1. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the albums that are a must for your collection,…

  2. How Jimmy Iovine Made It 'A Very Special Christmas' in 1985

    November 28, 2014 10:00 AM EST Jimmy Iovine recalls the exact moment he decided to make  A Very Special Christmas . It was January 1985, the day of his father Vincent "Jimmy" Iovine's funeral. A Brooklyn longshoreman "who loved Christmas," the elder Iovine had fallen sick during the holidays and…

  3. Bruce Springsteen Tribute Concert With Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James to Air on PBS

    November 26, 2014 8:53 PM EST Bruce Springsteen 's MusiCares Person of the Year for 2013 tribute concert with Neil Young , Elton John , Jim James and others is headed to PBS next month.  Bruce Springsteen Fans Can Relive the Boss' Top Gigs on New Website The star-studded show from February 2013 at Los Angeles&…

  4. Reggae Pioneer Miss Pat Chin of VP Records Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S.

    November 26, 2014 1:09 PM EST When Patricia Chin , cofounder of Queens, N.Y.-based reggae indie VP Records, ponders the changes in the music industry since she started out six decades ago, she exudes a spirited resiliency that is inextricably linked to VP's survival for nearly 60 years in a competitive…

  5. Amy Grant Overwhelmed With Emotion on 2014 Santa Train Ride: 'It Was Just Beautiful'

    November 23, 2014 1:24 PM EST "We sang a little bit -- it was just beautiful,” Amy Grant says. It’s a tradition that has been going strong in the heart of rural Appalachia since 1943 -- The Santa Train. Engineered by the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CSX, Food City, and Dignity U Wear, the…

  6. Alison Krauss Joins Emmylou Harris Tribute Concert

    November 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST Alison Krauss is set to pay tribute to Emmylou Harris at a concert in January. "The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration" will take place Jan. 10 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Krauss and Conor Oberst are the latest acts added to…

  7. 10 Things We Learned From One Direction's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Visit

    November 21, 2014 8:26 AM EST One Direction visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to celebrate the release of their aptly titled fourth album, Four , on Thursday. Let's dive straight into the lengthy interview (videos down below) and everything we learned about the world's favorite boy band: -- Liam is most likely to…

  8. Patti Smith Reportedly Invited to Perform at Vatican Christmas Concert

    November 15, 2014 11:53 AM EST The "godmother of punk" often weaves Catholic imagery into her work. The "godmother of punk," Patti Smith , was invited to perform at the Vatican's annual Christmas concert, the Independent reported on Friday. Patti Smith Planning World Tour for 'Horses'…

  9. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  10. Luis Fonsi, J Balvin, Juan Magan & Pablo Lopez to Play Terra Live Music Show

    November 13, 2014 7:39 PM EST Concert ends the 2014 season. Terra Live Music, the streamed concert series, will close its 2014 season with a quadruple-threat show featuring Luis Fonsi , J Balvin , Juan Magan and newcomer Pablo López . The show will take place Monday at the House of Blues in Las Vegas and will be…

  11. When Harry Met Kate: One Direction vs. Taylor Swift's Royal Style

    November 13, 2014 5:15 PM EST Styles & Swift went for very different fashions to meet royalty. What would you wear to meet royalty? If you're One Direction 's Harry Styles , you'd wear your cropped leopard-print jacket over all black, with about three too many shirt buttons undone. But if you're…

  12. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book

    November 11, 2014 4:33 PM EST 'Writing is getting me off,' drummer says. At the recent Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, Doors drummer John Densmore was presented with the Inspiration Award by Henry Rollins . After the ceremony, he stood outside the Avalon mere feet from ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne . It was a…

  13. Watch Nick Jonas' NSFW Sex Scenes From New TV Show, 'Kingdom'

    November 09, 2014 6:11 PM EST Clips of an explicit sex scene featuring Nick Jonas in his new DirectTV series Kingdom have surfaced online, further shedding the singer's wholesome and juvenile Disney image. Warning: The six-second Vine videos include nudity.  Nick Jonas Ends NYC Mini-Tour with Intimate Brooklyn Gig…

  14. Three 'Boyhood' Songs, Including Two by Ethan Hawke, Enter Oscar Race

    November 08, 2014 1:32 PM EST As the Oscar race approaches the Thanksgiving break, with only a small handful of major awards hopefuls that haven't yet screened, IFC Films' summer release Boyhood continues to look like the film to beat. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15…

  15. Stevie Wonder Mixes Politics With Music in Tour Kickoff

    November 08, 2014 12:02 PM EST Stevie Wonder has always blended his musical genius with social activism, and as he launched his new tour, he stayed true to form, advocating gun control, pleading for an end to racism and promoting equality for those with disabilities. Stevie Wonder Reveals Two New Projects on the Way …

  16. Emmylou Harris To Be Honored at Washington DC Event

    November 07, 2014 1:27 PM EST Emmylou Harris  is getting her own celebration. On Jan. 10, a collection of music stars -- including Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride -- will come together for a very special concert: The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration honoring the 13-time Grammy winner. …

  17. Singer-Songwriter Hilary Scott Talks Name Confusion (No, She's Not That Hillary Scott) and Her New Album

    November 06, 2014 6:16 PM EST Not to be confused with Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott! This is a big week for Hilary Scott, who released her new album, Freight Train Love , on Tuesday. Wait a minute -- we know you're thinking. That's Hilary with one L. Though there will no doubt be some confusion with…

  18. Remember That Time Rihanna Performed Destiny's Child Songs for Destiny's Child?

    October 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Are you currently going through life totally unaware of the fact that, in 2005, Rihanna was an up-and-comer who was chosen, along with Amerie and Teairra Marí , to perform a Destiny's Child medley at the 2005 World Music Awards where Destiny's Child was being honored? Stay in the…

  19. Bruce Springsteen Surprises Fans at Box-Set Listening Party

    October 29, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen surprised fans when he slinked in like a spirit in the night to check out a New Jersey listening party previewing his upcoming box set, Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984. The Boss snuck his way in through the back entrance of Jack's Music…

  20. Two CMJ Panels Tackle Nuanced, Important (and Dry) Entertainment Law

    October 28, 2014 9:55 AM EDT "As soon as you say 'mechanical licensing,' in the first 15 minutes, you lose people," said John C. Beiter , an entertainment attorney with Nashville's Shackelford, Zumwalt, and Hayes LLC, at last week's 2014 edition of CMJ Music Marathon. "If we want…

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