1. James Talks Death (And Orgasm)-Inspired New Album 'La Petite Mort'

    October 30, 2014 11:41 AM EDT "It's like an affirmation of life, an affirmation of being present, but allowing death to be there because it can help you live." Death is all over James’ new album, La Petite Mort (out Sept. 16 in North America), but you wouldn’t know it from a cursory listen. It’s a…

  2. The Academy of Country Music Awards Celebrates Milestone with 'This Is Country' Book

    October 28, 2014 1:40 AM EDT Next year will be an important one for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The Los Angeles-based organization will celebrate the 50th anniversary since its first trophies were first presented in 1965. And, to celebrate, the show will be headed on the road for a one-time-only trip to AT&…

  3. Run the Jewels Can't Stop Putting Albums Online for Free

    October 24, 2014 8:09 AM EDT Run the Jewels , the rap duo comprised of Atlanta's Killer Mike and Brooklyn's El-P , just dropped its second album on the world. And like the original Run the Jewels , RTJ2 is free and downloadable. Go ahead and grab it , via the middle-man-eliminating direct link both Mike and…

  4. 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…

  5. The Case for Inducting The Oak Ridge Boys Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 21, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Three months ago, we gave you our thoughts on why Don Rich should be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 in the musicians' category. This month, we take a look at what is known as the Modern Era category. Open to acts that have been involved in the business for between…

  6. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  7. Corner Office: Afo Verde, Head of Sony Latin, on Ricky Martin, His Producer Roots and Argentine Pride

    October 20, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The 50 or so ­employees at Sony Music Entertainment’s Miami headquarters are used to seeing Afo Verde walk briskly, fitting for a part-time soccer player. But today, he limps, still recovering from a 3-month-old ankle fracture sustained during his company’s weekly soccer match. “I’d love…

  8. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  9. Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha Teams with Run the Jewels on New Track

    October 14, 2014 7:23 AM EDT If Zack de la Rocha's ability to rage against the machine ever seemed diminished after he split with his band in 2000, it's been sparked back up by a guest spot on a new Run the Jewels track. Titled "Close Your Eyes (And Count to F--k)," the song features rap titans El-P…

  10. BBC Presenter Paul Gambaccini Won’t Face Charges Over Alleged Sex Offenses

    October 12, 2014 11:22 PM EDT British prosecutors say veteran BBC radio and TV host Paul Gambaccini will not face charges after a lengthy investigation into alleged sexual offenses. Prosecutors said Friday there is insufficient evidence to bring a case against the 65-year-old Gambaccini. The prominent U.S.-born…

  11. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  12. Lupe Fiasco-Produced Sports Doc 'Little Ballers' to Air in November

    October 06, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Nickelodeon has set an airdate for Little Ballers . The sports documentary -- centering on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent -- will air on Nicktoons on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., during the…

  13. Former Bullying Victim Tinashe Gets Her Shot at R&B Stardom

    October 06, 2014 1:51 PM EDT On paper, Tinashe may come off like a former teen rebel: skipping prom and getting kicked out of her high school musical. And her slinky hit "2 On," a paean to the almighty "turn-up," teases out that narrative. But in reality, the R&B upstart -- who's releasing…

  14. Judas Priest Is Back With a Vengeance With a Tour, Which Marks Their 40th Anniversary

    September 29, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Even the heavy metal gods have to do their laundry. Judas Priest 's Rob Halford is calling from his home in England to talk about the upcoming tour by the veteran metal act, and he notes that he's busy washing his underwear at the moment. Thanks for that, Rob. Of course, his…

  15. British Radio DJ Convicted of Indecent Assault

    September 23, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Veteran British radio DJ Dave Lee Travis was convicted Tuesday (Sept. 23) of indecent assault . The 69-year-old Travis, whose real name is David Griffin, was cleared on two other assault charges. Travis was a longtime DJ on BBC radio and host of TV music show Top of the Pops . He was…

  16. The Big Parade Music Conference Debuts in Tokyo: Billboard Charts, Streaming Services, and Steve Lillywhite

    September 21, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Japan has hosted a major music conference with significant international players for the first time in recent memory. The Big Parade, held September 12th-15th, was packed with line-up of live showcases (of strictly Japanese bands) buttressing three days of talks, speeches and panels. The…

  17. Ty Bates Talks Self-Titled EP, Classic Country...and 'Saved by the Bell'

    September 17, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Country newcomer Ty Bates says that on the road with his band and crew, some very interesting conversations come up. "We are on the road a lot, so we talk about a lot of different topics. I think Saved by the Bell came up last week, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ," the…

  18. Flume and Chet Faker's 'Drop the Game' (Sweater Beats Remix): Exclusive Premiere

    September 09, 2014 3:48 PM EDT The post-EDM electronic scene in Australia has gotten a lot of attention because of Flume , a DJ and producer who has been selling out shows around the world with his subtler, sexier dancefloor workout indebted to J Dilla and Flying Lotus . Earlier this year he dropped the Drop the Game  EP…

  19. Music Star Exes Are Cashing In on VH1

    September 08, 2014 4:35 PM EDT VH1 turns out to be the perfect home for former wives of hip-hop and R&B artists. What does race have to do with this brand of reality TV success? Everything, apparently. Several divorcees of music men are finding independence on reality TV thanks to the trend of celebrity ex shows. VH1…

  20. Run the Jewels Reveal 'RTJ2' Album Art, Track List & Tour Dates

    September 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Run the Jewels , the collaborative project of Killer Mike and El-P , just revealed the cover art (above) and track list (below) for their second album, RTJ2, as well as a slew of tour dates behind the album. After hitting more than 30 North American cities this fall, the duo will play several…

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