1. Oscars Alter Music Campaign Rules

    June 25, 2014 2:44 PM EDT Just a few months after the Oscar music campaign became a fiercely competitive battle that included a disqualification, private concerts and considerable glad-handing, the Academy has silenced the campaigning. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Music Branch members may not attend…

  2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Announces Solo Album 'Crush Songs'

    June 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Her solo debut drops Sept. 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult imprint Over the past two years, Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O released the acclaimed album " Mosquito " with her band and performed at the Oscars. Next up, she's getting a little more personal, as she…

  3. Jeff Bridges on Touring, Austin City Limits, and His 'Pretty Eclectic Show'

    June 24, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Jeff Bridges is going on the road. The actor, famous for roles in films such as "Crazy Heart," "The Big Lebowski," and "True Grit," is taking his music to fans in the midwest and the east coast this summer, along with his band, The Abiders. The tour, which…

  4. Greil Marcus Picks Favorite Punk Film Moments

    June 23, 2014 4:08 PM EDT A smash hit on the festival circuit, “We Are the Best!,” a Swedish movie about teenagers starting a band, has people buzzing about hardcore movies again. Legendary rock critic Greil Marcus picks his favorite moments in punk cinema. Some of the strongest punk movies have little or nothing to…

  5. Merry Clayton of 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Fame Injured in Serious Car Accident

    June 20, 2014 8:01 PM EDT A June 16 crash in Los Angeles inflicted "major trauma" on the singer, whose website notes, "We are truly grateful that our dear Merry is still with us." New Orleans-born singer Merry Clayton, whose back-up vocal work for the likes of Ray Charles and the Rolling Stones was…

  6. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's New Album: 10 Song Parodies We'd Like To Hear

    June 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT From Jennifer Lawrence shout-outs to donut odes, here are 10 suggestions for "Weird Al's" upcoming opus. On July 15, master spoofer "Weird Al" Yankovic will return with "Mandatory Fun," his 14th studio album and first full-length since 2011's "…

  7. Jennifer Hudson Shares A Bikini Pic On Instagram

    June 18, 2014 4:47 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson is fit and summer ready. The “American Idol” alum and Oscar winner took to Instagram to share some bikini pics. Although the singer is no longer with Weight Watchers, she’s definitely not having a problem staying fit. The 32-year-old caption herphoto saying: “It would take…

  8. Top Ten Alternative 2014 World Cup Songs

    June 13, 2014 6:53 PM EDT With the opening of the global tournament, competition is heating up not only on the soccer field but in that of futebol-related songs too, with the tones of these rallying tunes ranging from synth-rock reflections to dance floor raves, satiric selections to protest songs, and the many…

  9. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  10. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  11. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  12. Barbra Streisand Visits Capitol Hill For Women's Heart Disease Funding

    June 12, 2014 2:02 AM EDT Barbra Streisand appealed Wednesday to lawmakers on Capitol Hill for more funding and research devoted to women and heart disease, calling it the No. 1 killer of women even as most research into the disease focuses on men. "A woman's heart is different from a man's, yet women&…

  13. 'Searching for Sugar Man': Where Is Sixto Rodriguez Today?

    June 12, 2014 1:55 AM EDT The Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" helped launch a brand-new career for its subject, Sixto Rodriguez, 71, who went from obscurity in his native U.S. to playing 5,000-seat arenas like L.A.'s Greek Theatre. Since the film opened, Rodriguez's two albums -…

  14. Idina Menzel's 'If/Then' Scores Show-Stopping Chart Debut

    June 11, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Earns highest debut for a cast recording since 1996's 'Rent' The original Broadway cast recording of "If/Then" makes a show-stopping start on the Billboard 200 chart. Debuting at No. 19, the set marks the highest debut for a cast album since 1996. The last cast effort…

  15. 'Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran': 9 Things to See in MTV's Docuseries Premiere (Video)

    June 10, 2014 9:08 PM EDT MTV's docuseries "Nine Days and Nights" kicks off on Tuesday night with its first subject: Ed Sheeran, the hit singer-songwriter whose latest turn for a touch of hip-hop has him nervous about whether he will "be a career artist, or [the guy who] had a very big album in…

  16. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  17. Jennifer Lopez Brings 15 Years of Hits Home to The Bronx (Review)

    June 05, 2014 2:31 PM EDT It's hard to believe, but Jennifer Lopez had never played a concert in The Bronx until Wednesday night (June 4). Lopez and her home neighborhood have been inextricably linked ever since the release of her debut album, "On The 6," 15 years ago exactly this week -- an…

  18. ‘Frozen’ Songwriting Team Prepare New Show

    June 04, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez - the Oscar-winning husband-and-wife team behind the film "Frozen" - are preparing an original romantic comedy for the stage called "Up Here." The influential California theater company La Jolla Playhouse said Tuesday that the show…

  19. Rihanna Sparkles In See-Through Gown at CFDA Awards

    June 02, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Rihanna wowed the crowds at the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA) Awards in New York, where she walked the red carpet in a see-through gown. RiRi, who was honored at Monday's gala with the Fashion Icon of the Year award, wore a custom Adam Selman sheer gown…

  20. Bono, The Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors

    May 29, 2014 12:43 AM EDT Bono and the Edge have done their bit to shape popular music, and save lives with tunes. Now they’re helping guide the fortunes of Fender. The U2 founders have joined the board of directors for Fender Musical instruments Corporation, the company behind the legendary Fender guitar lines.…

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