1. Beck Announces 'Song Reader' Album with Jack White, Jack Black & More

    July 09, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Beck's quirky sheet music project is about to come to life Back in 2012, Beck released a little experiment "album" that existed solely in the form of sheet music. Now, two years later, "Song Reader" is getting a proper release, with an impressive, genre-hopping cast…

  2. Lorde & MAC: What Makes the Perfect Partnership Between Brand & Musician?

    June 10, 2014 10:28 AM EDT When celebrities wax poetic about their first beauty obsessions, long-discontinued products from brands like Wet n Wild and Bonne Bell get mentions. For Ella Yelich-O'Connor, aka Lorde, the special product she saved up to buy growing up in New Zealand was MAC lipstick in Snob. Her…

  3. Dailey & Vincent Taping First Live Album at George Mason University

    June 03, 2014 9:43 AM EDT Bluegrass superduo Dailey & Vincent are working at a feverish pace these days. This past weekend saw them in Washington D.C. performing at the Library of Congress, and also making another stop in the area to set up their next project. "We are looking at doing the first ever Dailey …

  4. Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

    May 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Maya Angelou, an American author and poet who documented her life in seven autobiographies and recited her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, has died at age 86. Angelou's publicist told CNN that the renowned poet died at…

  5. CODE Picks of the Week: deadmau5, Bassnectar and More

    May 23, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. deadmau5, "Avaritia" [Astralwerks] Pete Tong this week teased the first single off deadmau5’s highly-anticipated double album, which…

  6. NFL's Top Newcomers Select 'Happy,' 'The Man,' 'Draft Day' As Walk-Out Songs

    May 08, 2014 11:35 PM EDT NFL draftees select their own walk-out tunes for the first time. Players attending the NFL draft get to choose a song that will be played when they walk on stage after being selected. It's a first for the league, which has a record 30 players at Radio City Music Hall. Jadeveon Clowney,…

  7. Alternative Press Announces Inaugural AP Music Awards, Nominees

    April 24, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Punk mag Alternative Press has announced it will host the inaugural AP Music Awards on July 21 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame And Museum in Cleveland.  The night will include performances by Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Misfits, A Day To Remember, All Time Low,…

  8. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow to Separate

    March 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate" Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have announced they're separating after more than a decade of marriage. The pair, who tied the knot in 2003 and have two children,…

  9. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  10. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  11. R. Kelly Releasing More Chapters of 'Trapped in the Closet' in 2014

    December 04, 2013 2:30 PM EST Chapter 34 and beyond will premiere via IFC R. Kelly's new studio album "Black Panties" drops Dec. 10, and now Kellz fans have even more to look forward to. Today (Dec. 4) he announced that new chapters of his ongoing hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet" will come out…

  12. Tame Impala, Flume Clean Up At The ARIAs

    December 01, 2013 11:49 PM EST Tame Impala and Flume were the big winners at the 27th ARIA Awards, taking out the bulk of the night’s biggest categories between them. Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala was named best group, and its critically-lauded “Lonerism” (Modular Recordings) won for best album and best rock album. The…

  13. Bradford Cox: ‘Very Dark’ Moments Planted the Seed For New Deerhunter Album

    May 01, 2013 12:34 AM EDT Bradford Cox wrote what would become the final track of Deerhunter's forthcoming album, a song called "Punk," at a friend's house in New York during what he describes as a very difficult time. He'd gone north to get away from personal turmoil in his hometown of…

  14. Presidential Debate 2012, Round 3: Musicians React on Twitter

    October 23, 2012 12:09 AM EDT In the third and final presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney faced off on foreign policy -- prompting zingers and thoughtful disagreements alike. As America prepares to head the polls, the music world weighed in as well. Some cracked jokes, some shook their heads and others just…

  15. Foo Fighters Play 3.5 Hours at 'Rock the Vote' Concert

    September 06, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Last Song: "Everlong" "It's gonna be a long night!" warned Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl at a Rock the Vote concert at the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday. For the 1,000 lucky people in the audience, he was right. Channeling their inner Bruce Springsteen,…

  16. Josh Turner Releases 'Punching Bag,' Tries Out Nicknames

    June 13, 2012 5:45 PM EDT All throughout country music history, many artists have nicknames. George Jones is known as "The Possum." Bill Anderson is known as "Whisperin' Bill," and Josh Turner might become known by one of two different monikers that fans will hear on his new album, "…

  17. Christina Aguilera Likes New 'Voice' Twist: Red Carpet Video

    April 04, 2012 4:15 PM EDT "The show feels bigger." That was host Carson Daly's assessment of season 2 of NBC's "The Voice" when Billboard caught up with him and other stars of the show on the red carpet Tuesday night. Coach Christina Aguilera sounded similarly positive, especially about…

  18. 'The Voice' Recap: Four Singers Let Go

    April 04, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Four contestants were eliminated on "The Voice" on Tuesday, with two from Blake Shelton's team and a pair mentored by Christina Aguilera sent home from the NBC hit during the first live elimination show of the season. Twelve took to the stage in Los Angeles from Team Christina…

  19. 'The Voice' Recap: Lindsey Soars as the Show Goes Live

    April 03, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Professional experience won the first round of live shows in the second season of "The Voice," as viewers are given the opportunity to help determine which five of each judge's six hand-picked contestants move on to the next round. The live shows, which began Monday with the…

  20. 'The Voice' Recap: Satisfaction (Not) Guaranteed

    March 27, 2012 9:50 AM EDT The battle rounds of "The Voice" were shot in December long before anyone had an inkling as to who would be competing. At one three-hour session that saw five head-to-head battles, I walked away with four thoughts: too many songs from the '70s; no talent reached out and grabbed…

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