1. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-three thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the…

  2. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  3. Morning Roundup: Taylor Swift's '1989' Party, the Fate of Beats & 8 Other Stories

    September 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The Fate of Beats: TechCrunch is reporting that Apple will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it purchased in tandem with its namesake headphones manufacturer for $3 billion. Representatives from Apple said the new was "simply not true." Either way, Dr. Dre' s…

  4. The Country Rebel-Meter: From Mild (Blake Shelton!) to Wild (Yes, You, Jason Aldean)

    September 22, 2014 3:53 PM EDT For decades, country music has been defined by two opposite camps. On one side, there's a wholesome, clean-cut crew that toe the Nashville line. On the other end of the spectrum, there's an edgier group that sees themselves as outsiders rebelling against a restrictive system. Both…

  5. Angaleena Presley Represents the 'American Middle Class' on Debut Solo Album

    September 19, 2014 7:00 PM EDT If someone asks Angaleena Presley about coming from Beauty, it might not exactly be a pickup line. The singer-songwriter -- also a member of the Pistol Annies -- says she actually does come from Beauty: a small town in the eastern corner of Kentucky. "I came from a tiny town in…

  6. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  7. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  8. Jack White Mocks Foo Fighters, Rolling Stone in 'Kanye-Esque Rant'

    September 18, 2014 10:22 AM EDT Today in "biting the hand that feeds you" news: Jack White took some time out of his Wednesday night concert at Boston's Fenway Park to viciously mock RollingStone.com and Jann Wenner. Before setting the sights of his Civil War-era musket on RS.com, White chided the Foo…

  9. Exclusive: Danny Goldberg and Gary Belz Open Gold Village Entertainment Nashville

    September 16, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Danny Goldberg , the well-known artist manager who represented Nirvana and led the Mercury Music Group in the mid-'90s, has announced his plans to expand his New York-based Gold Village Entertainment to Nashville, in partnership with Gary Belz , owner of House of Blues Studios. The new…

  10. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  11. Paul McCartney and His Daughter Front Row at Hunter's Show

    September 13, 2014 1:56 PM EDT It's not every day that you see not just one, but two McCartneys on the front row. Watch Paul McCartney & Johnny Depp's Half-Hour Blues Jam Session Paul McCartney and his fashion designer daughter Stella caused a stir as they sat down to watch the catwalk show staged Saturday by…

  12. 21. Unlocking the Truth: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Malcolm Brickhouse: Jan. 19, 2001 (Age: 13); Alec Atkins: March 1, 2001 (Age: 13) and Jarad Dawkins: Dec. 20, 2001 (Age: 12) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why They're Hot: Not many New York street performers go from busking in Times Square to rocking the…

  13. 20. The Vamps: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Brad Simpson: July 28, 1995 (Age: 19), James McVey: April 30, 1994 (Age: 20); Connor Ball: March 15, 1996 (Age: 18); Tristan Evans: Aug. 15, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why They're Hot: After signing to Mercury Records in November 2012,…

  14. 19. Akdong Musician: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Lee Chan-hyuk: Sept. 12, 1996 (Age: 18); Lee Soo-hyun: May 4, 1999 (Age: 15) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why They're Hot: A year after winning Korea's American Idol -esque competition K-pop Star 2 , brother-sister duo Akdong Musician hit the scene…

  15. 18. Rae Sremmurd: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Khalif “Swae Lee” Khalif: June 7, 1995 (Age: 19); Aaquil “Slim” Brown: Dec. 29, 1993 (Age: 20) Last year's rank: N/A Why They're Hot: Rae Sremmurd , composed of brothers Khalif "Swae Lee" Khalif and Aaquil "Slim" Brown, took…

  16. 16. Scotty McCreery : 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:48 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Oct. 9, 1993 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: 8 Why He's Hot: Scotty McCreery has come a long way since winning season 10 of American Idol . The past year has seen the North Carolina native continue to grow his career. "See You Tonight" became…

  17. 15. Bobby Shmurda: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: April 1, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot: Bobby Shmurda took 2014 by storm. His viral hit, "Hot Ni--a," spawned countless Vine videos and memes in which people perform his signature Shmoney dance. The dance craze has…

  18. 14. Madeon: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: May 30, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot: After catapulting onto the dance scene in 2011 with his viral "Pop Culture" video and standout remix of Deadmau5 's "Raise Your Weapon," Madeon (real name Hugo…

  19. 13. Cody Simpson: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Jan. 11, 1997 (Age: 17) Last Year's Rank: 9 Why He's Hot: This is Simpson 's fourth consecutive year on Billboard's 21 Under 21 list, and it doesn't seem like he's disappearing anytime soon. The Scooter Braun client followed up…

  20. 12. Meghan Trainor: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:44 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Dec. 22, 1993 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why She's Hot: People speak of "surprise hits" all too glibly these days, but Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" is truly a left-field success story. Who would have…

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