1. Lucinda Williams Covers Lou Reed, Announces New Album at NYC Concert

    November 18, 2014 3:41 PM EST Her cover of the Velvet Underground's 'Pale Blues Eyes' will be on the album. When Lucinda Williams hit the stage at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre on Monday night, it felt like the perfect NYC venue choice for her. Much like the movie palace-turned-concert venue, the alt…

  2. Check Out the Custom Sneakers Drake Got the Toronto Raptors

    November 13, 2014 10:30 AM EST The NBA’s Toronto Raptors are prowling atop the Atlantic Division with a 7-1 record, and it was their team ambassador Drake who helped them to their lucky seventh win Wednesday night (Nov. 12). In their game against the Orlando Magic, a pair of Raptors players -- Lou Williams and Amir…

  3. Matthew Morrison Returns to Broadway in 'Finding Neverland'

    November 10, 2014 4:18 PM EST The 'Glee' star will play the lead role of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie in the long-gestating musical. The rumors are confirmed:  Glee star  Matthew Morrison will make his return to Broadway after a five-year absence, starring as J.M. Barrie in the new musical Finding…

  4. 10 Things We Learned From Cyndi Lauper's Reddit AMA

    November 04, 2014 7:00 PM EST In 1984, Cyndi Lauper used her, well, unusual style to her advantage, releasing She's So Unusual , the first debut female album to land four top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Lauper recently told Billboard the songs contained "were about empowering all us freaks. We stood up…

  5. 'Lord of the Rings' Composer Howard Shore Talks Hobbits, His Start on 'SNL' and Working With Martin Scorsese

    November 03, 2014 1:53 PM EST Whatever you think of director Peter Jackson’s decision to pump up J.R.R. Tolkien’s table-setting novel The Hobbit into three films to rival the more naturally epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the indisputably good news is that when the final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five…

  6. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  7. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

  8. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  9. Is the Party Over for the Sunset Strip's Rock 'n' Roll Scene?

    October 13, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As luxury hotels threaten to displace fans and bands, delivering the boulevard's biggest facelift since 70s rock made way for hair metal, is the party over for LA's sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll epicenter? Rock 'n' roll's most famous street is receiving a…

  10. What Would Happen If the Smiths Got Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

    October 10, 2014 4:45 PM EDT The Smiths were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time this week. There’s no way they could get in… right? So first thing’s first -- this year's set of Rock Hall nominations is the most “alt” ever. Green Day , Nine Inch Nails , Lou Reed , Joan Jett & the…

  11. Why 1999 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade --  1998  and  1999 . POP SHOP…

  12. Take That Announces New Album, Shares First Song ‘These Days’: Listen

    October 10, 2014 3:28 AM EDT No Robbie Williams . No Jason Orange . No problem.   British boy band Take That is getting to grips with life as a trio. The pop hitmakers have announced a new album , appropriately titled III , which will drop Dec. 1 in the U.K. via Polydor. The first single, "These Days," has…

  13. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

  14. Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    October 09, 2014 8:26 AM EDT Congrats, Billie Joe; congrats, Trent; congrats, Morrissey. And congrats to your band members, and to everyone, because today is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations day ! A 25-year period needs to have passed for acts to gain eligibility, and Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are this year&…

  15. Patti Smith Planning World Tour for 'Horses' 40th Anniversary

    October 07, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Patti Smith is making some special plans to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of her beloved 1975 debut, Horses .  New Order, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Jam for Tibet The punk icon told Rolling Stone she will be playing the album in full, saying, "I'm going to be happy to celebrate…

  16. Watch Lorde, One Direction, Pharrell & More in Epic Beach Boys Cover

    October 07, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Some die-hard music fans have doubtless been waiting for the day when Pharrell , Chris Martin of Coldplay , Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and One Direction would all collaborate. Luckily, the moment has arrived. Those artists, along with a large number of others, are featured in a new…

  17. Zayn Malik's Travel Bag Stolen By One Direction Fans

    October 07, 2014 12:10 PM EDT One Direction and the Case of the Missing Bag! Reason number 623,000 it's tough to be famous: People steal your stuff. Two girls apparently stole/came across  One Direction -er Zayn Malik's travel bag at the airport, and instead of returning it, they posted the boring contents …

  18. Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in C3 Presents

    October 06, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Related Biz Video: The 3 Charlies of C3 on Lollapalooza's Record-Breaking Success, 'Over-Sponsorship,' Global Expansion ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy, Says More…

  19. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

  20. Dean Wareham & Eleanor Friedberger Talk Live-Scoring 'Unseen Warhol Films'

    September 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Live music meets Warhol's 'home movies' at an upcoming series of shows. Jeff Koons can make statues of pop stars like Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga until the end of time, but it's safe to say no art world figure will ever mean as much to rock music as Andy Warhol . And…

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