1. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  2. Simon Cowell's Lucky Streak Rolls On

    July 13, 2014 11:37 PM EDT Life is good these days for Simon Cowell. "America's Got Talent," which he created and produces, reigns as summer's top-rated program and was renewed Sunday for a 10th season by NBC. It's part of a "Got Talent" franchise seen in 62 countries which, according…

  3. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

  4. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  5. Inside the Topanga Canyon Studio of Jacknife Lee, Producer for U2, Taylor Swift & 'Divergent'

    March 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The words "Abandon Taste" glow on a neon sign in the main room of Jacknife Lee's Topanga Canyon recording studio, part of a three-structure compound that also includes his home -- and a yurt. It's an ironic statement, considering Lee, real name Garret Lee, is the acclaimed…

  6. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  7. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  8. Does One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Follow The Boy Band Third-Album Trend?

    November 27, 2013 2:38 PM EST Revisiting the changes in sound and creative input on the third efforts by NKOTB, BSB, N' Sync & more. This week, British heartthrobs One Direction -- the most successful boy band in a decade by just about any standard -- release their third studio album, "Midnight Memories.…

  9. Bruno Mars To Play Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show: It's Official

    September 08, 2013 1:13 PM EDT It's official: Bruno Mars will play the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on Feb. 2, 2014. Reports of the "Locked Out Of Heaven" singer's booking started circulating when the Los Angeles Times broke the news Friday, and were confirmed throughout the weekend.…

  10. Backstreet Boys, 'Breathe': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 24, 2013 11:59 AM EDT BSB's Howie Dorough details the new track's creation and discusses the veteran boy band's future. On July 30, Backstreet Boys will return with their eighth studio album, "In a World Like This," which doubles as their first album as a quintet since 2005'…

  11. Jazz Bassist Ben Tucker Killed in Car Crash

    June 05, 2013 9:56 AM EDT Musician Ben Tucker performed with stars from Quincy Jones to Peggy Lee before he settled in the 1970s in Savannah, where the jazz bassist became one of the city's best-known working musicians. He was killed in a car crash Tuesday at age 82. Tucker was driving a golf cart across a road…

  12. Simon Cowell Confident in ‘Good Chemistry’ Ahead of New 'America's Got Talent’ Season

    June 03, 2013 2:52 AM EDT So what's new on TV? The new season of "America's Got Talent" starts Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT. New judges include former Spice Girl Mel B. and supermodel/personality Heidi Klum, who are joining forces with Howie Mandel and Howard Stern. New York's Radio City Music Hall…

  13. Backstreet Boys Are 'Halfway There' to First Indie Album

    November 19, 2012 11:50 AM EST With Kevin Richardson back in the fold, the guys work with "young cats" like the Fliptones on their next album Just in time to celebrate their 20th anniversary next year, a clearly revived Backstreet Boys say a new album is more than halfway done. The quintet, which is again at full…

  14. Backstreet Boys Reunite for 'GMA' Concert: Watch

    August 31, 2012 2:35 PM EDT It's been six years, but as of this morning, Backstreet's back (alright). All five members of the Backstreet Boys performed on "Good Morning America," their first official concert since Kevin Richardson rejoined the band earlier this year. The quintet sang a trio of hits -…

  15. Sharon Osbourne: 'I'm Not Returning' to 'America's Got Talent'

    July 25, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Sharon Osbourne said Tuesday that she's ready to say goodbye to NBC's "America's Got Talent," taking the network by surprise. In a posting on Twitter , Osbourne addressed "my darling" fellow judge Howard Stern and said, "money is not the reason I'm…

  16. Howard Stern Makes 7-Year-Old Rapper Cry on 'America's Got Talent'

    May 22, 2012 6:40 PM EDT "Radio is for me. I made a mistake... this isn't for me," said the judge during the May 21 episode Howard Stern seems to have lost his edge now that he's on "America's Got Talent," but this week he felt "so evil" that he threatened to quit. When 7…

  17. 'America's Got Talent' Premiere: Howard Stern Is Anything But Shocking

    May 15, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Despite concerns that new judge Howard Stern's particular brand of comedy wouldn't translate well to the family-friendly audience of "America's Got Talent," he blended in well -- if even a little too well. Monday night's (May 14) premiere of "AGT" was…

  18. 10 Biggest Boy Bands (1987-2012)

    March 27, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Boy bands ruled the music industry from the late '80s all the way to the early '00s, selling millions of records and touring stadiums across the globe. Then pop-punk took over, soon bowing to hip-hop and the ladies of pop who rule today. As the boy band era ended, Nick Lachey inked…

  19. Girls' Generation Makes Big U.S. Debut on 'Letterman': Watch

    February 01, 2012 4:20 PM EST "Girls' Generation make you feel the heat," chants the K-pop powerhouse group Girls' Generation in its premiere English single, "The Boys." And that's just what the nine-member group did during its U.S. network TV debut on "The Late Show with David…

  20. Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Marries Model

    December 19, 2011 9:50 AM EST B ackstreet Boys ' A.J. McLean, 33, married model Rochelle DeAnna Karidis at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday (Dec. 17). According to PEOPLE , the ceremony took place under a gazebo covered in white hydrangeas and was officiated by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields. Following the…

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