Tommy Keene Dead at 59

Tommy Keene Dead at 59

He “passed unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep” last night, according to a post on his official website.
 George Avakian

George Avakian, Jazz Producer and Scholar, Dies at 98

George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98.
Elton John

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Elton John Earns 40th Top 40 Album With 'Diamonds'

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Elton John earns his 40th top 40-charting album with "Diamonds," Lil Peep debuts after his death, R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People" and Metallica's "Master of Puppets" return following their deluxe reissues, the "Cities 97 Sampler, Volume 29" charity album arrives, and the "Now That's What I Call Music" brand claims its 132nd charting effort.
Russell Simmons photographed in 2016

Russell Simmons Pens Response to Sexual Assault Allegations

Russell Simmons, a prolific music and TV producer and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, was accused of sexual assault and harassment by model Keri Claussen Khalighi in a Nov. 19 article in The Los Angeles Times. Simmons, who denied the claim to the Times, is now elaborating on the incident in a letter to The Hollywood Reporter, which can be read in full below: