1. Neil Finn On Songwriters' Struggle, Learning to Dance & Miley Cyrus' Brand of Feminism

    September 10, 2014 5:47 AM EDT Submit to the struggle, to existential crisis. And make sure to put in the hours. Those are some of Neil Finn’s tips for tackling the songwriting process. Finn shared sound advice and took his standing-room audience on a trip through his earliest musical years during a keynote conversation…

  2. Ryan Adams Drops Bizarre Promos for Parakeet-Killing Album: Watch

    September 10, 2014 12:03 AM EDT Ryan Adams has released his new self-titled album today, and to get everyone excited about it, he has created two of the weirdest promotional videos known to man. Garry Shandling, Jeff Garlin, Don Was and Bob Mould join in on the bizarre videos with Shandling acting as Adams' manager and…

  3. Crystal Gayle Says Country Hall of Fame Exhibit Gives Her a Chance to 'Look Back'

    September 09, 2014 6:36 PM EDT 'When I Dream' runs through Nov. 3 in Nashville. It's not too often that an artist nails a song on the first take. However, that's exactly what happened in 1977 when Crystal Gayle hit the studio to record the song that would become her signature tune, "Don't It…

  4. Top Arena Execs Dish on How They Move Ticket Sales

    September 09, 2014 6:20 PM EDT What does it take to run a successful arena in today’s competitive and volatile touring business? Venue executives from across the country will convene Sept. 14-16 in Long Beach, Ca. for the Arena Management Conference organized by the IAVM, the International Association of Venue Managers.…

  5. U2's Surprise 'Songs of Innocence': Album Review

    September 09, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Had Apple not been readying the launch of its new iPhone 6, U2 might have had to invent the thing itself. In a bold move only this band could pull off, Bono and the gang hijacked the tech giant's Sept. 9 unveiling and announced the release -- free to all 500 million iTunes users --…

  6. 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…

  7. Taylor Swift's Five Most Personal Lyrics

    September 09, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Your move, 'Bad Blood.' The Taylor Swift   Lyric Guessing Game for 1989 began in earnest Monday, when Swift talked to Rolling Stone about her new song "Bad Blood," which addresses an unidentified female celebrity who stabbed her in the back. The Internet zeroed in on Katy…

  8. Jeezy Talks 'Seen It All' Album, Trap Music & Career Longevity

    September 09, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Like nearly all rappers, Jeezy is the axis of any room; he's the most magnetic person around. During an off day from the Under the Influence of Music Tour, he appears flustered only when the 1980s new wave record "I Melt With You" blasts through the restaurant’s speakers. (…

  9. Corner Office: Danny Strick on a Post-Jody Gerson Company and ‘Wild West’ Publishing World

    September 09, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The publishing veteran on company culture post-acquisition, the looming battle with PROs and Jody Gerson's exit. When Danny Strick , 58, told his father in 2000 that he was leaving his position as the U.S. president of BMG Music Publishing to become a senior A&R executive at Madonna …

  10. How Lee Brice Turned His Own Wedding Song Into a Country Smash

    September 09, 2014 12:25 PM EDT If there’s one thing Lee Brice has learned during the course of his career, it’s patience. In 2003, the country singer-songwriter-producer, who’s now 35, signed to Curb Records. But after the release of his debut album stalled, he tried a different approach: penning hits for Jason Aldean and…

  11. Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn Makes Directorial Debut with ‘Mall’: Watch An Exclusive Clip

    September 09, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Mall may be Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn's feature film directorial debut, but he's certainly been ramping up for this since the band started. Watch an exclusive clip of Mall below: Hahn, who co-founded Linkin Park while studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, has…

  12. Rewinding The Charts: 25 Years Ago, New Kids On The Block Were 'Hangin' ' At No. 1

    September 09, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Boston boy band topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with its breakthrough album and the set's title cut, respectively In every era of pop music, boy bands have elicited irrepressible shrieks from adoring female fans. In the '60s, it was the Beatles. In the '70s, the…

  13. Did Katy Perry Confirm Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Song Is About Her?

    September 09, 2014 9:59 AM EDT If you're going to insult Katy Perry , expect some serious shade in return. A quick primer: Yesterday, Taylor Swift 's Rolling Stone  profile found her discussing a new song off 1989 called "Bad Blood," which is about an unnamed female celebrity who was, you know, "…

  14. Lady Gaga Promises Not to Flash Flesh in Middle East

    September 09, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The singer said she changed her Dubai show to respect local customs amid reports of weak ticket sales. Lady Gaga arrived in the Middle East Monday night with the promise that she wouldn’t be donning any revealing costumes when her ArtRave: The Art Pop Ball tour hits Dubai on Wednesday.…

  15. Neil Diamond Takes Guests Down 'Melody Road' at Capitol Studios Listening Party

    September 09, 2014 1:28 AM EDT Neil Diamond's first album for Capitol Records, Melody Road , has met with approval from his co-producers and label executives, but he has a final hurdle: his mother. "She's 96," Diamond told a small gathering at Capitol's Studio A on Monday night, assembled to hear…

  16. Keith Richards On Writing, Jetlag & His Next Solo Project

    September 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT There's one person who knew Keith Richards would become Keith Richards: his grandfather. The Rolling Stone  member said Augustus Theodore Dupree introduced him to the guitar and taught him about music as a child growing up in England. "I think in a way he sort of had plans for me I…

  17. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  18. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  19. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  20. 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…

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