1. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  2. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  3. Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party': Track-by-Track Review

    June 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies,…

  4. Sia Seeks Revenge on Awful Dry Cleaner, Tweets Phone Number

    June 17, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Pop singer-songwriter Sia has a few simple, understandable personal requests: she wants to swing from the chandelier, she wants to live like tomorrow doesn't exist, but perhaps most importantly, she wants a competent dry cleaner. Sadly, Sia did not receive the latter pleasure recently,…

  5. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  6. Bonnaroo 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 16, 2014 1:25 PM EDT From Sam Smith's breakout moment to Lionel Richie playing hits all night long, these were the 10 must-see moments at Bonnaroo. Over the four days of Bonnaroo 2014, festival goers down on the biggest gathering in Manchester, Tenn. were treated to stellar performances on the five…

  7. Bonnaroo 2014: Arctic Monkeys Conquer the Main Stage After U.S. Breakthrough

    June 16, 2014 2:43 AM EDT Pssst: the Arctic Monkeys are a big deal in America now, too. Five albums into their career, Alex Turner and company are riding their biggest hit single to date, and have evolved into a formidable live force. Amongst alt-rock’s upper echelon, the Monkeys are right up there with the Muses and…

  8. Meet Erykah Badu's Favorite Jewelry Designer, Lillian Shalom

    June 13, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Picture this: You're a jewelry designer who displays her work on Instagram, and a famous singer-songwriter's friend stumbles across your account and starts following you. Then, that particular pal shows your photos to her friend, who happens to be Erykah Badu , and it turns out she&…

  9. Darius Rucker Talks Kenny Rogers, Mötley Crüe & Recording His Next Album

    June 10, 2014 11:02 AM EDT For Darius Rucker, the CMA Music Festival is not only a chance to hang out with fans for a week, it also serves as a reminder that he is one. "When you're on the road a lot, you don't get to see a lot of shows. I still remember the first CMA event I came to with Brooks &…

  10. Tony Awards: 10 Things Seen and Heard on the Radio City Red Carpet

    June 08, 2014 11:37 PM EDT "Musical theater is not dead," declared "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" co-writer Steven Lutvak -- just one of the Broadway luminaries who spoke to Billboard at the star-studded event. Sunday's Tony Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, was a…

  11. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests in humorous off-topic banter. Tonight's…

  12. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  13. 'American Idol' Alum David Archuleta to Fans: 'I'm Not Dead' (Watch)

    June 02, 2014 1:55 AM EDT American Idol alum David Archuleta has a message for his fans: “I’m not dead.” The season seven runner-up, who recently returned from a mission in Chile with his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted a new vlog on YouTube to discuss his new path in the music…

  14. Miranda Lambert Tackles Tabloid 'Craziness' In New Song 'Priscilla'

    May 30, 2014 3:07 PM EDT The fifth studio album from Miranda Lambert, "Platinum," on next Tuesday, and she says that she took the creative process for the set very seriously. "I felt like I have a responsibility as a female artist and a songwriter... to keep re-inventing, and keep things fresh and do…

  15. Ron Weisner on Michael Jackson's Happiness, Shoving Jann Wenner, Passing on Madonna in New Memoir

    May 27, 2014 3:58 PM EDT In Listen Out Loud: A Life in Music—Managing McCartney, Madonna and Michael Jackson, veteran manager Ron Weisner , 69, shares inside dirt about his handling some of the top music talent of his generation. His goal: “An honest story of my involvement with these remarkable artists and the play…

  16. Lorde’s Rescheduled Australia Tour Dates Announced

    May 26, 2014 11:12 PM EDT Lorde’s tour of Australia is back on track. The New Zealand born artist has announced new dates in July to replace the trek canceled due to her poor health. Lorde’s rescheduled tour now starts July 5 at Perth’s Challenge Stadium, visits Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and wraps-up July…

  17. From Sound City to City Sounds: Dave Grohl Talks Risky Foo Fighters Album, HBO Project

    May 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary comes with an album, its own cable docuseries and an ambitious mission to tell the story of America through its indigenous music If Dave Grohl is gunning for the title of rock's top overachiever, he is well on his way. Since forming Foo Fighters in…

  18. Sum 41's Deryck Whibley Hospitalized for Alcoholism: 'If I Have One Drink The Docs Say I Will Die'

    May 17, 2014 12:43 PM EDT Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley has hit “rock bottom” and was recently hospitalized as a result of alcohol abuse, the singer candidly revealed in a May 16 post on his website. “The reason I got so sick is from all the hard boozing I’ve been doing over the years,” Whibley explained. “If I have…

  19. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  20. The Julie Ruin Cancels Tour Dates Over Kathleen Hanna's Lyme Disease

    May 13, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna is doing her best to recover from a nasty bout with Lyme Disease. But getting better means canceling a slew of North American and European tour dates this summer. Today, the Julie Ruin announced the cancellation of 27 tour dates so their singer can focus on…

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