1. Alt-J Nabs U.K. No. 1 with 'This Is All Yours'

    September 29, 2014 6:44 AM EDT British band Alt-J converted their status as critical indie favorites into mainstream crossover by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sept. 28) with their  This Is All Yours  album (Infectious Music). Meanwhile, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj , “Bang Bang” (Lava…

  2. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  3. Babyface Left a Piano in Andy Samberg's New Office

    September 26, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Andy Samberg stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers yesterday to talk about his longstanding comedy group The Lonely Island . They recently moved into a "mindblowingly awesome" new office in L.A., which also happens to be the former office of Babyface , the R&B triple-threat…

  4. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  5. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  6. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  7. ARIA Awards Announce Date, Venue

    September 25, 2014 3:00 AM EDT The Australian recorded music industry’s flagship ARIA Awards will be held Nov. 26 in Sydney, organizers announced Thursday. Free-to-air broadcaster TEN will telecast the ceremony from the Event Centre at The Star, the setting for last year’s show.  This year’s 28th annual ceremony will cap…

  8. Guest Post: What Will the Music Business Look Like in Five Years?

    September 23, 2014 3:27 PM EDT From the dawn of the digital era in 1999, with the introduction of Napster, the U.S. recording industry has seen a cataclysmic decline in income, from $14.5 billion at its peak to less than $7 billion in 2013 (accounting for inflation, a decline of over 65%). In the last three years,…

  9. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  10. Watch Beck Cover George Harrison's 'Wah-Wah' on 'Conan'

    September 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It’s George Harrison Week on Conan and Beck kicked things off with a cover of the All Things Must Pass song “Wah-Wah.” Beck’s backing band is about as tight as the main man’s leather jacket, so we’re getting a skillfully faithful cover here. It doesn’t pack as much Wall of Sound punch as…

  11. The Script Beats Barbra Streisand To U.K. No. 1

    September 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT Dublin pop-rock trio the Script have made it three U.K. No. 1s from four albums, after their new set No Sound Without Silence debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 21). On the singles chart, British drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma achieved their second No. 1 single with “Changing” (3 Beat/All Around…

  12. Green Day's 'American Idiot' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For Green Day , George W. Bush's administration wasn't much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. 2000's Warning was the punk band's most disappointing effort (both critically and commercially) since breaking…

  13. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Frozen' Exits Top 10 After 39 Weeks

    September 19, 2014 9:19 PM EDT Also: Katy Perry's PRISM rebounds, U2 & the Beatles score a combined 11 charting albums. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Lecrae scored his first No. 1 with Anomaly -- the only album to top both the Billboard 200 and Gospel Albums chart. It debuted with 88,000 copies…

  14. 'Love & Mercy' Stars John Cusack & Paul Dano on How They Became Brian Wilson

    September 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The film about the Beach Boys mastermind premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't just the script that got actors John Cusack and Paul Dano excited about playing Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson in director Bill Pohlad 's new film, Love & Mercy …

  15. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Milky Chance Moves Up, Nick Jonas' 'Jealous' Debuts

    September 19, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The duo's debut hit rises, fueled by its 2-1 ascent on Alternative Songs, while Jonas previews his new album. Plus, moves for Katy Perry, Train and Sam Smith. As previously reported, Meghan Trainor leads an all-female top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "All…

  16. Ferguson Rapper Tef Poe: 'Americans Don't Tear Gas Other Americans'

    September 19, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The rapper Tef Poe -- real name Kareem Jackson -- from Ferguson, Mo., published an essay in Time this week on the events that took place after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown on Aug. 9. Read the piece here. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in…

  17. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 23-year old woman wanted to live in. At least…

  18. Jeff Healey, The Band Among Canada Walk of Fame Inductees

    September 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The late Jeff Healey , the blind blues-rock singer who played guitar on his lap, and The Band , which featured Canadians  Robbie Robertson , Rick Danko , Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel , as well as American Levon Helm , are the two musical honorees to be inducted into Canada's Walk of…

  19. Jeff Healey, The Band Among Canada Walk of Fame Inductees

    September 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The late Jeff Healey , the blind blues-rock singer who played guitar on his lap, and The Band , which featured Canadians  Robbie Robertson , Rick Danko , Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel , as well as American Levon Helm , are the two musical honorees to be inducted into Canada's Walk of…

  20. Guest Post: 'Just Trust Us' Is Not Good Enough for Songwriters

    September 16, 2014 1:10 PM EDT "Occasionally, our artist focus puts us in the crosshairs of influential trade industry groups and their corporate members." The Future of Music Coalition responds to an op-ed published last week by the Nat'l Music Publishers Assoc.'s David Israelite. The following is in…

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