1. Rap Group RACK Boyz Among 29 Charged in Bank Fraud Scheme

    October 29, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Members of an Indiana-based rap group called RACK Boyz and other suspects made hundreds of thousands of dollars in a bank fraud scheme that included wooing participants through social media and Internet videos, federal and state authorities said Wednesday (Oct. 29). "Card cracking,…

  2. Former Minutemen Bassist Mike Watt on Why Their Pivotal Album ‘Double Nickels’ Mocked Sammy Hagar

    October 29, 2014 4:33 PM EDT " Double Nickels , even though it came about kind of by accident, is still the most focused statement of the band," says former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt . Double Nickels on the Dime influenced virtually any American punk-funk band one can name, but it inspired thousands more…

  3. The Real Story Behind Madonna’s Iconic ‘Like a Virgin’ Performance at the 1984 VMAs

    October 28, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Ahead of MTV's first Music Video Awards, broadcast Sept. 14, 1984, the network was having difficulty booking top talent. Co-hosts Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler were in their 30s, old for the MTV crowd, and ZZ Top had refused to play -- until the network pulled the band's videos and…

  4. Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran Added to Rock in Rio USA Line-up

    October 28, 2014 5:03 AM EDT MGM Resorts International and the organizers of Rock in Rio USA announced additions to the music festival's lineup Monday and offered a glimpse of what to expect when the event comes to Las Vegas next year. Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran will join Taylor Swift , Metallica and No Doubt…

  5. Life Is Beautiful 2014's 10 Best Performances

    October 27, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Combining amazing music, world-class food, breathtaking art and iconic public speakers, the Life Is Beautiful festival is a welcome departure from the manufactured spectacle of Sin City’s over-the-top casinos and nightclubs. Transforming downtown Las Vegas into a unique, multi-stage jubilee…

  6. Jon Bon Jovi Reminisces About the ‘Absolutely Awful’ Video for His First-Ever Hit ‘Runaway’

    October 27, 2014 3:17 PM EDT Bon Jovi’s self-titled debut album was released in January, and the band’s first single, “Runaway,” cracked the top 40 in February in spite of a music video that ranks as one of the most WTF moments of the early MTV era. 
“It’s absolutely awful,” says frontman Jon Bon Jovi, 52, who’s now…

  7. Imagine Dragons Return with ‘I Bet My Life’ Single: Listen

    October 27, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Imagine Dragons ’ Night Visions is one of the decade’s biggest debut rock albums, spawning three Top 20 hits on the Hot 100 and making the Las Vegas act a Grammy winner for Best Rock Performance with their smash “Radioactive.” In other words: a tough act to follow! The quartet has begun the…

  8. Ex-Sony CEO Howard Stringer on the Company's Failures and Time Inc.'s Big Challenges

    October 26, 2014 10:30 PM EDT In a frequently humorous address to several hundred entertainment lawyers and others, former Sony CEO and chairman Sir Howard Stringer shared observations from a half-century career that ranged from service in Vietnam to leadership of two media giants, offering uncensored thoughts on Sony…

  9. Watch Benedict Cumberbatch (Almost) Nail Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ Strut

    October 26, 2014 3:16 PM EDT British actor Benedict Cumberbatch unleashed a pretty convincing impression of Beyonce ’s “Crazy In Love” strut during a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show . The Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness star was encouraged to show off his moves by comedienne Miranda Hart, who was in…

  10. Kanye West Surprisingly Tones Down Onstage Rant at Life is Beautiful Festival

    October 25, 2014 11:26 AM EDT “This is the part that gets me in trouble,” the rapper said. Maybe it was the fact it was Kim Kardashian’s birthday or perhaps it was because the festival was titled Life is Beautiful. Kanye West, Foo Fighters To Headline Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful Festival Either way, the rant that…

  11. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The…

  12. CMJ Issues Statement on New York Ebola Scare, Fest to Continue As Scheduled

    October 24, 2014 1:10 PM EDT When news broke last night that a man confirmed to be infected with Ebola had visited Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter before being admitted to the hospital, there was an anxious response from attendees of the annual CMJ Music Marathon, currently underway in the city. The Gutter was an…

  13. New York Ebola Patient Visited Bowling Alley Music Venue Before Being Hospitalized

    October 23, 2014 9:54 PM EDT A doctor in New York City who has tested positive for Ebola visited Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter before he was hospitalized Wednesday night, the New York Daily News has reported . Dr. Craig Spencer had recently returned to New York from West Africa, where he was treating Ebola patients…

  14. Taylor Swift on 'Ellen': Her Biggest Fears and Adam Levine's Big Weakness

    October 23, 2014 12:48 PM EDT Taylor Swift is happy to perform in front of sold-out arenas, but don't put her close to a sea-urchin. The singer will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, October 27th -- the same day her new album 1989 hits stores. A couple clips from her interview with Ellen have been…

  15. Microsoft Nixes Free Version of Xbox Music Pass

    October 23, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Microsoft has announced plans to shut down the free version of its music streaming service Xbox Music Pass in December. The ad-supported free version, which is essentially Microsoft's attempt to compete with Spotify, will be retired so that Xbox Music can "deliver the ultimate…

  16. Exclusive: Logic Breaks Down 6 Things to Know About Him

    October 22, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Logic , born Sir Robert bryson Hall II, is one of 2014's biggest surprises. Under Pressure (Def Jam, Oct. 21), the debut LP from the 24-year-old Maryland native, is a gem, with a mix of earnest raps and lush beats reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole . Logic, 'Driving Ms.…

  17. Banda El Recodo Member Aldo Sarabia Found Shot Dead in Mexico

    October 22, 2014 12:22 PM EDT The musician had been missing for over a week. Aldo Sarabia, a member of fabled Mexican Banda El Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga , who had been missing since Oct. 13, was found dead in Mazatlan, Mexico, this morning. News reports from Mexico indicated that he had been punched several times…

  18. Vice Media the Driving Force Behind Underground Venue Closures

    October 22, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Vice Media is behind the closure of Williamsburg venues Death by Audio and likely Glasslands, Billboard has learned. Valued at $2.5 billion , the media behemoth revealed plans to move into a 60,000 square foot warehouse space on the corner of S 2nd Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, a…

  19. Raphael Ravenscroft, Man Behind Most Iconic Sax Riff in Pop Music, Dies at 60

    October 21, 2014 12:49 PM EDT Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft -- the man behind the most recognizable sax riff in pop music history -- has passed away of a suspected heart attack . He was 60. Ravenscroft provided the sax hook on Gerry Rafferty 's "Baker Street," a fairly typical slice of '70s…

  20. Brooklyn's Glasslands Closing: Another Iconic Williamsburg Venue Bites the Dust

    October 21, 2014 11:27 AM EDT A little over a month after Brooklyn venue Death by Audio revealed that it would be closing its doors in November, its neighboring performance space Glasslands has announced its closure as well.  It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brooklyn "Dearest friends," begins the post…

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