1. Neil Diamond Almost Changed His Name to Ice Charry

    October 21, 2014 10:59 AM EDT In an alternate universe somewhere, Neil Diamond is touring under the name "Ice Charry." Before the release of Diamond's debut, The Feel of Neil Diamond,  in 1966, the singer thought long and hard about changing his name. He told Jimmy Fallon he came up with two options: Noah…

  2. Deeper & Better: Reaccessing Sleater-Kinney's Material Girls

    October 21, 2014 10:55 AM EDT For around a decade starting in 1995 or 1996, the best rock band in America was an all-female trio out of the indie-rock hothouse of Olympia, Wash.'s Evergreen College. And now, around a decade after they went on hiatus in the wake of 2005's heavy-roiling The Woods , Sleater…

  3. Annie Lennox: 'Twerking Is Not Feminism'

    October 21, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Annie Lennox , former member of the Eurythmics , has been doing plenty of interviews to promote her new album, Nostalgia. Lately, those conversations have often turned to a different topic: Beyonce . Lennox labeled Bey "feminist lite" in an interview at the end of September.…

  4. Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dead At 82

    October 20, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican-American fashion designer, has died at age 82, ABC News has confirmed. De la Renta had been battling cancer.  His work became the preferred wear for such first ladies as Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and he designed the dress worn…

  5. Jhené Aiko Says Staff Member's Assualt Caused Her to Miss Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert

    October 20, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As Def Jam celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with a massive Barclays Center blowout featuring performances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , Fabolous , DMX , Foxy Brown and many others, one promised guest failed to grace the stage. Jhené Aiko 's absence was noticed, as the young up…

  6. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, MAGIC! Score New No. 1s, Foo Fighters Return

    October 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT 'Black Widow' nets Azalea a Pop Songs honor last earned by Lady Gaga. Plus, MAGIC! tops AC and Foo Fighters storm multiple rock charts and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  7. 20 Things We Learned From Paul McCartney's Twitter Chat

    October 20, 2014 5:26 PM EDT In advance of two Wings reissues -- Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound in November -- Paul McCartney took to Twitter to answer questions from fans young and old. Venus and Mars (1975) and At The Speed Of Sound (1976) are the fourth and fifth albums released by Wings. Both peaked at…

  8. Record Store Day Black Friday Exclusives: The Shopping List Is In!

    October 20, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Yes, even 5 Seconds of Summer is down with Record Store Day. Record Store Day 2015 won’t be here until April 18, but plenty of collectible vinyl exclusives are just around the corner. Record Store Day just announced its hit list for Nov. 28 -- aka Black Friday -- and there are dozens of…

  9. T.I., 'Paperwork': Track-by-Track Review

    October 20, 2014 12:30 PM EDT T.I. has always had some source of inspiration behind his albums, whether it came off sounding good or not. On his first three albums, T.I. was looking to live up to the "King of the South" title he bestowed upon himself as a rookie. King (2006) saw him enjoying his self-professed…

  10. How Morrissey and Harvest Records Unraveled

    October 20, 2014 12:02 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced on Jan. 15 that Morrissey had signed with CMG's Harvest Records, he praised the artist for staying "consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he first exploded onto the scene in the 1980s.…

  11. Selena Gomez Shares Great Advice From Taylor Swift on 'The Talk'

    October 20, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Selena Gomez stopped by The Talk  on Friday and shared an update about one of her BFFs, Taylor Swift . After host Sharon Osbourne noted that they were both great role models for young women, Gomez agreed that Swift's influence has been a wonderful thing for her.  "She was actually…

  12. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2008, Britney Spears' 'Womanizer' Ruled Hot 100

    October 20, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week six years ago, Spears scored her first No. 1 in a decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Elton John and Santana and the premiere of Billboard's first R&B ranking. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  13. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  14. Karl Hyde Revisits the Golden Years of U.K. Dance Music, Trainspotting & the Music of Underworld: 'It Doesn’t Sound Dated'

    October 19, 2014 11:06 PM EDT It’s that rarest of things, when a song becomes a veritable cultural snapshot of its time. And in the closing scene of Danny Boyle’s 1996 cinematic masterpiece Trainspotting , Underworld’s “Born Slippy” so sublimely soundtracks the “sellout” revelation of Ewan McGregor’s ex-junkie Renton,…

  15. Diddy Opens Up During Revolt Conference Q&A: 'Success ... Turns You Into an Asshole'

    October 18, 2014 4:48 PM EDT "This is going to be like church," he told a packed room at Miami's Fontainebleu Hotel. Revolt chairman and co-founder Sean Combs took the stage for his Q&A session at the Revolt Music Conference in Miami on Oct. 18 sounding more like a preacher than a CEO. “This is…

  16. Eric Church Brings the Outsiders Tour to New York's Madison Square Garden

    October 18, 2014 11:50 AM EDT A few songs into his set at Madison Square Garden Friday (Oct. 17) night, Eric Church stopped to reflect briefly on his ascent from playing bars and clubs to headlining arenas. He's played MSG once before, he noted, and he remembers the exact date: eight years and three days ago. Back…

  17. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  18. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frozen’ and 'Hunger Games,' Oh My! How This Was the Year of the Soundtrack

    October 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Frozen was just the tip of the iceberg at a time where music triumphed at the movies Not since "Greased Lightnin'" and "Night Fever" electrified the movies in 1978 have soundtracks proven to be such an indomitable force in the music industry. Triple-platinum sales…

  19. Dr. Luke Lawsuit Arrives During Down Year for Super-Producer

    October 17, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The high-profile legal battle with Kesha arrives during a prolonged absence of hits for Luke. The gloves are off between Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and Kesha : the pop superstar has filed a lawsuit against the producer for alleged emotional abuse and sexual assault , and the pop maestro…

  20. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

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