1. Before Stage Fall, August Alsina Commands Crowd in NYC

    September 16, 2014 3:44 PM EDT While performing his song "Numb" at New York's Irving Plaza on Monday night, August Alsina tottered and fell of the edge of the stage . The band might've thought it was an accident, because they kept playing for a minute. After some confusion, the DJ came back on to play a…

  2. 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…

  3. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  4. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  5. Fergie’s ‘The Dutchess’ Turns Eight: An Appreciation

    September 15, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Black Eyed Pea singer still has yet to follow her solo debut -- and that's okay, because "The Dutchess" rules. Fergie ’s debut solo album, The Dutchess , was released on Sept. 13, 2006, meaning that the album celebrated its eighth birthday over the weekend. And since there…

  6. As the NFL Faces Scrutiny, the Titans Play Aggro Pre-Game Song

    September 15, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The NFL is struggling to deal with its image after a video recently surfaced showing the running back Ray Rice hitting his wife in an elevator. A warm-up song played on Sunday before a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville didn't help things.…

  7. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  8. Simon Le Bon on David Lynch's 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': 'It's Quite Bizarre'

    September 11, 2014 12:44 AM EDT The video-driven 1980s band Duran Duran -- which "made MTV," as VJ Martha Quinn has said -- will screen David Lynch's new cut of his 2011 film Duran Duran: Unstaged in about 300 U.S. theaters. The one-night-only event will take place Sept. 10, presented by Screenvision in…

  9. Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize?

    September 10, 2014 7:11 PM EDT If you're a U.K. musician making alternative music, the Mercury Prize is one of the greatest honors you can achieve. The annual award celebrates the best full-length from a British Isles-based artist and regularly goes to a dark horse, a left-field candidate largely ignored by the…

  10. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  11. Jeezy Talks 'Seen It All' Album, Trap Music & Career Longevity

    September 09, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Like nearly all rappers, Jeezy is the axis of any room; he's the most magnetic person around. During an off day from the Under the Influence of Music Tour, he appears flustered only when the 1980s new wave record "I Melt With You" blasts through the restaurant’s speakers. (…

  12. Lights Single Premiere: Listen to ‘Running With the Boys’

    September 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The Canadian star explains why her latest single is one of her favorite tracks on her new album. Lights , the 27-year-old electro-pop artist, is readying her third studio album, Little Machines , for a Sept. 23 release on Warner Bros. Records, and is following the buoyant lead single …

  13. Apple Store Is Down Ahead of New iPhone, Smartwatch Reveal

    September 09, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Looking to buy an iPhone that will likely be old-and-cheaper in a couple hours? Too bad, Apple's online store is officially down so that the trend-setting company can update product listings ahead of Tuesday's big announcement. Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in…

  14. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  15. Ka-Ching! Cashless Wristbands at Music Fests Mean Big Bucks

    September 08, 2014 5:04 PM EDT On average, 20 percent more is spent when attendees pay with the new wearable technology. The Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, will announce this week that ACL Fest will be the latest major festival offering a cashless option for concessions and merchandise purchases.…

  16. Here's What We Know About Apple's New 'iWatch'

    September 05, 2014 11:23 AM EDT Apple will make a big announcement about something very small on Tuesday, according to the New York Times , when the company unveils a watch-like wearable computer at an event that is also expected to give people a first look at a pair of beefed-up iPhones. Dubbed the iWatch by everyone but…

  17. Exclusive: Sony Music Forms Disruptor With Chainsmokers Manager

    September 05, 2014 9:52 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris has signed a joint venture artistic development deal with the Chainsmokers ' manager Adam Alpert that will see the formation of Disruptor Management. In addition to a management firm, the new company will field Disruptor Records, an imprint that…

  18. Ariana Grande's National Anthem at NFL Opener Is 'Everything': Watch

    September 04, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Ariana Grande capped a busy week with a very high-profile gig: Her first NFL national anthem. Her latest album, My Everything , topped the Billboard 200 albums chart this week -- her second album to debut at No. 1 in less than a year -- and on Thursday (Sept. 4), she sang the national anthem…

  19. Pharrell & Soundgarden Kick Off NFL Opener

    September 04, 2014 8:23 PM EDT 'Happy' singer & hometown heroes play outside Seattle's stadium before Seahawks-Packers game. While the crowd outside Seattle's CenturyLink Field was already plenty excited for the season's first NFL game -- between their Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers --…

  20. Hear Aphex Twin’s Fantastic, Absurdly Titled New Song

    September 04, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The first new Aphex Twin album in 13 years is finally becoming a reality. Richard D. James just released the first track from new LP Syro , the cryptically titled, five-minute song "minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]." Musically, the new song aligns with the "classic"…

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