1. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  2. Justin Bieber Pleads No Contest in Egg-Throwing Vandalism Case

    July 09, 2014 9:31 PM EDT Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home. Bieber also was ordered to complete five days of community labor and a 12-week anger-management program…

  3. Beck Announces 'Song Reader' Album with Jack White, Jack Black & More

    July 09, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Beck's quirky sheet music project is about to come to life Back in 2012, Beck released a little experiment "album" that existed solely in the form of sheet music. Now, two years later, "Song Reader" is getting a proper release, with an impressive, genre-hopping cast…

  4. George Michael, Arctic Monkeys and Katie Melua Implicated In Tax Avoidance Scheme

    July 09, 2014 6:48 AM EDT A number of high profile music figures, including George Michael and all four members of British band Arctic Monkeys, are among 1,600 people who collectively tried to shelter £1.2 billion ($2 billion) in a tax avoidance scheme, reports The Times .  Investors in the Liberty tax strategy also…

  5. Josh Groban Jams with 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Musical Sidekick Reggie Watts: Exclusive (Watch)

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reggie Watts, the comedian and musician who plays sidekick to Scott Aukerman on IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” took a rare step away from the keyboards to let Josh Groban display a rarely seen skill. Groban’s not only a sharp pianist, his style has nothing in common with the music he sings.   …

  6. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  7. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  8. Gregg Allman Biopic Director Indicted For Fatal Crash

    July 04, 2014 7:39 AM EDT Randall Miller, the director of troubled Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider,” and two of the film’s producers have been indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges following a fatal train crash on the film’s Georgia set, which led to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Seven other…

  9. Taylor Swift's Red Wraps as All-Time Country Tour

    July 03, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift has smashed the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist with the final stats reported from her Red tour that played arenas and stadiums in four continents during a 15-month span.  According to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, the tour’s overall gross of $150…

  10. Disclosure Teases Usher Collaboration

    July 02, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Oh, those feisty Disclosure lads. Less than a week after gracing the cover of Billboard, Howard and Guy Lawrence have hinted at their latest superstar collaboration by putting their signature white outline over Usher's face. The Instagram post, which includes the caption "Tomorrow…,…

  11. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  12. The Who's Roger Daltrey: 'We're Lucky To Be Alive & Still Touring'

    July 01, 2014 2:14 PM EDT The legendary frontman discusses the just-announced dates for this fall's The Who Hits 50 tour. The Who will begin its 50th anniversary -- and perhaps final -- tour later this year on home turf. The group announced on Monday (June 30) that The Who Hits 50 trek will begin Nov. 26 at the…

  13. Meet Indiana, Your New Favorite Pop Artist

    July 01, 2014 1:41 PM EDT With the scorching single "Solo Dancing" already an overseas hit, the U.K. singer-songwriter is ready to break big. Indiana's "Solo Dancing" is a song about constant movement that eliminates heat from the physical equation. Ostensibly, it is a song about joyously…

  14. Alabama Shakes: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:40 AM EDT Take a closer look at Alabama Shakes, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . It took only three years for Alabama Shakes to go from after-school music project to veritable stars. Formed by singer…

  15. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  16. EDM Power Players: The DJs

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Skrillex DJ; founder, Owsla Skrillex At this point, Skrillex — born Sonny John Moore in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles — isn’t just…

  17. Disclosure Talks Madonna Collaboration Rumors

    June 30, 2014 5:48 PM EDT When Madonna turned up at a couple of Disclosure shows earlier this month -- and shared multiple Instagram photos of her encounters -- fans immediately began to speculate if the Queen of Pop was working with the British duo on her next album. After all, Madonna has been sharing numerous…

  18. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

  19. Michael Jackson Documentary Featuring 'Private' Footage Triggers Lawsuit

    June 28, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Craig Williams seeks to confirm his company has valid rights on unseen footage from a 2007 photo shoot. The production company behind “Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot” has filed a lawsuit against the executors of the late singer's estate. At the center of this dispute is never…

  20. Johnny Ramone Tribute in Hollywood Marks 10 Year Anniversary of Guitarist's Death

    June 27, 2014 8:34 PM EDT September 15 will mark 10 years since the death of iconic guitarist Johnny Ramone, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's legacy will be celebrated with an event on August 24 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the late axeman was buried in 2004 at the age of 55. Johnny's…

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