1. Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize?

    September 10, 2014 7:11 PM EDT If you're a U.K. musician making alternative music, the Mercury Prize is one of the greatest honors you can achieve. The annual award celebrates the best full-length from a British Isles-based artist and regularly goes to a dark horse, a left-field candidate largely ignored by the…

  2. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  3. Where Are Beats Music, iTunes, and the iPod? Hiding Under Bono's Swag

    September 10, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Whither the music? The bombast of bringing out the world's richest rock band (and its new album, which is currently in your iTunes library whether you want it there or not, a subtle reminder of the power Apple has to minutely affect your everyday life) to cap the biggest product…

  4. Megadeth Pulls Out of Motorhead's Motorboat Cruise

    September 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Most cruises are relaxing. Motörhead's upcoming Motörboat cruise -- advertised as "the Loudest Boat in the World" -- will not be one of them. Unfortunately, one headlining group won't be able to add to the din: Megadeth has pulled out of the event because frontman Dave…

  5. David Bowie Announces New Song 'Sue' for Career-Spanning Album Release

    September 10, 2014 2:08 AM EDT David Bowie promised new music, and he's about to deliver on his word. The Thin White Duke will issue a new song "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" as part of the release this November of a career-spanning collection, titled Nothing Has Changed (The Definitive Collection) . "…

  6. NBC's 'Peter Pan' Casts Tony Nominee as Mrs. Darling

    September 09, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Kelli O'Hara joins Allison Williams in live TV event. NBC has found Peter Pan Live 's Mrs. Darling. Five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara has been tapped to play the wife to George Darling and the mother to Wendy, John and Michael, the network announced Tuesday (Sept. 9). First…

  7. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  8. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  9. iPhone 6: What Do Katy Perry, Sam Smith & More Artists Think?

    September 09, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Apple unveiled a new iPhone and two new watches on Tuesday (Sept. 9), and musicians' reactions on social media ranged from jokes about the new products to critiques of the failed live stream. The producer Breakage called the event an "epic fail," while A-Trak got distracted…

  10. U2 Releases Free Album 'Songs of Innocence' at Apple Event

    September 09, 2014 2:58 PM EDT "It's the largest album release of all time," Apple CEO Tim Cook says of the group's surprise album launch. U2 has returned in stunning fashion: the legendary rock group has released a new album, Songs of Innocence , for free on iTunes, following its performance…

  11. Apple Unveils Watch, Two New iPhones

    September 09, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The Apple Watch has finally arrived. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new device Tuesday morning during a live event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. It's the first new product from Apple since Cook took control of the company from Steve Jobs in 2011. The watch…

  12. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  13. Apple Store Is Down Ahead of New iPhone, Smartwatch Reveal

    September 09, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Looking to buy an iPhone that will likely be old-and-cheaper in a couple hours? Too bad, Apple's online store is officially down so that the trend-setting company can update product listings ahead of Tuesday's big announcement. Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in…

  14. The Wytches Invade The U.S. with Epic Hangovers & Couch-Surfing Strategy

    September 08, 2014 6:08 PM EDT “I ask after the loudest applause… ‘I hate to be that guy, but can we stay at your house?' says guitarist Kristian Bell. Midway through this interview with his bandmates, Wytches drummer Gianni Honey bursts through the door of Otto's Shrunken Head in lower Manhattan more than a…

  15. Who Just Became the U.K.'s Top Solo Artist on Spotify?

    September 08, 2014 4:47 PM EDT As of Sept. 8, Calvin Harris is a member of Spotify’s 1 billion streams club. Spotify announced that the 30-year-old Scottish DJ-producer has reached his 1 billionth play, making him the first U.K. solo artist ever to reach that milestone. Yes, that’s right -- ahead of Adele , Amy Winehouse…

  16. Neil Patrick Harris Marries David Burtka

    September 08, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Elton John performed at the reception. Neil Patrick Harris is a newlywed. The TV and Broadway star wed David Burtka , his partner of 10 years, on Saturday in Italy, Harris' rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . "We happily confirm that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were…

  17. Snoop Dogg Teases New Pharrell Collab in Weed Infomercial

    September 07, 2014 7:11 PM EDT Snoop Dogg and Pharrell have been cooking up something new in the studio, and the Doggfather took to Youtube to deliver a sneak peak. And, as he did so, he also gave us an almost literal taste of what his buddy  Kurupt  has been cooking up as well -- MoonRocks.  Snoop Dogg Dons Whiteface…

  18. Inside Martin Garrix's Lights-Out Set at West Hollywood's 1OAK

    September 05, 2014 7:05 PM EDT L.A.-area club was the site of Suge Knight's shooting almost two weeks ago. There wasn't much of an introduction for Martin Garrix at 1OAK in West Hollywood on Thursday night. The 18-year-old Dutch DJ, who's considered one of EDM's most promising young stars under Scooter…

  19. Exclusive: Aloe Blacc, Foster The People Lead Lineup For 'Culinary Beats' Season 2

    September 05, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Aloe Blacc , Alex & Sierra , Magic Man , Ella Henderson , Walk Off The Earth and Foster The People are indulging their kitchen ambitions as the stars of Culinary Beats , a six-part web series that returns for its second season toady (Sept. 5) on Yahoo! Screen and Citibank’s YouTube…

  20. Arcade Fire, Wiz Khalifa and More Look to Groupon, LivingSocial to Sell Concert Tickets

    September 05, 2014 12:07 PM EDT Websites like Groupon have become the go-to place for folks looking for that half-off deal on a manicure, a two-for-one offer for a fancy dinner or that all-inclusive trip that won't break the bank. But increasingly, it's also becoming the place for music fans to scoop up deep…

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