1. 21 Under 21’s Next Class: Vote For 2015’s Best Bet

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Is 2015 the year of Raury, Ella Henderson, Gabi Wilson or someone else? Cast your vote! This year’s edition of our annual 21 Under 21 rankings includes pop mainstays, rising EDM stars, hip-hop heroes and, perhaps most importantly, lots of new talent, as artists like 5 Seconds of Summer…

  2. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More

    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week's Must-Hear Music podcast kicks off with a detailed dissection of Kendrick Lamar's "i," the first full taste of his sophomore album. While everyone ( Jason Lipshutz , Erika Ramirez  and Joe Lynch ) agrees it was far from what we expected, the Billboard staff…

  3. Paul Simon Performs 'Here Comes The Sun' for George Harrison Week on 'Conan'

    September 24, 2014 10:20 AM EDT As part of  George Harrison  Week on  Conan , Paul Simon  stopped by Tuesday night to perform one of Harrison's most enduring songs,  The Beatles  classic "Here Comes The Sun." Simon is no stranger to performing the hit. He's sung the Abbey Road classic at various…

  4. Morning Roundup: Someone Doesn't Like 'Booty' & 10 More Stories

    September 24, 2014 9:15 AM EDT Flo & Eddie's big win: The two former members of The Turtles won big in federal court (under California law) against SiriusXM over payments for pre-1972 recordings. The ruling could have a huge impact digital broadcasters’ bottom lines, if it stands. " Booty" Critic: The…

  5. Debbie Harry, Chris Stein Celebrate Blondie's 40th Anniversary With NYC Art Exhibit

    September 24, 2014 3:20 AM EDT A Blondie transvestite impersonator, rare memorabilia and provocative photos of iconic lead singer Debbie Harry by photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibowitz, Bob Grossman, Bob Gruen and Chris Stein were unveiled at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery in New York City on Monday…

  6. The Replacements Will 'Likely' Make a Reunion Album

    September 23, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Paul Westerberg's failure to keep his vow to never reunite  The Replacements  is now complete. After caving in and gettin' the band back together for an EP, and then sticking around for numerous concerts, it looks like the reunited 'Mats are going one step further. According…

  7. Morning Roundup: Taylor Swift's '1989' Party, the Fate of Beats & 8 Other Stories

    September 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The Fate of Beats: TechCrunch is reporting that Apple will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it purchased in tandem with its namesake headphones manufacturer for $3 billion. Representatives from Apple said the new was "simply not true." Either way, Dr. Dre' s…

  8. Watch Beck Cover George Harrison's 'Wah-Wah' on 'Conan'

    September 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It’s George Harrison Week on Conan and Beck kicked things off with a cover of the All Things Must Pass song “Wah-Wah.” Beck’s backing band is about as tight as the main man’s leather jacket, so we’re getting a skillfully faithful cover here. It doesn’t pack as much Wall of Sound punch as…

  9. Exclusive: 'Fantasia' Video Game Soundtrack Set for Release

    September 23, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Nile Rodgers ' Sumthing Else Music Works will release a score album to accompany the new video game based on the 1940 Disney animated classic Fantasia . Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Original Soundtrack , featuring new performances of classical masterpieces recorded with the London…

  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. Paul McCartney Releases Video, Song for 'Meat Free Mondays' With Woody Harrelson & Twiggy

    September 22, 2014 8:27 PM EDT After Paul McCartney released an "urgent call to action" video  last week for support of his Meat Free Monday environmental-awareness campaign ahead of Tuesday's United Nations Climate Summit, the former Beatle has now released an original song for the cause with a little…

  12. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's 'Cheek to Cheek': Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 22, 2014 4:34 PM EDT After years of running from normalcy as fast as her stiletto-clad feet would carry her, Lady Gaga is pulling a Rod Stewart and digging into the Great American Songbook. It just might save her career. This most mainstream of musical moves follows a difficult couple of years for pop’s chief…

  13. Joe Perry Dishes on Groupies, Steven Tyler and the Guitar Slash Wouldn’t Give Back in His New Memoir

    September 22, 2014 2:14 PM EDT In his memoir 'Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith' (out Oct. 7), the guitarist, 64, reveals the behind-the-scenes story of his hard-rock life. 1. Joe Perry considers Steven Tyler family, despite the fights. He's the brother I never had, which is a lot of the basis for our…

  14. Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD': Track-by-Track Review

    September 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's a difficult time for female R&B singers -- right now, Tinashe , Beyoncé and Jhené Aiko are the only three in the top 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts -- and veterans face an especially tough market. Ashanti released an album earlier this year that sold 28,000 copies in its…

  15. The Script Beats Barbra Streisand To U.K. No. 1

    September 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT Dublin pop-rock trio the Script have made it three U.K. No. 1s from four albums, after their new set No Sound Without Silence debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 21). On the singles chart, British drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma achieved their second No. 1 single with “Changing” (3 Beat/All Around…

  16. Exclusive Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Never Give All Your Heart'

    September 19, 2014 6:01 PM EDT During the past 25 years, Joe Bonamassa has established a solid reputation as a guitarist, singer, bandleader, producer and song interpreter. And on the new Different Shades of Blue , his 11th solo studio album, he stakes an even stronger claim as a songwriter. The diverse 11-song set, due…

  17. 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…

  18. Quotes of the Week: What Did Jay Z Say About Conceiving Blue Ivy?

    September 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT "It's special to us because we got engaged here and this is where baby Blue was conceived." The rapper Jay Z explaining what Paris, where he and wife Beyonce wrapped their On the Run Tour, means to them. "People ... always want to think we're in a boxing match, that…

  19. 'Love & Mercy' Stars John Cusack & Paul Dano on How They Became Brian Wilson

    September 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The film about the Beach Boys mastermind premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't just the script that got actors John Cusack and Paul Dano excited about playing Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson in director Bill Pohlad 's new film, Love & Mercy …

  20. Ryan Adams, Interpol, Fall Out Boy Return To Rock Charts

    September 19, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Adams lands his first Top Rock Albums No. 1, Interpol follows at No. 2 and Fall Out Boy blasts onto Hot Rock Songs. After a three-year hiatus, unusual for the typically hyper-productive Ryan Adams , the singer/songwriter's self-titled 14th solo album in 14 years marks his first No. 1…

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