1. Kenny G Angers Chinese Government With Hong Kong Protest Visit

    October 22, 2014 8:37 AM EDT Kenny G has earned himself a rebuke from the Chinese government after paying a visit to one of the pro-democracy protest sites in Hong Kong on Wednesday. According to the South China Morning Post , Kenny G visited the epicenter of the protests and spent time taking pictures with star…

  2. Nine Inch Nails' 'Pretty Hate Machine' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT As the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations recently reminded us, Nine Inch Nails debuted in 1989, dropping Pretty Hate Machine on Oct. 20, just days before Halloween and right at the tail end of a decade they’re not always associated with. While Trent Reznor’s one-man industro-pop…

  3. Foo Fighters Explore Chicago’s Storied Musical History in ‘Sonic Highways’ Premiere

    October 18, 2014 12:13 PM EDT The premiere features interviews from Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, producer Steve Albini, and more. Finally, near the end of a two-and-a-half hour set at the wildly intimate Cubby Bear in Chicago on Friday (Oct. 17) night, the Foo Fighters played a new song. Foo Fighters Release &…

  4. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  5. Christian Music Business Diversifies Into Film, Television and More to Battle Declining Sales

    October 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As the faith-based music community gathers Tuesday night (Oct. 7) for the 45th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, there’s more to celebrate than just the top songs and artists of the past year. Evidence points to businesses growing beyond music to incorporate film, live…

  6. Ted Nugent Rails on Liberals, 'Thugs,' 'Welfare Crack' in Rightist Essay

    October 03, 2014 10:07 PM EDT In an essay recently published on the conservative news website WorldNetDaily , Ted Nugent railed against liberalism for being the "root cause" of inner-city "black violence" violence in America.  "A plague of black violence has infested our inner cities, yet our…

  7. Bassnectar Has 'No Interest' in EDM, Vows to 'Bring the Ruckus' to Madison Square Garden

    October 03, 2014 5:21 AM EDT Disenchanted by "mainstream douches" in the Las Vegas club circuit, the bass music icon plots a freakfest for the iconic New York City stadium. For Bassnectar , the Bay Area DJ whose punishing basslines have generated a cult-like following similar to bands like Phish or The Disco…

  8. Three Six Zero Group Focuses on International Expansion With UK Executive Moves

    September 24, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Music management and entertainment company Three Six Zero Group announced a number of executive shufflings Wednesday, including new appointments to its London-based UK office and the relocation of chief operating officer James Sealey to Los Angeles to run worldwide operations from the…

  9. Irving Azoff Bets Big on Outspoken Swedish House Mafia Manager Amy Thomson

    September 19, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Former Swedish House Mafia manager brings dance-music savvy to Azoff-Dolan-Burkle team -- but how long can the fever last? Azoff MSG Entertainment is betting big on dance music. The joint venture among Irving Azoff , Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan and billionaire investor Ron…

  10. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  11. Juanes Breaks the Mold With 'Loco' Colombian Tour

    August 27, 2014 4:09 PM EDT Colombian superstar teams with music education initiatives for unorthodox tour. Colombian star Juanes is heading for a third performance in Colombia as part of his "Loco de Amor Por Colombia" (Crazy With Love Over Colombia) tour, an eight-city run that brings together massive…

  12. Soundwave Fest Expands, Announces Line-Up With Faith No More, Slipknot & Soundgarden

    August 19, 2014 11:18 PM EDT Australia’s Soundwave, one of the biggest touring hard-rock festivals on the planet, will be even bigger next year.  In an announcement that took many observers by surprise, organizers have revealed the Soundwave 2015 program would be spread over two days, with a bill that features…

  13. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  14. U.S. and Israel Reportedly Went Nuclear with Iranian AC/DC Hack

    August 07, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Dirty deeds, done while you sleep. A few years ago, the world (or at least the portion that pays attention to cyber warfare) was shocked by the news of Israeli and American hackers' infiltration of the computers operating Iran's nuclear facilities, using the virus Stuxnet. The…

  15. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  16. Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    June 09, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Ed Sheeran has scored his first U.K. No. 1 single, debuting at the top of the new chart published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (June 8) with “Sing” (Asylum/Warner Music). Sam Smith started a second week at the album chart summit with “In The Lonely Hour” (Capitol/Universal) as…

  17. Sam Smith, SecondCity Top U.K. Charts

    June 02, 2014 5:04 AM EDT Twenty-two-year-old rising British star Sam Smith followed the No. 1 U.K. singles chart debut of “Stay With Me” last week with a chart-topping start for the Capitol/Universal album “In The Lonely Hour.” Techno/house producer SecondCity scored an instant No. 1 single with “I Wanna Feel” …

  18. Russia Launches Song Contests As 'Alternative' To Eurovision

    May 27, 2014 12:13 AM EDT In the wake of this year's Eurovision win by cross-dresser Conchita Wurst, Russia's defense ministry is running a children and youth song contest, billed as "an alternative to bearded Eurovision," while another song contest, seen as having a similar mission, will take…

  19. Code First Play: NERVO 'Inspired' Mini-Mix

    May 15, 2014 1:02 PM EDT After inspiring others to pursue careers in dance music, NERVO are now paying homage to those that inspired them. The Australian songwriting sisters have taken the reins for the second edition of Ministry of Sound’s “Inspired” compilation series, providing a glimpse into the tracks that have…

  20. Russian Politicians Slam 'Bearded Lady' Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Win

    May 13, 2014 5:39 AM EDT Russian officials have made scathing remarks about Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Song Contest victory. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, known for his anti-Western views, slammed the choice of Wurst as the contest's winner in a post on his Twitter account: "Eurovision showed…

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