1. The Making of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah': A Q&A With Engineer Russell Elevado

    December 22, 2014 4:52 PM EST For D'Angelo fans, Christmas came early last week: The singer unexpectedly released Black Messiah , his first full-length since 2000. One of the many things that sets the album apart is its sound: dense and deep, full of intricate details, somehow welcoming and warm and vicious all at…

  2. Joe Cocker, Interpreter of the Beatles, Bob Dylan & More: A History

    December 22, 2014 4:22 PM EST Joe Cocker , whose unmistakable rasp and intensity made him a singular interpreter of the Beatles , R&B and songwriters such as Bob Dylan , Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen , died at his home in Colorado on Monday (Dec. 22) after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Joe Cocker Dies at 70…

  3. Jarvis Cocker Is Still Alive

    December 22, 2014 4:05 PM EST Joe Cocker , he of that unforgettable rendition of "With a Little Help From My Friends," died today at the age of 70 , reportedly from complications related to lung cancer. Jarvis Cocker , frontman of britpop legends Pulp , is very much alive (he played Vice 's 20th birthday…

  4. Coachella 2015 Wish List: 20 Possible Performers at Next Year's Festival

    December 22, 2014 3:40 PM EST Could U2, Robyn, Run The Jewels and Frank Ocean all be headed to Indio? Check out our 2015 Coachella predictions. 2015 is only a few days away, and one of the more exciting musical occasions coming in the first month of the calendar year is the annual unveiling of the Coachella Valley Music…

  5. R.I.P. Joe Cocker: 7 Essential Moments, From Woodstock to 'SNL'

    December 22, 2014 3:14 PM EST Joe Cocker -- the British singer possessing one of the most distinctive voices in rock history -- has died at age 70 . His agent said Cocker died of an undisclosed illness, although he'd reportedly been battling lung cancer for some time. Ringo Starr, Tom Morello & More Remember…

  6. Joe Cocker's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    December 22, 2014 3:00 PM EST Before his death Monday (Dec. 22) at age 70, Joe Cocker charted 19 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 , including familiar recordings like 1968's cover of the Beatles ' "With a Little Help From My Friends," which later became the theme song for the hit 1980s TV show  The…

  7. Joe Cocker Remembered by Ringo Starr, Randy Newman & More Musicians

    December 22, 2014 2:14 PM EST Legendary rock singer Joe Cocker died Monday (Dec. 22) at age 70 after his battle with lung cancer, and his loss is being felt across the music world. Joe Cocker Dies at 70 Randy Newman , who wrote Cocker's hit song "You Can Keep Your Hat On," told Billboard : "He was…

  8. Joe Cocker Dies at 70

    December 22, 2014 1:38 PM EST Joe Cocker, the British rock artist best known for his cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" and the 1982 smash "Up Where We Belong," has died at the age of 70. Joe Cocker Remembered by Ringo Starr & More Musicians Sony Music confirmed the…

  9. Estranged AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd: 'I Want My Job Back'

    December 22, 2014 12:30 PM EST Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd -- who's been estranged from the band since being hit with charges of threatening to kill a man in Rudd's employ for three years -- wants back in the band. “I’m going back to work with AC/DC and I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t,” Rudd told…

  10. Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane on His Hall of Fame Induction, Inviting Robert Plant to His Basement

    December 22, 2014 12:16 PM EST Ahead of his induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame next spring, Steve Kane talks about hitting up the record store every Saturday and his 15,000-strong music collection. Every Friday, Warner Music Canada president Steve Kane posts to his Facebook page a message like…

  11. Madonna's MDNA Tour Wrapped 2 Years Ago Today: Our 5 Favorite Moments

    December 22, 2014 10:40 AM EST This past weekend,  Madonna  delighted fans by releasing six new songs off of Rebel Heart after several songs from the upcoming album leaked. In an exclusive Q&A with Billboard , Madge commented on the leak and her new material, calling it "rebellious and romantic." But let&…

  12. Ezra Koenig's Ray-Bans get Dissed in ILoveMakonnen's 'Down 4 So Long' Remix

    December 22, 2014 10:23 AM EST Is there anyone getting as many remix requests right now as ILoveMakonnen ? These remixes work two ways: through association with a rising youngster from Atlanta, an established rapper -- take, for example, Wiz Khalifa -- gets to boost his credibility and prove he keeps his ears open.…

  13. 'X Factor' Winner Ben Haenow Grabs Christmas No. 1 in U.K.

    December 22, 2014 4:42 AM EST British singer Ben Haenow , who won the 11th series of “The X Factor” Dec. 14, has landed the U.K.’s coveted Christmas No. 1 spot with his debut single “Something I Need” (Syco Music/Sony). His cover of the OneRepublic song had a combined chart sales figure of 214,000, reported the Official…

  14. Queen's Brian May on Adam Lambert: 'He Can Sing Higher Than Freddie'

    December 22, 2014 3:06 AM EST Adam Lambert always maintained that in his role as touring frontman for Queen , he wasn't emulating the late Freddie Mercury . But when it comes to vocal skills, the American Idol season-eight star can more than hold his own, said Queen guitarist Brian May in a recent interview, noting…

  15. 'School of Rock' Graduates to Broadway

    December 22, 2014 12:53 AM EST In the words of Dewey Finn : "God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass." That failed rock star, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and attempts to form a band out of his class, will become the protagonist of the Broadway-bound School of Rock -…

  16. Op-Ed: Steve Wariner on Why Dottie West Should Be a Country Music Hall of Fame Member

    December 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Over the past year, The 615 has offered opinions concerning who the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame should be. In July, we made our case for Don Rich, the longtime sideman for Buck Owens , in the Instrumentalist category. Just a few weeks ago, we told of the great…

  17. Watch Sky Ferreira's Homemade 'Omanko' Video, Directed by DIIV

    December 20, 2014 3:52 PM EST Just in time for the holidays, Sky Ferreira has shared a new music video for her Japanese Christmas-themed song “Omanko.” Watch Sky Ferreira Perform Her Booming New Song 'Guardian' The lo-fi clip, directed by her boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith of rock band DIIV, features silly…

  18. Marty Raybon Talks Shenandoah Reunion, Working on Miranda Lambert's 'Another Sunday In the South' & More

    December 20, 2014 2:26 PM EST Country musician Marty Raybon first thought that someone was pulling a prank on him. “I got a message that Frank Liddell wanted me to call him. He was doing a record on Miranda Lambert , and he wanted me to sing on the record. I thought it was a joke,” Raybon tells Billboard. Marty Raybon…

  19. One Direction on 'Saturday Night Live': Their Best Moments

    December 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST One Direciton will be the musical guest tonight on Saturday Night Live , and if the past repeats itself, the boy-banders will likely appear in a sketch or two. To get ready, we're looking back on some of the highlights from their previous appearances on the late-night program. Check…

  20. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959 …

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