1. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry Explains His Heartbeat-Driven Classical Album

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry gets to the heart of the matter — literally — on his new classical album, "Music for Heart and Breath." While recording the 12 compositions for the set, Parry and co-producer Bryce Dessner of The National outfitted the musicians, from duos to a…

  2. Hey Girl: Richard Marx Is Back

    July 21, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The guy who wrote the book on romance lands his highest-charting album, 'Beautiful Goodbye,' in 20 years Richard Marx could teach a class on hit love songs. The singer-songwriter has notched 29 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the majority of them uber-romantic — from his first No. 1 as an…

  3. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Jay-Z Debuts Atop Billboard 200

    July 21, 2014 8:05 AM EDT A year ago this week, Hova scored his lucky 13th leader. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Alice Cooper, Richard Marx and UB40 Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 21, 1990 Black Box flew to No. 1 on Dance Club…

  4. Alexandra Shipp to Play Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic

    July 18, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Wendy Williams to executive produce. Lifetime is back in business with its Aaliyah biopic. Nickelodeon actress Alexandra Shipp has been tapped to play the R&B singer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Wendy Williams, who has boarded the TV movie as an executive producer, first…

  5. The Roots' Manager & Producer, Richard Nichols, Dies (Updated)

    July 17, 2014 6:33 PM EDT UPDATE: The Roots have issued the following statement on Nichols' death: The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception…

  6. Long-Disputed Early Jimi Hendrix Masters to Go to Legacy Recordings

    July 17, 2014 6:08 PM EDT After decades of litigation a deal has finally been struck between Experience Hendrix LLC, the Hendrix family music company which owns and administers the Jimi Hendrix music rights, and Legacy Recordings, the catalog wing of Sony Music Entertainment, in respect of some early Jimi Hendrix…

  7. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  8. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 10 Funniest Songs: 'Eat It,' 'Pretty Fly For a Rabbi' & More

    July 16, 2014 4:31 PM EDT An (unofficial) ranking of "Weird Al's" most gut-busting moments, from "White & Nerdy" to "Living With a Hernia." With his new album "Mandatory Fun," "Weird Al" Yankovic is up to his usual hijinks -- selecting some of the most…

  9. Lorin Maazel, World-Renowned Conductor, Dead at 84

    July 13, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Lorin Maazel, a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, died Sunday at his home in Virginia. He was 84. Maazel died at Castleton Farms from complications following pneumonia, according to a statement by The Castleton…

  10. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tel Aviv Concert Canceled Over Security Crisis

    July 13, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their concert at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on July 17 because of the current security crisis in the region, according to a statement from Warner Bros. Records.  Neil Young, Jack White Cut a Vinyl Record on 'Tonight Show': Watch Neil Young…

  11. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  12. 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson on Enation, Songwriter Co-Stars and Avery's Fate (Q&A)

    July 10, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The angst-ridden rocker talks about filming the ABC country music drama that's somewhat critical of the major labels his band has never tried to chase. ABC's country music drama 'Nashville' continues to center on a handful of musicians, each uniquely struggling for their…

  13. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  14. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  15. Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reed Laughs Off Breakup Rumors, Talks New Music

    July 09, 2014 2:24 PM EDT "It'll come out when it comes out, when it's ready," Reed says of the legendary group's next batch of material. Guns N' Roses is in the midst of an open-ended break while the new "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino -- Las Vegas"…

  16. Madonna Reveals 'Messiah' Artwork. Maybe?

    July 09, 2014 8:39 AM EDT Madonna's Instagram teaser campaign for her new song "Messiah" continues with today's picture of what could very possibly be the single's artwork. Then again, it could just be a cheeky ruse.   The image is of Madonna wearing a chainmail face mask that resembles a…

  17. George Michael, Arctic Monkeys and Katie Melua Implicated In Tax Avoidance Scheme

    July 09, 2014 6:48 AM EDT A number of high profile music figures, including George Michael and all four members of British band Arctic Monkeys, are among 1,600 people who collectively tried to shelter £1.2 billion ($2 billion) in a tax avoidance scheme, reports The Times .  Investors in the Liberty tax strategy also…

  18. Mick Jagger Branded Soccer Jinx After Brazil’s World Cup Humiliation

    July 09, 2014 5:30 AM EDT Brazilian soccer fans have dubbed Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger ‘pe frio' – loosely translated as the jinx – after backing the World Cup host nation ahead of their humiliating semi-final loss to Germany.  Jagger watched Brazil’s 7-1 capitulation from a VIP box at the Mineirao stadium…

  19. Robin Thicke's ‘Paula’ Sells Just 530 First-Week Copies in U.K.

    July 09, 2014 4:21 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s bad run continues with the news that his latest album “Paula” has sold just 530 first-week copies in the United Kingdom. The album, which is named after his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton, entered the Official U.K. albums chart at No. 200 and managed just 2% of the…

  20. Pink Floyd Confirms October Release of ‘The Endless River,’ Describes Album as ‘Mainly Ambient’

    July 07, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Pink Floyd has confirmed that the band will release its first new album in 20 years. The new set, titled “The Endless River,” will be released in October, according to a statement from Columbia Records. New Pink Floyd Album 'The Endless River' Out in October: Report “Work is…

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