1. Is Neil Young Recording His Orchestral Album?

    September 02, 2014 4:54 AM EDT Neil Young is apparently making good on his plan to record an orchestral album.  The legendary Canadian artist has been at work in the studio cutting a new recording with the highly-rated German-born composer and arranger Chris Walden . The longplayer is said to have a working title of…

  2. Which Fall Releases Have Blockbuster Retail Potential?

    August 25, 2014 12:52 PM EDT With streaming curtailing downloads and the holiday shopping season suffering sales erosion in five of the last seven years, retailers can feel buoyed by how the fourth-quarter release schedule is shaping up. One music retailer says that October alone could be the strongest in years,…

  3. Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night': 'It Was Mad, But It Was Incredible'

    July 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Four guys from Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great," says the Beatles of the 50th anniversary of the film. Fifty years later, and even with a solid IMDB entry to his credit, "A Hard Day's Night" remains a surreal experience for Ringo Starr. "I mean, we…

  4. Beatles' Mono LPs Given a First Listen: Catalog Box Set Preview

    June 26, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Five years after the Beatles' mono recordings were released on CD, Capitol Records and Universal Music are fostering the notion that to hear the Beatles music the way John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 1960s, a mono LP is mandatory listening.   To illuminate that point,…

  5. The Beatles Get Back to Where They Once Belonged with Mono Vinyl Releases

    June 17, 2014 12:35 AM EDT Many purists will tell you mono is the only way to hear The Beatles' music the way it was meant to be by the band.  It’s how most listeners first heard the group back in the ‘60s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and…

  6. Wu-Tang Clan Release New Track 'Keep Watch': Listen

    March 19, 2014 6:57 AM EDT The wait for new Wu-Tang Clan music is over. The influential New York-based rap collective has dropped “Keep Watch,” the first track lifted from the long-overdue new album “A Better Tomorrow”. Singer Nathaniel provides vocals in the chorus and long-time Wu-Tang collaborator DJ Mathematics…

  7. Neil Young's Agenda: Jack White Project, Second Book, 'Full-Blown Orchestra' Album

    March 12, 2014 5:53 PM EDT After a successful launch for his PonoMusic service and player this week from South By Southwest -- doubling its Kickstarter launch goal for player pre-orders in less than 24 hours -- Neil Young is readying for the release of some other new projects this year -- including a new album and…

  8. Neil Young Q&A: On Pono's 'Hard to Ignore' Launch, 'Knocking Heads' With Labels

    March 12, 2014 5:52 PM EDT "We're not a tech company. We're a music company. That's a huge difference. We are music. That’s all we're here for" Neil Young and his PonoMusic team were all smiles the day after launching the music service and player at South By Southwest, and with good reason…

  9. The Beatles Ready Box Set of All 13 U.S. Albums

    December 12, 2013 11:45 AM EST The re-issues drop Jan. 21, leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first trip to America With the 50th anniversary of "Beatlemania" arriving early next year, Capitol Records will re-release all of 13 the Beatles' American releases in a set titled "The U.S.…

  10. JFK Helped Vaughn Meader Win Chart-Topping Popular Vote

    November 22, 2013 11:05 AM EST In 1962-63, the comedic John F. Kennedy impersonator crowned the Billboard 200 for three months with parody album 'The First Family' As the nation observes the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, music fans can remember that in…

  11. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  12. A 'Heaven'-ly Return on the Billboard 200 Chart

    August 09, 2013 8:39 PM EDT Five Finger Death Punch's new album is the highest-charting effort in decades with "Heaven" in the title. "Heaven" is high atop the pop albums chart for the first time since 1960. The word heaven, that is. This week, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous…

  13. Record Store Day: 10 LPs to Pick Up

    April 19, 2013 6:25 PM EDT With the retail holiday for music fanatics on the horizon, here are the must-haves. Each year, the list of exclusive releases for the annual Record Store Day seems to grow longer than the line at a Prince secret show. We've dug through the crates to pick out 10 releases -- from…

  14. Record Store Day: Garbage, Postal Service and Other Vinyl Devotees Serve It Up

    April 19, 2013 3:20 PM EDT When Garbage met Screaming Females, it was love at first sound check. Generations in rock separate them-Garbage embarked on a seven-year hiatus the year before Screaming Females even picked out a name for themselves in 2005-but their penchant for hard noise, a kindred fondness for Patti…

  15. Frank Ocean 'Desirous of Prosecution' After Chris Brown Brawl

    January 28, 2013 9:19 PM EST An L.A. county sheriff's spokesman says the "Channel Orange" star will look to press charges Frank Ocean is looking to press charges after an alleged fight with  Chris Brown , according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. Whitemore told Reuters that…

  16. Frank Ocean Cited for Marijuana Possession, Speeding & Suspended License

    January 03, 2013 4:55 PM EST Frank Ocean got into a bit of trouble on New Year's Eve. The singer-songwriter got pulled over in Mono County, California for speeding, according to CBS Local . "Officer [E.] Moore observed a black BMW driving southbound on US-395 exceeding the 65 MPH maximum speed limit,"…

  17. Meet The Beatles' Massive Vinyl Box Set

    September 27, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Beatles fans, dust off your record players. The band's original studio album remasters, which were released on CD and iTunes to much fanfare in 2009 and 2010, will make their stereo vinyl debuts on November 13 as part of an elaborate box set. The titles include the band's 12…

  18. Beach Boys Wrap 50 Years as Questions Arise About Their 51st

    September 19, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Band is honored at Grammy Museum one day after Mike Love puts expiration date on reunion; "Why stop now?" Al Jardine asks The Beach Boys gathered at the Grammy Museum Sept. 18 to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a platinum award presentation, a museum fund-raising meet-and…

  19. TobyMac Earns First No. 1 Christian Album on Billboard 200 Since 1997

    September 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time since 1997 -- and only the third time ever -- a Christian album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. TobyMac gets his first chart-topper with "Eye On It," as it bows with 69,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It simultaneously debuts at No. 1 on our…

  20. Trey Songz Gets First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    August 29, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, Owl City scores a top 10 debut and Adele ends a 79-week run Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Chapter V" bows atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer's fifth full-length…

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