1. Jody Gerson Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Group

    August 01, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Jody Gerson will assume the reins of power at Universal Music Publishing Group beginning Jan. 1, when she joins that company as chairman/CEO. She replaces Zach Horowitz , who led the company for the past two years. In naming Gerson, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has tapped…

  2. Exclusive: Watch Us the Duo High-Five, Pray, and Take 'Five Minutes to the Stage'

    August 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Myspace series Five Minutes to the Stage captures exactly that: the intimate, rarely recorded time before a musician steps onstage. The media platform has followed artists including Miguel, Courtney Love, Diplo, and Ty Dolla $ign, and their wide varieties of pre-show rituals. Their latest…

  3. Lollapalooza's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    August 01, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Eminem or the Arctic Monkeys? Calvin Harris or OutKast? Here's our expert advice. If you’re a pro at the music festival game, you know you’ve got to come prepared. Lollapalooza hits Chicago’s Grant Park today, and with eight stages of music to choose from this weekend, you’re going to…

  4. 'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Returns to 'Rock of Ages'

    July 31, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The season four alum talks about the return to the role he created in the '80s rock musical, making new music and what he has in common with Adam Lambert. It's mid-July, and Constantine Maroulis is getting ready to return to Broadway in one of his most beloved roles -- Drew, the…

  5. Bleachers Sit Comfortably Atop Alternative Songs

    July 31, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the chart with more than one group. Plus, action for Weezer and Crown the Empire. As Bleachers rise 2-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "I Wanna Get Better," frontman Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the…

  6. Self Returns! Watch the Alt-Rockers Perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    July 31, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Coming off the release of their  Super Fake Nice EP , '90s alt-rock vets   Self stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night to perform some songs, including the single "Runaway."  It's an exciting step for the band and Matt Mahaffey -- Self hasn't released a full…

  7. Foo Fighters Complete ‘Epic’ New Album

    July 31, 2014 2:46 AM EDT The Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album is all wrapped-up. And the result is apparently “epic.” That’s the word from legendary rock producer Butch Vig, who shared the good news via his Twitter account. “We are officially done with the new Foo Fighters album. 23 straight days mixing! IT'S…

  8. Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 71

    July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT 'Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman,' Kiss' Gene Simmons says. Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper , Lou Reed , Kiss and Aerosmith , among others, died Wednesday (July 30) at the age of 71 in Phoenix. Wagner, who was…

  9. Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella Fires Back at Tom Petty's Dismissal of Dance

    July 30, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Will fans see Tom Petty at Nocturnal Wonderland this year? He now has an open invitation, thanks to Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella . Let's back up: A few days ago, Petty gave an interview with  USA Today , where he was asked about Electric Daisy Carnival and EDM. Petty…

  10. Japan's Fuji Rock Fest Powers Through Despite Kanye Cancelation

    July 30, 2014 11:47 AM EDT Japan’s premier international rock fest, Fuji Rock Festival, completed its 18th edition July 25-27 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata, Japan. The Fest powered through despite the cancelation of proposed headliner Kanye West. Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand, Canadian indie outfit Arcade Fire,…

  11. Telemundo Will Produce a Spanish-Language American Music Awards in 2015

    July 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bulking up on live special events, the Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo has secured licensing rights from Dick Clark Productions to produce a Spanish-language version of the American Music Awards for fall 2015. Telemundo is leaning on new live events, a major investment in sports, a new…

  12. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  13. Primus Take on 'Willy Wonka' Songs For New Album & Tour With 'Classic' Lineup

    July 29, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Les Claypool also sips some haterade on Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka' remake. In a very Flaming Lips-ian move, zany prog-rockers Primus have decided to dedicate an album, tour and band reunion to the 1971 culinary classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory . The "classic…

  14. Are Investors Losing Patience With Pandora?

    July 29, 2014 1:04 PM EDT While the Internet radio company has grown in many areas, investors are still waiting to see profits. Critics are circling Internet radio company Pandora after shares fell as much as 14.5 percent and closed down 10.3 percent Friday following the company's second-quarter earnings release …

  15. It's Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere 'Anything Goes' Video

    July 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The main G.U.Y. in Lady Gaga's life these days? Tony Bennett.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made their long-in-the-works project official today, announcing the album  Cheek to Cheek --  a collection of jazz standards including "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),"…

  16. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Return to Form with 'Hypnotic Eye': Track-by-Track Review

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As Tom Petty told us three decades and 10 albums ago, on Southern Accents , he’s got his “own way of talking.” He doesn’t drawl quite like the other Floridians, and among the words he pronounces in a wholly unique fashion is “town.” It comes up a lot in his songs -- often when he’s singing…

  17. HyunA Solidifies Her Diva Brand in Sizzling 'Red' Video: Watch

    July 29, 2014 3:35 AM EDT The "Gangnam Style" star brings her rapid-fire rapping, twerking skills and signature sexiness in the must-watch new visual Since her K-pop debut more than a half-decade ago, HyunA has kept the Internet wowed with her unique rap and singing style, can't-look-away charisma and…

  18. More Ted Nugent Shows Canceled by Indian Tribe

    July 28, 2014 7:04 PM EDT After an Idaho casino cancels his Aug. 4 show citing 'racist' views, a Washington tribe also backs out on two Nugent concerts. A second Northwest Indian tribe says it doesn't want right-wing rocker Ted Nugent performing at its casino. The News Tribune reports the Puyallup Tribe…

  19. 5 Seconds of Summer's Influences: 10 Acts That Shaped Their Sound

    July 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Seconds of Summer wants you to know they're a rock band. Sure, you'll see One Direction play some guitars in concert, and yes the rock band look was part of the Jonas Brothers' act, but it's been a long time since a boy band truly pulled off the vibe. With their debut…

  20. Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O's Chilling Video for Solo Single 'Rapt'

    July 28, 2014 10:15 AM EDT The clip previews Karen's upcoming solo debut "Crush Songs" When Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O announced plans for her first solo record June 25, she curiously didn't share any new music. Well, here it is: A two-minute lo-fi acoustic dirge called "Rapt" that…

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