1:30 AM EST It’s been a year since David Bowie left us, but his music lives on in a big way.  In the 12 months since his untimely death, Bowie’s recordings have shifted approximately three-and-a-half million combined units in the U.K., according to new data published by the Official Charts Company. The…

  3. Why Evan Rachel Wood's Golden Globes Suit Is Important

    January 10, 2017 8:19 PM EST The ever-edgy  Evan Rachel Wood took over the Internet on Sunday night when the Westworld actress wore a custom Altuzarra silk pantsuit  to the Golden Globes instead of the customary dress. While few were shocked by the actress/signer's sartorial choice (she's known for a powerful,…

  4. On the First Anniversary of David Bowie's Death, Stroll to the Moon with His Greatest Space-Themed Hits

    January 10, 2017 11:40 AM EST It was one year ago today (Jan. 10) that the world lost the original rock and roll spaceman, David Bowie . On the anniversary of his death, NPR's Skunk Bear YouTube channel honored the singer with a video answering a Tumblr user's question about how long it would take to walk to the…

  5. David Bowie's Top Videos and Tracks on YouTube in the Past Year

    January 10, 2017 10:59 AM EST David Bowie left the world a year ago with Blackstar , his 25th album and first to go No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . He also left stunning visuals to accompany the songs, two of which are the most watched videos from his available catalog on YouTube in the last year.  According to data provided…

  6. Ed Sheeran's Comeback Songs Heading for U.K. Chart Record

    January 09, 2017 11:07 PM EST Ed Sheeran's comeback tracks are steaming toward big debuts and a new chart record in the U.K.  Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” (Asylum) and “Castle on the Hill” are way out in front in the race for the chart title having each surpassed more than 100,000 chart sales (download and streaming) in…

  7. UK Vinyl Sales in 2016 Hit Highest Level Since 1991

    January 09, 2017 6:41 PM EST UK vinyl sales reached their highest number since 1991 with more than 3.2 million records sold, according to recent findings published by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ). The mark represents a 53 percent increase from 2015. It still pales to the 45 billion audio streams recorded in…

  8. Watch David Bowie's Eerie 'No Plan' Video

    January 08, 2017 1:06 PM EST The eerie music video for David Bowie ’s “No Plan” debuted on Saturday (Jan. 7), just one day before what would have been the legendary musician’s 70th birthday. The Tom Hingston-directed video features rows of televisions broadcasting the lyrics to “No Plan,” with enthralled onlookers…

  9. Adele, The Chainsmokers Rule Australia's Year-End Charts

    January 06, 2017 4:10 AM EST When Adele visits Australia next month to kick off  her first tour of these parts , she’ll do so knowing she’s still No. 1.  The British songstress’ 25  (XL/Inertia) tops Australia’s year-end albums chart for the second successive year, according to newly-published trade data, while The…

  10. Amazon Taps Warner Music Veteran to Lead Ticketing Unit

    January 05, 2017 1:41 PM EST Amazon has hired music business veteran Lawrence Peryer to be its director of tickets in the United States, one of the many positions the company seeks to fill as part of its initiative to expand event ticketing operations. The ticketing unit, which launched in the U.K. in 2015, describes…

  11. Sleater-Kinney to Release First Live Album, Shares Video for 'Surface Envy': Watch

    January 04, 2017 3:39 AM EST Sleater-Kinney will release their first ever live album later this month.  The career-spanning LP  Live In Paris will drop Jan. 27 through Sub Pop, the influential punk-rockers’ label home of the last 12 years.   The set was recorded March 20, 2015 at the historic La Cigale theater in the…

  12. Watch Sleater-Kinney Cover David Bowie and George Michael

    January 03, 2017 12:35 AM EST Sleater-Kinney saw in the New Year by paying tribute to a pair of British music giants lost in 2016: George Michael  and David Bowie .  The alternative rock veterans -- Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss -- wrapped their show Saturday night in San Francisco with covers of Michael…

  13. Keith Urban Joined by Nicole Kidman for New Year's Eve Tribute to David Bowie, Prince & More: Watch

    January 01, 2017 7:46 PM EST Keith Urban paid respect to many of the great musicians who passed away in 2016 during his Music City Midnight New Year's Eve performance in Nashville Saturday night (Dec. 31). His eight-minute set, leading up to midnight and airing on CNN, included a medley of Leonard Cohen ’s …

  14. 'Sgt. Pepper' Redesign Updated To Include Carrie Fisher, George Michael and More of This Year's Lost Legends

    December 28, 2016 9:41 AM EST The iconic album artwork was reimagined to honor legends lost in 2016. Early in December, an image surfaced on social media of a redesigned album cover for The Beatles ' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ; it depicts many of the lives lost in 2016, primarily of iconic figures in…

  15. David Bowie's Final, Imaginative, Awesome Year

    December 20, 2016 9:00 AM EST As the anniversary of his death approaches, collaborators of the music icon's off-Broadway show 'Lazarus' share accounts of a cancer-stricken artist productive and engaged until the end. Henry Hey, musical director of the off-Broadway show Lazarus, was struggling late last year…

  16. Aaron Watson Puts the Cowboy Back In Country With 'Outta Style'

    December 20, 2016 8:51 AM EST Singer's dramatic 'Bottom-Of-The-Ninth' effort knits Tom Petty and country fiddles. When Aaron Watson debuted at No. 1 on Country Albums on March 7, 2015, with The Underdog , he set a precedent as the first-ever self-released independent artist to start at the top on that chart…

  17. Here's Why David Bowie Wasn't Cast as Gandalf in 'Lord of the Rings'

    December 17, 2016 3:29 PM EST The official story about why late rock legend David Bowie wasn’t cast in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy has finally surfaced. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post , LOTR casting director Amy Hubbard said that Bowie was considered for the role of Gandalf, but that the…

  18. 10 Best Rock/Alternative Songs of 2016: Critics' Picks

    December 13, 2016 9:30 PM EST It’s no secret that the landscape is adjusting for rock and alternative music. The umbrella of genres didn’t see much play on the top 40 in 2016, though numerous artists managed to send albums to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart . Here, we take a look at our favorite singles from the…

  19. 10 Best Rock/Alternative Albums of 2016: Critics' Picks

    December 13, 2016 6:07 PM EST We’d all like to find the next big, meaningful artist. Even more, most of us would probably like to get the next big artist, make them our own. In the realm of rock and alternative, 2016 gave us some very literal reality checks, reminding us the value of connecting with the old masters among…

  20. 10 Best Awards Show Moments of 2016: Critic's Picks

    December 09, 2016 5:50 PM EST What can be said about this year? We lost some of music’s most important innovators, including David Bowie and Prince . We watched modern music mavens meld genres that normally wouldn’t sit next to each other and challenge what pop can be, and we watched them do it in unlikely places -- like…

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