1. British Composer John Tavener Dead at 69

    November 12, 2013 1:20 PM EST British composer John Tavener, whose austere choral and orchestral works reflected his religious journey from West to East, died Tuesday. He was 69. Born and trained in London, Tavener burst onto the public scene in 1968 with the help of The Beatles and is often remembered for his beautiful…

  2. Jay Z's Birthday Gift to Yankee Investigated By MLB Players Union: Report

    November 06, 2013 12:32 PM EST Rapper and newly minted sports agent Shawn Carter, aka Jay Z, is being investigated by the Major League Baseball Players Association after giving his biggest client, Yankees infielder Robinson Cano, a watch worth a cool $33,900, according to an ESPN report . Cano received the timepiece, a…

  3. Lou Reed Remembered: Honoring New York City's Unofficial Mayor

    October 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Lou Reed was the Godfather of Punk, the grumpy older statesman of New York City rock and roll. We followed him as he emerged from under the weight of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground and took a journey through glitter and glam and heroin and speed and alcohol.  He dyed his hair…

  4. The Who's 'Quadrophenia' At 40: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    October 19, 2013 4:52 PM EDT The Who's second rock opera, "Quadrophenia," released 40 years ago in October 1973, was Pete Townshend's homage to an earlier moment in British youth culture. Composed entirely by Townshend, the 17-song opus told the story of Jimmy, a member of the Mods -- a U.K.…

  5. CODE Picks of the Week: Adventure Club, Quadron & Ryan Hemsworth, TJR & Crookers, and More

    October 11, 2013 3:42 PM EDT Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below and tell us what you think in the comments section. Adventure Club: “Thunderclap” [BMG] On the final track of their new “Calling All Heroes” EP, dupstep duo Adventure Club go into…

  6. Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' & 12 More Two-Album/One-Year Releases

    October 01, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Justin Timberlake released “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2,” the other half of his comeback spring album yesterday (Sept. 30). With the singer performing at both the iTunes and iHeartRadio Music Festivals recently, recent talk show appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ”Late Night with Jimmy…

  7. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  8. Metallica Jolts New York's Apollo Theater With Hit-Packed Set For SiriusXM Fans

    September 22, 2013 3:00 PM EDT rabid fans, 4 ferocious performers, 2.5 hours of skull-crushing adrenaline, 1 revered venue: Metallica at the Apollo. To celebrate the launch of SiriusXM's Mandatory Metallica channel, the iconic metal quartet shook the walls of Harlem's hallowed Apollo Theater with an invite…

  9. Twerk Nation: Big Freedia to Set Guinness Record, Juicy J Giving Scholarship

    September 18, 2013 10:30 PM EDT Juicy J will offer $50,000 to the woman who twerks the best, while Big Freedia will set the world record for biggest twerk session. When it comes to twerking, we've only just begun. The dance style, long a staple of Southern hip-hop, has made its way onto everyone's lips in recent…

  10. Avicii: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 13, 2013 12:00 PM EDT With "Wake Me Up!" a million-selling Hot 100 No. 5, he's climbing the rock charts, getting CMT play and delivering EDM's biggest moment yet This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. The night sky flashes white with a Zeus…

  11. Alabama Earns Highest Charting Album on Billboard 200

    September 05, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The veteran group bows at No. 8, and No. 2 on Top Country Albums, with its collaborative tribute collection. Plus, Luke Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a third week Alabama posts its best rank and sales week in seven years on Top Country Albums, as "Alabama & Friends" bows…

  12. Headhunterz Announces 'Explode' Tour, Following One Crazy Summer: Exclusive

    August 29, 2013 5:08 PM EDT Hopping from festival to festival, the hardstyle emissary teaches U.S. crowds how to dance -- at 140 BPM. On a sunny Friday afternoon in May, Willem Rebergen – known to his nearly 800,000 social media followers as hardstyle star Headhunterz – sat in the back seat of an otherwise empty…

  13. MTV VMAs 2013 Preview: Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead A-List Cast of Nominees & Performers

    August 25, 2013 1:30 PM EDT MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS • VMAs' 55 Most Outrageous Fashions • Top 10 Crazy VMA Moments • MTV VMAs 10 Best Performances • MTV VMAs Quiz: 13 Questions • Timberlake & N'Sync To Reunite at VMAs? • Katy Perry To Debut 'Roar' on VMAs • Lady Gaga To Perform at VMAs Even if…

  14. MTV VMAs: Top 10 Crazy Moments of All Time

    August 21, 2013 1:03 PM EDT Think Madonna kissing Britney Spears at the '03 VMAs was surprising? Check out that plus nine other wacky moments from MTV Video Music Awards' history. MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS • VMAs' 55 Most Outrageous Fashions • The 10 Best VMAs Performances Ever • MTV VMAs Quiz: 13…

  15. Drake's OVO Fest Surprises With Kanye West, Lil Wayne, TLC and J. Cole

    August 06, 2013 11:55 AM EDT Drake outdid himself at the 4th annual OVO Fest at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto last night -- even before the two-hour show ended. TLC, Diddy, Mase, Miguel, J. Cole, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Wale, Lil Mama and The Weeknd would have been more than enough to rival past OVOs…

  16. Blondie, Talking Heads Among '70s Rockers on 'CBGB' Film Soundtrack

    August 02, 2013 3:00 AM EDT The film soundtrack, out Oct. 8, will also feature Television, the New York Dolls and more acts of the era. Talking Heads, Television, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, the Dictators and other bands that played significant roles in the New York rock ‘n’ roll scene of the mid-1970s will…

  17. Duff McKagan on Walking Papers, Velvet Revolver's Future and Scott Weiland's 'Situation'

    July 26, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Song Premiere: Listen to "A Place Like This" By Walking Papers, McKagan's new supergroup with Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver alumnus Duff McKagan wasn't necessarily looking to join another band when he signed on to be…

  18. One Direction's 'Best Song Ever' Breaks One-Day Vevo Record

    July 23, 2013 5:30 PM EDT One Direction's video for its "Best Song Ever" is breaking records just one day after release. Music video and entertainment platform VEVO announced Tuesday that within 24 hours of its release on the site yesterday, the video had garnered 10.9 million views. The rabid fan…

  19. One Direction's 'Best Song Ever' Now Has a Video

    July 22, 2013 2:26 PM EDT One Direction has released the highly anticipated video for their new single, "Best Song Ever." The video, which the band has been hyping on social media, is characteristically goofy, and even stars Zayn Malik as a woman. Although the video eventually breaks into the sharply…

  20. Pearl Jam Rocks Wrigley Field, Debuts New Songs Despite Rain Delay

    July 20, 2013 3:10 PM EDT After the rain, PJ played until 2am, debuted two new songs from upcoming album, "Lightning Bolt," and singer Eddie Vedder crowdsurfed. What began at 8:20pm as "An Evening With Pearl Jam" at the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field on Friday (July 19) stretched into an…

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