1. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: Celebrity Dance Duel Sees Danica & Val Head Home

    May 06, 2014 4:23 AM EDT Week 8 featured the first-ever Celebrity Dance Duel — a cool idea, I suppose, even though it kept sounding like “Dance Stool” as Tom Bergeron announced it in Spooky Voice. Plus: an actual stool, incorporated into an Argentine tango. And last and most certainly least, guest judge Abby Lee…

  2. Bruce Springsteen Leaves Fans Wanting More at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    May 04, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returned to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday, giving thousands of fans the show they hoped for, but some left wanting more. He kicked off his three-hour set with "High Hopes," the title track of his latest album, before…

  3. CODE Picks of the Week: Jon Hopkins, Seven Lions and More

    May 02, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Jon Hopkins ft. Lulu James, "We Disappear" [Domino] Who died and made Jon Hopkins Radiohead? Fresh off being tapped for production duties by Coldplay, the British artist delivers a foreboding downtempo electronica gem on his latest single release. Seven Lions ft. Ellie Goulding, …

  4. Ray LaMontagne Goes 'Supernova': The Folk Singer Talks New Album

    May 02, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The blues of "Trouble" hinted at a sad existence for LaMontagne. A decade on, the joyous, just-released 'Supernova,' flips the script. It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after…

  5. Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Gets Reality Show

    May 01, 2014 12:31 PM EDT The online series, via AOL, will tell the story of Grace's transition from male to female Laura Jane Grace, singer/songwriter of the celebrated punk band Against Me!, came out as transgender in 2011, becoming one of that community's most visible and charismatic members. Now more…

  6. Eric Clapton Records JJ Cale Tribute Album With Tom Petty, Willie Nelson & More

    April 30, 2014 2:23 PM EDT A year after Cale's death, Clapton pays tribute to one of his greatest influences Legendary guitarist JJ Cale is best known for pioneering the Tulsa Sound and writing two songs ("After Midnight" and "Cocaine") that Eric Clapton turned into huge hits. A year after Cale…

  7. Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt Discusses Writing Novels, Finding His (Singing) Voice, & Calling Time On DJing

    April 30, 2014 2:52 AM EDT Best known as the male half of Everything But The Girl, the duo he formed in 1981 with Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt has many talents beyond providing the harmony to Thorn’s lead vocal. Since 1998, he has been an established presence on London’s deep house circuit, as a DJ, re-mixer, producer and…

  8. How Unsigned Unknown Katy Tiz Won Over Clear Channel

    April 29, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Katy Tiz leapfrogs onto the charts after becoming the first unsigned act named to the radio giant's new-artist initiative Just one year ago, British pop singer Katy Tiz was an upstart signed to Lava/Republic working the radio-promo circuit hard for her debut singles, "Famous"…

  9. Katy Tiz: How the Unsigned Unknown Hit The Charts

    April 29, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Katy Tiz leapfrogs onto the charts after becoming the first unsigned act named to Clear Channel's new-artist initiative Just one year ago, British pop singer Katy Tiz was an upstart signed to Lava/Republic working the radio-promo circuit hard for her debut singles, "Famous" and …

  10. Tony Awards: Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris Score Nominations

    April 29, 2014 9:16 AM EDT There were a few surprises at the Tony Award nominations announcement on Tuesday morning at the Paramount Hotel in New York City—and not just among the nominees. Just as Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Looking) and Lucy Liu (Elementary) started to announce this year’s list, Hugh Jackman burst onto…

  11. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: No Shirts, Full Service

    April 29, 2014 6:38 AM EDT What a night to be on Planet Mirrorballus (again)! The liiiiiiive peep show Team Loca gave the studio audience on Latin Night has to be the best thing I’ve ever seen on "Dancing With the Stars." And I have seen it ALL! (Except Bruno’s dignity.) Let me back up, butt-first, Maks-style…

  12. Clark Terry Doc Acquired by '20 Feet From Stardom' Company RADiUS-TWC

    April 28, 2014 10:56 AM EDT The Quincy Jones-produced film on trumpeter Clark Terry has been acquired by RADiUS-TWC, the company that had Oscar-winning success with "20 Feet From Stardom." Terry, a veteran of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands before leading his own groups, taught Jones the trumpet 70…

  13. 'Supermensch' Shep Gordon Talks Maui Parties, Rap Music and Dishes Management Advice At Tribeca

    April 28, 2014 6:22 AM EDT Shep Gordon is a man who got punched by Janis Joplin while she was making love to Jimi Hendrix, shared custody of his cat with neighbor Cary Grant and smoked pot many times with Willie Nelson – just a few of the compiled stories that make up the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep…

  14. Latin Conference: Italian Veteran Laura Pausini Is 'Not a Diva'

    April 24, 2014 1:49 PM EDT By 2004, a decade after making her recording debut at the age of 18, Laura Pausini had sold over 25 million albums worldwide, an eye-opening accomplishment for anyone, much less an artist largely cut off from the lucrative English-language market. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage…

  15. Tom Petty, Fun., Max Martin Honored at ASCAP Pop Awards

    April 24, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Tom Petty did something at the ASCAP Pop Awards on April 23 that he rarely does on the concert stage -- he ad libbed. Songwriting, songwriters and artists, “is the job most people in the band don't want. It's long, lonely work -- you sit there waiting for magic," he told a full…

  16. Say Anything 'Six Six Six' Song Premiere: Max Bemis Talks Ambitious New 'Hebrews' Album

    April 24, 2014 11:59 AM EDT "It's a grandiose-sounding record about the small things that kind of eat away at you," says the frontman. Some admitted "freaking out" over fatherhood inspired Max Bemis to make Say Anything's most ambitious album yet -- and a project unlike any other he'…

  17. Latin Conference World Cup Q&A: Carlos Vives, David Correy, RCA's Tom Corson & More (Video)

    April 23, 2014 8:20 PM EDT At the Billboard Latin Music Conference on Tuesday (April 22), the important intersection of soccer and Latin music was the subject that hitmaker Carlos Vives, "X Factor" finalist David Correy, RCA president Tom Corson, EA Music Group president Steve Schnur, Coca-Cola director of…

  18. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Don't You Wanna Danica?

    April 22, 2014 6:18 AM EDT Party Anthem Night turned out to be the perfect “Dancing With the Stars” episode to attend liiiiiiive, as this is pretty much the flagship theme of the show (People Gone Wild) just as much as last week’s Disney motif. At the time, I’d regretted delaying my visit to Planet Mirrorballus because…

  19. Tom Petty on 40 Years of Songwriting, Jimmy Fallon Send-Up

    April 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT The writer behind hits like "American Girl" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" discusses everything from songwriting to Jimmy Fallon's homage. Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. "As life goes by, you get a little more…

  20. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

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