1. Neil Diamond Almost Changed His Name to Ice Charry

    October 21, 2014 10:59 AM EDT In an alternate universe somewhere, Neil Diamond is touring under the name "Ice Charry." Before the release of Diamond's debut, The Feel of Neil Diamond,  in 1966, the singer thought long and hard about changing his name. He told Jimmy Fallon he came up with two options: Noah…

  2. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  3. Eric Church Brings the Outsiders Tour to New York's Madison Square Garden

    October 18, 2014 11:50 AM EDT A few songs into his set at Madison Square Garden Friday (Oct. 17) night, Eric Church stopped to reflect briefly on his ascent from playing bars and clubs to headlining arenas. He's played MSG once before, he noted, and he remembers the exact date: eight years and three days ago. Back…

  4. 10 Things We Learned from Joe Perry's Reddit AMA

    October 17, 2014 10:06 PM EDT The guitar-slinging Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry has been rocking hard for 40 years and lately he's been making a victory lap of sorts, celebrating his achievements with a new book, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith .  Friday Perry joined Reddit fans for an Ask Me Anything (AMA)…

  5. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  6. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  7. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  8. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the band's seminal lineup: Claypool,…

  9. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  10. Stoney LaRue Ready to Take Flight With 'Aviator'

    October 10, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Acclaimed singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue will release his fourth studio album, Aviator , on Oct. 28, and he says the recording process was an incredible experience. "Everything about the process was absolutely wonderful. Now, we're just waiting for everybody else to get it in…

  11. How Iggy Pop Inspired Music Supervisor Gary Calamar to Record His Solo EP

    October 06, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Iggy Pop provided words of encouragement to music supervisor Gary Calamar after the two collaborated on "Let's Boot and Rally" for season five of True Blood in 2012. "It might have been an off-the-cuff comment," says Calamar, "but him talking to me inspired me…

  12. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  13. Hurtsmile Song Premiere: Hear a New Track from Gary Cherone’s Latest Album

    October 02, 2014 12:17 PM EDT For Extreme's Gary Cherone, a second album by his other band, Hurtsmile, was imperative to prove that Hurtsmile is, well, a real band. "If there was [only] one record it would seem like a Gary Cherone project, and this is truly a band," Cherone, who releases Hurtsmile's…

  14. U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT By its third album, 1983’s War , U2 had mined its influences and forged the building blocks of its unique sound. These included Bono’s obliquely heroic lyrics, the Edge’s polished-shrapnel guitar riffs, and the charging rhythms of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. On their…

  15. We Spoke to a Scientist Who Sneaks Bob Dylan Lyrics Into His Writing

    September 30, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Have you heard about the scientists who sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into their writings? Lately, the internet has caught onto the story of a small group of Swedish scientists who take their Dylan fandom to very clinical levels. For instance, an article about flatulence came with the tagline, …

  16. 5 Questions with Steve Nieve, Elvis Costello's World-Class Sideman

    September 29, 2014 2:02 AM EDT There’s a case to be made for Steve Nieve as rock 'n' roll’s greatest keyboardist, at least as an accompanist. Ebony and ivory have lived together not just in perfect harmony but frenzied excitement as Nieve has been the dominant instrumental force in Elvis Costello’ s Attractions…

  17. Agent Nick Storch Joins Artist Group International

    September 24, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Respected rock/pop agent Nick Storch has followed  Marsha Vlasic to Artist Group International. Storch began his career at Face The Music Touring, then moved to the Agency Group, prior to his five-year tenure at ICM Partners. Marsha Vlasic, Agent to Neil Young, Muse & More, Leaving ICM…

  18. Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2

    September 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, George Strait and Train all notch Top 5 debuts as well. As reported yesterday , Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners . The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to…

  19. Barbra Streisand Makes History at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    September 23, 2014 8:11 PM EDT Streisand is the only act with No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. It's official: Barbra Streisand 's Partners album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making the icon the first act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. Barbra Streisand&…

  20. Are Changes Coming to Sony and What Will They Mean for Artists Like Barbra Streisand and Adele?

    September 19, 2014 11:33 AM EDT As the Sony CEO's contract winds down, and insiders mull future leadership at the house of Adele, Barbra, Bruce and Miley, the "don't fix what's not broken belief" gains steam. Sony Entertainment's music division, which encompasses the 125-year-old Columbia…

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