1. 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…

  2. Jozif, 'Good Man' (Matt Tolfrey Remix): Exclusive Premiere

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Los Angeles imprint Culprit is celebrating its fifth anniversary in style. Originally formed by members of L.A. DJ collective Droog , Culprit’s diverse blend of international stars like Jamie Jones and homegrown talent like Justin Jay have helped it emerge as a credible West Coast voice in…

  3. Chris Brown Bounds to Top of Billboard Artist 100

    September 25, 2014 2:09 PM EDT As their albums arrive, Brown narrowly rules the Artist 100 over runner-up Barbra Streisand. Chris Brown blasts 25-1 for his first week atop the Billboard Artist 100 , winning a close race over the iconic Barbra Streisand , who roars in at No. 2. Meanwhile, Tim McGraw rockets 70-10, with…

  4. 10 Things Phil Spector's Mugshot Reminds Us Of

    September 24, 2014 4:49 PM EDT After Phil Spector 's nightmare-inducing mugshot was released, it got us thinking: What does his new photo remind us of? And there are plenty of options. Here's a list of what Spector's pic looks like to us: Phil Spector Aging, Bald in New Prison Photo 1. Gollum 2. Dobby…

  5. 8 Classic 'Boy Meets World' Music Moments

    September 24, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Feeling a nostalgia-y urge to learn an important life lesson today? Today is the 21st (!) anniversary of the premiere of  Boy Meets World,  the beloved sitcom that ran from 1993-2000 on ABC. While there's plenty of great moments on the show (like, um, everything Mr. Feeny ever said),…

  6. Idris Elba Taps Mumford & Sons, James Blake for Nelson Mandela-Inspired Album

    September 24, 2014 9:21 AM EDT Idris Elba has announced plans for a November release of mi Mandela, an album inspired by his experience playing late South African anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. ‎ Elba, also known as the star of Luther , said the release will include South African…

  7. Exclusive: Bette Midler Announces 'It's The Girls,' Her First Album Since 2006

    September 23, 2014 10:17 AM EDT For her first studio album in eight years, Bette Midler is revisiting some of the vocalists who shaped her the most -- girl groups -- on It’s The Girls , due Nov. 4 via Warner Bros. Records (Nov. 17 in the UK via East West Records/Warner Music UK.) The album spans seven decades of famous…

  8. Happy Birthday, Skylar Astin: 6 Great Music Moments From The 'Pitch Perfect' Star

    September 23, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Today in aca-amazing news: It's Skylar Astin 's birthday. Astin, who currently stars on the sitcom Ground Floor , has a big music background. He first broke out as part of the original Broadway cast of the Tony-award winning musical Spring Awakening , as well as indie films such…

  9. Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

    September 23, 2014 12:33 AM EDT More details have emerged in Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee . As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons…

  10. Duran Duran & Nile Rodgers Talk New Album

    September 22, 2014 9:23 PM EDT 'I couldn't be happier to be working with my band again,' Rodgers says of reuniting with 'Wild Boys' collaborators. Thirty years ago, Duran Duran and Nile Rodgers teamed for the band's iconic hit single "The Wild Boys." Now, that pairing is back in…

  11. Sir Mix-a-Lot: 'I Love' Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda'

    September 22, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Hits sometimes have unintended consequences: Nicki Minaj 's "Anaconda" is No. 3 on the Hot 100 , and because that song samples Sir Mix-a-Lot 's "Baby Got Back," Mix-a-Lot is enjoying a level of attention he probably hasn't received since the 1990s. Mr. Mix…

  12. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in August in…

  13. Why the Replacements Went Home to Minneapolis After 23 Years

    September 19, 2014 5:19 PM EDT When the front desk person at the Marriott hotel in downtown Minneapolis asked, "What brings you to town?," I would have won instant acceptance, or at least comprehension, if I had answered "a secret Prince concert." Or better yet: "The Vikings game. Hurts about…

  14. Watch Pitbull's Hot Night Out in 'Fireball' Video

    September 19, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Can anyone watch Pitbull 's new video for "Fireball" and honestly tell us they don't want to be at that party? The first single from Mr. Worldwide's upcoming album Globalization , featuring John Ryan , is a Latin dance explosion, and the just-released video…

  15. Listen to Michael Jackson & Queen's Unreleased 'There Must Be More To Life Than This'

    September 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT is a wonderful year indeed if it can bring fans "new" Queen and Michael Jackson music. Okay, the song isn't exactly new. "There Must Be More To Life Than This" was recorded some time around 1982/3 and wasn't released, and then Freddie Mercury  wound up…

  16. Arnold Schwarzenegger Promotes A. R. Rahman's 'I' Soundtrack: Watch

    September 17, 2014 3:53 AM EDT Arnold Schwarzenegger landed Monday in the South Indian city of Chennai where The Expendables star attended the launch event for the soundtrack of upcoming South Indian film I . The soundtrack is composed by Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire") and is…

  17. Patti LaBelle Had Bodyguard Beat Cadet, Attorney Says

    September 16, 2014 11:55 PM EDT An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy. The…

  18. 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…

  19. Robert Christgau: Iggy Azalea's 'New Classic' Is Plenty Authentic -- and Damn Good to Boot

    September 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Iggy Azalea 'New Classic' Review, Robert Christgau I come not to remind you, in case it's somehow slipped your mind, that Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea is the first artist to place his, her or their first Hot 100 singles at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously since the damn…

  20. 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…

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