1. Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez Talks Shtick, Drug Trips, and Bob Dylan Lyrics on 'Into the Wide'

    November 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Delta Spirit 's fourth full-length, Into the Wide , was conceived in what the then Brooklyn-based five-piece called "the Rat Cave," a Greenpoint studio they had built that was subsequently ruined by Hurricane Sandy. After patching up and packing up, frontman Matt Vasquez,…

  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. Ricky Martin Rockets to Top 10 After Latin Grammys

    November 27, 2014 1:00 PM EST Ricky Martin scores his 24th top 10 as "Adios" jumps 16-9 on Hot Latin Songs . The rise is fueled by Martin's performance of the uptempo song on the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards , which aired on Univision on Nov. 20. The performance boosted the tune's digital sales…

  4. Thanksgiving Songs: Music About Food, Giving Thanks, and the Holiday

    November 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST Songs for Thanksgiving fall into three different categories. First, there are songs recorded explicitly for the holiday. However, there are a lot fewer of these for Thanksgiving then there are for Christmas or Valentine's Day, so you have to get more creative unless you want to listen…

  5. 'The Sing-Off' Replaces Ben Folds With Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump

    November 26, 2014 4:53 PM EST The a cappella competition's fifth cycle airs Dec. 17 as a two-hour special. The Sing-Off may be returning to NBC next month , but a cappella master and four-time judge Ben Folds won't. For its fifth cycle -- airing as a two-hour special on Dec. 17 , instead of a two-week holiday…

  6. Latin Grammys Deliver Big Ratings, But Few Music Sales

    November 26, 2014 12:50 PM EST Ricky Martin, Camila, Wisin and Yandel are biggest gainers The 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards were a television ratings success, but delivered disappointing music sales in the U.S. The Nov. 20 live award ceremony, which featured performances by Pitbull , Calle 13 , Marc Anthony and Ricky…

  7. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 8 Has Only One Blank Space, Baby

    November 25, 2014 9:43 PM EST Not even advice from Clive Davis, Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Christina Aguilera & Patrick Stump could save them from spending Thanksgiving at home. Despite this week's enriching guest mentorship from Clive Davis, Diana Ross , Colbie Caillat , Christina Aguilera and Patrick Stump…

  8. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  9. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  10. See Pink Floyd's 15 Albums Ranked From Highest to Lowest Charting

    November 24, 2014 4:02 PM EST CLICK TO EXPAND & ENLARGE With Pink Floyd 's farewell album The Endless River sitting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 , we're looking back at the incalculably influential British band's history on the U.S. album charts. In the prism-inspired illustration above, we&…

  11. How Did 'Serial' Find Its Music? Thank Nick Thorburn

    November 24, 2014 3:42 PM EST As fans of the runaway hit podcast  Serial  know ,  the notes of the now all-too-familiar jingle that opens each episode can provoke a Pavlovian response from listeners eager to get their latest hit of the addictive story. For the uninitiated:  Serial , a  This American Life  spin-off that…

  12. Joris Voorn Talks Working With Kid A & His Father on New Album 'Nobody Knows'

    November 24, 2014 1:35 PM EST The Dutch institution departs his club comfort zone on third LP. Between marathon sets and sessions, Joris Voorn is a rare breed -- equally at home in the club and studio. The esteemed Trouw, Amsterdam resident's versatility is fully evident on his third full-length album Nobody Knows,…

  13. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  14. Why Queen Latifah’s Reign in Syndication Is Ending

    November 22, 2014 12:00 AM EST Her show wasn’t growing -- which made it impossible to justify the cost. Queen Latifah is the latest victim of the tough economics and harsh realities of making a show work in national television syndication. It is expensive to launch a new syndicated show, hard to make inroads against…

  15. Playlist Live: An Exploration of the Internet in Real Life

    November 21, 2014 8:00 PM EST Rebecca Black, Troye Sivan, Trevor Moran & more YouTube stars take selfies & sell merch at New York conference. The first actual meet-up of Internet-famous people didn't actually happen in real life at all, but in the 2008 episode of South Park titled "Canada On Strike.…

  16. Janis Joplin Biopic Back on With Amy Adams

    November 21, 2014 7:28 PM EST 'Dallas Buyers Club' director & writers are in talks. The creative team behind Dallas Buyers Club is reuniting to tackle the Janis Joplin biopic. Jean-Marc Vallee is in negotiations to direct the decades-in-the-making project while Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack are in…

  17. Diamond Rio Are Going Live for 25th-Anniversary Project

    November 21, 2014 6:06 PM EST There have been many milestones in the career of Diamond Rio . In 1991, the band made history with "Meet in the Middle" climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart (now called Hot Country Songs), the first time a group did so with their debut single. They have…

  18. Watch 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Get the 'Friends' Treatment

    November 21, 2014 3:38 PM EST Are Peter and Gamora the new Ross and Rachel? Any  Guardians of the Galaxy  fan who has ever hoped and prayed for the film to be mashed up and set to the  Friends  theme song is in luck. YouTube user Robert Jones created this gem, called "Friends of the Galaxy." The video features…

  19. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  20. One Direction, Lionel Richie & Katy Perry Win at Billboard Touring Awards

    November 20, 2014 9:46 PM EST One Direction , Lionel Richie and Katy Perry lead the list of winners at Billboard 's 11th annual Touring Awards, held Thursday (Nov. 20) at New York's Edison Ballroom. 1D, who was not in attendance, took home the awards for Top Draw and Top Tour, with grosses in excess of $290…

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