1. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  2. Why 1984 Was Pop Music’s Best Year Ever

    October 24, 2014 2:18 PM EDT If the dystopian warnings in George Orwell's visionary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four hadn't entirely come to pass, there was plenty of alienation, disillusionment and despair to go around in 1984. Fear of nuclear destruction was at an all-time high. The AIDS epidemic continued to…

  3. One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay to Perform at Inaugural BBC Music Awards

    October 24, 2014 4:10 AM EDT One Direction , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay , Calvin Harris , Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit will perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in London on Dec. 11, the U.K. public broadcaster announced on Friday. The U.K. public broadcaster first unveiled the new awards show, which will compete with…

  4. Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works With Martin Scorsese

    October 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a career-spanning retrospective documentary executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev .  Bar-Lev has been highly regarded for his work covering the Penn State…

  5. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  6. Director of Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' on Protests: 'It Invites an Audience to Think'

    October 22, 2014 11:09 PM EDT When director Peter Sellars and composer John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer had its initial runs in Brussels and New York in 1991, it caused a sensation and a furor. The subject matter, still fresh in the public consciousness, was the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille…

  7. Jackie Lee Scores a Touchdown With First Single, 'She Does,' Prepping Debut Album

    October 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT The Alcoa Tornadoes are one of America's most successful high school football programs. Located in East Tennessee, the team has won 13 state titles -- including a staggering seven in a row between 2004 and 2010. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would leave such a program,…

  8. George Harrison's Childhood Home Fetches $250,000 at Auction

    October 22, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Winning bid came from Beatles fan who lost out on John Lennon's house last year George Harrison 's childhood home in Liverpool has sold for just over $250,000 at an auction held at the legendary Cavern Club in the English city.  The Liverpool Echo reported that Harrison's…

  9. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Lips tap Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara and more for a loving deconstruction of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Given it's a frequent contender for the 'Greatest Album Ever Made' title, it almost seems like there…

  10. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  11. Exclusive: Tsu Launches as First Social & Payment Platform Where Users Own Their Content

    October 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Facebook ,  Twitter , and their investors may be profiting from user-generated content, but there's one person that's not: the user himself, who sees all the money from targeted ads (how did they know I was looking at those Ugg boots on Zappos?) go directly to those companies. But…

  12. Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dead At 82

    October 20, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican-American fashion designer, has died at age 82, ABC News has confirmed. De la Renta had been battling cancer.  His work became the preferred wear for such first ladies as Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and he designed the dress worn…

  13. Happy Birthday Tom Petty! Celebrate By Revisiting 10 Classic Tracks

    October 20, 2014 5:57 PM EDT In honor of Tom Petty 's 64th birthday, we're revisiting some of his hits! "Don't Come Around Here No More" It's been documented that the inspiration for this 1985 song was a romantic encounter that co-writer David A. Stewart ( Eurythmics ) had with Stevie…

  14. Watch Drake Completely Airball a Three-Point Shot

    October 20, 2014 10:20 AM EDT We know we’re giving Drake a hard time here, but we think he can take a little teasing. The 2014 ESPYs host was on court with the University of Kentucky basketball team doing a little pre game shoot-around before a preseason game. Unfortunately for him, ESPN’s camera caught him at the worst…

  15. Ella Henderson Opens at the Top in U.K. with 'Chapter One'

    October 20, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Ella Henderson , who finished sixth in the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, made a triumphant start to her album career in the U.K. yesterday (Oct. 19), opening at No. 1 with her debut set Chapter One (Syco Music/Sony Music). Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) started a…

  16. Lorde's 'Royals' Gets Banned in San Francisco for World Series

    October 19, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Lorde 's not getting any love from San Francisco right now. As the city's Giants head into the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, the singer's hit "Royals" has been blacklisted from local radio.  MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed Stations KFOG and…

  17. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  18. Jimmy Iovine Lauds 'Cool' Status of Beats Among NFL Players

    October 15, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Iovine talks NFL's headphones fine & his educational venture with Dr. Dre at USC event. "I can't believe I'm this lucky," Jimmy Iovine joked on Wednesday (Oct. 15), reacting to the $10,000 fine lobbed last week against an NFL quarterback for wearing Beats by…

  19. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  20. Aretha Franklin, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics': Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 15, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis' relationship began in 1980, when the Queen of Soul signed with the mogul's Arista Records. "And 20 years later, I made the right decision," Franklin tells Billboard of agreeing to that union. She had plenty of hits during that era, most…

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